I love how deGrom just laughs at this.
From the Athletic.com
The New York Mets plan to revamp their procedures for employees reporting legal and human resources complaints, as well as expand their anti-harassment policies, following an investigation by an outside law firm into workplace practices.
On Monday, Mets owner Steve Cohen announced the changes to team employees in an email obtained by The Athletic. Cohen's announcement comes after law firm WilmerHale conducted an investigation and spoke with 82 current and former team employees.
Among the changes, the club plans to "expand the scope of our anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policy to emphasize the overarching value of a safe and respectful workplace" and change how employees report concerns and receive support during any investigations. The Mets will ensure their legal and human resources departments "respond to complaints in a timely fashion, provide complainants with status updates and have close-out conversations with complainants and subjects at the conclusion of investigations."
This seems to have been done pretty quietly again. I didn't hear anything about this on the news or in any of the bigger newspapers. Unless I totally missed it. Metspolice.com and myself have been trying to keep up with this and my news alerts didn't go off. I had to search for this. I also know a lot of you keep tweeting at Steve Cohen to develop across 126th street. Hate to break it to you but the development rights didn't transfer over to him from the Wilpons with the sale of the team. Sterling Equities are still part of the development partners.
The city on Wednesday, June 16, officially broke ground on the environmental cleanup needed for the Willets Point redevelopment in Queens, where developers will eventually build 1,100 below-market-rate housing units and a school atop old industrial land next to Citi Field.
“For 1,100 families there’s going to be a home — 1,100 families are going to have a home here in Queens that they can depend on,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the ground-breaking ceremony. “It means a family that for decades know a place to lay their head, a place to bring up their children, they’ll have peace, they’ll have security.”
“I’ve been looking out at this acreage for many many years, only hoping that there’d be a day like this that we could all celebrate the true start of this project,” said Sterling Equities partner Richard Browne.
Construction on the residential buildings and the schools won’t start until 2024, as the developers will have to first clean up the toxic soil from decades of pollution from the auto body shops that dominate the corner of land at the mouth of the Flushing Creek, starting this summer.
Construction workers will then build new streets, sidewalks and utilities, such as a sewage system, which is slated to happen in 2022. EDC spokeswoman Shavone Williams declined to provide the cost of the project.
Under the agreement with EDC, out of the 1,100 homes, 220 of the units will be earmarked for seniors and another 99 will be for families who were formerly homeless transitioning out of the shelter system.
The remaining 781 units will be set aside for six different income groups ranging from 30-130% of the federally-designated Area Median Income (AMI), the Astoria Post reported. About 55% of units, including those for seniors, will be for those making less than 60 percent of the AMI, which in 2021 reflects a family of three making $64,440 a year.
So there will be affordable housing units available but it will only 319 out of the 1100 units. I hope it works out for people who need fairer priced housing.
Also phase one isn't even directly across from Citi Field. It is more off of Roosevelt Ave than it is 126th street. What's going on with the other lots?
I noticed Sterling Equities didn't have a Wilpon quoted in this but a partner Richard Browne who said he kept looking out at the acreage for years. Does that mean he had an office in Citi Field?
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METS ACCQUIRE MINOR LEAGUE PITCHER TROY MILLER
FLUSHING, N.Y., June 19, 2021 – The New York Mets today announced they have acquired right-handed pitcher Troy Miller from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jacob Barnes. The Mets designated Barnes for assignment on June 14.
Miller, 24, has made six starts (seven games) between New Hampshire (AA) and Vancouver (High-A) and is 3-2 with a 4.93 ERA (19 earned runs/34.2 innings) with 15 walks and 33 strikeouts.
The 6-4, 210-pounder was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2018. He played three years at the University of Michigan after graduating from Soquel High School in California.
Barnes appeared in 19 games for the Mets this season, going 1-1 with a 6.27 ERA (13 earned runs/18.2 innings) with five walks and 18 strikeouts. He was claimed by the Mets on October 30, 2020 off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels.
Jerry Blevins wrote an article for the NY Post about how MLB's baseball is slippery and how pitchers had to find ways to "fix" it. It doesn't sound like a lot of Major League Pitchers don't consider this cheating but part of the "gig". It is an interesting read.
From the NY Post.
Of those 8,000+ pitches, I had sunscreen and rosin on my forearm for 95% of them. Is it cheating? Technically, yes, it’s against the rules. Did it give me an advantage over the hitter? No.
Why would I use it then? The answer is simple: The MLB baseball is slippery. Dangerously so.I struggled. Then I asked my teammates if they had a tough time gripping the baseball, too.I struggled. Then I asked my teammates if they had a tough time gripping the baseball, too. “Oh, yeah,” they said, chuckling. “The big league baseball is trash.”
“What do you do about it?” I asked.Enter the gray area.