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Kelvin Jimenez Jersey

A New York man is facing drug trafficking charges after authorities seized more than 3 kilograms of fentanyl from a truck he was driving in the parking lot of a Market Basket store in Woburn, Massachusetts.

The truck driver, Kelvin Jimenez, 28, of the Bronx, New York, was taken into custody Thursday by Woburn police detectives and members of the Southern Middlesex Regional Drug Task Force.

Authorities said that after receiving information that a large amount of fentanyl was going to be delivered to the Market Basket plaza, units were deployed.

As a result, Jimenez was arrested for trafficking and the truck he was driving was seized.

Police said the approximate weight of the fentanyl seized was 3,238 grams.

It’s unclear when Jimenez will be arraigned or if he has an attorney.

Tyler Collins Jersey

The Royals have released outfielder Tyler Collins, according to Rustin Dodd of The Athletic (via Twitter). He was playing at the organization’s top affiliate on a minor-league deal.

Collins, 27, had seen MLB action over the past four seasons with the Tigers. He has had his share of opportunities, but has only managed a .235/.299/.380 slash in 552 plate appearances in the majors.

It seemed that Collins might have a shot at earning some time in the K.C. outfield mix, but he turned in a tepid performance in the Cactus League. And he never got going at Triple-A Omaha, where he has managed just seven base hits — all singles — in his 62 plate appearances.

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In case you hadn’t heard, the 2019 Minnesota Twins set a record for most home runs by a team in Major League history with 307 long-balls.

In other news that you may have somehow missed, the Twins are reportedly still one of only three or four teams in the running to sign former American League MVP and Bringer of Rain, Josh Donaldson.

A marriage between the record-setting Twins and the dangerous Donaldson would be … smashing, to put things mildly.

Comparing last year’s “regular lineup” to a projected lineup for 2020 proves challenging, given manager Rocco Baldelli’s penchant for tinkering with his starting nine; the Twins only used two lineup cards more than twice. The top six players in those two lineups, which were used seven and six times, respectively, were as follows, pictured along with their individual home run totals.

Max Kepler – 36 HR
Jorge Polanco – 22 HR
Nelson Cruz – 41 HR
Eddie Rosario – 32 HR
C.J. Cron – 25 HR
Marwin Gonzalez – 15 HR

All of those guys except Cron will be back in 2020. Additionally, only one of those six players appeared in more than 137 games: Jorge Polanco, who played in 153 contests.

The other players who combined to make up the bottom-third of the Twins’ most commonly used lineups in 2019 were as follows, in order of dingers swatted over the fence.

Mitch Garver – 31 HR
Jonathan Schoop – 23 HR
Jason Castro – 13 HR
Byron Buxton – 10 HR

Schoop and Castro are gone, having signed with the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels, respectively. Garver famously demolished 31 homers while appearing in just 93 games due to a combination of injury and somewhat of a rotation with the now-departed Castro. And Buxton was once again felled by injury midway through the campaign, stepping to the plate only 295 times in 87 games.

If we do a bit of projecting, it’s fair to assume that of the seven above-mentioned guys who are still on the Twins’ roster today, everyone except the 39-year-old Cruz has a real possibility to hit more home runs than they did in 2019. Now, they won’t all hit more, but assuming relative health, some of them certainly will.

Also, did you notice anyone missing? Miguel Sano only appeared in 105 games due to his late start to the season and didn’t even make the above list of 10, and he was third on the team with 34 round-trippers.

Let’s take a stab at a lineup with Donaldson, who hit 37 home runs last year with Atlanta, again with their 2019 numbers.

(There’s probably an extra bench player listed in the below scenario, but remember that the active roster is expanding to 26 players in 2020. Cave would likely be the odd man out due to the positional flexibility of Gonzalez and, to a lesser extent, Astudillo and Adrianza.)

C Mitch Garver (R) – 31 HR
SS Jorge Polanco (S) – 22 HR
DH Nelson Cruz (R) – 41 HR
3B Josh Donaldson (R) – 37 HR
RF Max Kepler (L) – 36 HR
1B Miguel Sano (R) – 34 HR
LF Eddie Rosario (L) – 32 HR
CF Byron Buxton (R) – 10 HR
2B Luis Arraez (L) – 4 HR

Bench
UT Marwin Gonzalez – 15 HR
UT Willians Astudillo – 4 HR
C Alex Avila – 9 HR
OF Jake Cave – 8 HR
INF Ehire Adrianza- 5 HR

That lineup is … stacked. That’s six players who hit over 30 home runs a season ago, and it’s quite possible they’ll all challenge that number again. Polanco and a healthy Buxton would each hit north of 20 dingers, and Gonzalez would have a chance given semi-regular at-bats, too.

