In a move that further confirms the shift in how sports leagues are delivering their content to fans, MLB and Facebook have struck a deal under which the social networking platform gets exclusive rights to 25 afternoon games this season, Bloomberg News first reported via Twitter.
Most of the MLB games Facebook will webcast are on Wednesdays, and the package begins April 4 with Phillies vs. Mets.
Also on the docket: Brewers vs. Cardinals on April 11; Royals vs. Blue Jays on April 18; and Diamondbacks vs. Phillies on April 26, a Thursday
From a consumer’s perspective, the deal makes all kinds of sense. Many people have access to computers at work, but not televisions. Some of these folks will surely appreciate the opportunity to catch some baseball on a Wednesday afternoon, while their bosses probably would rather they be working.
The league announced Saturday, the 24-year-old’s suspension will begin at the start of the season.
This is Bonifacio’s first positive test for steroids.
Bonifacio batted .255 with 17 home runs and 40 RBIs in 113 games for the Royals in 2017.
Prior to the season last year he was the Royals’ No. 6 overall prospect in 2015, according to MLB Pipeline.
He was a Marlin. Then he was a Ray. Now he’s a Maray. Hechavarria can really pick it at the six, but don’t expect all that much offense. His career .291 OBP just about tells the whole story. But seriously, he’s got an excellent glove.
Out of the rotation, Ohtani is capable of bringing triple-digit heat, and he has already shown off an impressive breaking pitch in his first spring start. His numbers in Japan make it plain that Ohtani is capable of claiming a regular spot in the lineup as an outfielder or designated hitter. That’s going to mean stealing at-bats from Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols, but Ohtani is talented enough to do it.