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Posted by: | Posted on: November 18, 2019

Seeking Edge, MLB Teams Increase International Spending – Yanks All In

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares CINCINNATI— For all the talk about big-money contracts for major leaguers, the New York Yankees spent nearly $18.1 million on international amateurs during the last signing period.“All of our top guys really felt that this crop of young kids was the best they’ve seen in years and years and years, so we went out and we grabbed seven of the top 10 or 11 guys,” owner Hal Steinbrenner said. “For that kind of money, I guess if one or two of them works out, you made the right decision.”And it’s not just the Yankees. Boston spent more than $38 million, Arizona topped $10 million and the Los Angeles Angels were just below $9.7 million. And they all incurred hefty tax bills for their global splurging.In all, the 30 clubs committed $160 million to 801 international amateurs from July 2 last year through June 15, up from $95 million in the 2013-14 signing season, according to Major League Baseball. And just this month, the Los Angeles Dodgers gave a $16 million signing bonus to 19-year-old Cuban right-hander Yadier Alvarez.Teams hope they will follow the path of players already in the higher levels of the minor leagues. Among the international prospects on display at Sunday’s All-Futures Game were Texas outfielder Nomar Mazara ($4.95 million signing bonus), New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez ($3 million) and Kansas City infielders Raul Mondesi ($2 million) and Chelsor Cuthbert ($1.35 million).“They are looking all over for those guys, especially in Cuba,” said World team manager Tony Perez, who left Cuba at age 17 to sign with Cincinnati, helped the Reds win a pair of World Series titles and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990. “For the agents, they know it’s going to be big money.”Teams can sign international free agents starting July 2 in the year they turn 17 by Sept. 1. Beginning with the 2012-13 signing period, teams were penalized for exceeding their signing bonus pools. Thirteen teams went over their pools for 2014-15, resulting in $71.5 million in tax.Five teams owe most of the money: the Red Sox ($36.1 million), Yankees ($15.9 million), Diamondbacks ($7.9 million), Angels ($7.3 million) and Tampa Bay Rays ($3.4 million). That quintet also lost the right to sign any international player to a bonus of more than $300,000 for 2015-16 and 2016-17.Management may again propose an international draft in bargaining for the labor contract that replaces the current deal, which expires in December 2016.“Unfortunately, I think that the increased flow of talent from Cuba has stressed that system, and it hasn’t done as well in response to that stress,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “It hasn’t quite worked the way that we thought it would.”More than one in four players on big league opening day rosters, 26.5 percent, was born outside the 50 states, according to the commissioner’s office, and the most came from the Dominican Republic (83), Venezuela (65), Cuba (18) and Puerto Rico (13).Among players with minor league contracts, the figure rises to nearly half, 48.8 percent.Cuthbert, who made his big league debut Tuesday, signed with the Royals in 2009 when he was 16. He said the Royals arranged English classes for his first two years, with one-hour sessions two-to-three times a week.“Right now they’re doing such a good job of making Latin players learn English, and I think that’s something that really helps Latin players,” he said. “I can talk to people. Ordering food and stuff like that. That helped me a lot.”While U.S. players are subject to a draft, limiting their option to one team, international players have all 30 organizations to choose fromCuthbert said he picked the Royals because he and his family had a great relationship with Orlando Estevez, Kansas City’s coordinator of Latin American scouting, and Juan Lopez, the Royals’ Nicaragua scout.Mazara, whose bonus was a record for an international player when he signed with Texas as a 16-year-old in 2011, said he didn’t have a choice of team. Mazara said his deal was negotiated by Ivan Noboa, who runs an independent academy in the Dominican Republic.“That was my buscone,” said Mazara, using the baseball term for local trainers who often sign young players in exchange for a percentage of future earnings. “He just told me the last day. I didn’t have a choice.”RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writerlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: November 18, 2019

Sabres Deny Rangers, 4-3

first_imgNEW YORK — With the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs less than two weeks away, the New York Rangers aren’t playing like a team that wants to be there.The lowly Buffalo Sabres looked more like a playoff team April 2 in putting the Rangers’ hopes of clinching a playoff berth on hold yet again with a 4-3 victory that was keyed by Ryan O’Reilly’s two first-period goals.Zemgus Girgensons and Matt Moulson also scored on a night the Sabres sent Henrik Lundqvist to the bench in less than 21 minutes and had the sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden booing several times.“We know down the stretch teams are trying to finish on a high note,” Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh said after the team failed to clinch a playoff spot for the second straight game. “It doesn’t matter where you are. We’re trying to fine-tune our game and certainly can’t put ourselves in a big hole like that.”Chad Johnson had 33 saves and Buffalo killed off a late two-man disadvantage in improving to 6-2-2 in its last 10 games. The win also snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Rangers dating to April 2013.“We’re doing everything,” Johnson said. “We’re trying to be spoiler, we’re just trying to play our game. We had a tough start and we are just jelling as a group now. You’re starting to see it all come together, the chemistry, the compete we have. It doesn’t matter where you are in the standings. You want to win.”Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller and Derek Stepan scored for the error-prone Rangers, who can clinch a sixth straight playoff berth by winning one of their four remaining games.On March 31, New York squandered a third-period lead in losing to the Carolina Hurricanes. The Jack Eichel-led Sabres thoroughly outplayed them early in jumping to a 3-0 lead and then held on.O’Reilly staked Buffalo to a 2-0 lead in the opening 12:59, scoring his 19th and 20th goals of the season, thanks in part to some bad plays by usually reliable defenseman Kevin Klein.O’Reilly put Zach Bogosian’s rebound past Lundqvist at 10:07 after Klein failed to clear the rebound. He got his second less than three minutes later when Klein had a puck get past him at the blue line, allowing Eichel to lead a 2-on-1. The rookie’s cross-crease pass found O’Reilly alone for a shot into an open net.“We made our chances and we buried them early,” O’Reilly said. “He is one of the best goalies in the league. For us to do that, it gives confidence to our offense.”The crowd booed when the Rangers left the ice and they were even more annoyed when Girgensons scored on his own rebound while falling to the ice at 46 seconds of the second period.“Again, as a goalie but also as a team, we need short memories,” said Lundqvist, who gave up three goals on nine shots before being replaced by Antti Raanta.It seemed to wake up the Rangers as Eric Staal set up Hayes’ 13th goal a little more than two minutes later, and Johnson had to come across the crease to stop Rick Nash’s chance later in the period.Moulson pushed the lead to 4-1 at 13:09 of the second period after Keith Yandle’s turnover in front of his net led to a point blank shot.The Rangers made a push, getting a goal from Miller late in the second period on a weird carom off the ends boards. Stepan scored in close 4:52 into the third period to cut the margin to a goal.The Rangers got a great chance to tie it when Mark Pysyk and Casey Nelson of the Sabres were called for penalties at 12:12, giving the Rangers a full 2-minute 5-on-3 power play. However, they failed to get a quality chance.New York pulled Raanta, but Johnson stopped Chris Kreider twice late in the final 1:15.“We just did a good job of killing and guys battled to the end,” said Johnson, who is 5-2-1 in his last eight starts. “It was a good win.”(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: November 16, 2019

