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  • South Haven gets a tougher test than expected with Norwich

    first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The South Haven Cardinals played a feisty Norwich team that was leading at one point in the fourth quarter 42-38. But South Haven would score the three final touchdowns to get a 54-38 win.In the end, South Haven had too many weapons. The Cardinals accumulated 517 yards to Norwich’s 376. Norwich was effective in the air with 252 yards to South Haven’s 189. The Cardinals dominated the rushing department out distancing the Eagles 328-124.J.T. Yunker was the leading rusher with 157 yards on 23 rushes and three touchdowns. Parker Ray had 76 yards on 14 attempts and Zach Pounds was 7 of 69 and three touchdowns.The full stats of the game and the scoring summary can be found here: South Haven – Box Score Report last_img read more

  • Ken and Shari Carothers to present ‘Alaska: The Inside Passage’ at the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society meeting Monday

    first_imgKen and Shari CarothersSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — On Monday, May 19, Ken and Shari Carothers, South Haven, will present the program ““Alaska: The Inside Passage.” In their fascinating presentation, Ken and Shari will share beautiful photographs and insider information from their unique perspective of living and teaching in Alaska to the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society members and guests at the Wellington Senior Center, 308 South Washington, Wellington at 6:30 p.m. Contact Jane Moore at 620-447-3266 in case of inclement weather.Ken and Shari Carothers, retired teachers for the Wellington School District and Intervention Strategists in Alaska, will share unique photographs and information on the inside passage to Alaska.  Ken and Shari will take the group on a photographic tour of Ketchikan, Sitka, and Juneau, Alaska, along with glaciers, salmon fish hatcheries, and much more.“The inside passage was what started the whole thing,” said Shari Carothers, adding that their first trip to Alaska was so amazing that they decided to go back and teach there.“Everyone says Alaska is beautiful,” Shari Carothers said, “But the most amazing thing was that we couldn’t sleep because there was too much to see.”“Juneau is the only capitol in the US that doesn’t have a road leading to it, you can only fly in or go in by boat,” Shari Carothers said, adding that they will share photographs of Juneau and the Mendenhall Glacier, and bring along new artifacts to show as well.“Have you ever wondered how salmon know which river to go back to?” Ken Carothers added that they will take you on a tour of a fish hatchery, and explain how the salmon know where to return to when it’s time to lay their own eggs.“Alaskans are very creative,” said Shari Carothers, “a lot of Alaska you have to invent something because you have a problem that you have to solve.”last_img read more

  • Sunday Editorial: The Wellington City Manager job search should be a combination of privacy and transparency

