Ween’s Claude Coleman Discusses The Band’s Decision To Reunite

first_imgLate last year, beloved rockers Ween surprised fans with the announcement of their reunion. Drummer Claude Coleman, Jr. spoke at length about that decision to reunite in a piece with Songfacts, talking about how the pressure of having four of five members in the Dean Ween Group eventually spurred Gene Ween to rejoin the fray.Coleman talks at length about the situation, and you can read his comments below.Mickey [Melchiondo] was doing all these Dean Ween Group shows. It was pretty cool, we were having a lot of fun with those, and I think Mickey was just planning on doing those forever and ever. And I think somehow unconsciously, having Mickey out there doing those shows affected the whole process of them sort of coming back together. We were starting to sell out everywhere. We did this run on the West Coast and we were just crushing it – I think that put a little insidious pressure on Papa Gene.I’m kind of hypothesizing, but there wasn’t any real concerted thing that happened. There wasn’t like an instance or moment where it happened. It was a slow, gradual process with Mickey out there playing. A lot of people were like, “What is this? This is four fifths of the band. What’s the point?” I think it was the natural pressure of that, and I think it sort of happened on its own. Another thing too was the management. Mickey and Aaron’s managers, Ben Sands and Patrick Jordan, worked closely together. So there’s a lot of this in-family jostling around, and again it was like this insidious, subtle nudging and pressure on those two. Having the same company and managers kind of brought them together, and everything kind of fell in line. It’s kind of super-insidious and super-incestuous. They did great work, Patrick and Brad are both great guys, and they brought it together.Coleman also spoke about how Ween is different now than they were in 2012.It’s a little more formal now, for us. Backstage is really tight. It’s a dry backstage, and there’s a lot less nonsense now. I think that makes the whole thing more professional, sort of formal. Another thing that’s lending itself to that feeling is that we’re rehearsing a lot, which we never really used to do because Mickey and Aaron hated rehearsing. Now they love it because they can see the benefits of it. For the Denver shows, we rehearsed seven days straight, every day, in the afternoons before the shows, in the arena, and I think it really showed. We just crushed it.So that makes a difference: We’re into rehearsing. It’s a given now that we have to rehearse. And when we get together, there’s this new revived energy about it all. It’s pretty badass. We’d been doing it for so long, you know? Then we took three-and-a-half years off and when we got back together, it was just like, “Hey, what’s up?” and then we were playing again. It wasn’t much different than that, just the way we went about it was a lot more careful, more considerate and thoughtful. It’s a more purposeful thing now, and it’s good. It’s a great thing. That’s not to say that we take ourselves seriously, but we take ourselves a little more seriously now.The drummer also denied that the band is working on a new album, though he has stated that Mickey Melchiondo, Jr. has been writing for the Dean Ween Group. You can read the full interview here!last_img read more

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Designated Drivers

first_imgBarry R. BloomHarvard University Distinguished Service ProfessorJoan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Professor of Public Health, Harvard School of Public HealthTo tackle the problem of driving after drinking, the leading cause of death among young adults in the nation, the Harvard School of Public Health’s (HSPH) Jay Winsten created the designated driver campaign in 1988, mobilizing Hollywood’s first industrywide initiative to tackle a societal problem. The campaign secured more than $100 million a year in donated airtime to inculcate a new social norm — “the driver doesn’t drink” — into American culture, importing the concept from Scandinavia.Rather than exhorting the public to change behavior, Winsten encouraged TV writers to model a new social norm by depicting the use of designated drivers in story lines of shows such as “Cheers.” More than 160 prime-time episodes incorporated the message. Surveys showed that a majority of the American public quickly embraced the concept. The international export of Hollywood’s products led to diffusion of the designated driver concept around the world.When the campaign began in 1988, alcohol-related traffic fatalities in the United States exceeded 23,000 annually. Four years later, fatalities had dropped by more than 25 percent, thanks to tough laws, strict enforcement, and widespread use of designated drivers. Today, annual fatalities stand at less than 11,000, and the concept is a permanent fixture in American culture.The Chronicle of Philanthropy noted: “Many grant makers say it was the success of the campaign that persuaded them that skillful work with news and entertainment media can bring about social change.” Winsten’s Center for Health Communication at HSPH helped to establish “health communication” as an important field in public health.last_img read more

