Global Spotlight: South America – Venezuela

History

The Modern History of Venezuela from 1973 to the Caracazo Massacre – Edgardo Lander on RAI (3/9)

The Real News Network
Published on Apr 14, 2014

We apologize for releasing part 4 before parts 2 and 3. We are publishing part 2 now, on Monday, and part 3 will be published on Tuesday.

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lander traces the history of Venezuela from the rise of neo-liberal capitalism to the suppression and slaughter of protesters against it

Economy

Venezuela, 1922: The discovery of Big Oil

CGTN America
Published on May 17, 2018
With elections in Venezuela coming soon, we look at some of the key events in the country’s history. CGTN’s Stephen Gibbs reports from the city of Maracaibo on the discovery of oil in 1922, and how it changed the South American nation’s fortunes.

🇻🇪 From riches to rags: Venezuela’s economic crisis | The Big Picture

Politics

What’s Going on in Venezuela? | NowThis World

NowThis World
Published on Feb 10, 2019
Both Nicolas Maduro and Juan Gerardo Guaidó Márquez are claiming to be Venezuela’s president, in Venezuela’s latest power struggle. But how can Nicolas Maduro and Juan Guaidó people claim to be the Venezuelan president?

Blackouts, shortages frustrate Venezuelans as Crisis Continues
written by Michael Ireland April 8, 2019 assistnews.net
“..It’s hard to see. Here you can help me, but those people can’t get help because they can’t get across,” she said.

Into this desperation, Operation Blessing is bringing hope. Just across the border, the Operation Blessing distribution center gives out medicine and other supplies to refugees, many traveling from deep inside Venezuela to get here…

The US is slapping more sanctions on Maduro’s government and ramping up the pressure for him to step down. But that is unlikely to happen as long as Cuba, Russia, and Iran continue to support Maduro.

Hugo Chávez: The Venezuelan Leader (Political History Documentary) | Timeline

Misc

Venezuela | Facts, History & News infoplease.com

“..a third larger than Texas, occupies most of the northern coast of South America on the Caribbean Sea. It is bordered by Colombia to the west, Guyana to the east, and Brazil to the south. Mountain systems break Venezuela into four distinct areas: (1) the Maracaibo lowlands; (2) the mountainous region in the north and northwest; (3) the Orinoco basin, with the llanos (vast grass-covered plains) on its northern border and great forest areas in the south and southeast; and (4) the Guiana Highlands, south of the Orinoco, accounting for nearly half the national territory…”

Sports

Baseball

Venezuela vs USA: 2017 World Baseball Classic

World: Baseball in Venezuela | The New York Times

The New York Times
Published on Dec 30, 2009

For decades, many coaches and players from professional baseball in the United States have come to Venezuela during their winter for some exposure, playing time, money and sheer love for the game.

Travel

INSIDE VENEZUELA – JUNE 2019 (Surreal experience)

Pray for Venezuela

Venezuela – Prayercast prayercast.com
“..Home to Angel Falls, the world’s tallest waterfall, Venezuela is as beautiful as it is diverse. From the snow-capped peaks of the Andes in the West to the open plains in the East, from the beaches in the north to the jungles in the South, Venezuela is a truly magnificent nation. And its people are as diverse as its landscape. Eighty percent of this nation’s 30 million people live in the northern coastal regions; this includes both European and African people groups. In the interior, indigenous Amerindian tribes live in remote sections of the Amazon jungles and the southern highlands…”
Pray for Venezuela – Baptist Global Response gobgr.org

“..BGR partners are responding to the humanitarian crisis developing in Venezuela by working with local partners. They plan to improve and expand a training facility’s electrical and water systems so they can teach more than 5,000 people how to produce food and potable water. Trainees also will learn organic gardening, animal husbandry, well-drilling, water purification, hygiene, and first aid. Then, they can go out into their communities to make a difference. ..”
3 Ways to Pray for the Venezuelan Crisis news.americanbible.org
“..Pray

You can be a part of God’s rescue plan for Venezuela through your prayers. Your prayers move the heart of God. The Bible says in Psalm 107:28, “You were in serious trouble, but you prayed to the Lord, and he rescued you.”

The People of Venezuela. Pray that Jesus will bring peace to every person and meet every physical and spiritual need. Pray for their strength, safety, and security.

The Government. Pray for borders to open so that food, water, and medical supplies can come in. Pray that God will bring about solutions that stimulate economic growth.

Bible Society in Venezuela and local churches. Pray for their strength, protection, and endurance to continue providing spiritual and physical support to local communities. ..”

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Movie Reflection: “Field of Dreams”

Field of Dreams – Horror Movie – Recut Trailer – YouTube

Field of Dreams – Movie Clip #1 – “Build It” (1989) – YouTube

Field of Dreams (2/9) Movie CLIP – Cornfield to Ballfield … – YouTube

Field of dreams 5 9 movie clip people will come 1989 hd – YouTube

Field of Dreams (3/9) Movie CLIP – Go the Distance (1989 … – YouTube

Chisholm, Minnesota

“Moonlight” Graham – Field Of Dreams Movie Site fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com

“..While the Giants went on to defeat the Philadelphia Athletics four games to one in the 1905 World Series, Graham left baseball to fulfill his dream of becoming a medical doctor, eventually pursuing his life’s work in Chisholm, Minnesota, the year following the Great Chisholm Fire of 1908. “Doc” Graham spent his first six years practicing medicine at Chisholm’s Rood Hospital and the next 44 years as physician for the Chisholm schools, where he gained national recognition for his thirteen year study of children’s blood pressure, as well as the love and respect of the entire local community.

..”

