Three-year odyssey has Brad Miller fighting for spot on Dodgers’ bench

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire The Dodgers made a series of front office moves in the baseball operations department, promoting farm director Brandon Gomes to vice president and assistant GM. Gomes, 34, retired as a player following the 2016 season and joined the Dodgers’ front office. He was promoted to farm director when Gabe Kapler left to become manager of the Philadelphia Phillies before the 2018 season.In addition, Will Rhymes was promoted from assistant farm director to replace Gomes as director of player development. Alex Slater was promoted to director of baseball operations and Duncan Webb to director of baseball resources.The Dodgers now have two assistant GMs (Gomes and Jeff Kingston, hired last fall) – but no GM since Farhan Zaidi left for the San Francisco Giants. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “I think it was kind of a natural development,” said Miller, in camp on a minor-league contract, trying to win a spot on the Dodgers’ bench. “I always could put the barrel on the ball, had a good track record getting up to the big leagues obviously, did some good things my first couple years, did some inconsistent things. I learned how to use my body, honestly. Learned how to unlock my full body and use my legs and drive the baseball, and got going pretty good there in 2016.”That season was “a lot of fun,” Miller said. The years since have not been as much fun.“The last couple years I was pretty messed up,” he said. “I was battling some injuries.”In 2017, Miller played “the whole year with my adductors torn off the bone.” He hit only nine home runs and saw his OPS drop over 120 points. Bilateral core surgery followed the season but he was also playing with a torn labrum in his right hip. He was traded from Tampa to the Milwaukee Brewers in mid-season then released by the Brewers after they acquired Mike Moustakas at the trade deadline.“You’ve seen the back of my baseball card, it wasn’t good,” Miller said. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco He underwent the same type of arthroscopic surgery on his hip that Corey Seager had about a week later last August with microfracture added to address cartilage damage. But Miller didn’t have a team until two weeks into spring training when he signed the minor-league deal with the Dodgers.The deal includes an opt-out date this week. If it looks like he won’t make the season-opening roster, Miller can become a free agent again rather than except an assignment to Triple-A. The Dodgers’ roster is not an easy one to crack.“Shoot, no doubt,” he said. “But they’re good – that’s what you want to be on. That’s why I came here, honestly. I felt they reward performance.“The big thing with some of these teams that are going younger – I’ll say politically correct, they’re going younger – a guy like me I’m not flexible. I don’t have options. I’m not a flexible roster piece. If I perform, they have no incentive to reward that whereas the Dodgers are trying to win. If I show I’m deserving of a spot, they’ll find a spot. No question. That’s kind of my mindset.”It won’t be easy if Seager is ready for Opening Day, as Dodgers manager Dave Roberts affirmed Sunday. Roberts has also said he expects outfielder Alex Verdugo to be on the season-opening roster. Add a backup catcher and utilityman Chris Taylor and there are no bench vacancies with a 13-man pitching staff.“I like Brad. I’ve liked him even in his days as a young player in Seattle,” Roberts said. “There’s a lot of energy. There’s a baseball player in there with aptitude, wiry strength, athleticism. For us on our ballclub, it does make sense because he can play anywhere on the diamond, a left-handed bat. I don’t know how it’s going to shake out.“It’s tough. And I think Brad understood that when he signed on. I think we’ve done a nice job giving him an opportunity and a runway. We’ll see how it plays out.”KERSHAW UPDATELeft-hander Clayton Kershaw threw nearly 40 pitches in a full bullpen session Sunday, using all of his pitches. Kershaw is expected to throw to hitters for the first time this spring in the next few days.“It’s been good,” Kershaw said of his recovery from shoulder problems early in camp. “We’ve got a good plan. Now we just go to the next step and the next step is live BP.”MUNCY’S PROGRESSMuncy tested his sore right wrist/forearm by taking a full round of batting practice Sunday after being limited to 20 swings on Saturday. Muncy has also resumed throwing. He expects to be back in games soon.“It’s kind of a wait-and-see thing now,” he said. “See how we feel tomorrow.”FRONT OFFICE PROMOTIONSRelated Articlescenter_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies GLENDALE, Ariz. – There are three players in Dodgers’ camp this spring who have had 30-home run seasons in the major leagues.There is Cody Bellinger who set the National League rookie record with 39 home runs two years ago. There is Max Muncy who led the Dodgers with 35 home runs in a breakout season last year.And then there is Brad Miller.Miller hit 30 home runs for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2016. It is a number that jumps out from the back of his baseball card, surrounded as it is by a total of 29 home runs combined in his first three big-league seasons and 16 total in two seasons since. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Boston fans angry Jayson Tatum celebrated Blues’ Stanley Cup win