    first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council had an interesting topic at its Tuesday work session.The council is starting the city manager hiring search, which might have started that night since a 45-plus minute executive session (closed meeting) was called to discuss non-elected personnel. I don’t know that for sure. I wasn’t privy to the closed meeting.But before the executive session there was a 20 minute discussion on how the council should conduct the city manager job interviews. Some readers on this website feel the interviews should be conducted in open session. Wellington Mayor Roger Stallbaumer brought the issue up wondering if the council had any legal authority to do conduct open interviews.City Attorney Mike Brown said the city has no obligation to conduct any of the interviews in public. He did say the city can place the names of the candidates out there for public consumption when the search gets whittled down to a select few candidates.He said one town in the vicinity did a similar tactic and he said he was aware of four other names who were vying for the Wellington City Manager position when Gus Collins was hired in 2006. He couldn’t recall if the public knew those names though.For the record, Sumner Newscow has never suggested the city manager interviews should be conducted in open session. Am I against it? Absolutely not. I advocate open government and those open interviews would make a great news story. But is it practical? Probably not. There is no doubt when conducting a thorough interview, private information will need to be shared. I’m sure the council members have the right to discuss who is best suited for the job without a public audience.However, that doesn’t mean everything has to be conducted in secret. There are certain aspects of the job interview process the public should be included. The number of candidates who are getting interviewed is one. I would go as far as the council publicly submitting a list of names of the top candidates who are vying for the job. Why? Because it would squelch speculation and rumors and provide historical documentation to the job search process.I don’t think it is out of line to allow city department heads to sit in on the interviews to see if this is a person they can work with.While Wellington is a city manager form of government – meaning the elected council employees hire a person to run the municipality, there are many municipalities, who are run by a full-time mayor elected by the people. Essentially that is the form of government, Sumner County uses. We the citizens elect county commissioners to run the county government.So I ask this question, Mr. and Ms. Council Representatives: What is the difference in electing the county commissioner and hiring the city manager? Both involve the implementation of policy.The city manager’s job is unlike any other job in Wellington. We are basically hiring a CEO for the town. Every other institution head: the Wellington School Superintendent or the Sumner Regional Medical Center Executive Director are in charge of their specific operations. County Commissioners are not CEOs.But the Wellington City Manager is all encompassing hired by the taxpayers of Wellington, Kans. to oversee several department heads. So the fact that people are calling for transparency and even open interviews is not out of line.I know when I was a news editor at the Wellington Daily News in the early 2000s, Wellington Superintendent Ron Fagan had applied for the superintendent’s position at the Coffeyville School District. He was one of the top candidates. I wrote a story about it because it was mentioned in the Coffeyville newspaper who the top candidates were for the job. That article didn’t make Fagan happy. But it was all for naught because he didn’t get the job, and would go on to serve as superintendent in the Wellington school district for two or three more years.So opening the names up to the public is not out of the norm when you are hiring a governmental CEO. Yes, most all of us have probably clandestinely applied for a job while working someplace else. But we weren’t applying to be city manager either.This is a job with so much public scrutiny, that it only makes sense that the public should be included in someway with the process. And if the candidate is worried about privacy, he/she may not be a good candidate anyway.Do you really think Gregg Marshall cares if the Wichita State University brass knows when a blue blood university comes knocking asking him to become their men’s basketball coach? And WSU brass sure aren’t going to throw a fit about him looking elsewhere either. They know what is at stake.If you are a good employee, your employers are going to do all they can to keep you.The council has decided to conduct the interviews and do the hiring itself. When Collins was hired, a committee was formed and a recommendation was sent to the council. That to me makes more sense because then the onus does not completely lie on the council members’ shoulders.If the council hires a city manager who does not work out, then the council members are the only ones to blame. Also, it alleviates the accusation that the manager was hired strictly because of politics.That is why transparency is so important in the interview process not just for the public but for the council itself.Release the top two or three candidates names, and let Sumner Newscow do the leg work on what kind of candidates we have. That way the council will have documentation in defense of its decision and still go into executive session to conduct the interviews.Of course, the council has no obligation to tell us why they selected a certain person to fill this extremely important job. But it has an obligation to let us know the members are doing as thorough and comprehensive of a job as possible when