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Best NL West players Still Not Elected to Hall of Fame

With all 30 MLB teams opening their stadiums in some capacity, fans are filling up ballparks once again.

KNOXVILLE, TN, UNITED STATES, July 9, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) failed to elect any new members in the Hall of Fame for 2021. This marks the first shutout in eight years. For a player to be inducted, they must receive 75% of the total ballots. Since voting began in 1936, this rare occurrence has only happened nine times.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t quality players waiting to hear their name called. Every team has its own list of Hall of Fame hopefuls. Let’s explore the credentials for the best players from each NL West team.

Best NL West players


Arizona Diamondbacks

On stats alone, Curt Schilling is perhaps one of the most deserving. A former World Series MVP, Schilling has dominated in the postseason. He’s posted a 2.23 ERA in 19 career playoff starts. Despite playing for several teams, the pitcher reached his pinnacle with the Diamondbacks. He retired with 216 wins and 3,116 Ks, ranking him 15th in all-time strikeouts. While few deny his accomplishments on the field, some voters have voiced concerns about his life off the diamond. Despite gaining in recent years, Schilling asked to be removed from the ballot after only getting 70% of the votes in 2020.

Colorado Rockies

Another player with a strong argument, Todd Helton is one of only eight players to finish with at least 350 homers and a .315 batting average. Spending his entire, 17-season career with the same team, Todd Helton is also the only Rockies player to have his number retired. Even though his fellow teammate Larry Walker just got inducted last year, Todd Helton continues to wait for his call.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Adrián Beltré and his abrupt exit from the Dodgers have left many voters (and fans) wondering “what if.” Signed as a 19-year-old prospect out of the Dominican Republic, he left during his seventh season with the Dodgers. Playing with several other clubs, the third baseman went on to nap five Gold Gloves and was a four-time All-Star.

San Diego Padres

Gary Sheffield played a remarkable 22 seasons, but only two of these were spent in San Diego. Yet they were probably the best of his career. Other than Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, the outfielder is the only other Padres player to win a batting title. However, he received less than 41% of the BBWAA’s votes in 2021. This leaves him as a long shot to ever get elected.

San Francisco Giants

Like Schilling, Barry Bonds obviously merits consideration on production alone. His 762-career home run is the most in league history. However, his link to steroids and the performance-enhancing drug era has derailed his candidacy. Next year will be his final year on the ballot.

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Legends and stars shine bright on list of Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame inductees

Former University City High and Cheyney University basketball star Yolanda Laney, basketball great and boxing referee Zachary “Zack” Clayton, former Coatesville and NBA champion Richard “Rip” Hamilton, former Philadelphia Eagles star Seth Joyner and former Phillies manager lead the list of sports legends to be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame as a part of the Class of 2021 that was recently announced.

The latest class includes 15 individuals representing achievements in nine different sports. The other inductees are Bill Bradley (football), Bonnie Rosen (lacrosse), Gary Smith (Legacy of Excellence), Jim Katcavage (football), Charles “Kid” Keinath (football/basketball), Larry Foust (basketball), Lew Tender (boxing), Mark Recchi (hockey), Mike Teti (rowing), Olga Dorfner (swimming) and 1947 BAA Champion Philadelphia Warriors (team induction). The Hall of Fame’s 18th induction ceremony and reception will be on Thursday, Nov. 4 at Rivers Casino.

Laney led University City High to three Public League basketball championships. She was Public League Player of the Year as a junior and senior in the 1977-78 seasons. She was also a high school All-American. Laney guided the women’s basketball team at Cheyney State to four Final Eights, two Final Fours and the first NCAA women’s championship game in 1982.

Clayton, a Simon Gratz product, was a great basketball player. He played 14 seasons during the pre-NBA era where he played for the New York Renaissance, Washington Bears and Harlem Globetrotters. He led the N.Y. Rens to the inaugural Word Championship of Professional Basketball in 1939. He guided the Washington Bears to the 1943 World Championship of Professional Basketball.