first_imgLike St. Louis Blues fans everywhere, Jayson Tatum rejoiced in the team’s first Stanley Cup Wednesday night.But that led to an awkward situation for the Boston Celtics star, given the Blues defeated the Boston Bruins to win the Cup. Tatum, a St. Louis native, retweeted a tweet by fellow Blues fan and NBA star Bradley Beal, noting ST LOUIS FOREVER!!!ST LOUIS FOREVER!!! https://t.co/nS5512bGkm— Jayson Tatum (@jaytatum0) June 13, 2019The tweet, sent out immediately after the game, obviously did not sit well with many Boston sports fans on Twitter.Hope you’re in New Orleans next year— Mike (@elliopizza) June 13, 2019pic.twitter.com/woIyprR9NZ— karson kuhlman stan club (@dylanmchale_4) June 13, 2019We traded down for this bum? Should’ve taken Markell Fultz. Can’t wait to see you in New Orleans— 🅱️ig 🅱️enny 🅱️oomstick #WeWantTimThomas (@DingDongsAllDay) June 13, 2019Trade him to New Orleans now— David (@david34ortiz98) June 13, 2019But Tatum had his share of supporters.”Ignore these salty bums, you’re the future of the Celtics. Go celebrate the win!,” wrote one Celtics fan.”Please don’t listen to the haters JT, we love you here in Boston,” wrote another. Tatum later tried to defuse the situation with a post on his Instagram account.“Listen I got nothing but love for the city of Boston and the bruins!” Tatum wrote (via Boston.com). “But St. Louis will always be home I can never go against the grain! Where I’m from there isn’t much to celebrate or be happy about! This brings the city joy and brings positive attention that we rarely ever get! With so much negative attention for many different reasons it’s rare we get this opportunity.“With that being said CONGRATS to @stlouisblues ST LOUIS WE LIT!!!!!!!!”last_img read more

Humboldt State football tops Carson-Newman 52-45 in wild 2016 season opener

first_imgWith a young and inexperienced defense, Humboldt State head coach Rob Smith knew that the Jacks would likely have to rely on its veteran-heavy offense in Thursday’s season opener in Tennessee.Smith’s intuition wasn’t far off from how things have gone.Arguably the best player Division II has to offer proved to be Humboldt State’s difference maker like he did so many times a season ago, as junior running back Ja’Quan Gardner scored on a 35-yard touchdown run with 44 seconds left to put the …last_img read more

Highs and lows from Sharks’ preseason opener vs. Ducks

first_imgSAN JOSE — The good news from the Sharks’ perspective following their 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night is that Aaron Dell solidified his spot as the backup to No. 1 goalie Martin Jones.The question remains, though, can one or more of the Sharks prospects make a serious challenge for a roster spot once the regular season begins next month?Tuesday’s preseason opener at SAP Center offered only a few hints. Timo Meier, Jonny Brodzinski and Joachim Blichfeld all scored, and Ryan …last_img read more

