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  1. If you have Directv and MLB Extra Innings, you may get it on the MLB Game Mix (channel 720). I was able to watch the "un-televized" game last week that way.
  2. Posted at 1:49 PM ET, 06/ 2/2009 Pitching Coach St. Claire Fired The Nationals today fired pitching coach Randy St. Claire, the longest-tenured member of their coaching staff, and have replaced him with Class AAA pitching coach Steve McCatty. St. Claire, in his seventh year with the organization, was responsible for the staff that currently has a 5.69 ERA, worst in baseball. "That's life," St. Claire said. "I've been in this game for 31 years. I've been fired before. But it's a tough one... I would have liked to be around when the organization takes off." St. Claire said he was informed on Monday night about the decision. Today, he headed to Nationals Park to clear out his belongings. St. Claire said he didn't receive an explanation for his firing, but added that he didn't need one. "The pitching isn't performing up to where it needs to be to win, and I think a lot of factors go into it, but I guess I'm easier to replace than 12 guys," he said. "Easier to replace and cheaper to replace. But that's the game. When the team doesn't perform, they're bound to make changes." Washinton Post Wish they could have waited about another month.
  3. Was it really necessary to have us hitting into a GIDP as part of the concept illustration?
  4. "For NASA, space is still a high priority." ...Governor George W. Bush, 9/5/93 Either the quote is wrong or the date is wrong, but Bush wasn't governor until 1995. he wasn't even in politics in '93, he had just finished helping out on his dad's re-election campaign in '92. Many/most of the quotes aren't actually those of W - they are from Dan Quayle
  5. I know we still have a while until Anibal Sanchez returns from the DL (4-6 weeks I think ?) I think it will be closer to 4 weeks: C. Disabled List-Assignment to Minor League club (1) There shall be no assignment of a Player by a Major League Club to a Minor League club while such Player is on a Major League Disabled List; provided, however, that with the Player?swritten consent, a copy of which shall be forwarded to the Association, and with the approval of the Commissioner, a Player on the Disabled List may be assigned to a Minor League club for up to a maximum of twenty days (thirty days for pitchers) for each injury, or reoccurrence of an injury, for the purpose of rehabilitation, subject to the limits contained in Article XIII(H). Separate consent shall be required for a rehabilitation assignment for a new injury or a reoccurrence of an injury. No consent shall be effective for longer than twenty days (thirty days for pitchers). Players may not be reinstated from the Disabled List for purposes of assignment to a Minor League club until they are ready to play. Players who are injured and not able to play may not be assigned to a Minor League club. CBA Article XIX Section C He pitched his first MiLB rehab assignment on the 3rd. Unless he gets re-injured, he up no later than August 3.
  6. Mazzone will not return in '08 O's pitching coach fired after two seasons with team By Dan Connolly | Sun reporter 3:23 PM EDT, October 12, 2007 After two years as the Orioles pitching coach, Leo Mazzone has been fired with one year remaining on his deal. The club made the announcement this afternoon in a news release. "I spoke with Leo today and told him I appreciated his efforts here," said manager Dave Trembley in the release. "Moving forward, I felt that we would be better served with someone else working with our young staff and that it was in his best interests and our best interests to give him an opportunity to look elsewhere now." Mazzone, perhaps baseball's best known and highest paid assistant, left Atlanta after the 2005 season to come to Baltimore and join his longtime friend Sam Perlozzo. Perlozzo was fired this June, but Mazzone stayed. He said as recently as Sept. 30 that, "I love it here. I hope to finish my career here. It's an opportunity to try and help bring the winning tradition back to Baltimore. And I think it can be done." Mazzone will turn 59 Tuesday. There is no word as to who will replace him, but possibilities include bullpen coach Alan Dunn and former Florida Marlins pitching coach Rick Kranitz. The Orioles also announced that three players from their 40-man roster, pitchers Rob Bell and Victor Santos and catcher J.R. House, have elected to become free agents. Baltimore Sun
  7. In my case, I'm not saying I won't spend what would have otherwise been spent in South Florida. I'll definitely be spending it. But, instead of spending maybe $6,000 or $8,000 somewhere other than Florida, I'll be spending $10,000 or $12,000 in Europe or wherever I happen to go on vacation. It's more money leaving the state. And, when you consider that money has a velocity in the number of times it turns over, that $4,000 I take out of the state will have an impact several times that each year.
