Welcome Michael Vick
The Kansas City T-Bones, an independent-league team, has an interesting promotion scheduled for May 28: It's "Michael Vick Welcome to the Neighborhood Night."
Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, is, of course, serving a 23-month sentence at nearby Leavenworth for his part in a dog-fighting ring.
The plan is to ring the field with rubber barbed wire. The T-Bones will wear classic black-and-white prison stripes and the visiting Gary Southshore RailCats will wear orange jumpsuit tops. There will be spotlights and escape sirens and "Who Let the Dogs Out" will be played.
Still playing at 50?
Power and prestige
Not-so Teen Wolf
Some tidbits from Forbes magazine's annual assessment of the value of major league franchises.
The Rockies' value increased 17 percent, the highest of any team in baseball. That's good news.
The Angels and Cleveland had 16 percent increase in their values.
The Rockies, according to Forbes, are worth $371 million, which is 21st in the Major Leagues.
FORBES TEAM VALUES EDITION
1. Arizona Diamondbacks . . . . . 3
2. Boston Red Sox . . . . . 1
3. Chicago Cubs . . . . . 2
4. St. Louis Cardinals . . . . . 4
5. New York Yankees . . . . . 5
6. Chicago White Sox . . . . . 6
7. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim . . . . . 9
8. Oakland Athletics . . . . . 7
9. Milwaukee Brewers . . . . . 8
10. New York Mets . . . . .
Dropped out: Marlins ($256 million)
FORGIVE: Vernon Wells, OF, Blue Jays
FORGET: Kevin Millwood, P, Rangers
Repeat after me: Millwood is no longer a good fantasy pitcher. A quick look shows Millwood has a 2.42 ERA through four starts, but even with that great start, his WHIP is 1.46 and that's the sign of a pitcher who allows too many base runners.