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Friday, July 29, 2016

Chicago Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman greeted with high fives at the dugout after his first outing as a Cub, 1.1 innings
















"Chicago Cubs reliever Aroldis Chapman is greeted at the dugout with high-fives after the Cubs' won 3-1 over the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Chicago. (Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP)" Final, Cubs win 3-1 over White Sox. Chapman 1.1 innings

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

MLB All Star Game in San Diego, opening ceremonies and flyover, 7/12/16


















7/12/16, MLB All Star game opening ceremonies in San Diego, ESPN photo, Jackson Alexander, ESPN editor, final 4-2, American League over National League






















Above, 7/12/16, MLB All Star game flyover, San Diego, Ca., Darren Rovell twitter





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Friday, July 08, 2016

Brooks Robinson, 1970 World Series MVP, throws first pitch in Baltimore


















7/8/16, "The crowd goes wild for Mr. Oriole, Brooks Robinson. Baltimore Orioles twitter. Angels at Orioles

Brooks Robinson, MVP of 1970 World Series, Reds v Orioles


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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

NY Yankees and Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium have moment of silence for victims of Istanbul terror attack
























6/29/16, "The Yankees and Rangers had a moment of silence for the victims of the Istanbul terror attacks during pregame." ESPN Baseball Tonight twitter. Final, 9-7 NY Yankees over Texas Rangers, Yankees have 6 run 9th inning


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Saturday, June 25, 2016

First Cardinals-Mariners game in Seattle since 2002 is filled with St. Louis fans, 6/24/16

















6/24/16, "First Cardinals-Mariners game in Seattle since 2002 is filled with St. Louis fans." Jim Caple, ESPN. Final 4-3 Mariners, Adam Lind 3 run home run in 9th

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

First night baseball game in NY City at Ebbets Field, 6/15/1938





















6/15/16, "On this date in 1938, Johnny Vander Meer pitched a no-hitter in the first night game ever played in New York City." Baseball Tonight twitter. Final score 6-0, Reds over Brooklyn Dodgers

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Three straight days of soccer fan violence in Marseille, France-AP














Above image caption: "Fans clashed with one another and the police in Marseille on Saturday. By the Associated Press on Publish Date June 11, 2016. Photo by Guillaume Horcajuelo/European Pressphoto Agency." 
 
6/11/16, "Russia and England Fans Clash Repeatedly at European Championships," AP via NY Times

"Fights broke out Saturday before and soon after Russia earned a 1-1 draw against England with a stoppage-time goal in a Group B match at the European Championships in Marseille, France.

Fans of the two teams rioted before the game in Marseille’s Old Port district and briefly outside the nearby Stade Vélodrome in a third straight day of violence in the city. The police fired tear gas and water cannons at the fighting fans.

















Above image caption: "Russia backers, left, fighting with an England fan. Credit Peter Powell/European Pressphoto Agency"
 
The clashes started again moments after the final whistle when a large group of Russia fans in a stand behind one of the goals advanced on England supporters in a neighboring area, throwing objects and breaking through a line of stewards. England fans ran for the exits in panic.

UEFA, the governing body overseeing European soccer, will open disciplinary proceedings over the violence in Marseille, with Russia facing a stronger punishment after the events inside the stadium.

Vasily Berezutsky scored Russia’s equalizer with a looping header in the second minute of injury time, canceling out an Eric Dier goal from a free kick in the 73rd.

“It’s disappointing because we were so close to an important and big win in our first game,” said Dier, a defensive midfielder.

England failed to finish any of a flurry of chances in a dominant first-half performance and faded until Dier put it ahead.

However, what happened during the match was overshadowed by the fan violence. The police tried, largely unsuccessfully, to rein in the violence, which the authorities said had left at least five people injured. Some fans walked through the city bare-chested and with blood dripping from head wounds.

About two hours before the game, the police used water cannons on some fans at the Old Port. About an hour later, the police fired tear gas at a group of about 200 people heading from the Old Port area to Stade Vélodrome.

The trouble had largely died down by the time the match started, but it reignited just as the game finished. Shortly before the final whistle, Russian fans appeared to have seized a power cable running around the front of a stand before a group attacked nearby English supporters.

As England fans fled, Russia fans gave chase, snatching English flags that had been on display. Large numbers of stewards struggled to restore order.

In other games at the European Championships, Wales beat Slovakia, 2-1, in a Group B match in Bordeaux, France, and Switzerland defeated 10-man Albania, 1-0, in a Group A match in Lens, France.

Gareth Bale, who about two weeks ago won the Champions League with Real Madrid for the second time in three seasons, played a pivotal role as Wales made a triumphant return to a major competition after a 58-year absence. He put Wales ahead in the 10th minute with a curling free kick and was the driving force behind much of his team’s attack.

Still, although Bale was the focus of much of Slovakia’s planning, it was a substitute — Hal Robson-Kanu — who secured Wales’s victory. A Robson-Kanu shot in the 81st minute restored Wales’s lead after another substitute, Ondrej Duda, had equalized for Slovakia in the 61st.

