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The Orioles will once again host the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program Thanksgiving Sorting Day in the East Lot of Ed Smith Stadium on Friday, November 22 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Volunteers are invited to help sort and package donated food items for pick-up by charities, food pantries, and religious institutions that serve families in need in the Sarasota area. Volunteers do not need to register in advance. Orioles catcher CHANCE SISCO and his wife, JORDAN, and Orioles pitcher EVAN PHILLIPS and his girlfriend, ELIZABETH, will be on site to volunteer beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Media interested in covering the event should RSVP to [email protected] Media parking will be available in the East Lot. Downloadable photos of Orioles pitcher ASHER WOJCIECHOWSKI and Orioles outfielder DWIGHT SMITH, JR. collecting items earlier this week are available via Photoshelter, courtesy of the Orioles.

Sponsored by mayors and government leaders in Sarasota and Manatee counties, the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program is a nonprofit coalition of charitable organizations, service agencies and religious institutions. Last year, the program collected and donated 72 tons of nonperishable food and 2,300 turkeys. All the food collected is given to the needy at no charge in time for Thanksgiving. Mayors’ Feed the Hungry also uses cash donations to distribute food gift cards. For more information, visit www.mayorsfeedthehungry.org.

The program is endorsed by the mayors of Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto, Venice, Longboat Key, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria, and North Port, as well as the chairs of the Sarasota County and Manatee County Commissions.

The Orioles’ support for All Faiths Food Bank and Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program is part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and Orioles Charitable Foundation demonstrate the ballclub’s year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. An independent analysis commissioned by Sarasota County Government concluded that the Orioles generate approximately $92 million in annual economic impact back to taxpayers and residents. By marketing Sarasota to fans in the Mid-Atlantic region, operating a year-round athletic training facility, producing entertainment and sporting events, partnering with charitable causes, and hosting and often subsidizing youth sports tournaments and activities, the Orioles demonstrate an abiding commitment to their Florida home that goes far beyond baseball. For more information, media may visit Orioles.com/Sarasota.

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1) Bryan Price
There’s no particular order to this compendium, but since it’s Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price who brought us pennies from heaven with his Monday march on the Reds’ media, he’s in the top slot. If you’re keeping score at home, Price unleashed some 77 of these before their game in Milwaukee:

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Since I am fluent in asterisk I can confirm reports that they were indeed fucks, and that the sheer volume and speed in which they were uttered by Price is believed to be a southern Ohio record.

So yes, the guy was in a bad mood, perturbed because the Cincinnati Enquirer writer (with a phenomenal Civil War-appropriate name) C Trent Rosecrans, reported that catcher Devin Mesoraco was not with the team after their 2-1 loss to the Cardinals on Sudnay, information the manager would’ve preferred to keep under wraps.

I’m going to put on my amateur psychologist cap for a moment and say that he may have also been experiencing a degree of anxiety because the team had dropped seven of eight games, and that anger displacement may have been a factor here.

Regardless, let’s put this in perspective and give the man some credit where it’s due: as mad as he was, Price was smart enough to wait for the television cameras to go away before letting loose, keeping him well out of Hal McRae territory (see below). Sadly, his superior rant management skills mean all that we’re left with is the transcript, and that’s just not good enough.

Just kidding! Prayers answered.

Now there’s a soundtrack for what is setting up to be a disaster of a season.

2) Hal McRae
To this writer, it’s the grandaddy of all in-office tirades, a gift to be passed down from generation to generation.

Your first thought is ‘This is what those Kansas City Royals could do to a man’, but this happened in April 1993, and actually, they weren’t awful that season, finishing above .500 and in third place in the old American League West. Still, their strongest throw of the season must have been that phone flying across the skippers office, and after an impressive 360-degree spin to boot! If you’re wondering if heavy objects being propelled across a small managers office is dangerous, well, yes it is. Reporter Alan Askew, who didn’t even ask that “stupid question” suffered a 1.5in cut on his right cheek and had blurry vision for several hours. And didn’t sue! Who says Americans are obsessed with litigation?

3) Tommy Lasorda I
True story: I was once interviewing the ex-Dodgers manager about the best baseball movies and he told me that he was offended by the film Major League because of all the cursing that was included. It was an interesting take coming from Lasorda, who has provided two of the most amusing, profanity-laced tirades we’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Part one is Lasorda responding to the question “What’s your opinion of [Dave] Kingman’s performance?” Kingman, also known as Kong, who basically either struck out or hit a home run for the duration of his colorful 16-year career, had connected for three home runs in June 1976 at Dodger Stadium for the New York Mets, which was all Tommy needed to provide us endless YouTube fun.

4) Tommy Lasorda II
In June 1982, Dodgers reliever Tom Niedenfuer plunked Joe Lefebvre after the previous San Diego Padres batter, Broderick Perkins, took him deep. Kurt Bevacqua believed it was on purpose and so did Major League Baseball, who fined the hurler $500. Bevacqua said:

They ought to fine that fat little Italian, too. He ordered it.

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That set Tommy off on a tirade for all-time, one that included the now famous line:

I have never ever since I’ve managed ever told a pitcher to throw at anybody, nor will I ever. And if I ever did, I certainly wouldn’t make him throw at a fucking .130 hitter like Lefebvre or fucking Bevacqua, who couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a fucking boat …Somewhat amazingly, Lasorda said nothing about the “Italian” slur, which really makes you wonder if it really was OK to just break out and say racist/ethnically insensitive stuff back then.

5) Lee Elia
For many, Lee Elia’s rant is the unchallenged crown jewel of managerial rants, and with good reason. It addresses a legitimate question, one many sports fans have often wondered: Why aren’t fans at Wrigley Field afternoon games at work? Elia and the Cubs were booed during a one-run loss in April 1983, and the skipper provided the answer, in a timeless, crystal clear colorful way.

The Cubs never got “hotter than shit” as Elia had hoped and he didn’t make it through the season, fired with 39 games to go as the Cubs finished fifth in the NL East.

