The most intriguing free agent signing of the past off-season was on the bump for the Texas Rangers against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre last night. The game was garnering national coverage due to rumors and hype that Yu Darvish was initially going to land north of the border, however when the dust settled the Rangers posted a kings ransom and won the bid to negotiate with Darvish for a sultry 51.7 million.
The 24 year old and 2 time Pacific League MVP signed a 6 year 56 million dollar deal with the Rangers.
So the sun-glass wearing prima-donna bid adieu to Japan with that leaving his estranged wife, and scantily clothed advertisements deals behind.
What makes Darvish unique is that he has a repertoire unlike many others who toe the rubber. He is capable of effectively throwing 7 different pitches and the kitchen sink for strikes at any time in the count. Continue reading
The son of the most famous hockey player to ever lace a pair of skates is about to embark on a baseball career with the Chicago Cubs attempting to make “Gretzky” a household name but only this time playing America’s favorite past-time. Trevor Gretzky was drafted in the 7th round, 219th overall in the 2011 amateur baseball draft by the Chicago Cubs. The sweet swinging lefty played first base for the Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, California where he posted a .393 batting average and an OPS of 1.043 in his senior year. Gretzky wore the infamous #99 during his senior baseball year and was also a quarterback for the Oaks Christian football team.
Leading up to the draft there was speculation that Gretzky may attend San Diego State University on a baseball scholarship under the tutelage of head coach and Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. However Gretzky elected for the MLB draft and is currently playing in extended spring training for the Cubs in Arizona rehabbing from shoulder surgery this past off-season. Continue reading
Detroit Tigers’ outfielder Delmon Young was reportedly involved in an alcohol fueled incident that landed him in police custody last Friday. According to a report in the New York Post, a well-inebriated Young shouted anti-Semitic slurs at a group of people outside a New York hotel before physically assaulting one person. Young has since been suspended for seven days without pay by Major League Baseball and faces criminal charges.
As of Wednesday, Young has still not spoken to the media.
The day after the incident, Young did give an apology in a written media statement. But was this enough?
From a public relations standpoint, the obvious answer is no. But when there are legal matters involved, is the right move for the Detroit Tigers PR team to put Young in front of media to answer questions? Or should Young remain silent on the issue to avoid further implicating himself legally? This is a situation in where lawyers and PR representatives must work closely together to make sure Young’s image with fans isn’t destroyed while making sure they look out for his legal well-being. Continue reading