hiring our CEO.Council member Jan Korte said the other night that transparency was an overused term. I disagree. It’s the most important word used because it defines what good democratic government representation is all about. It is what our Founding Fathers had in mind when they drafted the U.S. Constitution.Council member John Brand suggested that the council should go into executive session “without apologies.”Yes, Mr. Brand, you don’t have to apologize for anything. But every time you conduct a closed meeting you run the risk of fostering mistrust amongst your constituents.Trust is a hard thing to get back once it eludes you.Up to this point as a Sumner Newscow reporter, I have found the members of this council to be trustworthy, honest and for the most part transparent.I would hate to see the council blow this reputation with an overindulgent, secretive job search that ends ups satisfying no one and raises suspicion.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (25) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down craig · 314 weeks ago Omg. What a mess. What an impossible, inexplicable, undeserved-by-the-citizens mess. Report Reply 0 replies · active 314 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Janet · 314 weeks ago I agree 100%. I challenge the city council to be more transparent, many citizens are very concerned about the process to hire a new city manager? Why so secretive for a position where the new city manager will work with so many citizens in our community. Report Reply 0 replies · active 314 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down dissaponted · 314 weeks ago I voted for Jan Korte last year. I will never vote for her again. I do not think she understand the meaning of transparency. I cannot support someone that wants to make important decisions in secret. Report Reply 1 reply · active 314 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down next april · 314 weeks ago Four of the seven on the city council are up for election next April. We need to remember this and send them a public message in April If they want to handle such an important decision as the hiring of next city manager in such a secret manner. Report Reply 0 replies · active 314 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down idealist · 314 weeks ago It seems logical to just organize a hiring process..for example -apps narrowed down to 5 by the counsel -Scheduled closed session interviews of those who are available -Top 2 candidates have open session public meet and great..(required speech and social charisma analysis) -counsel votes and makes closed session pick Report Reply 2 replies · active 314 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down interested citizen · 314 weeks ago Transparency at any level is a farce. Do you really believe your government is telling you everything all the time. That is the essence of transparency (fill disclosure) and it can never truly exist. Wouldn’t a reasonable solution be to only show the city council members faces during the interview process and exclude the names of the individuals. Employment law protects both the candidates and the employer. Not so sure open interviews is a good idea. Report Reply 0 replies · active 314 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Outsider Watching · 314 weeks ago After Gus was hired it was made public how much garbage he left El Dorado carrying. I don’t want to see another hired like that. KEEP IT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Report Reply 0 replies · active 314 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Larry · 314 weeks ago People you elected these people to do a job and whether you like it or not so let them do it. I agree with interested citizen that transparency is a myth. Just look at our president. You vote for those to run the city and hope they do the job, and if not you vote them out. Report Reply 1 reply · active 314 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 314 weeks ago I think the Council taking on the interview process of the CA is a horrible decision on their part, for many of the reasons mentioned above. Have they considered this from simply a KOMA perspective? Each and every interview will now need to be publicly announced with the City’s newspaper of record, and advanced notice given to the public. This will turn in to a scheduling nightmare for both the applicants and the interviewers. How many times will we learn that not all of the Council could be in attendance for an interview due to a scheduling conflict? I also wonder how many individuals on the Council have any experience with hiring CEO level executives, which the City Admin. is? I doubt that any have that experience, so their first try is going to be possibly the most critical position in the City. That doesn’t sound like a good idea to me. Will an HR representative be in attendance during the interviews to avoid these novice individuals guidance on what questions can and can’t be asked? Report Reply 0 replies · active 314 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 314 weeks ago To me, they’ve made a horrible decision, and have only invited in the opportunity for this to be incredibly more difficult than necessary, and opened the door for a higher margin of error. How many candidates will move on knowing that their interview could be handled in open session, and their name publicized in the paper? I know Tracy wants the news story, but many will not approve of their current employer knowing that they are looking elsewhere. In regards to transparency, there is a misconception in the public eye between what they WANT to know, what they NEED to know, and what they have a RIGHT to know. Those aren’t always inclusive of one another. Report Reply 0 replies · active 314 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