  8. But the net impact to the state would be the same, because if I don't go to the game, they get 100% of my sales tax, whereas if I go to the game, they get a pro rated percentage. That wouldn't be true in my case. There aren't anywhere enough good movies or other readily accessible events down here to replace the $3,000 - $4,000 we spend a year at the stadium. That would all be applied to vacation, and not one dime will help the FL economy or its sales taxes.
  9. Responsibilty to what?.... I read the transcript,.... You read the transcript - that the first part. Then you know what was said, promised, etc. If there are items promised that are important to you that are not fulfilled, or other items that are fulfilled that you believe should not be, and you believe in our Declaration of Independence that is is your right and duty to replace those in government with those who will provide the government that guards your security. So, answer me, what did you get out of the speech? I dare you to make a checklist of his promises, and check off each one he accomplishes. I'll bet you get to check off MAYBE one, and it's the promise of more troops to Iraq. I'm not remotely a fan of this administration. I'm thoroughly disgusted with it. I've been doing what I can do to study about and find others who can lead us and protect both our physical and economic security (the economic security is, IMO, one of the most over-looked items). I will support whoever I find (currently reading Audacity of Hope by Obama - currently the candidate I will most likely support). I believe that this administration has fouled things so badly that it is going to take more than bitching, more than money, to fix things. I am fortunate that I can take a sabbatical and instead provide my full time to supporting the candidate that I chose, and that is what I will be doing. As for the speech, I'm glad some issues are finally being addressed. However, his health care tax breaks, while I support them, I don't think they are nearly enough. I believe an additional and more effective approach would be to limit the margins and/or patents for companies that provide products that were developed with government grants - and have made that suggestion to several congressmen, senators, and Presidents Clinton and Bush. But there is so much wrong with the system, that even attacking it on these two fronts still leave the majority of problems unresolved. Wexler, who I had previously considered as nothing but rhetoric, has some good and reasonable ideas for health care. Senators Nelson and Martinez are both worthless pieces of dreck. Social Security is in dire straits, and it got its obligatory mention, and was immediately forgotten by all in the chamber before the speech was over. Just some forthright straight talk would do wonders. But I believe the only reason Bush mentioned it was Bernanke's recent address to Congress. I wish that the frequency of Reagan's press conferences was maintained by his successors. As a nation, I belief that the populace was more aware and knowledgeable of issues during his administration than at any time since. This is another area of our economic security for which those inside the Beltway have been ignoring. We've been fighting the War on Terror militarily, but left the back door open for them to clobber us economically (with Social Security being only a smart part of the vulnerablility). As for Iraq, I don't know the answers. From what I've seen, there hasn't been much thinking things through prior to actions. Sending 20,000 troops over, contrary to the Republican talking heads, is not in and of itself, a plan. What these troops will be doing, setting their objectives and a means to achieve the objectives, is a plan. Then, once those objective have been met, what of the future objectives for our withdrawal and how will the stability be maintained? Those are the things that weren't thought through the first time, and just saying we'll leave it in their hands isn't much better than our withdrawal from Saigon. Just leaving and saying, "It's in your hand now" will have the same effect on the new Iraqi government's stability as it did in Vietnam. But, in the Middle East, the implications of the lack of planning will be much more severe than they were in Vietnam. Just like with the health care, I think this "surge" is only addressing one out of several areas that need to be addressed. I will not support a surge without knowing the plans for the troops while there, and the aftermath once they are withdrawn.