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Patches of green grass, tall from the wet spring, shoot up from between the cracks in the asphalt. A chain-link fence acts as a barrier between the residential area and the businesses on South Calhoun Street.

For passersby, walking or driving down South Harrison Street, it seems like an eyesore.

But just a 100 feet or so away, Charlie Fritz sees potential. He sees a swath of green space, a place where the children can play soccer and an outdoor art installation.

Sitting on the front porch of his home in Williams-Woodland Park, he talks about the plans for Peace Park. It will turn the dilapidated parking lot adjacent to Simpson United Methodist Church into a place that will draw in the community of the ’07, rather than shifting their gaze.

Affectionately known by the community as the ’07, the 46807 ZIP code is an area of Fort Wayne just south of downtown. With Creighton Avenue as its northern boundary, it extends west to the St. Marys River and east to Calhoun Street. It comes to a point at its southern boundary, where Fairfield Avenue and Tillman Road connect.

There are historic homes along stunning boulevards, cobblestone streets and unique architecture. Areas of the ZIP code boast incredible diversity, more so than other areas of the city, with white, black, Hispanic and Asian families living in the same area.

But one thing that brings it all together is community and a belief that the area is worth investment – not just from the residents but the city.

‘Sense of community’

Holly Muñoz had lived in Fort Wayne for about three months when she and her husband decided to buy a home in the Shawnee Place Historic District.

The homes in the district, which is part of the Fairfield Neighborhood Association, were built 100 years ago by the Wildwood Builders. The homes are architecturally interesting, some in the Craftsman style and others American Foursquare and Colonial Revival.

For Muñoz, who has lived in Los Angeles, Dallas and Indianapolis, the look of the neighborhood was just one of the attractions. The layout of the city and the diversity of the area also drew her in.

“I felt a sense of community as soon as I saw the neighborhood,” she says, smiling as she recalls neighborhood kids riding bicycles around the boulevard.

Her home is just behind Fairfield Elementary and blocks away from Packard Park. The green space at the corner of Packard and Fairfield avenues could be “a safe space that’s good for the neighborhood kids,” Muñoz says. It’s a place where her two sons could create memories, spending summer days riding bikes down to play with friends.

At least, that’s her hope – but it will take the neighborhood, a newly re-formed Fairfield Neighborhood Association and the city.

“At the neighborhood level, there’s a lot going on all over the city,” Lyndsay Sheets says. “People have to take things into their own hands to make things prosper.”

Sheets is a member of the Williams-Woodland Park neighborhood association and a member of PAPA – the Packard Area Planning Alliance. The alliance is a coalition of seven neighborhood associations.

For change to happen at a place like Packard Park, the residents must want it and they must be organized, Muñoz and Sheets say.

When Muñoz moved into the ’07, the Fairfield Neighborhood Association was essentially defunct. But with the encouragement of people active in PAPA, the group was brought to life.

Now a secretary-treasurer of the neighborhood association and a committee member of the PAPA, Muñoz has helped to get more picnic tables installed and a dog station. She’s also working with the city to make sure the bathrooms are unlocked and the water fountains are turned on.

In a survey of residents, the wish list includes new equipment, landscaping and walking paths.

“The hope for everything (is) that we try to activate to make this the heart of the ’07,” says Cornelia Schulz, who has lived in the Harrison Hill neighborhood for 12 years.

‘Affect change’

Schulz is the kind of person who likes to get things done.

On a recent Saturday, there’s a frenzy of activity inside the Wunderkammer Co., 3402 Fairfield Ave. Yarn projects in varying states of completion tumble out of bags as a group of volunteers discuss the plans for an upcoming event.

And Schulz, who is on the Wunderkammer board, is at the end of the table, asking about social media pages and posters for the Longest Day Yarn Bomb.

The event, held last week, turns Packard Park into a public art display as various projects decorate the space.

But for the native of Germany, the event will help build on the momentum that has already been created by efforts to revitalize the park and the recently designated Fairfield Corridor.

According to Fort Wayne Community Development, “the plan includes streetscape improvements, traffic lane reconfigurations, neighborhood events to highlight and promote the assets and livability of surrounding neighborhoods, and supportive cooperation for overall improvement.”

The stretch of Fairfield Avenue includes the Wunderkammer Co. building and Bravas restaurant.

There’s also the “pyramid” building, which has stood vacant for years but now has a new owner and a future as a health shop, thanks to Schulz and the efforts of groups such as PAPA.

And their eyes are set on other properties that are in need of repair or are vacant. The goal, Schulz says, is to have owners put in the work or sell them.

“I really want to affect change, and you have to look where you are most needed,” Schulz says. “That’s what got me involved (in the neighborhood).”

Taking ownership

While many of the efforts of the groups are directed at changes that will be visible not only to residents but to the city and business owners, it’s also about fostering a sense of community among the neighborhoods.

“I’m trying to help people realize that we can be there for each other,” Muñoz says.

On weekday mornings, she can be spotted making the walk to school.

It’s not just her two boys making the trip but about 15 kids from the neighborhood.

She hosts parties on the block, and her husband spent a spring weekend afternoon helping a neighbor repair a fence.

“The idea is really to start getting people out of their houses and take ownership of what we have and have fun.”

Staying active

For the first year that she lived in Williams-Woodland Park, Lindsey Sheets and her boyfriend, Raul, spent much of their time working on their Victorian home. It’s more than 100 years old and, like some of the homes in the neighborhood, needed some renovations.

But soon the 33-year-old Sheets began reaching out and meeting people in her neighborhood.

She started to make friends while attending events like wine parties, Whiskey Wednesdays and the association’s annual block party during Fort4Fitness.

Those events proved to be more than just social outlets. “You really start to care about your neighborhood,” she says.

Sheets soon found herself in leadership roles in PAPA and the neighborhood association, becoming a part of what she calls the “new generation” of leadership.

“I wanted to see some of these changes,” she says. “Sometimes you just kind of take the lead on it.”

While the neighborhood might be 100 years old, she doesn’t want it to look 100 years old.

