Dodgers notes: Beimel eager to work

first_imgIn fact, Beimel was so ready for spring training that he showed up early, along with several other pitchers. “The only time I have ever come to spring training feeling like I was guaranteed to make the club was in 2004 with Pittsburgh, and I ended up getting released at the end of camp,” Beimel said. “So I’m definitely not thinking that way this year, and I will never think that way again for the rest of my career. “I have to have a good spring, and I’m not taking anything for granted.” One of baseball’s little-known secrets is that one-year contracts, even those procured through the arbitration process, aren’t guaranteed. There are two deadline dates late in spring training by which a player can be released with the club owing a severance of just 30 days’ or 45 days’ salary. All that aside – and barring an injury – Beimel is a lock for the Opening Day roster whether he wants to believe it or not. And even though he lost his arbitration case, he still more than doubled his salary from $425,000 to $912,500. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t still running from his past. Beimel, one of the most important pieces in the club’s bullpen last season, missed the first-round playoff loss to the New York Mets after cutting his hand on a glass while drinking in a bar barely 36 hours before the series opener. And as painful as his absence was for the suddenly depleted Dodgers bullpen, it was doubly so for Beimel. VERO BEACH, Fla. – Joe Beimel sat alone at a table in the middle of an almost-empty clubhouse on Thursday and happily mixed himself a nutritional drink. Barely four months after his infamous absence from the playoffs and just six days after losing to the club in arbitration, the Dodgers left-hander showed no hint of bitterness or righteous indignation. center_img “It was bad,” he said. “I certainly knew the situations when I would have pitched, and I kind of cringed every time one of them came up and I knew that’s when I would have been brought in. I also cringed listening to the broadcasters, because I knew they were going to point it out, and they did.” No rest: Matt Kemp, the Dodgers’ top outfield prospect who had a serviceable major-league debut last summer, spent almost his entire offseason playing for Estrellas de Oriente and then Licey in the Dominican Winter League. He now admits he was mentally drained after more than 11months of nonstop baseball. Still, he showed up at camp almost a week before position players are required to. “By the end of the Dominican, I was kind of through,” Kemp said. “But I have had three weeks now to get my mind cleared. I got here early because I wanted to work … on my outfield defense, mostly with taking better routes to balls.” Kemp said he found the grass in major-league ballparks last season to be generally shorter than in the minors, which caused him to struggle with cutting off balls hit on the ground. Big change: Forgive newly signed right-hander Jason Schmidt if he already is looking toward the end of his three-year contract. In 2009, the final season of Schmidt’s deal, the Dodgers are expected to move their spring-training operations to Glendale, Ariz., near Schmidt’s Phoenix-area home. For the past five springs, Schmidt reported to camp with San Francisco in Scottsdale, a daily commute from his house. This year, he was forced to leave behind a wife who is seven months pregnant and twochildren ages 6 and 9 to travel cross-country for spring training. “It’s just tough,” Schmidt said. “I grew up in a divorced family. From the time I was 8years old, I would see my dad only on weekends. When I didn’t see him for a week, it would seem like a year. Now I have to be away from my kids all spring. They are all coming out here in about two weeks, but they’re only staying for a week or two.” tony.jackson@dailynews.com (818) 713-3675 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Psychologist Confirms Depravity of Man

first_imgIt’s in human nature to do wrong. Experiments show that this is the case.An old preacher used to say, “People aren’t sinners because they sin. They sin because they are sinners.” There’s sound Biblical theology in that simple contrast. The Bible teaches that we are sinners by nature, in need of salvation.Now, a psychologist at The Conversation says, “Scammers don’t cheat because they need the money — they cheat because they’re cheaters.” Because they’re cheaters? How did they get that way?As a behavioral economist, I am fascinated by how money affects decision-making. If money were the driving factor behind cheating, for example, it wouldn’t really make sense for wealthy people to break the law for financial gain.To find out whether cheating is driven by economic necessity or personality, economist Billur Aksoy and I conducted an experiment. We wanted to understand the role money plays in financial frauds.Our findings, published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization in July, suggest that people’s propensity to cheat does not reflect their economic situation. People inclined to cheat will do so whether they are rich or poor.The author, Marco A. Palma, a Professor of Agricultural Economics and Director Human Behavior Laboratory at Texas A&M University, may not hold to a Biblical doctrine of human depravity. He probably thinks there are people who are good by nature (undoubtedly including himself). So what causes this phenomenon where some are “inclined” to cheat?The evidence suggests that wealth influences cheating much less than a person’s ethics – that is, whether or not they are inclined towards cheating. This conclusion is in line with recent studies suggesting that people who engage in antisocial behavior or commit crimes may have a genetic predisposition to do so.In other words, some people may be born with a propensity to cheat others out of their money. If so, then environmental factors like poverty and opportunity are not the reason for cheating – they are an excuse to explain bad behavior.His answer is genetic determinism. So now, the question becomes, why would Darwinism make some people “born with a propensity” to do evil, and not others? Where is the gene for cheating? If it is genetic, how do we know that Palma and his colleague are not infected with the bad gene? Is this article designed to mislead us?If the Bible’s view of man is the true view, then scientists cannot help but uncover evidence for human depravity, despite their protestations to the contrary.(Visited 314 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_img allianceAlliance PartydupDurkan: Universal Credit hitting pockets this Christmas periodFOYLE MLAMark H DurkanSDLPSinn Fein “This oversight in regards to early Christmas payments cannot be deemed a mere lack of foresight.“The fact that no mitigations were put in place or allowances given for the possibility of this type of situation is disgraceful. “This general mismanagement and uncertainty has characterized Universal Credit from the outset.“The creases have not been ironed out as time has rolled on, instead problems are piling up, adding to the litany of failures brought about by Welfare Reform. ShareTweet THE SDLP’s Mark H Durkan has called for an immediate halt to Univeral Credit after the latest glitch in the system could potentially see families here losing out on a payment this month. As a result of employers’ early payment policy in December, some claimaints could find themselves above the threshold for their assessment period resulting in a ‘zero award.’Said the Foyle MLA: “The latest chapter in the horror story that is Universal Credit is further proof that this cruel system is not fit for purpose; serving another blow at the most financially difficult time of the year. “We are well aware that the system is massively flawed.“Food banks here have braced themselves for their busiest Christmas to date, debt is rising, as is homelessness- it is clear UC is the crisis crippling our communities. “This must not be accepted as the ‘new normal’, I can not stress that enough.“Whilst most people look forward to Christmas or prepare themselves for the new year, others will instead find themselves worrying about their next payment as they struggle to make ends meet.“Perhaps members of the DUP, Sinn Féin and Alliance, who voted for this mess in the first place, will think twice before posing for pictures at their local supermarket food-bank drive this Christmas. “They must hold their hands up to the chaos they have inflicted on their communities,” added Mr Durkan.Durkan: Universal Credit hitting pockets this Christmas period was last modified: December 23rd, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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