  10. I turned it off after the second five minute ovation and about the 7th mention of "freedom." I can't get through these things anymore. They really need to put an end to that clapping bulls***. What's the point? "WE'RE GREAT! STAND UP AND CLAP, YA'LL!" "What every terrorist fears most is human freedom." "We will continue to speak out for the cause of freedom in places like Cuba, Belarus, and Burma -- and continue to awaken the conscience of the world to save the people of Darfur." "[subway hero Wesley Autrey] says: "We got guys and girls overseas dying for us to have our freedoms. We have got to show each other some love." Those are the only three sentences in which the "freedom" was mentioned, and the first was better than half-way through the speech. I agree that the interruptions for applause, and worse yet the media counts of the number interruptions for style points, are annoying. But regardless of your feeling about the person in office and your predeposition to be annoyed, you owe it to yourself to pay attention. If you want to read the text without the applause breaks (however is does indication where the breaks were), you can read it here. No I don't owe them anything. He's never done anything he's promised in his presidential addresses. Where's all the environmental help he says he's going to address? How's come we aren't going to the moon? This President is a joke. Plus, the NHL skills competition was on (Rick Nash on the puck handling competition and then going on to win turned me on Bush; I'd probably vote for Nash over Bush at this point). NHL Skills Competition>Worst and Most Unqualified President in US History I didn't say you owed "them" anything, but rather that you owed it to yourself. How can you hold them accountable if you don't know what's going on, said, promised? That is your privilege and responsibility. Buckeye's Responsibility>NHL Skills Competition
  11. I turned it off after the second five minute ovation and about the 7th mention of "freedom." I can't get through these things anymore. They really need to put an end to that clapping bulls***. What's the point? "WE'RE GREAT! STAND UP AND CLAP, YA'LL!" "What every terrorist fears most is human freedom." "We will continue to speak out for the cause of freedom in places like Cuba, Belarus, and Burma -- and continue to awaken the conscience of the world to save the people of Darfur." "[subway hero Wesley Autrey] says: "We got guys and girls overseas dying for us to have our freedoms. We have got to show each other some love." Those are the only three sentences in which the "freedom" was mentioned, and the first was better than half-way through the speech. I agree that the interruptions for applause, and worse yet the media counts of the number interruptions for style points, are annoying. But regardless of your feeling about the person in office and your predeposition to be annoyed, you owe it to yourself to pay attention. If you want to read the text without the applause breaks (however is does indication where the breaks were), you can read it here.
  12. I would also like to say that we had a ski weekend booked for the MLK holiday in Stowe, VT. For the first time in the 30 years that our hosts had owned their resort, there was NO SNOW in Stowe in the middle of January! I thought that was strange since I know people who have been having a wonderful time skiing up there for the past two weeks. Stowe's already had 99" of snowfall this year.
  13. An industry source with knowledge of the negotiations said the Marlins offered Cabrera $6.6 million as early as this [January 16]morning. Palm Beach Post
  14. Um, am I missing something here? Did they think the controller was a gun or something? Here is a bit more: 3 deputies on leave after shooting Investigation continuing in death of suspect described by family as 'kind and gentle' By Veronica Gonzalez Staff Writer [email protected] Three members of an elite unit of the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department are on paid leave after the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old suspected of stealing two PlayStation 3 video game systems, Sheriff Sid Causey said Sunday. Whenever law enforcement officers fire their service weapons, it is standard procedure for them to be put on paid leave. The heavily armed emergency response team - similar to a SWAT unit - was called in Friday to help the UNCW police serve warrants for the arrest of Peyton Brooks Strickland, who was facing charges of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and breaking and entering. Causey did not release the names of the deputies. He acknowledged that the information should be public record but said he was concerned for the deputies' safety. Strickland's roommate, Mike Rhoton, said Saturday that the two were home alone at 533 Long Leaf Acres Drive playing video games when deputies opened fire on Strickland, who Rhoton said was unarmed, and his German shepherd Blaze, who was also killed. But Causey indicated that officers and deputies had a reason to fear for their lives. "If this boy would've come to the door - opened the door - we probably wouldn't be talking," he said. The emergency response team typically is called to assist in incidents ranging from hostage situations to serving warrants when officers believe they're going into dangerous situations, Causey said. The sheriff would not say what specifically prompted the need for the emergency response team to arrest Strickland or what transpired at Strickland's home Friday night because the State Bureau of Investigation is examining the incident. "The plan was to get in the house, secure people and let UNCW (police) search," he said. In Causey's four years as sheriff, he said, he couldn't recall another time when the UNCW police requested the emergency response team. But this case warranted it, he said. Deputies were assisting the UNCW police to arrest Strickland on the charges and search the house he rented with three other roommates. They also arrested Ryan David Mills, a 20-year-old UNCW student, on the same charges, according to the university. Mills' address is listed at 4500 Crawdad Court, according to UNCW. Mills was released from New Hanover County jail after posting a $30,000 secured bond Saturday morning. A spokeswoman for the Strickland