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Five Mets can get the most out of a short MLB season



Five Mets can get the most out of a short MLB season

This 162-game marathon leads to something more than a sprint, but far less than a grueling endurance test. Will there be 80 matches? Sixty games? Even less?

When MLB and the players association try to find a meeting point that will produce a season after the layoffs of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Mets are waiting to return to Port St. Lucie, Florida, for the pre-season camp which will last around three weeks.

Shortened seasons will reduce salaries, but can benefit many players. Among the Mets, here are who benefit most from the abbreviated season:

Yoenis Cespedes

The combination of a short season and the possibility of implementing DH can put out injured injured outsiders in a position to play a significant percentage of the Mets’ schedule.

First, Cespedes must show the team officer that he is able to run the base. When spring training was suspended, Cespedes did direct hitting, but there was a question whether his heel repaired by surgery could withstand the rigors of playing on the field and running. DH Universal will provide an optimal landing site for Cespedes, wanting to collect the incentives built into the 2020 contract and show other baseball players that he will be a worthy addition as an offseason free agent.

Yoenis Cespedes and Jeff McNeil
Yoenis Cespedes and Jeff McNeilAnthony J. Causi (2)

Jeff McNeil

As the team’s main contact hitter, McNeil will have the best chance of placing a large average hit on the board in a short span of time.

Nothing has reached .400 in one season since Ted Williams in 1941, but reduced the time period to 50 or 60 matches, and achievements became more achievable. McNeil peaked at 0.356 last July before diving at the end of the season – where the amount of strength increased – pushing it to 0.318. Even though it won’t be an apple-to-apple comparison, players who run at .400 over an abbreviated schedule will add a layer of excitement this season.

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Michael Wacha

The right-handed veteran has struggled with shoulder problems throughout his career, and asking him to start 10-15 matches would seem like a better suggestion than hoping he could survive a full season in rotation.

Wacha is the de facto fifth starter after Noah Syndergaard’s Tommy John operation which will keep the lefty absent until 2021. That does not mean manager Luis Rojas will not take the opportunity to Seth Lugo in that place, at least on certain occasions. But moving Lugo from the aid role will be a gamble given last year’s bullpen shortages.

If Wacha’s task is only 10-15, the Mets will have a better chance of surviving the absence of Syndergaard.

Andres Gimenez

From the top prospect of the Mets closest to the premier league ready, Gimenez leads the list among the position players. With the possibility that the roster will expand in the short season, the 21-year-old infielder – who is expected to play this season at Triple-A Syracuse – can get a chance to contribute with the Mets.

Luis Guillorme is the main reserve cutoff in spring training, but Gimenez will provide other options. He can also switch to second base if Robinson Cano needs a day off or is included as DH.

Dellin Betances

Another pitcher recovering from injury, Betances, if ready, can go full-time during a short season without worrying about the need to survive a full marathon. Betances, who missed almost all of last season with a shoulder blow and a torn Achilles, worked to increase their speed when spring training was suspended. If the hander is ready, he can give another arm of strength at the tip of the bullpen, joining Edwin Diaz and Jeurys Familia.

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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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