The Red Sox are denouncing the recent comments made by senior advisor Bill James, calling the pioneering baseball statistician’s tweets downplaying the importance of MLB players “inappropriate” and “absurd.” James was widely criticized by the baseball community after arguing with fellow sportswriters Wednesday on Twitter that MLB players are replaceable and no more integral to the game than “beer vendors” and other people working in the professional baseball industry. The influential writer, who led the mainstreaming of advanced analytics and was hired by the Red Sox as an advisor in 2003, argued — in a now-deleted reply to a tweet about agent Scott Boras complaining about teams tanking for draft picks — that lower-paid MLB players make “more money than they are worth.” In another since-deleted tweet, James wrote, “If the players all retired tomorrow, we would replace them, the game would go on; in three … [Read more...] about Red Sox call advisor Bill James’s comments about MLB players ‘inappropriate’ and ‘absurd’
Patriots coach Bill Belichick had a lot to say during his team’s 31-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. The latest episode of Showtime’s “Inside of the NFL” captured some of Belichick’s candid moments on the sidelines, including his congratulatory messages to running back James White after he rushed eight yards for New England’s first touchdown of the game — “That’s the way to get it in, bud, that’s the way to get it in” — and to quarterback Tom Brady after the Patriots took the lead in the fourth quarter — “Good job, Tommy.” When Brady connected with wide receiver Josh Gordon for a 55-yard touchdown to give the Patriots a two-possession lead midway through the fourth, his pass looked like it could have been intended for either Gordon or wide receiver Julian Edelman. So, Belichick asked him point blank: “Who were you throwing that to?” Brady said, … [Read more...] about Bill Belichick was mic’d up for Patriots-Packers
Kathleen Gray Detroit Free Press Published 8:14 AM EST Nov 7, 2018 With a last minute infusion of cash and support that was baked into Proposal 1 from the start, voters decided to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use Tuesday by a comfortable 56-44 percent margin, becoming the first state in the Midwest to free the weed. But voters shouldn’t conclude that marijuana will be readily available or an instant presence on the streets of cities across the state. More: Proposal 1: Marijuana legalization passes in Michigan When will marijuana be legal? Ten days after the election results are certified, which should be by early December. But marijuana won’t be commercially available for sale until probably early 2020, in part because the state must still put regulations in place and issue licenses for recreational sales. “It’s not going to be an earth-shattering change,” said Jeffrey Hank, the East Lansing attorney who was … [Read more...] about Marijuana bill passes in Michigan: What you need to know
Paul Egan and Eric Lacy Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Nov 7, 2018 LANSING — Asked on Monday whether he would make another bid for governor in four years if he lost Tuesday's election, Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette wouldn't entertain the question. "I'm not falling short," he told the Free Press. "I'm going to win this." But the numbers weren't there for Schuette Tuesday. Democrat Gretchen Whitmer defeated him by about 9 percentage points. The affable Schuette wasn't making any pronouncements about his political future as he lingered at the Republican watch party at the Lansing Center, chatting with friends and supporters, long after his concession speech. He said he was heading home to Midland and was going to focus on ensuring a smooth transition for the incoming attorney general, as he prepares to leave the office Dec. 31 after eight years. “Listen, I’m going to spend time with my wife," he said. "I have some lawn … [Read more...] about Michigan Election 2018: Is Bill Schuette done with politics?
Jonathan Oosting and Beth LeBlanc The Detroit News Published 12:55 AM EST Nov 7, 2018 Detroit — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will be Michigan’s 49th governor and end eight years of total Republican rule in state government after defeating Republican attorney general Bill Schuette in Tuesday's high-stakes mid-term election. The Associated Press declared the race for Whitmer at about 10 p.m., projecting her as the winner of the combative race to replace term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican who will leave office at the end of the year. “We may have all gone to the polls for very different reasons, but today we as Michiganders came out because we all loved this state and because we want a Michigan that works for every one of us,” Whitmer said in her victory speech. “No matter where you were born, how much money’s in your pocket, what you look like, who you worship, or who you love.” Whitmer, who ran on a pledge to … [Read more...] about Gretchen Whitmer beats Bill Schuette in Michigan’s governor race