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SBD/August 27, 2014/Franchises
MLB Franchise Notes: Brewers' Attanasio Opens Up About Commissioner Search
Published August 27, 2014
CHOP 'TIL YOU DROP: Braves President Chair & CEO Terry McGuirk said of signing players to big contracts, "You just can't make a lot of mistakes. The big guys like the Red Sox, the Dodgers, the Angels, the Yankees, they can afford to make big mistakes. We don't have that luxury. [Former Braves 2B Dan Uggla] was one of my favorite guys on the team. It just killed me that whatever happened, but it just didn't work anymore. We took that hit" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 8/23). Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Jeff Schultz noted McGuirk is the "name at the top of the organizational chart." McGuirk "meets with the team's owner, Liberty Media, once a year and that's about the extent of the corporation's contact with the team" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 8/23).
SEATTLE SLEW: In Seattle, Ryan Divish noted the Mariners yesterday "announced a multi-year contract extension" for Exec VP & GM of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik. The announcement is "somewhat of a surprise since the Mariners refused to make public the one-year extension that Zduriencik had received before last season." But the Mariners are "in the midst of a playoff run, so that policy can obviously be amended" (SEATTLETIMES.com, 8/26). Mariners President Kevin Mather said that the logistics of Zduriencik's extension "came together" yesterday. Mather: "It was as simple as I had lunch scheduled with him, we were talking about 2015. It literally was that simple" (AP, 8/26).
RING MY LIBERTY BELL: In Philadelphia, Matt Gelb noted the Phillies entering last weekend "were averaging 3 hours and 11 minutes a game, the fourth-longest" in the NL. The average time between pitches this season "is 23 seconds." The time between pitches has "increased a full second" since '12. It does "not seem significant, but the math does not lie" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 8/24).
TEXAS BACK-STEP: In Dallas, Gerry Fraley noted the Rangers' average attendance through last weekend was down 4,009 from last season, the "second-largest decline in the majors" behind the Phillies at 7,846. At this rate, the Rangers "would finish with an attendance decrease of about 325,000," which translates into about $10M "less in revenue" (DALLASNEWS.com, 8/24).