The ERC Inspection Team also verifiedMORE Power’s readiness and capability in the aspects of development, operationand maintenance of distribution systems. An electricity consumer in Iloilo City visits MORE Electric and Power Corp.’s Customer Services Office on General Luna Street to start the processing of her electrical connection. The city’s new power distributor assures all consumers of much easier and less cumbersome requirements. Getting electricity should not be complicated, it stresses. The Commission issued the PA “toprotect consumers’ interest by ensuring uninterrupted electric service…andprevent chaos and confusion…as to who is authorized to operate the distributionsystem in the area.” “It is clear that MORE (Power) is thebona fide and legitimate distribution utility in Iloilo City. As such, (it) isauthorized to implement the last approved distribution charges for Iloiloconsumers,” said ERC chief Agnes Devanadera. PECO’s franchises expired on Jan. 19,2019 yet. MORE Power submitted to the ERC a Writof Possession dated Feb. 27, 2020 issued by the Regional Trial Court, Branch 23authorizing it to take possession of certain properties of PECO in connectionwith the latter’s business of electric power distribution. Furthermore, it submitted to the ERC acopy of the Sheriff’s Return dated March 2, 2020 to inform the latter that theWrit of Possession has been duly served and fully implemented. ILOILO City – To dispel yet again theconfusion as to which company is the legitimate power distributor here, the EnergyRegulatory Commission (ERC) announced in its official website and social mediaaccounts the granting of a provisional Certificate of Public Convenience andNecessity (CPCN) to MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE). The ERC, through its technicalpersonnel, conducted an ocular inspection on March 3 and 4 to verify the actualstatus of the distribution network and determine which company is actuallyoperating the said system. “The grant of the PA to MORE (Power) haseffectively revoked the provisional Certificate of Public Convenience andNecessity that ERC granted to Panay Electric Co. (PECO), the former electricpower franchisee in Iloilo City,” according to the ERC announcement. ERC reiterated that in its letterdated March 5, 2020 it issued a Provisional Authority (PA) to MORE Power, authorizingthe latter to operate the electricity distribution network in Iloilo City. President Rodrigo Duterte signed MOREPower’s franchise on Feb. 14, 2019. The new power distributor committed toimprove the power distribution system reliability and minimize franchise-wideoutages. The announcement could be read at thislink: https://www.erc.gov.ph/ContentPage/61945 On the basis of the Inspection Reportsubmitted by the Inspection Team, it was confirmed that MORE Power had gainedfull possession and control of five substations, had prepared for all otheraspects related to electricity distribution, and had Power Supply Contracts inplace with four power suppliers that would ensure continuous supply ofelectricity in the franchise area. It also assured consumers of lowerpower rates./PN
RIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. — The Ripley County Community Foundation recently announced small grants awarded to Ripley County non-profits in its fourth grant cycle of 2016.These grants were made possible thanks to the Community Granting Funds administered through the Community Foundation.The purpose of a small grant is to support local organizations with their short term, immediate needs.The organizations receiving grants in the 4th cycle of 2016 are:Jac-Cen-Del schools receiving $187 for Breakout EDU KitsMilan High School receiving $500 for balances for chemistrySt. Louis Church receiving $500 for Families Helping Families for the Christmas Gifts for KidsSt. Louis School receiving $500 for a Literacy Intervention SystemThe Town of Osgood receiving $500 for a defibrillator in the town hall/community centerThe Tyson Library receiving $500 for transforming Children’s spaceThe Versailles Kiwanis Club receiving $500 for Bring Up Grades AwardsThe next deadline will be Friday, March 3rd.Writeable applications and further information are available at the Foundation’s website. www.rccfonline.org.If you have questions regarding the 2017 grant cycles, call the community foundation at 812-933-1098.