Field of Dreams (4/9) Movie CLIP – Moonlight Graham’s … – YouTube

Field of Dreams Official Trailer #1 – Burt Lancaster Movie … – YouTube

Field of Dreams (7/9) Movie CLIP – Ray’s Not Invited (1989 … – YouTube

Field of dreams 6 9 movie clip doc saves karin 1989 hd – YouTube

Field of Dreams – What Do You Want – Terence Mann – YouTube

Field of Dreams – The Drive Home – YouTube

Field of Dreams (1989) – Meet Terence Mann – YouTube

Field of Dreams (8/9) Movie CLIP – Ray Meets His Father … – YouTube

Is this heaven ?.flv – YouTube

Field of Dreams – Playing Catch (High Quality) – YouTube

A Catch With Dad – Field of Dreams – YouTube

Memorable Quotes

MLB players recite famous “Field of Dreams” speech

Music

Field Of Dreams Soundtrack – YouTube

Field Of Dreams by James Horner – Soundtrack Suite – YouTube

Field of Dreams Original Soundtrack – The Cornfield – YouTube

“Field of Dreams” Universal Pictures Centennial Concert … – YouTube

Behind the Scenes

Field Of Dreams | Film Locations movie-locations.com

Iowa

Field of Dreams Movie Site fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com

‘..n 1988, the Lansing Family Farm exchanged its humble roots for a destiny very few could have imagined. However, the story only begins there. Not long after the film’s release, believers shaped, molded, and lovingly preserved what Hollywood and a brilliant novel had set in motion that previous year…”

16×9 – Field of Dreams: Movie site for sale – YouTube

“Field of Dreams” site sold – YouTube

Manfred tours house at Field of Dreams movie site – YouTube

Field of Dreams Movie Site – Dyersville Iowa – YouTube

VISTING THE FIELD OF DREAMS!!! (in Iowa) – YouTube

The Field Of Dreams movie house – Oddments Vlog 11 – YouTube

Field of Dreams movie location – YouTube

Field of Dreams Movie Site – Matt’s Rad Show – (Vlog #4) – YouTube

Warren Ballpark: The Real Field of Dreams – YouTube

The Field Of Dreams movie house – Oddments Vlog 11

Behind the Movie

‘Field of Dreams’ at 30: 5 things you never knew about the baseball classic from an ‘Exorcist’ connection to a lost James Earl Jones speech Ethan Alter
Senior Writer, Yahoo Entertainment
Yahoo MoviesJune 14, 2019 yahoo.com
“..Three decades later, though, people have come back to Field of Dreams again… and again… and again. In fact, they’ll have another chance this weekend, when Fathom Events and TCM Big Screen Classics hosts a special 30th Anniversary screening on June 16 — Father’s Day — in theaters across the country. (An encore presentation is scheduled for June 18; visit Fandango or Atom Tickets for showtimes and ticket information.)

That date only makes sense as Field of Dreams isn’t just one of the most beloved sports movies of all time; it’s also become a rite of passage that dads share with their sons and daughters. Because as the emotional final scene drives home, the real subject of the film isn’t baseball — it’s what parents can teach children and children can teach parents. “I’m always grateful for it,” Robinson tells Yahoo Entertainment. “You always hope a movie is going to do well, but you can’t really count on that. It’s remarkable to me that we’re still talking about Field of Dreams.” Here are five remarkable things we learned about this one-of-a-kind movie…”

Kevin Costner’s memorable moments from ‘Field of Dreams … – YouTube

19 facts about ‘Field of Dreams’ that go the distance
Chris Chase @FireChrisChase
May 25, 2017 at 6:40p ET foxsports.com
“..Field of Dreams came out 28 years ago this month. To celebrate the timeless baseball classic, FOX Sports looks at 19 things you might not have known about one of the three greatest sports movies ever made. (Don’t @ me.)

Field of Dreams is based on the book Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella. Producers wanted to use the same name for the film but the studio thought people would think it was about a homeless man or hobo. Field of Dreams was chosen instead, which was fine with the author – he’d always wanted his book to be called The Dream Field…
..”

Field of Dreams Book banning Scene – YouTube

25 Fast Facts About Field of Dreams BY ROGER CORMIER APRIL 23, 2015 mentalfloss.com
“..Either way you look at it, the Oscar-nominated movie—which made its debut on May 5, 1989—is still being talked about more than a quarter-century later.

1. IT WAS BASED ON A BOOK CALLED SHOELESS JOE.
Field of Dreams writer-director Phil Alden Robinson loved W.P. Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe since the book was first published in 1982. Robinson continued working on the adapted screenplay, despite 20th Century Fox’s repeated insistence through the years that it wasn’t commercial enough. Eventually Robinson and producers Lawrence and Charles Gordon sold the screenplay to Universal…”

Field of Dreams – Script to Screen

Casts

Timothy Busfield
Actor | Producer | Director
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25th Anniversary

Kevin Costner “Field of Dreams” 25 years later – YouTube

Kevin Costner talks on Field of Dreams at the movie’s 25th … – YouTube

Kevin Costner ,Timothy Busfield, Dwier Brown at Field of Dreams 25th …

“Field of Dreams” Film Celebrates its 25th Anniversary – YouTube

‘Field of Dreams’ 25 years later: “Is this heaven?” – YouTube

Celebrity Baseball Game at the 25th Anniversary of Field of Dreams

Greater Boston Video: Fenway Marks 25th Anniversary Of ‘Field Of Dreams’

Kristy Swanson on Father’s Day and Field of Dreams

30th Anniversary

FIELD OF DREAMS – 30th Anniversary – MOVIE SITE TOUR – YouTube

Ray Kinsella’s father returning to Field of Dreams, again, for 30th Anniversary Sat., June 15, 2019 thegazette.com
Actor returning to the heaven he found in E. Iowa
“..Brown played John Kinsella, a former minor league player and late father of Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner. The two never reconciled after a rift when Ray was 17. They argued over the guilt or innocence of John’s idol, Shoeless Joe Jackson, one of eight White Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series in a gambling deal, in what became known as the Black Sox Scandal.

Now an adult, Ray is the novice farmer who heard a voice saying the movie’s other famous tagline, “If you build it, he will come.” Believing the “he” to be Jackson, Ray builds the ball diamond, against all the warnings that he’d go bankrupt tearing up the cornfield.

Spoiler alert: At the movie’s end, Ray discovers the “he” actually refers to his father, who has emerged with the other ghost players for a game there. After an awkward meeting between father and son, as John turns to disappear back into what’s left of the cornfield, Ray mends their broken hearts with a simple invitation: “Hey, Dad? You wanna have a catch?”

