Alexander: Harper goes to Philly, and maybe the Dodgers are fortunate

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “When the most famous player on the team can’t go 10 days without failing to run out a ground ball or overthrowing a cutoff man by 15 feet or throwing to the wrong base or being caught unprepared in the outfield or on the bases, it’s hard to demand total alertness from the other 24.”Then there were the local media people who seemed convinced that the Dodgers needed Harper’s star power, that he was the missing piece to a World Series puzzle that has perplexed the franchise for three decades, or that the primary goal here was to keep him away from the hated Giants.Well, mission accomplished with the latter, I suppose. They’ll only see Harper six or seven times a season now rather than 18 or 19.But Harper would not sell appreciably more tickets or merchandise for the Dodgers, who have led the majors in attendance for six straight seasons and haven’t drawn less than 3 million since 2011, the final full season of the Frank McCourt reign of error.As for being that X-factor? Since his MVP season in 2015 (42 homers, 118 runs scored, 1.109 OPS, 198 OPS-plus, 10.0 Wins Above Replacement), Harper has been an above-average player but not a superstar. His 100 RBIs and a 133 OPS-plus last season were offset by a marked decline in his defensive metrics. And he has 7.5 WAR in the last three seasons combined; his 1.3 in 2018 tied for 185th in the majors.By way of comparison, Mike Trout’s WAR last year was 10.2 and his career figure is 64.3, to Harper’s career 27.4. If Harper gets 13 years and $330 million, what is Trout worth? (Arte Moreno is fidgeting as we speak.)Then there is this: Harper is a .211 hitter, with an .801 OPS, in 19 career postseason games with Washington. If I’m paying for somebody to get me over that last October hurdle, I need much more production than that.We’ll reiterate what we said when Pujols joined the Angels in 2012, 10-year contract in hand: If the team that signs him wins a World Series in the first few years of the deal, that entire contract will be worth it. Otherwise, it becomes a burden.You can make the case that the Dodgers’ reluctance to do more than kick the tires on a marquee free agent isn’t appropriate for a big-market, big-revenue franchise. But don’t blame it all on Friedman.Consider: In 42 years of baseball free agency, under four different ownerships and eight general managers/executive VPs, these are the top-of-their-class free agents the Dodgers have signed: Dave Goltz, Kirk Gibson, Darryl Strawberry, Kevin Brown, and arguably Zack Greinke. That’s it. (Considering how a couple of those turned out, the team’s reluctance is more understandable.)Finally, consider: If you’re a Dodgers fan nervous about a possible postseason matchup, maybe the Phillie who worries you most shouldn’t be Harper but J.T. Realmuto, the catcher who got [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter I don’t know for sure if there were sighs of relief inside the Dodgers’ executive offices at Camelback Ranch on Thursday morning. But from this vantage point, Andrew Friedman and his people were entitled to exhale.The Philadelphia Phillies’ owner, John Middleton, pledged early in the winter to spend money – and if necessary to “even be a little bit stupid about it” – to upgrade his team. He didn’t mention being stupid about contract length, as well.But that was what it took to land Bryce Harper on Thursday: A 13-year deal for $330 million, with full no-trade rights and no opt-out clause, for a guy who has statistically slipped since his lone MVP season in 2015 and now will play in a town where that contract makes him a target. At the first sign of underachievement, Phillies fans will let him have it.Let’s set the over/under for that at June 1.center_img And Lord help them all at the back end of this contract. Harper and the Phillies are now bound to each other through 2031, when the player will be 38 years old. Those who are paying attention to the waning years of Albert Pujols’ contract in Anaheim can probably guess how this will end.But for the player, and for agent Scott Boras, this was a day of triumph. Money and contract terms are how most elite players (and their representatives) keep score. Harper blew past Manny Machado – who officially signed his 10-year, $300 million deal with the Padres last Friday – as well as the Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton, who signed his 13-year, $325 million deal with the Marlins in 2014, then forced a trade to New York when things collapsed around him in Miami.Harper’s average annual value, around $25 million per year, will be less than that of Machado or Nolan Arenado in his eight-year, $260 million deal with the Rockies. But that’s not the number everyone looks at, and the 13 years and $330 million were not coincidental or accidental. Until further notice, Bryce Harper is baseball’s King of the Hill.What does this mean for the Dodgers?Part of their fan base is surely disappointed, likely the same ones who couldn’t understand why the club traded Yasiel Puig. For those folks, we offer this from Washington Post columnist Thomas Boswell, describing how the Nationals’ loss of Harper might be a case of addition by subtraction:last_img read more

