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The Daily Herald MLB to investigate reports 2018 champion Red Sox stole signs By Kyle Hightower BOSTON (AP) — Major League Baseball says it will investigate allegations the Boston Red Sox illegally used their video replay room to steal signs between opposing pitchers and catchers during their 2018 World Series championship season. The claims were made Tuesday in a report by The Athletic. The website cited three anonymous sources it said were with the Red Sox during the 2018 season who said some players visited the replay room during games to get information on sign sequences. Those sources told The Athletic that the Red Sox weren’t able to do it during the postseason because of in-person monitors used by MLB in those games. “The Commissioner made clear in a September 15, 2017 memorandum to clubs how seriously he would take any future violation of the regulations regarding use of electronic equipment or the inappropriate use of the video replay room. Given these allegations, MLB will commence an investigation into this matter,” the league said in a statement. The Red Sox said they will cooperate as MLB looks into the allegations. “We were recently made aware of allegations suggesting the inappropriate use of our video replay room,” the team said in a statement. “We take these allegations seriously and will fully cooperate with MLB as they investigate the matter.” The incident that prompted MLB’s 2017 warning from Commissioner Rob Manfred to teams came after the Red Sox were fined an undisclosed sum for “sending electronic communications from their video replay room to an athletic trainer in the dugout” during an August 2017 series against the rival New York Yankees. The New York Times reported that general manager Brian Cashman filed a complaint with the commissioner’s office regarding that incident which included


video. The newspaper said it showed a member of Boston’s training staff looking at his Apple Watch in the dugout and relaying a message to players. Manfred said at the time that future violations would be subject to more serious sanctions, including possible loss of draft picks. He said last month that he has the authority to levy even stiffer penalties. The latest allegations against the Red Sox come after The Athletic reported last month that the Houston Astros allegedly stole signs during home games of their 2017 World Series championship season by using a camera positioned in center field. Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora was the bench coach for that team and has spoken with MLB. He has declined further comment on the matter. ———

BHBL Soccer Senior Night By Kyle Kristel The 2019 Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Soccer seniors were celebrated on Monday, the 7th with their annual senior night,​.​ There was a pregame ceremony for parents to share a special moment with their child before the team's final home game of the season. The Spartans took on the Shaker Blue Bison and no team found the back of the net in the first half. Shaker took the lead early in the second half. Burnt Hills tied the game later off of a goal scored by Jack Wells on and that is when things began to get chippy. Two yellow cards were given to Burnt Hills players after a hard foul by the Shaker center midfielder. Burnt Hills center midfielder Owen Muller retaliated and tackled the player, showing his disapproval of the action. Originally the yellow card was going to go to the Shaker player, but the refs handed it to Owen for his unsporting act. Normally cards would be given out to both players but only Owen got a card. This created an argument between the Burnt Hills coaches and captains with the two referees. However, junior AJ Giaquinto received another yellow card for talking to the refs because he is not one of the three captains. With the yellow cards, the Spartans were forced to put different people into different positions. Resulting from this, Burnt Hills midfielder Jack Winslow slid in the box, trying to win the ball, and the refs called for a penalty kick. Shaker took the lead 2-1 on the penalty kick and the Spartans became desperate. Trying everything they can to score. Finally Jacob Scott put one in the back of the net tying the game. After several missed opportunities for each team, we headed into overtime. After two periods of overtime and more missed chances(mainy Burnt Hills) we ended senior night in a tie. The tie is fitting, as the Seniors record over the past 4 years is about .500. “ It was exciting and entertaining, I enjoyed watching it.” said player Phillip Billings who was


unable to play due to an injury. “ There was lots of bad calls against us, but we made a mental mistake by sliding in the box.” Burnt Hill’s failure to score in overtime was frustrating for all people watching. “We had several chances to win the game.” Athletic Director Joe scalise thought. The game was “ well played game by both teams. It was end to end action with two competitive teams.” Burnt Hills looks to move on from the game and the questionable calls. “ Players need to just worry about what you can control.” Scalise added. As the Spartans move on to their first sectional game on Wednesday the 23rd, they can not allow the refs to dictate the outcome of their game. They need to be disciplined and stay in control. The team’s goal was to win a sectional championship. The team’s seniors are determined to win after last year's disappointing end. Head Coach Adam Cohen will be ecstatic if his boy’s can bring home a Section 2 Class A championship in his second year of coaching. If the Spartans win on Wednesday, they will play in the quarterfinals on Friday, the 25th.