Cincinnatti, Oh. — Klosterman Baking Co., a family-owned bakery headquartered in Cincinnati, is launching its 6th annual campaign benefitting Pink Ribbon Girls. This year, Klosterman has made it the company’s goal to raise $15,000 for Pink Ribbon Girls in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With this donation, The brand will provide 1,875 meals for women and their families battling breast and reproductive cancers. On October 1st, the campaign will kick off with Pink with a Purpose Honey Bread, Bun and Roll varieties in grocery stores throughout Greater Cincinnati and Dayton. Consumers can show their support of Klosterman’s efforts by purchasing any one of these specially marked Pink Ribbon Girls items.Pink Ribbon Girls’ mission isn’t just to talk about cancer, but to take on cancer. The organization’s staff and volunteers work hard to lighten the burden of a cancer diagnosis by providing clients and their families with free direct services, which include: rides to treatment, housekeeping services and healthy meals. Klosterman Baking Co. vows to be ‘Pink with a Purpose’ and make a difference in the lives of the clients who are affected most by this disease. Last year alone, the fourth generation family-owned company donated $10,000 to Pink Ribbon Girls’ Cincinnati and Dayton regions. This year, the company aims to increase that amount by $5,000 to assist even more local families fighting cancer. Klosterman Baking Co.’s donation to Pink Ribbon Girls will again contribute to the free services offered to the organization’s clients through its “In the Fight” and “Mets Cancers” programs.“So many of us have a loved one or friend that has battled cancer,” said Kim Klosterman, CEO, Klosterman Baking Company. “Our goal for ‘Pink with a Purpose’ is to help Pink Ribbon Girls grow their local programs here in Cincinnati and Dayton. We are proud to partner with them to help raise awareness, and especially support, for families who are affected.”“We are so excited to partner with Klosterman Baking Co. once this fall,” shared Heather Salazar, CEO/President of Pink Ribbon Girls. “At Pink Ribbon Girls, we consider the people we serve and work with our family, and it’s so comforting to have a partnership with a company like Klosterman that truly values family as well.”Consumers can look for “Pink with a Purpose” varieties in grocery stores across the tristate. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Klosterman Rich N’ Good Honey Hamburger Buns, Hot Dog Buns, Dinner Rolls, White Bread and Wheat Bread will be donated directly to Pink Ribbon Girls. Klosterman has been honored to be a part of the Pink Ribbon Girls family the past six years and is looking forward to continuing its involvement in Pink Ribbon Girls’ community events, such as Ignite the Fight and High School Pink Sporting Events throughout the Fall season. Pink Ribbon Girls continues to grow the organization so “No One Travels this Road Alone.” Klosterman Baking Co., joining Pink Ribbon Girls for another year of breast cancer awareness, will help the organization to broadcast its message to an even greater part of the community.
The clubs that finished in the top eight of the Premier League’s under-21 development league would take part – apart from Liverpool who decided to not to take up the chance, allowing West Ham in instead. The clubs are: Chelsea, Fulham, Leicester, Manchester City, Manchester United, Southampton, Sunderland, West Ham. The eight clubs from Europe are: Celtic (Sco), Athletic Bilbao (Spa), Benfica (Por), Borussia Monchengladbach (Ger), Schalke (Ger), Porto (Por), PSV Eindhoven (Hol), Villarreal (Spa). The Premier League is planning a new under-21 tournament this season involving other clubs in Europe – but claims the competition is not a rival to FA chairman Greg Dyke’s ambitions for a ‘B-league’ involving top-flight reserve sides. Press Association The plan, which the Premier League is hoping will receive UEFA’s blessing, would see eight under-21 sides from England’s top-flight play against eight others from countries including Spain and Germany as well as Scottish champions Celtic. In May, Dyke’s England Commission proposed a B league to operate below League Two aimed at giving young players more match experience – something that the new Premier League competition also aims to do. Premier League communications director Dan Johnson said its proposal had been under consideration for several years and was unrelated to Dyke’s scheme. Johnson told Press Association Sport: “We do believe it would be good for the development of talented young players but it is not an answer to the B league proposal at all. It is something we have wanted to do for a number of years. “We are keen to work with UEFA on what we think is a good development opportunity and there has been a lot of support from clubs on the continent. “Our view is that an under-21 competition with a significant programme of international fixtures at lower age levels is a good opportunity to expose players to this level of competition. “We now need to work with UEFA for their agreement.” That could present some problems however as UEFA already has its own under-19 tournament that shadows the Champions League. The Premier League believe however that the age difference of the two competitions would allow them to co-exist. Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said earlier this year that a B league would damage the football pyramid that currently exists in the English game while the Football League has also opposed it. The new Premier League competition would see 16 clubs split into four groups of four, with the winners and runners-up going through to quarter-finals which would be played over two legs. Up to three over-age players would also be allowed.
