25 Dec

Dodgers, Tracy mutually agree to sever ties

first_img Meanwhile, there were indications Tracy might be named to fill the Pittsburgh Pirates’ managerial vacancy by the end of the week. Asked during a media conference call on Monday night about that possibility, Tracy said he hadn’t been in contact with Pirates officials. The Dodgers and manager Jim Tracy parted company on Monday in what is officially being termed a “mutual agreement” stemming from his well-known philosophical differences with general manager Paul DePodesta. The move was announced after a lengthy meeting between Tracy and DePodesta on Monday at Dodger Stadium, one day after the club concluded a disappointing 71-91 season, finishing fourth in the National League West. Littlefield fired interim manager Pete Mackanin after Sunday’s season finale, telling him he had someone in mind for the job with more major-league managerial experience. Littlefield then flew on Monday to Atlanta, where the Braves were preparing for their first-round playoff series with Houston, to interview Braves third-base coach Fredi Gonzalez for the job – a clear indication Littlefield is trying to hastily meet Major League Baseball’s minority-interview requirements before presumably hiring Tracy. When asked by a reporter from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette late Monday night if Tracy’s departure from the Dodgers clears the way for the Pirates to pursue him, Littlefield said, “Not until I see anything official.” Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy told the Post-Gazette on Sunday that “important information” was expected in about two days, which could have meant he and Littlefield were waiting to learn Tracy’s fate with the Dodgers. Meanwhile, when Tracy was asked during his conference call whether the Dodgers would pay him his $700,000 base salary for next season, he matter-of-factly said, “No.” Tracy then caught himself and clarified, saying, “My understanding is that if I am not working (as a major-league manager), I would be paid by the Los Angeles Dodgers.” As for the Dodgers’ vacancy, DePodesta appears ready to dive right into the search – or at least he will be when he returns on Monday from his sister’s wedding in Italy. “We certainly have a list of candidates,” he said. “Even going back to last year, when I offered the out clause in Jim’s contract, it was something I had to think about even for the conclusion of this season. We will be getting on that in the next couple of days and plan to have interviews next week.” DePodesta declined to say whether the list will include both internal and external candidates. One possible candidate who has a prominent place in the Dodgers’ storied history and is known to have interest in the job is Texas pitching coach Orel Hershiser. Hershiser has vague ties to DePodesta, having pitched for Cleveland in 1996-97 when DePodesta was the Indians’ advance scout. Another possible candidate with DePodesta ties is Art Howe, who managed in Oakland while DePodesta was the A’s assistant general manager. Possible internal candidates with major-league managerial experience are player development director Terry Collins, Triple-A Las Vegas manager Jerry Royster and Dodgers third-base coach Glenn Hoffman, who managed the club on an interim basis after Bill Russell was fired midway through the 1998 season. “There is a list of different things we will be looking for,” DePodesta said. “We’re not going to be secretive. We will announce the people we’re planning on interviewing, and that information will be known in the near future.” One thing DePodesta clearly will be looking for is a manager who shares his philosophies when it comes to player evaluation. Tracy most certainly did not, a fact he never came out and said bluntly during the two seasons after DePodesta was hired to replace Dan Evans in February 2004 but didn’t make an effort to hide, either. “Jim has reached out to me, and I have reached out to him, not only the last two years but probably even moreso the past two months,” DePodesta said. “Unfortunately, at the end of the day, we realized we couldn’t quite get on the same page. That’s probably the reason why (this happened). I think we both decided this probably is best for both parties.” DePodesta’s most ominous statement came toward the end of his media conference call. “Even if we had won 95 games, we still would be having this call,” he said. Tracy went 427-383 (.527) in five seasons at the helm, winning a division title in 2004. Tony Jackson,(818) 713-3675 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I don’t have any idea as to the Pittsburgh Pirates right now and what their thinking is,” he said. “I have spoken with no one other than Paul here over the last couple of days. I don’t have any idea about any of those situations or the direction any of those clubs (with managerial vacancies) will be taking.” Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield has had a close relationship with Tracy since both were part of the Montreal Expos organization in the late 1990s. McClendon fired Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon on Sept. 6, a curious time for such a move given that it came with less than a month left in the season. It was two days later that Tracy, with Houston-based agents Alan and Randy Hendricks, boldly requested a multi-year contract extension from DePodesta and owner Frank McCourt. DePodesta said Monday that request hadn’t come in the form of an ultimatum. But when asked the same question, Tracy was vague, implying he didn’t believe he could manage the team DePodesta had given him back to respectability before his contract expired after next year. “Moving forward, there was some uncertainty with regard to some of our players and things like that,” Tracy said. “I have been asked whether this was fixable, and the answer was definitely yes. I still firmly believe that. But can it be done overnight, or even in one season? I don’t know if the answer to that is yes.” At any rate, Tracy didn’t appear to have much leverage in seeking the extension – unless he was fairly certain another job would be waiting for him if he lost this one. last_img read more

