Leave Statue of Liberty in its park

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion It’s very sad what the administration in the city of Schenectady is doing to our history. The replica of the Statue of Liberty has been located on lower State Street across from the original YMCA since 1950. Now that the area is to be renovated into a lovely new park, which would give a beautiful place for the Statue of Liberty, this statue may not be located in its original place. They claim it’s too small and offer other ridiculous excuses. But the statue is taller than Lawrence who’s in the Stockade. With a pedestal like the Lawrence statue, the Statue of Liberty would be taller than Lawrence.Now they want to relocate this statue to Steinmetz Park, where in my opinion, it wouldn’t be seen as much as on lower State Street or any other practical historical place. The idea of a veterans’ memorial in Steinmetz Park is very nice, but it doesn’t need the Statue of Liberty to be relocated there. But the people of Schenectady, and especially the Stockade Association, don’t respond to any changes and just go along with whatever the administration pleases to do. Shame on the Stockade Association and the people of the city of Schenectady.Voice your opinions before it’s too late. City Hall keeps promising to preserve our history, like with the Nicholaus Building, and then changing its mind to help a favorite developer. Or decisions are made on a whim of the mayor or other important person. Don’t let this happen to our Statue of Liberty, which should be placed back in its original location — now a beautiful new park — which will have many more users.Jessie MaleckiSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlinelast_img read more

Soekarno-Hatta, Ngurah Rai airports stop flights to and from China

first_imgSoekarno-Hatta is the only AP II airport that serves scheduled and regular flights to and from China. Before the ban, there had been 16 flight routes from Soekarno-Hatta to several destinations in China and vice versa. The routes included flights to Beijing, Guangzhou Baiyun, Shenzen Bao’an, Shanghai Pudong, Kunming, Nanning, Haikou Meilan, Fuzhou Changle, and Xiamen Gaoqi. During normal service, 143 takeoffs and landings occur weekly at the airport on these routes. The airlines that offer flights between Jakarta and China are Air China, China Southern, Garuda Indonesia, Batik Air, Lion Air, Xiamen, China Eastern, Sriwijaya Air and Federal Express. In addition to Soekarno-Hatta, Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali has also temporarily stopped flights to and from China. “As of Wednesday morning at 01.00 a.m local time, we have officially suspended the operational flight routes to and from mainland China until a time that will be determined later,” airport general manager Herry Sikado said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.  China Southern Airlines flight CZ625 from Guangzhou was the last flight from mainland China to arrive in Bali before the ban, landing at Ngurah Rai on Tuesday night.  In Manado, North Sulawesi, charter flights connecting China and Manado have also been stopped indefinitely. “The decision is effective now, both for departure and arrival flights,” North Sulawesi’s Law and Human Rights Ministry regional office head Lumaksono said on Wednesday.Lion Air Group spokesperson Danang Mandala Prihantoro said that flights to and from several cities in China had indeed been canceled or temporarily stopped until further notice from the government. Danang said the affected routes included the Manado to Tianjin and return route, the Manado to Fuzhou and return route and the Manado to Hangzhou and return route. Danang said Lion Air Group flights to China that were still operating were ferry flights for returning passengers only. (roi)Topics : Indonesia’s largest international airports have stopped flights to and from China following the government’s decision to impose a temporary travel ban to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which was first discovered in Wuhan. State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II (AP II), which runs Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, Tangerang, confirmed the stoppage on Wednesday.“We have prepared for this matter with all stakeholders, especially all airlines that serve flights from Jakarta to China and vice versa. We hope that this temporary halt to flights will be understood by all parties,” AP II president director Muhammad Awaluddin said, as quoted by Antara News Agency. last_img read more