Fred Cook, CEO of communications firm Golin is looking forward to his next adventure.Cook was recently named director of the Strategic Communication and Public Relations Center at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and a professor of public relations studies with a focus on innovation and leadership.“I’ve built one of the most successful PR firms in the business through innovation and experimentation. I’m looking forward to applying that same innovative approach at a prestigious school like Annenberg,” Cook said.Others at Annenberg also appreciate the new insight Cook can bring to the position from his experience at Golin.“This is the first time USC Annenberg has had an active CEO as center director,” School of Journalism Director Willow Bay told USC News.Cook said his international experience will aid him in his capacity as director.“I have worked with some of the biggest brands in the world like Walmart, Nintendo, Toyota and McDonald’s, and some of the most famous CEO’s like Jeff Bezos, Herb Kelleher and Steve Jobs,” he said, “And I have learned a lot about public relations in the process. More importantly, I have been fortunate to have traveled all over the world to places like Afghanistan, Iran and Syria, which has given me a valuable global perspective on different cultures and people.”Cook is prepared to utilize his time in Los Angeles for both Golin and at USC.“I’m accustomed to multi-tasking, and I love spending time in Los Angeles, where I used to live and still own a home,” Cook said. “Plus, the Golin L.A. office is just three metro stops on the Expo Line from USC.”In 2014, Cook authored Improvise — Unorthodox Career Advice from an Unlikely CEO, in which he discussed his experiences as “a cabin boy on a Norwegian tanker, a doorman at a five-star hotel and chauffeur for drunks.” Cook said his interactions with college students during speaking engagements motivated him to take the position.“Since my book was published, I’ve spoken at dozens of colleges around the world. Through that exposure, I’ve developed a deep appreciation for the pressures students are facing and the dreams educators are striving to fulfill. I hope to play a meaningful role in this important work,” he said.Golin founder Al Golin said USC will benefit from Cook.“His new relationship with USC Annenberg offers him another interesting challenge, which will allow everyone at USC Annenberg and Golin to benefit from his vision and leadership,” Golin told USC News.Cook hopes to serve as a connection between academia and industry.“A big part of my job will be connecting the school to the PR industry,” he said. “Because I run a large PR agency, I will be able to leverage more than 30 years of experience to build relationships for our students. On the flip side, being surrounded by brilliant faculty members who are experts in every form of communications will allow me to bring innovative new ideas and research to professionals working in the field. I think it will be a win-win situation.”Cook said he is excited to begin his work with the University.“I think USC has one of the best PR programs in the world. I’m really impressed with the faculty, the vision and the ambition. I’m proud to be part of it,” he said.
During an interview with MLB Network, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak acknowledged the reports of players ignoring the social distancing guidelines in order to visit a casino. Mozeliak said he had “no factual reason to believe” that the reports were true and that he had not seen any proof to suggest otherwise. However, Mozeliak did say it would be “disappointing” if the reports do come out to be true. The Cardinals will likely conduct an inside investigation into the matter to determine if the players visiting the casino had anything to do with the COVID outbreak within the organisation. Also Read | Rockies Beat Giants 7-6, Match Best Start In Team HistoryA Cardinals outbreak feared by MLB? According to reports, several players of the team visited a casino just days before a potential Cardinals outbreak was reported. Former MLB player Jerry Hairston Jr. tweeted on Saturday starting he heard from multiple sources that some members of the Cardinals visited a casino prior to the outbreak. MLB Network later confirmed the claims suggesting “at least a couple Cardinals did go to a Casino.” LIVE TV First Published: 4th August, 2020 12:50 IST COMMENT St. Louis Cardinals are the second team in Major League Baseball (MLB) currently struggling to contain a COVID-19 outbreak within the franchise. Last week, reports indicated the Cardinals had multiple cases of COVID-19. As a result, the franchise did not play their weekend series against Milwaukee Brewers. The number of positive cases have since grown to 13, which forced the league to cancel Cardinals’ four-game series against Detroit Tigers.Seven Cardinals players and six staff members tested positive for the virus. The league confirmed that the Cardinals have been in quarantine since last Thursday and will stay in Milwaukee. Furthermore, each member of the team’s travelling party will continue to be tested daily. Sujay Chakraborty SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read | A’s Use Big 5th Inning To Cruise Past Mariners 11-1With 13 confirmed cases, the Cardinals join the Miami Marlins in teams currently dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. The Marlins initially reported four COVID-19 cases within the team. That number grew to 18 within the following week. Due to the increasing number of cases, MLB postponed Marlins’ two-game series against Baltimore Orioles and the three-game series against Washington Nationals.Philadelphia Phillies, who faced the Marlins before the reports of an outbreak were released, had their series against New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jayes postponed. The Phillies did not have any player testing positive for the virus. However, reports suggest a couple of members of the team staff did contract coronavirus. Also Read | Cronenworth, Paddack Help Padres Beat Dodgers 5-4Also Read | Abreu, Moncada HR; White Sox Spoil Brewers Home Opener, 6-4(Image Credits: AP) Last Updated: 4th August, 2020 12:50 IST Cardinals Outbreak? Team Reports 13 COVID Cases After Players Visit Casino A Cardinals outbreak could hamper the MLB 2020 season. The franchise reported 13 cases of COVID-19 – seven players and six members of the staff. WATCH US LIVE Written By FOLLOW US