He also played eight seasons at catcher and first base in the Negro Leagues with the Philadelphia Stars, New York Black Yankees and Philadelphia Giants (1932, 1934-37, 1943-45). He was the first African American to receive a referee’s license in Pennsylvania in 1949 and the first African American to officiate a heavyweight fight. He refereed the Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman fight “Rumble in the Jungle” in 1974. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

“Rip” Hamilton was a McDonald’s All American coming out of Coatesville High School. He led the University of Connecticut to the 1999 NCAA championship. He was named the 1999 Final Four Most Outstanding Player. He was the seventh pick overall in the 1999 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards. He played 14 seasons in the NBA and nine of them were with the Detroit Pistons. In 2004, he led the Pistons to the NBA championship.

Seth Joyner played eight seasons at linebacker for the Eagles (1986-93). He was a two-time Pro Bowler (1991, 1993). He is a member of the Eagles Hall of Fame. He was also named to the Eagles 75th Anniversary team in 2007.

Green was the manager of the Phillies’ 1980 World Series championship team where he had a .565 lifetime winning percentage.

Bradley played eight seasons at safety with the Philadelphia Eagles (1969-76). The three-time Pro Bowler had 34 career interceptions with one touchdown and nine fumble recoveries.

Rosen was a two-time All-American lacrosse player at Harriton High School. She went on to have a four-year, two-sport career at the University of Virginia in field hockey and lacrosse. She led the Cavaliers to the 1993 NCAA lacrosse championship.

Smith is this year’s Legacy Award winner.

Katcavage, a former Roman Catholic High football star, played 13 seasons for the New York Giants. He was a first-team All-Pro selection in 1961, 1962 and 1963.

Keinath played football and basketball during his athletic career. He led Central to consecutive city basketball championships in 1904-05. He was also a four-time first-team All-American basketball player at Penn. He led Penn to a 1908 National Football Championship.

Foust led La Salle’s basketball team to two NIT appearances (1948, 1950). He played 12 seasons in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers and St. Louis Hawks.

Tender was considered one of the best boxers to have never won a world title. He’s the Ring Magazine’s No. 9 all-time ranked lightweight. Tender had 14 fights against world champions.

Recchi played 10 years with the Philadelphia Flyers (1991-94) and 1998-2004). He has the Flyers’ record for most points (123) scored in a regular season (1992-93).

Teti had a great rowing career. He was a 12-time national team member and a three-time Olympian. He won 24 national championships. He won world champion gold in the Men’s Eight in 1987.

Dorfner was the first American woman to set any world record in 1918. She holds records in swimming in 100 yards, 200 meters and 500 yards in the freestyle competition.

The 1947 BAA champion Philadelphia Warriors team will be inducted as a team.

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Homeless camps being cleared out in front of Austin City Hall

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin said Monday it is clearing out homeless encampments around City Hall due to “upcoming construction.”

Since the city’s camping ban was put back into place by the passing of Proposition B in May, people moved their tents around City Hall in protest. The city says people camping around City Hall near the intersection of Guadalupe and Cesar Chavez were told about the construction “within the last 30 days” by members of the Homeless Outreach Street Team and Austin Police Department representatives.

The city also says those with tents on the north side of City Hall are trespassing and have to move immediately or face fines or being arrested. The second phase of Proposition B’s enforcement began Sunday.

A City of Austin spokesperson confirmed seven people were arrested earlier today on charges such as interference with public duties and failure to obey a lawful order.

Downtown Austin Community Court is giving people access to storage bins, and the city says they are “actively pursuing options for increasing temporary shelter capacity and creating designed campsites in the near future.”

Austin City Council voted to use 58% of its money from the American Rescue Plan, around $ 84 million, for homelessness services over the next two years. In total, the council passed framework to spend more than $ 107 million to address homelessness before they went on summer break. The council is set to meet next July 29.

