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The Mets hope the prospect of Matthew Allan can be their next ace



The Mets hope the prospect of Matthew Allan can be their next ace

Part 3 in the series about the top prospects of the Mets.

The Mets used the initial round of drafts last year to bring much-needed pitching talent to the organization.

At the top of the list is Matthew Allan’s right hand, a projected pick-15 who enters military service for fear of whether he will sign. The Mets snatched Allan (who was considering receiving a scholarship to the University of Florida) in the third round and gave him a $ 2.5 million signing bonus over the slot, part of a strategy in which the organization then chooses college seniors with little negotiating influence to balance bonus rations pool.

Very early returns to Allan is positive. In five appearances last season in the Rookie Bay Coast League, he threw to 1.08 ERA and 1,080 WHIP. The Mets promoted him to Brooklyn during the Cyclones playoff round at the end of last season, and he allowed two runs in a two-innings appearance. In the playoffs, he fired five deadly innings for two relief appearances to help Brooklyn win the New York-Penn League championship.

“We promoted him to Brooklyn because he threw the ball well and we want him to feel the playoff race,” Mets executive director, player development, Jared Banner, said in an email. “We know he has the makeup to develop under pressure and he does – helping us to the championship.”

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Before choosing Allan, the Mets used a second round pick on another high school pitcher, Josh Wolf. Both are widely regarded as top 10 Mets prospects, with Allan rated as the organization’s top pitching prospect. Registered at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, Allan throws plus-fastball and plus-curveball, producing a lot of strength from the bottom half developed.

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“Matt understands the demands to be a pitcher, so he works hard in the gym to prepare his body,” Banner said. “His training also allows him to use his legs well in labor and get the most out of his arms.”

The initial selection of pitchers, especially Allan, was important for the Mets after the offseason in which general manager Brodie Van Wagenen gave Justin Dunn’s best pitching prospects to Mariners as part of a trade for Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano. Two additional pitching prospects, Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson, were dropped from the organization last summer in trading for Marcus Stroman.

Further reinforcements will be needed when the Mets prepare for the possibility that Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz will depart through free agents after the 2021 season. Stroman, Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha are pieces of Mets rotation that can all suppress free agents this winter.

Allan might not have included the factor in the Mets equation before 2023, but for now team officials can dream that they have other potential aces in the making.

“We are impressed by Matt’s desire to receive information that can help him,” Banner said. “He pays attention to his nutrition and meditation as seriously as his mound work. He and our pitching coordinator, Ricky Meinhold, have developed a great relationship and Matt doesn’t let this time at home stop him from getting better. “

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5-star hotels lead the way in the restoration of Portuguese tourist sites



5-star hotels lead the way in the restoration of Portuguese tourist sites

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.

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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.

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The US market is already setting new annual records in Portuguese hotels

The Portuguese hospitality industry experienced the best October in terms of number of guests and overnight stays.

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Government approves strategy to combat “Portuguese underrepresentation” in Brussels



Government approves strategy to combat "Portuguese underrepresentation" in Brussels

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 doesn’t matter that they are portuguese“, he defends.

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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.

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“His manager is Portuguese and…”; The agent changes plans, and Luis Castro “arranges” the problem in the protection of “Botafogo”



"His manager is Portuguese and...";  The agent changes plans, and Luis Castro "arranges" the problem in the protection of "Botafogo"


The defender must return from loan ahead of schedule, and the Glorioso coach will have to make a decision at the beginning of the preseason.

Photo: Jorge Rodriguez/AGIF.  First, Luis Castro does not have Diego Loureiro for 2023.
Photo: Jorge Rodriguez/AGIF. First, Luis Castro does not have Diego Loureiro for 2023.

With the end of the season Botafogo its reformulation is already underway with the participation of Luis Castro. Names like Carlinhos, for example, have already left General Severiano, but there is a tendency for the “purge” to continue a little longer. Especially with the return of borrowed athletes during the year.

goalkeeper case Diego Loureiro, who played on loan at Atlético GO, promoted to Serie B. Curiously, the Botafogo archer has a contract at Goiania until the end of 2023, but Dragao president Adson Batista is pessimistic about the player’s consistency.

“Diego Loureiro is a bit off because he still has a contract with Botafogo, his manager is Portuguese and he has a different vision.” said the director in an interview with radio Sagres from the capital of Goiás.

The goalkeeper played only two games for Atlético-GO, who were betting on Renan in the starting lineup. If he returns to Rio, Loureiro will likely see high competition in the black and white net as Luis Castro now has alternatives to Gatito Fernandes and Lucas Perry.

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