THORNWELL DOING WELLAustin Rivers said rookie Sindarius Thornwell’s play was critical in the win. Thornwell had seven points and five rebounds in 22 minutes.“Sindarius has been huge. His defensive rebounding has been incredible,” Rivers said. “Just his effort. Proud of him and his development.”SHAQ ATTACKSuns guard Shaquille Harrison, who about a month ago was in the G League, played a career-high 31 minutes and scored a career-best 17 points.“There’s a lot of people out there that want to be in my position, so I’m just trying to make the most of it that I can,” Harrison said.TIP-INSClippers: Jordan is the eighth player in franchise history to score at least 7,000 career points. … Forward Danilo Gallinari (fracture in right hand) did not play, but remains a possibility to return Friday at Portland after having missed 56 games with injuries this season. … Guard Milos Teodosic did not play due to left foot soreness. He aggravated a plantar fascia injury during Tuesday’s win against Milwaukee.Suns: With Payton out, the Suns used their 32nd different starting lineup combination of the season. … Forward Jared Dudley appeared in his 465th career game as a Suns player, which tied him with Paul Westphal for 14th-most in franchise history. … Coach Jay Triano used all 11 available players for the game.UP NEXTClippers: At Portland on FridaySuns: At Houston on Friday Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jordan reached 7,000 points for his 10-season career with a first-quarter dunk, his first points of the game. The first quarter saw eight ties and five lead changes, but the Suns ended it ahead 32-27 on a buzzer-beating 3 from Ulis.Rivers’ 25-footer with a second left had the Clippers in front 58-56 at halftime.The Clippers opened the third quarter on a 12-3 run, including Rivers’ layup with 8:03 left for a 68-59 lead.“We’re trying to win every game to finish the season off, and wherever that puts us, that puts us,” Rivers said.The Suns cut it to 80-76 after back-to-back 3-pointers from Troy Daniels. Jackson dunked in transition to make it 85-82 going into the fourth quarter, but the Suns didn’t score until the 6:23 mark of the period and were held to 17 fourth-quarter points.“They made some tough shots,” Ulis said. “Basketball is a game of runs, and we didn’t hit back.” The Clippers (41-34) moved to a game out of the eighth playoff spot, one game behind the Jazz after Utah’s 97-94 loss to Boston.“We have to let our defense really fuel our offense every single night,” Harris said.Austin Rivers had 18 points and eight assists, and DeAndre Jordan added 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who have won four of five.Tyler Ulis led Phoenix with a season-high 23 points and rookie Josh Jackson added 18. Jackson has scored 15 or more points in eight straight games, but the Suns’ losing streak reached 13 games.The Suns were without four injured players who get regular minutes: guards Devin Booker and Elfrid Payton, center Alex Len and forward T.J. Warren. Payton, who played in Monday’s loss to Boston, was ruled out before the game with knee tenderness. PreviousClippers guard Lou Williams drives past Suns forward Alan Williams during the first half of Wednesday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss (0) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) slips past Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) tries to shoot over Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers forward Wesley Johnson (33) shoots over Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) shoots over Phoenix Suns forward Alan Williams (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers yells to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) slips past Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) rives against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)referee Lauren Holtkamp (7) waits for the call during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Phoenix Suns and the LA Clippers Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) shoots over Phoenix Suns forward Alan Williams (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers forward Sam Dekker (7) rebounds against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) drives past Phoenix Suns guard Troy Daniels (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) drives past Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis (8) drives past Los Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) shoots over Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Phoenix Suns guard Troy Daniels (30) shoots past Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) shoots over Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) pulls down a rebound during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis (8) passes agasint the =l- during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) looks pass against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Clippers guard Lou Williams drives past Suns forward Alan Williams during the first half of Wednesday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss (0) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)NextShow Caption1 of 21Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss (0) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)ExpandPHOENIX — The Clippers are watching the scoreboard while taking care of their own business as the NBA regular season heads into its final two weeks.Tobias Harris scored 27 points and the Clippers gained a little ground in the Western Conference playoff race with a 111-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.“What we keep saying is the biggest thing is for us to handle our business,” Harris said. “Really lock in on what we have to do. Everything will play itself out. We can’t play for other teams, we’ve got to play for us at this point.”Harris had 15 points in the third quarter, and the Clippers pulled away early in the fourth with an 18-0 run.
