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Once again, aoulless MLB is robbing its fans

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

Soulless Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is determined to squeeze the life out of the game's minor leagues.

When the 2021 season begins, and no one knows when that might be since COVID-19 wiped out 2020, minor league baseball will be minus about 40 established franchises. Other leagues will be reclassified.

Designated for an ...Read more

Tight asylum rules protect the homeland

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

As President Trump's White House days dwindle, he's taking strong action to shore up measures that will make the asylum process more secure, and less fraudulent.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a new set of guidelines which will go into effect nine days before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration and will ensure border crossers ...Read more

Dad always kept the promises he made to me

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

As a kid growing up in post-World War II Los Angeles, the Rose Bowl was the year's single most anticipated event.

In sports, the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn, the Lakers in Minneapolis, and the Rams had only recently relocated from Cleveland. The thought that professional ice hockey might one day be played in sunny Southern California was too...Read more

Born on Christmas: Three Baseball Hall of Famers

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

Of the 42 Major League baseball players born on December 25th, three are enshrined in Cooperstown's Hall of Fame.

First on the list is fan-favorite Chicago White Sox' second baseman and defensive specialist Nellie Fox, who played in every game from 1953 to 1959. Because of his excellent bat control, Fox, with his ever-present tobacco chaw ...Read more

Chinese spies subvert clueless Congress

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

A Chinese spy scandal is rocking Capitol Hill.

The sordid tale is the stuff of thrillers: a possible sex-for-secrets swap that involved U.S. Representative and House Intelligence Committee member Eric Swalwell (D-Calif) and Chinese national, honey trap spy Fang Fang who entered the U.S. on a student visa in 2011 to attend California State ...Read more

That time baseball barnstormed the world

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

On a frigid Chicago evening in January 1912, baseball potentates Charles Comiskey and John J. McGraw met at "Smiley" Mark Corbett's East Side saloon.

Over whiskey poured neat, the two drafted an ambitious, but successful plan to take Major League Baseball on a worldwide tour.

Comiskey had been an above average 19th century player, but by 1912,...Read more

Georgia goes from red to purple to blue

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

All eyes are on Georgia, and the January 5 special U.S. Senate election.

On Saturday, President Trump will travel to Georgia to campaign for GOP incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler who are facing off against, respectively, Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

President Trump will be flying into the maelstrom that is Georgia ...Read more

Trump goes down swinging

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

Into the already roiling Capitol Hill atmosphere comes another powder keg.

The Hill, a Washington, D.C. news site, reported that President Donald Trump is considering issuing an executive order that would end birthright citizenship. As a 2016 presidential candidate, Trump promised to prioritize birthright citizenship changes, but he has since ...Read more

Wily candidates like Biden capitalize on under-informed voters

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

On the rare occasions that Joe Biden emerged from his basement into the daylight in the run-up to the election, he touted his Scranton roots. Biden's tone was along the lines of, "Hey, it's me, plain old Blue-Collar Joe, a guy from working-class Scranton who will make American workers' concerns my administration's priority."

Biden chided ...Read more

Pelosi: Dem heroine or albatross?

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

To some Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems invulnerable. This year, two Pelosi events that would shame average Americans, and cost them their jobs, were like water off a duck’s back.

First, Pelosi foolishly and brazenly ripped up President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, which some asserted broke the Federal Records Act....Read more

On Veteran’s Day, remembering war hero and hall of fame pitcher ‘old Pete’

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

World War I hero and one of baseball’s best-ever pitchers, Grover Cleveland Alexander led a bittersweet life.

Alexander won the pitching triple crown three times – wins, ERA, and strike outs – and won 30 or more games three times in three consecutive years, feats that in this five-inning starts era will never be matched. And in the 1926 ...Read more

COVID-19 ruins another tradition involving baseball and the White House

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

The 2020 World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers won’t be going to the White House to celebrate. COVID-19, the great kill joy, ensured that no invitation would be extended.

Baseball teams first visited the White House in 1865 during Andrew Johnson’s administration. Like Abraham Lincoln before him, Johnson, who labeled baseball the “...Read more

U.S. immigration is big news in Central America

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

South of the border between the United States and Mexico, the presidential race is being watched with keen interest.

In Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, local newspapers are tracking two major headline stories: the coronavirus and President Donald Trump versus his challenger, Joe Biden. La Prensa Libre, Guatemala’s leading daily, ...Read more

A beloved cowboy and His baseball team’s long drought

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

The Los Angeles Angels have endured a long drought in their quest to reach baseball’s post-season. The Halos last appeared in a World Series run in 2014, and this year was the futile Angels’ fifth consecutive losing season.

Fans wonder if the time has come to revive the Angels’ old battle cry: “Win one for the cowboy,” a reference to ...Read more

Pence missed many opportunities during debate

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

When Joe Biden chose California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, he went against tradition.

Typically, a presidential nominee selects an individual who will help him win a swing state. In 2020, that might have been Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Minnesota went for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but only by a narrow margin, and President Donald ...Read more

One important issue overlooked during the first debate

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

After the first presidential debate mercifully ended, Fox News analyst and moderator Chris Wallace called the free-for-all “interesting.” A better word is ugly.

Challenger Joe Biden sunk to calling President Trump names: “liar,” “racist,” “clown” and resorted to an unprecedented presidential political insult, “Will you shut up...Read more

Deep State Subverts American Workers Again

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

Once again, the Deep State has set out to undermine President Trump. And in the process, career bureaucrats and entrenched Capitol Hill never-Trumpers are attempting to put the skids to U.S. tech workers.

The issue, as per usual, is well-paying, white-collar jobs that Department of Homeland Security and Department of State want to give away ...Read more

Play Ball: When the Mt Rushmore Nine Took the Field

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

Play Ball: When the Mt. Rushmore Nine Took the Field

From the 400 carvers who created the magnificent Mt. Rushmore National Memorial emerged a fine baseball nine. The Mount Rushmore Keystones competed in South Dakota’s amateur league, and once went all the way to the state’s playoffs.

Baseball was important to the workers. New carvers ...Read more

 

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