Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox named to baseball’s Hall of Fame

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It’s a stunner,” said La Russa, revealed he’d like to join a club front office, “I miss the winning and losing. … Some day I’ll be with a team, I think. I’d like to be part of the competition again.”La Russa is third among managers with 2,728 wins; Cox had 2,504 and Torre 2,326.Torre had an unusual experience when he learned of his election from Hall chairman Jane Forbes Clark.“I was always trying to be like blase about this, saying that it’s something I never obsessed about, because I had no control over it,” he explained. “But when the phone call comes and I hung up on Jane Clark the first time she called this morning, not meaning to, but I didn’t have my glasses on it hits you like a sledgehammer.”The trio of retired managers was joined on the 12-man ballot by a pair of much-debated figures who died in recent years: New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and pioneering players’ union head Marvin Miller. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The winter meetings began with a look back Monday when retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee.Torre and Cox retired as managers after the 2010 season and La Russa after leading St. Louis to the 2011 championship. Torre won four World Series titles with the Yankees, La Russa three with Oakland and the Cardinals, and Cox one with Atlanta.“They say when you’re voted to the Hall of Fame your life changes,” Cox said. “And it has. I’ve got goose bumps, and it’s the greatest honor that we could ever have.”Among the nine managers with three or more World Series titles, Torre and La Russa were the only ones not in Cooperstown.center_img Clark said no other candidates received more than six votes.Miller was on a Hall ballot for the sixth time and Steinbrenner for the second.“Over the past fifty years, no individual has come close to matching Marvin’s impact on the sport,” union head Tony Clark said in a statement. “Despite the election results, Marvin’s legacy remains intact, and will only grow stronger, while the credibility of the Hall of Fame continues to suffer.” By the time the vote was announced, the lobby in the Dolphin hotel near Walt Disney World was filled with agents and team officials arriving for the four-day session.Even before the meetings, 42 of 168 major leaguers who became free agents after the World Series already had agreements, with at least seven more deals in the process of being finalized.Since Boston finished off St. Louis for its third title in 10 seasons, Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, Doug Fister, Jim Johnson, David Freese and Heath Bell have been traded in a busy swaps market.“It’s not the best free-agent market,” Texas general manager Jon Daniels said, “and so I think that teams realize they weren’t going to be able to fill all of their needs, or wouldn’t necessarily want to fill all of their needs on the open market, and that led to a lot more accelerated trade conversation, and we’re seeing that play out.”Robinson Cano, Jacoby Ellsbury, Joe Nathan, Jhonny Peralta, Tim Hudson and Curtis Granderson are some of the top free agents who have already changed teams.Outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Nelson Cruz are among the free agents still available, joined by designated hitter Kendrys Morales, shortstop Stephen Drew and pitchers Bronson Arroyo, Bartolo Colon, Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, Fernando Rodney and Ervin Santana.“It’s a bit like an art auction,” Oakland general manager Billy Beane said. “This is a time the industry is very active, you want to make sure you’re a part of what’s going on so you don’t miss anything.”Cano has the largest package, a yet-to-be-finalized deal said to be worth $240 million over 10 years for the All-Star second baseman.“Nothing should be surprising anymore. Therefore I wasn’t surprised after a moment,” New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. “That kind of money has been spent before. The thing about baseball (that) is funny is that all 30 teams are on a continuum and nobody is in the same point psychologically, competitively and financially at any point in time.”After missing the playoffs for only the second time in 19 seasons, the Yankees have been big spenders despite the loss of Cano. New York has committed $307 million to add Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran and Kelly Johnson and to retain Hiroki Kuroda and Brendan Ryan.“We have enough voids that we don’t have to prioritize any one,” Cashman said.New York also is interested in pitcher Masahiro Tanaka if he is made available by his Japanese team. Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have an agreement in principle on a new posting system. If ratified by both sides, there would be a $20 million cap on the fee going to Japanese clubs for players put on the posting market, and any MLB teams bidding the specified price would be able to compete to sign the players.last_img read more

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Salcano MTB Cup and Škoda XC League on Sunday

first_imgThis Sunday, Sarajevo will host the second international Salcano MTB Cup race organized by the Club of Mountain Biking “Puls” and the Centar Municipality, which will be held in the Betanija Park across the stadium Asim Ferhatović Hase. The race is on the world calendar of the cycling federation UCI and is scored for the C2 category. In addition to the UCI race, the Škoda XC League will also be held, which scores for the Premier League of BiH.“After last year’s UCI C3 race, we obtained permission of the world cycling federation to organize the C2 race this year. Preparations for the organization are going very well and we expect to watch high-quality biking contest on Sunday. First categories will start at 11 am, while elite categories will perform at 1:30 pm. The race is also open for recreationists who can perform in the hobby category and thus win some prizes. However, it is certain that the most interesting races will be in men and women elite category where, in addition to the best domestic bikers, we will also see contestants from Spain, Italy, Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia,” said the organizer Amar Njemčević.You can apply on the webpage www.mtbsalcanocup.com, where you can also find other information and propositions.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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New House economic package includes $2.25 billion for biofuels

first_imgWASHINGTON — The $3 trillion economic recovery plan introduced in the U.S. House includes $2.25 billion for the biofuels industry. Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, a Democrat from Dubuque, is part of the House Biofuels Caucus that lobbied for the assistance.“This is obviously a meaningful step towards protecting our producers and providing relief to this vital sector of our economy that means so much to our state, to our agricultural community, also to rural Iowa and our cities,” Finkenauer says.Under the plan, ethanol and biodiesel plants would get payments based on the gallons each produce.“At a rate of 45 cents per gallon for fuel produced between January and May of this year,” Finkenauer says, “and then for plants forced to shut down, the bill provides 22.5 cents per gallon on the amount produced during the same period last year in 2019.”There are eight biofuels plants in Finkenauer’s congressional district which covers the northeast quarter of Iowa.“And I know they are struggling,” Finkenauer says. “Just last month the ADM ethanol production plant in Cedar Rapids shut down, furloughing 90 workers.”Growth Energy, a trade group for the industry, projects biofuels production has been cut in half due to the pandemic and the Trump Administration waivers for oil refineries, so they don’t have to blend ethanol into gasoline. Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne, a Democrat from West Des Moines, is also a member of the House Biofuels Caucus. She says the downturn in the biofuels industry is having a devastating economic impact, leading to rural job losses and falling corn prices.last_img read more

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