Monday, December 09, 2013
Ordonez did not indicate whether he planned to redistribute the $133,470,746 he earned in the bigs.
The former player for the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers was elected mayor of Sotillo, an eastern Venezuelan city with approximately 250,000 citizens, this weekend.
Ordonez is a member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela and a supporter of President Nicolas Maduro, who announced the six-time All Star’s election at a rally Sunday.
Maduro is known to turn to celebrity candidates to help bolster support in the midst of rising anger with his economic policies.
Friday, October 04, 2013
MONTREAL — Hockey season is approaching but baseball is on the minds of two candidates for Montreal mayor.
Marcel Cote tweeted today that he will work with the business community to bring baseball back to Montreal.
Cote says bringing a team to Montreal is one of his priorities.
Not to be outdone, candidate Denis Coderre tweeted that he’s glad to see his rivals also support the return of the Expos.
Coderre, a former federal Liberal MP, says says he’s been working on the matter for months.
The Expos played in Montreal between 1969 until 2004 until Major League Baseball awarded the franchise to Washington.
There has been a move in recent years by Expos fans to get a franchise back in the city.
Figured the OT-Politics thread needed a new home, and maybe you Poltico guys can actually talk about baseball for once.
Posted: October 04, 2013 at 06:14 PM | 4774 comment(s)
Political violence is tragic, but perhaps slightly less so when it happens in a legislative softball game and someone falls down. Check out the attached clip from Monday’s East-West charity game here in Pennsylvania, and help me figure out this: did batter St. Sen. Tim Solobay (D, SD-46) unlawfully interfere with first baseman St. Sen. Daylin Leach (D, SD-17) in his efforts to field the play?
Friday, September 13, 2013
Mr Kerry said they were working hard to find “common ground”.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
A socialist millionaire running for office? At least he wasn’t born in Kenya.
Magglio Ordonez, a six-time Major League Baseball All-Star with the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers, will run for mayor of a Venezuelan oil town in the socialist party of the late President Hugo Chavez.
“We invite our major leaguer, Magglio Ordonez, to hit a grand slam in Puerto La Cruz,” Chavez’s successor, President Nicolas Maduro, announced on state television yesterday.
Ordonez, a 39-year-old former outfielder, hit 294 home runs during 15 seasons with the White Sox and Tigers, and won the American League’s batting title with Detroit in 2007. He moved to Puerto La Cruz in his native Venezuela after retiring in 2011. The city of about 500,000 is 300 kilometers (186 miles) east of Caracas.
Ordonez, who earned about $133 million over his professional career, according to baseball-reference.com, supported Chavez’s “21st Century Socialism.” In 2009, he told Venezuelans in political ads that “the best of the revolution is yet to come.”
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Drug testing for some, miniature American flags for all!
One can believe that the welfare state as currently constructed is not the best way to help those in need and/or is not the best use of resources. That’s just a matter of philosophy and politics and values and stuff and reasonable people can disagree without being rude and insensitive.
Unemployed pitcher Dallas Braden, however, is not interested in philosophical debates:
Pretty big talk for a guy who took nearly $7 million from the Athletics for a grand total of three starts between 2011 and 2012.
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