Whicker: Ex-Dodger Jeff Shaw walked away from baseball to watch his son Travis play – and now we all do
How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “When he was a freshman in high school, he hit nine or 10 home runs. I could see that swing developing.”Jeff coached Travis all the way up and was an assistant on his Washington High team. Jeff and his wife Julie are in Grove City now, having downsized with the kids gone. Younger son Griffin is at Florida Atlantic studying finance.Jeff is also a grand-dad, and that’s a story in itself. Travis and wife Lindy have daughter Ryann, who developed Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome while in the womb. The left side of her heart couldn’t pump blood sufficiently. Ryann was born June 5 of last year and had two surgeries in her first four days on earth.Somehow Travis had his best month at the plate. Ryann is progressing, although one more surgery is upcoming.Meanwhile, Jeff is playing golf and “hanging out.” He has seen other retirees struggle to replace the competitive rush.“Maybe that happened to me my first couple of years out,” he said, “when I was probably being a little too tough on Travis. But I didn’t have anything else to prove.”What would have happened if Cincinnati never had traded him? General Manager Jim Bowden told him he wasn’t going anywhere. Then Shaw was called out of the bullpen during a game with St. Louis. Bowden told him he’d been dealt to the Dodgers for Paul Konerko.Shaw was still living in Washington Court House, commuting to the games.“My wife is going to kill you,” Shaw told Bowden.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.There was a catch. Tommy Lasorda had just become the Dodgers’ general manager. He made the deal but didn’t realize Shaw had the right to request a trade after the season. Then Shaw could become a free agent.“Every day in the lunch room, Tommy would come up and say, ‘You’re not going to leave me, are you?’’’ Shaw said, laughing. “I’d say, ‘Tommy, I’ll make that decision at the end of the season.’”Kevin Malone became the GM and the Dodgers signed Shaw for $15.5 million over three years. That gave Shaw his exit route.Related Articles MILWAUKEE — Before Eric Gagne finished the ninth inning for the Dodgers, Jeff Shaw did.He did not belch fire or welcome anybody to the jungle. Shaw was more like the termite inspector, or the guy who made the “check engine” light go away. He fixed things, shook hands, and left.In 1997, he led the National League with 42 saves for Cincinnati. He had 48 in 1998, with the Dodgers acquiring him July 4.After 2001, Shaw’s contract expired. He was 34 years old and never threw another pitch. He became one of the few major league athletes who wrote his own farewell, even though he could have signed somewhere for more money, more saves, more hotel rooms far from Washington Court House, Ohio. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies In “Ball Four,” Jim Bouton wrote that you think you’ve been gripping a baseball all these years. Turns out, it was gripping you. Shaw is the exception to that rule.“I had a son who was going into middle school and those are crucial years,” Shaw said Thursday. “I didn’t want to be a parent from the other end of the telephone anymore. I wanted to be with the family and coach him and just be a dad. In my mind, I had felt like I had done enough.”Travis Shaw is playing for the Brewers in this National League Championship Series, which resumes Friday night in Milwaukee.Milwaukee’s Travis Shaw is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)In 2017, he hit 31 homers, after Milwaukee took him from Boston in a lopsided trade for reliever Tyler Thornburg. This year, he hit 32.“He’s comfortable in Milwaukee,” Jeff said. “He played well in Boston, but he got away from that atmosphere, where they’re all over you when you do anything wrong. They did move him to second base (from third) and I admit, I was a little skeptical. I didn’t know if he could make that turn. He told me, ‘Dad, I can do this.’ Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Shaw stresses this was a decision about family over business, not about Small Town Life vs. Gomorrah. Travis played Conejo Valley Little League ball with Jett Bandy, the former Angels catcher now with the Brewers. The Shaws lived in Westlake Village, not suspecting that Christian Yelich, now the Brewers’ leading man, was drinking his postgame juice boxes nearby.“Later on, I ran across a letter Travis had written,” Jeff said. “He said living out there was the most fun he’d ever had.”Travis is arbitration-eligible and can hit the free-agent bazaar in 2022. He also has a dad and a daughter to remind him when enough is enough. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season