Temporary Thurston County Fair Job Applications Due By May 31

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston CountyWarm summer weather may still be a few weeks away, but summer job opportunities are already cropping up at the Thurston County Fair—and going fast! Applications for as many as 40 temporary jobs with the Thurston County Fair must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31.Temporary fair workers help make the fair clean, safe and fun for fairgoers of all ages. Job duties include tasks like washing tables and cleaning facilities and equipment for two-legged and four-legged fairgoers, selling and collecting tickets, assisting with managing fair parking, and helping with office duties like data entry and answering phones, along with many other tasks and duties that keep the Thurston County Fair running smoothly. Temporary fair workers will earn between $9.19 and $10.50 per hour.Temporary fair workers must be at least 16 years old and must submit a Thurston County employment application and disclosure form. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31 at the Information Desk in Building One at the County Courthouse at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia. Postmarks and electronic applications will not be accepted. Applications will not be accepted at the Thurston County Fair Office in Lacey. The job description, employment forms and information about working for Thurston County can be downloaded at           Thurston County Fair—Apply for Temporary Fair JobsWHEN:           Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31*Postmarks and electronic application packets will not be acceptedSubmit applications to:Thurston County Information DeskBuilding 12000 Lakeridge Drive SWOlympia, WA 98502-6045For more information on the temporary fair jobs or the Thurston County Fair, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Fire razes Triumph house, 6 homeless

first_imgA fire, suspected to be electrical in origin, completely razed the dwelling of a Triumph, East Coast Demerara (ECD), family on Friday morning, leaving at least million in losses.The fire reportedly started in the vicinity of the circuit breaker in the upper flat of the two-storey wooden structure located at Lot 4 Railway Street, Triumph, ECD and rapidly spread to other parts of the house.The entire house engulfed in flames on Friday morningAt the time of the blaze, the owner of house, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Ramesh Singh was at home along with his wife, daughter-in-law and grandson. Two other members of the house had already left for work. The occupants of the house at the time ran to safety and were not able to salvage any household items.Reports are that by the time the Guyana Fire Service arrived at the scene, the building was already engulfed in flames. Speaking with Guyana Times, Assistant Superintendent Singh explained that he along with the other family members were in the lower flat of the house when he heard a sound as if dried leaves were on fire followed by the smell of smoke.At that time, he thought that the smell and sound were coming from the cemetery which was being cleared. Soon after, he explained that his neighbours raised an alarm informing him that the house was on fire.The neighbours rushed to the scene and formed a bucket brigade in an attempt to put out the blaze but their efforts proved futile. They were forced to retreat due to the intensity of the fire. “The neighbors later told me that the electric wire that runs from the main pole was sparking and then they see smoke and fire,” Singh noted.He further stated that after the fire started, his only option was to make sure that his family was secured and it was a neighbour who drove his motorcar out of the yard. A report was made to the Guyana Power and Light but up to late Friday evening, officials from the utility company were still to visit the family.An investigation has been launched into the fire by members of the Guyana Fire Service.last_img read more

Parliament to redraft Rental Housing Bill

first_imgHowever, Dambuza said the committee noticed that the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants were not clearly spelled out and that some of the public comments raised during the department’s public hearings were not accommodated in the proposed amendment bill. Rental Housing Tribunals Dambuza said the Rental Housing Amendment Act had gaps which could lead to people’s exploitation. “Complaints… suggested that there are lot of problems in the rental sector and we hope that redrafting this bill will minimise those challenges. She said she decided to revert the bill to the committee and not the department because of the proposed amendments. Last year, the department sought to amend the Rental Housing Act to make MECs responsible for establishing Rental Housing Tribunals and to extend the powers of tribunals so that they could withdraw or vary any rulings. The committee decided to redraft the amendment bill so that it covered aspects raised by the department of human settlements and addressed the loopholes and ambiguities identified in the Rental Housing Act and the Rental Housing Amendment Act. The proposed redraft obliged landlords to: reimburse rental deposit with accrued interest, provide regular maintenance to tenants’ properties or rooms and written agreements and receipts for every payment made, reserve the right to recover money owed to them, and terminate leases on grounds that did not constitute unfair practice and were specified in the lease. 26 January 2012 “In our view, the redraft provides a balanced view of how challenges faced by landlords as well as tenants should be addressed,” said Dambuza. The Parliamentary portfolio committee on human settlements has decided to redraft the proposed Rental Housing Amendment Bill, committee chairwoman Nomhle Dambuza said on Wednesday. “Applying for a redraft of this amendment bill requires that another set of public hearings be held and we believe that this will give an opportunity to the parties who did not comment during the first round,” Dambuza said in a statement. Sapalast_img read more

Kalyss Women’s Long Curly Wavy Heat Resistant Synthetic Blonde Hair Wig, Amazing quality, it looks very realistic