  • Steelers-Browns Thursday Night Football Betting Preview: Odds, trends, pick

    first_imgSo far this season, the UNDER is 6-3 in all Steelers games and 5-4 in all Browns games. Over the past three years when the Steelers have squared off against AFC North opponents on the road, the UNDER has gone 12-1. Therefore, UNDER the 41.5 point total is a logical bet. While the Browns could realistically scrape out this victory in front of their home crowd as -150 moneyline favorites, BetQL’s NFL expert picks lists the visiting Steelers (+3) as the best bet against the spread in this matchup. The public agrees, as 60 percent of the bets have rolled in on Pittsburgh ATS, per BetQL’s NFL consensus picks Dashboard. Find out if the Steelers are a sharp pick by checking out the percentage of total money that’s been wagered on them leading up to kickoff on BetQL. WEEK 11 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPMeanwhile, the Steelers enter this game as one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Winners of four straight, the addition of Minkah Fitzpatrick has done wonders for their stout defense while Mason Rudolph and company have done enough to keep the chains moving on offense. At one game over .500, they’re firmly in the playoff mix and still have a lot of room for improvement, which is a sign that they’re winning games without reaching their full potential, especially on offense. Let’s get into what each team will bring to the table.Steelers outlookPittsburgh’s offense will receive a massive boost when James Conner (shoulder) returns for this contest. Jaylen Samuels will likely still make an impact on passing downs. Last week, Pittsburgh managed just 42 rushing yards on 27 carries (Samuels took 14 carries for 29 yards) and had 90 rushing yards on 25 carries in the previous game (Samuels had just 10 yards on eight carries). However, in those two games, Samuels had 16 catches for 84 yards and made an impact in the passing game, which is where he tends to excel. Conner’s presence will not only allow the Steelers to run the ball between the tackles with confidence, but it should also open things up for Rudolph, who should now be able to capitalize in play-action situations. JuJu Smith-Schuster had fallen off the map without Conner on the field and recorded just six catches for 60 yards over the past two weeks as defenses have been able to provide additional resources to key in on him. It’s important to point out that the Browns have allowed 221.1 passing yards per game this season (seventh best in the NFL) but have allowed 134.9 rushing yards per contest (sixth worst). That fact could make Conner’s presence even more impactful. MORE WEEK 11 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderSince acquiring Fitzpatrick, the Steelers have allowed 17.1 points per game and have been a dynamic, turnover-producing defense. Pittsburgh’s defense ranks third with 3.7 sacks per game and ranks second in interceptions (14). That’s bad news for Baker Mayfield and company. You can find all updated NFL betting lines, odds and spreads at BetQL!MORE WEEK 11 TNF: DraftKings Showdown lineup | Start or sit?Browns outlookSpeaking of Mayfield, he’s struggled mightily this year. Completing just 59.9 percent of his passes for 2,201 yards, he’s amassed nine passing touchdowns and 12 interceptions through nine games. Further, he’s taken 25 sacks and lost two fumbles, as well. His 75.2 quarterback rating is among the worst NFL starters and is 18.5 points lower than what he recorded in his rookie campaign. Moving forward, the running back duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt (arguably the best in the NFL from an overall talent perspective) will likely be the focus of Cleveland’s offense. Hunt made his debut last week and will presumably continue to be used heavily in both the running and passing attacks moving forward. While Jarvis Landry broke out with a strong performance last week, Odell Beckham Jr.’s inconsistency and target share has been puzzling all season long. The superstar has just two 100-yard performances and has caught one touchdown pass in nine games. That’s simply unacceptable. As previously mentioned, this Steelers defense is no joke. If Cleveland’s offensive line doesn’t come to play, Pittsburgh’s defense could realistically eat up Mayfield and force multiple turnovers. If the Browns can protect the pocket, their multi-dimensional offense always poses the threat of breaking out, especially if Beckham sees consistent targets.WEEK 11 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerPrediction The Browns (3-6) are in must-win mode as they welcome the Steelers (5-4) to Firstenergy Stadium for a divisional Thursday Night Football matchup. With a 41.5-point over/under total, it’s implied to be one of the lowest-scoring games on the Week 11 slate and there are significant implications looming for the loser of this matchup — and significant opportunities for bettors looking to profit against-the-spread or on the moneyline. The Browns have two matchups against the winless Bengals and a home game against the two-win Dolphins on their schedule in the coming weeks. There’s still a chance that they can salvage their season, but a hiccup in this contest would decrease their playoff odds even more. After all, they’ll have to travel to Pittsburgh in a couple weeks for a rematch and will also square off against the surging  Ravens in Week 16. Therefore, the pressure will be on in front of their home crowd in this one. last_img read more

  • Kristaps Porzingis object of boos, obscene chants in return to MSG

    first_imgMORE: Carmelo Anthony to sign with Trail BlazersHe was also heckled during the national anthem, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews.The 24-year-old forward, who spent three-plus seasons in New York before being traded in January to the Mavericks, was expecting the reaction.”It’s normal that they feel that way,” Porzingis told reporters Wednesday. “All I can do is just look forward to what I have in front of me, not behind.”After the game, he was asked if he heard the chants from the fans.It’s not the first time Porzingis has been booed by Knicks fans: They did it after the team drafted him fourth overall in 2015. So far, Porzingis has done well away from his first NBA team, averaging 18.3 points and 7.9 rebounds in the 2019-20 season prior to Thursday. Unfortunately, the Knicks can’t say the same, even though they completed a season sweep of the Mavs with a 106-103 victory. The win pushed them to 3-9 on the season. Kristaps Porzingis made his return to Madison Square Garden on Thursday — and he did not receive a warm welcome.During the game, fans started an obscene chant while he was at the free throw line.last_img read more

  • Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, April 9, 2015

    first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, April 9, 2015•8:15 a.m. Michael D. Miller, 37, Mulvane, was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 59 mph in a 40 mph zone.•10:30 a.m. Officers took a courtesy report of a lost cell phone in Oklahoma.•10:49 a.m. Roger L. Ray, 72, Milan, Kans. was issued a notice to appear for expired registration.•4:15 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 600 block N. C, Wellington by known suspect(s).•9:22 p.m. Officers investigated a battery and criminal damage to property by known suspect(s) in the 100 block E. 12th, Wellington. •10:57 p.m. Officers investigated driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington.•11:21 p.m. Pamela Baker, 49, Sedgwick, was arrested, charged and confined with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.last_img read more

  • Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    first_imgWellington Police notes for Wednesday, August 19, 2015:•10:59 a.m. Officers took a report of a found bicycle in the 800 block N. A, Wellington.•11:23 a.m. Officers investigated unlawful discharge of a firearm in the 100 block N. Arthur, Wellington by a known suspect.•1:25 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of fuel by unknown suspect(s) in the 300 block S. Washington, Wellington.•6:13 p.m. Officers took a report of a disturbance in the 1400 block Edgewood by known subject(s), Wellington.last_img read more

  • Giants’ Alyssa Nakken becomes first female coach in MLB history

    first_imgNakken, who has been with the organization since 2014, will travel with the team and work in tandem with fellow quality control assistant Mark Hallberg, whose hiring was also announced Thursday. #SFGiants complete 2020 Major League Coaching Staff with the additions of Mark Hallberg and Alyssa Nakken. pic.twitter.com/3mNkoVA0De— SFGiants (@SFGiants) January 16, 2020MORE: Possible Mets replacements for ex-skipper Carlos BeltranSan Francisco has undergone significant organizational change in recent years, with Farhan Zaidi taking over baseball operations last offseason and Gabe Kapler replacing retired skipper Bruce Bochy this offseason.The Giants also lost longtime ace Madison Bumgarner to free agency. Bumgarner signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Diamondbacks. The Giants on Thursday announced the hiring of Alyssa Nakken to their MLB staff of 13 coaches. She becomes the first female coach ever at the big league level.Nakken previously held responsibilities in developing, producing and directing health-and-wellness initiatives and events, according to the team. She will now be responsible for helping to maintain a positive clubhouse culture that’s focused on high performance.last_img read more

  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens face best chance at Cooperstown on 2021 ballot

