Archive for July 18th, 2018

2018 MLB All Star Game MVP Alex Bregman was taken as the second overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft. Who was the first overall pick drafted right before Bregman that year?

Now this caught my eye yesterday. Check out this from the Chron’s Mike Morris:

In a rare maneuver that sidesteps Mayor Sylvester Turner’s authority, five City Council members have called a special meeting this week, hoping to force the issue of Houston firefighters’ push for a referendum on pay “parity” with police.

The council members aim to secure their colleagues’ support for a resolution calling on Turner to place an item on the council’s July 24 agenda to schedule a November election on the petition, which seeks to grant firefighters the same pay as police officers of corresponding rank.

In Houston’s strong-mayor form of government, the mayor generally has sole authority to decide what appears on the agenda for the weekly council meetings.

The lone exception allows three council members to set the agenda of a special meeting. Such gatherings — including this one — typically are organized without the mayor’s approval and often struggle to muster a quorum, as many of the 16 council members are loathe to invite the mayor’s wrath.

Council members Greg Travis, Michael Kubosh, Brenda Stardig, Martha Castex-Tatum and Dwight Boykins signed a Monday memo calling a special council meeting for 10 a.m. Friday.

Turner is on a trade mission in South America and will not be back in time to attend the meeting.

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/In-rare-move-Houston-council-members-call-13082318.php?src=hp_totn.

To go or not to go, that is the quorum, err question.  I wonder if Morris will set an over/under on how many council members will attend the Friday meeting? Stay tuned for sure.

Commentary is not going to say much about would or wouldn’t. Yesterday’s move was for his base. Nobody else believes that BS.

Keep hitting GOP candidates who have serious Dem opponents. Make them denounce Donald Trump.

I guess we can use all the help we can. I saw this online this morning:

James Comey—the former FBI director who was fired by President Donald Trump in May 2017—has urged “all who believe in this country’s values” to vote Democrat in this fall’s midterm elections. Comey, who was a registered Republican for most of his adult life and has served both Republican and Democrat presidents, made the plea in a tweet late Tuesday night following intense criticism of Trump’s international summits. Comey wrote: “This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that ‘Ambition must… counteract ambition’ All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall. Policy differences don’t matter right now. History has its eyes on us.” Comey was one of many high-profile figures to criticize the president’s performance alongside Vladimir Putin in Finland on Monday. After the press conference in which Trump backed Putin’s assertions over U.S. intelligence, Comey wrote: “This was the day an American president stood on foreign soil next to a murderous lying thug and refused to back his own country. Patriots need to stand up and reject the behavior of this president.”

Commentary said this on June 26 – three weeks ago:

Commentary has to hand it to the ‘Stros. They sure know how to milk it. I am talking about giving away World Series replica rings for the third time this season. The first time was back in April on a weekend for the first 10,000 fans when the Padres were in town. The second time was last Wednesday against the Rays and all of the 43,000 SRO and change who showed up got a ring. Well guess what? The ‘Stros announced yesterday that the Wednesday, July 11 game against the A’s will also be a World Series replica ring giveaway night with all fans getting a ring. The ‘Stros also decided to kick in dynamic ticket pricing. What did you expect?  The secondary ticket market is also into the dynamic ticket pricing thing for the July 11 game.  Ouch!

Ditto. They are giving the rings away again to everyone who shows up on Monday, August 27 when the A’s are in town. Milking it, baby!

Dansby Swanson of course was the first overall draft selection by the D-Backs back in 2015. Swanson is now with The ATL.

I guess it was only fitting that the 2017 World Series Champs played key roles in last night’s AL win over the NL. Nice.



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