family, Joyce Fitzpatrick, said Sunday that Mills and Strickland were friends. PlayStation 3 robbery Strickland and Mills were charged in connection with an incident on Nov. 17, the day the new PlayStation 3 video game system was released. UNCW student Justin Raines had waited in line for about three days to be among the first to buy the console at Wal-Mart on Sigmon Road near the university. He purchased two for $641 apiece. When Raines went to unload them from his car at his on-campus apartment complex, four men drove up in a gold Pontiac G6. One of them got out and hit Raines repeatedly with a six-inch blunt object, knocking him to the ground, while another man took the video game systems he had just bought. "I think anytime that someone beats a person severely and commits an armed robbery, I certainly would consider him a risk and a danger," the sheriff said. Causey said he couldn't disclose the other reasons law enforcement considered Strickland - the only son of well-known Raleigh lawyer Don Strickland - a high risk. Rhoton, Strickland's roommate, has said deputies shot Strickland as he went to open the door. He said they broke down the door and shot his roommate in the living room. Rhoton said a hunting rifle and two shotguns were in the house but were unloaded and in Strickland's room. He also said Strickland might have been holding a PlayStation controller in his hand when he approached the front door. 'Kind and gentle boy' In a statement released Sunday, Strickland's parents, Kathy and Don Strickland, said their son "was a kind and gentle boy." "He was generous, thoughtful and compassionate," the statement said. "He was deeply loved by us and adored by his two sisters and his extended family. He had tremendous potential and was just coming into his own." A memorial service for Strickland will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Durham. Strickland had no criminal record, but he was scheduled for a court hearing in January on a pending assault charge in Wilmington, said Donald Beskind, the law partner of Strickland's father and a friend. Beskind did not give details on the assault, but on Sunday said it was "the kind of thing that happens between two kids." Next in investigation When law enforcement officers or deputies fire their service weapon - regardless of whether it's a fatal shooting - they are immediately placed on paid leave. The clothing, gear and weapons they had at the time of the shooting, along with items at the scene, are taken as evidence until an investigation is completed, Causey said. In this case, even the front door was taken as evidence. The deputies involved in Friday's fatal shooting have been members of the sheriff's office for several years, the sheriff said. Causey said that his office will conduct its own investigation into Friday's shooting and that he would release any findings as soon as the SBI concluded its part. "We're not going to sit on it for months," he said. 'High-risk entries' The emergency response team is made up of six deputies who perform those duties full-time. "A lot of people don't want to work for an (emergency response team)," Causey said. "It's dangerous. They get killed." In addition, about 20 other deputies in the roughly 400-member department receive special training to serve on the team, he said. When the team is called to an incident, as was the case on Friday night, they wear reinforced bullet-proof vests, Kevlar helmets and special goggles. They are armed with a .45-caliber service weapons and rifles, Causey said. "Normally, the entrance team has a ballistics shield. It's Kevlar and it's maybe 5-foot high, bulletproof," Causey said, adding the shield includes a light to blind people. "They're led by Lt. Doug Price, who is an outstanding law enforcement officer and an outstanding person," he said. The unit has existed since the 1970s, and many of the members have served in the military. "All their entries are high-risk entries," Causey said, adding the tactical team knows the history of the people they're facing and whether they have weapons. 2005 shooting The emergency response team also was involved in a fatal shooting April 28, 2005, when John T. Lewis Jr. was shot to death by team member Donald M. Warnick. The tactical team was summoned to Lewis' house off Castle Hayne Road after he threatened his wife with a gun. During a standoff, Lewis pointed a loaded .22-caliber gun at deputies. Loaded weapons were later found in his home. An investigation into the shooting found that Warnick was justified in firing on Lewis. Wilmington Star His roommate said Strickland went to the door as it was bashed in. The police say all he had to do was come to the door and open it. Something is missing there, too. There is no mention of a prior record, but he was facing armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon charges, as well as an earlier assault charge for an incident of "the kind of thing that happens between two kids." That may be why the emergency response team was called in. But there is not mention of a gun, just a "six-inch blunt object" during the robbery. AP made it seem like the robbery did not involve any weapons. What kind of six-inch blunt object would be used to beat somebody? A rock? The butt of a handgun? There were guns, unloaded ones, found in the house. But possession of a gun doesn't make one a criminal.
  15. Remember, the problem now is the revenue-sucking lease. economist Andrew Zimbalist reviewed the Florida Marlins' claim to have lost $34 million in their World Championship season of 1997. Zimbalist found that Marlins owner Wayne Huizenga, who also owned Pro Player Stadium through a different entity, attributed about $38 million of luxury suite, club seat, parking, concessions, advertising, and naming-rights revenues to the stadium rather than the team. Baseball Prospectus As I understand it, that is still the deal with the lease Henry and Loria inherited. With a new stadium and fair lease, a significant portion of the $38 million a year (in 1997 dollars, about $48.6 million today) would be falling into the Marlin's pockets. Since Loria has owned the team, and applying a CPI conversion, that portion of the lease has cost the Marlins about $227 million over Loria's five seasons.
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