Switzerland earned its win behind an early goal by defender Fabian Schär. Although it dominated for most of the game, Switzerland failed to increase its lead after Lorik Cana, the Albania captain, was sent off in the 37th minute following a second yellow card.

CONSOLATION FOR COSTA RICA Costa Rica benefited from an own goal by Colombia in a 3-2 upset victory in Houston that wrapped up Group A play in the Copa América.

Colombia had already advanced, having earned a berth in the quarterfinals with a win over Paraguay on Tuesday, and Costa Rica was eliminated from contention with the United States’ 1-0 victory over Paraguay earlier Saturday.

Still, this result made Colombia’s path in the tournament more difficult: The team will now probably have to face Brazil. Colombia could have drawn Ecuador or Peru with a win.

Playing in front of a crowd that overwhelmingly favored Colombia, Costa Rica took a 1-0 lead in the second minute with a 20-yard strike from Johan Venegas. The goal was the team’s first in Copa América play since it beat Bolivia, 2-0, in 2011."




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Monday, June 06, 2016

Rainbow in Detroit behind Comerica Park, 6/6/16

















 
Above, 6/6/2016, "Rainbow behind Comerica Park," ESPN, Katy Strang. Final, 11-0, Detroit over Toronto
http://espn.go.com/mlb/scoreboard/_/date/20160606

















Above, 4/21/2015, Rainbow in Detroit, ap

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Saturday, June 04, 2016

Ali and Cosell, 1960s power couple-NY Times, Sandomir

6/4/16, "Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell: Foils and Friends Bound by Mutual Respect," NY Times, Richard Sandomir

1966, NY Times
"They were a 1960s power couple, two hypertalkative showmen: Muhammad Ali, the African-American boxer born with a slave name, and Howard Cosell, the Jewish Brooklyn lawyer who found his calling in sportscasting.

Ali, who died Friday at 74, recited doggerel, danced in the ring, taunted his opponents and converted to Islam. And, as he told us, he was pretty.

Cosell was homely, with an adenoidal voice and a collection of toupees. But at his best, he could call a boxing match with dramatic brio, articulate complex issues, narrate football highlights with astonishing skill and little preparation, and, as he often said, “tell it like it is.”

ABC Sports, Cosell’s employer, carried a lot of Ali’s fights, so Cosell was at ringside, inside the ring interviewing Ali and his opponents after fights, or in the network’s studio interviewing Ali. Their camaraderie produced an entertaining union of spirited opposites and a well-suited black-white pairing for the times.

One man, Ali, understood racism; the other, Cosell, experienced anti-Semitism. And neither could stop talking.

Ali spoke to many other journalists, but he and Cosell seemed inseparable: teasing and challenging each other, and mock-sparring in suits and ties. Ali often threatened to strip off Cosell’s toupee du jour, and in their jokey back-and-forth, each man said the other would have been nothing without him.

Every time you open your mouth, you should be arrested for air pollution,” Ali once told Cosell, who responded, “You would still be in impoverished anonymity in this country if I hadn’t made you.”

Beneath the stagecraft of their relationship was Cosell’s support of Ali, whether by no longer calling him Cassius Clay when others, like his opponent Ernie Terrell, persisted, or by excoriating the New York State Athletic Commission for stripping him of his heavyweight title in 1967 after he refused induction into the Army.

They were so tied in the public mind that the columnist Dave Kindred wrote a dual biography of the men, “Sound and Fury,” in 2006.

“Had they been practitioners of traditional humility, their extraordinary talents alone would have demanded that attention be paid,” Kindred wrote. “But there was nothing traditional about Ali and Cosell. A thimble would have contained their humility with room left over for an elephant.”

One day in January 1974, shortly before Ali and Joe Frazier’s rematch of their epic bout three years earlier, they joined Cosell at the ABC Sports studio to review film of the first fight. Dennis Lewin, a longtime producer at the network, recalled: “Normally when we had two people for Howard to interview with contrasting views, we sat Howard between them, but I wanted the two of them together to have the byplay better. I didn’t realize it would lead to a fight.”

Indeed, when Ali brought up Frazier’s hospitalization after their first bout, Frazier grew enraged, rose to his feet and asked Ali why he called him ignorant.

Sit down, Joe,” Ali said, but Ali got to his feet and they began wrestling on the studio floor, as stagehands and the fighters’ entourages tried to restore order.

Cosell never got out of his chair, narrating the set-to as if it were a prizefight and trying to determine who was clowning and who was serious.

“It’s a bad and ugly scene,” he said, “and it’s unfortunate that it happened as we showed this extraordinary fight.”

Frazier left angrily, leaving Ali alone with Cosell.

Ali was petulant afterward and tried to rationalize why he had called Frazier ignorant. Cosell kept prodding Ali back to analyzing the first epic bout. Cosell sounded annoyed, yet paternal, as he tried to bring Ali back to the day’s goal.

“I’m going to represent Joe, as a devil’s advocate,” Cosell said.

“You have to be a devil to represent Joe,” Ali said.

