Archive for December 14th, 2017

Explain Value, Please

The ‘Stros signed reliever Joe Smith, yes Joe Smith yesterday, who played for Cleveland and the Jays this past season. Smith was first drafted in the 3rd round in 2006. Name the team who drafted him?

Here is the Mike Morris Chron story on the latest on the recycling contract for the City of H-Town: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/Controller-balks-at-city-recycling-contract-12425746.php.

The Mayor says his proposed pick offers the best value for the City. That’s fine and dandy but what does value mean?   Just explain for some folks, what the heck is value? Shouldn’t be hard to do.

The following is not a shocking development because she’s a state leader on this issue and folks know it. Here is what State Rep. Carol Alvarado put out yesterday:

 Dear Friends,

This past legislative session, anti-women politicians in the Texas Legislature once again passed laws that target women and teens, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and immigrants — all communities that rely on Planned Parenthood health centers. Planned Parenthood just released a list of Champs and Chumps in the Texas Legislature and I am honored to have been named a champion for women rights. 

Here is from Planned Parenthood:

Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston)

Rep. Alvarado has fought for reproductive health and rights throughout her tenure in the Texas Legislature. During floor debate on SB 8, Rep. Alvarado had some choice words for the extreme anti-woman legislators behind an alarmingly invasive abortion complications reporting amendment, highlighting that similar regulatory attention is never paid to health care for men.

She is just doing her job.

Here is a part of a Texas Observer story with the headlines:

No Texas Senator Has Called for the Resignation of Two Colleagues Accused of Sexual Misconduct

The reticence of many to respond strongly against these allegations is likely in part because more senators hold secrets of their own, a political scientist said.

This week, the Observer reached out to all 31 state senators as well as Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who didn’t respond, about the allegations. Of the 15 senators who responded, including Miles and Uresti, all broadly denounced sexual harassment, variously noting that it is “unacceptable,” “a serious and sensitive issue” and “will not be tolerated in the Texas Senate.” However, none called on Miles or Uresti to resign. Seven senators — four Democrats and three Republicans — said the allegations needed to be investigated or reviewed by the Senate. (Read the full responses here.)

Here is the Observer story: https://www.texasobserver.org/texas-legislature-sexual-harassment-resign-silence-uresti-miles/.

Duh? Commentary is going to kind of repeat what I said three days ago. Some of the State Senators have led sizable taxpayer funded operations. What policies did they have in place when they were in charge and how did they handle complaints if there were any? Pretty simple questions if you ask Commentary, but guess what, …..?

She completes me. Rather she completes my Dad’s Christmas tree. My good buddy Laura dropped by yesterday with a ‘Stros World Series Championship Christmas tree ornament. Very cool!

The Mets of course drafted Joe Smith in the 3rd round in 2006.

From the ‘Stros:

The Houston Astros have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with free agent right-handed pitcher Joe Smith. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow. Smith, 33, combined to go 3-0 with one save and a 3.33 ERA (20ER/54IP) in 59 games with the Blue Jays and Indians in 2017. He racked up 71 strikeouts in his 54.0 innings, allowing just a .229 opponent batting average. He also made four postseason appearances for the Indians in the ALDS, tossing 2.1 scoreless frames. In seven career postseason appearances, Smith has allowed just one hit and no runs (5 IP). Smith is a veteran of 11 Major League seasons, having spent time with the Mets (2007-08), Indians (2009-13, 2017), Angels (2014-16), Cubs (2016) and Blue Jays (2017). He’s made 698 career relief appearances, posting a 2.97 ERA (206ER/624.2IP). With the addition of Smith, the Astros now have 39 players on their 40-man roster.


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