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    In another place and time, not to mention another economic reality, the Yankees would’ve reached higher cheap jerseys than Chris Carter for right hander power. The meter would’ve dropped at Edwin Encarnacion, no matter how big a check the Steinbrenner family would’ve had to write for a slugger with that kind of Q rating. But not in 2017.Instead, the Bombers moved cautiously and inexpensively to sign Carter, who despite tying for the National League’s home run crown last year, couldn’t find work this winter. The Yankees locked him up for one year at $3 million, the ultimate hedge for an organization that’s avoiding risks before 2018.Yes, Carter has that HR crown on his resume; his power is undeniable. But he was still job seeking only days before spring training http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ because of his limited skill set. Carter hits the ball a long way but that’s all he does, and that’s only when he connects.Carter’s 41 homerswere offset by his major league leading 206 strikeouts, along with a.222 average. The Brewers non tendered Carter so they wouldn’t be on the hook for the approximately $8 million they would’ve owed him in arbitration. Carter tested free agency with hopes of a multi year deal, but interest was tepid at best. He was actually considering playing in Japan until the Yankees pounced.Klapisch: What would it take for Yankees to surprise?Where does Carter fit? It depends on Greg Bird’s progress from a serious shoulder injury that wiped out his 2016 season. The 24 year old Bird is at the front of the line at first base and will be given every chance to inherit Mark Teixeira’s job.But there’s no guarantee Bird is healthy or mature enough for the everyday responsibility. Platooning with Bird against left handed pitching is Carter’s best shot at sticking with the Yankees. Option No. 2 is replacing Matt Holliday as the designated hitter.Carter, 30, is seven years younger than Holliday, which the Bombers look favorably on. But it’s also worth noting that Carter’s.218 career average is 85 points lower than Holliday’s, another indicator of the all or nothing philosophy that’s hindered Carter throughout his seven year career.Either way, the Yankees are hardly out on a limb. If Bird proves to be capable of handling both lefties and righties, Carter can be traded. And if he can’t cope with the stresses of the big market, even as a backup or part time player, the Yankees won’t think twice about an outright release.That’s what makes Carter’s signing so hard to contest. He’s cheap and motivated to restore his market value. This just might work out. Or not. We’ll see.MLB looks to eliminate intentional walksGive credit to commissioner Rob Manfred, who declared war on baseball’s slow motion pace last year. He vowed to find ways to make the game livelier and more appealing to younger fans; it appears he was serious.What’s more important is Manfred’s willingness to do away with a time honored tradition. Intentional walks are as obsolete as chewing tobacco, but so far no one’s thought about phasing them out. At least not until now. Good for Manfred.Let’s see if his appetite has been sufficiently whetted for more radical cutbacks, like limiting trips to the mound and controlling the number of pitching changes in the course of an inning.The effort to make baseball a snappier pastime is a process; it will meet with resistance. But Manfred has so far been unafraid to take on issues Bud Selig avoided for too long. The new commissioner is carving out his own identity and legacy as an influencer. Who knows, Manfred might be just be arevolutionary commissioner instead of just an evolutionary one.Now, if only he would give Hall of Fame balloters some guidance on the PED era, that might just stop the world. We’re waiting.Mark Teixeira joins ESPN broadcast teamWell, that didn’t take long. While most professional athletes take years to find a second chapter in their lives after retirement, Teixeira is on to bigger and better things just months after ending his career with the Yankees.Starting in spring training, Teixeira will be working in the studio at ESPN, as well as ESPN Radio. His agreement calls for about 60 appearances in 2017. Obviously the network appreciates what made Teixeira marketable in his playing days: he’s smart, funny and, given how hard he worked in pinstripes, will undoubtedly be prepared in front of the camera.Teixeira made few if any enemies during his 14 year career, always careful to avoid controversy in his remarks. It’ll be interesting to see whether there’s another side to Teixeira’s personality now that no longer needs to edit himself.While Teixeira doesn’t necessarily have to be critical of other players to succeed as an analyst, he will have to critique them honestly. A brave new world awaits.

  • Cheap shrimp for a party comes with a heavy human cost

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    food stores and retailers such as Walmart, Kroger, Whole Foods, Dollar General and Petco, along with those of restaurants such as Red Lobster and Olive Garden.

    It also entered the supply chains of some of America best known seafood brands and pet foods, including Chicken of the Sea and Fancy Feast, which are sold in grocery stores from Safeway and Schnucks to Piggly Wiggly and Albertsons. AP reporters went to supermarkets in all 50 states and found shrimp products from supply chains tainted with forced labour. (The Guardian, Dec. 14, 2015)

    The report also identifies Safeway, Target, and Sprouts Farmer Market as corporations participating in this labor abuse by purchasing products created through human slavery. Among other reasons is the perception that trafficking is mostly sex trafficking and that http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ it is done abroad in distant locales. In fact, the globalized world has made it very challenging to not participate in human trafficking not sex trafficking, necessarily, but labor trafficking. Especially since it occurs in the labor chains that process and produce some of the most popular brands that you and I consume here in the Grand Valley.