The other aspect of this that doesn’t fit the point being made but must be mentioned is that adding the slick-fielding Donaldson would also improve the Twins’ defense immensely.

We don’t have any idea how long the Donaldson process will drag on, with Washington, Atlanta, and possibly the Dodgers all still involved alongside the Twins. But the Twins have the best top-to-bottom lineup of the three teams, and potentially the easiest division with the dreadful Tigers and Royals nowhere near contending status.

If Donaldson chooses the Twins, look for another 300-plus homer season at Target Field. It’s an offense that should carry this team to postseason play once again, regardless of how average their pitching staff appears to be.

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President Donald Trump wanted to get his hands on Air Force slugger Nic Ready last week.

“I want to feel this guy’s muscles,” Trump joked as he invited Ready on stage during his graduation speech at Falcon Stadium. Ready was alerted to expect a shoutout as Trump referenced his record-breaking performance last summer at the college baseball home run derby.

He didn’t expect that.

“I was told to just real quickly stand up, give a simple wave and then sit down and shut up for the rest of the ceremony,” Ready said. “Obviously the way it unfolded went a little different and he went a little freestyle off the script and decided to pull me up on the stage. Took me completely by surprise when he did that.”

It was a pleasant surprise, to be sure. His mom cried. He received stunned reactions from friends and he’ll have a story to share for the rest of his life.

With the Major League Baseball Draft beginning Monday, Ready is hoping to be pleasantly surprised again if a team similarly decides it wants to get its hands on the Falcons’ all-time home run leader.

Ready is not alone in that that hope among players in the Pikes Peak region as this could turn into the most prolific baseball draft the area has ever seen.

Pine Creek pitching phenom Riley Cornelio is rated as the No. 20 high school prospect in the nation by Baseball Factory and No. 86 overall according to MLB.com.

Assignments for Air Force athletes from the Class of 2019: Where they are going
The area has seen players taken early in the draft in recent years – Air Force pitcher Griffin Jax went in the third round in 2016 and Pike Creek’s Ryan Warner went to the Rockies in the third round in 2012. But never have potential picks like Cornelio and Ready been eligible in the same year for this area often stigmatized because of the cold weather that restricts the baseball calendar.

Cornelio said that stigma works to his advantage as a pitcher, as his arm doesn’t carry the wear and tear of some from areas that play year-round. Four or five scouts attended nearly all of his games this year and many more had the chance to see him play last year for Team USA’s under-18 squad.

He faced some of the top projected picks in this year’s draft, including Bobby Witt, Jr., Riley Greene and CJ Abrams, and he felt he fared well.

The No. 86 pick has a budgeted slot bonus of $699,700, a potential figure Cornelio might have to weigh against a scholarship to play at TCU.

“I think we have talked it over and that when that day comes, hopefully we’re going to make the best decision,” said Cornelio, whose advising team largely consists of his parents, John and Stephanie Cornelio, and Blake Hawksworth, who works with famed agent Scott Boras. “I don’t want to say anything too much right now with it only a day away, but we feel like we’ve put ourselves in a good position over these next few days.”

Ready, whose father, Randy, played 13 years in the major leagues, is projected to go anywhere from the sixth to 22nd round and has already submitted paperwork to serve under the World Class Athlete Program. That program allows qualified athletes to serve on active duty with the assignment of training for a possible spot on an Olympic team. Ready could serve in that capacity through June 2020, when the team is selected for that summer’s games in Tokyo.

He didn’t use his chance meeting with Trump as an opportunity to prod the president further on his suggestion a month ago to Army football coach Jeff Monken that he might alter the policy and allow service academy athletes to defer active-duty service to pursue professional sports.

Ready, who will go to South Carolina as a logistics officer if his baseball plan hits a snag, joked that his brief handshakes with Trump didn’t allow time for policy discussion.

“I didn’t want to make any quick movements,” the third baseman who owns Air Force’s records in home runs and RBIs said. “You might get shot up there.