Bennet Hladun on Burnt Hills Baseball By Kyle Kristel Bennet Hladun is a student athlete here at Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School. He spent 3 years playing soccer before shifting his focus to baseball and baseball only. He played on the freshman team in 8th and 9th grade and last year he spent his sophomore season on the Junior Varsity team. I asked Ben about the baseball team and every aspect of the baseball program. The Junior Varsity team was an unexpected 13-6 compared to the Varsity team’s lackluster 7-12. The Varsity team will have a new head coach this upcoming season, so I asked Ben about what he wants in a new coach as he works towards becoming a varsity athlete. “ I would hire someone with experience and with lots of time to dedicate towards our team and season,” Ben said, “I would prefer a younger coach that could build a better relationship with the team.” Junior Varsity coach Josh Hadcock will be a lead candidate for the job. He lead the JV team to 13 wins and the players liked him. “ I think he is a great coach” Hladun said, “ I would have no problem if he was the varsity coach next year.” Burnt Hills’s baseball field is used as a soccer field during the offseason and the infield is not maintained at all. “ It’s very inconvenient for us players, we can’t come to the school and use the mound or take practice ground balls”. The field itself is also not impressive by any standards. The school purchased netting to help keep the balls on the field, but did remove the existing fencing and high fence behind home plate. “ The net is nice but it is barely noticed. The temporary outfield fence we have is currently thrown in the woods. Our field only gets maintained in the season, making unusable for


practice in the summer and fall. Our outdoor batting cage is falling apart which is very inconvenient during practice and games.” When compared to other schools and they’re baseball programs, Burnt Hills has many flaws from facilities to amount of practice. “Other schools have practice and a workout. Also their season starts earlier than ours.” The school’s impact on the baseball teams is minimal as well. “ do not receive new gear from the school as often as other sports. The Booster Club ends up paying for most of our new items.” Without the schools support it is hard for the team to improve. Without high quality facilities, it is hard to have good practices and develop good players into great players. Its asking a lot of coaches to win games without being able to have productive practices. “ I just want to win. I know that everybody else does too.” If winning is the goal lots of improvements will have to be made, from everyone in the program.

Restaurant review: LongHorn Steakhouse in Colonie Big portions of grilled meats, cocktails are strong suits at chain steakhouse Susie Davidson Powell Jan. 9, 2020

The area's first LongHorn Steakhouse is surprisingly comfortable, and some of the food has more redeeming qualities than I'd expected. The 39-year-old, 500-location chain and Olive Garden sibling has finally arrived in the Capital Region, landing in the dining playground of Wolf Road in Colonie, of course. You know the building is new, but — at least in my vague recollection of chain eateries — it has a softer mood than your usual shiny corporate concept thanks to muted carpets, Aztec upholstery and a bunch of ranch-style collectibles like saddles, longhorn skulls and antler chandeliers. It all comes together under beamed ceilings and croony country-western tunes by the likes of Randy Travis, Jon Wolfe, Justin Townes Earle. The names may mean nothing to me, but they deliver familiar tales of boot dust and achy-breaky hearts. Dinner is going to be epic, the steaks legendary. We know because it's written on the menu. There are Epic Beginnings for $5.99 that embrace fried pickles and Jack and Coke, and epic pairings elsewhere, when the menu tells you whether to order Blue Moon beer or LongHorn Perfect Margarita with each plate. On an expansive menu, such hand-holding means the overwhelmed barely need to think. And right off the rip,