Carolyn HeastyCarolyn L. Heasty, age 71, loving mother, grandma, sister and friend, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, KS. She was elected Sumner County Treasurer in 1996 and retired in 2012.Carolyn L. (Barry) Heasty was born on July 20, 1944 in Wichita, KS to Orville Eugene Barry and Beatrice Orlean (Tennant) Barry. She was a graduate of Wellington High School with the Class of 1962 and a graduate of Wichita State University. She lived in the Wellington most of her life.Carolyn enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, watching Wichita State Shockers basketball, gardening, was an active member of Wellington Rotary Club and United Methodist Women.She is preceded in death by her parents.She is survived by her three daughters, Cassy and Danny Smith of Wellington, KS, Mary Mericle and Mike Mills of Moline, KS, and Gem and Steve Watts of Derby, KS; two sisters, Pat and Jimmie Frost and Shirley and Allen Weber all of Wellington, KS; seven granddaughters, Carley Smith and Taylor Smith, Jessi Mericle, Geena Mericle and her fiancÃ© Michael Armstrong, MaKinzie Watts and Maddie Watts, and Tania and Brett Mariman; three great granddaughters, Avery Beatrice Tillapaugh, Evelyn Eugene Hinton and Ella Mariman.Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church.Â Chaplain Dan Floyd will officiate.Â Interment will follow the service at Osborne Cemetery in Mayfield.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, June 17, 2016 from 1 to 8 p.m. The family will be present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m.Â =A memorial has been established with the Sumner Regional Medical Center Endowment Foundation in lieu of flowers.Â Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guestbook, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net
Drafting closers is the ultimate guessing game in fantasy baseball. Sure, there are some (seemingly) dependable studs, like Aroldis Chapman, but every relief pitcher is just two or three bad appearances away from being on the hot seat. Throw in the injury factor and the unpredictable regression/improvement that can result from allowing just a few more or less homers than the previous year, and you have a position that’s difficult to rank, never mind separate into tiers or devise a draft strategy for. Heading into 2020, the closer positions appears to be settled for the vast majority of teams. We know that won’t last, as roughly two-thirds of teams change their closer, at least temporarily, at some point every season, but there are just a few teams that have legit open competitions for the ninth-inning job. Again, that could change before opening day because of injuries or bad springs, but even if it doesn’t, it’s important to remember that even some of the “secure” closers are anything but. Fantasy Baseball Deep Sleepers: Tier-6 RPsOur Tier-6 pitchers are middle relievers who generally provide a lot of Ks and good peripherals. These guys can have bigger overall impacts than lower-tier closers, especially if they can luck into some wins, but it’s tough to roster them in shallow leagues, especially weekly leagues (and even tougher to roster them in Quality Start leagues). It wouldn’t be a shock to see some of them getting closing opportunities, especially if there are injuries, but it’s tough to predict that in the spring. Still, drafting one in the last couple rounds can help balance out your pitching staff, especially if it’s a primary setup man who’s one injury away from racking up saves. If you’re really looking to maximize Ks, then Matt Barnes (15.4 K/9 ratio last year), Josh James (14.8), Tanner Rainey (13.9), Luke Jackson (13.1), Tommy Kahnle (12.9), Tyler Duffey (12.8), Freddy Peralta (12.6), Emilio Pagan (12.3), and Chad Green (12.0) are your guys. Darwinzon Hernandez (16.5 in 30.1 innings) and Drew Pomeranz (15.7 in 28.2 innings) also impressed last year. TIER 6Emilio Pagan, PadresDrew Pomeranz, PadresRyan Pressly, AstrosSeth Lugo, MetsMatt Barnes, Red SoxTyler Duffey, TwinsLuke Jackson, BravesJames Karinchak, IndiansJosh James, AstrosChad Green, YankeesShane Greene, BravesRyan Helsley, CardinalsDiego Castillo, RaysTommy Kahnle, YankeesBlake Treinen, DodgersFreddy Peralta, BrewersTy Buttrey, AngelsWill Harris, NationalsJose Alvarado, RaysAndres Munoz, PadresDarwinzon Hernandez, Red SoxTanner Rainey, NationalsAdam Ottavino, Yankees 2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Unless