“If Trump wants to reverse that decision it would only help me out down the road.”

Air Force could potentially have two players drafted, as 6-foot-8 pitcher Jake Gilbert and his 96-mph fastball could draw enough interest to cause him to delay his pilot training slot to pursue the World Class Athlete Program.

The draft begins at 5 p.m. Monday with the first two rounds on MLB Network and MLB.com. Rounds 3-10 will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday on MLB.com, with rounds 11-40 being starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday on MLB.com.

Keith Johnson Jersey

Metairie, LA – Keith Johnson will take over in the New Orleans Baby Cakes’ dugout for the 2019 season as the 16thmanager in franchise history, and will be joined on the coaching staff by pitching coach Jeremy Powell, hitting coach Justin Mashore, defensive coach Chris Briones, athletic trainer Greg Harrel, and strength and conditioning coachRobert Reichert.

Johnson has accumulated 679 career wins as a manager, two-thirds of which have come at the Triple-A level in seven seasons at the helm of the Salt Lake Bees. Johnson debuted as a manager in 2008, the first of three seasons managing a the Single-A level in the Angels organization, culminating in a California League Championship Series appearance with Rancho Cucamonga in 2010. The 2013 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year, Johnson compiled a 468-504 record as the Bees manager and was just three wins shy of equaling Phil Roof’s franchise mark for managerial victories when he was promoted to the Angels’ major league staff last August. A fourth round selection by the Dodgers in the 1992 draft, Johnson spent the final two seasons of his 12-year playing career in Salt Lake, having reached the majors with the Anaheim Angels in 2000.

Powell returns to New Orleans for his second season as pitching coach and his eighth season in the Marlins system. He previously had two-year stints at Single-A Advanced Jupiter, where his 2017 pitching staff ranked second in the Florida State League in ERA and shutouts, as well as Single-A Greensboro and the Gulf Coast League rookie-level affiliate after making his coaching debut in 2010 in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. Selected by the Montreal Expos in the fourth round in 1994, Powell pitched in parts of three seasons (1998-2000) in Montreal before playing in Japan for Nippon Professional Baseball from 2001-08, where he recorded four seasons with at least 10 victories.

Mashore comes to the Marlins after seven seasons in the Texas Rangers organization, the last three of which were spent as the major league assistant hitting coach. After four years in the minors, including 2014-15 at Triple-A with Round Rock, Mashore helped the 2015 Rangers become the first team in MLB history to have nine players hit at least 17 home runs. He started his coaching career in 2003 in the Toronto Blue Jays system following an 11-year playing career, which began in 1991 when he was a third round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers.

In his second stint in the Marlins organization, Harrel is back for his third season in New Orleans following 10 years in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, the last two of which were spent with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He was on the Dodgers’ major league training staff from 2012-13, and previously worked as the Marlins’ Triple-A athletic trainer in Albuquerque in 2004.

Reichert has served as a strength and conditioning coach in the Marlins organization since 2012 after receiving a kinesiology degree from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and was with Double-A Jacksonville in 2016-17 before joining the Baby Cakes’ staff last year.

Article courtesy of New Orleans Baby Cakes Information Department.

Bill Kelly Jersey

The first rule of the state court system’s Judicial Campaign Ethics Handbook is clear: Judicial candidates cannot engage in direct and indirect partisan political activity.

Albany City Court candidate LaVonda Collins recently tested the letter of those instructions on her Facebook page with thinly veiled criticism of Bill Kelly, the city of Albany’s corporation counsel and who, after Tuesday’s victory, is a City Court judge-elect.

“What is the justification provided for using the weight of the City to support a candidate that does not fit the criteria set out by this city for diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity when without the weight of the city the Judicial candidates for Albany City Court Judge were already on a level ground?” Collins wrote in an Oct. 29 Facebook post.

On Oct. 30, Mark Mishler, a defense lawyer supporting Collins’ candidacy, criticized Kelly in a racially charged post — one Collins has allowed to remain on her Facebook page up until the present.

Mishler praised Collins as a “woman of color” and for her experience. “In contrast, her opponent, Bill Kelly, represents the old Albany way of doing things,” Mishler added.

Mishler noted Kelly is the “head lawyer for the city”– and did not stop there.