Lewin witnessed many Ali-Cosell encounters and saw in them two “gifted and highly intelligent performers” who could “play off each other on any level.”

They had genuine respect for their mutual talents and what they could do for each other,” he said. “Clearly, they both enabled each other’s careers.”

Both men’s health declined, Ali from Parkinson’s disease, Cosell from multiple problems. In 1992, when Ali celebrated his 50th birthday on a television special, the ailing Cosell offered his greetings in a prerecorded segment that showed his emotional side, without bombast or gibes.

“Fifty years old,” he said, “I never thought that could happen, not to you. But it has, and you know something? You are exactly who you said you are. You never wavered. You are free to be who you want to be.”

Cosell paused, choking up, and added, “I love you.”"

Image caption: "In 1966, Muhammad Ali demonstrated to Howard Cosell how he had used the Ali Shuffle in his fight against Cleveland Williams. Credit Don Hogan Charles/The New York Times"



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Friday, May 27, 2016

Bobby Ojeda from 1986 Mets World Series team on WFAN with Mike Francesa, Fri., May 27, 2016

Fri., May 27, 2016, Bobby Ojeda on WFAN with Mike Francesa talks about this weekend's celebration of the 1986 Mets and his views on the 2016 team. Bobby Ojeda. On the topic of Matt Harvey, Ojeda says he's a fan of Harvey, but that if Harvey can't straighten himself out in his next game, he should be sent to Las Vegas. Referring to Harvey's 2015 post season, Ojeda says it was wrong of Harvey in WS game 5, 9th inning, score 2-0 Mets, to beg his manager in the dugout to leave him in the game. Harvey went back out, jumped on the pitching rubber, and hasn't been the same since. He began by walking the next batter. The Mets finally lost in 12 innings.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Alex Rodriguez had two singles for Trenton Thunder v New Hampshire Fisher Cats
















Above, "TRENTON - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 NY Yankees' designated hitter Alex Rodriguez returns from a disabled list stint (hamstring) suiting up for the Double-A Trenton Thunder vs the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Fans wait for an autograph opportunity which never came." Trenton Times
















Above, "TRENTON - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 NY Yankees' designated hitter Alex Rodriguez returns from a disabled list stint (hamstring) suiting up for the Double-A Trenton Thunder vs the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez throws a foul tip to fans while he was on deck." Trenton Times
















Above, "TRENTON - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 NY Yankees' designated hitter Alex Rodriguez returns from a disabled list stint (hamstring) suiting up for the Double-A Trenton Thunder vs the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. (Michael Mancuso | For NJ.com )" Trenton Times
















Above, "TRENTON - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 NY Yankees' designated hitter Alex Rodriguez returns from a disabled list stint (hamstring) suiting up for the Double-A Trenton Thunder vs the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez fouls out his first time at bat. (Michael Mancuso)" Trenton Times
















Above, "Tuesday, May 24, 2016 NY Yankees' designated hitter Alex Rodriguez returns from a disabled list stint (hamstring) suiting up for the Double-A Trenton Thunder vs the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Pre-game press conference. (Michael Mancuso | For NJ.com" Trenton Times


















Trenton Thunder website, game tied 2-2 in 11th

5/24/16, "Alex Rodriguez with two singles for Thunder," Trenton Times, Sean Miller

"When a New York Yankees player comes to Trenton, there is usually some fanfare surrounding the contest. Tuesday night was no different, as Alex Rodriguez made the trip from the Bronx to suit up for the Thunder, as they took on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

A-Rod was in the lineup for Trenton, batting third in the DH slot, as the Thunder looked to win the first two games of a four-game set with the Fisher Cats. He came up big for the hosts in the third inning, with an RBI single up the middle off of John Anderson, to give Trenton a 1-0 lead. His single with one out in the bottom of the seventh loaded the bases for Tyler Austin, who walked to force home Cito Culver.

The DH ended the Thunder fifth inning with a fielders choice ground-out to third base. Rodriguez may be here for two nights, as Yankees manager Joe Girardi told the player on Monday that he would be heading down to the Thunder.

"I have no idea (how long it'll last)," said Rodriguez. "I'm an employee."

"I'm not going to tell you exactly the details, but it was very positive conversation," A-Rod said. "Look, I have tons of respect and trust for Joe, so when he makes a request, I put a lot of value into that. He thought it would be a good idea for me to get some at-bats, and that's great."

With a near sell-out crowd of 6,217 fans, for what should be two straight nights with Rodriguez in town, the Thunder looked to build some more momentum at home. They have been red-hot at ARM and HAMMER Park, going 17-7 heading into Tuesday night. Trenton has not lost a series at home this season.

It is a stark contrast to the Thunder's play on the road, where they are 6-12. Trenton has won just one series, at Erie, to end the month of April. With 14 of their next 20 games, and 20 of 32, on the road following Thursday's 10:30 a.m. series finale with the Fisher Cats, the Thunder will look to get a boost from this four game set.

Reigning Eastern League Player of the Month Dietrich Enns will get the ball Wednesday night, after a stint in Scranton Wilkes-Barre."