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Hello! Our server — who will later draw a heart around her name on a bill as long as a CVS receipt — hits the table either to recite the preamble to the Constitution at the speed of radio commercial legal jargon or in fact to welcome us to LongHorn, "where the meat and seafood is fresh, never frozen." She speaks so incomprehensibly fast that I laugh reflexively and tell her we have no idea what she said. She doesn't laugh, but she manages to effortlessly lead us into ordering LongHorn signature apps and drinks before she leaves. It is a clever policy: Get 'em in, get 'em fed. Guest corralling is a necessary tactic here, as coordinated as herding sheep. The something-for-everybody menu means the place is packed even early on a midweek evening, and it seems we have arrived all at the same time. Older couples, college dates, families, colleagues: The mass of humanity is ushered in and attended to. Servers scatter and regroup in dining room football plays while an omnipresent manager soundlessly paces the floor in soft shoes, stopping to confirm our satisfaction every five minutes or so. "How is everything? Is everything fine?" It's impossible to respond between every bite so we wanly nod and smile. Within 40 minutes our entire meal has hit the table. By 8:30 p.m. the dining room has the air of a theater after letting out, a few stragglers still exiting, fallen food and napkins swept along like tumbleweeds, servers lolling in post-show clusters, others spritzing and wiping tables as we eat, crashing plates and dropping cutlery with abandon. But dinner is not nearly as messy as you might expect. The Texas margarita is a perky, citrusy rendering, a LongHorn old fashioned not overly sweet; the beer drinker in our group can make his draft pint a 20-ounce Long Pour for $2.50 more. Great hulking slabs of meat are so large for the dollar value that a gustatory three-course dinner for three, with drinks, is under $150 with tip. LongHorn calls itself a "casual ranch-style steakhouse chain known for grilled beef and other American dishes." And that's everything you need to know. The "epic" Wild West shrimp turn out to be pretty good battered popcorn shrimp spiked with cherry


peppers; a grilled salmon fillet is nicely seasoned and still lightly translucent in the center; pork chops with fierce cross-hatched grill marks at first cut feel overdone but are surprisingly tender, if brashly salted. And the signature 18-ounce Outlaw ribeye is a veritable beast, boasting flavor and a beautifully rare sear. Those "other American dishes" are mostly forgive-and-forgettable: TGIF-style salads report to the table with a lone crouton and ring of onion; rice has a buffet tray sheen; cheese-stuffed mushrooms are unlovably sweaty in sodden, melty cheese, like something rustled up late night in a dorm room; and, as an add-on, skinny, limp asparagus succeed only in the quest to put something green on meat-and potato-plates. It's also hard to concentrate once you realize your popcorn shrimp and rib eye with a lobster-topped baked potato have amassed a whopping 2,700 calories after you tally the menu annotations printed next to every dish. And this before your fork plunges into a dense molten lava chocolate cake domed in syrup-squiggled ice cream. The choco-fudge center is less molten lava than slow-moving glacier, but earns every inch of its purported 1,100 calories. As I look at those now fed, their leftovers bagged, few seem to care. Later, one guest compares our dinner to "a trombone played fortissimo for 90 minutes." That's about right: bold and brassy and breathlessly in your face. It might not be an epic dining experience, but, for many, LongHorn Steakhouse will hit the spot. Dinner for three with appetizers, mains, drinks and a shared dessert, costs $153 with tax and 20 percent tip. A New York strip steak with a baked potato upgrade and a cocktail will cost around $40 with tax and 20 percent tip.

Section 2’s Hosting Venue: Colonie High School By Kyle Kristel Section 2 plays all of their biggest soccer games at Colonie High School. The Sectional Championships, and the Regional Championships are held in Colonie. But is the field a good enough venue? It is not turf and it is not the newest venue in the area. The field has no particular name, just the varsity soccer field. It has a concession, which is located near the end of the bleachers. The bleachers are metal, like most high school fields. They are small and long, making the field feel enclosed. The playing surface itself, grass, is well maintained but players still slip everywhere. The Colonie teams do not practice on this field, keeping it in good enough shape for all of the important games. But why is this the chosen field? Though it has shelter for the players on the bench and a well run concession, why is the field used for the biggest of games. There are lots of fields in the area that have turf, and a


