High & Inside: NL Notes

It's baseball time

Monday was Memorial Day, a time to grab a hot dog and a beer; wave an American flag; and enjoy a baseball game, whether it's at the stadium, in a living room, or through a radio. But Monday was just the second time in the last 10 seasons that every team played on Memorial Day.

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The patriotic lid, atop Yankee Derek Jeter.

Last year, two teams were off. Everyone played in 2009. Here's the rundown going back 10 seasons: 2008 (eight teams off), 2007 (six), 2006 (two), 2005 (10), 2004 (six), 2003 (12), and 2002 (eight). (Thanks to the ever-reliable baseball-reference.com.)

We'll see if Major League Baseball keeps the Memorial Day slate full next season. It should consider how many of those goofy, stars-and-stripes hats it'll sell if every team plays.

 

For your consideration

We've detailed the hubbub surrounding the season-ending injury to the Giants' Buster Posey and the debate about home-plate collisions. May we offer a simple solution? MLB can outlaw collisions as soon as it outlaws catchers blocking the plate.

 

Desperate Wilpons

Just how desperate is the Wilpon family? ESPNNewYork reported over the weekend that the family's deal to sell part of the New York Mets to hedge-fund manager/poker player David Einhorn is a sweet one for the investor.

Einhorn will have the opportunity to increase his stake in the team from 33 percent to a controlling 60 percent in three years, according to the report. The Wilpons can block that move by returning Einhorn's $200 million, after which Einhorn will still own one sixth of the Mets.

In a worst-case scenario for Einhorn, he gets a piece of the Mets for merely floating a loan to the Wilpons. The best-case scenario leads to a controlling stake of a major-league franchise (even if it doesn't look like one . . . or play like one) in New York.

 


Contact staff writer T.J. Furman at tfurman@phillynews.com.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.