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Arod is in Trenton, NJ for Tuesday night rehab game, New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Trenton Thunder. Arod will face New Hampshire left hander John Anderson
















5/24/16, "Yankees' Alex Rodriguez arrives in Trenton; What you need to know," Trenton Times, Randy Miller

"The presence of Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez was at Waterford Park before he even stepped on the field to play a minor-league rehab game for the Trenton Thunder on Tuesday night.

Outside the ballpark Rodriguez's picture is on the team's video billboard outside the ballpark and there's a life-size cutup of him in a Yankee uniform inside the ticket booth.

Alex has arrived," Thunder media relations manager John Mozes told early press box arrives at 3:45 p.m.  "He's in the weight room and will be taking BP at 4 p.m."

Rodriguez will hit third and DH for the Thunder, which is the Yankees' Class AA Eastern League affiliate, in a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

This will be A-Rod's first game since he strained his right hamstring during a game in Baltimore on May 4. He went on the 15-day disabled list the next day and was hopeful of returning when first eligible last Thursday, but he didn't quite feel ready when running last week before Yankees games in Phoenix and Oakland.

The Yankees announced the rehab game for A-Rod on Monday after saying for days that he wouldn't need one. He's expected to return Wednesday for a second game, as well, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said in New York.

A-Rod will be hitting on Tuesday against New Hampshire left-hander John Anderson, who is 2-4 with a 5.14 ERA in eight starts this season.

Anderson, 27, was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 28th round of the 2008 draft out of Chabot College. The Pleasanton, Calif., native is 21-27 with a 4.49ERA in 135 career minor-league games, 67 as a starter."

Above image caption: "The Trenton Thunder is letting fans know that Alex Rodriguez will be playing for them Tuesday night in a video billboard outside Waterford Park in Trenton." from Trenton Times

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Field in progress for Fort Bragg MLB game
















5/19/16, "The field for the game is coming along nicely!" Atlanta Braves twitter

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Some Yankee shirts in the stands in Arizona, Wed., May 17, 2016


















"Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Brandon Drury watches a two-run homer by New York Yankees' Brett Gardner fly into the bleachers in the 1st inning in Phoenix, Ariz., on Wednesday, May 18, 2016." photo AZCentral Sports. Final 4-2 Yankees over Diamondbacks

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Aroldis Chapman brings life to sleepy Yankee Stadium
















5/12/16, "Aroldis Chapman warming up on Thursday. He did not enter that game but has been a captivating presence on the Yankees, who are trying to crawl out of last place. Credit Alex Goodlett for The New York Times." Chapman is a free agent after this season.

5/14/16, "Aroldis Chapman, Yankees’ New Fireballer, Is Kindling Fans’ Excitement," NY Times, Billy Witz

"The seats had mostly emptied late Tuesday, but some fans could not bring themselves to leave Yankee Stadium. Their mad dash to the subway had come to a halt, and they congregated four and five deep along the field-level concourse.
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What kept them anchored was the man standing on the pitcher’s mound: Aroldis Chapman.

Chapman, the newest Yankee, who became eligible Monday after serving a 30-game domestic violence suspension, has brought a buzz to the late innings at the often somnolent stadium with a fastball that rides steadily at 100 miles an hour.

When Chapman enters through the bullpen gate, he is accompanied by a beat-thumping music medley and a montage of flaming scoreboard graphics, which awaken the crowd as would one of his fastballs under the chin.

Even though Yankee Stadium is empty, it’s like there’s life back in it,” Elan Wilkenfeld said Tuesday as he stood in the right-field corner with his friend Ross Rubin, watching Chapman work the final inning of a 10-7 Yankees victory.

For a team that has been competitive but not dynamic — and devoid of much personality — in recent seasons, Chapman may be the Yankees’ most captivating presence as they try to crawl out of last place in the American League East.

But because he is a closer — used almost exclusively when the Yankees have a lead but not too large a lead — it is uncertain each night if Chapman will appear.

On Thursday night, Gregg Fein, who was seated in the right-field bleachers, peered down into the bullpen with his two young sons to watch Chapman warm up while the Yankees extended their lead with two late runs on the way to a 7-3 victory.

“I’m kind of torn,” Fein said. “If we score a bunch of runs here, Chapman won’t come into the game.”

Indeed, with a comfortable margin, the Yankees saved him for another day."...
 

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

NY City's three major airports inform TSA they can no longer tolerate its incompetence, will find private firm for passenger screening if improvements not made-ABC News

5/10/16, "NYC Airports: We Can No Longer Tolerate TSA's 'Inadequacy'," ABC News, David Kerley, Jeffrey Cook

"Management of the New York City area’s three major airports is fed up with long lines at security check points, and they have given the Transportation Security Administration an ultimatum: Either shorten the lines or we’ll find someone else to do it. 

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, tasked with running John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports, is threatening to privatize the process of screening passengers before boarding their flight, according to a document sent from the Port Authority to TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger. 

“We can no longer tolerate the continuing inadequacy of the TSA passenger services,” the letter obtained by ABC News reads. 

