At sometime during the Spring, the Atlanta Braves will have publicly traded shares on the Nasdaq stock market. Ahead of that rare event for a sports team, the team is putting its financial situation in public, and it's definitely interesting considering that sports teams normally keep that information close to the vest. One of the interesting tidbits from the article was Liberty Media basically admitting that they're trying to find a balance between spending on players to win while losing money and holding on to that money but losing money via other sources of income.
A lengthy document about the plan, filed this month by Liberty with the Securities and Exchange Commission, acknowledged the delicate balance in mixing sports and stocks.
If the Braves acquire highly paid players to improve the team’s short-term performance, Liberty’s filing said, that "could significantly increase operating expenses for a given year and … adversely impact the trading price" of the stock.
But on the other hand, the document said, if the Braves "focus on longer-term success by investing more heavily in … younger and less expensive talent," that may hurt the team’s current on-field performance "and in turn could have a negative impact on ticket sales and other sources of revenues."
If you were wondering how A.J. Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers would share catching responsibilities in 2016, it's going to be split pretty evenly via platoon. This news came from the AJC's David O'Brien, who dropped that nugget of information on us while breaking down what he felt would be the five most interesting position stories for the Braves in this upcoming season.
There's been a lot of talk about tanking during this offseason, and that's mostly due to the fact that there are probably going to be a decent amount of really bad teams in the National League this season, and that includes our beloved Braves. However, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is arguing that the Braves (like the Brewers and Phillies) are doing the right thing by changing course and taking advantage of the system in front of them and using it to make themselves better in the long term, instead of holding on to mediocrity in the present and future.
Yesterday was Valentine's Day, which means that love had to have been lingering in the air. That was especially the case for Fox Sports South, who somehow managed to find "14 things to love" about the Braves in 2016. This is a massive achievement and I applaud them for going through that effort to find 14 things to love about the major league squad this season, because I know it had to have been difficult.
The Chicago Cubs haven't hosted the All-Star Game since 1990, but that may be about to change soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred told a Chicago radio station that once the renovations to the Friendly Confines are finished, the stadium could definitely be in line to host the Midsummer Classic.
For what it's worth, the Washington Nationals players and front office have done a pretty good job of trying to put the Jonathan Papelbon/Bryce Harper incident in the past where it belongs. Nats players have repeatedly said that they're over it, and the front office has tried to bury it as well. However, there is one section of the Nats universe that may not have let it go just yet: The fanbase. That's led our friends at Federal Baseball to wonder if the Nats may have potentially underestimated just how much the fans dislike Papelbon right now.
Surely it doesn't benefit anyone to badmouth Papelbon publicly, regardless of what they might think. But is it possible that they did immediately put it behind them?
And what about the fans? The players may have put it behind them, but should the Nationals fan base accept that it's been squashed and move on as well?
Are we headed for a season of booing the closer every time he enters the game in Nationals Park?