India allots import licenses for 1.1 million tons of refined palmolein from Indonesia

first_imgThe move prompted traders to seek permission from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) to import refined palmolein, and the commerce ministry’s wing received more than 100 applications for licenses.The DGFT has issued import licenses for 1.1 million tons of refined palmolein to traders based on their applications, a government official and three traders told Reuters.New Delhi has given permission to import refined palmolein only from Indonesia, a government official said.In the second week of January New Delhi privately urged palm oil importers to boycott Malaysian products after Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad criticized India’s actions in Kashmir and its new citizenship law. Topics : In their application importers were required to mention “country of origin” and all specified Indonesia, said one trader who received a license.“I don’t know anyone who mentioned Malaysia as the country of origin. I know a few others who mentioned Indonesia,” the trader said.The allocation of licenses surprised the industry and senior officials of the commerce ministry.“Allowing large-scale imports of refined palmolein defeats the purpose of putting the commodity in the restricted list for imports,” said B.V. Mehta, executive director of trade body the Solvent Extractors’ Association (SEA), which is based in Mumbai.India’s edible oil industry has been seeking import curbs on refined palm oil to boost local refining.At a meeting with industry officials on Wednesday, a senior official of the commerce ministry expressed displeasure at allowing large-scale imports of refined palm oil, and asked DGFT officials not to allocate more licenses, said a trader who attended.A rally in edible oil prices in the last few weeks prompted New Delhi to examine changes in the import policy, said another government official.India’s commerce ministry did not respond to a request for further information.New Delhi’s palm oil imports in January fell 27 percent from a year ago to 594,804 tons, partly due to the restriction on imports of refined palm oil, the SEA said in a statement.India imported 9.4 million tons of palm oil in the marketing year that ended on October 31, including 2.72 million tons of refined palm oil.Palm oil makes up nearly two-thirds of India’s total imports of edible oil. It buys palm oil mainly from Indonesia and Malaysia, which are the world’s top and second biggest producer of the commodity respectively.center_img India has issued import licenses for 1.1 million tons of refined palmolein from Indonesia, government and trade sources told Reuters, a move that has surprised the industry as only last month New Delhi restricted imports of the commodity.A resumption in refined palmolein buying by India, the world’s biggest palm oil importer, could lift its total palm oil imports and support Malaysian palm oil futures FCPOc3, which have corrected a fifth from a three-year high hit in January.India put refined palm oil and palmolein on the list of restricted items on Jan. 8, a move sources said was retaliation against top supplier Malaysia after its criticism of actions in Kashmir and a new citizenship law.last_img read more

Remy joins Chelsea

first_img Press Association Remy then featured in QPR’s first two games this term as they made their top-flight comeback, but was missing from the squad for Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Sunderland as the completion of his move to Chelsea drew near. He also sat out Rangers’ Capital One Cup game earlier in the week, meaning he will be eligible for his new club in all competitions. It was reported on Saturday evening that Arsenal had made an enquiry about Remy, but interest had been withdrawn by Sunday. Meanwhile, AC Milan announced on Sunday that Torres’ switch to the San Siro was complete, with him having signed a contract through to June 2016. Remy said on www.chelseafc.com: “I feel very happy and very proud. “When I heard Chelsea wanted to sign me I said ‘let’s go’ straight away because they are one of the best clubs in the world. “I remember the amazing atmosphere at Stamford Bridge when I played there for Marseille and I can’t wait to play for the first time in front of my new fans.” It is understood Chelsea, triggering the release clause, are paying £10.5million for Remy, who had looked set to join Liverpool earlier this summer. The proposed switch to Anfield broke down following a medical, but Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said of the 27-year-old on Saturday: ”The information we have from specialists in different areas is he doesn’t have a problem to play football.” Remy came through Lyon’s youth academy and, after a loan spell at Lens, moved on to Nice and then Marseille, from whom he signed for QPR in January 2013. He scored six goals in 14 games for Rangers that season, but was unable to prevent them from being relegated from the Barclays Premier League. He made a swift return to the division in 2013/14, spending the campaign on loan at Newcastle and scoring 14 goals. Remy becomes a Blues player after they activated a release clause in the France international’s contract. He arrives at Stamford Bridge as Fernando Torres departs, with the Spain frontman having gone to Italy to join AC Milan on a two-year loan. Striker Loic Remy has joined Chelsea from QPR on a four-year deal, the two clubs have announced.last_img read more