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FIELD OF DREAMS 30TH ANNIVERSARY (1989) – YouTube

Field of Dreams 30th anniversary – YouTube

Behind The Scenes Field Of Dreams 30th anniversary … – YouTube

Is This Heaven? Actor Dwier Brown to Celebrate 30th Anniversary of “Field of Dreams” at Bowman Field by: Robin Deehan

Posted: Jun 21, 2019 / 06:42 PM EDT / Updated: Jun 21, 2019 / 06:42 PM EDT pahomepage.com

“.. The club is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the baseball classic. Brown told Eyewitness Sports he believes the film still resonates all these years later because it’s about second chances. ..”

Movie Aftermath

Field of Dreams Commentary Podcast – YouTube

Colts 2014: Return to the Field of Dreams – YouTube

TDW 1868 – Emotional Visit To Field Of Dreams – YouTube

Dwier Brown

Dwier Brown dwierbrown.com

Field of Dreams: Actor Dwier Brown (Who played Kevin Costner’s Father)

Field of Dreams actor Dwier Brown joins the Platter!

Interview with Dwier Brown from Field of Dreams

-Book on Fathers

If You Build It…: A book about Fathers, Fate and Field of Dreams Paperback – April 14, 2014 amazon.com
“If You Build It… is a funny and moving memoir about Fathers, Fate and Field of Dreams. Dwier Brown played Kevin Costner’s father for five minutes at the end of the movie Field of Dreams. Despite being an actor for 35 years and performing in hundreds of other films, plays and television shows, it was those five minutes that changed his life. Since the movie’s release in 1989, Brown has been recognized by dozens of fans who have told him poignant stories about their fathers and how watching the film changed their lives. Their touching stories helped Brown put into perspective his own father’s unexpected death just a month before he began filming Field of Dreams…”

Dwier Brown (who played Kevin Costner’s father in Field of Dreams) Book Tour IndieGogo Campaign

Dwier Brown of Field of Dreams – The Power of a Game of Catch

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Field of Dreams actor, @DwierBrown stresses the importance of playing catch!

We asked “If you could say anything to your Dad right now, what would it be?”
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Dwier Brown (“Field of Dreams” father) at Willmar Stingers Baseball Game

“Is this heaven?”
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Deep Thought: Is “Heaven” for real?

Dwier Brown (“Field of Dreams” father) at Willmar Stingers Baseball Game

“Is there heaven?”
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Near Death Experience

Cancer

WOMAN WITH CANCER MET JESUS IN NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE

Stroke

Beautiful Near Death Experience | John’s NDE!

New Bodies

Healing while on Earth

Body Parts In Heaven & Healing Testimonies

Heaven Series (Part 2 – New bodies in Heaven)

Christians: We Will Get A New Body After Death! – YouTube

How You Will Look in Heaven! (Resurrection Body Revealed) – YouTube

Personal Encounters

Testimony of Heaven – Oden Hetrick (Heaven is Truly Real, Heaven Vision)

“..The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long.
..”
Revelations 21:6

-Movie

‘Did You Know I Have a Sister?’ from the Motion Picture ‘Heaven is for Real’

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Heaven is For Real ~ Colton Burpo’s “A Glimpse of Heaven” – YouTube

GetaLifeMusic
Published on Mar 19, 2011
Is there life after death? Just ask 4-year-old Colton, who emerged from life-threatening surgery with astounding details about heaven! Colton’s detailed account includes floating away, seeing God’s throne, and meeting relatives—including his sister who died in a miscarriage (and whom his parents had never mentioned). From the book, “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo. Video courtesy of CBN

“Heaven Is For Real” Interview with Todd and Colton Burpo

Saw Jesus

Miracles: Stories of Visions of Jesus goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

In Heaven is for Real, the face of Jesus is revealed. Learn the story behind the Heaven is for Real painting. art-soulworks.com
“..Do you believe heaven is real? Well, according to Colton Burpo and Akiane Kramarik it is! A child art prodigy, Akiane began creating extraordinary, lifelike paintings of Jesus at a very young age. One of her most significant artworks is “Prince of Peace,” an exquisite painting she created when she was just 8 years old. This masterpiece was identified by Colton Burpo as the Real Face of Jesus that he recognized from his heavenly experiences – told in a story that has reverberated around the world, thanks to the bestselling book and subsequent movie, Heaven is for Real.

..”

”Painting The Impossible” by Akiane Kramarik – YouTube

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Taking a ball from a little kid is a bad look. But social media got it wrong. by Phil RosenthalPhil RosenthalContact ReporterChicago Tribune (7.23.18) chicagotribune.com
“…The man does not wish to be exposed to the public more than he already has been, Green said. But he issued a statement through the Cubs.

“I would like to thank the Taylor family, Chuck Mycoff, and all the people around us at the game who spoke up on my behalf,” he said. “The story they share is what truly happened. I helped the young man get a ball at the beginning of the game. We were of the same mind that any more that came our way would be passed to the others next to us.

“Many foul balls came our way that day and were happily shared among the children in our area. The ball in question was passed on to one of those children. No one left disappointed. I am not ‘that guy’ that the media and social media made me out to be. Once again thank you to Chuck Mycoff, the Taylor family and everyone around me that came to my defense. You are all heroes to me.”..”
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Sports: Baseball Spotlight-“Roberto Clemente” of Pittsburgh Pirates

Roberto Clemente Stats, Fantasy & News | MLB.com
“Year AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP OPS
MLB Career Stats 9454 1416 3000 240 1305 83 .317 .359 .834
..”

Roberto Clemente (The Great One) MLB Legends

Roberto Clemente’s ‘problem’ is ours too Jan 15, 2017 | 2 comments nurturingfaith.net
“..However, his treatment as a young player coming from his native Puerto Rico to the states was far less dignified and truly shameful. When Clemente left the island to play professional baseball in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization he experienced unexpected discrimination based solely on skin tone — something African Americans here had long experienced.

Years earlier, as a starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs in 1942, Hiram Bithorn became the first Puerto Rican to play in the major leagues. That was five years before Jackie Robinson “broke the color barrier.” But there was a big difference: Bithorn had light skin like all the other players in the majors.

Slugger Vic Power became the first Puerto Rican to play in the American League. But due to his dark skin, he received a different reception.

