The New York Yankees say they aren’t for sale.
The Daily News reported Thursday that there were rumors in Major League Baseball and New York banking circles that the Steinbrenner family “is exploring the possibility of selling the Yankees.”
Not so, says Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner.
“It is pure fiction,” he said. “The Yankees are not for sale. I expect that the Yankees will be in my family for many years to come.”
Hal’s father, George Steinbrenner, headed a group that bought the Yankees from CBS Inc. in 1973 for about $8.7 million net. The elder Steinbrenner died two years ago.
Yankees president Randy Levine also says the team is not for sale and that, “we have not told anyone or indicated to anyone that it’s for sale.”
If the Yankees ever do go on the market, one bidder to count out is Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“I have front row tickets which cost a fortune,” Bloomberg joked to reporters. “That’s as much as I can afford.”
VISION TRAINING CATCHING ON
A University of Cincinnati baseball player tosses a plastic, colored ball to another player wearing strobe goggles a few feet away.
Catch the ball. Call out the color. Do it again.
It seems to work.
The Bearcats baseball team implemented a comprehensive vision training program before last season and got surprisingly good results. The team batting average went up 34 points.
Doctors, trainers and coaches at Cincinnati credit the program that has players doing a half-dozen vision training exercises several times a week. Major league teams have taken notice, a sign that it could eventually filter up. Some big leaguers are already doing it.
Major league stolen base leader Emilio Bonifacio was safe on his first 20 attempts this season. Now he’ll be out for a while. The Marlins center fielder will have surgery on his injured left thumb Friday and is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. … Giants infielder Ryan Theriot has been activated from the disabled list after being sidelined since May 9 with a strained right elbow. … The Angels designated former Mariners reliever David Pauley for assignment and recalled infielder Andrew Romine from Triple-A Salt Lake. Pauley, who pitched in 58 games for Seattle in 2010-11, was deemed expendable because the Angels were carrying 13 pitchers on their roster. Romine was hitting .312 with two homers and 17 RBI in 40 games at Salt Lake. … White Sox starter John Danks is headed to the 15-day DL because of soreness in his left shoulder. … Detroit placed center fielder and leadoff hitter Austin Jackson on the 15-day DL with an abdominal strain. Batting .331 and setting the table for Detroit’s power hitters, Jackson has been out since he got hurt on a swing May 16. He was in the lineup Tuesday but aggravated the injury during batting practice. … The Rangers acquired left-hander John Gaub on a waiver claim from Tampa Bay. Gaub was added to the Rangers’ 40-man roster and optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.
Texas didn’t have to make any corresponding move because it had an open spot on the 40-man roster.
In 16 relief appearances this season at Triple-A Durham, Gaub was 0-1 with a save and a 4.32 ERA. The Rays had acquired Gaub off waivers from the Chicago Cubs on April 5.