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Miller: Giancarlo Stanton a Dodger? Unlikely and unnecessary

first_imgAh, folks, this isn’t putting in a waiver-wire claim on a situational lefty in mid-August to block the intended move of a rival.This is committing a decade and enough money to annually bankroll a decent bullpen to a player who has appeared in more than 145 games only once – last season – since the start of 2012.The Dodgers have been penalized by the luxury tax for five consecutive years. Thanks to a few expiring contracts, they’re one year away from having increased financial flexibility, the exact sort of thing coveted by the team’s front office.Under Andrew Friedman’s regime, the Dodgers have been impressively reluctant to do a full Arte Moreno, to splurge spectacularly – and regrettably – on any one player.All of which suggests Stanton’s potentially debilitating contract doesn’t fit into the Dodgers’ plans, no matter how perfectly his potentially exhilarating bat might fit into their order.Then again, he can opt out after another three seasons and $77 million, a decision that would cost him a guaranteed $218 million but a promise of which might greatly entice the Dodgers.Still, it’s worth remembering that this isn’t LeBron James and this isn’t basketball, where a single player can redirect the balance of an entire conference by changing teams.The Marlins have had Stanton for eight years and, although it’s not his fault, they’ve never had as much as a winning season during that time. His presence alone assures nothing.When Moreno and the Angels acquired Albert Pujols, Sports Illustrated marked the momentous occasion by placing the slugger on their cover with the headline “Power Shift, A New Road to the World Series.”Six seasons later, Pujols and the Angels are still wandering about while their GPS remains in perpetual “rerouting” mode, the road to the latest World Series instead going north on the 5 Freeway.And don’t forget about that little nugget. The Dodgers were just nine innings away from winning the World Series with a roster that gelled so well that, by the end, they should have been topped by whipped cream.Should Friedman and his staff really now mess so dramatically with all of that?While trading for Stanton sounds like every team’s fantasy, this isn’t fantasy baseball. You don’t just collect all the best stat-builders and then do a bunch of arithmetic after the last out to see who won.For a game that has remained remarkably simple for nearly two centuries – hitting a pitched ball with a wooden bat – baseball is almost incomprehensibly difficult when it comes to establishing team and lineup chemistry.Let’s be honest, the whole process is a complete mystery. Here we are debating the merits of adding a $295-million slugger, trying to determine how much – if at all – such a move would improve the Dodgers.Meanwhile, there’s no arguing that this team’s batting order became decidedly more whole this summer when $535,000 Chris Taylor was moved to the leadoff spot.Ridiculous? Sure, but if baseball made sense, there’d never be a day when Derek Jeter would be leading the Marlins and Alex Rodriguez’s girlfriend would be campaigning for Rodriguez to lead the Yankees.And, if trading for Giancarlo Stanton were that easy, there’d be no excuse for missing the chance, especially for the Dodgers.But this is one juicy, belt-high fastball they should let pass. There’s a reason players rarely are signed for 10 years or more. Unless Stanton is going to opt out, the Dodgers shouldn’t opt in. Let’s begin by paying tribute to Giancarlo Stanton by doing what he typically does, by hitting a juicy, belt-high fastball 400-plus feet.Every team in baseball would want this guy, including the Marlins – if they could pay him in live chickens or a similar alternate form of currency.Any bare-bones decision to add Stanton requires the brain power of a rosin bag, a hitter of his prowess welcomed even on the ’27 Yankees, whose regular right fielder was none other than Babe Ruth.Who couldn’t use 59 homers, 132 RBI and a .631 slugging percentage? Who wouldn’t want the reigning National League MVP? Of course, there’s nothing bare about the bones involved in acquiring Stanton, who has 10 years and $295 million remaining on a contract that could financially cripple Vermont.No, this decision requires a tiny bit of brain power, which makes it the perfect topic to be discussed in this space.Stanton is a local, a product of Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks. He grew up a Dodgers fan, the overwhelming assumption being that he now wants to be a Dodgers player.He has a full no-trade clause, giving him the final call on any deal, Stanton’s power not limited to the batter’s box. This has led to more speculation that he’ll simply force his way into Dave Roberts’ lineup.On Thursday, he met with officials from the hated Giants, a development that prompted panicked cries that the Dodgers absolutely have to trade for Stanton, if for no other reason than to prevent him from going to San Francisco.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Wayne Bradford, 74, Wellington funeral services set for Monday

first_imgWayne Bradford, of Wellington, died Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Via Christi – St. Francis in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 74.Memorial services for Ret. Maj. Wayne Bradford will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, February 29, 2016 at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery Veterans Gazebo in Wellington. Military Honors will be provided by the United States Army, Ft. Riley, Kansas. To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington, Kansas.last_img

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Attorney/soldier from Charles City is the new face among Iowa legislative leaders

first_imgCHARLES CITY — Only one of the Iowa General Assembly’s top six leaders will be new to the job when the 2019 legislative session starts next week.In mid-November, Representative Todd Prichard of Charles City was elected House Minority Leader by his fellow Democrats. Prichard, a 44-year-old attorney, joined the Army in 1993 and is currently a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.“People have kind of a perception that military leadership is very authoritative and it can be, but successful military leaders are people who get their team to work together and that’s really my goal,” Prichard told Radio Iowa, “…to get my caucus to work together for Iowa, to help the legislature do the right thing.”Prichard grew up in Davenport. His parents ran a cleaning service.“I was expected as a young child to help,” Prichard said during a Radio Iowa interview. “…It taught we me a lot about a work ethic. It taught me a lot about what it takes to make it. We were on our own. They had to drum up the business. They had maintain the clientele. That taught me a lot about what it means to be an entrepreneur, what it means to work hard.”After graduating from Davenport West High School in 1993, Prichard enrolled in the Reserve Officers Training Corps at the University of Iowa. He graduated with a political science degree, served three years in the U.S. Army and did a tour of duty in Kuwait. Prichard then came back to Iowa, enrolled in law school and joined the Iowa National Guard.“And while I was in law school, I was called up and served in Egypt,” Prichard said. “This was after 9/11.”Prichard met his wife while he was in the University of Iowa Law School and the couple settled in Charles City, near his wife’s hometown. Prichard opened up own law office, worked as a local prosecutor and did a nearly two-year tour of duty in Iraq, commanding a company of about 200 Iowa National Guard Soldiers.“We were in country for like 17 months, I think, but we were gone almost two years because we had a long train up,” Prichard said. “Still practicing law. We have three children. My wife, Ann, teaches school in Charles City. We have a cow-calf operation, with my father-in-law…That’s kind of my weekend job.”Prichard briefly ran for governor, but ended his campaign in mid-2017 after a three-week military tour of duty in Bulgaria. Prichard was first elected to the Iowa House in 2013, in a special election. Nearly six years later, he enters the 2019 legislative session as the floor leader for House Democrats.“My goal is to move the state forward and to move the party forward,” Prichard said. “We’re here to be a voice for the people we represent. We’re here to be a voice for the people who don’t always have a voice.”The 2019 Iowa legislative session begins Monday, January 14.last_img read more

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