you’re punting saves (not a recommended strategy), you’ll probably want to leave your draft with three closers. That’s not possible for everyone in a 12-team league (or even a 10-team league, if we’re being honest), but it’s ideal. That often leads to overdrafting RPs, which is a mistake, but that tends to be how things work out. If you have just two closers when your draft ends, you can live with that. Plenty more will pop up on the waiver wire once the season begins, so be vigilant. If you’re in a weekly league, all you need is two closers. If you want a “backup” in case one gets hurt or loses his job, just draft his handcuff. If you’re going all-in on closers and want to get four to really give yourself an advantage, you’re going to have to sacrifice some offense or starting pitching. That’s fine, but at least three of your closers need to be high-K guys to make up for the strikeouts you’re potentially not getting from a starter. Most closers are solid in strikeouts, but obviously some are better than others, and you need to prioritize them. The first closer in your draft will likely come off the board in the fifth or sixth round. There will be runs from that point on, so just be cognizant of when they start. You don’t necessarily need a Tier-1 closer, but you’ll want at least one who has a little bit of job security on opening day. That might mean you take closers in the ninth and 10th rounds, or maybe the eighth and 12th. You could also wait until the 12th and 13th. It really depends on how your draft is going. Some leagues see the closer runs start early, so read the room. And if everyone else is drastically overdrafting closers, clean up the hitter/starting pitcher values, grab some later-round RP sleepers, and work the wire once the season starts. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat SheetWho are the best fantasy baseball RPs?Eligibility based on Yahoo default settingsThe pitchers in Tier 1, with the possible exception of Roberto Osuna, are all elite strikeout producers who should be firmly entrenched in their roles to open the season. A few of them have warts — Chapman walks too many batters, Hader gives up too many homers — but these are stud pitchers who will rack up saves and help your ERA and WHIP.These guys will go anywhere from the fifth-eighth rounds. Jumping in early for one of them is risky (remember Blake Treinen and Edwin Diaz last year?), but it can pay off if you choose the right one. TIER 1Kirby Yates, PadresJosh Hader, BrewersRoberto Osuna, AstrosBrad Hand, IndiansAroldis Chapman, YankeesLiam Hendriks, A’sMore 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Auction Values | Mock Draft Simulator2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers: Tier-2 RPsThere isn’t much difference between most of the Tier-2 guys and the guys in Tier 1, but overall, they’re just a bit more volatile. That’s especially true for Diaz and Craig Kimbrel, which is why they’re in Tier 2B. They were downright bad last year. We’re giving both the benefit of the doubt that they can figure out their HR issues and regain their All-Star forms. At the very least, they’ll strike out a lot of batters. The same goes for Brandon Workman, who was dominant last year despite a 5.7 BB/9 ratio. His K-rate skyrocketed and his HR-rate plummeted, so we’re a little skeptical that he’s for real, but if he has a similar season, he could produce like a Tier-1 closer. It helps that Alex Cora is gone as manager, too, as the Red Sox will be less likely to play matchups with their relievers. The pitchers in Tier 2A are a little more reliable, though Kenley Jansen has regressed the past two years, and Raisel Iglesias has a home run problem (and issues with his manager, which is never good for job security). The Twins had a tendency to play matchups in the late innings last year, which could hurt Rogers’ save totals, and Giles has been up and down the past four seasons, so he could be due for a bad one. There is a lot of upside with all four of these pitchers, but the worst versions of themselves could hurt your team.If your first closer is from this tier, that’s fine, but if it’s a Tier 2B guy, you might want to get another “secure” closer shortly after (Alex Colome? Ian Kennedy? Archie Bradley?). If you took a Tier-1 closer, you also have more wiggle room to gamble on comeback years from Diaz or Kimbrel. TIER 2ATaylor Rogers, TwinsKen Giles, Blue JaysKenley Jansen, DodgersRaisel Iglesias, RedsTIER 2BEdwin Diaz, MetsCraig Kimbrel, CubsBrandon Workman, Red Sox2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each