SA saves R2.2bn in HIV drug tender

first_img29 November 2012 South Africa achieved a massive R2.2-billion cost reduction in the R5.9-billion tender awarded to three pharmaceutical companies on Thursday for single-dose antiretroviral (ARV) drugs for the government’s HIV treatment campaign. Making the announcement in Pretoria, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said that the majority of South Africans on state-sponsored ARV treatment for HIV would, from April 2013, need only one tablet instead of the current three per day. Motsoaledi said South Africa had managed to reduce the cost of the tender – for a single dose of the triple combination of tenofovir, entricitabine and efavirenz – by 38%, a massive saving of R2.2 billion.‘Means we can treat more patients’ The price of the three-in-one combination is R89.37, which Motsoaledi described as now the world’s lowest price for this product. The tender was awarded to South African companies Aspen Pharmacare and Cipla Medpro along with US firm Mylan Pharmaceuticals. “This new tender has moved from an original cost of R8.1-billion to R5.9-billion for two years,” Motsoaledi said. “This savings means we can treat more patients with the same budget.” Motsoaledi said, from April, all pregnant women who were HIV positive would be given the single dose combination during pregnancy and breast feeding, regardless of their CD4 count. At least 80% of patients on ARV treatment would also be able to switch to the single-dose combination, though Motsoaledi noted that those who couldn’t switch for any reason could still take individual ARV drugs.Benefits of the single-dose combination Motsoaledi said the single-dose combination had major benefits for patients, and not only in terms of compliance with the daily routine; the combination meant fewer side-effects, and easier logistics and storage. “The fixed dose combination … is more effective than dual therapy and has fewer side-effects for the pregnant mother, in addition to its convenient dosage regimen.” The drugs will be available in all 3 000 registered health facilities across the country, said Motsoaledi, adding that there would be no more delays in supply, as experienced with the previous supplier. “We have asked the suppliers to give us their commitment on this, and all three of them have done so.” Dr Francesca Conradie, clinical adviser for TB/HIV at Wits University’s Clinical HIV Research Unit, said the new combination would not be harmful to pregant mothers in any way. “Simplification of the tablets is so much easier for mothers, and it will lead to better results,” Dr Conradie said. UNAids country coordinator Dr Catherine Sozi commended South Africa for being able to access the effective drugs at a small price. “The reduction in cost is way beyond what we’ve hoped for,” Sozi said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Farm and fair photo contest winner

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the end of the Fairfield County Fair in October, the 2015 Ohio fair season wrapped up. It has been another great year of fairs around Ohio and many online visitors enjoyed seeing favorite photos from around the state throughout the summer.In addition, this year’s photo contest also included a bit more diversity with Ohio agriculturally-related photos of any kind. The contest ended Oct. 30. To see the entries, click here.A winner was chosen based on the total number of votes via online voting. The winner will receive a pass for free admission to any Ohio county fair and the Ohio State Fair in 2016. The fair pass is compliments of the Ohio Fair Managers Association.This year’s winner is Cathy McKinney from Waynesburg, who submitted this photo with the following caption: Swimsuit — check. Cowboy boots — check. Feeding time — check. Summer on the farm — priceless.last_img read more

Understanding Military Homecoming After Deployment

first_imgSource: Knobloch, L. K., Knobloch-Fedders, L. M., & Yorgason, J. B. (2019). Mental health symptoms and the reintegration difficulty of military couples following deployment: A longitudinal application of the relational turbulence model. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 75, 742-765. By Leanne Knobloch, University of IllinoisFor many military couples, deployment can be a seemingly endless countdown to the service member’s homecoming. But, after the big day finally arrives and the welcome home ceremony is over, what’s next for military couples?A new study our research team published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology provides insight into the transition from deployment to reintegration. Our project was funded by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs through the Military Operational Medicine Research Program. My co-authors on the study included my sister, Dr. Lynne Knobloch-Fedders from Marquette University, and our collaborator, Dr. Jeremy Yorgason from Brigham Young University.We had two goals for our investigation. First, we wanted to map out the transition from deployment to reintegration. Second, we wanted to identify factors that predict challenges along the way.We conducted the study by recruiting 1,100 individuals who were part of 555 military couples, and we asked them to complete an online questionnaire once per month for eight consecutive months after the service member’s homecoming from deployment. Each month, returning service members and at-home partners reported on their mental health, their relationship, and their difficulty with reintegration.Participants included active duty, reserve component, and National Guard military couples. The study involved military couples from all branches of service.Our findings showed that military couples reported the most difficulty with reintegration approximately four to five weeks after homecoming, and at-home partners reported more difficulty with reintegration than returning service members at each time point.These results highlight the importance of supporting at-home partners. The timing of help matters as well. In particular, four to five weeks after homecoming may be a key opportunity for offering services.Other findings revealed that mental health symptoms predicted later difficulty with reintegration. Posttraumatic stress symptoms for returning service members, and depressive symptoms for at-home partners, made the transition especially challenging.Based on these results, it’s important to know the symptoms of mental health problems and be ready to seek help if needed. Readjusting after deployment can be tough, and reaching out for assistance if necessary is the best thing you can do for yourself and your family.Our data also showed that characteristics of people’s relationships predicted difficulty with reintegration down the road. The transition was harder for partners who had questions about their relationship and who got in the way of each other’s daily routines.What do these results mean? As much as possible, people should open the lines of communication, share information, ask questions, and learn where their partner is coming from. And, carefully building new routines and making sure those routines run smoothly should be helpful as well. Leanne K. Knobloch (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison) is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois. Her research examines how people communicate during times of transition, including how military families navigate the deployment cycle and how romantic couples cope with depression. Her work has been honored by the Golden Anniversary Monograph Award from the National Communication Association, the Biennial Article Award from the International Association for Relationship Research, and the University Scholar Award from the University of Illinois.last_img read more

