Baseball will miss Alou Robinson

first_imgJust as October marks the start of baseball playoffs, it also means the end for some major league managers, with several more likely to follow.Dusty Baker and Joe Giradi’s exits were long anticipated — albeit unjustified in the case of Giradi, who just might be the National League’s Manager of the Year.But it will be Felipe Alou and Frank Robinson who will be missed the most.It’s not as though their respective releases come as a shock, but the impact they left on the game will last forever.Despite missing the playoffs the last two seasons while managing the San Francisco Giants, a team he once played on, Alou overachieved with a roster of has-beens through the thick-and-thin of the Barry Bonds mess.During the ’90s, Alou was one of the best managers in the majors with the Montreal Expos. In his 10 years as skipper, Alou became the team’s winningest manager, and if it wasn’t for the 1994 strike, who knows if he would be wearing a World Series ring on his finger or not. The Expos had the best record that season, and Alou was named the NL Manager of the Year, but the strike ended all postseason hopes.However, it was as a player that Alou made his mark.A steady leadoff hitter for 17 years who could play any outfield position, Alou was one of many to open the major league doors to Latin Americans as he was the first Dominican to play regularly and is currently the most prolific Latin American manager by any measure.Alou wasn’t the best player — he was a solid player and a three-time All-Star, but the reason he got the most recognition was because he was the best one out of the Alou family. His younger brothers, Matty and Jesus, played around the same time as him, teaming up in 1959 with the Giants to form the first all-brothers outfield. Also, as most probably already know, his son Moises currently plays for the Giants and had the opportunity this past year to have his father as manager. Let’s just hope it wasn’t Alou who taught Moises to pee on his hands to prevent blisters.But as big of an impact Alou has made on baseball, Frank Robinson has left just as big a mark.Nearly three decades after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier as a player, Frank Robinson broke the color barrier for managing in baseball as he became the first African-American skipper, leading the Cleveland Indians in 1975. And he wasn’t just a bench man, either. He enjoyed two seasons as a player-manager for the Indians, although he wasn’t very successful as player or manager.After his stint with the Indians, Robinson went on to manage the Giants, the Baltimore Orioles, where he was named AL Manager of the Year in 1989, and, most recently, the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals. He became just the 53rd manager to eclipse 1,000 wins, despite never making a postseason appearance.He didn’t have the best career as a manager, but like Alou, he made his name as a player.Already a member of the Hall of Fame as a player, Robinson had a remarkable 21-year playing career. Robinson’s career started off with a bang as he won the 1956 Rookie of the Year award, quickly earning himself a reputation as an aggressive player — what Pete Rose was in the field and the base paths before Rose was even in the majors. He later went on to win the MVP award twice — in 1961 when he was with the Cincinnati Reds and in 1966 when he won the Triple Crown with the Baltimore Orioles, the first player to win the honor in both leagues, in addition to two World Series wins with O’s.But what Robinson will be most known for is coming up short. He ended his playing career 57 hits away from 3,000 and 14 home runs shy of 600 (his 586 career home runs is currently sixth on the all-time list), none of which matters one bit to Robinson. “I don’t have any regrets about anything that happened to me in this game,” Robinson said in a pre-game ceremony speech Sunday. “People said to me, ‘Don’t you feel cheated or slighted that you didn’t get 3,000 hits?’ No. Because I had a great career, came up a little short. ‘How about 600 home runs?’ Nope. I hit 586, came up a little short, but I have no regrets, no regrets, no regrets about this game. All I’ve tried to do is make this game a little better.”Both Robinson and Alou have said they don’t want this to be the end of their respective baseball careers, but if it inevitably is, then baseball fans will have to bid adieu to two who have made this game not just a little better, but a lot better.Michael is junior majoring in journalism and communication arts. To celebrate the great careers of old-time managers contact him at [email protected]last_img read more

One of the best: Decker honored with 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award