According to the Port Authority, the March 15 to April 15 period at JFK saw 253 reported occurrences of 20-plus-minute waits. In 2015, only 10 instances were reported over the same time period. 

“The patience of the flying public has reached a breaking point,” the letter reads. Passenger wait times have "risen dramatically in recent months, prompting angry complaints from passengers, terminal operators, and airlines alike citing inconvenience, delayed flights, and missed flight connections." 

While the Port Authority says it understands the challenges facing TSA, it says it “is exploring the merits” of participating in private screening “to enhance flexibility in the assignments and operating hours of front line screening staff.” 

They wouldn’t be the first. The busiest airport in the country, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, made a similar threat in February. 


San Francisco International Airport and Kansas City International Airport both have private firms handling a significant amount of passengers. These firms must meet the same standards and protocols as TSA and pay officers at least what TSA pays. The airports and firms also must go through a process to get approved.

A TSA spokesperson said the agency is addressing the growing volume of travelers, but that “TSA’s primary focus is the current threat environment, as the American transportation system remains a high value target for terrorists." 

TSA said it will respond to the Port Authority directly. The agency said there is no noticeable difference in wait times between federalized and non-federalized screening points. The agency encourages travelers to sign up for TSA Pre or other trusted traveler programs like Global Entry and to arrive at airports at least two hours before a domestic flight."

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Saturday, May 07, 2016

Two MLB games scheduled to be played in Puerto Rico have been moved to Miami due to players' concerns about Zika virus-BBC

5/6/16, "Puerto Rico baseball games moved due to players' Zika fears," BBC

"Two Major League Baseball games that were scheduled to be played in Puerto Rico have been moved due to players' concerns about the Zika virus.

The games between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins have been moved to Miami instead. Players said they were worried about contracting the virus and passing it to their partners. Zika is suspected to cause birth defects in babies whose mothers had it while pregnant.

The island has seen more than 600 cases of the virus.

In a statement, Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) said Commissioner of Baseball Robert D Manfred Jr "had no choice" but to relocate the games because so many players had partners who were pregnant or trying to become pregnant.

The statement also said baseball would hopefully be played in Puerto Rico again "in the near future" and that those concerned would "continue to support the growth of the game in Puerto Rico, where an outstanding baseball tradition has long made the island an important venue for the game". More than 20 countries are reporting cases of Zika, which is spread by mosquitoes.

The country which has been worst affected by the outbreak, Brazil, is due to host the Olympic Games in August 2016.

The authorities there said in February that there was no chance the Games would be cancelled due to the outbreak, and that there was no risk to players or spectators except for pregnant women.

Since then, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said sexually transmitted transmission of Zika is more common than previously thought."


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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Minnesota Twins remember Prince at 4/25/16 home game




















4/25/16, "Rest in Purple, Prince," Minnesota Twins twitter. Final 4-3, Twins over Cleveland Indians. More from Prince tribute night.






















4/25/16, "The Twins win in a walk-off on Prince night," ESPN Baseball Tonight. Final 4-3, Twins over Cleveland Indians


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Monday, April 11, 2016

F-16s flyover Minnesota Twins home opener vs Chicago White Sox, 4/11/16















4/11/16, "Teams line up for the Minnesota Twins home opener as two F-16's perform a flyover above Target Field prior to the baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Monday, April 11, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)" Final 4-1, White Sox over Twins


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Saturday, April 09, 2016

Arod happy to be in Detroit and enjoying Saturday night dinner-4/9/16









4/9/16, "Great to be back out on the road. Saturday night dinner in Detroit. Alex Rodriguez, Arod Twitter. Final 8-4 Yankees over Tigers

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Thursday, April 07, 2016

2016 Hagerstown Suns include sons of Bucky Dent, Cal Ripken, and Mariano Rivera: Cody, Ryan, and Mo-Hagerstown-Mail

4/6/16, "In Ripken, Rivera, Dent, Hagerstown Suns have famous baseball sons," Herald-Mail Media, Bob Parasiliti



"As the Hagerstown Suns' manager, Patrick Anderson is on a first-name basis with his players.
 

“To me, they are Ryan, Mo and Cody,” Anderson said Wednesday during the Suns annual media day.

“That’s how we know them. They have their own identities and personalities. They have their own careers.”


They are like any other Single-A minor league prospects. They are working hard to get a foot in a major league clubhouse door. Their only difference is they all have a pedigree.

Ripken is taking up the family business of baseball, following his famous father Cal Ripken Jr., the beloved former Baltimore Orioles infielder and recent Hall of Famer.

Rivera is attempting to pick up where his dad left off. Mariano Rivera retired after the 2014 season as the legendary closer for the New York Yankees.

And Dent, who is returning for a second season with the Suns, plays the infield just like his father, Bucky Dent.

The elder Dent won two World Series rings as the Yankees shortstop and is best known for his late-inning home run in the 1978 American League playoff game against Boston.

The trio are one of the storylines unfolding with the 2016 Hagerstown Suns. While the franchise and its future in Hagerstown continues to be a political baseball, the team opens up its 36th season tonight at 6 against the Delmarva Shorebirds.