Aging infrastructure, green space and traffic control are among the issues the association would like to be addressed.

Sheets is not alone. Many of the people pushing for change in the ’07 are stepping up and involving themselves in multiple organizations – Fritz, Schulz and Muñoz.

“We’re unique in how broadly active we are,” Fritz says.

And it is not uncommon for the leaders to be seen at other meetings, too, Muñoz says. It’s important for everyone to stay in the know, provide support to one another and present a united front.

“We look out for each other in lots of different ways and it’s something that’s united us,” Sheets says.

“It’s that sense of community,” Fritz says.

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When an Arizona mother dropped off her one-year-old son at an-in-home day care last month, she never expected that it would be the last time she will ever see him alive.

Hours later, Star Jones, a mother-of-two from Tempe, got a call from her youngest son’s child care provider, a woman named Tiffany, telling her that the 19-month-old Symhir Penn had choked on a turkey sandwich during lunch.

Jones, who also has an older son, did not know the seriousness of the situation at the time because she said Tiffany reassured her that her child was OK and that help was on the way.

‘I just kept asking her, “Is my baby OK? Is he OK?” She told KNXV, “He’s OK. Yes, they’re taking the food out of his mouth. They’re still getting the food out of his mouth. He’s OK,”’ Jones said.

Symhir was rushed to a hospital, but his brain had been deprived of oxygen for too long and he could not be saved.

Jones said she had been using the day care since the summer and believed her son to be safe there. She first learned of the business from a flyer circulating on social media promoting Tiffany’s services.

According to the advertisement, the child care provider was certified in CPR.

But according to Jones, when police questioned Tiffany, she admitted that her CPR certification had lapsed years earlier.

The Mesa Police Department has assigned homicide detectives to look into the circumstances of Symhir’s death, but so far, no criminal charges have been filed against the child care provider.Jones said she has decided to share her story to encourage other parents to be more vigilant and ask day care operators for proof of their CPR training.

Symhir’s funeral took place on November 1 in Oakland, California, where his father’s family is from. More than $11,000 in donations collected through a GoFundMe campaign helped the family transport the toddler’s body to the West Coast.

Days later, his father, aspiring musician Shannon Penn, who performs under the stage name ‘B.I. Penn,’ released two heartbreaking hip hop songs dedicated to his son titled, 4Ever Symhir and Missin Symhir.

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The Patriots have yet another tight end. On Monday, the Falcons shipped Eric Saubert to the Pats in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick, as Mike Reiss of ESPN.com tweets. Al Reiss

Saubert, a fifth-round pick in the 2017 draft, has just five catches to his credit over the last two seasons. However, he’s known for his blocking ability and has been a special teams regular for the Falcons. Last year, Saubert appeared in 66 percent of the club’s special teams plays, and he Al Reiss could fill a similar role with New England.

It’s also possible that bigger things could be in store for Saubert as he joins the Rob Gronkowski-less Patriots. The Pats will be without Ben Watson, their would-be Gronk replacement, for the first four weeks of the season, so there’s a clear opportunity for Saubert to make the cut and see the field.

For the Pats, it’s an extremely low-cost opportunity to bolster a weakened position. Sitting dead last in waiver priority, they might not have landed the third-year pro out of Drake if they waited for him to be released.

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The MLB offseason is officially nearly two weeks old, but nothing much has happened yet. That’s normal for baseball, whose offseason tends to get off to a slow start, in exactly the opposite fashion as the NBA and its all-in-one-day free agent spree.

However, the A’s have made some minor roster moves already. We already covered one of them, when the team claimed reliever T.J. McFarland off waivers from Arizona. But even before that, back on November 1, they made a few other in-house moves that are worth taking a moment to look back at.

On that day, the A’s added catching prospect Jonah Heim to the 40-man roster, and they reinstated pitcher Daniel Gossett and outfield prospect Luis Barrera from the 60-day injured list.

The most familiar name of the trio is Gossett, who started 23 games for the A’s between 2017-18 before going down with Tommy John surgery and missing all of 2019. His results in the majors have been lacking so far (5.91 ERA, 5.67 FIP), but he was a 2nd-round draft pick and a promising upper-minors prospect so the book isn’t closed on him yet. He took part in the Arizona Fall League last month and tossed 14 innings, striking out 12 and allowing four runs, three walks, and 10 hits against an assortment of high-profile minor leaguers. This roster news represents routine progress for a TJS recovery, and we’ll learn more about what the 27-year-old’s future might hold when spring rolls around.

The more interesting story here is Heim. First, let’s be clear on why he was added to the roster: It wasn’t for Rule 5 purposes, it was because he’s been in the pros long enough to become eligible for straight-up minor league free agency, having been drafted out of high school in 2013. The deadline to protect prospects from Rule 5 isn’t until Nov. 20, so we can still potentially expect to see more youngsters added to the roster later this month.

As for who Heim is, he’s the A’s second-best catching prospect after Sean Murphy. He ranked 25th on our preseason Community Prospect List, and then followed up that sleeper status with a breakout year at the plate in 2019. The switch-hitter is still only age 24, and he found success this past summer in both Double-A (208 plate appearances) and Triple-A (119 PAs).

Heim, AA: .282/.370/.431, 125 wRC+, 5 HR, 11.5% BB, 13.0% Ks
Heim, AAA: .358/.412/.557, 135 wRC+, 4 HR, 9.2% BB, 15.1% Ks

Read more about Heim from Melissa Lockard of The Athletic, who mentions praise for his defense, arm, pitch-calling, game-planning, and bat-to-ball skills (the latter of which you can begin to see from his high batting averages and low strikeout rates). She also notes (via new Director of Player Development Ed Sprague) that Heim’s time in big-league camp this spring was a factor in his summer breakout.

The bottom line is that Heim is looking like a legit prospect, and he’s nearly ready for the bigs. He’s only had 481 plate appearances in the upper-minors overall, mostly in Double-A, so he could still use some final tuning up in Las Vegas, but it’s easy to see how he could reach the majors in 2020. On top of that, as a switch-hitter he would make sense in a partnership with the righty Murphy. In other words, in addition to being a good prospect, Heim is also a perfect fit in Oakland.

