The Yankees sent Gerrit Cole out of school in the first round of the 2008 amateur draft.
It took them nearly a dozen years to finally get the right people to join the organization as free agents in December.
And now, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic that has killed the sport, both Cole and the Yankees are still waiting for him to make his debut with the team after becoming the highest paid thrower in sports history.
For other high-priced Yankees agents from the past, delaying their careers with the team will be difficult.
“I can’t imagine through that,” Mark Teixeira told The Post by telephone recently.
Teixeira, now an analyst with ESPN, signed an eight-year, $ 180 million contract with the Yankees after the 2008 season as part of the free agent class which includes CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett in the Bronx.
“2009 is the greatest anticipation I have ever had for any baseball season,” Teixeira said. “Signing the contract and having the opportunity in the World Series, I want to start working. I will report to Tampa [for spring training] the next day. For a man like Gerrit Cole who was at home throwing bullpens in his backyard when he was supposed to be at Yankee Stadium in front of 50,000 fans, it must be difficult. “
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And no one knows when that can change.
MLB this week presented a proposal to the Players Association about what a season would be like if they resumed spring training next month and started the regular season in July, but the situation remained very fluid.
It also remains to be seen whether those plans will include the game in New York, where the pandemic has hit hard.
For now, what Cole gets most is with his throwing colleagues, Aaron Boone and Adam Ottavino – and Cole’s wife, Amy – outside Cole’s home in Connecticut.
This is a far different scenario from Mike Mussina after signing a six-year contract worth $ 88.5 million after the 2000 season.
“When I went to New York, they came from the World Series championship, so there was a lot of anticipation for the season to start,” Mussina said. “If we have to stop it in mid-March and wait all this time, I’m sure it will be very strange because you know if they come back this year, it will be shortened spring training and you have to make your mind correct and your body much faster than you normally do. “
Mussina really started off with a bumpy start with the Yankees in 2001. Despite an excellent performance in his first outing, left-handed players finished April 1-3 with 4.78 ERA for five starts before giving a strong season in the Eastern Navy.
“It’s strange,” Mussina said of what Cole was going through – and all the other baseball players. “Mainly because you get half the spring training and you get ready and do everything you should do and it stops. This is a unique situation, sitting around waiting for anything next. ‘
Sabathia, like Teixeira, joined the Yankees in 2008. And like Cole, Sabathia’s first agreement with the Yankees – seven years, $ 161 million – made it the richest pitcher in MLB history at the time.
The lefty said he was confident of the fact that Cole had time with his new teammate before spring training would make it easier for him when – or if – the season continued.
“I think it would be worse if I didn’t have the chance to go to spring training,” said Sabathia, now special advisor to general manager Brian Cashman. “That must be anxiety. At least he got a chance to meet everyone, get to know others and that helped. … When I arrived there on March 5, he was quite integrated with the people in the clubhouse. I don’t think that would be a problem. “
But there will be added challenges, according to Teixeira.
“Cole is the best in the business because of what he did during the six-month season,” Teixeira said. “Now there is double pressure on what has become a stressful season. And not just for Cole, but all the Yankees, because of the team that Cashman put together.”
While there are figures to be added to fears of injury if there is an abbreviated spring training and a different schedule than usual, Sabathia is optimistic that it will not affect Cole much.
“I think baseball players today are in shape all year long,” Sabathia said. “It’s not like when I first came and we will take off outside the season. These people are ready to go and many of them throw away throughout the year. I think [Cole] and everyone will be ready to leave. I don’t think that would be a problem at all, especially for him. He is super professional. “
Despite inflation, private household consumption increased between July and September this year. This increase allowed the Portuguese economy to continue growing in the third quarter. The growth was 4.9% compared to the same period last year.
The past few months have confirmed a trend towards sharp inflation and rising costs such as mortgage payments for those with mortgages. Difficulties that are currently forcing families to consume less than a year ago. But, compared to the second quarter of 2022, from July to September this year, private consumption increased by 1.1%. Domestic demand supported the slight growth of the Portuguese economy recorded in the third quarter.
Even with the fall in exports and investment, GDP grew by 0.4% compared to the previous quarter and by 4.9% compared to the same period last year. The numbers that need to be produced to ensure that 2022 ends with a booming economy, even during a downturn and international uncertainty.