    So it is essential that we understand that if we are purchasing products made where workers are exploited, we are contributing to the conditions for further exploitation. State Department annual report on human trafficking:

    in persons and trafficking have been used as umbrella terms for the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud or coercion[.. Department of State, 2014)

    In our ever more globalized world, multi lateral trade agreements oblige one country to receive products from another with little, if any, control over working conditions, environmental protections, or human rights guarantees. An AFL CIO critique of our government lax enforcement of labor abuses occurring within the borders of trading partners demonstrates that we should not expect strong oversight of the industries practices abroad:

    Is it acceptable that we ignore where the seafood we eat comes from and under what conditions it is processed? Is it OK to be beating workers, in some cases to death, restraining them from leaving their worksites? Is it a good business practice for women workers to be raped? Or for their wages to be withheld? Are we all right with children being forced to live and work in sub human conditions so we can get cheap shrimp for our Super Bowl parties?

    If we feel that it is unacceptable for human slavery to be employed to process our food, I urge you and all of us to contact cheap jerseys the store managers and public relations representatives at Walmart, City Market, Kroger, Red Lobster, Whole Foods, Safeway, Target, and Sprouts Farmer Market (which are all accused of purveying shrimp processed in Thailand by Gigs) and ask them what they intend to do to guarantee to us, their customers, that we are not collaborating with human trafficking.

  • Cheap shows to abound this spring

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    And one thing viewers are going to be seeing a lot more of this spring is cheap programs. The bottom line is shaping the look of prime time at the broadcast networks more and more. A few examples:

    ABC has a new program called “American Detective.” Sound familiar? It should: It’s “Cops,” the Fox show that follows real police officers around, kicked up to the level of detectives. Instead of following the foot soldiers around with a jerky, hand held camera, we follow the lieutenants around with a jerky, hand held camera. “Detectives” was created by a “Cops” producer, Paul Stanjonovich. It is slated for a regular, weekly spot in ABC’s lineup this spring.

    NBC introduced “Expose” cheap jerseys Sunday. While the network is selling the notion http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ that it is suddenly committed to investigative reporting in prime time and furiously hiring news employees while everyone else is cutting back, the truth is that “Expose” is on the schedule because it’s cheap and it can be promoted as tabloid television. Hiring 35 employees for such a show is nickels and dimes compared to production costs for a regular half hour of prime time TV these days.

    On Feb. 3, NBC is adding “Sunday Best,” a show it says “will celebrate the television medium and its role in our culture.” NBC says its research shows a great appetite for such television as culture tributes in America’s living rooms. The cast includes Carl Reiner as host, and Linda Ellerbee and Merrill Markoe as contributors.

    What will you see? Lots of clips from television shows.

    “Sunday Best” is so inexpensive to produce compared to traditional drama and comedy, that the head of NBC Entertainment, Warren Littlefield, felt compelled to say, “It’s not just a clip show. Fifty percent of the show will be original material.” It was Littlefield’s way of trying to get the critics attending a press conference here to see the glass as half full instead of half empty.

    Fox has yet another “reality” series set for next month, “The Last Hurrah.” It is a documentary chopped up into weekly installments about a senior class at a high school in Illinois.

    The filmmakers said at a press conference here last week that they paid a total of $10,000 to get rights to the students’ lives. Rights to a book for a two hour docudrama can cost up to half a million dollars.

  • Cheap Shots From The Senators

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    The object of their fury is the agreement on arms inspections signed by Mr. Annan and Mr. Hussein.

    No one needs convincing that Iraq’s dictator is untrustworthy. But if he fails to abide by the terms of the latest agreement, President Clinton would cheap jerseys still have the option to order an attack. The huge American force assembled in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf remains in place.

    Mr. Annan does not deserve grief for attempting to break the stalemate between Iraq and the United States peacefully. Mr. Clinton should be praised for resisting the temptation to strike. goals were met. Security Council and government leaders in the Middle East.

    The consensus is that the agreement is worth testing. Mr. Hussein http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ signed on to the proposition that the United Nations will have immediate, unconditional and unrestricted access” to any site in Iraq that the weapons inspectors choose. That is what the United States had insisted on and was ready to go to war over.

    The United Nations Special Commission will retain its operational control of all inspections. Richard Butler, chief of the weapons inspection effort, said the agreement makes me and my organization feel strong.” Even House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican, has gone along with the Clinton Annan plan.