With their last names, Ripken, Rivera and Dent are an automatic focal point for a young Hagerstown team.

The Suns will be giving Ripken his first chance to really play since he was drafted in the 15th round in 2014 by the Washington Nationals.

“He’s a great kid,” Anderson said of the 6-foot-6 Ripken. “He hasn’t played for the last two seasons because he has been hurt. He rolled his ankle and needed surgery. But he is a left-left (hitting and throwing) first baseman. I’m happy he’s healthy and he going to get his chance.”

Ripken has played parts of two seasons in the Gulf Coast League, the Nationals' rookie level club. He played 44 total games with a .217 batting average, including two home runs and 14 RBIs.

This will be his first attempt of playing full-season baseball, which is a 140-game schedule, instead of the 70 games or fewer played in the lower divisions.

"We are going to have to watch him a little," Anderson said. "He is a little behind because he hasn't had the number of at-bats some of these other guys have. He's raw.

"We all know he is going to face attention because of his last name. He’s humble, and he listens to everything he’s told. You love to have that. He's just Ryan to me."

With Rivera, the Suns got the latest edition to a trilogy.

“We call him 'Three,'” Anderson said. “Because he is the third Mariano in his family."

The 5-11 right-hander had a 1-2 record with five saves and a 5.45 ERA at Auburn, Washington's New York-Penn League affiliate.

With the Suns, Rivera will start following his father's footsteps, but it comes after changing his shoes.

"He is like his dad. He’s going to be in the bullpen setting up and closing games," Anderson said. "He played soccer for most of his life before he picked up baseball for some reason.”

The lynchpin for the Suns might well be Dent, who is one of seven players returning to Hagerstown to start the season. Fans will have to pay attention to the Suns' lineup every night, just to see where he is playing.

“Cody has been here parts of the last two years, and he can play all the infield and outfield positions,” Anderson said.

Dent is in his third year in the Nationals organization after being selected in the 22nd round of the 2013 draft. He has played for the Nats' four different Single-A teams on the half-season and full-season levels.

Dent's versatility will allow Anderson to use many combinations of players, while rotating the roster to give the team rest.

He will be working on trying to improve his .193 career batting average. He hit a career-best .226 for Hagerstown last season.

“He has to work on his swing," Anderson said. "It is a work in progress.”

The three big-name players will be the calling card for the Suns this season. How they develop will have a definite impact on Hagerstown's success in 2016.

Anderson thought about one possible other benefit for Suns fans this season.

"We could have some famous family coming in to watch them play," he said." image from Herald-Mail Media


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Sunday, April 03, 2016

Opening Day in Pittsburgh, April 3, 2016. Final 4-1, Pirates over Cardinals






















4/3/16, Opening Day in Pittsburgh, Cardinals v Pirates, final 4-1 Pirates, MLB instagram photo


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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

After 1988 season, WABC GM Fred Weinhaus wanted a new Yankee radio play by play man. Steve Malzberg suggested John Sterling. Weinhaus had never heard of him but said, 'get him on the phone.' The rest is history-NY Radio Message Board

3/14/16, "Re: CBS renews Sterling/Waldman for Yankees radio," NY Radio Message Board

"Posted by Steve Malzberg on March 14, 2016 at 23:24:43:

In Reply to: CBS renews Sterling/Waldman for Yankees radio posted by Charles Everett on March 08, 2016 at 11:41:01:

"Congrats to John and Susan. Little known fact, when WABC GM Fred Weinhaus wanted a new play by play man after 1988 season, I suggested John, who Weinhaus had never heard of. He said "get him on the phone". The rest is history.""

http://www.musicradio77.com/wwwboard/messages/427762.html

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Ten 2016 Yankee spring training games on radio, Sat. March 5-Sun. March 27. Sterling and Waldman sign multi-year renewals with WFAN, CBS Radio

Ten 2016 Yankee spring training games on WFAN radio:

Sat., March 5, 1:05pm
Sun., March 6, 1:05pm
Sat., March 12, 1:05pm
Sun., March 13, 1:05pm
Wed., March 16, 6:35pm
Fri., March 18, 6:35pm
Sat., March 19, 1:05pm
Sun., March 20, 1:05pm
Sat., March 26, 1:07pm
Sun., March 27, 1:05pm

Opening day., Mon. April 4, 1:05pm

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3/3/16, "WFAN Announces New Deals With Yankees Broadcasters Sterling, Waldman," WFAN radio, newyork.cbslocal.com

"The radio voices of the Yankees are sticking around. WFAN announced on Friday that play-by-play man John Sterling and analyst Suzyn Waldman have signed new multi-year contracts.

Yankees baseball on the radio provides a soundtrack for the summer, and it would be unimaginable to listen to the Bronx Bombers without these two iconic broadcasters,” said CBS Radio New York senior VP and market manager Marc Rayfield. “This is a special year, particularly as John closes in on his 5000th consecutive broadcast, an ironman feat almost as remarkable as Cal Ripken, Jr and Lou Gehrig’s legendary streaks.”