first_imgDULUTH, Minn. – Wisconsin junior forward Brianna Decker emotionally embraced her family and made her way to the podium Saturday afternoon as she became the 15th recipient of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.The award recognizes the best player in NCAA Division I women’s hockey each season – much like football’s Heisman Trophy. Decker was one of three finalists for the award, including Jocelyne Lamoureux of North Dakota and Florence Schelling of Northeastern.“It is quite an accomplishment,” Decker said. “I think it shows a lot about the depth of our program and the type of players that get recruited to Wisconsin. I think we have all-around staff and resources that are phenomenal.”Decker anchors one of the best offensive lines in hockey, playing alongside senior forwards Brooke Ammerman and Carolyne Pr?vost in a unit that combined for 77 season goals. Decker led the nation this season with 37 goals, and her 82 overall points tied for the nation’s best.Decker attempted six shots in the national championship against Minnesota Sunday but did not find the back of the net in the 4-2 loss.She became the fourth player in Wisconsin history to win the award, joining Sara Bauer (2006), Jessie Vetter (2009) and Meghan Duggan (2011). Four Wisconsin Patty Kazmaier winners in the past six years is quite an impressive feat for head coach Mark Johnson as well as the program.“We’ve had a couple of kids go though this arena before,” Johnson said. “Each one, if you look at all four, earned it. Brianna isn’t different than the other three; she went out and continues to grow as a player and continues to develop as a leader off the ice.”Although the Patty Kazmaier celebrates the nation’s best hockey player, Decker said the honor reflects the success of the team more than her individual play. The Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, Minn. – host of this year’s ceremony – erupted with cheers from Decker’s teammates, a testament to the tight knit camaraderie within this Wisconsin squad.“I honestly don’t think this is an individual award,” Decker said. “Obviously it is given to one person, but it comes from the team and the team makes each player who they really are. I think that is exactly what my team did for me this year.”Johnson said the team held a dance contest after practice last Thursday, calling them an energetic group. That contagious attitude translated to Wisconsin’s play on the ice the season, uniting Decker and the entire Badger team.“If you are going to be successful in this game you have to play as a unit, and certainly players can make a difference, but it takes a group of players,” Johnson said.The success of Wisconsin’s program in recent years, including multiple national championships and Patty Kazmaier award winners also projects a good image to young hockey players.“I think it gives some young girls in Wisconsin some hope either to want to be a Badger one day or play hockey and be able to be successful, like Jessie (Vetter) and myself,” Decker said. “I hope the young girls take a lot out of it and come support our games.”As a sophomore last year, Decker cheered on Duggan – the 2011 Patty Kazmaier winner – never believing she would follow up her friend’s performance just a year later.Johnson believes playing alongside past UW leaders like Duggan helped develop Decker into the player she is today.“With the season last year, and the help of Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight, she understood what she needed to do to make the choice to go to the next level and the type of player she wanted to become,” Johnson said.Decker’s work ethic and will to win can’t be undermined, but she said her award-winning season relied upon support of those around her. “I can’t do any of this without my team, and I give so much credit to them and the coaches because they made me the player I am right now.”last_img read more

Gold medal or bust for Hidilyn Diaz in Turkmenistan tilt

first_imgLATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Break new ground Diaz said she wouldn’t be pleased with herself if she can’t take the gold medal in the AIMAG in Turkmenistan, where other Filipino athletes are also competing, from September 17 to 27.Simply put, it’s championship or bust for the 26-year-old weightlifter.“I have to set my mind that the only acceptable thing for me to bring home is the gold medal,” said Diaz. “I must be determined because I can’t be contented with what I am right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Rio Olympians Kirstie Alora (left) and Hidilyn Diaz during a roundtable discussion at College of St. Benilde. Photo by Bong LozadaOlympian Hidilyn Diaz hasn’t competed in a major weightlifting tournament since her silver medal finish in the Rio Summer Games, and she heads to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games knowing the pressure has built up.Most of the pressure, though, is coming from within.ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum routs St. Benilde to stretch unbeaten run to 11 A costly, catty dispute finally settled “I’m not pressured by anyone except myself,” said Diaz in Filipino Thursday during a small luncheon with the media at College of St. Benilde, where she studies Business Management. “I always think to myself ‘do I still have it in me?’ because I was relaxed for four months.”Diaz became the poster girl of Philippine sports in 2016 when she ended the country’s 20-year medal drought winning the silver medal in the women’s -53 kilogram event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHer triumph in Rio was her moment in the sun but after reaching the peak doubts have started to creep in.“The comeback is the hardest part, after so many tears I don’t know if I can ever return to that form,” said Diaz who lifted a total of 200 kg. in Rio. “I think this is why other medalists or champions quit after winning because it’s hard to sustain the strength and the discipline after all the accolades.” Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Winning start View commentslast_img read more

This day in history Celebrity Birthdays

first_img Related Items:barbara walters, chauncey billups, michael douglas, scottie pippen, will smith Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWill Smith, TI, Michael Douglas and his estranged wife Catherine Zeta Jones, Barbara Walters, NBAs Scotty Pippen and Chauncey Billups all have one thing in common – their birthdays. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Carnival Cruise Line Cuts Cruises

first_img Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Recommended for you Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bahamas, Carnival Cruise Lines, vat Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 17 Nov 2014- Carnival Cruise lines is reportedly set to cut its cruises from 600 to 400 in the Bahamas due to the costly impositions of the coming VAT, set to begin in January. last_img read more