    It’s sad to see Senate Republican leaders trying to torpedo this attempt to avert war. Mr. Lott and Mr. Helms did not say what they would have done if they were in Mr. Clinton’s shoes. They do not have the responsibility of conducting foreign policy. It’s always easier to criticize when you are in the political opposition.

    Bashing the United Nations and its secretary general is particularly galling in the current circumstance. Without the Security Council resolutions following the Persian Gulf War, there would not have been weapons inspections in Iraq and there would be no legal standing for the United States to attack that country.

    The agreement with Mr. Hussein is fine on paper. There are no apparent flaws in the wording. In the next few days, the Security Council will approve an implementing resolution. The inspections will resume, and the world will witness if Mr. Hussein will abide by what he signed.

    It would be in his interest to do so because that’s the only way he may eventually get what he says he really wants the lifting of international sanctions against Iraq.

    Iraq represents an immediate menace, but the absence of peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors is a long term threat with potentially terrible consequences. Instability in this strategically crucial region is guaranteed so long as the core issue revolving around Israel and the Palestinians remains in limbo.

    Mr. Hussein’s regime is clearly the most brutal, but Iraq is not the only Middle Eastern country that has, or is planning to have, weapons of mass destruction. How courageous it would be if Mr. Lott, Mr. Helms and the Clinton administration united in ending not only the Iraqi nightmare, but in making certain that all countries in the Middle East have no chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

  • Cheap shots fired at outgoing Seneca Nation president

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    If you’re think that local elections always bring out the worst in people with the mud and muck that campaign workers often hurl you’ll be convinced even more by what’s unfolded in the nation within a nation cheap jerseys in downtown Niagara Falls.

    The gutter sniping tactics have reached a new low as Barry E. Snyder Sr. steps down as president of the Seneca Nation of Indians, the tribe that operates the Seneca Niagara Casino and two other casinos in Western New York.

    Still, the mudslinging continues: the unidentified critic blasts Snyder’s administration for earmarking $18 million for a new fire hall in Cattaraugus (when most communities pay $6 million to $8 million for such a facility); increasing the staff of the http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ president’s office and hiking the president’s salary $69,000 to $190,000; and for the failure of the Seneca Construction Management Co. to develop any new businesses. A search of the archives turned up nothing which isn’t all that unusual after 144 years. I did find, however, a reference in a magazine which the Lockport based Niagara Publishing Co. carried in the mid 1950s. It seems that Hickok did perform in this area in the summer of 1870.

    The story goes that he had lost his job as the marshal in Hays City, Kansas, through what was then described as “an excess of official zeal.” (Perhaps he was too quick to pull his gun for minor offenses.)

    At any rate, Hickok and a band of Comanche Indians with a half dozen buffaloes, a cinnamon bear and a monkey arrived in July and shortly after it was announced that his Wild West Show, the Great Buffalo Hunt, would have its premiere at a site in Niagara Falls, Ont., close to Queen Victoria Park overlooking the falls and gorge.

    Witnesses said a fence had been constructed around a large plot of ground where the show would be held, an obvious move to prevent freeloaders from enjoying the action. At the appointed time, the fear crazed buffaloes were turned loose with the animals thundering around the arena., followed closely by the hard driving Indians decked out in brilliant war paint and streaming headdress. Someone forgot to chain the bear that took after a hot dog vendor scurrying for his own life. The reporter on the scene ignored the monkey’s reaction to all the chaos but he apparently made a quick exit as well.

    Hickok soon discovered the difficulties a showman can encounter when he takes the show on the road. That’s an average of $892 per claim.

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  • Cheap shot

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    “Congress shall http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”

    As a former journalism student, I am well aware of our First Amendment and the protection it provides to our media. It is important to be reminded that with this protected freedom comes the commensurate responsibility to be fair. In your July 22 editorial, “Judge’s snub illustrates challenges that city faces,” you missed the perfect opportunity to take a step back and analyze if Judge Woelfel’s prejudices were accurate. Instead, you propagated the same “shoot from the hip” journalism that surrounds us each day in print and on the airwaves.

    I don’t have the answers today. I can’t tell you if Sunbury’s crime rates are higher than other communities or if its streets are more dangerous, but a quick perusal through police reports from area departments will show you that gang infiltration, drug abuse and associated crime is not a Sunbury problem it is a regional problem. As a resident, shopper and diner of downtown Sunbury, I can agree that Sunbury does have its challenges, but I am confident that our elected officials and police department are focusing their resources on making the city a safe and desirable place to live and do business.

    I was hoping The Daily Item would take a cheap jerseys thoughtful look at Judge Woelfel’s comments and investigate their accuracy; instead it provided fodder for a cheap shot editorial. As I said earlier, Sunbury has its challenges, I just hope that a newspaper unwilling to take a balanced look doesn’t become one of them.