Save Austin Now, the group that organized to get Proposition B on the ballot in November, says the council isn’t acting fast enough.

Author: Billy Gates
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Emergency services scramble to Southend United's Roots Hall as fire breaks out

Southend United’s Roots Hall is on fire and fire crews have rushed to the stadium to try and extinguish the blaze. Dark clouds could be spotted from miles away billowing out of the 69 years old ground.

Southend were relegated from League Two after finishing 23rd in the table this season.

That means they dropped out of the Football League for the first time in the club’s history.

And their woes have gone from bad to worse as four fire engines were dispatched to Victoria Avenue at 5.45pm.

Police have asked the local area to keep windows and doors closed as they battle to get the flames under control.

Meanwhile, Southend attempted to save their Football League status by axing manager Mark Molesley in April.

They brought former boss Phil Brown back to the club but he was unable to keep ther Shrimpers afloat.

“We need to move things on quickly and relegation is never a nice feeling,” Brown said after the final game of the season, a 3-1 loss to Barrow.

“I took the six games to back myself and probably in hindsight it was maybe two games short, but that’s life.

“I accepted the six games because I wanted to prove to the Chairman that I can motivate a group of players and win games of football and I was delighted to get my 100th win as Southend United manager.

“That was a very proud moment for me.

“With that in mind, I hope it doesn’t finish there.

“I’ve signed a two-year deal which is geared towards promotion and then it becomes a third year automatically, which I shook hands on and I’m going to back myself to do.

“Hopefully I can get to 200 wins in that short space of time, and if that’s the case then certainly promotion is on the cards, if not back-to-back promotions. Let’s take one step at a time.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed

Don't End Up on This Artificial Intelligence Hall of Shame

When a person dies in a car crash in the US, data on the incident is typically reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Federal law requires that civilian airplane pilots notify the National Transportation Safety Board of in-flight fires and some other incidents.

The grim registries are intended to give authorities and manufacturers better insights on ways to improve safety. They helped inspire a crowdsourced repository of artificial intelligence incidents aimed at improving safety in much less regulated areas, such as autonomous vehicles and robotics. The AI Incident Database launched late in 2020 and now contains 100 incidents, including #68, the security robot that flopped into a fountain, and #16, in which Google’s photo organizing service tagged Black people as “gorillas.” Think of it as the AI Hall of Shame.

The AI Incident Database is hosted by Partnership on AI, a nonprofit founded by large tech companies to research the downsides of the technology. The roll of dishonor was started by Sean McGregor, who works as a machine learning engineer at voice processor startup Syntiant. He says it’s needed because AI allows machines to intervene more directly in people’s lives, but the culture of software engineering does not encourage safety.

“Often I’ll speak with my fellow engineers and they’ll have an idea that is quite smart, but you need to say ‘Have you thought about how you’re making a dystopia?’” McGregor says. He hopes the incident database can work as both a carrot and stick on tech companies, by providing a form of public accountability that encourages companies to stay off the list, while helping engineering teams craft AI deployments less likely to go wrong.

The database uses a broad definition of an AI incident as a “situation in which AI systems caused, or nearly caused, real-world harm.” The first entry in the database collects accusations that YouTube Kids displayed adult content, including sexually explicit language. The most recent, #100, concerns a glitch in a French welfare system that can incorrectly determine people owe the state money. In between there are autonomous vehicle crashes, like Uber’s fatal incident in 2018, and wrongful arrests due to failures of automatic translation or facial recognition.

Anyone can submit an item to the catalog of AI calamity. McGregor approves additions for now and has a sizable backlog to process but hopes eventually the database will become self-sustaining and an open source project with its own community and curation process. One of his favorite incidents is an AI blooper by a face-recognition-powered jaywalking-detection system in Ningbo, China, which incorrectly accused a woman whose face appeared in an ad on the side of a bus.