While racism is a most serious matter, Power was known to confront it with his quick wit. A long-told story from the 1950s recalls Power entering a diner and being told by the waitress, “We don’t serve Negroes,” to which he replied: “That’s OK, I don’t eat Negroes; just bring me some beans and rice.”..

..Black Pirates players were also excluded from viewing a film at a downtown theater that highlighted the 1960 World Series — as well as the annual Pirates golf tournament at the Fort Myers Country Club.

Wendell Smith, the groundbreaking African-American sportswriter who featured prominently in Jackie Robinson’s story, led the public campaign against training camp segregation.

Not mincing words, Smith wrote in the Pittsburgh Courier to and for black stars of the Chicago White Sox who trained in Sarasota: “Despite all your achievements and fame, the vicious system of racial segregation in Florida’s hick towns condemns you to a life of humiliation and ostracism.”..

Clemente and other dark-skinned players, who broke into major league baseball in the ’50s, would be forced to stay on the team bus while the white players enjoyed a meal in a nice restaurant. Their food came later when teammates would bring a burger or something else back to the bus.

Clemente, who was unfamiliar with such racial discrimination in Puerto Rico, saw the practice as insulting — what he considered to be “begging for food.” He told the other black players that anyone caught doing such a thing would have to fight him to get it.

It is gratifying to remember Roberto Clemente — deemed by biographer Maraniss as “baseball’s last hero” — for his gifted athleticism and the altruism that brought his earthly life to an early end.

But we need to remember more — especially this weekend. Racism is ugly, awful, sinful and inexcusable wherever and whenever it is found. It is not the will of God, yet it is not easily overcome. It lingers and even gets resurrected….


..A younger black player for the Pirates, Al Oliver, considered Clemente a mentor and person of sterling character. He told Maraniss that Clemente “had a problem with people who treat you differently because of where you were from, your nationality, your color, also poor people…”

Well, Jesus had a problem with that too. We should all see that as a problem — and give voice to it.”

Roberto Clemente tribute- the greatest plays & games in his career ending in tragedy.

“God wanted me to play baseball”

Roberto Clemente – Plimpton Interview

BASEBALL; Clemente’s Oldest Son the Keeper of the Flame By CLAIRE SMITH Published: January 10, 1994 nytimes.com
“… Twenty-one years later, Clemente’s gift of charity and humanitarian efforts still lives, not only in spirit, but in the person of Roberto Clemente Jr., the eldest of the three sons of the late Pirate great.

Clemente Jr., 28 years old and a former minor league ballplayer, is taking up where his father left off. Already active in baseball’s RBI program (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) in Puerto Rico, he has now set out to uplift the children of Pittsburgh. There he is organizing the Roberto Clemente Foundation, a not-for-profit organization designed to aid the needy in areas of education and athletics. ..”

MLB: Fan Fest 14′ Spotlight-Roberto Clemente (wife Vera & son Jr. sharing)

From Cuba To Cooperstown: The History Of Latinos In Baseball #Baseball #MLB uproxx.com
“..Clemente wasn’t the first player to break through into the majors as a legitimate Latino threat, though. This month, Hennessy All-Stars is celebrating Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels, a Dominican Republic star who has a Golden Glove and All-Star appearance to his name. Hennessy is honoring the history and culture of Latin athletes in the sport, athletes like Aybar and Clemente, who solidified the notion that Hispanic players were here to stay, a path later followed by David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, and other stars who ingrained their heritage into the fabric of the sport…

Laying Down Roots

The roots of baseball in Latino nations can be traced back to Cuba, when young Cubans studying in the states returned home with a working knowledge of the sport. It took at least a decade for the U.S. pastime to catch on, but in 1878, the first Cuban baseball league held its inaugural game. During that time, in which Cuba assimilated the sport, Estevan Enrique “Steve” Bellán — the first Latino player to play in professional leagues in the states — made his debut in the U.S.’ National Association of Baseball Players (NABBP). Born in Havana, Cuba, Bellán studied at St. John’s College in New York, then embarked on a career in early American baseball leagues. He played big league ball from 1868 until 1873, before returning to his native Cuba to help cultivate the county’s growing infatuation with the sport as a player/manager. To this day, Bellán is credited as one of the forefathers of Cuban baseball, shuttling his experience in the states to his birthplace and using his position to infuse the first crop of Latino baseball players with the necessary fundamentals and skills to excel in the growing competition..

Breaking Barriers

Citing the growing talent of the Cuban leagues, the Cincinnati Reds visited the island in 1908 to engage in a series of exhibitions against some of the country’s top talent. In a five-game series, Cuba’s Almendares club bested the Reds, winning four of the games played. The American organization was highly impressed with two specific players: Armando Marsáns and Rafael Almeida. Marsáns and Almeida took their skills to the American minor leagues for a few seasons, but in 1911, the Reds called up the players to join their major league team, the pair becoming the first athletes from Cuba to become major leaguers since Bellán. While Almeida struggled to get off the ground — after three seasons, he was sent back to the minors — Marsáns became a rising star, ranking in the top of the National League for batting average and stolen bases. Following a career full of injuries, Marsáns ended his tenure in the majors in 1918 — last playing for the New York Yankees — then later serving as the first Cuban manager of an American minor league team….

The 1930s saw a spike in players of Latin decent entering the major leagues. Baldomero Almada debuted with the Boston Red Sox in 1933 as the first Mexican to join the upper echelon of baseball. Almada played professionally for seven seasons, and shortly after his arrival, José Góme — the second Mexican major leaguer — made his debut, becoming the first Latino player to join the Phillies organization. In 1938, a milestone was reached when Miguel Angel González — a Cuban player turned coach — became the interim manager for the St. Louis Cardinals, marking the first time a Latino held that position in the majors…

Jackie Robinson struck his fist through the racial barrier in 1947. Robinson’s signing to the Dodgers signaled that the color line, which had prevented African-Americans, as well as black Latinos from reaching the pinnacle of the sport, was about to dissolve. That dissolution became even more clear when, in 1949, the aforementioned “Minnie” Miñoso became the first black Latino player to join the MLB when he debuted with Cleveland Indians…