Amit Shah is Home Minister, Rajnath is Defence Minister: Full list of new portfolios in Modi govt

first_imgPresident Ram Nath Kovind has announced the list of ministries on the advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP president Amit Shah is the new Home Minister replacing Rajnath Singh while Rajnath Singh will be replacing Nirmala Sitharaman as the Defence Minister.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold the charge of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; and All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any minister.24 MPs took oath as Cabinet ministers in the new Modi government at a gala swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday. In two of the most significant moves, BJP president Amit Shah took oath as a Cabinet minister right after PM Modi and Rajnath Singh and the appointment of former foreign secretary S Jaishankar as a Cabinet minister.Here’s the complete list of portfolios:Cabinet MinistersRajnath Singh, who held the Home Minister in the previous Modi government is the new Defence Minister replacing Nirmala Sitharaman.BJP president Amit Shah, who contested his first ever Lok Sabha election, has been appointed the new Minister of Home Affairs in the second edition of the Modi government.Nitin Jairam Gadkari will continue to hold his position as the Minister of Road Transport and Highways. He will also be the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.DV Sadananda Gowda will be the Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers.Nirmala Sitharaman who was the former Defence Minister in the previous Modi government has replaced her mentor Arun Jaitley as the new Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs.Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ramvilas Paswan has been appointed the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.Narendra Singh Tomar is the new Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare;Minister of Rural Development; and Minister of Panchayati Raj.Ravi Shankar Prasad will continue as the Minister of Law and Justice and will also be the Minister of Communications and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.Harsimrat Kaur Badal will continue to be the Minister of Food Processing Industries.advertisementThaawar Chand Gehlot is the new Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.Former foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has been given the prime post of Ministry of External Affairs. He was a key force in India’s relations with the US and China in the past five years of the Modi government. Jaishankar’s appointment as a minister came as a big surprise during the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday.Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ is the new Minister of Human Resource Development replacing Prakash Javadekar.Arjun Munda is the new Minister of Tribal Affairs.Smriti Zubin Irani, who beat Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his home turf Amethi and turned to be the biggest winner of the Lok Sabha elections, has been handed the Ministry of Women and Child Development along with the Ministry of Textiles. Smriti Irani has replaced Maneka Gandhi.Dr. Harsh Vardhan is the new Minister of Health and Family Welfare, replacing JP Nadda. Vardhan will also be the Minister of Science and Technology andMinister of Earth Sciences.Prakash Javadekar is the new Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Minister of Information and Broadcasting.Piyush Goyal continues to hold the Ministry of Railways and will also be the Minister of Commerce and Industry.Dharmendra Pradhan is the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas andMinister of Steel.Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will be the Minister of Minority Affairs.Pralhad Joshi will be the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Minister of Coal andMinister of Mines.Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey will be the Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.MINISTERS OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE)Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.Rao Inderjit Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning.Shripad Yesso Naik: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) and Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence.Dr. Jitendra Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region; Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office; Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy andMinister of State in the Department of Space.Kiren Rijiju: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.Prahalad Singh Patel: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism.Raj Kumar Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.Hardeep Singh Puri: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.Mansukh L. Mandaviya: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Shipping and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.MINISTERS OF STATEFaggansingh Kulaste: Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel.Ashwini Kumar Choubey: Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.Arjun Ram Meghwal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.General (Retd.) VK Singh: Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.Krishan Pal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.Danve Raosaheb Dadarao: Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.G Kishan Reddy: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.Parshottam Rupala: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.Ramdas Athawale: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti: Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.Babul Supriyo: Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.advertisementSanjeev Kumar Balyan: Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao: Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications andMinister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.Anurag Singh Thakur: Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance andMinister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.Angadi Suresh Channabasappa: Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.Nityanand Rai: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.Rattan Lal Kataria: Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.V. Muraleedharan: Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.Renuka Singh Saruta: Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.Som Parkash: Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.Rameswar Teli: Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.Pratap Chandra Sarangi: Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.Kailash Choudhary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.Sushri Debasree Chaudhuri: Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development.advertisementAlso Read | Complete list of Narendra Modi cabinet with names and detailed portfoliosAlso Read | Amit Shah joins Modi govt: What changes and what may now worry Team Modi-ShahAlso Watch | Narendra Modi takes oath as Prime Minister for second timelast_img read more