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Who has the most career RBIs all time in MLB? Hint: he is still with us.

BREAKING NEWS! From MLB.com:

The Astros will not go to an arbitration hearing with George Springer after all. The World Series champions have agreed to a two-year, $24 million contract with their All-Star right fielder, according to multiple reports Monday morning.

The club has not confirmed the reports.

According to USA Today, which first reported the agreement, Springer’s deal will be spread evenly between 2018 and ’19, paying him $12 million in both seasons.

In preparation for the hearing that would have determined his 2018 salary if he and the team didn’t agree to a contract, Springer had filed for $10.5 million. The Astros had countered at $8.5 million. The 28-year-old earned $3.9 million last season.

Springer had a career year in 2017 as he helped lead Houston to the franchise’s first World Series title. He hit .283 with a career-high 34 home runs and 85 RBIs in the regular season, and he was named World Series MVP after slugging five homers in the Astros’ thrilling seven-game win over the Dodgers.

Springer would still have one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining in 2020 after playing out his two-year contract. He would become a free agent in ’21.

Pulitzer prize winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg is certainly taking aim at the proposed changes being considered over at HISD. This is Falkenberg’s third straight column on the issue.   Here is how she started her column yesterday:

Alarming efforts by Houston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza to perform a lobotomy on the state’s largest school district seem all the more radical when you consider a policy the school board adopted only three months ago.

Carranza has said he wants to centralize the district long celebrated for its decentralized approach. Instead of principals making decisions for each unique campus, more decisions would be made by somebody sitting in central office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

That flies in the face of what the board voted to support in November.

“The District is fully committed to a de-centralized system of schools, giving principals the authority over the educational and operational systems,” reads the board’s educational philosophy.

It clearly states the board’s belief that decision-making on campuses should “be placed as close as possible to the teacher and the student,” and that the board and the superintendent should pretty much play supporting rules until poor performance triggers intervention.

“The central office shall turn the traditional management pyramid upside down and become an enabler rather than an enforcer,” the policy states. “Its role shall be to train, consult, provide resources and evaluate.”

Here is the entire column: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/falkenberg/article/Carranza-s-top-down-management-plan-violates-12547759.php?utm_source=chron&utm_medium=linkmodule&utm_campaign=btfpm.

I wonder if Falkenberg and the Superintendent have had a face to face on this issue? Just curious.

Yesterday the Chron E-board endorsed Andrew White for Governor in the Dem Primary. Here is a line from the endorsement:

Democrats need to choose the candidate who, quite simply, will appeal to the most voters in a contest against Abbott. We believe that candidate is Andrew White.

Here is the entire endorsement: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/recommendations/article/Andrew-White-is-the-Democratic-Party-s-George-W-12549184.php.

Andrew White also received the Houston LGBT Political Caucus endorsement this past Saturday.

White also picked up the endorsement of the Dallas Morning News.

The E-Board also endorsed Rep. Sarah Davis in the GOP HD 134 primary here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/recommendations/article/For-state-District-134-representative-12549192.php.

That was expected.

Sen. Sylvia Garcia was endorsed today for CD 29 by the Chron E-Board.  (I can’t find the link.)

So far, I have seen TV ads for Alex T, Lizzie Fletcher, and Tahir Javed – Dem speaking, of course.

I saw this comment:

If (Tahir) Javed calls it ‘Stinkadena’, then he’s definitely not knowledgeable of the local slang – it’s been called ‘Pasadirty’ for many decades by those who lived there and had to put up with not only the odiferous aroma of the many chemical processing and production facilities, but the volume of particulates they emitted in the pre-NEPA days. Perhaps the particulate emissions have since been reduced while the aroma remains, but I suspect the local electorate (older ones, anyway) still use the traditional slur.

I never heard of Pasadirty and I am from Baytown.

Paul Ryan definitely showed us his arse this past weekend on his callous buck-fifty tweet. What an arse.

The Harris County Tax Assessor Collector put this out yesterday after Miya Shay’s story about flood victims getting their voter registrations suspended. This is what you call after the fact:

I’m contacting you to clear up misinformation floating around the Harris County regarding residents displaced by Hurricane Harvey being taken off the voter rolls. 

Voters on the Harris County Voter Registrar’s “Suspense List” are ELIGIBLE TO VOTE.  If your voting status is in suspense, you will need to update your address information by filling out a “Statement of Residence” form at the polling location when you go to vote.  

I want every eligible voter in Harris County to be able to exercise their right to vote. I’m here to help take the suspense and myths out of the voter registration process.  I am proud to say that Voter Registrar Division have registered more voters, and trained more Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrars than any other in the history of this office.

Please help get this message out to others by sharing this email with your family, friends, and neighbors.  Contact us at voters@hctx.net or 713-274-8387 so we can help! 

Scrambling for sure and trying to get ahead of something they should have been ahead of – got it?

I really wasn’t impressed with most of the ads last night. Dodge Ram messed up big time by using MLK, Jr.’s voice.

I liked the Sprint robots, Para-Olympics, Wendy’s shot at McDonald’s, Avocados from Mexico, Jack-in-the-Box with Martha Stewart, Alexa, Manning and Beckham “Dirty Dancing”, Lindsey Vonn, and “The Voice” country ads.

The game was pretty good too.

Hank Aaron of course is the all-time career leader in RBIs with 2,297. Hank Aaron is 84 today!

Spring Training opens next week!

 

 

 

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