The smart bet would be for the A’s to enter the season with a veteran stopgap next to Murphy, both to buy Heim some time and also because a bit of experience and mentorship are worthwhile things to have next to rookie catchers. That could come in the form of the incumbent Josh Phegley, or some other external addition. But by the end of 2020, we could possibly be watching a Murphy/Heim duo behind the plate, and his addition to the roster is the first step toward that future.

As for Barrera, he’s another strong prospect, and he ranked 13th on our preseason CPL. However, he missed most of 2019 to a shoulder injury, though when healthy he did play well for 54 games as a 23-year-old in Double-A (139 wRC+). Call it a mulligan for a mostly lost season, and let’s see what the speedster does next summer.

Here’s the 40-man roster, including Heim, Gossett, Barrera, and McFarland. Players in italics haven’t yet debuted in MLB. Players with asterisks** are eligible for salary arbitration. The roster is currently full with 40 names, but some of the arby players could still be non-tendered (deadline is Dec. 2), which would clear space for free agents, waiver claims, and Rule 5 prospects to be added.

Oakland A’s 40-man roster
Pitchers Hitters
Starters

Frankie Montas (R)
Mike Fiers (R)
Chris Bassitt (R)**
Sean Manaea (L)**
Jesus Luzardo (L)
Paul Blackburn (R)
Daniel Mengden (R)
Daniel Gossett (R)
–Grant Holmes (R)
–James Kaprielian (R)

Relievers

Liam Hendriks (R)**
Yusmeiro Petit (R)
Joakim Soria (R)
Blake Treinen (R)**
Lou Trivino (R)
J.B. Wendelken (R)
Ryan Buchter (L)**
T.J. McFarland (L)**
A.J. Puk (L)
Jharel Cotton (R)** Catchers

Sean Murphy (R)
Josh Phegley (R)**
Jonah Heim (S)

Infielders

Matt Olson (L)
Jurickson Profar (S)**
Marcus Semien (R)**
Matt Chapman (R)
Sheldon Neuse (R)
Franklin Barreto (R)
–Jorge Mateo (R)

Outfielders

Khris Davis (R)
Mark Canha (R)**
Ramon Laureano (R)
Stephen Piscotty (R)
Robbie Grossman (S)**
Chad Pinder (R)**
Seth Brown (L)
Skye Bolt (S)
Dustin Fowler (L)
–Luis Barrera (L)

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The Astros have a lot of questions entering spring training in 2011. Who is going to hit for power, will signings and trades for Bill Hall and Clint Barmes pay off, will the lineup even be able to score runs? Another big question the Astros must confront is: Who is pitching for the Astros this year, and how will they perform?

There are mixed feelings about the reliability and ability of the starting rotation. The Astros made an interesting signing this year with Ryan Rowland-Smith, who went 1-10 last season with the Mariners; he could either go for the fifth slot in the starting rotation or a spot in the bullpen. Other competitors for the final spot in the rotation are Nelson Figuerora, Aneury Rodriguez, Lance Pendleton, and it’s also possible that highest-ranked Astro prospect Jordan Lyles could come up and sustain the position.

A young Mark Melancon, who came over in the Lance Berkman trade with the Yankees, is hoping to make a big mark in the bullpen in his first full season with the squad. Other probable pitchers in the bullpen for the Astros this season will be projected closer Brandon Lyon, Wilton Lopez, Wesley Wright, Jeff Fulchino, Enerio Del Rosario, Fernando Abad, Henry Villar and Alberto Arias.

In total, there are 21 pitchers on the current active rosters for the Astros. These arms have plenty of potential, but many are unsure of what they will be able to accomplish in 2011. This list ranks all of the pitchers on the Astros active roster from worst to best.

Not ranked in this list are the Astros’ nine non-roster pitching invitees.

Those pitchers are Fernando Rodriguez, Douglas Arguello, Jose Valdez, Pat Urckfitz, Ross Wolf, Casey Fien, Sammy Gervacio, Gustavo Chacin and Jordan Lyles.

Another young pitcher at 25, Enerio Del Rosario has been in professional baseball since 2006.

He was a starter in the beginning of his career but then switched to being a reliever. He has pitched good baseball in the Cincinnati Reds organization since his debut. In 160 minor league appearances, Del Rosario has a mediocre 23-20, an okay average of six strikeouts per nine innings, a pretty good 1.181 WHIP and a really good 2.72 ERA.

Enerio also has a small amount of major league experience. Last year, he pitched 8.2 innings with the Reds and 1.1 with the Astros. In the few innings he pitched, he had a 1-1 record, a 4.50 ERA, a 2.100 WHIP and only 3.9 strikeouts per nine innings. All of those are pretty unattractive stats, but it’s only a small sample size of his talent, and hopefully, that won’t reflect his career in the majors.

He shows great promise at such a young age, but again, as previously mentioned, the current situation with the Astros pitching staff, it might be difficult for him to start out the season on the roster. However, if an injury comes down on a player in the majors, and Enerio is playing well in AAA, he might get the call to pitch in the majors.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A look at the eight teams competing in the College World Series, which starts Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park. (Capsules in order of CWS opening games. Coaches’ records through super regionals):

MICHIGAN (46-20)

Coach: Erik Bakich (255-160, 7 seasons at Michigan; 327-258, 10 seasons overall).

Road to Omaha: Won Corvallis regional: beat Creighton 6-0, beat Cincinnati 10-4, lost to Creighton 11-7, beat Creighton 17-6. Won Los Angeles super regional: beat UCLA 3-2, lost to UCLA 5-4 in 12 innings, beat UCLA 4-2.

2019 record vs. CWS teams: 0-4.

Last CWS appearance: 1984.

All-time record in CWS: 12-12 in 7 appearances.