“Have you noticed that the City of Albany has a deep and long-standing problem of racism and brutality in the Police Department AND a complete lack of accountability?” Mishler stated. “In my opinion, a City’s leadership could choose to help to hold the police accountable or could choose not to. Unfortunately, in Albany the leadership has consistently refused to insist on real accountability for the police. I can’t vote for someone who has failed our city in this manner.”

When asked via email to comment on the remarks in her Facebook post, Collins responded to Law Beat – then posted our questions and her responses on her Facebook page.

Collins told Law Beat we had “taken the words out of context and inserted names where they do not belong.” She said her post was about voter suppression.

Collins, a former Albany County prosecutor and public defender, is a Democrat who ran for City Court on the Working Families line. Collins, who has contributed at least $300 to the Albany County Democratic Committee since February 2016, at one point asked Law Beat: “Why didn’t you put forth an article to challenge the role of politics in judicial campaigns?”

She said that a “massive machine” was at play in the race. Collins wrote “certain Democrats have been trained to vote one way — Democrat across the board even though it hurts us to do so. This training has now become a weapon.”

Collins, in clear references to Kelly and herself, wrote one of the two candidates running for City Court was “endowed the Democratic endorsement” while the other “earned the Working Families Party endorsement.”

Law Beat asked Collins if she could elaborate on the “machine,” what it is and who is in it. Collins did not give an answer.

The Judicial Campaign Ethics Handbook also prohibits judge candidates from appealing directly or indirectly to the “fear, passion or prejudice of the electorate or from appealing purposefully to or against members of a particular race, sex, ethnic group, religion or similar group.”

Candidates’ campaign committees are told to avoid “comments on another candidate’s qualifications” on social media venues such as Facebook.

Collins appeared to test the limits of both of those rules. That Collins allowed Mishler’s post to remain (it was “liked” by at least 42 people) could certainly be seen as tacit approval.

And in her Oct. 29 post, Collins wrote she “eats and purchases products and services that are mostly inner city, independently owned, small business, black and brown owned businesses because she understands that when we fail to support our small business ventures that’s a dream lost.”

Asked about Mishler’s post on her Facebook page given the rules against indirect partisan attacks, Collins replied: “Mark Mishler is not and never has been a committee person for Citizens for LaVonda Collins. Mark Mishler is an independent citizen with First Amendment rights. There was no response to the information that was tagged to LaVonda Collins Facebook page. As a candidate I am not required to control the opinions of citizens in the community.”

Of course, Mishler was not a mere citizen. A Collins campaign ad prominently noted her endorsement by Mishler, identified as a “defense attorney and legal activist.”

Collins repeatedly refused to say why she allowed Mishler’s post to remain on her page. She told Law Beat Mishler was “free to exercise his First Amendment right.”

Pressed on the question, Collins replied: “Have a good day Mr. Gavin. I happen to value freedom of speech as it is a constitutional right.”

When contacted by Law Beat, Mishler said he did not intentionally post his endorsement on Collins’ Facebook page and thought it was on his own page. He stood by his remarks and said the city leadership, including Kelly, has failed to hold the police department accountable for brutality and racism.

Kelly, when asked to comment, declined.

