Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. The annual survey of opening day baseball salaries by The Associated Press usually reveals something interesting about the state of the game, and this year's version was even more interesting than most. Here's a tidbit from it that borders on surprising: Despite all you hear and read about the game's huge salaries, a big percentage of major league baseball players aren't millionaires. That's not to say they won't be by the time they're done playing.
Sports reporter and analyst Jason Page weighs in. Former Boston Red Sox executive Dave Dombrowski has joined a group devoted to bringing baseball to Nashville, Tenn. Music City Baseball LLC added him as a consultant and adviser in the effort. Dombrowski, the architect in building the Red Sox and Florida Marlins as perennial World Series champions, was instrumental in leading the teams to more than 2,000 victories with nine playoff appearances, four pennants, and two World Series championships. "It's clear to me that Nashville is ready for Major League Baseball, and Music City Baseball is making smart and exciting decisions as it works to bringing a team here," Dombrowski said in a statement.
A few years back, I was at a minor league baseball game in Geneva, Illinois, watching the Kane County Cougars play the mighty Burlington Bees, when a player on the visiting side looked up from his folding chair in the bullpen and asked me how long it would take to get to Chicago from there. At the time I found it amusing (this kid really called me "sir"). Ever since I've found it kind of affecting. At the lowest levels of the minors, a baseball game feels astonishingly intimate. Your grasp of what is happening--stripped of the histories and stakes that shape a big league matchup--feels smaller, but your sense of the people playing it is overloaded.
How can teams protect players and staff? Boston Red Sox legend Manny Ramirez is still trying to play baseball. Ramirez, a 12-time MLB All-Star, is looking to play in New Zealand for the Auckland Tuatara, according to the team's chief executive. Ramirez reportedly reached out to the team about an opportunity to play in the Australian Baseball League for the 2020-21 season. If we can make it work, we're a safe harbour," said chief executive Regan Wood. "If he can get in and play, there are all these ABL connotations whether we go across the ditch or not.
According to a recent study by The Aspen Institute, a majority of children quit organized sports by age 11. The reason many of those kids are quitting is because they say playing just isn't as fun. Playfinity saw this trend as an opportunity to help keep kids connected to sports in a fun way and have set their sights on baseball with the Backyard League Gaming Baseball. This device not only helps develop core baseball skills, it also has a companion app to turn a game of catch into something a little more engaging. There are two main components to the Backyard League Gaming Baseball, the ball itself and the app.