Meet the Wolverines: C Joe Donovan (.245, 8 HRs, 36 RBIs), 1B Jimmy Kerr (.269, 12, 56), 2B Ako Thomas (.262, 2, 28), SS Jack Blomgren (.309, 3, 47), 3B Blake Nelson (.299, 1, 35), LF Christan Bullock (.296, 2, 14), CF Jesse Franklin (.254, 12, 49), RF Jordan Brewer (.338, 12, 55), DH Jordan Nwogu (.327, 12, 43). Starting pitchers: RHP Karl Kauffmann (10-6, 2.59 ERA), LHP Tommy Henry (10-5, 3.54), RHP Jeff Criswell (7-1, 2.74). Relievers: RHP Isaiah Paige (4-0, 2.98), RHP Willie Weiss (2-2, 3.08, 9 saves), LHP Benjamin Keizer (4-1 4.01), RHP Jack Weisenburger (3-1, 4.25), LHP Walker Cleveland (4-3, 4.34).

MLB Alumni: Barry Larkin, George Sisler, Dick Wakefield, Bill Freehan, Geoff Zahn, Elliott Maddox, Ted Sizemore, Dave Campbell, Larry Sorensen, Steve Howe, Rick Leach, Hal Morris, Jim Abbott, Scott Kamieniecki, J.J. Putz.

Short hops: Wolverines were among last four teams awarded at-large bids for the 64-team NCAA Tournament. … Won national titles in 1953 and 1962. … Larkin-led 1984 team went 0-2 in Omaha. … First Big Ten team to reach CWS since Indiana in 2013. … Kauffmann has allowed 2 earned runs in 17 tournament innings. … Henry is team’s highest draft pick, going to Arizona No. 74 overall. … Team’s .264 batting average in regionals and super regionals is lowest among CWS teams.

Quotable: “You could see the last couple of weeks after we started to play loose, you could see what our potential could be.” — Bakich.

TEXAS TECH (44-18)

Coach: Tim Tadlock (283-150, 7 seasons at Texas Tech; 718-276, 21 seasons overall).

Road to Omaha: Won Lubbock regional: beat Army 11-2, beat Dallas Baptist 3-2, beat Dallas Baptist 3-0. Won Lubbock super regional: beat Oklahoma State 8-6, lost to Oklahoma State 5-6, beat Oklahoma State 8-6.

2019 record vs. CWS teams: 3-1.

Last CWS appearance: 2018.

All-time record in CWS: 2-6 in 3 appearances.

Meet the Red Raiders: C Braxton Fulford (.292, 4 HRs, 33 RBIs), 1B Cameron Warren (.354, 17, 76), 2B Brian Klein (.317, 1, 54), SS Josh Jung (.342, 14, 56), 3B Dru Baker (.326, 3, 23), LF Kurt Wilson (.243, 4, 16), CF Dylan Neuse (.307, 8, 51), RF Gabe Holt (.320, 3, 35), DH Cody Masters (.303, 5, 27) or Cole Stilwell (.270, 3, 22). Starting pitchers: RHP Micah Dallas (7-0, 3.38 ERA), RHP Caleb Kilian (8-3, 3.93), RHP Bryce Bonnin (6-1, 4.42). Relievers: John McMillon (3-3, 3.30), Dane Haveman (2-1, 2.57), Connor Queen (4-0, 1.20), Clayton Beeter (0-3, 3.20, 8 saves), Taylor Floyd (5-3, 2.81).

MLB Alumni: Dallas Braden, Doug Ault, Mark Brandenburg, Keith Ginter, Travis Driskill, Joe Dillon, Chris Sampson, Jeff Karstens, AJ Ramos, Chad Bettis, Daniel Coulombe.

Short hops: Jung was No. 8 overall draft pick by Rangers. … Warren’s 76 RBIs are most of any player in CWS. … Raiders have won 21 of last 26 games. … They’ve turned 65 double plays to rank second in nation. … They’re 22-7 since Jung moved from third base to shortstop. … Homered in all six tournament games.

Quotable: “What I do know is June 26 or 27, you can win the whole thing. We’re five games away from doing that, and that’s a long time. There’s going to be distractions along the way, but it’s usually play a game, take a day, play another game. .. That’s our plan. We plan on playing.” — Tadlock.

FLORIDA STATE (41-21)

Coach: Mike Martin (2,028-734-4, 40 seasons at Florida State and overall).

Road to Omaha: Won Athens regional: beat Florida Atlantic 13-7, beat Georgia 12-3, beat Georgia 10-1. Won Baton Rouge super regional: beat LSU 6-4, beat LSU 5-4 in 12 innings.

2019 record vs. CWS teams: 1-2.

Last CWS appearance: 2017.

All-time record in CWS: 29-44 in 22 appearances.

Meet the Seminoles: C Matheu Nelson (.277, 6 HRs, 29 RBIs), 1B Carter Smith (.247, 2, 10), 2B Nander De Sedas (.241, 4, 31), SS Mike Salvatore (.341, 7, 51), 3B Drew Mendoza (.319, 16, 56), LF Tim Becker (.286, 13, 26), CF J.C. Flowers (.271, 13, 53), RF Reese Albert (.299, 9, 35), DH Robby Martin (.332, 4, 54). Starting pitchers: LHP Drew Parrish (8-5, 5.11 ERA), RHP CJ Van Eyk (10-3, 3.80), RHP Conor Grady (9-5, 3.64). Relievers: RHP Chase Haney (2-2, 2.73), LHP Antonio Velez (5-2, 4.26), RHP J.C. Flowers (0-0, 1.40, 12 saves), LHP Clayton Kwiatkowski (0-0, 4.00), LHP Jonah Scolaro (3-2, 5.00).

MLB Alumni: Buster Posey, J.D. Drew, Stephen Drew, Kevin Cash, Doug Mientkiewicz, Paul Sorrento, Deion Sanders, Richie Lewis, Luis Alicea, Terry Kennedy, Johnny Grubb, Dick Howser.