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1949 Bowman Baseball Checklist
240 cards.
1 Vern Bickford RC
2 Whitey Lockman
3 Bob Porterfield RC
4 Jerry Priddy RC
5 Hank Sauer
6 Phil Cavarretta RC
7 Joe Dobson RC
8 Murry Dickson RC
9 Ferris Fain
10 Ted Gray RC
11 Lou Boudreau RC
12 Cass Michaels RC
13 Bob Chesnes RC
14 Curt Simmons RC
15 Ned Garver RC
16 Al Kozar RC
17 Earl Torgeson RC
18 Bobby Thomson
19 Bobby Brown RC
20 Gene Hermanski RC
21 Frank Baumholtz RC
22 Harry “P-Nuts” Lowrey RC
23 Bobby Doerr
24 Stan Musial
25 Carl Scheib RC
26 George Kell
27 Bob Feller
28 Don Kolloway RC
29 Ralph Kiner
30 Andy Seminick
31 Dick Kokos RC
32 Eddie Yost RC
33 Warren Spahn
34 Dave Koslo
35 Vic Raschi RC
36 Pee Wee Reese
37 Johnny Wyrostek
38 Emil Verban
39 Billy Goodman
40 Red Munger RC
41 Lou Brissie RC
42 Walter Evers RC
43 Dale Mitchell
44 Dave Philley RC
45 Wally Westlake RC
46 Robin Roberts RC
47 Johnny Sain
48 Willard Marshall
49 Spec Shea
50 Jackie Robinson
51 Herm Wehmeier
52 Johnny Schmitz RC
53 Jack Kramer RC
54 Marty Marion
55 Eddie Joost
56 Pat Mullin RC
57 Gene Bearden RC
58 Bob Elliott
59 Jack Lohrke
60 Yogi Berra
61 Rex Barney
62 Grady Hatton RC
63 Andy Pafko
64 Dom DiMaggio
65 Enos Slaughter
66 Elmer Valo
67 Alvin Dark
68 Sheldon Jones
69 Tommy Henrich
70 Carl Furillo RC
71 Vern Stephens
72 Tommy Holmes RC
73 Billy Cox RC
74 Tom McBride RC
75 Eddie Mayo RC
76 Bill Nicholson RC
77 Ernie Bonham RC
78 Sam Zoldak RC
79 Ron Northey RC
80 Bill McCahan
81 Virgil “Red” Stallcup RC
82 Joe Page
83 Bob Scheffing RC
84 Roy Campanella RC
85 Johnny Mize
86 Johnny Pesky
87 Randy Gumpert RC
88 Bill Salkeld RC
89 Mizel Platt RC
90 Gil Coan RC
91 Dick Wakefield RC
92 Willie Jones RC
93 Ed Stevens RC
94 James Vernon RC
95 Howie Pollet RC
96 Taft Wright
97 Danny Litwhiler RC
98 Phil Rizzuto
99 Frank Gustine RC
100 Gil Hodges RC
101 Sid Gordon
102 Stan Spence RC
103 Joe Tipton RC
104 Eddie Stanky RC
105 Bill Kennedy RC
106 Jake Early RC
107 Eddie Lake RC
108 Ken Heintzelman RC
109 Ed Fitz Gerald RC
110 Early Wynn RC
111 Red Schoendienst
112 Sam Chapman
113 Ray Lamanno RC
114 Allie Reynolds
115 Emil “Dutch” Leonard
116 Joe Hatton RC
117 Walker Cooper
118 Sam Mele RC
119 Floyd Baker RC
120 Cliff Fannin RC121 Mark Christman RC
122 George Vico RC
123 Johnny Blatnick RC
124 Danny Murtaugh
125 Ken Keltner RC
126 Al Brazle RC
127 Hank Majeski RC
128 Johnny Vander Meer
129 Bill Johnson
130 Harry “The Hat” Walker RC
131 Paul Lehner RC
132 Al Evans RC
133 Aaron Robinson RC
134 Hank Borowy RC
135 Stan Rojek RC
136 Hank Edwards RC
137 Ted Wilks RC
138 “Buddy” Rosar
139 Hank “Bow-Wow” Arft RC
140 Ray Scarborough RC
141 Tony Lupien RC
142 Eddie Waitkus RC
143 Bob Dillinger RC
144 Mickey Haefner RC
145 “Blix” Donnelly RC
146 Myron McCormick RC
147 Elmer Singleton RC
148 Bob Swift RC
149 Roy Partee RC
150 Allie Clark RC
151 Mickey Harris RC
152 Clarence Maddern RC
153 Phil Masi RC
154 Clint Hartung
155 Fermin Guerra RC
156 Al Zarilla RC
157 Walt Masterson RC
158 Harry Brecheen
159 Glen Moulder RC
160 Jim Blackburn RC
161 “Jocko” Thompson RC
162 Preacher Roe RC
163 Clyde McCullough RC
164 Vic Wertz RC
165 “Snuffy” Stirnweiss
166 Mike Tresh RC
167 Babe Martin RC
168 Doyle Lade RC
169 Jeff Heath RC
170 Bill Rigney
171 Dick Fowler RC
172 Eddie Pellagrini RC
173 Bud Stewart RC
174 Terry Moore RC
175 Luke Appling
176 Ken Raffensberger RC
177 Stan Lopata RC
178 Tommy Brown RC
179 Hugh Casey
180 Neil Berry
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182 Hal Peck RC
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186 Buddy Kerr
187 Phil Marchildon RC
188 Karl Drews RC
189 Earl Wooten RC
190 Jim Hearn RC
191 Joe Haynes RC
192 Harry Gumbert
193 Ken Trinkle RC
194 Ralph Branca RC
195 Eddie Bockman RC
196 Fred Hutchinson
197 Johnny Lindell
198 Steve Gromek RC
199 “Tex” Hughson RC
200 Jess Dobernic RC
201 Sibby Sisti RC
202 Larry Jansen
203 Barney McCosky
204 Bob Savage RC
205 Dick Sisler RC
206 Bruce Edwards
207 Johnny Hopp RC
208 “Dizzy” Trout
209 Charlie Keller
210 Joe Gordon RC
211 Dave “Boo” Ferris RC
212 Ralph Hamner RC
213 Charles “Red” Barret RC
214 Richie Ashburn RC
215 Kirby Higbe
216 “Schoolboy” Rowe
217 Marino Pieretti RC
218 Dick Kryhoski RC
219 Virgil “Fire” Trucks
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221 Bob Muncrief RC
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223 Bobby Hofman RC
224 Satchel Paige
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226 Duke Snider RC
227 Fritz Ostermueller
228 Jackie Mayo RC
229 Ed Lopat RC
230 Augie Galan
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232 George McQuinn
233 Larry Doby
234 “Rip” Sewell RC
235 Jim Russell RC
236 Fred Sanford RC
237 Monte Kennedy RC
238 Bob Lemon RC
239 Frank “Babe” McCormick
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Variation Checklist
The following is a list of players who have variation versions. The ones listed are the rarer versions.

