Sen. Bernie Sanders goes to bat for minor league baseball teams

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailcmannphoto/iStock(NEW YORK) — Sen. Bernie Sanders made a pitch to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred in an open letter Monday, urging the league to reject a proposal to restructure its minor league system.Sanders, I-Vt., argues that the plan, which would potentially eliminate as many as 40 minor league teams and convert the lower-level minor leagues into one developmental league that would be co-owned and controlled by the MLB, as opposed to independent owners under the current system, would “destroy thousands of jobs and devastate local economies” — a very public and high-profile extension of his efforts advocate on behalf of the working class and in opposition to the nation’s wealthy.In Sanders’ open letter, he claims that Major League Baseball is making “record-breaking profits” and attendance rose at minor league games this past year, all while players in such low-level leagues were making less than a living wage — an issue that is currently the subject of ongoing litigation.“Let’s be clear. Your proposal to slash the number of minor league teams has nothing to do with what is good for baseball, but it has everything to do with greed,” writes Sanders. “Your proposal to throw about 1,000 ball players out of work comes less than three months after an appeals court ruled that Minor League Baseball players could move forward with a class action lawsuit seeking higher wages.”“In other words, instead of paying Minor League Baseball players a living wage, it appears that the multi-millionaire and billionaire owners of Major League Baseball would rather throw them out on the street no matter how many fans, communities and workers get hurt in the process,” the senator continues.ABC News reached out to Major League Baseball for comment but did not immediately receive a response.The letter comes on the heels of Sanders tweeting his dissatisfaction with the move last week and it’s potential effect upon his local Vermont Lake Monsters. Sanders’ original tweet quoted a post authored by Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle, who also expressed his dismay at the potential restructuring. Doolittle, whose Nationals won the 2019 World Series last month, garnered attention earlier this month for declining to join his teammates on a trip to the White House to meet with President Trump following their championship victory.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img November 26, 2019 /Sports News – National Sen. Bernie Sanders goes to bat for minor league baseball teamslast_img read more

Spanish move for Lewis Pies

first_imgProducts from Welsh bakers Lewis Pies will soon be seen on Spanish supermarket shelves, after a deal was struck with supermarket chain Carrefour.Swansea-based Lewis Pies makes pies, pasties and savoury products which will be now be available through Carrefour – one of Europe’s largest supermarket chains. The family-run bakers exhibited at the Alimentaria International food and drink exhibition in Barcelona in March this year, under the Welsh Assembly Government’s International Business Wales (IBW) and True Taste banner, attracting interest from foreign companies.Nine products from Lewis Pies ‘bake off’ range have been ordered by Carrefour, including Cornish pasties, sausage rolls and lamb oggies – a lamb and vegetable pasty.Company secretary Pat Lewis said: “We are thrilled to be going into Carrefour, we already export to customers in southern Spain and Lanzarotte through Euro Foods, but after attending Alimentaria we have picked up contracts in Malaga, Majorca and Tenerife.” “We are now looking to develop our market in the Canary Islands and the Balearics. Alimentaria opened so many doors for us, we even had interest from Peru. Apparently our Cornish pasty is very much like a product they enjoy in South America but cannot re-produce.”last_img read more

Gauff, 15, to face Venus Williams again in first round of a Grand Slam

first_imgAMERICAN teenager Coco Gauff will again face Venus Williams in the first round of a Grand Slam after the pair were drawn together at the Australian Open.Gauff, 15, announced her arrival on the biggest stage by beating 39-year-old Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam singles winner, at Wimbledon in July.Britain’s Johanna Konta, seeded 12th, will play Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur.In the men’s draw, British 30th seed Dan Evans meets American Mackenzie McDonald in Melbourne.Evans, 29, is playing in his first Slam as Britain’s leading male player and could face Serbia’s defending champion Novak Djokovic in the third round.Djokovic, who is aiming for a record-extending eighth title, does not have the easiest opener after being drawn against Germany’s world number 37 Jan-Lennard Struff.The first Grand Slam of the year begins on Monday with the top half of the women’s draw and the bottom half of the men’s draw in action.Gauff’s match against Venus Williams seems certain to feature in the first night session on Rod Laver Arena with Djokovic, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, 2019 women’s champion Naomi Osaka, Konta and Evans among those also playing on day one.Swiss great Federer has been drawn in the same half as second seed Djokovic, meaning the pair could meet in the semi-finals.Federer, 38, starts against American Steve Johnson and has a favourable-looking draw, although Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov – who memorably beat the Swiss in the US Open quarter-finals in September – and Canada’s exciting talent Denis Shapovolov are potential opponents before the quarter-finals.Spanish top seed Rafael Nadal plays against Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien in the first round, with the possibility of a blockbuster fourth-round match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios.The pair have not always seen eye-to-eye and met in a dramatic second-round match at Wimbledon last year, where Kyrgios tried to rattle Nadal with constant complaints about the Spaniard’s slow play.British number two Cameron Norrie plays Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in his opening match, while Kyle Edmund – who reached the semi-finals in Melbourne two years ago but has dropped to 69th in the world – has a tough opener against Serbia’s 24th seed Dusan Lajovic.Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev, looking to win his first Grand Slam after reaching the 2019 US Open final, has been pitched against dangerous American floater Frances Tiafoe, who reached the quarter-finals last year.Australia’s world number 21 Alex de Minaur pulled out yesterday with an abdominal injury aggravated at last week’s ATP Cup. (BBC Sport0last_img read more

Falcons plan to keep DE Vic Beasley, who faces make-or-break 2019

first_imgVic Beasley will be back in red and black.Amid speculation regarding the defensive end’s future in Atlanta, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said “the plan right now” is to keep the 26-year-old. Beasley was selected by the Falcons with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 draft and led the NFL with 15.5 sacks in 2016 while also forcing six fumbles. His production has dipped since then, as he has recorded just five sacks in each of the last two seasons.”I think it’s going to take really good preparation and really consistent play,” Quinn said of Beasley becoming an impact player again. “So how do we get him to that? A lot of things are going to come into that. But if I didn’t think that he could do it, I wouldn’t [commit]. So that’s our belief as an organization, to say, ‘Hey, man, we believe you can get the job done.'”Beasley has one year remaining on his contract after the Falcons exercised his fifth-year option. He is set to earn $12.81 million in 2019, which becomes fully guaranteed when the new league year begins March 13. “I’m very excited about where I think he can go to, and we’ve had good conversations about the impact that he can make,” Quinn told ESPN. “The biggest impact that he can make is doing it really consistently.”last_img read more