Scorpions defend 204 to beat CCC Marooners

first_imgJAMAICA Scorpions defended 204 against Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners in Bridgetown, courtesy of a spirited bowling effort led by Nikita Miller, who took 3 for 12 from nine overs.Miller’s haul saw CCC slip from 124 for 5 to 130 for 8, before they folded on 160 to give Jamaica a 44-run win that took them to second place in Group B.Jamaica reached 204 after fifties from Jermaine Blackwood (51) and Andre McCarthy (51), and a late surge from Jerome Taylor (41). Between these knocks, CCC took regular wickets to keep Jamaica in check. They lost their first two wickets for 26 and then slipped from 109 for 2 to be bowled out in the 46th over. Off-spinners Mark Deyal and Vikash Mohan took three wickets each.For CCC, their top score came from the extras conceded by Jamaica (30, of which 24 were wides). Cassius Burton (28), Amir Jangoo (24) and Mark Deyal (21) got starts but, with regular wickets falling, Jamaica completed a win in the 42nd over.SCORPIONS inningsC. Walton c Smith b Levy 4S. Taylor c wkp. Jangoo b Harding 21J. Blackwood c Hinds b Deyal 51A. McCarthy c Harding b Mohan 51D. Thomas c Jangoo b Mohan 1J. Campbell lbw b Mohan 4R. Powell c & b Deyal 5D. Jacobs c Hinds b Deyal 7N. Miller c Hinds b Harding 10J. Taylor c Deyal b Levy 41R. Leveridge not out 0Extras: (lb-3, w-4, nb-2) 9Total: (all out, 45.2 overs) 204Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-26, 3-109, 4-119, 5-125, 6-133, 7-150, 8-151, 9-187.Bowling: Harding 7-1-23-2 (w-2), Levy 6.2-1-34-2 (nb-1), Hinds 8-0-37-0, Edward 4-1-22-0, Mohan 10-0-42-3 (w-1), Deyal 10-0-43-3 (w-1).MAROONERS inningsA. Jangoo c wkp. Walton b Powell 24V. Mohan lbw b Taylor 4K. Corbin run-out 18C. Burton b Miller 28R. Hinds c Blackwood b Powell 7A. Jones run-out 6M. Deyal lbw b Miller 21J. Smith c McCarthy b Miller 0L. Edward c & b Campbell 17K. Harding c wkp. Walton b Jacobs 1J Levy not out 4Extras: (lb-4, w-24, nb-2) 30Total: (all out, 41.3 overs) 160Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-53, 3-58, 4-71, 5-81, 6-124, 7-124, 8-130, 9-147.Bowling: Taylor 7-3-24-1 (w-2), Leveridge 4-0-26-0 (w-6), Powell 7-1-32-2 (w-4), Jacobs 9-0-44-1 (w-6), Miller 9-2-12-3, Campbell 5.3-0-18-1 (w-6).Points: Scorpions 5, Marooners 0.last_img read more

Ibra Weighs His Future at Old Trafford after Cup Win

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic said monday he will “see what happens” about extending his stay at Manchester United – but did reveal his children pleaded with him to join the Old Trafford club last year.Ibrahimovic, 35, left Paris St-Germain in July, signing a one-season deal with an option for a second year. United boss Jose Mourinho believes the Swede will stay – but added: “I never beg for a player to sign a contract.”“We have another two months of the season to go,” Ibrahimovic said.“Let’s see how I feel, the situation. Somebody made up a story that if we don’t qualify for the Champions League I will not extend. It has nothing to do with that.”After Ibrahimovic scored the winner in Sunday’s 3-2 EFL Cup final victory over Southampton, Mourinho said “the fans can go to the door of his house and stay there all night” to convince the striker to stay.Ibrahimovic said his “special relationship” with the Portuguese, who also managed him at Inter Milan, was key to his decision to join United – but was not the only factor.“My mind was not here, then my kids started to bump my head – even they wanted to see me play at United,” he said of the months leading up to his departure from French champions PSG.“Then Jose called. When he called, it was basically: ‘Tell me what number I should wear.’ My kids are satisfied with what I am doing, but this time I am the boss, not them.”Ibrahimovic collected the 32nd trophy of his career after heading an 87th-minute winner at Wembley, having earlier given his side the lead with a brilliant 19th-minute free-kick.Jesse Lingard put United 2-0 in front before Manolo Gabbiadini scored twice for the Saints to level, after having an 11th-minute effort contentiously ruled out for offside.Eighteen years on from making his professional debut for Malmo, the former Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan striker was asked whether he has thought about retirement.“I came here when people thought it was impossible for me to do what I am able to do. It feels good. I am enjoying it,” he added.“I always want more. This is my 32nd trophy. I’ve been in five different countries, I’ve been in the best clubs in the world and I’m repeating every year what I am doing.“I will stop on top. If I don’t perform, I will not play. I will not be like others, still playing because they are who they are. I will play as long as I can bring results.”Ibrahimovic has scored 26 goals in 38 games this season and is United’s top scorer. Midfielder Juan Mata is behind him in second, with nine goals.“Zlatan won the game for us because he was outstanding,” Mourinho said after Sunday’s win secured his first major trophy as United boss.“When he went to Barcelona (from Inter, in 2009), I was very sad. I know the potential. Only a silly player comes to England if he doesn’t feel he can do it. Who better to know? Him. Not me or you.“When he decided to come here it is because he feels ready. It is not my credit. It is him. Nothing for me.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse dominated No. 20 Louisville’s attack, even when it went down a player in 0-0 draw