#1-3 and 5-73 can be found with white or grey stock on the card backs.

4 Jerry Priddy – name on front
78 Sam Zoldak – name on front
83 Bob Scheffing – name on front
85 Johnny Mize – name on front
88 Bill Salkeld – name on front
98 Phil Rizzuto – name on front
109 Ed Fitz Gerald – printed name on back
124 Danny Murtaugh – printed name on back
126 Al Brazle – printed name on back
127 Hank Majeski – printed name on back
132 Al Evans – printed name on back
143 Bob Dillinger – printed name on back

Tom Norton Jersey

Over the weekend U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Grand Rapids) dominated headlines after tweeting that President Donald Trump’s actions as outlined in the Mueller report demonstrated “impeachable conduct.”

The five-term congressman shared his conclusions about the report on Twitter. They were retweeted by tens of thousands of people and met with praise and criticism. Amash is the first Republican member of Congress to begin discussions of impeachment.

Trump fired back at Amash, also using Twitter as a platform for his comments. The president called him a “lightweight” and a “loser” on Sunday.

Following Amash’s tweets, two West Michigan residents said they are challenging the sitting congressman in the 2020 election.

RELATED: Trump fires back at congressman who said his conduct was ‘impeachable’

Amash represents Michigan’s 3rd district, which covers Grand Rapids and parts of Ionia, Barry and Calhoun counties.

State Representative Jim Lower, a Republican from Greenville, announced Monday that he will be running against Amash for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020.

Lower hinted to a possible run on Twitter Saturday in response to Amash’s thread. His campaign said they planned to announce the run around July 4, but moved up the timetable because of Amash’s tweets.

“It is never easy to defeat an incumbent, but we are going to do it,” Lower said in a press release.

Tom Norton, a Republican from Sand Lake, is also challenging Amash. He announced his campaign in late April on Facebook, but reached out to 13 ON YOUR SIDE on Sunday.

Norton posted his response on Facebook, saying he is running to remove Amash from office and “be a representative of the people not the politicians.”

As a Congressman during Trump’s presidency Amash has made headlines for bucking party trends. Both Lower and Norton are positioning themselves as Republicans who would vote with Trump and party platforms.

Monday afternoon, Amash doubled down on his impeachment argument. The congressman, again, took to Twitter to explain and justify his conclusions about the Mueller report.

Danny Barnes Jersey

The Blue Jays made a nice pick-up by signing Freddy Galvis on Tuesday, but then made the surprising decision to designate Danny Barnes for assignment in order to make room on the 40 man roster.
With just a couple of weeks until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, I expected that the Blue Jays would be adding potential bullpen arms this week, not subtracting them.

So while I was pleased and even impressed with the signing of Freddy Galvis to shore up the middle infield for the 2019 season, I was very surprised to see that Danny Barnes was the player removed from the 40 man roster in order to make room. Someone had to go, but I did not expect it to be a reliever, nor did I think that Barnes would be the one chosen.

