Yankees Path To October May Require A Sprinkle Of Youth
by John Jastremski
Aug 28, 2015 | 52 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Heading into the trade deadline at the end of July, there was a strong contingent of Yankees fans that wanted to see the team go the distance in search of a big arm to put into the starting rotation.

No matter the cost, no matter what the contract would be, some Yankee fans were willing to sacrifice a recently restocked farm system for even a rental player. I’d hear “Get me David Price,” or “Get me Cole Hamels,” from some who felt the Yankees rotation was not up to par leading up to the final two months of the season. Well, I think those Yankee fans owe their general manager Brian Cashman an apology.

He didn’t need to mortgage the farm system or dish out a ton of money in salary to find an answer to the starting rotation. Cashman to his credit realized the answer for his need for another starting pitcher could be found from within.

As the trade deadline came and went, the Yankees were silent on the dealing front, but called up top pitching prospect Luis Severino from triple A. Instead of dealing Severino away for another pitcher, it was time to see what the 21 year old kid could do at the big league level. Just what the doctor ordered. Severino’s performances in his first four starts in Yankee pinstripes have been simply tremendous. Even though Severino only has a record of 1-2 record, he has a very impressive 2.74 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 23 innings. He’s been exactly the sort of pitcher the Yankees were looking for. The sort of guy who could go out there and dominate on any given night. I’d much rather see Severino get the opportunity to show what he’s about in a Yankees uniform over the final two months as opposed to seeing him elsewhere.

The other name that was prominently featured in all sorts of trade talks was first base prospect Greg Bird. Bird, unlike Severino was not expected to be a factor at all in 2015, but with first basemen Mark Teixeira sidelined with a shin injury, it gave another Yankee prospect an opportunity to showcase his ability. Bird came off the bench, doubled which sparked the Yankees extra inning win against the Twins last Monday and two days later won a game pretty much by himself delivering two home runs. Wednesday’s homer barrage prompted the “Wally Pipp” headlines all over town. I’m not going to get that ridiculous! C’mon now. Mark Teixeira made the All-Star team for goodness sakes! However, the Yankee fan should be very excited about the potential of the young lefty swinging first basemen who has a swing that reminds me a ton of former big leaguers John Olerud and Shawn Greene.

Bird has the sweet lefty swing, the clean cut look, it’s right out of central casting. He looks like the sort of player destined to be a New York Yankee. Seeing Severino and Bird contribute in the midst of a pennant race brought back flashbacks of a pretty memorable second-half of baseball. In 1995, the Yankees decided to call up a few kids from the minor leagues. One of them was a tall skinny left handed pitcher that was pivotal in the Yankees making the postseason, a guy by the name of Andy Pettitte. The same Andy Pettitte who found his way into Monument Park over the weekend. Pettitte & future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera out of the bullpen were pivotal in the Yankees first appearance in 14 years.

I’m sure Yankees fans hope they are saying the same thing about Luis Severino and Greg Bird when it comes to ending the two year playoff drought. In the short term both players are paying dividends, but the investment in both Severino and Bird could be a stroke of long term genius by the Yankee GM.

Sometimes the best moves are the ones you don’t make.

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State Senator Michael Gianaris and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer were on hand at the dog run's grand opening.
State Senator Michael Gianaris and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer were on hand at the dog run's grand opening.
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New dog run opens in LIC
by Holly Bieler
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State Senator Michael Gianaris and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer were on hand at the dog run's grand opening.
State Senator Michael Gianaris and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer were on hand at the dog run's grand opening.
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Queens canines got another special treat just a day after National Dog Day, with the opening of a new community dog run across from Long Island City’s Gantry Plaza State Park on Thursday. “One third of all households in New York City own dogs,” said New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey at the grand opening, located at Center Boulevard and 46th Road. “So if you want to get everyone out to the parks and connect with nature, you have to have a place to bring your dogs.” The new dog run features a water fountain that can be utilized by multiple dogs at a time, wooden seating for owners, wastebaskets and landscaping on its side, among other amenities. The run was constructed for $750,000, took about two years of planning, and was designed by developer TF Cornerstone. It will be accessible 24 hours a day. Located near I.S. 78, the single entrance to the run was originally supposed to be located closer to the school, however concerns from parents ultimately put the entrance at Center Boulevard. “This has come out in a way that everyone can be pleased,” said State Senator Michael Gianaris. “The dogs can have fun in a great new space, kids can get to school. It’s going to be a great success.” At the grand opening, City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer pointed to the dog run as one of a number of new amenities in the area that have been attracting scores of new residents to Hunter’s Point in recent years. “This is a model community,” he said. “Everyone wants to live, work, raise a family in Hunter’s Point. With all these amenities folks are choosing to make this their permanent home. That’s a great thing.”
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New York Employment Discrimination Defense Attorney
by cjleclaire
 Stephen Hans Blog
Aug 27, 2015 | 557 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Author: Stephen D.Hans

What Can Happen if You Ignore a Discrimination Claim?

No one likes dealing with a dispute, and we often wish disputes would just go away. However, ignoring a discrimination claim can land employers into trouble and result in undesired legal consequences.

This is what occurred in a Florida discrimination case brought against a Clearwater adult entertainment club called Bliss Cabaret. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued the club and its successor corporation Executive Gentleman’s Club for firing African American Quatavia Harden who was employed as a bartender based on her race. The manager, Patrick Franke who hired Harden objected and refused to participate in the discrimination, and consequently, he was terminated. Later in the lawsuit, the EEOC added the parent company Southeast Showclubs, LLC as a party to the lawsuit. Race discrimination and retaliation are violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Because the defendants ignored the EEOC’s allegations and failed to respond, the Court ruled the defendants were guilty of discriminatory conduct and awarded $365,000 in relief to the EEOC, which included punitive damages, back pay, interest, compensatory damages and tax penalty offsets for Franke and Harden. The Court also granted injunctive relief that demanded the companies cease their discriminatory practices, that they incorporate non-retaliation and non-discrimination policies and report applicant flow and hiring data to the EEOC for compliance monitoring.

The best legal defense is preventative and helps you put measures in place so you do not become involved in discrimination issues. Unfortunately, companies often do not realize the importance of legal guidance until they face a lawsuit. At the first sign of a discrimination dispute, it is wise to seek legal counsel. Stephen Hans & Associates puts decades of legal experience to work on your behalf and works diligently to protect your rights as an employer.

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