WFAN has served as the flagship station for the 27-time world champions since 2014. Sterling and Waldman have worked together for the last 11 years.

“We’re thrilled Yankees fans will continue to hear this legendary broadcast team that has been together for more than a decade. John and Suzyn are as much a part of Yankee tradition as Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter and Yogi Berra,” said Mark Chernoff, CBS Radio VP of sports programming and WFAN program director.

Sterling is set to begin his 28th consecutive year calling Yankees games. He’s also done play-by-play for the Islanders, Nets, Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks during his legendary career. Waldman covered the Yankees for WFAN from 1987-2001 before teaming with Sterling four years later. She has also covered the Knicks and served as a midday host for the station.

WFAN will broadcast its first spring training game on Saturday when the Yankees take on the Boston Red Sox." via River Ave. Blues

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

MLB Pace of Game: As of 2016, game will match time allotted to broadcasters between innings

2/25/16, "MLB rules changes focus on slides and on pace of play," Arizona Central Sports, via MLB press release

"Pace of Game"

"The pace of game program will expand this season to include timed 30-second visits to the pitcher’s mound by managers and pitching coaches. In addition, break timers will now mirror the time allotted to broadcasters between innings: 2:05 for locally televised games and 2:25 for nationally televised games, a reduction of 20 seconds each from the 2015 season, when the timers counted down from 2:25 for local games and from 2:45 for national games. The change aims to allow players to more closely match the resumption of play with the return of broadcasters from commercial breaks.

The vast majority of last year’s newly implemented pace of game initiatives will continue in 2016.  The 2015 changes centered around enhanced enforcement of Rule 5.04(b)(4) – the “Batter’s Box Rule” – and the addition of ballpark timers measuring the break time between innings and during pitching changes.  Those efforts contributed to a reduction of six minutes and seven seconds (6:07) per nine-inning game from 2014 to 2015, dropping the average length from 3:02:21 to 2:56:14."

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Monday, February 08, 2016

Can't wait! Who's ready for spring training? Alex Rodriguez twitter





















2/5/16, "Can't wait! Who's ready?
Alex Rodriguez twitter
 

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

In 1998 when Ken Griffey Jr. hit 56 home runs, Sammy Sosa 66, and Mark McGwire 70, no one on the Yankees hit more than 28 homers (Tino Martinez)

2/5/16, "Pinch hitting: Mike Pinto," Lohud Yankees blog, "Shift happens"

"In ’98, when Ken Griffey Jr. hit 56, Sammy Sosa 66 and Mark McGwire 70 home runs,
Commenters add:

"Ryan Handt Co Owner at Muve Clothing

Hey, Don't let the fact that only 20 players in all of baseball hit over 300 this past year (2015) skew your judgement of the time. In 1996, 47 players hit over 300, and in 98, 49. Baseball is a different game today and it's something you have to accept. I would love a team of 300 hitters, but that's not happening. And your Kansas City Royals had only one player bat over 300 in Cain. They did have a few guys in the 290s, but that's not won the championship. In the post, they had two guys hit over 300 and no one else about 273. What won them the championship was the starting pitching, the lights-out bullpen and scratching across enough runs."

"Josh Hosh Paladino Consumables Sales Associate at Walmart

Their bullpen won them the world series more than having a high batting average did. It certainly is a different game now than 15 to 20 years ago. Offense is way down. Guys who hit .300 are hard to come by now."



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Friday, November 20, 2015

Former Seattle Mariners coach Andy Van Slyke slams Robinson Cano during CBS Sports radio interview-Seattle Times

11/19/15, "Ex-Mariners coach slams Robinson Cano," Seattle Times, Ryan Divish

"Former Seattle Mariners coach Andy Van Slyke blasted Robinson Cano on Wednesday, blaming the star second baseman for many of the M’s dysfunctions during 2015 that led to the firing of general manager Jack Zduriencik, manager Lloyd McClendon and the rest of the coaching staff.

In a radio interview for CBSSports 920 AM in St. Louis, Van Slyke basically torpedoed his chances of future employment, spilling gossip not only about the Mariners but also the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Van Slyke was in charge of Seattle’s outfielders and also served as an assistant hitting coach for part of the season until Howard Johnson was fired and Edgar Martinez was brought in to replace him. Along with much of the coaching staff from the last two seasons, Van Slyke was not brought back for this year.

In the third segment of his radio appearance, he started off by saying the Dodgers’ highest-paid player — implying Clayton Kershaw — told L.A.’s general manager to get rid of Yasiel Puig. Van Slyke’s son, Scott, is an outfielder for the Dodgers. Van Slyke was then asked about Jason Heyward and where he would hit him, but he started talking about lineup protection and he mentioned Cano and Nelson Cruz.

Then he just kept rolling into talking about the Mariners. He pretty much skewered his former organization, specifically Cano, labeling him as the reason for the team’s failures and the firings of general manager Jack Zduriencik and McClendon, and by extension the coaching staff.

Here’s the link to the segment. The Mariners talk starts about three minutes into the conversation.