The floodgates for Latino players to join the ranks of professional American baseball proceeded to swing open. The aperture widened even further when Fidel Castro’s regime shut down the Cuban League in 1961, this coming on the heels of the last Negro Leagues collapsing at the tail end of the ’50s. In the ’60s and ’70s, players from Puerto Rico, Panama, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela — among other Latin American nations — started streaming into the majors, and new stars were born. Juan Marichal, Rod Carew, and Tony Perez all set out on Hall of Fame careers during this era. Showing that an affinity for the contributions of Latino players is also retroactive, Martín Dihigo — an electrifying Cuban player who was a threat in all nine positions and competed in Negro, Mexican, and Cuban leagues — was elected into the Hall at Cooperstown in 1977, without ever having played an MLB game…”

Outside of Baseball

21 Facts You May Not Know About Roberto Clemente on the Anniversary of His Debut Tim Karan April 17, 2012 bleacherreport.com
“…1. Roberto Clemente Walker was the youngest of seven children born to Don Melchor Clemente and Luisa Walker. He was born on Aug. 18, 1934, in Carolina, Puerto Rico—the same town boxers Esteban De Jesus and Alfredo Escalera called home…

7. On July 25, 1956, he became the only player ever to hit a walk-off inside-the-park grand slam. He did it in a 9-8 win over the Cubs at Forbes field.

8. Clemente enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve after the 1958 season and spent six months on active duty at Parris Island, South Carolina and Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. He served until 1964 and was inducted into the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.


14. Nearly as well-known for his humanitarian efforts as his baseball career, Clemente sent shipments of aid to Nicaragua after an earthquake ravaged the country in late 1972. Clemente decided to accompany the packages when he learned that three previous shipments had been diverted by corrupt Somoza government officials….

16. Clemente’s teammate Manny Sanguillen was the only Pirate not to attend the memorial service. That’s because he instead traveled to Puerto Rico to dive into the waters where the plane crashed in an effort to recover Clemente’s body—which was never found…”

Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente robertoclemente.si.edu
“…Clemente’s name has been used for stadiums, schools, hospitals, and highways in Puerto Rico, the United States, Nicaragua, and places as distant as Germany.

After his death, Major League Baseball established an award that bears Clemente’s name, recognizing the player who, besides being a good athlete, emulates Clemente’s philanthropy and humanitarianism.

In Puerto Rico an award in his name is given at public schools to those who excel as athletes, students, and citizens…”

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How to “fight” your personal demons?

I was watching a t.v. show (NBC Nightline??->David Letterman and Tom Brokaw, June 17, 2016) the other night at my parent’s house, which former night show host David Letterman was getting interviewed. He shared a story where he was on a boat ride with his “idol”/mentor Johnny Carson along the Hudson River in New York City. He shared (paraphrased) “we all have our own personal demons”…

I then reflected on all the interviews/stories of others that had shared this personal life challenge..

-Drugs


Angels and Demons: The Josh Hamilton Saga

May 4, 2015 11:46 am hornet.fullcoll.edu/
“…The incident began to unfold in February, when Hamilton met with MLB officials and admitted to having relapsed and subsequently checked himself into a rehab facility. According to CBS Sports’ John Heyman, Hamilton’s relapse involved both cocaine and alcohol…”
Josh Hamilton’s Fight with the Devil Terri Simmons CBN.com FALL FROM GLORY
“..Josh believed that the lesson he learned through his dream was obvious, “Alone, I couldn’t win this battle. With Jesus, I couldn’t lose.”

James 4:7 became the Bible verse Josh would memorize and stand on, “Humble yourself before God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

“I read that over and over, committing it to memory. I vowed to change, to make every move from here on a positive one. I battled vicious physical cravings – the devil came at me hard – and as soon as I felt one coming on I would repeat the verse,” he said.

After being con..”

Delivered from Demonic Possession and Set Free from Drug Addiction
Alica – Coffs Harbour, Australia cai.org

Good News Addictions
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-Music

James Hetfield And Corey Taylor Talk About Their Alcohol Problems youtube.com

Music: New Song-“Heal the Pain” (of my past) creativemusicartsy.wordpress.com

-Sleep

Sleep Paralysis, Spiritual Warfare and My Story

-Teachings


You’re in a Spiritual Battle…But Do You Really Know Who You’re Fighting?
October 22, 2013 — Chip Ingram livingontheedge.org

You are not alone as you can see the stories above. I’m sure there are more. Feel free to share yours below and would love to “work together” how to battle together..

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Baseball: Following My Minnesota Twins 2015 Highlight Season

W L PCT GB
Kansas City 73 47 .608 –
Minnesota 60 61 .496 13.5
Detroit 59 61 .492 14.0
Chi White Sox 56 63 .471 16.5
Cleveland 56 64 .467 17.0

Twins pour it on Orioles as Duffey cruises Aug 20th 2015
“BALTIMORE — Twins right-hander Tyler Duffey was unfazed by a downpour that stalled Thursday’s start by two hours and 31 minutes. In just his third Major League start, the 6-foot-3 rookie responded to the delay like a veteran, going 7 2/3 innings to lead the Twins to a 15-2 victory and their fourth straight win over the Orioles this season.
Duffey was aided by a five-run second inning from the Minnesota offense, which drew some early boos from Baltimore fans directed at starter Miguel Gonzalez. After an 11-pitch first inning, Gonzalez tossed 40 pitches in the second as four different Twins players picked up an RBI in the frame….”

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/15493892/v356772583/dozier-talks-about-his-work-with-amigos-for-christ

Duffey earns first MLB win as Twins top Tribe By Jordan Bastian and Betsy Helfand / MLB.com | 12:26 AM ET (Sat. Aug 15th 2015)

W L PCT GB
Kansas City 68 45 .602 –
Minnesota 57 56 .504 11.0

Sano leads Twins to elusive series win (8.12.15)

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2015_08_12_texmlb_minmlb_1&lang=en#game=2015_08_12_texmlb_minmlb_1,game_state=Wrapup,game_tab=box

Escobar’s walk-off double caps Twins’ comeback
http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/142522410

W L PCT GB
Kansas City 64 44 .593 –
Minnesota 55 54 .505 9.5
Detroit 53 56 .486 11.5
Chi White Sox 51 56 .477 12.5
Cleveland 49 59 .454 15.0

Hunter rallies teammates, wins game with HR By August Fagerstrom / MLB.com | 1:06 AM ET m.twins.mlb.com

Veteran outfielder motivates team to battle back, gets it done with ninth-inning blast

CLEVELAND — A wise man named Torii Hunter once said after a gutsy victory in Cleveland, “When trees are in hurricanes and storms, all they do is grow deeper roots so they won’t tip over. That’s what we have to do is grow deeper roots, dig deep and try to withstand the storm.”