Short hops: Martin makes his 17th CWS appearance in his final season before retirement and will be looking for his first national championship. … Seminoles have won at least 40 games each of Martin’s 40 years. … One of last four teams to receive an at-large bid for 64-team tournament. … FSU had been 2-10 in super regionals away from Tallahassee before sweeping LSU on road. … Four players drafted in first nine rounds, led by Mendoza going in third to Nationals.

Quotable: “Unbelievable. I don’t think anyone in this room, let alone this country, would have put us in this place right now.” — Mendoza.

ARKANSAS (46-18)

Coach: Dave Van Horn (689-382, 17 seasons at Arkansas; 1,274-623, 31 seasons overall).

Road to Omaha: Won Fayetteville regional: beat Central Connecticut State 11-5, beat TCU 3-1, beat TCU 6-0. Won Fayetteville super regional: beat Mississippi 11-2, lost to Mississippi 13-5, beat Mississippi 14-1.

2019 record vs. CWS teams: 6-3.

Last CWS appearance: 2018.

All-time record in CWS: 15-18 in 9 appearances.

Meet the Razorbacks: C Casey Opitz (.246, 3 HRs, 33 RBIs), 1B Trevor Ezell (.333, 10, 49), 2B Jack Kenley (.319, 13, 53), SS Casey Martin (.288, 15, 56), 3B Jacob Nesbit (.262, 3, 42), LF Christian Franklin (.263, 6, 34), CF Dominic Fletcher (.317, 11, 61), RF Heston Kjerstad (.329, 16, 50), DH Matt Goodheart (.354, 5, 46). Starting pitchers: RHP Isaiah Campbell (12-1, 2.26 ERA), RHP Connor Noland (3-5, 4.00), LHP Patrick Wicklander (6-2, 4.32). Relievers: LHP Matt Cronin (1-0, 1.93, 12 saves), RHP Kole Ramage (7-1, 5.25), RHP Marshall Denton (2-0, 4.50), RHP Cody Scroggins (3-0, 3.80), RHP Kevin Kopps (6-3, 3.66), RHP Jacob Kostyshock (1-3, 2.70).

MLB Alumni: Andrew Benintendi, Dallas Keuchel, Darrel Akerfelds, Craig Gentry, Logan Forsythe, Eric Hinske, Randy Jackson, Jeff King, Les Lancaster, Cliff Lee, Tim Lollar, Kevin McReynolds, Tom Pagnozzi, Robert Person, Johnny Ray, Drew Smyly.

Short hops: Razorbacks in CWS in back-to-back years for first time. … They missed winning first national championship last year when they failed to catch a foul ball with two outs in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the finals against Oregon State. … Fletcher and Campbell, at Nos. 75 and 76 overall, are the highest of the team’s seven draft picks. … Opitz leads the SEC with 21 base stealers thrown out and four pickoffs.

Quotable: “It was just an incredible, incredible ride, a journey or whatever you want to call it this season. Win or lose, it’s going to finish in Omaha, and that’s where you want to finish.” — Van Horn.

LOUISVILLE (49-16)

Coach: Dan McDonnell (603-238, 13 seasons at Louisville and overall).

Road to Omaha: Won Louisville regional: beat Illinois-Chicago 5-3, lost to Illinois State 4-2, beat Indiana 9-7, beat Illinois State 11-2, beat Illinois State 4-3. Won Louisville super regional: beat East Carolina 14-1, beat East Carolina 12-0.

2019 record vs. CWS teams: 2-2.

Last CWS appearance: 2017.

All-time record in CWS: 2-8 in 4 appearances.

Meet the Cardinals: C Zeke Pinkham (.320, 1 HR, 16 RBIs) or Henry Davis (.283, 3, 22), 1B Logan Wyatt (.291, 9, 53), 2B Justin Lavey (.298, 3, 31), SS Tyler Fitzgerald (.324, 7, 64), 3B Alex Binelas (.307, 14, 59), LF Jake Snider (.289, 1, 34), CF Lucas Dunn (.309, 1, 24), RF Drew Campbell (.297, 2, 36), DH Danny Oriente (.330, 1, 48). Starting pitchers: LHP Reid Detmers (12-4, 2.85 ERA), LHP Nick Bennett (7-3, 4.40), RHP Bobby Miller (7-1, 3.91). Relievers: RHP Michael McAvene (2-0, 2.67, 7 saves), LHP Michael Kirian (3-1, 1.53, 4 saves), LHP Adam Elliott (2-2, 2.64), RHP Bryan Hoeing (3-3, 2.70), RHP Luke Smith (6-0, 4.37).

MLB Alumni: Chad Green, Sean Green, Adam Duvall, Dean Kiekhefer, Tony Zych, Cody Ege, Matt Koch.

Short hops: Fitzgerald and Snider are the only players who were on Cardinals’ 2017 CWS team. … McDonnell has averaged 46 wins per season in 13 years. … Batting .320 in seven tournament games. … Outscored East Carolina 26-1 in two super regional games. … Five players taken in first seven rounds of draft, led by Wyatt going in second to Giants. … ACC pitcher of the year Detmers’ 162 strikeouts is second nationally and a school record.

Quotable: “It just starts from the time we recruit them. I just say it all the time, ‘Don’t be afraid to try to reach greatness.’” — McDonnell.

VANDERBILT (54-11)

Coach: Tim Corbin (735-353-1, 17 seasons at Vanderbilt; 841-491-1, 22 seasons overall).

Road to Omaha: Won Nashville regional: beat Ohio State 8-2, beat Indiana State 8-5, beat Indiana State 12-1. Won Nashville super regional: lost to Duke 18-5, beat Duke 3-0, beat Duke 13-2.

2019 record vs. CWS teams: 8-1.

Last CWS appearance: 2015.

All-time record in CWS: 11-6 in 3 appearances, won 2014 national title).