Father Joes homeless services during winter months

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Deacon Jim Vargas stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss how Father Joe’s Villages supports the community throughout the winter and the services it provides.For more information click here. December 21, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Father Joe’s homeless services during winter months KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 21, 2018last_img read more

Hard Rock Cafes India franchisee to raise fund expand outlets

first_imgJSM Corp Ltd, which has Hard Rock Café franchisee in India, is planning to raise Rs. 200 crore from private equity investors. The funds raised would be used to expand the number of outlets and bring in more international brands.The company, which also runs popular restaurant chains California Pizza Kitchen and Shiro in India, is considering fund raising by older investors selling their shares. Lodha Capital Markets is acting as the company’s adviser. As part of the company’s expansion plans, JSM would launch popular Chinese food chain Panda Express in India by August 2016, the Mint reported.”About Rs. 150 crore will be raised primarily from new investors, while Rs. 50 crore will be a secondary transaction where the legacy investors will be brought over,” Jay Sing, co-founder and executive director of JSM, was quoted as saying by the publication.JSM Corp was founded by Jay Singh and Sanjay Mahtani in 2004. Some of the other brands of the company are The Big Kahuna, Ginger Tiger, dessert chain Pinkberry, street-food chain Plus91 and Asilo, which is a rooftop bar in Mumbai, according to the company’s website. Singh and Mahtani together hold 55 percent stake in JSM Corp, while the rest is owned by other investors.Azim Premji’s private equity arm, PremjiInvest, acquired 22 percent stake in JSM for about Rs. 150 crore four years ago. The same PE firm may put in additional funds, Singh was quoted as saying by the Mint.A report by consulting firm Grant Thornton India and the Federation of Indian Chambers and Commerce Industry (FICCI) said the Indian food and beverage industry will expand at a pace of 24 percent every year to reach Rs. 3.8 trillion in sales by March 2017.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

Monsoon Monologues

first_imgCome August and Monsoons shall turn magical in Kolkata, as the city gears up to host the third edition of  Monologues, India’s only solo arts festival. The festival, hosted by Phreedom4Ever, an organisation led by Chaity Ghosh, that envisages cultural excellence, is the brainchild of popular elocutionist and theatre actor Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee. Being the only annual solo arts fiesta in the country, the forum has witnessed performances by stalwarts like Chapal Bhaduri (India’s last living female impersonator in performing arts), Saoli Mitra(the legendary actress and daughter of theatre maestro Shambhu Mitra), Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal, Bijoylakshmi Barman and many others over the last two years. The 2014 edition of Monologues shall kick off on 3 August at Swissotel with a solo by Mita Vashisht, who is an internationally acclaimed film personality. This is the first time that Mita shall present a theatrical performance in Kolkata and her act for the evening is called Weekend, a part of the very famous Teen Ekaant by novelist and activist Nirmal Verma, a noted figure in the Indian literary circles. Sujoy has always brought performances out of proscenium to alternative spaces and this festival endorses that. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Monologues 2014 showcases The Solo Room, the youth- section of the festival, on 9 August at Tantra, The Park as a matinee performance. Infact, Monologues is the only national arts festival that has a special segment dedicated to the youth and the arts. The Solo Room begins with an original dramatic act by Soumya Mukherjee, a very popular youth actor and the founder of M.A.D., a key youth-theatre player in Kolkata. Next on the cards shall be a musical solo by Kabir Chattopadhyay, who will entrance the audience with a whole lot western retro. The final act for the evening is a session of original lyrics and songs by the iconic music composer and vocalist Neel Adhikari. The finale of Monologues 2014 shall be on 10 August at Tollygunge Club. The evening begins with a solo comedy by much-admired media personality Anubhav Pal. What follows is a contemporary dance solo by internationally famous contemporary danseuse Paramita Saha, who shall revisit issues of gender construction through her performance. The crowning act shall be by the legendary Indian theatre personality and activist Usha Ganguly, who shall be premiering her new play Rozana, a monologue inspired by works of Franca Rame and Dario Fo.  Going solo becomes an expression of a trajectory of emotions that sums up life and art. No wonder, this solo arts carnival has become the nation’s delight.last_img read more