Hunter played the role of motivational speaker during the Twins’ 10-9 victory on Saturday — and the role of philosopher after it.

The team was on the heels of a deflating four-game sweep, and manager Paul Molitor said before Friday’s contest that the team needed to figure out a way to weather the storm.

The Twins appeared to respond well, jumping out to an early 6-0 lead against rookie pitcher Cody Anderson, but the lead was one they quickly relinquished, as the Indians tagged starter Mike Pelfrey and reliever A.J. Achter for nine runs over the next two innings….”

Twins Talk: Hicks Has Arrived! 23 Stories and Photos by Gordy Jones Jul 15 .kmrskkok.com

“great to watch Aaron Hicks as he blossoms into a solid major league outfielder, and as a hitter who can drill the ball with authority.

Aaron grew up in Southern California, playing golf and baseball nearly every day. People who know say he could have gone pro in golf if he had chosen to take that route, and maybe even could do that today if he devoted 100% of his focus to his clubs rather than his bat. But he chose baseball, and although there were a few hiccups on the road to where he is today, folks who knew him, and knew of his athleticism and talents on the field, knew that he’d one day be a lot more than just a capable ballplayer.

Aaron graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 2008 in Long Beach, where he hit .407 (114-for-280) with 24 doubles, 10 triples, and 6 home runs in 97 career high school games. The multi-talented young man also pitched for his high school team, going 11-2, with a 1.11 ERA in 94 innings. He was drafted by the Twins in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft in the 1st round (14th overall). Aaron made his major league debut in 2013 on opening day as the leadoff hitter. But slumps and injuries prevailed, and Aaron bounced around between New Britain, Rochester, and Minnesota for the next two seasons. Being a great competitor, at times Aaron was very frustrated — but he always held his head up high and showed great patience. Torii Hunter would often call him, and offer him some mentoring thoughts. Even Hall of Famer Dave Winfield had a chat with Aaron at spring training. Dave told me, “The man has talent. At times like this I wish I could be a coach for a week, and just work with the guy. He just needs to refine a few things, and he’ll be fine.” Nowadays, Dave is a special assistant at the Major League Baseball Players Association. Part of his job is visiting every camp during spring training and talking to the guys about what they can and can’t do contractually, and offering some friendly, expert advice.

I talked to Torii about his protégé. He said, “Aaron Hicks is playing well. He’s really been playing some great defense; I think he’s helped us out a lot. His bat is starting to come alive. And then you throw in his defense — he saves a lot of runs – and for us, those are like RBIs.” I said I understood that Torii was trying to help mentor young Hicks. My mistake: I used the word “trying”. “No! I don’t TRY! I do! Trying is for losers. I do.” He paused for a moment and then went on: “You know, Dave Winfield mentored me. He had me for a year here, then throughout the years I had the chance to hang out with him. He gave me a lot of insight. I’m just doing the same thing.”

When I last talked to Aaron, I congratulated him on how things are coming together for him, and asked him what’s different. He said: “I don’t know…I just stay positive about the game, I set goals, and I compete. And every at-bat, I make it a tough at-bat.” I told him how much I enjoy watching him make those great catches in center field, and he replied, wearing a big Torii-type grin, “Thank you. I enjoy making those catches! It’s great playing next to Torii, too. For me it’s a learning experience every day. He gives me something new every day; something to think about. You know, it’s fun to have him here. He can be crazy, too, but a good crazy, making it fun in the clubhouse.”

Major League Fans!

A few weeks ago I told you about an actor named Tony Todd whom I was reacquainted with through Torii Hunter. He was a guest of Torii’s at Target Field a little over a month ago. Tony is a great guy, and we hit it off. We had actually met 20 years ago during the filming of “Little Big League,” in which Tony plays ballplayer Mickey Scales. We have recently stayed in touch, and a couple of weeks ago Tony called me and wanted to order a couple of my children’s books, “The Baseball Guy.” He wanted one signed to himself, and the other to “Charlie.” Tony grew up with Charlie Sheen, Star of “Two and a Half Men,” and “Anger Management” (with Tony Todd). Both are very funny, but Sheen’s role as Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in “Major League” is the best…especially to a guy who’s been around the game.

Last week I was taking the boys to “Minions” when my phone began ringing — three calls in three minutes, which I ignored. Finally, I thought it could be important, so I picked up. Calling from L.A., on the other line was Charlie Sheen. He wanted to thank me for my book, said he was honored to receive it, and called me a “F’n” genius. He said my inscription to him was as nice as the book. Then we talked baseball, and it was just like having any of my buddies on the phone. He was sincere, nice, and a real baseball guy. He also told me how much he enjoyed watching my friend, the late, great Kirby Puckett play. He even invited me to California to meet him, which I’d like to do in the future. Baseball fans come from all walks of life, and live in their own little world. You never know whom you’ll meet. Baseball is all about fun, and all about “winning.””

Rising MLB Star Has Old School Faith cbn.com

http://cbn.com/tv/embedplayer.aspx?bcid=3600951716001

“Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is a rising Major League Baseball star with a faith that keeps him levelheaded.”

Twins Blog: Homestand Notes – All Star Break Edition by Dan Cook, WCCO Radio July 12, 2015 8:19 PM minnesota.cbslocal.com

“The Twins just finished a successful seven-game homestand, going 6-1 against the Orioles and Tigers and now begin a well-deserved break from the grind of the season as the All Star break is upon us….”