18 Dec

Relief at the pump for motorists

first_img4 June 2012 The price of all grades of petrol will decrease by 55 cents a litre this week, and could drop even further next month, according to Investment Solutions economist Chris Hart. The Department of Energy announced on Friday that a litre of 95 ULP (unleaded petrol) in Gauteng will cost R11.67 from Wednesday on the back of lower international prices.The price of diesel with a 0.05 sulphur content will decrease by 24.82 cents a litre. Diesel with a 0.005 percent sulphur content will also decrease by the same amount.The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin will drop by 21 cents a litre.The single maximum national retail price for illuminating paraffin will decrease by 28 cents a litre, and the maximum retail price for LP Gas by 99 cents a kilogram.The average international prices of petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin had decreased, the department said.Economist Chris Hart said the drop in the international crude prices and the rand complemented each other.“The fuel prices have been going up relentlessly for the past year,” Hart said.“This is a nice relief, and it could well be that its followed up by further relief at the beginning of next month, because the global crude prices have actually come down even further.”Sapalast_img read more

12 Dec

February Caregiving Webinar: Medicaid & Military Families (Part 3)

first_imgJoin the Military Caregiving Concentration team as they host their FREE monthly professional development webinar on the topic of ‘Medicaid and Military Families: Adults with Special Needs’ – part three of a three-part series.Date: February 18, 2015Time: 11:00 a.m. EasternEvent Location: Part III Medicaid and Military Families: Adults with Special Needs *No registration is requiredChristopher Plein Ph.D., an Eberly Professor of Outstanding Public Service at West Virginia University, will examine Medicaid options for older families members, such as spouses and adult children. The overall purpose of these modules is to assist family support providers and others with a general knowledge of Medicaid and to provide some guidance on where to turn for resources and further information.Webinar training objectives for Part 3 include:Provide an overview of Medicaid and adults with special needsIdentify reasons for accessing MedicaidIllustrate key concepts for adults receiving Medicaid servicesUnderstand how Medicaid impacts older children, adults and the elderlyIdentify new trends within MedicaidIdentify key takeaways for professionals serving military families with special needs.If you have missed the beginning of the series and would like to receive continuing education credit, you can find both Part 1 and 2 at the following sites:Part 1 Medicaid and Military Families: An IntroductionPart 2 Medicaid and Military Families: Children with Special NeedsCEU Credit Available!The Military Families Learning Network will be providing 1.0 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) continuing education credit to credentialed participants. Certificates of Completion will also be available for training hours as well. For more information on CEU credits go to: NASW Continuing Education Instructions. Interested in Joining the Webinar?*No registration is required; simply go to Part 3 Medicaid and Military Families: Adults with Special Needs the day of the event to join. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense so you must install security certificates if you are not located on a military installation. Instructions for certificate installation can be found by clicking on DCO Adobe Certificate Installation. You can connect to the Adobe webinar using iPhone, iPad, and Droid apps. Search for DCO Connect in the respective stores.For those who cannot connect to the Adobe site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on Ustream.last_img read more

27 Nov

New national team talents excite PH skipper Schrock

first_imgPhilippines captain Stephan Schrock sees plenty of promise from the Azkals’ latest recruits, whom he said look “hungry, fresh and excited” to help the country in the next cycle of the World Cup qualifiers starting September.Speaking to the Inquirer before the Azkals left for Guangzhou, China, on Tuesday night, the country’s only Asian Cup goal scorer believes the likes of newcomers Michael Kempter, Diego Bardanca and Pancho Fernandez can bring “positive vibes and energy” in their upcoming training camp and in future tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DQ’d Ochoa settles for bronze LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ In fact, the new talents have made Schrock put his international retirement plans on hold.“There are so many reasons to quit and really just a few to stay and continue,” said the 33-year-old Schrock. “This is for the country. I feel like I can still help on the pitch than somewhere else. If they find players much better than me, then I’ll be happy to step away.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAzkals coach Scott Cooper has brought 24 players for the China camp, but only 17 will be eligible for the match against the Chinese national team on Friday.Midfielder Christian Rontini of Italian side Sangiovannesse and goalkeeper Bernd Schipmann of German club Rot Weiss Ahlen are eligible to play against China. Kempter, Bardanca, Fernandez, Kainoa Bailey, Enrique Bernal, Kevin Guerra and Kristoffer Strickler are only invitees to the camp as they are still trying to secure the necessary requirements to play for the country. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Kempter, a defender, needs to secure a change in sporting nationality from the Fifa Player Status committee since he played for Switzerland at the youth level, while the Poland-based Bardanca, who has Filipino lineage through one of his grandparents, is still in the process of securing his passport.Fernandez grew up in Toronto, Canada, but plays in the second division in Chile. Both of his parents are Filipino as he traces his roots in Bacolod City and Manila.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more