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October 5, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko to be Type-A free-agents

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 5, 2010 9:11 pm
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MLBTR:

Type A

Matt Thornton – 86.094
A.J. Pierzynski
– 80.804
Paul Konerko
– 78.095
Manny Ramirez
– 76.154

Type B

J.J. Putz – 61.876

Here are the spreadsheets.

White Sox attendance down 4%, Minnesota up 36%. MLB revenues up.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 5, 2010 2:34 pm
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Maury Brown (BoB) @ FG:

Team
# Gms
2009 Attend
2009 Avg
# Gms
2010 Attend
2010 Avg
Diff
Dif Per Gm
%
(+/-)
Twins
81
2,362,149
29,162
81
3,223,640
39,798
861,491
10,636
36.47%
White Sox
81
2,284,163
28,200
81
2,194,378
27,091
-89,785
-1,108
-3.93%
Tigers
81
2,567,192
31,694
81
2,461,237
30,386
-105,955
-1,308
-4.13%
Royals
81
1,799,686
22,218
81
1,615,327
19,942
-184,359
-2,276
-10.24%
Indians
81
1,766,242
21,805
81
1,391,644
17,181
-374,598
-4,625
-21.21%

However, MLB is projected to pull in a record $7 billion in revenues:

Major League Baseball is projecting gross revenues of $7 billion for 2010, continuing a run of record-breaking years, and bucking the chilly economy. … In 2009, final revenues were $6.6 billion up from $6.5 billion in 2008. The increase from 2009 to the projected 2010 figure is a remarkable 6.06 percent increase, an incredible jump in an economy that continues to run chilly.

How were the increases reached? Sources at Major League Baseball say one big component is local television deals that have annual escalators. The other is for expiring TV deals in the very competitive market where regional sports networks (RSNs) are clamoring for more live content, there are significant increases.

NY Mets to interview White Sox Assistant GM Rick Hahn?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 5, 2010 2:47 am
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Cerrone @ MetsBlog:

According to people close to the team, as well as around baseball, expect the Mets to speak with Terry Ryan and Rick Hahn, among other potential candidates, about replacing Omar Minaya as GM.

more from Cerrone:

I’ve heard from people close to the Mets that he is seen as being very business savvy, a successful negotiator, and he’s got a thick skin from experience working for a ‘dramatic franchise.’

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