first_imgYou couldn’t don this as an daily wig it’s more of a extravagant dress wig.Remarkable excellent, it looks extremely real looking. Incredible high-quality, it appears pretty reasonable. Nevertheless, it did not suit, while this may possibly be thanks to my exceptionally long and thick hair. It also isn’t ideal for tieing up as you can see the cap beneath. Also, doesn’t arrive with a very good wig cap, so you would need to acquire that yourself​. I would endorse this to everyone who has fairly shorter, slender hair.Bought this for halloween for my alice in wonderland costume. Stunning excellent and the wig stays on properly.Key specs for Kalyss Women’s Long Curly Wavy Heat Resistant Synthetic Blonde Hair Wig:Material: Top Quality 100% Japanese High Temperature Heat Resistant Synthetic look natural and touch softFeature: adjustable and breathable rose net ,which can fit different head sizeWash:Easy to wash and care just using a little mild shampoo in cold water.Function:it can be used for daily use ,for fun ,theme party, cosplay,or any other occasionWarm Tips:Note that the color Sometimes may be a little different From the photos because of your computer monitor’s color setting or other reasons.Comments from buyers“Amazing quality, it looks very realistic, Fantastic wig for the price”Fantastic wig for the value. Wonderful wig for the cost. I acquired this for a halloween costume and uncovered the quality considerably superior than the usual ‘smiffys’ halloween wigs. Probably wouldn’t be suitable for each day don as it really is quite long.last_img read more

IPL 2011: Kolkata seek redemption against Hyderabad

first_imgSmarting from their opening round losses, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Deccan Chargers (DC) will hope to bring their campaign back on track when they cross swords at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday.For KKR this will be the first match at their home ground without city’s favourite son Sourav Ganguly whose name had been synonymous with the team so far and provided the side the local flavour.Under new captains in Gautam Gambhir and Kumar Sangakkara, both Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers had a similar beginning to the fourth season of the Twenty20 extravaganza – suffering contrasting defeats to Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals respectively.If Knight Riders gifted the match from a winning position to reigning champions Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers, on the other hand, were outplayed by IPL-1 champions Rajasthan Royals. KKR looked determined to come out of the rut this season, rejigging their line-up for a complete overhaul.Roping in Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan for the two top signings this season beside successfully bidding for South African Jacques Kallis, Aussie strike bowler Brett Lee, Knights have all the ingredients of a champion side. With talented youngsters in Manoj Tiwary, Manvinder Bisla, Sarabjit Ladda – who showed sparkling signs in their performances against Chennai – Gambhir just needs to get his act together.Deccan Chargers, who lost to the Knights on both the occasions in last season, too are licking their wounds after their morale-shattering loss to Rajasthan Royals and are low in confidence.advertisementThe new look Chargers led by former Kings XI skipper Sangakkara did not click in any of their departments against the Shane Warne’s boys.Sangakkara will have a tough task to fill into the shoes of Adam Gilchrist who provided a top and fourth place finish in IPL-2 and 3.On paper, Deccan’s bowling line-up can be considered as one of the best among the 10 teams with the likes of South African top gun Dale Steyn and Indian spinners Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra.It remains to be seen if they can pose any threat to an equally low-on-confidence Knight Riders on Monday.last_img read more

10 months agoPSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot rejects Spurs approach

first_imgPSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot rejects Spurs approachby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot has resisted an offer from Tottenham.Rabiot has told Tottenham he won’t be coming – regardless of their offer.The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder isn’t interested in moving to London, Le 10 Sport reports.The 23-year-old is out of contract at PSG this summer but with Barcelona and Manchester City reported to be interested he won’t consider Spurs.Liverpool are also monitoring the situation but are well catered for in midfield. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoBayern Munich midfielder Coutinho hints Barcelona return unlikely

first_imgBayern Munich midfielder Coutinho hints Barcelona return unlikelyby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich midfielder Philippe Coutinho has hinted he’s ready to cut ties with Barcelona.Currently on-loan at Bayern, Coutinho says staying long-term in Munich is an option.He stated: “Stay longer in Bayern? Nobody can predict what will happen next year. It depends on many factors. “All I can say is that this year, I will work hard to achieve all our goals. Personally, I want to play a good season. “And then we’ll see where that leads.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 days agoChelsea hero Hasselbaink: Abraham should target Kane’s England place

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea hero Hasselbaink: Abraham should target Kane’s England placeby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea hero Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says Tammy Abraham should push to replace Tottenham ace Harry Kane as England’s No9.The in-form 22-year-old, who has scored seven goals in seven games for Frank Lampard’s side, was named in the England squad on Thursday for the European Qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.”As a young boy when you dream of being a footballer you want to play at the highest level and the highest level is England,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports News.”He has been called up. He is going to get the chance and he has to compare himself with the best [striker] and that is Kane at the moment.”He has to try to get Kane’s position. It is not easy but that is going to be the next step. He has been invited for the England national squad. Now can you make that place yours?”The only way is to do well for Chelsea, keep on scoring and when you go with England show that you can do it on that level as well.” last_img read more

7 days agoMenez career tribute to Real Madrid striker Benzema

first_imgMenez career tribute to Real Madrid striker Benzemaby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJeremy Menez has paid tribute to Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.Now with Paris FC, Menez helped France win the U17 World Cup alongside Benzema in 2004.He told Foot Mercato: “Of course, we can only admire his career. “With 10 years at Real Madrid, very few players have done it. In spite of all that could be said about him, what was put in his mouth, he is still there, he works and he closes the mouths of people. At some point everyone makes their career. “He was probably a more hard worker than us and he got what he deserves, that’s all.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more