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 13, 2019 at 11:27 pm Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelman Regulation had ended, Louisville could barely get a shot off and Syracuse was inches away from the game’s first score. Players walked toward head coach Ian McIntyre before the start of overtime. But Luther Archimede didn’t follow. He couldn’t.Seconds after play stopped, the freshman striker was issued a red card after a collision with a Louisville player. Archimede walked off the field toward the locker room, away from his team’s huddle. Syracuse would have to play a man-down, meaning it couldn’t be as dominant.“It changes everything,” McIntyre said.All night, Louisville wanted to prove why it was the ranked team in Friday’s matchup, the defending Atlantic Coast Conference championships. The final 20 minutes gave it the edge they needed. Instead, it’d turn around without a score again and again.Through balls weren’t attainable. Fastbreaks usually meant loss of possession. The Cardinals were limited to just six shots, their season low. Syracuse’s attack (1-1-3, 0-0-1 Atlantic Coast) had every opportunity to pummel No. 20 Louisville (2-1-2, 0-0-1) in the first 90 minutes because its backline left Louisville’s attack in ruins. And even when they was down a player, the Orange still held onto a 0-0 draw.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text “A man down against this wind, the guys showed that they have character in spades,” McIntyre said.What makes Syracuse’s preservation of its tie a testament to how dominant its defense was on Friday is that the Orange have played 330 minutes of soccer in the last seven days. Last Friday was a double overtime draw. Two days later, SU tied New Hampshire after 110 minutes. If Syracuse wanted a point in its ACC opener, it’d have to go the same length.Center back Nyal Higgins said his legs were “dead” postgame. Massimo Ferrin knew “only having 10 men wouldn’t help.” And when the buzzer sounded after two hours and 40 minutes of player, Ryan Raposo felt the three-straight lengthy games hit him at once, he said.“I could probably go another 20 now, though,” Raposo quipped.Syracuse’s defensive energy leveled in the final minutes of double overtime, but it didn’t waver early on. Louisville players started with possession and were doubled immediately. Back passes were pressured with a defender, sometimes two. On one play, Archimede followed the ball as it went through four U of L defenders. Eventually, he clipped it on an attempted clear and ran down field the other way.“We worked extremely hard to get pressure,” McIntyre said.But SU’s pitfalls came on fouls. 46 fouls from both sides slowed down the game and created close set pieces. McIntyre called the “stop, start” play a problem. Yellow cards were handed out frequently, too, including one to Archimede early in the first half.Wind whistled toward the left side of the field, creating havoc on goal kicks and crosser. On three separate occasions, Cardinals goalkeeper Jake Gelnovatch booted a ball into the stands instead of creating fastbreak opportunities for his team. On one, it reached the fourth row of SU Soccer Stadium’s grandstand.Untimely errors like Gelnovatch’s fight with the wind came in handy, but the Cardinals couldn’t get anything going in the final third. Sondre Norheim and Higgins kept attackers in front of them and cut off feeds before anything developed.“I expected it that way,” Higgins said.For most of the game, SU goalie Christian Miesch stood motionless — looking over the heads of orange jerseys, looking above the net when clears floated over him and sometimes looking directly at the ball, because careeming it was that easy. On a Cardinals corner toward the wind, a ball could’ve looped into the net but Miesch grabbed it as he bumped into the post. But other than that, Mirsch didn’t see too many balls worth extending for.With five minutes left in regulation, Higgins sniffed out a loose ball and tapped the ball to Miesch. The Stony Brook transfer slid under it to a gasp of fans at SU Soccer Stadium, but it floated out of play.SU’s offense had chance-after-chance in the box and Louisville didn’t. That should’ve changed after 90 minutes, after Archimede slowly walked off the field with his head down. Louisville finally started to dominate possession. Show it was the offense who ripped then-No. 9 Kentucky for three goals 10 days ago. But SU’s defense stayed put.“It was a whole team effort keeping them off the scoreboard,” Raposo said.Orange jerseys still ran around. Still cut off crosses. Still tried to make sure Miesch didn’t see the ball. And though Higgins said Syracuse played to win in the final 20 minutes, it left Friday’s matchup with a desired point in the standings.For a backline that conceded two goals last Sunday, its first shutout of the season in its first ACC test is a much-needed confidence booster, Higgins said, even if they didn’t get the win.Said McIntyre: “It was a fun, three-hour slug.” Commentslast_img read more