Here’s a partial transcript:

Van Slyke: “In Seattle, we had (Nelson) Cruz, who was probably the most dominant hitter that I’ve ever personally seen for four months and Cano hitting in front of him. So you would think that Cano would have had a terrific year. But he had probably the worst single year of an every day player that I’ve ever seen in 20 years at the big league level.”
Host: “How did that happen?”
Van Slyke: “He was just the most awful player I’ve ever seen.”
Host: “It wasn’t work ethic. He tries.”
Van Slyke: “He does sometimes.”
Host: “So what happened there, so much promise for your club after you and Lloyd McClendon joined two years ago. What happened last year?”
Van Slyke: “Well our bullpen blew up. Fernando Rodney was horrible. He blew nine of the first 18 chances. Your highest paid, supposedly best player – I mean Robbie’s not a bad guy, let me say that before I say anything bad about how he played. But Robinson Cano was the single worst third-place, every-day player I’ve ever seen – I’ve ever seen for the first half of a baseball season. He couldn’t drive home Miss Daisy if he tried. He couldn’t get a hit when it mattered. He played the worst defense I’ve ever seen at second base. I mean I’m talking about the worst defensive second baseman ever – I’ve ever seen in 20 years in the big leagues. He couldn’t catch the ball. No, I take that back. Any ball that was hit to him was an out. Any ball that he had a chance to turn a double play, he’s still maybe the best in the game today. He’s got a great arm. But I’m telling you, Frank: Robinson Cano cost the GM his job. The hitting coach got fired because of Cano. And the manager and the coaches got fired because of Cano. That’s how much impact he has on the organization. He was the worst player and it cost people their jobs in the process.”

Then conversation then turned to the hitting coach position and Edgar Martinez when the host asked if the hitting coach was fired midseason.

Van Slyke: “Howard Johnson was a joy to work with. This guy, I’m telling you, he is a wonderful person. He loved his job. I didn’t coaches could care – I wish I cared about the players as much as he did. This guy took every at-bat personally. The guy was unbelievably joyful when a guy got a hit or a home run or we won a game because of the offense. He took total responsibility when we lost because we didn’t score enough runs. He lived and died every night with those players.”
Host: Did they force Lloyd McClendon or pressure him to fire Howard Johnson?
Van Slyke: Here’s what happened. Edgar Martinez wanted to get back into baseball and there were teams inquiring about him for their hitting coach. Now how would it look like if the offense that struggled for a year and a half in Seattle let Edgar Martinez walk to some other organization when Howard Johnson is the hitting coach and you can’t score runs. He was fired from upstairs, not the manager’s office. And Edgar Martinez walked in the next day and had a job and will have a job in Seattle as long as he’s breathing air because he’s Edgar Martinez. Let me ask you this: ‘Are you going to fire Edgar Martinez when he has a restaurant in the stadium and an exit ramp to the stadium with his name on it. He has a lifetime contract with them.”

What’s mildly amusing is that Van Slyke goes on to say that the hitting coach position has very little role.

Let’s get to his criticisms.

Cano was awful in the first two months of the season. There’s no debate about that. The numbers...

But if that’s the worst he’s seen in 20 years of baseball. Well, then he hasn’t been watching closely. Yes, based on what Cano makes, it’s awful. But from a baseball standpoint, this is an organization that started Jose Lopez, Dustin Ackley and Chone Figgins at second base for extended periods and went with a tandem of Jack Wilson and Brendan Ryan and second base and shortstop. To be fair, Cano was dealing with some intestinal issues from an offseason virus and was having trouble eating and holding food down. I think that was a factor along with horrible pitch selection and a pull-happy approach. So he was bad for two months.

Now we know that Cano picked it up, specifically starting around June.  Here are the numbers from June 1 on:...

Let’s not forget that Cano also played the final two months with hernia issues that would require double hernia surgery. Here are his numbers after he came back from the injury....

Cano has had better years and his failures early hurt the team along with several careless/thoughtless base-running miscues on a team that committed far too many. But to sit and blame one guy as the only reason the general manager and manager  and coaching staff lost their jobs is hyperbolic.

Failure in baseball over 162 games is far from an individual thing. One person wasn’t the sole cause of the Mariners’ 76-86 record this season. A flawed 40-man roster construction, massive bullpen regression highlighted by27 defeats in their opponents final at-bats and 12 walk-off losses, failures at catcher, injuries to two key starting pitchers and poor performances were all factors.

Also, Lloyd McClendon and the coaching staff lost their jobs because a new general manager was brought in. And most times when a new GM comes in, they want to put their own people in those positions. And for Jerry Dipoto that desire was even higher based on what transpired in Anaheim.

Zduriencik was fired for the organizational failure. And saying Robinson Cano was the reason why is grossly overlooking the previous seven years, poor trades, failed drafts and a sagging farm system to go with a general lack of a coordination.

The 2015 Mariners were a collective failure. Perhaps Robinson Cano had a bigger role in it than others. But he wasn’t the sole reason for it.

So there’s the Van Slyke interview and a few thoughts. You can make of it what you will."

Robinson Cano, Baseball Reference


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