The 100 incidents logged so far include 16 involving Google, more than any other company. Amazon has seven, and Microsoft two.  “We are aware of the database and fully support the partnership’s mission and aims in publishing the database,” Amazon said in a statement. “Earning and maintaining the trust of our customers is our highest priority, and we have designed rigorous processes to continuously improve our services and customers’ experiences.” Google and Microsoft did not respond to requests for comment.

Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology is trying to make the database more powerful. Entries are currently based on media reports, such as incident 79, which cites WIRED reporting on an algorithm for estimating kidney function that by design rates Black patients’ disease as less severe. Georgetown students are working to create a companion database that includes details of an incident, such as whether the harm was intentional or not, and whether the problem algorithm acted autonomously or with human input.

Helen Toner, director of strategy at CSET, says that exercise is informing research on the potential risks of AI accidents. She also believes the database shows how it might be a good idea for lawmakers or regulators eyeing AI rules to consider mandating some form of incident reporting, similar to that for aviation.

EU and US officials have shown growing interest in regulating AI, but the technology is so varied and broadly applied that crafting clear rules that won’t be quickly outdated is a daunting task. Recent draft proposals from the EU were accused variously of overreach, techno-illiteracy, and being full of loopholes. Toner says requiring reporting of AI accidents could help ground policy discussions. “I think it would be wise for those to be accompanied by feedback from the real world on what we are trying to prevent and what kinds of things are going wrong,” she says.

Author: Tom Simonite
This post originally appeared on Business Latest

Homeless campers around City Hall form their own armed 'security detail'

At KXAN at 5 p.m., Jacqulyn Powell will share more about this ‘security detail’ and the impact around City Hall.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — One Austin City Council member is raising safety concerns about an encampment around City Hall.

For weeks, people experiencing homelessness have surrounded City Hall with their tents in protest of Austin voters reinstating the city’s camping ban.

Council Member Mackenzie Kelly tweeted that she was harassed as she walked out of City Hall on Monday. In the tweet, she said that she saw one man with a metal pipe and at least one knife, making her feel unsafe.

Kelly put out a call for people to contact her fellow council members about the situation.

Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon responded to her tweet, saying, “Council member Kelly, I encourage you to make a police report if you were threatened so @Austin_Police can follow up. I have officers keeping an eye at City Hall daily.”

Campers’ security detail includes people monitoring area with machetes

On Monday, KXAN spoke with a woman experiencing homelessness at City Hall who explained that those camping outside of the building have formed their own “security detail.”

“We have a whole security team here,” Trisha English said, adding that she and others work shifts to make sure they’re securing the area 24 hours a day. She says when it’s her turn, she wears a bulletproof vest.

“I secure this camp to make sure everybody’s okay and make sure things do not get deescalated [sic] to the point where they have to call APD because APD is completely corrupted,” English said.

During the interview with English, a man with a machete came up, asking English if she wanted the KXAN News crew there. The man said to the news crew that he was part of the encampment’s security detail.

Those trading off shifts can often be seen wearing a vest, carrying one or more knives and using walkie talkies.

KXAN has reached out to APD, asking whether officers are aware of the group organizing its own detail. KXAN has also asked APD at what point it would consider that a threat to public safety and if that would result in officers clearing out the encampment ahead of the July deadline.

Author: Jacqulyn Powell
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

2021 Basketball Hall of Fame: Bosh, Webber, Wright among new class

Chris Bosh’s playing career ended years before he planned. Jay Wright was in trouble three years into a tenure at Villanova. Chris Webber was a finalist for years.