To be clear, the 29 year old wasn’t good last season when he put up a 5.71 ERA across 47 appearances and 41 innings pitched, but he had shown promise prior to that. In 2017 he threw 66 innings and even worked some late-game spots as well, finishing the year with a respectable 3.55 ERA. He also posted a WHIP of 1.091 and a K/9 of 8.3, which seemed to be trending in the right direction. Personally, I thought that Barnes would take a step forward into a late-inning role last season, but his struggles prevented him from getting that opportunity.

While his recent numbers would suggest that the decision to designate him for assignment isn’t that surprising, the state of the Blue Jays bullpen made me believe that he would be safe, at least for the time being. As things currently stand the Jays have a depth chart that should include Ken Giles, Ryan Tepera, David Phelps, and possibly others like Tim Mayza and Joe Biagini, but there doesn’t seem to be a group of seven or more guarantees for the bullpen, which is why allowing Barnes to potentially leave for nothing is surprising to me.

In fact, I would have assumed that he sat ahead of someone like Biagini on the depth chart, but obviously that’s not the case. Beyond someone like Biagini though, I’m also surprised that the Blue Jays are holding 40 man roster spots for so many outfielders, especially ones that they don’t seem to have in their immediate plans. A good example is Dalton Pompey, who I personally hope to see get another shot in Toronto in 2019, but last year it seemed like that ship had sailed and a separation was inevitable. As of this writing he remains on the 40 man roster, as do others like Jonathan Davis, and Dwight Smith Jr.

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There’s also the fact that Barnes remains pre-arbitration eligible on his contract, which means he would have earned a relatively small salary for 2019 if he had been on the roster throughout the season. Last year he made $561,000, and he won’t be eligible for arbitration until 2020, so salary wasn’t the issue by any means. Not that budget should be a concern for the Blue Jays at this point anyway, but that obviously wasn’t the problem here.

If Barnes had been removed from the 40 man because of a bullpen upgrade then the decision would make more sense to me, but at this stage I’m pretty surprised. Perhaps it’ll all make sense in a few weeks once the Blue Jays had added a few more pieces, but there’s no guarantee that’ll happen before Spring Training begins, or before Opening Day either.

Eddie Priest Jersey

In honor of the quickly approaching Easter Sunday celebration this weekend, I thought it would be a good time to highlight and rank some of the greatest Easter player names in Major League Baseball history.

Some players on the list never reached the big club, but everyone listed here have played professional baseball for one of MLB’s organizations.

Names are plucked from everything “Easter” including symbols, traditions, common food, and the literally obvious.

There is no criteria for ranking these players based on stats or performance, as all decisions were solely based upon how Easter relevant their names are/were.

Sit back and enjoy, and feel free to add any other options in the comment thread after you’re done reading. Here we go:

20. Jack Spring
Spring was a pitcher for a number of teams over eight off-and-on seasons from 1955-1965. He retired with a 12-5 record and 4.26 ERA in 185 IP.

It is obvious as to why a man named “Spring” would crack this list, but the lack of creativity or uniqueness to his name leaves him at the bottom of the list.

Ryan Pope
Currently a minor league pitcher within the New York Yankees organization, Pope has logged nearly 400 IP in his professional career.

He is working hard to reach the big club in 2011 or 2012, but while his quality arm is climbing the ranks, his name is not–coming in at No. 19 on this list.

18. Bobby Wine
Wine was a major league Infielder for the Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos from 1960-1972.

While the drink he is named after may also represent strong religious symbols, it is not solely a Christian or religious beverage–leaving him on the outside looking in at No. 18.

17. Lave Cross
Cross was a catcher and outfielder who spent most of his career in Philadelphia (both with the Athletics and Phillies) from 1887-1907.

No one needs much of an explanation as to why a “Cross” would end up on the list, but it was not enough to bump him up near the Top 10 of the list.

16. Eddie Priest
Eddie Priest has a very brief major league career, and he was able to log just six innings pitched with the Cincinnati Reds in 1998.

Another obvious choice for the best Easter name in MLB history, Priest falls into place at No. 16 here on my list.

15. Justin Christian
Christian, an outfielder known primarily for his speed, played in 24 games for the New York Yankees during the 2008 season.

Christianity is of course at the epicenter of the Easter Sunday celebration, so it was difficult for Justin not to end somewhere in the Top 20.