LA City Council to vote on Vin Scully Avenue proposal Friday

first_img“There’s no better way to recognize such an iconic Dodger as Hall of Famer Vin Scully than naming a street after him,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said in a statement. “We appreciate Gil Cedillo and city officials bringing this to the forefront and we look forward to the day when everyone can drive on Vin Scully Avenue when they enter Dodger Stadium.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is scheduled to be in attendance, along with 17 players on the current roster: Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig, Austin Barnes, Jharel Cotton, Carlos Frias, Yimi Garcia, Chris Hatcher, Pedro Baez, Yasmani Grandal, Micah Johnson, Zach Lee, Adam Liberatore, Frankie Montas, Josh Ravin, Scott Van Slyke, Trayce Thompson and Ross Stripling.The players and manager were previously scheduled to be at City Hall as part of the team’s annual community caravan tour. The week-long schedule of events culminates with Saturday’s Fan Fest at Dodger Stadium.In 2013, Scully voiced his opposition to an informal proposal by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to name a street after him outside the stadium. This time he isn’t expected to object. The 2016 season will be Scully’s 67th with the team; he’s said it will probably be his last.“I don’t like typing out Elysian Park, or even telling people how to pronounce ‘Elysian Park’,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “I’m all for Vin Scully Avenue.” A popular print of a Los Angeles street map, dating to 1899 and attributed to the George F. Cram Co. of Chicago, distinctly shows an Elysian Park Avenue in the neighborhood of present-day Dodger Stadium. The street has endured to bear the stadium’s official address, displayed on Dodger letterheads since Walter O’Malley was signing the paychecks.By Friday, Elysian Park Avenue might be no more.The Los Angeles City Council will vote on a proposal, submitted Tuesday by councilman Gilbert Cedillo, to rename the street “Vin Scully Avenue.” According to the City Council’s website, it’s the second item that will be considered during its 10:15 a.m. Friday session.Scully, 88, has been calling Dodger games since 1950, when the team played in Brooklyn. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Turner making progressTurner said he was cleared to run on flat ground Thursday for the first time since he had microfracture surgery on his left knee in October. “I felt really good,” he said. “I passed enough tests to go outside and see how that goes. Next step is to see how I feel (Friday).”The effects of the procedure – Turner had loose bodies removed from his left knee too –- might not show up right away. The third baseman said he wasn’t limited on the field at the end of last season, “it just didn’t feel good after the game, or the next day in the morning.”Turner is on track to participate in spring training. Pitchers and catchers report to the Dodgers’ Camelback Ranch facility on Feb. 19.Voting ValenzuelaRetired pitcher and current Dodgers broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela joined Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and León Rodríguez, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, on a conference call Thursday to stress the importance of citizenship. Valenzuela is officially a “Presidential Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization,” the public face of a nationwide movement to encourage legal permanent residents, especially from Mexico, to apply for U.S. citizenship.“I get to vote in my first presidential election,” said Valenzuela, who was born in Mexican and took his citizenship oath last year. “If anybody has a chance, an opportunity to be a citizen, why not? They can do it. It’s very important.”last_img read more

