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Brodie Van Wagenen’s leadership is more important than ever



Brodie Van Wagenen's leadership is more important than ever

One thing is very clear about this baseball season: successful teams will be people who are able to master multi-tasking – from now on, and continuing through September, and until October.

(Assuming, of course, that the virus does not only play its final trump card at any point between now and then.)

Everyone’s brain – the owner, GM, field manager, player – will be separated into two parts, one occupied with health and safety protocols, one provided to carry out work that is usually paid for them. That is not an easy rhythm to master, not a pleasant balance to hit, because they are the people who reach the peak of their careers by being single-minded and dedicated, obsessed with crafts and processes.

Baseball, in normal time, is a concentration of concentration, to block everything else that blocks black paintings with sliders, connecting to 99-mph gas, trying to outsmart and outsmart other managers. break room, to build the perfect 26-and 40-person roster and get talent quickly.

But you might have noticed: This is not a normal time.

“It’s difficult to separate or distinguish between the two,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Monday afternoon, in his first public comment since the resumption of baseball announced last week. “We have spent a lot of time and effort to prepare the opportunities we have in front of us.

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“John Ricco [a senior vice president and one of the Wilpons’ chief lieutenants] has taken a leadership role in managing the process, preparing our facilities. We must ensure that we have facilities that are ready to handle us, and applicable protocols, as well as support from every part of it. “

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So far, Van Wagenen’s job has never been clouded like some others in sports who hold the same job. Only one member of the 40-person Mets list tested positive for COVID-19 [he declined to identify who], and until now all the players in the Mets player pool that are still developing for summer camp have indicated that they will report.

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However, once the players start arriving at Citi Field on Wednesday and start doing full-squad training on Friday, they will be asked to do more than just reaching out, or sharpening their swings in a cage.

Once Luis Rojas, the budding manager, welcomed back his team, he had to have more on his plate than just finding out the order of the shots, completing rotations, maximizing his benches and stools. The job is quite difficult; now the hardest part of the job is only about half of the work – and may not really be the hardest part turns out.

Van Wagenen, always optimistic, said, “This season will be a new thing for everyone. Luis might benefit from all his peers through situations they have never experienced before. “

And once all of this comes true – the 60-game dashboard for glory, the resumption of baseball activities, finally (and hopefully) sprints until October – Van Wagenen will be charged not only with maximizing the Mets’ 2020 expectations by doing the usual GM tasks of course, he would also be the most distinguished warden charged with looking after everyone in the line. There is another leader in the cast – the owner above him, Rojas below, the veteran player – but making all this work will eventually fall on the shoulders of the second year GM that already has a lot to prove.

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“Leadership,” he said, “is everything here.”

This time, the word was loaded with more meaning than before. For everyone.

“That makes sure we help organize our players to practice and for what life in the clubhouse,” he said. “It builds a list and puts the team in a position to succeed every day and night and never leaves it. The work environment is symbiotic with what we are trying to do here. “

This is part of the narrative of each spring training to talk easily about how the “laser focus” of Player X is, or how “locked” Player Z is. We wrote sonnets about the devotion of a single manager, an iambic pentameter about GMs with their heads bowed, still finding lost pieces and secret weapons. At summer camp, they will all try for all of that, of course.

But also more. Much more.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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