While gambling is still against the rules inside the game, Major League Baseball has announced the formation of an all-inclusive partnership agreement with MGM Resorts International as the first-ever “Official Gaming Partner of MLB” and “Official Entertainment Partner of MLB.”
“We are pleased to partner with MGM Resorts International, a clear industry leader in the sports gaming area, to work together on bringing innovative experiences to baseball fans and MGM customers,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. via press release. “Our partnership with MGM will help us navigate this evolving space responsibly, and we look forward to the fan engagement opportunities ahead.”
The multi-year deal will combine the MLB brand with MGM Resorts and playMGM brands across league and team sponsorships, data usage in gaming, promotion across MLB-owned media platforms, and domestic and international activations at MLB events.
CARDS PROMOTE THREE
–The Cardinals also announced three promotions within the organization. Randy Flores has added Assistant General Manager/Director of Scouting. Ernie Moore is the new Director of Team Travel and Mark Walsh has become the Head Clubhouse Manager.
Flores has overseen the Cardinals’ amateur draft the last three seasons after joining the team as Director of Scouting in August of 2015. Moore had shared the clubhouse managerial duties with Walsh the last three years and will now take over the travel duties for C.J. Cherre, who is retiring as the traveling secretary at the end of this year.
MORE ON DONALDSON
–Speaking at an introductory press conference this morning, Josh Donaldson shared he cheered for the Atlanta Braves as a child and Ron Gant was his first favorite player. He also spoke highly of his working relationship with Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos from their time together in Toronto. But besides those factors, there was another big reason that Donaldson chose to sign a 1-year, $23 million deal with Atlanta–the training staff.
“I’m excited to be back with Alex and lot of my former training staff that was with me with the Toronto Blue Jays,” shared Donaldson. “They know me. And they know how to keep me on the field. I think that’s the biggest part.”
Donaldson was limited to playing in 52 games last season due to calf issues.
Besides the interest from Atlanta, the St. Louis Cardinals were among teams that had expressed interest in signing Donaldson.
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