13) As if 2020 hasn’t sucked enough already, one of boyhood idols passed away this week, and way too young.
Biff Pocoroba made his major league debut on April 25, 1975; I was 15 and a huge baseball fan, and my first name is also Biff. Not surprisingly, I became a big fan- as I type this, there is a post card signed by him on the bookshelf in my living room.
Pocoroba lasted 10 years in the major leagues; he was a good defensive catcher, was especially good catching Phil Niekro’s knuckleball. He made the 1978 All-Star Game, coming in for Bob Boone in the 9th inning, when Niekro was brought in to pitch.
Biff once hit a bases loaded double off Tom Seaver on Monday Night Baseball, when that was a big deal; he hit a walk-off grand slam against the Montreal Expos. He was one of Brave owner Ted Turner’s favorite players; when it was time for him to be released, they waited until Turner was out of the country to do it.
Biff Pocoroba was 66 when he passed away Sunday. RIP, sir.
12) Here are the salary proposals MLB gave to the players, for playing a reduced 82-game season:
— $1M player would now make $434,000
— $5M player would make $1.6M
— $10M player would make $2.9M
— $15M player would make $4M
— $20M player would make $5.2M
There are bonuses involved if the playoffs/World Series are completed, but there is no guarantee that the players aren’t risking getting the coronavirus and thereby jeopardizing their lives by playing.
Serious question: If you were a player, would you agree to this?
11) Something to consider: Mark Attanasio, owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, said that MLB typically generates $9.4B per year in revenue, half of which goes to player salaries. A half season would yield about $5B, and without fans, would be closer to $2.85B for the entire 2020 season.
10) Every July 1 from now until 2035, the Mets pay Bobby Bonilla $1.19M, the deferred payment he gets from an agreement he made in 2000.
If the players were to accept the deal the owners recently offered them, Bonilla would make more money this year than 22 of the 25 current players on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bonilla hasn’t played ball in 19 years- retired after the 2001 season.
9) Happy birthday to the great Jerry West, who turned 82 Thursday. Great ballplayer, and along with Red Auerbach, the best executive in NBA history.
8) On October 16, 2006, the Chicago Bears beat the Cardinals 24-23 at Sun Devil Stadium on a Monday night, after trailing 20-0 at halftime. The win improved the defending Super Bowl champs record to 6-0, but it is one of the flukiest wins ever.
— Total yardage: 286-168, Arizona
— Bears turned ball over six times, Arizona twice
— First downs: Cardinals 17, Bears 9
— Chicago didn’t score an offensive TD; Arizona had two.
— In the last 16:00 of the game, Bears scored three TD’s:
a) a 3-yard fumble return with 0:03 left in the third quarter
b) a 40-yard fumble return with 5:00 left to play
c) an 83-yard punt return with 2:58 left.
Not too often an NFL team has nine first downs, six turnovers, and they win.
7) USC lost both their backup QB’s the last week or so; Jack Sears transferred to Boise State last week, and now JT Daniels has bolted to Georgia.
Kedon Slovis is entrenched as the Trojans’ #1 QB, which means the other two QB’s, to twist the immortal words of Garry Templeton, said “If I ain’t starting, then I’ll be departing.”
6) American cities with most total hotel rooms; think the NBA can find enough nice hotel rooms to house all of its teams?
— Las Vegas: 152,275
— Orlando: 144,125
5) Former big league pitcher Dan Straily has made five starts for the Lotte Giants in the KBO; he is 1-2, 2.86 in his first five starts, but the Giants scored a total of two runs in his last three starts. Kind of hard to win games when you don’t score any runs.
4) Watching the KBO games, I realized the other night that a couple of teams don’t wear fitted caps, they wear the adjustable caps — I haven’t bought a hat with an adjustable back in 20 years. My head is usually too big to wear them.
Pitcher on the SK Wyverns was making his fourth start of the year this week; his hat looks like it got run over by a bus, has to be the same one he wore last year.
3) I’ve finally decided that the Samsung Lions have my favorite KBO uniforms; kind of the same shade of blue as the Detroit Lions, without the silver trim.
2) Good news from Las Vegas; on June 4, MGM Grand, Bellagio, Signature and New York, New York will be opening. All other M Life properties will be taking reservations after July 1st.
1) This headline actually ran on the Baltimore Sun’s website for a few hours Thursday, before it was finally deleted/changed:
“Robert Kraft sees a happy ending for the NFL”
Make your own jokes people, and drive home carefully!!!