Thorne QC maintains SIPT Trial is political vendetta

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Feb 2016 – Every intrusive and erratic remark and statement made by the Special Prosecutor for the Crown must be proved to be true; it was the overarching theme of the statement today from Ralph Thorne, the Queen’s Counsel representing former premier Michael Misick. Thorne was revved up in his presentation and called the opening statement by Andrew Mitchell, QC nothing more than a political vendetta aimed at ‘getting Mike’. He said, when proceedings resumed this morning at the Myrtle Rigby Health complex that, “An expedition in character assassination…” is what Mitchell led in his abnormal opening, which seemed to draw conclusions instead of the traditional method of promising, then proving allegations. Thorne promises to prove that the charges are politically motivated and he will aim to defend the character of his client. Thorne has a problem with the absence of any civilian witnesses, he has an issue with government witnesses who are coming in their official capacity and he rejects that the former Governor was bullied by Michael Misick during his tenure and Thorne takes exception to the fact that Developers in the debacle, are missing from the trial. Thorne said, the mountain of apparent evidence by the SIPT will turn into a mouse of proof, and that it will not be enough to satisfy the court. Karen Delancy, former Cabinet Minister in Michael Misick regime takes the witness stand in SIPT trials Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you BOYCE FIRES HER ATTORNEY, as SIPT Trial continues Delancy challenged on leadership style, calls Floyd Hall, ‘man of integrity’ Related Items:andrew mitchell, michael misick, queen’s counsel, ralph thorne, sipt triallast_img read more

Matthew brutal with Nassau barrels toward Grand Bahama

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, October 6, 2016 – Harrowing reports coming out of Nassau as we are told that people in coastal areas are now crying for rescues, but that cannot happen and it means these individuals will have to figure out how to survive the onslaught of now category four hurricane Matthew with its 140 mph winds. “We have reports of many people saying, oh come, homes have been compromised, the roofs blowing off or part of the roofs blowing off, and that sort of thing, and due to the high winds, medical rescue and teams were asked not to take the risk.  The broad surge to all of the southern shores, I’m only getting reports from Yamacraw, Marshal Road, Harold Road, those roads in the south eastern end of New Providence, that’s where we getting calls coming in right now.”  Trevor Basden  There are images of vehicles submerged in the Yamacraw area; there is a nearby beach which has caused an at least 5ft tall surge to rush in.  Basden explains, that it is not rain, it is a storm surge which has drowned vehicles and homes; even toppled the wall at Fox Hill Prison.“Fox Hill Prison, the wall on Yamacraw side, the entire wall of Fox Hill Prison is down, it’s completely washed away.” Related Items:calls for rescue ring out in new providence, cars submerged in water in nassau, hurricane matthews rips through new providence, massive flooding in areas of nassau  The best news which we hope holds up as the Bahamas is bashed by Matthew; there there are no reports of loss of life. Trevor Basden is the Sr Deputy Director of the Bahamas Department of Meteorology and he said Nassau has up until 3 p.m with the hurricane force winds, and Grand Bahama will experience Hurricane conditions until 7 a.m tomorrow.   That gives killer storm Matthew lots of time to do the dastardly to the island which is still reeling from the hits of Frances and Jeanne in 2004 and Wilma in 2005.  Winds are described in Nassau as violent.  Winds are described in Grand Bahama as picking up.  The storm veering more west, on a collision course with West End by all appearances.  In the west an evacuation order was given; some but not all heeded the request. And at best, official rescue operations will not be permitted in Nassau said Mr. Basden until after 3pm and even then the first responders are going out in Tropical Storm force winds which are risky. center_img “How y’all holding up in this weather man, I’m talking about this weather so strong, it shake my bed; in my house.” – Cody (resident) Many lost power last night, some this morning and the images of disaster are many… the bridge, businesses, hotels, homes, water ways and historic buildings – all abused by the unrelenting Matthew which has killed hundreds; the death toll from Haiti today soars to 108. A knight on a huge truck trying to plow through six feet of water he says, to get a family to safey… we pray they make it okay. NEMA is also receiving reports of roofs flying off and we have gotten a report of doors of homes flying off.  There is also, likely an unauthorized expedition to save those who are stuck – remember evacuation recommendations were made for  many areas in Nassau. “I am in a dump truck right now and we are in six feet of water, South Beach when I say is under water, we are trying to locate some people who are trapped in their ceilings.” – (rescue crew member) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Firefighters put out blaze at Potrero home 1 found dead on lawn

first_img POTRERO (KUSI) – A person died outside of a Potrero home that caught fire Monday morning, authorities said.Crews responded shortly before 6:45 a.m. to a report of a fire at a home in the 23000 block of Coyote Holler Road, Cal Fire spokesman Issac Sanchez said.The first crews to respond found a person down on a lawn nearby, Sanchez said. Firefighters attempted life-saving measures, but the person was declared dead at the scene, he said.No details about the victim were immediately available.The single-story house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived and crews were able to knock down the flames in around an hour, Sanchez said.No other injuries were immediately reported.The cause of the fire was under investigation. March 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Firefighters put out blaze at Potrero home, 1 found dead on lawn KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 4, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more