Jay Wright was in trouble three years into his tenure at Villanova, with speculation swirling that he would be fired. Chris Bosh’s playing career ended years before he planned. Chris Webber had been a finalist for years, only to be let down time and time again.
Turns out, basketball’s highest honor awaited them all.
Bosh, Webber and Wright were among the names announced Sunday as this year’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement class, a group that also includes Paul Pierce and WNBA stars Yolanda Griffith and Lauren Jackson.
Webber had been a finalist in each of the last five years before finally breaking through and getting the selection. Bosh and Pierce were among those who made it in their first year of eligibility.
“Jay is one of the best coaches I’ve ever had, and one of the best people I’ve ever known,” said former Villanova guard Kyle Lowry, now with the Toronto Raptors, after he got the word Sunday about Wright’s selection. “He treated me like a son, and he helped me become the man I am today. He is truly a special person.”
Speaking of coaches, the NBA also announced that the ninth-winningest coach in NBA history Rick Adelman is also part of the 2021 Hall of Fame class. 
The class even has someone who has been a Hall of Famer for 46 years already: The 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell, enshrined in 1975 as a player, has been selected again as a coach. Russell becomes the fifth Hall of Famer who’ll be inducted as both a player and a coach, joining John Wooden, Lenny Wilkens, Bill Sharman and Tommy Heinsohn.
Toni Kukoc was selected by the Hall of Fame’s international committee, and Pearl Moore — a 4,000-point scorer in college, most of them coming at Francis Marion — was among those selected for induction as well.

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TikTok star Bryce Hall moves to San Diego, says he was harassed at SDSU frat party

Hall said the large party ended violently with his hat stolen and his Uber’s car vandalized. SDSU is investigating SAE fraternity, which has a history of misconduct



Famous TikToker Bryce Hall says he was harassed by members of San Diego State’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity on Tuesday night, according to social media reports circulating online. 
Hall, with more than 19.9 Million TikTok followers, announced on Twitter that he will sue.
San Diego State’s Student Life and Leadership department told News 8 they are investigating SAE, which is already under investigation for previous alleged violations.
He told his followers on May 10 he recently moved to San Diego from Los Angeles, and later said he was invited by SAE to their fraternity party on Tuesday night, May 11.
Hall and several other friends, including TikToker Tayler Holder, told their social media followers that dozens of fraternity members cornered them after stealing Hall’s hat during the party.
Video evidence from the incident shows a number of young adults maskless and crowding around Hall as someone recording with his phone grabbed Hall’s hat off his head.
According to Instagram reports, Hall and his group drove away from the party and parked at a 7-11 to post about what happened.

“Keep in mind, there’s us, and there was literally 47 of them like trying to act like they’re hard,” another friend said during an Instagram story posted by Hall.
“They invited us to their party like little fangirls,” Hall said over the same Instagram story. “And we showed up and then they tried to troll us by taking our hats and then cornering us against our Uber and vandalizing the vehicle.”
There were other posts circulating the incident online, such as Snapchat and TikTok. Some people were reportedly at the party and have an affiliation with SDSU SAE.
“What’s your f**king name bro?” Snapchat user Aj Stefano told the group that was in the car. He then appeared to grab the hat off someone in the backseat who he called ‘Bryce’.
The user, who has the last name Stefano, matches with an Instagram user named aj_stefano. The public Instagram account has photos posted in front of the SDSU SAE house. Stefano did not immediately respond to messages requesting comment.