team2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Tier-3 RPsTier 3 is the most likely tier to feature a surprise breakout closer. Most of the pitchers in this tier have high K-rates, with Nick Anderson a threat to lead the league in K/9 ratio (15.2 last year). Jose Leclerc also had a K/9 over 13 last year, the second straight season he’s accomplished that feat. The sub-tiers here represent job security. Those in Tier 3B have it (as much as any third-tier closer can have job security in March), while those in Tier 3A don’t. Anderson is considered the favorites for saves in Tampa, but the Rays never settled on a permanent closer last year — and it worked — so why would they this year? If we knew Anderson had some job security, he’d definitely be in Tier 2, so obviously there’s a lot of potential value here. The same goes for Leclerc, Keone Kela and Giovanny Gallegos in the tier below (when healthy), and even Hector Neris, who all have great stuff but also worries in the form of walks or homers. Sean Doolittle is coming off a down year, but he’s another guy with big upside if he can regain his form. You’re not going to be excited about drafting someone like Colome or Kennedy, but they are pretty reliable bets for saves. That has value. Ideally, you’d get one closer from this tier in the middle or late-middle rounds. They provide a lot of bang for your buck if they pay off, and if they flop, the opportunity cost isn’t nearly as high as for the guys in Tier 1 or Tier 2. TIER 3ANick Anderson, RaysTIER 3BHansel Robles, AnglesArchie Bradley, D-backsJose LeClerc, RangersHector Neris, PhilliesAlex Colome, White SoxSean Doolittle, NationalsIan Kennedy, Royals2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | StarterFantasy Baseball Rankings: Tier-4 RPsTier-4 features closers who should have the ninth-inning role to themselves on opening day, but they could hurt more than help even as they’re picking up saves. To be fair, we thought that about Shane Greene last year, and he was dynamite most of the season, especially in the first half, so anything is possible, but none of these pitchers inspire much confidence. Mark Melancon is the “safest” of the group and should arguably be in the tier above. The reason we put him down here is because the Braves have a bunch of capable, if not better, pitchers who can handle the ninth inning, including Will Smith, Luke Jackson, and the aforementioned Greene. We just have a tough time imagining Melancon sticking in the closer’s role, and with mediocre peripherals, we’re not sure how much long-term value he really has. Still, if you can get him in the late rounds, you won’t be sacrificing much, and if you back him up with Smith, you can get as much value as possible from this situation. In fact, if you draft any of these pitchers, it’s not a bad idea to grab their handcuffs, which would probably be Smith (Braves), Kyle Crick (Pirates), Drew Steckenrider (Marlins), Buck Farmer (Tigers), Scott Oberg (Rockies), and Hunter Harvey (Orioles). TIER 4Mark Melancon, BravesKeone Kela, PiratesBrandon Kintzler, MarlinsJoe Jimenez, TigersWade Davis, RockiesMychal Givens, OriolesFantasy Baseball Draft Strategies: Auction | Keeper/Dynasty | PointsFantasy Baseball Tiers: Tier-5 RPsIdeally, you wouldn’t mess with the pitchers in Tier 5, but somebody will take them, at least the guys in Tier 5A. Matt Magill and Tony Watson are slight favorites to open the season as their team’s respective closers, and while neither inspires much confidence, there’s a chance they could take the jobs and run with them. Magill ended last year as Seattle closer, and Watson has some closing experience from his time in Pittsburgh. Kwang-Hyum Kim and Kyle Crick will likely open the season asa their teams’ respective closers, but that might be temporary until Kela is healthy and Gallegos returns to the team (assuming he ever does).The pitchers in Tier 5B are the handcuffs/primary competition for saves we mentioned earlier. You don’t need to draft these guys outside of the deepest leagues, but a few of them can have standalone value, namely Smith and Sam Tuivailala. Harvey is also an intriguing flier after he converted to a reliever last year in the minors and struck out 33 batters in 23 innings between Triple-A and the majors. TIER 5AMatt Magill, MarinersTony Watson, GiantsKwang-Hyun Kim, CardinalsKyle Crick, PiratesTIER 5BGiovany Gallegos, CardinalsWill Smith, BravesScott Oberg, RockiesHunter Harvey, OriolesTrevor Gott, GiantsSam Tuivailala, MarinersYoshihisa Hirano, MarinersTyler Rogers, GiantsBuck Farmer, TigersDrew Steckenrider, Marlins