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Television is no longer big business

Enjoy a new installment of "En la Pelota" by Juan Vené

“Just as the ball game is just one batter after the other, age is nothing more than one year after the other”… Yogi Berra.

The super-billion dollar business in Major League Baseball is no longer the sale of the rights to broadcast games on television, but rather the revaluation of teams... The Yankees were purchased in 1973, by George Steinbrenner, for 10 million dollars. Now they are worth seven thousand 550 million... Magic Johnson and his group bought the Dodgers in 2012, for two billion. Now they are worth five thousand 450 million... The Red Sox were acquired by John Henry, in 2002, for 660 million, and now the value of that franchise is four thousand 545 million... They are doing well, guys, they are doing well!...

It is very funny, Jimmy Shapiro, from “Bet Online”, when he publishes that the worst umpire in the history of baseball, the Cuban Ángel Hernández, who was left without a job, will now be an optometrist, or an airline pilot, a Braille instructor or a surgeon. …By the way, hundreds of managers, coaches and big leaguers, both retired and active, have expressed their satisfaction because Ángel went fishing. The loudest has been CC Sabathia, who had more than one altercation with the incapable Cuban...

“Age is a matter of thought and importance… That is, if you don't think about it, you don't give it importance”… Leroy Satchel Paige.

Shohei Ohtani has taken responsibility for everything that Ippei Mizuhara, his previous interpreter, has had to pay for having stolen 11 million dollars from him to settle debts with gamblers... And a friend of Ohtani and Mizuharai, the infielder, David Fletcher , of the Dodgers, plays in Triple A, while being investigated for illegal betting questions. Furthermore, at 29 years old, he is no longer an infielder, but a pitcher, a knukleball specialist. In one game, the day before yesterday, he threw 72 times for the plate and 60 were with his knuckles...

The 31-year-old Puerto Rican pitcher, Jorge López, who in eight seasons has worn six uniforms, was placed under the order of the other teams by the Mets. López threw his glove in the air and took his uniform shirt out of his pants after being ejected against the Dodgers at Citi Field. The visitors won, 10-3. Before journalists, López insulted the Mets and Major League Baseball…

“Old age is an incurable disease, with which we all want to become infected and hope that it does not disappear”… JV

Thanks to the life that has given me so much, even a reader like you.

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