    first_imgThe clock is ticking on Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.The two controversial, alleged PED users will enter their ninth year on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot as voting commences for the class of 2021, and voting has been unkind to them over the last few years. While both players were clear, far and away Hall of Fame talents, the whispers of steroid use has clouded their legacies and could have them out of the Hall of Fame entirely.  But the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot could prove to be a benefit for both: With the field for first-time and returning players fairly thin and very debatable, the upcoming class of Cooperstown denizens could feature names like Bonds and Clemens after all.Aside from that, there’s the candidacy of a few intriguing, returning players who will be given a stronger, longer look by the BBWAA during the process. Here’s an early look at some of the more intriguing names on the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot.MORE: Nolan Arenado feels disrespected by RockiesThe candidacy of Bonds and ClemensBarry Bonds and Roger Clemens are both entering Year 9 on the ballot, and time is running out, considering the 10-year limit for players on the ballot. But given how light the 2021 ballot is going to be on surefire, first-ballot Hall of Famers — really, there aren’t any — then maybe voters looking to fill out their 10-vote ballot could give them a fair shake.While Bonds and Clemens are still unsure things for election, they’ve gained a decent amount of momentum in recent years. In 2016, Bonds finished with 45.3 percent of the vote while Clemens finished with 46 percent. Since then, both players have been on a steady ascent but have yet to surpass the 60 percent mark, but they are inching closer. It’s going to take a change in voter mindsets to make that happen.A lot of it boils down to how you feel about the baseball’s “use” of the Hall of Fame. Along with statistics and accomplishments, there’s a simple question that should be asked, too: Can you tell the story of baseball without including the player? For both Bonds and Clemens, arguably the greatest players at their respective positions in baseball history, you just can’t. Baseball has, historically, been impure. If we continue to try and whitewash its history, then we’ll learn nothing and teach nothing in the process.Curt Schilling’s last hurrah?Schilling isn’t in the Hall of Fame for … reasons. Semi-specifically, more of those reasons are for off-the-field stuff than on, and post-retirement, at that. Schilling has 79.8 fWAR for his career, 3.46 ERA/3.23 FIP, 3,116 strikeouts and finished top five in Cy Young voting three times, with two No. 2 finishes. His numbers say he should be in the Hall of Fame already. Some knock him for being a “compiler,” but durability for a starting pitcher shouldn’t be a detriment.Schilling will also be in his ninth year on the ballot, and has been gaining votes over the past four years. He’s a three-time World Series winner and has one World Series MVP, for his 2001 performance with the Diamondbacks, upending the Yankees in the Fall Classic. It seems like voters have been more open to keeping Schilling around on the ballot — the longer he stays out of the public eye. Notable first-timersMark Buehrle: Buehrle is a better pitcher than you probably remember. He’s got 60.1 bWAR in his career, but the strikeouts, ERA and FIP numbers aren’t really Hall of Fame levels. He does have a perfect game and a no-hitter on his resume, so he’s got that going for him. A.J. Burnett: Burnett was one of baseball’s more electrifying pitchers when he was on. The problem is, he was off more than he was on. He has more than 2,500 career strikeouts, but also gave up 263 home runs in his career, almost one per every nine innings.Michael Cuddyer: “Cuddy” was a stalwart in the outfield for the Twins for a long time, but his below-average defensive abilities and lack of true offensive prowess will leave him on the outside looking in.Torii Hunter: Hunter was a dazzling center fielder, known for his highlight-reel catches. Overall, though, Hunter was an inconsistent outfielder according to DRS (19 per Fangraphs). He had very good power, hitting 353 home runs in his career, with his wRC+ dipping below 100 just one time between 2001 and 2014. Hunter is an interesting case, but he likely won’t make it in — at least, not on the first ballot.Tim Hudson: Hudson is going to be a hotly contested name come voting season later this year. He was a very good to great pitcher during his career, but he doesn’t hit any of the “magic numbers” for pitchers, if you find value in that sort of thing. He has 222 career wins, 2,080 strikeouts and finished top five in Cy Young voting twice. He’s another candidate for the Hall of Great.Nick Swisher: Swisher belongs in a Hall of Fame somewhere for being an exciteable, fan-favorite player. His best years were with the Yankees between 2009 and 2012, but he simply doesn’t have the resume to get in.Barry Zito: Another third of that legendary early 2000s A’s starting pitching trio, Zito’s career was enigmatic at best. Known for his devastating 12-to-6 curveball, he won the 2002 Cy Young award as part of the “Moneyball” A’s (a convenient omission from the movie), and was one of the better starters in the AL over the next few seasons. The second part of Zito’s career, pitching with the Giants between 2007 and 2013, was less kind: He pitched to a 4.62 ERA across the bay with an 87 ERA+.Intriguing names returning to the ballot in 2021Billy Wagner was about as dominating as a reliever gets. Despite not having the saves or track record of Mariano Rivera, Wagner had 1,196 strikeouts in his career (excluding postseason). That’s only 23 more than Mariano Rivera, but Wagner did it in 380 fewer innings. He should get more consideration moving forward.Here’s a list of players who have 300-plus home runs and 200-plus defensive runs saved in their career: Adrian Beltre and Andruw Jones. That’s it. That’s the list. Jones might not have had the longevity of other players, but he deserves more love on the ballot than he’s gotten; he was one of the best two-way players the league saw in the ’90s and early 2000s, and maybe ever.With 60 bWAR in his career, Bobby Abreu was a very good player for a long time. He had a keen eye at the plate going by his .395 career OBP and was a decent fielder to boot. He’s another candidate for the Hall of Great, but maybe not the greatest.Todd Helton will be a name to watch over the coming years. Helton was a dominant offensive player for Colorado for 17 years, and was also a very good defensive first baseman. The back end of his career was marred by injuries, but Helton has a shot the longer he stays on the ballot. Scott Rolen was a superb defender in his career, amassing 175 DRS per Baseball Reference. Only one other third baseman in the Hall of Fame has over 100 DRS, and that’s Mike Schmidt. Rolen was an excellent all-around player in his career and deserves a longer look from voters.Andy Pettitte has over a full season’s worth of starts (44) in postseason games. 2021 will be his third year on the ballot, but his case is a complex one. Pitching during the height of the Steroid Era, Pettitte had a career 3.85 ERA (3.74 FIP) in 18 big-league seasons. It feels like Pettitte will be destined to hang around on the ballot until his 10th year.There are 27 players who are members of the 500 home run club. Eighteen of those players are in the Hall of Fame. Three of them are currently on the ballot, and will be in 2021: Sammy Sosa, Gary Sheffield and Manny Ramirez. No surprise there that all three have been linked to PEDs at some point.last_img read more