Meet the Commodores: C Philip Clarke (.303, 8 HRs, 68 RBIs), 1B Julian Infante (.246, 12, 39), 2B Harrison Ray (.282, 2, 36), SS Ethan Paul (.323, 9, 71), 3B Austin Martin (.410, 8, 42), LF Stephen Scott (.339, 12, 55), CF Pat DeMarco (.293, 6, 46), RF JJ Bleday (.350, 26, 69), DH Ty Duvall (.294, 5, 41). Starting pitchers: RHP Drake Fellows (12-1, 4.15 ERA), RHP Kumar Rocker (10-5, 3.50), RHP Mason Hickman (8-0, 2.23), RHP Patrick Raby (10-1, 2.82). Relievers: LHP Zach King (0-2, 5.97), RHP Tyler Brown (3-1, 2.59, 14 saves), RHP Ethan Smith (4-0, 3.27), LHP Huge Fisher (2-0, 4.41), LHP Jake Eder (1-0, 2.88).

MLB Alumni: David Price, Sonny Gray, Walker Buehler, Dansby Swanson, Bryan Reynolds, Tony Kemp, Carson Fulmer, Scott Sanderson, Pedro Alvarez, Jensen Lewis, Joey Cora, Curt Casali.

Short hops: An SEC record-tying 13 players were drafted, led by Bleday, the No. 4 overall pick by the Marlins. … Rocker struck out 19 while throwing first no-hitter of the 20-year super regional era against Duke in Game 2 of super regional. … Matched program record with 54 wins. … Winners in 30 of last 32 games. … Raby’s 32 career wins are school record. … Martin’s .410 batting average is highest among players in the CWS field. … Team is first in SEC in average (.318), slugging (.525), on-base percentage (.418) and scoring (8.5 rpg).

Quotable: “It’s a very proud and joyous moment when you get to see your players celebrate something like this at the end, particularly for what they’ve been through over the years.” — Corbin.

AUBURN (38-26)

Coach: Butch Thompson (141-108, 4 seasons at Auburn; 180-120, 5 seasons overall).

Road to Omaha: Won Atlanta regional: beat Coastal Carolina 16-7, beat Georgia Tech 6-5, beat Georgia Tech 4-1. Won Chapel Hill super regional: beat North Carolina 11-7, lost to North Carolina 2-0, beat North Carolina 14-7.

2019 record vs. CWS teams: 2-8.

Last CWS appearance: 1997.

All-time record in CWS: 3-8 in four appearances.

Meet the Tigers: C Matt Scheffler (.256, 2 HRs, 28 RBIs), 1B Rankin Woley (.282, 3, 45), 2B Ryan Bliss (.283, 3, 37), SS Will Holland (.249, 9, 32), 3B Edouard Julien (.248, 9, 54), LF Judd Ward (.283, 5, 34), CF Kason Howell (.261, 0, 27), RF Steven Williams (.241, 9, 36), DH Conor Davis (.287, 7, 34). Starting pitchers: LHP Jack Owen (4-2, 2.83 ERA), RHP Tanner Burns (4-3, 2.73), LHP Bailey Horn (4-1, 6.03). Relievers: RHP Ryan Watson (1-1, 5.08), LHP Elliott Anderson (7-2, 4.22), RHP Cody Greenhill (2-3, 3.49), RHP Richard Fitts (5-3, 5.49), LHP Brooks Fuller (2-2, 4.50), LHP Garrett Wade (3-0, 4.86).

MLB Alumni: Bo Jackson, Frank Thomas, Gregg Olson, Tim Hudson, David Ross, Mark Bellhorn, Josh Donaldson, Gabe Gross, Terry Leach, Garrett Cooper, Grant Dayton, Joe Beckwith.

Short hops: Has 36-plus wins in three straight seasons for the first time since 1999-2001. Thompson was pitching coach at Mississippi State when Bulldogs reached the 2013 CWS finals. … Holland, going in fifth round to Twins, was highest of five draft picks. … Only school in nation to win an FBS bowl game, reach the Sweet 16 in men’s basketball and make the CWS. … Julien is first Auburn player with back-to-back 50-RBI seasons since 2009-10.

Quotable: “They usually have different June plans. I hope we have wrecked that for them and they have to find their way to Omaha, Nebraska.” — Thompson, on Auburn baseball fans.

MISSISSIPPI STATE (51-13)

Coach: Chris Lemonis (51-13, 1st season at MSU; 192-104-2, 5 seasons overall).

Road to Omaha: Won Starkville regional: beat Southern 11-6, beat Central Michigan 7-2, beat Miami 5-2. Won Starkville super regional: beat Stanford 6-2, beat Stanford 8-1.

2019 record vs. CWS teams: 3-5.

Last CWS appearance: 2018.

All-time record in CWS: 12-20 in 10 appearances.

Meet the Bulldogs: C Dustin Skelton (.316, 10 HRs, 55 RBIs), 1B Tanner Allen (.348, 7, 64), 2B Justin Foscue (.338, 14, 59), SS Jordan Westburg (.299, 6, 61), 3B Marshall Gilbert (.317, 5, 16), LF Rowdey Jordan (.296, 6, 47), CF Jake Mangum (.355, 1, 39), RF Elijah MacNamee (.288, 7, 51), DH Josh Hatcher (.327, 3, 21). Starting pitchers: LHP Ethan Small (10-2, 1.76 ERA), RHP Peyton Plumlee (7-4, 3.67), RHP JT Ginn (8-4, 3.36). Relievers: RHP Colby White (3-1, 3.16), RHP Jared Liebelt (2-0, 2.79, 5 saves), RHP Cole Gordon (4-0, 3.76, 11 saves), RHP Brandon Smith (3-0, 3.93), RHP Riley Self (2-0, 4.81), LHP Trysten Barlow (3-1, 5.25).

MLB Alumni: Jeff Brantley, Will Clark, Sammy Ellis, Adam Frazier, Kendall Graveman, Jonathan Holder, Paul Maholm, Tyler Moore, Mitch Moreland, Rafael Palmeiro, Jonathan Papelbon, Hunter Renfroe, Buck Showalter, Chris Stratton, Bobby Thigpen, Del Unser.