Sano delivers Major firsts for Twins’ offense
http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/134500062
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com | @RhettBollinger | 1:20 AM ET + 0 COMMENTS
KANSAS CITY — The Twins called up top prospect Miguel Sano in hopes he could help jumpstart their struggling offense, and he ended up factoring into both runs scored against the Royals on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Sano went 2-for-4 with his first career RBI and his first career run, but it wasn’t enough in a 3-2 loss in 10 innings. Twins manager Paul Molitor, however, was impressed with what he saw from the 22-year-old rookie…

June 4th 2015
Twins rally, top Red Sox to secure split By Alec Shirkey and Aaron Leibowitz / MLB.com | 7:28 PM ET
http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/128573464/twins-capitalize-on-errors-rally-past-red-sox
“BOSTON — The Twins scored four runs in the ninth inning Thursday to earn an 8-4 victory over the Red Sox and a four-game series split at Fenway Park.

In a game that featured five errors and a litany of baserunning blunders, the go-ahead run scored when Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was unable to handle a low throw by catcher Blake Swihart on a Joe Mauer bunt. After that, the floodgates opened…”

W L PCT GB
Minnesota 32 21 .604 –
Kansas City 30 20 .600 0.5
Detroit 28 27 .509 5.0
Cleveland 25 27 .481 6.5
Chi White Sox 24 27 .471 7.0

Pitching

RK Player Team W L ERA G GS▼ SV SVO IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG WHIP
1 Hughes, P MIN 4 5 4.96 11 11 0 0 69.0 86 38 38 12 7 45 .302 1.35

2 Gibson, K MIN 4 3 2.61 10 10 0 0 62.0 59 20 18 5 21 30 .253 1.29

2 May, T MIN 4 3 4.45 10 10 0 0 56.2 61 28 28 4 9 50 .271 1.24

2 Pelfrey, M MIN 4 2 2.59 10 10 0 0 59.0 55 19 17 3 18 27 .251 1.24

5 Nolasco, R MIN 5 1 5.51 7 7 0 0 32.2 44 23 20 1 10 28 .324 1.65

6 Milone, T MIN 2 1 4.55 5 5 0 0 27.2 31 16 14 7 12 13 .282 1.55

Batting

RK Player Team Pos G AB▼ R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1 Dozier, B MIN 2B 52 205 44 54 17 3 10 26 22 50 3 1 .263 .339 .522 .861
2 Mauer, J MIN 1B 52 198 23 52 11 2 1 30 17 35 1 0 .263 .320 .354 .673
3 Hunter, T MIN RF 48 188 28 53 10 0 8 35 15 34 1 2 .282 .332 .463 .794
3 Plouffe, T MIN 3B 50 188 23 49 10 1 8 30 21 44 0 0 .261 .333 .452 .785
5 Santana, D MIN SS 47 172 21 38 7 3 0 11 2 47 4 3 .221 .239 .297 .535
6 Escobar, E MIN LF 44 145 14 33 8 0 3 20 3 38 1 1 .228 .250 .345 .595
7 Suzuki, K MIN C 42 142 14 34 6 0 2 15 14 16 0 0 .239 .317 .324 .641
8 Vargas, K MIN 1B 29 105 12 26 3 0 3 10 7 30 0 0 .248 .295 .362 .657
9 Robinson, S MIN LF 33 80 15 20 2 0 0 9 7 13 3 1 .250 .307 .275 .582
10 Hicks, A MIN CF 21 71 8 18 1 0 1 2 4 13 5 1 .254 .293 .310 .603
11 Schafer, J MIN CF 27 69 9 15 3 0 0 5 3 23 0 3 .217 .250 .261 .511
12 Rosario, E MIN CF 21 68 6 19 1 0 2 10 2 23 4 1 .279 .296 .382 .678
13 Arcia, O MIN LF 19 58 6 16 0 0 2 8 4 15 0 0 .276 .338 .379 .718
14 Herrmann, C MIN C 16 44 8 8 2 1 1 7 3 11 0 0 .182 .234 .341 .575
15 Nunez, E MIN 3B 16 42 6 12 5 0 1 4 3 5 0 2 .286 .333 .476 .810
16 Bernier, D MIN SS 4 5 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 .200 .333 .400 .733
17 Nolasco, R MIN P 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
18 Pelfrey, M MIN P 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000

Why the Twins are at the top of the AL Central By James O’Hara June 4 at 8:00 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/06/04/why-the-twins-are-at-the-top-of-the-al-central/
So far the Twins have combined a good bullpen with some great luck to rocket to the top of the Central. And their luck hasn’t only been during the game, they have also benefited from a relatively easy schedule in such a tough division, with 30 of their 50 games coming against teams currently below .500.

MAY 31st 2015
http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=min
W L PCT GB
Minnesota 30 19 .612 –
Kansas City 29 19 .604 0.5
Detroit 28 23 .549 3.0
Chi White Sox 23 26 .469 7.0
Cleveland 23 26 .469 7.0
*note: 2nd best MLB Team http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/mlb/standings/

With best record in AL, Twins never want May to end By Betsy Helfand / MLB.com | 7:42 PM ET
http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/127767744/with-best-record-in-al-twins-never-want-may-to-end
“It’s May 31st and I think maybe we’re going to change tomorrow to May 32nd,” Molitor joked shortly after his team recorded its 20th victory of the month.

The Twins capped off May with a 6-5 victory over Toronto on Sunday, marking the first time they’ve finished a month with 20 victories since 1991.

The victory also sealed the eighth series win of nine in the month and put Minnesota a half-game up for first place in the American League Central….

Minnesota ended May with a 30-19 record — the fifth most victories through 49 games in team history. After the Twins starting 1-6 and finished April 10-12, Hunter said the team has made some adjustments…

Paul Molitor has surprising Twins in tie for first in tough AL Central
Ian Denomme By Ian Denomme
7 hours ago (5.28.15)
Big League Stew
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/paul-molitor-has-surprising-twins-in-tie-for-first-in-tough-al-central-141509689.html
Yet despite those star-studded teams at the top, as June approaches it is the Minnesota Twins who have been the surprise of the division, racing out to a 28-18 record and a share of first place. The Twins didn’t make any sexy offseason moves unless you count signing 39-year-old outfielder Torii Hunter, or pitcher Ervin Santana who was suspended for 80 games before the season even began.

For a team that has averaged just 66 wins over the last four seasons, the Twins biggest offseason move was hiring Paul Molitor as their new manager. Molitor, a Hall of Famer and Minnesota native, had no previous managing experience but took the task of rebuilding a team that regularly won the division in the early part of this century under Ron Gardenhire.

After completing a sweep of the Red Sox on Wednesday night and extending their win streak to five, it seems the rest of the league is starting to take notice of the Twins.

You won’t find many Twins players on major-league leaderboards. Third baseman Trevor Plouffe is their early WAR leader, Joe Mauer – a career .317 hitter – is batting just .276, but as a team they’ve scored the eighth most runs in the majors. Pitchers Kyle Gibson and Mike Pelfrey are off to fine starts sporting ERAs of 2.72 and 2.77, respectively. But the Twins’ team ERA of 3.94 is only 16th best in the majors.

It’s hard to say whether the Twins are for real or if this is early-season, small sample size luck. They seem to be a team that is a jack of many trades, but master of none. Sometimes being just pretty good at everything can go a long way, just ask the Royals. Last season they were 14th in runs scored, dead last in home runs, 12th in team ERA, and 26th in fielding percentage. Doesn’t sound like a team worth watching, but they rode that all the way to within a game of the World Series.

Maybe Molitor’s miracle Twins can do the same in 2015….

*tied for 1st

W L PCT GB
Kansas City 28 18 .609 –
Minnesota 28 18 .609 –
Detroit 27 20 .574 1.5
Cleveland 21 25 .457 7.0
Chi White Sox 20 24 .455 7.0

Twice as nice: Twins ride homers to sweep Sox
http://m.mlb.com/news/article/20150527126954826?game_pk=414346

6th best team in MLB
http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/126508936/twins-ricky-nolasco-notches-100th-victory
5.26.15

Kansas City 28 16 .636 –
Minnesota 26 18 .591 2.0
Detroit 26 20 .565 3.0
Cleveland 20 24 .455 8.0
Chi White Sox 19 23 .452 8.0

8th best team in MLB

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2015_05_23_minmlb_chamlb_1#game=2015_05_23_minmlb_chamlb_1,game_state=Wrapup

W L PCT GB
Kansas City 28 14 .667 –
Detroit 26 18 .591 3.0
Minnesota 24 18 .571 4.0
Chi White Sox 19 21 .475 8.0
Cleveland 19 23 .452 9.0

Perkins (16) saves (pace to get 64 for season record)

http://www.kare11.com/story/sports/mlb/twins/2015/05/06/twins-rosario-homers-on-1st-pitch-of-his-career/70923392/

12-12 record (3rd place) 5.2.15
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2015_05_02_chamlb_minmlb_1&mode=wrap

http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/118706422/twins-offense-turns-corner-in-set-with-royals

MINNEAPOLIS — After being routed in the home opener against the Royals on Monday, the Twins were 1-6 and still reeling after a frustrating first week of the season.

But they bounced back, winning two straight against previously-unbeaten Kansas City, including an 8-5 win in the rubber game on Thursday afternoon that saw Minnesota post season high totals in both hits (14) and runs. It was the first series victory of the season and it came against a club that entered the series with a 6-0 record.

http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Wetmore_Why_I_disagree_with_Hunters_decision_to_try_to_steal_home042315

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/05/13/10-reasons-the-minnesota-twins-are-above-500/

Spring Training

Standings
2015

American League
Team W L PCT GB
Oakland 22 11 .667 –
Kansas City 20 10 .667 0.5
Toronto 19 13 .594 2.5
Boston 17 12 .586 3.0
Tampa Bay 15 13 .536 4.5
LA Angels 15 14 .517 5.0
NY Yankees 17 16 .515 5.0
Houston 12 12 .500 5.5
Minnesota 13 16 .448 7.0
Cleveland 14 18 .438 7.5
Seattle 13 17 .433 7.5
Chi White Sox 11 17 .393 8.5
Baltimore 12 19 .387 9.0
Detroit 12 20 .375 9.5
Texas 9 19 .321 10.5

National League
Team W L PCT GB
NY Mets 19 12 .613 –
LA Dodgers 16 11 .593 1.0
San Diego 17 12 .586 1.0
Arizona 19 14 .576 1.0
St. Louis 13 11 .542 2.5
Miami 14 12 .538 2.5
Pittsburgh 15 13 .536 2.5
Cincinnati 15 14 .517 3.0
Colorado 16 16 .500 3.5
Atlanta 15 17 .469 4.5
Chi Cubs 15 17 .469 4.5
Philadelphia 14 17 .452 5.0
Milwaukee 13 16 .448 5.0
Washington 11 16 .407 6.0
San Francisco 13 21 .382 7.5

Grapefruit League
Team W L PCT GB
NY Mets 19 12 .613 –
Toronto 19 13 .594 0.5
Boston 17 12 .586 1.0
St. Louis 13 11 .542 2.5
Miami 14 12 .538 2.5
Pittsburgh 15 13 .536 2.5
Tampa Bay 15 13 .536 2.5
NY Yankees 17 16 .515 3.0
Houston 12 12 .500 3.5
Atlanta 15 17 .469 4.5
Philadelphia 14 17 .452 5.0
Minnesota 13 16 .448 5.0
Washington 11 16 .407 6.0
Baltimore 12 19 .387 7.0
Detroit 12 20 .375 7.5

Cactus League
Team W L PCT GB
Oakland 22 11 .667 –
Kansas City 20 10 .667 0.5
LA Dodgers 16 11 .593 3.0
San Diego 17 12 .586 3.0
Arizona 19 14 .576 3.0
Cincinnati 15 14 .517 5.0
LA Angels 15 14 .517 5.0
Colorado 16 16 .500 5.5
Chi Cubs 15 17 .469 6.5
Milwaukee 13 16 .448 7.0
Cleveland 14 18 .438 7.5
Seattle 13 17 .433 7.5
Chi White Sox 11 17 .393 8.5
San Francisco 13 21 .382 9.5
Texas 9 19 .321 10.5

PRESEASON

Torii Hunter answers fan questions

“Published on Dec 19, 2014

Torii Hunter answers fan questions from social media. #AskTorii”

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