  • Kevin Stallings wasn’t just a bad coach at Pitt — he was a bad cheater

    first_imgIt’s not designing-an-elaborate-signal-stealing-mechanism-level cheating, but according to the NCAA and Pitt, then-head coach Kevin Stallings ordered three staff members who were not designated coaches to perform on-floor duties that are off-limits for their positions, by rule.The findings also said Stallings “developed an alert system to ensure noncoaching staff would not be caught on the practice floor coaching student-athletes.” And just in case anyone got suspicious and came looking for receipts, Stallings also ordered that practice video be deleted so that there would be no evidence to find.MORE: John Beilein’s best college basketball landing spotsWhen I told you in March 2016 that hiring Stallings was a “comically poor decision,” I never had any idea what a farce it would become.Scott Barnes, then the Pitt athletic director, hired Stallings away from Vanderbilt at a time when his popularity there had reached its nadir — and presented him a six-year contract that was still worth another $9.4 million at the time he was fired, two years after he arrived.Stallings took over a program that went 21-12 and reached the NCAA Tournament in 2015-16, before Jamie Dixon chose to leave for his alma mater, TCU. With six of the top seven players remaining from that team, Stallings went 16-17. With only one of those guys returning in 2016-17, the Panthers recorded a mark of 8-24, the first time in more than 40 years they did not reach double-digit victories.The NCAA and Pitt concurred in the assessment Stallings “did not promote an atmosphere for compliance.” One interesting aspect of this agreement is their assertion that he was warned by the athletic administration to cease these practices but continued.He has not served as an NCAA basketball coach since leaving Pitt following his dismissal in March 2018. Not long after that announcement, Pittsburgh Sports Now reported Stallings, then 57, was retiring from basketball.Should he choose to return at this point, he would be facing a three-year show-cause order from the NCAA. Although sometimes interpreted as a “ban” by media personnel and fans, what a show-cause means in this case is that any school wishing to hire Stallings would be required to suspend him for 30 percent of his first season, or nine games.Pitt football also violated rules when head coach Pat Narduzzi was present at the school’s practice facility when three quality-control staffers, no longer with the program, functioned as coaches, giving the team more active coaches than is permitted by rule. Pitt, Narduzzi and the NCAA agreed he did not promote an atmosphere for compliance. He will miss two days of practice in the 2020 preseason as a penalty and was also forced to miss a week of off-campus recruiting earlier this offseason. Pitt was placed on three years’ probation and issued a fine of $5,000 plus 0.5 percent of its men’s basketball and football budgets. It will face no postseason sanctions. Although the current coaching staff was not in place at the time the violations occurred, the Panthers’ basketball program faces minor practice restrictions as part of the punishment.Under Jeff Capel, Pitt rose to three ACC victories last year and six this season, with four games still to play.At the least, Pitt basketball no longer is a laughing matter. In the 2017-18 season, the Pitt Panthers played 19 games against Atlantic Coast Conference competition: the 18 on the schedule and the one each eligible squad is guaranteed in the ACC Tournament. They lost them all. They lost them by an average of 18.2 points.And now it turns out, according to the NCAA — and the University of Pittsburgh, which agreed to the findings — Pitt cheated to be that bad.last_img read more