LA Dodgers delay Alex Wood’s return

first_imgSo, Wood figures to be on the active roster Tuesday when the Dodgers host the San Francisco Giants. The injury cost him a total of 98 games and a spot in the starting rotation. “When I first was throwing in a relief role, it was my first month and a half I was in the major leagues and I’d never, ever pitched out of the bullpen,” Wood said. “I’d been a starter my whole life. It was a little more difficult to figure it out then than now.” Wood has been told he’ll be used as a left-handed specialist. His career splits (lefties have a .248 batting average against him, righties .262) make that a logical move. Still, Wood said he’ll prepare to face both left- and right-handed hitters.“In September you have 40 guys on each team and you can essentially avoid all bad matchups for the most part,” he said. “If they bring a lefty in you can pinch-hit a righty. If you bring a righty in you can pinch-hit a lefty. From that standpoint I think it’s an advantage to me that I feel comfortable facing both sides.” As for the corresponding roster move, some possibilities are more obvious than others. Veteran left-hander Scott Kazmir is on the 15-day disabled list. He’s made one minor league rehab appearance, and faced seven batters, since he last pitched for the Dodgers on Aug. 22. He was ailed by thoracic spine inflammation at first; more recently, a finger blister.Asked if Kazmir was a candidate for the 60-day DL — a procedural move that would end Kazmir’s season and open up a spot for Wood — Roberts didn’t rule it out. “There’s some things we’re trying to figure out,” Roberts said. “We just haven’t — we’re discussing them and trying to figure it out. Another day will give us more clarity.”Only one healthy 40-man roster player isn’t in Los Angeles right now: Chris Taylor. The 26-year-old shortstop batted .218 in 29 games with the Dodgers and .322 in 78 games at the Triple-A level this season. He could be designated for assignment to make room for Wood, but then the Dodgers would risk losing Taylor to another organization.Thompson’s season all but overTrayce Thompson hasn’t been told that his season is over. Yet every time the Dodges outfielder discusses his outlook with a doctor, he feels it. “They pretty much have said it without saying it, you know?” Thompson said Monday. “They talk about next year and the timetable, stuff like that. They know how bad I want to play. They know how frustrating it is to have to watch. It’s kind of looking that way.”Although Thompson hasn’t had a setback from his back injury in months, it appears he will ultimately run out of time to play for the Dodgers this season, regardless of how long their season lasts. He still hasn’t been cleared to swing a bat or run on flat ground, though he said he’ll begin playing catch Tuesday or Wednesday. Thompson hasn’t played since July 10. He was hitting .225 with 13 home runs at the time. Though the Dodgers are faced with the daunting task of trimming their active roster from 36 to 25 if they advance to the postseason, their dearth of right-handed hitting natural outfielders gave Thompson an opening. AlsoSecond baseman/outfielder Micah Johnson was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to the game, giving the Dodgers 36 players on their active roster. … Right-hander Brandon McCarthy (75 pitches) and left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (25 pitches) will throw simulated games on Tuesday. … Left-hander Brett Anderson (finger blister) is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list and is able to start or relieve, Roberts said, but how to use him and when remains to be determined. LOS ANGELES >> The one sure thing about Alex Wood’s immediate future with the Dodgers is that it will not involve hitting.“That’s what caused all this,” Wood said. “I think my hitting days are done for.”It’s a shame, really. Wood has four hits in last 10 at-bats, including a couple RBIs. But an injury cropped up in his left elbow swinging a bat back in May and it ultimately required a debridement procedure. He hasn’t pitched since.Wood was supposed to be back Monday, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the club’s braintrust wanted another day to contemplate the corresponding roster move.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Hoornstra: Baseball in the 2010s, according to Google

