LOS ANGELES — The Major League Baseball draft is not about name recognition or instant gratification. No prospect has played in a bowl game or busted a bracket in March. Even for the top choices, the dimmer lights of the minor leagues await.
On Sunday, though, the draft began with a rare flurry of the familiar. The sons of two decorated outfielders from the 2000s, Matt Holliday and Andruw Jones, were taken with the first two picks — and a pitcher rejected by the Mets last year followed them.
The Baltimore Orioles used the first pick on Jackson Holliday, a shortstop from Stillwater High School in Oklahoma, who joins the Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. (1987) as the only other son of a major leaguer to be taken first overall. The Arizona Diamondbacks then chose Druw Jones, an outfielder from Wesleyan High School in Georgia, before the Texas Rangers grabbed the right-hander Kumar Rocker.
Rocker has been a phenomenon for years; as a freshman at Vanderbilt University in 2019, he threw a no-hitter in the N.C.A.A. tournament on his way to a College World Series title. In three seasons, he went 28-10 with a 2.89 E.R.A., averaging 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The Mets took him 10th overall last summer.
Their interest dimmed because of concerns about Rocker’s right arm, and while he has since had minor shoulder surgery, he was pitching well for an independent league team this season. He stands to benefit financially from the ordeal; the slotted value for the third pick in this draft is $7.59 million, about $3 million more than the value of his draft slot last year.
The Mets received the 11th overall pick on Sunday as compensation for failing to sign Rocker, and they used it on Kevin Parada, a sophomore catcher from Georgia Tech. Parada, a right-handed batter, hit .361 with 26 homers in 2022, earning the Buster Posey Award as the nation’s top college catcher.
“I want to win, I’m a leader, I can hit,” Parada said, when asked to describe himself as a player. He said he aspired to be like Posey and the Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto, the catchers he most admired.
“I grew up being a catcher,” he said. “I’ve played multiple positions throughout my career, but catching’s been my home.”
Parada said he had also played the outfield and corner infield positions. That versatility could help with the Mets, whose top prospect, according to MLB.com, is also a 20-year-old catcher: Francisco Álvarez, who is now with Class AAA Syracuse.
The Mets used their regular first-round choice, No. 14 overall, on Jett Williams, a 5-foot-8, right-handed-hitting shortstop from Rockwall-Heath High School outside Dallas. Williams said he modeled himself after similarly undersized stars like Jose Altuve, Mookie Betts and Alex Bregman, and was thrilled to be chosen by the Mets.
“I actually lived in New York when I was 2 to 4,” said Williams, who lived on Long Island in Port Jefferson while his father studied at Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine. “Happy to come back home and can’t wait to go to work.”
The Yankees picked 25th overall and chose Spencer Jones, a 6-foot-7, left-handed-hitting junior outfielder from Vanderbilt. Jones hit .370 with 12 home runs, a 1.103 on-base plus slugging percentage and 14 stolen bases in 2022.
The middle of the first round included two other players whose fathers played in the majors: Justin Crawford, a speedy, left-handed-hitting outfielder from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, went to the Philadelphia Phillies at No. 17, and the Cincinnati Reds used the next pick on Cam Collier, a third baseman and left-handed batter from Chipola College, a junior college in Florida. Crawford’s father, Carl, was a four-time All-Star, and Collier’s father, Lou, played eight seasons in the majors.
“You have more of an understanding of what to expect at the next level,” Justin Crawford said. “That’s the biggest thing I’ve been able to take away, to know it’s not going to be easy. But I think I have a little bit of a step up because I was able to be there with my dad.”
Jackson Holliday, 18, was a regular around the Colorado Rockies when his father played there, earning a measure of renown around the clubhouse for imitating batting stances. Matt would call out a name — Jim Edmonds, Nomar Garciaparra, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols — and Jackson would entertain visitors with spot-on impressions. He was 3 years old at the time.
“When you’re imitating big leaguers at 3 years old,” Matt’s father, Tom, said in 2007, “obviously you’re a pretty good showman.”
A teammate of Holliday’s, pitcher Josh Fogg, predicted then that Jackson Holliday would someday be a first-round draft choice. The day arrived on Sunday, when he was picked before anyone else.
By: Tyler Kepner
Title: An M.L.B. Draft High on Name Recognition and Star Power
Sourced From: www.nytimes.com/2022/07/17/sports/baseball/holliday-jones-rocker-mlb-draft.html
Published Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2022 03:16:35 +0000
Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions
A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions.
Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.
However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.
For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.
Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”
Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.
According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.
Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour.
The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”
In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.
Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.
Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.
Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances.
Title: Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions
Sourced From: celebrity.nine.com.au/latest/taylor-swift-private-jet-co2-emissions-highest-celebrity-rep-statement/589119a2-fb57-48bc-9547-73c28db53d21
Published Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2022 03:07:00 GMT
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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!
Jodie Sweetin is married!
The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.
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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.
“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”
Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.
This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.
Congrats to the newlyweds!
By: Just Jared
Title: Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!
Sourced From: www.justjared.com/2022/07/31/jodie-sweetin-marries-mescal-wasilewski-with-fuller-house-co-stars-in-attendance/
Published Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2022 04:26:28 +0000
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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season
All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.
In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.
Watch the full episode above or listen it below.
Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk.
By: Anne Thompson
Title: How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season
Sourced From: www.indiewire.com/video/tiff-venice-2022-analysis-spielberg-screen-talk-391-1234746652/
Published Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2022 20:52:17 +0000
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