>>Local Streaming Coming To Baseball Next Year
Major League Baseball has long had an absurd blackout policy in place, but we're finally seeing steps of it going away. Per sportsbusinessdaily.com, 15 MLB teams (local FOX affiliates) are going to have local games available for streaming online starting next season.
From the report quote - There is no specific timetable for a potential announcement of a deal between FOX and MLB. The two sides hope to complete the agreement around the end of this season, which would give the league and RSNs a full offseason to market the availability of the new local streams before Opening Day 2016.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, working with the league's president of business and media, Bob Bowman, has made in-market baseball streaming a key league priority, including personally participating in several negotiating sessions.
>>Mariners P Iwakuma Player of the Week
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending August 16th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.
Iwakuma threw the fifth no-hitter (fourth individual) in Mariners history en route to his first career AL weekly honor, the first for a Seattle pitcher since his teammate Felix Hernandez won on June 8, 2014.
In a week with multiple worthy candidates, Baltimore Orioles teammates Adam Jones and Chris Davis were particularly notable, leading the O's to a 5-2 record this past week. Together, the slugging duo batted .420 (21-for-50) with 15 runs scored, 10 home runs and 19 RBI.
On Wednesday against the Orioles at Safeco Field, Hisashi, a Tokyo native, became the second Japanese-born pitcher in MLB history to record a no-hitter, joining Hideo Nomo, who accomplished the feat first with the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 17, 1996 against the Colorado Rockies and again with the Boston Red Sox on April 4, 2001 against Baltimore.
>>Giants P Bumgarner Named NL Player of the Week
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner has been named the National League Player of the Week for August 10-16. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.
Bumgarner led the Majors with 26 strikeouts and 18.0 innings pitched last week. The southpaw posted a perfect 2-0 record in two outings, earning his eighth and ninth career complete-game efforts. His 0.50 ERA (1 ER/18.0 IP) was the lowest among all Major Leaguers who made at least two starts last week.
Others considered for weekly honors included Pittsburgh's INF Pedro Alvarez (.476, 10 H, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 1.000 SLG) and OF Gregory Polanco (.483, 14 H, 2 3B, HR, 4 RBI, .724 SLG, .516 OBP); Arizona's David Peralta (.474, 9 H, 2 HR, 10 RBI, .842 SLG, .522 OBP); Cincinnati's Joey Votto (.407, 11 H, 2 HR, 7 RBI, .778 SLG); and Zack Greinke (2-0, 0.69 ERA, 14 SO, 13.0 IP) of the Los Angeles Dodgers.