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone My curiosity for baseball guides this column every week, for better or worse. Your curiosity for baseball appears to me as a mirage, changing its shape and form on a moment’s notice. Over a decade those moments can add up. What guided fans’ curiosity in the 2010s?To answer that question, I turned to Google. The 2010s were the first decade in which our inquisitive nature coalesced around a single online search engine. Search trends shifted with each new year. I used Google’s Trends tool to view how often we searched for “baseball” over the last 10 years. Then I looked at every related search term by year.The results were eye-opening, at least from this corner of the baseball universe. This method isn’t good at capturing the popularity of individual players or even individual teams (to a degree; more on that later). It excels at exposing regions of baseball fandom that are potentially overlooked from an MLB-centric viewpoint. Starting with …College baseballThis was the only baseball-adjacent query that ranked in Google’s top five every year this decade. It’s a testament to the enduring popularity of a game that’s long thrived regionally, if rarely on the national level. Google might also be offering us a clue to a question that has puzzled proponents of the minor league game. Namely: how would baseball survive in non-MLB markets if 42 minor league teams are contracted, as has reportedly been proposed? Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Only three other college baseball programs reached Google’s Top 25 in the 2010s: Arkansas at number 18 in 2018 (when it won the national title), Florida at number 23 in 2018 (when it was eliminated by Arkansas in the College World Series semifinals), and Michigan at number 24 in 2019 (when it lost the national championship game).One other college program might be even more popular than the mighty Tigers. Allow me to present the curious case of …Texas baseballThese terms graced the Google Top 25 in eight of the last 10 years. It’s the only state that so monopolized its baseball popularity. This could mean a lot of things.Texas is a hotbed for high school baseball. There are several outstanding college programs in Texas, too, and Texas, Texas Tech and Texas A&M each have “Texas” in their school name. Perhaps Google is lumping their search power into one Texas-sized result. Throw in the Texas Rangers, and it’s hard to tease out the individual threads of curiosity. I needed to dig deeper.When we look only at searches for “baseball” within the state of Texas over the last 10 years, a clearer picture emerges. The most popular region for baseball searches within the state was Lubbock, home of the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Austin, home to the University of Texas, ranked seventh. Dallas (sixth) and Houston (11th) generated a disproportionately small number of baseball searches in the 2010s.As with Iowa, it seems, we’re underestimating the popularity of Division I baseball in Texas’ non-urban pockets. All of which makes you wonder, is anyone searching for MLB teams?Of course!If I’m curious about, say, the Yankees, I’m not searching for “Yankees baseball.” The search term “Yankees” was more popular than “baseball” in October 2017 and 2019. (The Yankees were playing in the American League Championship Series both months.) Google queries for other team-specific names, like Dodgers and Red Sox, followed a similar pattern.Related Articlescenter_img Take Iowa. The state is home to several minor league teams possibly on the chopping block, and only one Division I program. Iowa’s number-1 baseball-adjacent search term, by far, was “Iowa baseball.”Within Iowa, according to Google, these terms dwarfed interest in “fantasy baseball,” “baseball scores,” or the nearest major league team, the Cubs. (Note that regional searches for “Cubs baseball” might be driven by the Iowa Cubs, a Triple-A team based in Des Moines.)On a national level, one college program stood above all as Google’s most popular. Color me purple, it’s …LSU baseballLSU first cracked the top 25 in 2015, at number 24. A number-23 rank followed in 2016, followed by 19th, 21st, and 18th.Success was loosely correlated to the Tigers’ popularity. They haven’t won a national championship since 2009. They only made the College World Series in two of the last five years. Baton Rouge is more famous for football, but its baseball audience might be even more captive, relatively speaking. Non-team-specific names revealed the fickle nature of fandom. “Twins baseball” enjoyed a surge in 2010, when the team won 94 games and the AL Central title, then dropped out of the Top 25 for the remainder of the decade. “Rangers baseball” and “Giants baseball” peaked in 2010, too. “Cubs baseball” peaked in 2016. Nothing terribly unpredictable there.Miscellaneous“Little League Baseball” retains a popular fascination, as the folks at ESPN might attest. Incidentally, “ESPN baseball” is popular among Googlers too. “Baseball cards” might have lost their luster if exposed to too much sunlight, but not on Google.The persistent popularity of “Angels baseball” might have something to do with Google’s fascination with non-baseball-playing Angels. “Mike Trout” was a more popular search term on its own. The baseball universe is a broad one – if you know where to look. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more