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Advertising patches soon coming to MLB?

Advertising patches soon coming to MLB?

Many longtime baseball fans are not going to like this, but it sounds like advertising logos are soon coming to baseball uniforms.

According to Sports Business Daily, "a handful of MLB teams have already reached out to marketing agencies for evaluations and pricing estimates."

The NBA added advertisement patches to their jerseys before the 2017-18 season, and according to SBD they generate an average of $7 million per year, per team. That's a lot of money and big businesses rarely turn down easy, new ways to make money.

This would not happen until the 2022 next season, the first year under the next, yet-to-be-negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreement. There are many issues to work through, including who sees what percentage of the newfound money.

“I’d say it’s inevitable down the road, but certainly not immediate," MLB executive VP of business and sales told reporters at the All-Star break.

If baseball wanted to do this in the least invasive way, they could just add a patch to a uniform sleeve, perhaps in the same place where teams honor recently deceased key members of the organization.

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Phillies top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez will skip Arizona Fall League after setback

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Phillies top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez will skip Arizona Fall League after setback

The Phillies have decided against sending top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez to the Arizona Fall League after the right-hander recently experienced a setback in his recovery from an elbow injury that first sidelined him in early June, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

General manager Matt Klentak confirmed the team’s decision.

Sanchez was firmly on the road to recovery and getting work in the Florida Instructional League when he recently came down with soreness in his right collarbone. Team medical officials are not alarmed by the issue and they are confident that Sanchez will be fully healthy and ready to go for spring training. However, the setback cut into Sanchez’s preparation time in Florida so the team has decided to err on the side of caution and hold him out of the AFL. The prospect-studded league opens play Tuesday and runs through Nov. 17. Sanchez had been slated to pitch for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Sanchez, 20, was shut down in early June after experiencing right elbow soreness. After a battery of tests, it was determined that he would not require surgery. He spent the summer rehabilitating the injury in Florida and began getting back on the mound in late August.

Sanchez had been pitching for Single A Clearwater at the time of his injury. In four starts leading up to the injury, he had allowed just two earned runs in 25 2/3 innings while striking out 29 and walking four. In his last start on June 3, he delivered seven shutout innings, walked two and struck out five in a win over the Florida Fire Frogs. He reported to the ballpark the next day complaining of elbow tenderness.

The Phillies discovered Sanchez, a converted shortstop, during a workout in the Dominican Republic in late 2014 (see story). His mix of control and power stuff has made him one of baseball’s top pitching prospects and an untouchable in trade discussions. The Phillies envision him as being a mainstay in their rotation in the coming years.

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Even Mr. Sunshine, Gabe Kapler, thinks the Phillies are playing 'sh---y' baseball

Even Mr. Sunshine, Gabe Kapler, thinks the Phillies are playing 'sh---y' baseball

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DENVER – General manager Matt Klentak collected his thoughts and said, “There’s no other way to say it, the last six weeks have been awful.”

And that was before the Phillies’ first eight hitters struck out Wednesday night, before the moribund team suffered its seventh straight defeat in an uncompetitive 14-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

Even usually upbeat manager Gabe Kapler couldn’t come up with anything positive after the team’s latest embarrassing loss.

“It was just a sh---y performance all the way around,” he said. “From a pitching standpoint to approach at the plate, we didn’t do anything very well tonight.

“We’re playing really bad baseball right now. Really bad baseball,” he said. “There’s no excuse for it. None at all. We all have to look ourselves in the mirror individually and collectively and figure out how to be better. We have to do it right now."

The Phillies are 6-18 in September.

It sure looks like they've quit.

“I don’t believe there’s a man in that room that’s quit,” Kapler said. “I think we can fight harder. I think we can grind harder. I think we can push each other harder.

“I feel like there’s more fight in us. I feel like there’s more energy. There’s more grit. I’ve seen it. I know it’s in there. I believe in these guys. I believe in their ability to bring it out and I believe in their ability to bring it out tomorrow. But that doesn't take away from the fact that we have been playing really, really bad baseball for quite some time. No excuse for it.”

Three games into this four-game series at Coors Field, the Phillies have been outscored, 34-4. It is the first time since 1958 that they have given up at least 10 runs in three straight games.

And to think, this was a first-place team, 15 games over .500, in early August.

The Rockies are thanking the schedule makers for sending the Phillies their way in the final week of the season. The Rockies are in a dogfight with the Dodgers for the NL West title. If the Rockies win the division, they might want to send the compliant Phillies a portion of their postseason shares.

The Phillies are 0-7 on this eight-game trip. It began with four losses in Atlanta and elimination from postseason contention.

The Phils had an 0-8 trip in June of 2015. That ultimately led to manager Ryne Sandberg’s resignation. Kapler isn’t going anywhere (see story).

The Phils’ worst road trip ever was an 0-9 showing in 1883. Only by the grace of the schedule makers will they not equal that mark on this trip.

The Phillies are 78-80 with four games left in the season. They need three wins to finish .500 and avoid a sixth straight losing season.

After Thursday’s game, the Phils open their final homestand of the season Friday night against the NL East champion Braves. It’s likely Jerad Eickhoff will start Friday followed by Aaron Nola on Saturday night.

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