Regular Articles
Spiderman: Major League Baseball and Columbia Pictures/Marvel Studios announced on Wednesday that they would be placing ads for the upcoming Spiderman movie on the bases during Interleague weekend from June 11-13. Former commissioner Fay Vincent and former president of Columbia Pictures said, “I guess it's inevitable, but it's sad. I'm old-fashioned. I'm a romanticist. I think that the bases should be protected from this.” The reasoning behind this move was that MLB wished to appeal to younger kids, but it seems unlikely that a kid would want to go to the ballpark and see Spiderman ads. Because of the backlash from fans, MLB has scaled back the ads. “We saw some of the polls on the Internet that said that 71 and 81 percent of the fans didn't approve of it,” Geoffrey Ammer, president of worldwide marketing for the Columbia-Tri-Star Motion Picture Group. Major League baseball cannot be looked as if it’s selling out for the time being.

Berroa Receives Extension: Kansas City Royals SS Angel Berroa signed a four-year, $11 million extension with his team. The 26-year-old will receive $500,000 next season; $2 million the next; $3.25 million the next; and $5.5 million or a $500,000 buyout. “It means a lot for this organization,” manager Tony Pena said. General manager Allard Baird continued to praise Berroa, “Angel was a key component to our success last season. It was important for us to sign him to a long-term deal as we continue to build this ballclub.” The big question is whether or (most likely) not they have the room to sign Carlos Beltran.

Ameriquest Field: The Ballpark in Arlington has had its naming rights sold to become Ameriquest Field. The deal is worth $75 million over the span of 30 years. “We both are investing in a long term relationship that includes naming right and extensive involvement as a community partner and corporate leader,” said Rangers owner Tom Hicks. Ameriquest Field joins Bank One Ballpark (Diamondbacks), Citizens Bank Park (Phillies), Comerica Park (Tigers), Coors Field (Rockies), Great American Ballpark (Reds), Jacobs Field (Indians), Minute Maid Park (Astros), Network Associates Coliseum (Athletics), Petco Park (Padres), PNC Park (Pirates), Pro Player Stadium (Marlins), Safeco Field (Mariners), SBC Park (Giants), Tropicana Field (Devil Rays), and US Cellular Field (White Sox) as the stadiums that are named after corporations.

Brewers Audit Done: The public audit of the Milwaukee Brewers books has been completed. Reportedly 133 million dollar was lost last season. Also, part owner Bud Selig (oh, and commissioner of baseball) is trying to sell his stake in the team.

A’s Stadium Not Good: Commissioner Bud Selig visited the Network Associates Coliseum and received a tour from A’s owner Steve Schott. “They can’t stay here, so we’re going to have to find an alternative. They need a new park to survive,” said the commish. “Commissioner Selig is well aware of our need to construct a baseball-only facility for the A’s in the Bay Area,” said Schott. They have tried for new locations, but the San Francisco Giants have blocked their attempts to move.

Expos to DC: In a recent meeting between DC officials and MLB leaders, there was discussion about bringing baseball back to the capital. DC Mayor Anthony Williams explained a plan for a 100% taxpayer funded stadium. This area is very serious about getting a team, but Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos has the ability to block a move to this area. Quite funny when you consider earlier in baseball history that a team wished to move to Baltimore, the Washington Senators blocked it.

Henderson Back in Baseball: Rickey Henderson returned to baseball playing for the Newark Bears. In a rare first person quote Rickey said, “God gave me this body, this gift, these skills to play this sport. Until He says ‘enough,’ this is what I’m supposed to be doing.” The manager of the Newark Bears says that Rickey will pinch hit for a while until he can prove his shoulder is strong enough to play out in the field. Also, Rickey plans to steal more bases, something he did not do last season.

Scott Podsednik Extended: Last year’s runner up in the National League Rookie of the Year voting signed a two-year extension with the Milwaukee Brewers. Last season he became the fourth rookie to hit .300, steal 40 bases, and score 100 runs. Jimmy Barrett (1900), Shoeless Joe Jackson (1911), and Ichiro Suzuki (2001) were the only others to do it.

Melvin Extended: Despite managing a team that has had two, five-game losing streaks, the Seattle Mariners have extended manager Bob Melvin by excersizing his 2005 option.

Now Batting…Mac Turndorf: If his name does not sound familiar, don’t worry. (Actually, you should, because you should keep up with every single thing related to baseball.) Turndorf won an eBay bidding to get an at-bat for the St. Paul Saints by paying $5,601.01, all of which will be donated to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Nash Avery Search for Hope programs. Let’s see if Mr. Turndorf will do what everyone in the stands thinks they can do…hit a pitch.

The DL Welcomes: Chicago Cubs SS Alex Gonzalez (15 day DL, May 6, fractured right wrist, out 4-6 weeks); Detroit Tigers SP Nate Cornejo (15 day DL, May 3, right shoulder inflammation); Houston Astros RP Chad Harville (15 day DL, May 6, strained right hamstring); Philadelphia Phillies RP Roberto Hernandez (15 day DL, May 4 right calf strain); Seattle Mariners 3B Willie Bloomquist (15 day DL, May 2, strained lower back); St. Louis Cardinals RP Mike Lincoln (15 day DL, May 4, right elbow strain)