This instability still does not affect the unemployment rate, which remained at 6.1% in October. Compared to September, the number of unemployed has decreased by 2,000. The active population has also declined and there are still 285,000 people who are not considered unemployed but are out of the labor market or only work a few hours a week.
In October, the number of overnight stays in 5-star hotels increased by 15.9% compared to the same month in 2019, which, according to additional information, namely from the DMC (Tourist Inception Agency), is associated with a strong increase in tourism from the United States. states.
Information published today by INE indicates that in October, compared to the same month before the pandemic, the number of overnight stays in tourist establishments in Portugal increased by 6.2%, with the strongest increase in hotels, at 8.2%. in which, therefore, 62.1% is concentrated. overnight stays.
The information shows that 4-star hotels, where the largest number of beds are concentrated, had 48.9% of overnight stays in October, totaling 2.05 million, which is +7.6% or more than 144.7 thousand than in October 2019.
This was followed by 3-star hotels with 927.3k, but this increase was about half of 5-star hotels, by 7.6% or 65.5k, to 927.3k, and then 5-star hotels with 857. 4 thousand overnight stays, an increase of 15.9%. or 117.6 thousand compared to the same pre-pandemic month.
In contrast to the evolution in these categories, there were 2- and 1-star hotels, in which the number of overnight stays decreased by 2.7%, or ten thousand, to 360.8 thousand.
The cheapest apart-hotels (three and two stars) also saw a decrease in overnight stays, from -20.9% or less than 24.4 thousand, in hotels and farms in Madeira, from -0.4% or less, to about 300, and in tourist settlements, from -7.7. % or less than 17.5 thousand.
At the same time, the number of apart-hotels increased by 1.2%, or 8.5 thousand, to 717.5 million, due to the increase in 5-star hotels by 6.7%, or 6.6 thousand, to 104.9 thousand, and 4-star, by 5.4 thousand% or 26.4 thousand to 519.9 thousand.
Overnight stays in tourist apartments also increased by 3.2%, or 13.6 thousand, to 437.8 million, local accommodation, by 0.6%, or 5.5 thousand, to 901.2 thousand, and , primarily tourism in rural areas and housing, with an increase of 45.2% or 67.3 thousand to 216.5 thousand people.
The INE data also shows that Portuguese tourist sites were the best in October in terms of overnight stays this year, with peaks achieved by 5-, 4- and 3-star hotels, 5- and 4-star apartment hotels, accommodation . and rural tourism and housing development.
This afternoon the Council of Ministers will approve a national strategy to combat what it considers “underrepresentation de Portugal” in European institutions, in particular the European Commission.
“There is a significant shortage of Portuguese, especially those working for the Commission,” explains the Secretary of State for European Affairs in statements to Renaissance🇧🇷 The problem, according to Thiago Antunes, is not limited to middle management: “This is the first time Portugal does not have a CEO in the European Commission”.
The government wants to “correct this imbalance and fight this deficit in order to win.”ability to influence in decisions.” But it is not possible to increase the number of vacancies for the Portuguese, if only because there are no national quotas for employees working in institutions.
To go to Brussels or even work in Portugal on a full-time basis, you need to pass a series of tests prepared by EPSO (European Personnel Selection Office). 🇧🇷These are very difficult competitions.with very concrete evidence,” the official explains.
The strategy will be based on several pillars: training, increasing grants and encouraging the mobility of civil servants. The Portuguese government is going to create a national training center to “better prepare our candidates for competitions”; to bet on “dissemination of opportunities; increase the balls (by quantity and value); and create a statute that allows those who work in the public administration of Portugal to move into the European public administration.
The aim is to achieve “greater representation” in the European Commission in order to have “greater influence” on the decision. Although the strategy is to strengthen the Portuguese presence in Brussels and the employees do not work for Portugal.it doesn’t matter that they are portuguese“, he defends.
Fruits may not appear early or may not even be measurable. “It will take some time until we see results,” admits the former secretary of state to the prime minister. But the wait does not stop the Portuguese government. “We have to start right now,” Thiago Antunes insists, pointing to the demographic problem among those working in Brussels. “There are a lot of Portuguese who came in at the time of our accession and are now retiring.”
The strategy aims to reverse the cycle of loss of Portuguese representation among the 27. The diploma will be approved this Wednesday in the Council of Ministers.