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15. 03. 2019. 03:45  
CINCINNATI (AP) — Quoting the Cincinnati Reds‘ longtime play-by-play announcer  , the Ohio Supreme Court declared Tuesday that “this one belongs to the Reds.”The state’s high court ruled 5-2 that the Major League Baseball franchise is exempt from paying tax on the purchase of bobbleheads and other promotional items the team offers to ticket buyers.The opinion written by Justice Patrick Fischer warned that the ruling was specific to the case and might not apply for other sports organizations.But the Department of Taxation’s chief legal counsel, Matt Chafin, said the decision essentially shows professional teams how to avoid the “use tax” on promotional items.Reds spokesman Rob Butcher said the club is “happy with the outcome,” but is still reviewing the opinion.The department argued the bobbleheads should be taxed because they’re bought by the Reds as giveaways, not sold with tickets. The Reds argued they’re exempt because they resell the items as part of the ticket package and Ohio law exempts companies from paying tax on items they buy for resale.Fischer, a Cincinnati resident, led off the opinion with a long summary of Ohio’s role in baseball history beginning in 1869, when the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first all-professional team. There are references to Hall of Famers from Ohio including players Cy Young, Mike Schmidt and Barry Larkin, to the 1975-76 “Big Red Machine” champions, and firsts such as Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians becoming the first black American League player and to the first night game being played in Cincinnati.Then, in explaining the ruling  , Fischer wrote that unlike a foul ball or a T-shirt shot into the stands (the Reds use a contraption nicknamed “Redzilla” to fire free T-shirts into the crowd) that fans have no expectation of receiving, they buy tickets for games that have been advertised as bobblehead games expecting to get the bobbleheads, which last season included All-Stars Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez.“We accordingly conclude that the promotion items constituted things of value in exchange for which fans paid money that was included in the ticket prices,” the opinion stated.After quoting Reds’ broadcaster Marty Brennaman’s signature “this one belongs to the Reds,” Fischer also quoted Brennaman’s late broadcasting partner, Joe Nuxhall, saying the justices were “rounding third and heading for home.”Dissenting Justice Mary DeGenaro wrote that the Reds were escaping sales tax or use tax on promotional items that generally apply to similar purchases. She pointed out that the Reds often limit the promotional items, such as free to the first 30,000 fans.She said a Reds official had testified that the Reds would “make accommodations” to remedy the situation, up to offering refunds to fans who complain about missing out. SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners fans have waited longer than any supporters in North America for a return to the postseason.General manager Jerry Dipoto is asking Seattle to wait a little bit more.Dipoto continued a whirlwind reshaping of the Mariners’ roster Monday by sending Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets and Jean Segura, James Pazos and Juan Nicasio to Philadelphia. In exchange, Seattle received a bundle of prospects and freed up significant salary space for after the 2020 season.“This is what a reset looks like Francisco Cervelli Jersey ,” Dipoto said.Dipoto believes the flurry of moves he’s made in the past few weeks can get the Mariners into contention by 2021, calling the strategy a “step back” rather than a rebuild, even though it could take longer than a couple of seasons for Seattle to return to relevancy.The Mariners have been the busiest team in baseball, making wholesale changes to begin the offseason. Salary and experience are being swapped for youth and hope, with an eye on opening a competitive window when the American League’s current superpowers — including AL West-rival Houston — may finally take a step back.Patience is a big ask from a fan base that hasn’t seen the playoffs since 2001, the longest postseason drought in North American professional sports. That streak is almost certain to continue for a few more seasons, although Dipoto doesn’t consider this to be a full tear-down.“For those who have already determined that this is what ripping it down to the studs looks like, there’s still quite a way to go to do that. We still have fair bit of talent on this team,” he said.Still, there’s a significant amount of talent that has left Seattle in the past few weeks.Cano and Diaz — gone to the Mets.Segura, Nicasio, Pazos — gone to Philadelphia.James Paxton — gone to the Yankees.Alex Colome — gone to the White Sox.Mike Zunino John Jaso Jersey , Guillermo Heredia — gone to Tampa Bay.Many of those moves were expected. Seattle figured to shed salary and try to get younger after finishing third in the AL West despite an 89-73 record.But this sell-off has left the roster almost unrecognizable. There are only two players remaining from the 40-man roster Dipoto inherited in September of 2015— Kyle Seager and Felix Hernandez.The decision to deal Diaz signals a change. The All-Star closer could have been a core part of the future, along with Mitch Haniger and Marco Gonzales. Instead, he was used to get Seattle out from under a big chunk of Cano’s remaining contract and pry two former first-round picks away from the Mets. That move means this “reset” is going deeper than originally planned.“This is mostly what we anticipated doing. I say mostly because we didn’t anticipate moving Robbie Cano and as a result we didn’t anticipate moving Edwin,” Dipoto said. “But the rest of it is much by design and as I can’t say we’re completely done yet I think most of the heavy lifting is done.”Seattle was stuck in a strange baseball purgatory — not good enough to catch the AL’s elite, but with big money tied up in veterans who just propelled the team to 89 wins. It wasn’t sustainable going forward, leading to the decision to make such a drastic shift.The prospects Seattle landed Monday — outfielder Jarred Kelenic and right-handed pitchers Justin Dunn and Gerson Bautista from the Mets; and shortstop J.P. Crawford from the Phillies — can all end up playing a major role in Seattle’s future success. Seattle also got veterans Jay Bruce, Carlos Santana and Anthony Swarzak.Those young players come with risk, and the shift has to be sold to a fan base that’s been eroded during this postseason drought and must accept it will likely be a few more years before that becomes a possibility again.“The payroll we have pulled back can be better purposed when we get to our open window. We didn’t really make the 2019 team any cheaper,” Dipoto said. “But we made the 2021, 2022 teams considerably more flexible with these deals and that’s a part of the idea to put ourselves in position where our young players are out there on the field … that team can be augmented by the free agent market for what we would view the free-agent market as, which would be to finish a team not to build one.”

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