Now that the season has started, things are settling down a bit.
- John Moores announced that he is reopening bidding for the Padres after the collapse of the Moorad & Co. deal. Moores has retained two brokerage firms to assist in the process, which could take the rest of the season and beyond to complete. Chances are that the bidding will start no lower than $600 million, in my estimation. The overvaluing of the Dodgers and the impact of the new TV deal will only help Moores.
- The sale of the Dodgers to Guggenheim Partners is expected to receive approval in bankruptcy court Friday, with minimal objections. TV rights could fetch as much as $5 billion (over 20 years? 25?).
- Today’s home opener at Dodger Stadium looks quite full, at least on TV. According to Magic Johnson, it’s a sellout. Update 5:10 PM – announced crowd of 56,000.
- I just purchased a new book on MLB ballparks by Cleveland writer Matt Lupica. It’s titled The Baseball Stadium Insider: A Comprehensive Dissection of All Thirty Ballparks, the Legendary Players, and the Memorable Moments. Cover price is $39.95, but you can get a Kindle edition for only $3.99. The 483-page book covers the history of each venue, plus notes on amenities and features. Look for a review here soon. Lupica was interviewed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer yesterday.
- The City of Oakland is not alone in looking at EB-5 (immigrant visa) funding for a stadium. Tampa interests are looking at that source as well for a Rays stadium, though as Neil de Mause has noted in his coverage of the Barclays Center development, it moves into rather shady territory.
- The Royals tried to sell Kauffman Stadium’s naming rights to US Bank in anticipating of hosting next year’s All Star Game, but failed.
- The 100-year anniversary of Fenway Park will be celebrated on April 20, with a cavalcade of events throughout the season.
- Speaking of anniversaries, Camden Yards is 20 this year and is ever evolving.
- Added 5:10 PM – Susan Slusser spoke with A’s Stadium Operations VP David Rinetti, who said that the team is considering ways to open the stadium earlier to allow fans to watch home team batting practice. A’s BP usually ends around the time the gates open. If the policy changes to have the gates open two hours prior to first pitch, fans should be able to catch just about all of an A’s BP session.
Special thanks to reader Stomper00, who rustled up four sweet tickets behind the plate yesterday and invited me to join him. I brought a buddy, we gave the remaining ticket to another fan in the parking lot, and a good time was had by all. This was the view: