NBC Washington: MLB Struggling to Get Attendance Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels

NBC Washington: MLB Struggling to Get Attendance Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels. “Major League Baseball is struggling to fill the stands at pre-COVID levels as the sport heads into the last 2 1/2 months of its first season since 2019 without capacity restrictions. MLB reached the All-Star break with an average attendance of 26,409. That represents a drop of 5.4% from the All-Star break of 2019 — which was 10 days earlier than this year.”

Techdirt: How The Internet Enabled A Mariners Fan And DoorDash Driver To Connect And Do Something Cool

Techdirt: How The Internet Enabled A Mariners Fan And DoorDash Driver To Connect And Do Something Cool. “The internet is responsible for both good and bad outcomes in society, as is pretty much everything else. But the internet also is only as good or bad as those that make use of it. And sometimes, the internet enables really awesome stuff. Take the story of Sofie Dill, Seattle Mariners fan, and Simranjeet Singh, a DoorDash driver.”

Engadget: Major League Baseball will stream 15 games on YouTube this season

Engadget: Major League Baseball will stream 15 games on YouTube this season. “Like an ambitious butcher trying to cleave a dollar of meat out of a ten cent steak, Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that it is carving out a bit more of its television broadcast rights, renewing its four season-old deal for the ‘MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube’ with the Alphabet property. But unlike other recently struck deals, these streaming exclusives will be free to watch and without local blackout restrictions.”

GlobeNewswire: Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum To Open Baseball Exhibition (PRESS RELEASE)

GlobeNewswire: Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum To Open Baseball Exhibition (PRESS RELEASE). “A special website makes available the stories, themes and historical artifacts presented in the exhibition, and it provides multi-media storytelling by some of the most significant organizations and people associated with the game of baseball. Schedules and information regarding public programing and events associated with the exhibition are outlined as well, providing experiences for both on-site and online visitors.”

Little League Baseball: Little League® International To Launch Content Series to Celebrate 75 Years of the Little League Baseball® World Series

Little League Baseball: Little League® International To Launch Content Series to Celebrate 75 Years of the Little League Baseball® World Series. “As the countdown to the 75th Anniversary of the Little League Baseball® World Series (LLBWS) this August gears up, Little League® International is set to launch a 75-part content series that highlights some of the key moments, memories, and people that have made the LLBWS one of the most iconic sporting events in the world.”

New York Daily News: Unvaccinated Yankees and Mets can’t play at home under current NYC rules

New York Daily News: Unvaccinated Yankees and Mets can’t play at home under current NYC rules. “Unvaccinated players on the Yankees and Mets are covered by the same private sector employer mandate that is keeping Kyrie Irving off the court in Brooklyn, a City Hall spokesperson told the Daily News. Mayor Eric Adams repealed the Key2NYC vaccine mandate covering indoor spaces like gyms, dining and entertainment on Mar. 7. But Irving remained ineligible to play under a separate regulation: A private employer mandate put in place by the de Blasio administration on Dec. 27.”

Techdirt: MLB Removes References To Current Players On MLB.com Due To Lockout

Techdirt: MLB Removes References To Current Players On MLB.com Due To Lockout. “For non-MLB fans, the quick version is this: the collectively bargained labor agreement between owners and players expired this week without a new agreement inked. As a result, the players are now locked out of team facilities by ownership. That last bit is important, because many people have been describing this as a labor strike. It isn’t. At all. This is the owners refusing to let the players fulfill their duties. And as part of that, it seems, MLB released the following news update on its MLB.com website.”

Digital Library of Georgia: How I Identified The Earliest Surviving Film Footage of African American Baseball Players

Digital Library of Georgia: How I Identified The Earliest Surviving Film Footage of African American Baseball Players. “In 2011, we received a donation of films from Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville, Georgia, spanning from 1916 into the 1970s. Pebble Hill was the winter hunting retreat for the Hanna family of Cleveland, Ohio, prominent industrialists and politicians. One of the most important segments of all the films in the collection was 26 seconds of 28mm film showing Pebble Hill’s black baseball team playing Chinquapin Plantation’s black baseball team sometime in the 1910s or 1920s.”

For the Win: The Cubs released Jake Arrieta after he told a reporter to take his mask off during press conference

For the Win: The Cubs released Jake Arrieta after he told a reporter to take his mask off during press conference. “Arrieta had already opened the season with irresponsible anti-vaccine comments, so it wasn’t exactly surprising to see his thoughts on masks fall into the same realm. But when Arrieta chose to mock a reporter over wearing a mask after allowing 8 runs in four innings on Wednesday, it appeared to be the final straw for the Cubs.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Cardinals will require masking in certain indoor clubs and retail stores at Busch

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Cardinals will require masking in certain indoor clubs and retail stores at Busch. “In accordance with the City of St. Louis’ mask mandate that went into effect on Monday, the Cardinals have said that all fans will be asked to wear a mask when entering or circulating in the five indoor ticketed club areas, in addition to the team store and the Cardinals Authentics Shop at Busch Stadium, beginning with Friday night’s game here against Minnesota.”

AP: Yanks, Rockies deal with COVID surges after All-Star break

AP: Yanks, Rockies deal with COVID surges after All-Star break. ” For the first time in months, COVID-19 is creating chaos around Major League Baseball. The Yankees and Rockies are dealing with coronavirus outbreaks sidelining a total of 10 players and two coaches, including New York slugger Aaron Judge and Colorado manager Bud Black, as baseball attempts to resume play following its All-Star break.”

Engadget: Batters in the Home Run Derby will livestream using 5G helmet cameras

Engadget: Batters in the Home Run Derby will livestream using 5G helmet cameras. “If you’ve ever wanted to see a pro baseball player’s at-bat through their eyes, you’re about to get your chance. T-Mobile is marketing its 5G network by equipping players at the 2021 Home Run Derby with 5G point-of-view cameras on their helmets, including the catchers’ masks. Watch the live competition through a special T-Mobile website and you can witness both batting practice and the derby itself as if you were on the field, with 5G (hopefully) keeping everything in sync.”

USA Today: Negro Leagues stats officially incorporated into Baseball Reference’s database

USA Today: Negro Leagues stats officially incorporated into Baseball Reference’s database. “For the better part of three decades, Black baseball players competed on identical fields under the same rules as their white counterparts, but were considered inferior – even if their style of play and level of competition said otherwise. Last December, Major League Baseball took a giant step toward correcting that by officially elevating the Negro Leagues to major league status. The transformation takes another step forward Tuesday with Negro League statistics now listed alongside those of the American League and National League on Baseball-Reference.com.”