SDSU Student Life and Leadership emailed News 8 Thursday to report it’s investigating the fraternity for the alleged party, which would be a violation of current student organization protocol.
SAE was already under an interim suspension and being investigated for previous alleged misconduct. SAE is also part of SDSU’s Interfraternity Council, which has been under a self-imposed party ban since last summer due to the ongoing pandemic.
Party bans are often referred to as social moratoriums by SDSU and the IFC and restrict parties, events with alcohol and unsanctioned events with other organizations.
If proven by the university, this could lead to consequences ranging from further suspension to even expulsion by the university and the national SAE fraternity.
The official Instagram account for SDSU SAE screenshotted Hall’s tweet about the incident.
“Sorry you didn’t get a bid @brycehall”. A bid is a formal invitation a fraternity extends to a prospective member looking to join the fraternity.
After the original publishing time of the article, SDSU’s SAE chapter put their Instagram on private, restricting public access. This screenshot was taken on Wednesday evening when its stories were public.
SDSU SAE’s Instagram account did not respond to messages requesting comment.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Manager of Communications and Public Relations Johnny Sao emailed a statement to News 8 that said they acknowledge the alleged violations.
“Sigma Alpha Epsilon is aware of an alleged event that may have violated local and/or state public health guidelines. We are in the process of gathering information at this time.”
San Diego State University has been notified of the incident but has not issued a statement yet.
Bryce Hall was not immediately available for comment, according to his agents.
Hall is no stranger to parties. During high case numbers from the coronavirus pandemic, his Los Angeles house parties were so large that Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the decision to cut off power to the so-called Sway House — the rental home of Hall and fellow social media stars Blake Gray, and Noah Beck.
Following his tweets about the SDSU fraternity, Hall released a video detailing more of the incident.
He also called on his followers to post videos of them cursing at the SAE chapter.
This is a developing story and will be updated with comments and information as soon as News 8 is notified.
UPDATE on May 13, 2021, at 7:49 p.m. — This article has been updated to reflect statements from SDSU’s SLL department and the actions taken by SAE’s Instagram page.
WATCH: Neighbors say SDSU off-campus parties are out of control during pandemic:

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Tents pop up around Austin City Hall ahead of camping ban taking effect

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Just a few days before the City of Austin’s public camping ban is set to go into effect, you’ll see camps all around city hall.

Dozens of people have pitched up tents there to protest the ordinance taking effect Tuesday.

“We’re out here in solidarity– literal solidarity of our unhoused friends,” says Sam, a member of The Little Petal Alliance, one of a handful of non-profits partnering to organize the camp-in.

They say to break the cycle of homelessness, the city needs to provide housing and better services — like healthcare and mental health help, and until then, people should be allowed to stay in their homes.

“It will be a death sentence for a lot of people if we don’t fight it and make sure the police don’t enforce it,” Sam says.

“At first, it really irritated me and I was like, ‘Hell no, we won’t go,’” says James Ford, who has been experiencing homelessness for about four years.

Now, he says he’s joining the protest because he just wants city leaders to move quickly with resources.

“I would love it if there was more funding to house the homeless,” he says.

He also wants more support– he says it’s hard to balance daily needs, like getting enough food, with finding support services that will help with long-term stability.

“I got schizophrenia, bipolar, paranoia, PTSD and ADHD,” he says.

That’s what he ultimately wants to see come out of Proposition B.

“I want the homeless community to be able to achieve greater things, not be stuck in the same predicament every single day,” Ford says.

For him, that means becoming a mechanic.

On Friday, the city told KXAN that staff is working on a plan to implement the ordinance in phases but hasn’t provided a timeline on when that might be complete.

The city says more details about its plan will be coming out in the next few days.

Author: Tahera Rahman
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Austin City Hall surrounded with tents in camp-in protest against new public camping ban

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Opponents of Austin’s public camping ban surrounded City Hall with tents on Friday night in a protest against the ban.

The protest comes in response to voters electing to pass Proposition B, which reinstates the camping ban and reintroduces a criminal penalty for offenders. It passed with 57% of the vote.

The City of Austin has since said the ban will come into effect on May 11.

On Saturday morning, City Hall was still surrounded by tents after protesters apparently slept inside them overnight.

Tents surround Austin’s City Hall in a protest against the city’s new camping ban (Picture: KXAN)

Signs reading ‘criminalization kills, housing for all’ and ‘what would city council do without their homes?’ were placed on some of the tents.

City Manager Spencer Cronk told council Thursday the new law passed by voters will be phased in gradually and be done in a safe and humane manner.

“City staff is currently working to develop a phased implementation of the camping ordinance beginning on its effective date of May 11th, with an emphasis on health, safety, and connection to services wherever possible,” a city spokesperson told KXAN in a follow-up email Friday.

Author: Harley Tamplin
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin