Dusty Baker

first_imgI  was out of town when Dusty’s tenure in Cincinnati came to an end.  After their loss to Pittsburgh, I am sure his dismissal came as no surprise to most baseball fans.  You can’t fire the multi-millionaires who do not perform up to their potential, so the scapegoat is always the manager first.  I have talked to several people, and most feel Dusty’s heart was not in the game this year.  I think his near miss with his heart  attack in Chicago while managing the Reds a while back left Dusty scared.  It seemed at times that his focus in the dugout, especially early in the season, was not always there.  All coaches will tell you that the players under you can sense when the coach may not be 100% into his job.  This may not have been the case, but it might explain some of the lackluster play of the Reds this year.  The loss of Ryan Ludwig for most of the season was a big factor in the Reds anemic offense at times.  When Ryan came back, he was not the same player and he really hurt the Reds lineup by playing.  Dusty is so true to his players that to him left field was Ryan’s place, and he was going to give it to him despite his shortcomings this season.  When he chose Cueto to start the most important game of the year, Dusty put himself in a win or else situation.  When you have four other starters with 10+ wins on your team, most people said “why Cueto?”  Not one of these incidents got him fired by itself, but when a “super team” loses early, heads will fall.  As I said earlier, it is always the manager first.  Dusty deserved better, but this a money game and not a sentiment game.last_img read more

Video: Che Adams nets 40-yard screamer to open EPL account

first_img Talking to Southampton’s YouTube channel, Adams revealed he’s got his eyes on the Premier League title. Adams said: “Southampton’s a huge club. Obviously, we want to win the league. Obviously, it’s a lot to ask for. Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhat Is The Fastest Way To Get 1 Million Followers On Instagram?The 9 Best Robots In Movie HistoryWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers Former Sheffield United striker Adams has come from the lower leagues but upon his arrival at Southampton, he displayed the highest level of ambition despite the club finishing 17th in the previous campaign. Che Adams opened his Premier League account in sensational fashion with a 40-yard goal against Manchester City Sunday evening. Oleksandr Zinchenko was dispossessed by Stuart Armstrong and former Birmingham City man Adams spotted Ederson off his line before curling in a phenomenal finish for his first goal in Southampton colours. Having made his debut back in August 2019 following a £15 million summer move, Adams went 330 days without finding the net as a Southampton player. Loading… Read Also: Mata eyeing move away from Manchester United “But you have to set yourself new targets to hit. And with the squad here that I’ve seen from last season, there’s no reason that we can’t (win the Premier League).” Heavily linked with a move to Leeds United in the January transfer window, Adams will be hoping he doesn’t have to wait so long for his second Premier League goal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 But with the awareness and execution for his wondrous opener at St Mary’s on Sunday evening, you could say his first goal was well worth the wait.last_img read more

Some areas of the state are abnormally dry

first_imgThere is still floodwater standing in some areas of the state — but there are also parts of the state could now use more rain. The D-N-R’s Tim Hall, says a couple of months of below normal precipitation have made an impact.“For the first time since October of last year, we’ve got some areas of the state tagged by the drought monitor as being abnormally dry,” Hall says. Hall says it’s just an early signal of something to be watching.“Technically they reference that as not being a drought. But it indicates that conditions are moving in the direction where you could end up with some drought conditions flagged here if the dryness continues,” Halls says. He says it is a pretty good sized section of the state.“There’s a larger area that encompasses east-central and southeast back kind of along the I-80 corridor toward Des Moines. And then there’s a couple of smaller areas in western Iowa and southwestern Iowa,” according to Hall. “All told — it’s about 36 percent of the state that’s rated as abnormally dry.” June and July combined were two-point-three (2.3) inches below normal for rainfall.“Despite these two months of drier than normal conditions — we’re still in a 12-month moving period where it is the wettest 12-month period on record for the state,” Hall says. He says the abnormally dry conditions are something to note — but it’s too early to say it will be a long-term issue.“It’s a pattern that could easily disappear if we get some rainstorms. It’s also a pattern that could intensify if things don’t improve,” Hall says. “Right now we don’t have any basins in the state that are showing below-normal stream flow, so that’s good. So the surface water is in good shape. We are not seeing any areas that’re stressed for shallow groundwater for drinking water. So, we’re sort of banking off the previous year’s worth of wet weather.” Hall says the last time we had extremely dry conditions was two years ago in the southern part of the state — but that was all washed away when the wet pattern started. You can see a full report on Iowa’s water resource trends at: www.iowadnr.gov/watersummaryupdate.last_img read more