larger seating capacity. I spoke with Ernie Clapper, the section 2 soccer director and he does not know when the field became the section’s championship facility. This rules out the possible thought of a long lasting tradition. It doesn’t make sense to me. Why use a subpar field and facility for the biggest games? There are lots of schools with a better field and better facilities. Lasalle and Mohonasan are both venues for the semi-final for the sectional championship. These fields have a larger capacity than Colonie and are both turf fields. Section 2 stretches all the way from LakeGeorge to Averill Park. It has 77 schools and yet Colonie is the field used to hold the section’s biggest games each year. The best thing Colonie has is its location. Colonie is central to everything. It is not a far ride for visiting teams and it is near Albany. The gameday atmosphere is not that bad. It always seems as if people would rather stand behind a goal than watch from the freezing metal bleachers. One of my problems with the field is that everything is shared. The entrance serves as a dual ticket booth for the soccer field and the adjacent football field. The concession is split between the varsity field and the JV field. Everything is setup to be easy for the school not the fans and players. The first game of three on Saturday, teams had to warm up on the JV field as players were not allowed on the varsity field due to frost. The games are rushed back to back and teams are beginning their warmups while the previous game’s victors are celebrating.

Why Colin Kaepernick Should be in the NFL By Kyle Kristel Colin Kaepernick has claimed that he was “denied for 3 years” from the NFL and he’s right. Kaepernick has seemed to be an option for several teams over the past 3 years. Undrafted quarterbacks have been given roster spots and even starting opportunities towards the end of seasons and after injuries. Players like Kyle Allen and David Blough given chances this season over a guy who led his team to the Superbowl. So why isn’t he in the league? Kaepernick is the leader of kneelers. He is the man who started kneeling which caused NFL ratings to drop during the 2016 season. He is being blackballed because he cost the NFL money although gaining the spotlight in the national media. Before you ask, he is not too old. He is 32 and missed his 30 and 31 year old seasons. For quarterbacks this would be considered his prime. Other players who kneel include Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills who is now on the Houston Texans and Eric Reid who kneeled alongside Kaeprnick on the 49ers is now playing for the Panthers. The NFL is blatantly doing everything it can to keep Colin Kapernick out of the NFL yet doing it’s best to keep its public image by having a workout last month.


Kaepernick’s numbers during the 2016 season, his worst and last, weren’t even that bad when compared to others. His 1.2 interception percentage was at a career low while his rushing yards per game was only 0.9 behind his career high. During his 2016 season Kaepernick only played 12 games yet had the same amount of touchdowns as Carson Wentz, a 2017 pro bowler. Kaepernick also finished 31st in the league in rushing yards per game. Kaepernick's averages were better than that of the Denver Broncos and the SeattleSeahawks. Despite having fewer carries, Kaepernick was out rushing entire teams. Statistically Kaepernick was ready for the league. He is good enough for the league. When comparing his 12 games from 2016 to Tom Brady’s 13 from 2019 Kaepernick has 3 less picks, a completion percentage difference of only 1.7 and only 4 less total touchdowns. Kaepernick’s numbers prove that he should still be in the league. His touchdown percentage is 1.3 points higher that Brady’s 3.6 %. Kaepernick is deserving of a roster spot. He still has skills and is in his prime. He is younger than a lot of quarterbacks. Greg Roman, the 49ers old offensive coordinator, is now seeing the same success he had with Colin Kaepernick with another mobile quarterback in Lamar Jackson. There is no debate that Kaepernick is a good enough player for the NFL. The question is when or if an owner is willing to take heat from the media for signing him.

Why Colin Kaepernick Shouldn’t be in the NFL By Kyle Kristel Colin Kaepernick did not play good enough to be deserving of a job in the NFL. His final season in 2016 was very bad, leading his 49ers to a 1-15 record. He caused all the focus to be on him and not the team. Owners should be skeptical to bring him in to your locker room. He will ruin any team’s chemistry and divide the locker room. Not only can Kaepernick be considered a cancer he also will bring a whole crew of extra media. Your team will be all over every news outlet,but not for winning. For whatever Colin Kaepernick says. There's always a risk of him kneeling again too. If he kneels, you will lose fans and rating will drop. Not only will you have to pay Kaepernick millions of dollars, your profits will drop by millions. Kaepernick is also not a good option of quarterback. He is a 32 year old and is certainly past his prime as a mobile quarterback. There are lots of better options at the QB position via the draft, free agency or trade. It makes no sense to sign Kaepernick, as the only way your team what improve is in roster size.


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