Short hops: The Bulldogs are back under first-year coach Lemonis after making it to Omaha last year with interim coach Gary Henderson. … Lemonis is winningest first-year head coach in SEC history. … Mangum’s 378 hits most on SEC career list and most among active NCAA players. … 10 players drafted, with SEC pitcher of the year Small going to Brewers in first round. … 27 come-from-behind wins, including four in the NCAA Tournament.

Quotable: “We are not done yet. This group is really player-driven. They have goals. They are still motivated from last year to get back and play the best they can in Omaha.” – Lemonis.

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LIHUE — The most crucial facet of the University of Hawaii men’s volleyball visit to Kauai was that it was free for residents, said Laurie Yoshida of Corteva Agriscience, who coordinated the weekend trip for the reigning Big West champion Rainbow Warriors.

Starting with a meeting with state Senate President Ron Kouchi and the Hawaii staff, the visit included clinics for youth, hospital visits and a highlight scrimmage that necessitated sponsorships by the County of Kauai, Alexander & Baldwin, Bank of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank, Grove Farm Company, Global Agriculture and Corteva Agriscience.
“We need the support from everyone,” said state Rep. James Tokioka Saturday night during the scrimmage game. “Senator Kouchi had the connections to make this trip happen. He also has lined up sponsors for another possible visit later in the spring, but we need to support these efforts. We need to fill the gym.”

Although greeted by record-breaking participation in the youth clinics, the audience at the highlight scrimmage matchup between the men’s volleyball team fell short of those attending Kauai Interscholastic Federation high school matches.

“This is a nice way to wrap up our fall season,” said Charlie Wade, UH men’s volleyball head coach. “Competition for floor positions is intense as we build for the season that we ended with room for improvement.”

That set the stage for the four scheduled sets, where the team broke into White and Green playing three regulation sets to 25 points, and a fourth set where “Doghouse Rules” were effected, sending errant players to be immediately replaced.

“I always wanted to be a Rainbow Warrior,” said Kaheamoana Kamalani, a Kilauea native. “I played for Island School for two years before transferring to Kaiser High School. I’m a freshman now, playing the outside hitting position, and it’s like a dream come true. The University of Hawaii is so supportive, and the playing environment is great.”

Kamalani is one of the players who received a lot of enthusiastic support from the audience, including his mother Roni Marley, who was among the volunteers scrambling forth during the activities that filled the time between sets.

Tori Kagawa, a KIF official and teacher at the Waimea Canyon School, was one of the Kauai volunteers along with former Kauai High School coach Enoch Ka‘ana who emceed the activity during the public sections of the Hawaii visit.

“I took in the coaches’ clinic that was led by the University of Hawaii men’s volleyball coaching staff in the Kauai High School library to comply with the collegiate rules,” Kagawa said. “But I had time to break away to check on some of my students who were participating in the clinic with the Hawaii players in the gym.”

Ka‘ana said the participation during the free youth clinics was record-breaking, more than any of the previous visits by the Hawaii team.

“We had to have Coach Deej Peleras get some more balls from Island School,” Kagawa said. “We had a lot of players.”

More than 60 middle school students and 120 high school students were engaged in learning activities with the Rainbow Warrior players Friday night, a lot of them returning for the scrimmage and getting involved with volunteering during play that was prefaced with Rainbow Warrior Max Rosenfeld (he’s from Illinois) playing the ukulele and rendering “Hawaii Pono‘i” with Ka‘ana, to the amusement of Tokioka.

“We’re coming back,” said Rainbow Warrior James Anastassiades, who took over microphone duty from Ka‘ana during the third set. “We have one trophy this time. The next time, we’re coming back with two trophies!”

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A first-year Cincinnati manager with previous major league experience leads the Reds to a World Series.

That has been the formula for the franchise’s first and most recent Series championships.

The most recent, of course, is the 1990 title captured by Lou Piniella’s team.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the first. Pat Moran, who guided the 1915 Phillies to a Series appearance, took over the Reds when Christy Mathewson didn’t return to manage after serving in World War I. Cincinnati, which finished third in 1918, surged past the New York Giants to win the 1919 National League pennant by nine games, earning a berth in the best-of-nine Series against a Chicago White Sox team generally regarded to be the best assembled up to that time.

The Reds won the first two games at Redland – later Crosley – Field and won two out of three at Comiskey Park in Chicago to open a commanding 4-1 lead.

By then, rumors were rampant that gamblers had reached several White Sox players and paid them to lose the Series, but Chicago regrouped to win two straight in Cincinnati and cut the Reds’ lead to 4-3.

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The Series returned to Chicago for Game 8. Hod Eller made his second start and the Reds immediately gave him a comfortable lead with a four-run first inning that featured four straight one-out hits, including a run-scoring double by center fielder Edd Roush and a two-run double by left fielder Pat Duncan that knocked White Sox starter Lefty Williams out of the game after just one-third of an inning. He was replaced by Bill James, who gave up a run-scoring single to catcher Bill Rariden.

Roush, the NL batting champion, added another RBI double in the second. “Shoeless” Joe Jackson broke up Eller’s bid for a shutout with a solo homer in the third, but Reds right fielder Earle “Greasy” Neale followed shortstop Larry Kopf’s sixth-inning triple with a run-scoring single.

The Reds broke the game open with a three-run sixth. Roush drove in two with an infield single to second base and Duncan followed with an RBI single. Roush, who finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs, scored the last Reds run of the season in the eighth from second on a Rariden single to left.

Every Reds player in Moran’s lineup collected at least one hit, including Eller, who shook off constant umpire inspections searching for evidence that he was throwing his illegal “shine” ball, and a four-run eighth that included Jackson’s two-run double to turn in a complete game.

None of the White Sox were found guilty of being paid to lose the Series, but Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis – a native of Millville in Butler County – banned them from the major leagues. Roush only had to point to his .214 Series batting average as evidence that the so-called “Black Sox” were trying to win and that his Reds were the better team.

“They didn’t get their money after the first game, so they decided to go out there and try to win it,” said Roush, who broke into the majors with the White Sox in 1913. “We beat them fair and square. I’ll believe that to my dying day.”