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Crunching data in the campaign cave

first_imgLike his Renaissance namesake who was an artist, architect, and engineer, Michelangelo D’Agostino ’02 has worked to master several fields, including journalism, astrophysics, teaching, artificial intelligence, and data analytics. Now add to that political game-changer.As a Harvard undergraduate, D’Agostino moved seamlessly between physics and literature classes. He has been known to juggle two or three difficult jobs at the same time. He once conducted astrophysics and particle physics research in Antarctica while contributing science writing to The Economist. So why shouldn’t this Renaissance man help President Barack Obama win re-election in 2012?Campaign manager Jim Messina had decided that fundraising appeals should be driven by a systematic attention to measurable data. To make that happen, he and Obama needed top-notch scientific minds. D’Agostino was comfortable with big data, statistics, and rigorous testing, and soon found a new home in “The Cave,” the windowless office in Chicago that housed the Obama digital data team.Like a latter-day alchemist, D’Agostino worked to uncover the mysterious element that transformed emails into fundraising gold.“Historical data really is a gold mine,” D’Agostino told an audience at his Monday Colloquium at the Physics Department. Data can be used to build projection models that optimize communications and fund-raising efforts, he said during his talk called “Physics and Presidential Politics: The Role of Data in the Obama Campaign.”“Instead of using gut feelings,” D’Agostino said, “campaigns can now make numerical predictions based on data.”“Historical data really is a gold mine,” Michelangelo D’Agostino told his audience at a Monday colloquium at the Physics Department. Data can be used to build projection models that optimize communications and fundraising efforts, he said during his talk on “Physics and Presidential Politics: The Role of Data in the Obama Campaign.”D’Agostino carefully tested campaign messaging under near-laboratory conditions, using small groups of supporters. Was it better, for example, to attack Republican candidate Mitt Romney or focus instead on the president’s own record? Did casual, funny, angry, or rational messages work best? D’Agostino tested them all, with surprising results.D’Agostino described how he and the digital team worked on one particular email aimed at highlighting Romney’s big edge in large donations. “The Romney campaign raises more than we do,” said the Obama email. “We can be outspent and still win — but we can’t be outspent 10 to 1 and still win.” D’Agostino tested a dozen subject lines, including “Thankful every day,” “Change,” “Some scary numbers,” and “I will be outspent.”The subject lines that optimized donations weren’t the hopeful “Change” or the gracious “Thankful.” The pair that played into the anxieties of Obama supporters were “Some scary numbers” and “I will be outspent.”“Uglier things tended to work better,” D’Agostino said.A forecasting model he developed projected a $2.5 million “take” from the winning “I will be outspent” subject line, versus a projected take of a mere $545,000 from the losing “Thankful every day.” When the “I will be outspent” email was sent out to tens of millions of Obama supporters, its actual take was $2.6 million.“When you add it all up,” D’Agostino said, “this kind of optimization made a huge [fundraising] difference.” He would help Obama to raise $504 million online.Not everyone enjoyed D’Agostino’s lab-tested emails. Jon Stewart, host of “The Daily Show,” mocked their tone of “fake familiarity” in a segment titled “Spamalot.” Every time Obama asked him for $75, joked Stewart, “It’s like you don’t really value our make-believe friendship.” As for casual (“Hey”) subject lines validated by D’Agostino’s test groups, Stewart said, “You don’t need to address anyone as ‘Hey’ to be cool. You’re the president, that’s pretty … cool.”Asked about Stewart’s humorous jabs at his work, D’Agostino laughed.Stewart “can make fun of it, but we had the data showing [a casual tone] was working,” he said. “‘Hey’ just kept on winning” over other, more serious-minded, approaches.In part because of such effective data-mining, Obama was re-elected.last_img read more

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Students, faculty attend conference in D.C.

first_imgA group of nine Notre Dame students and staff took part in the 2014 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) earlier this week, taking the opportunity to exercise both their faith and their interest in American government and meet others doing the same. Photo courtesy of Bill Purcell Notre Dame has sent students to the annual conference for the past 10 years, and for nine of those years the group has been led by Professor Bill Purcell, associate director for Catholic Social Tradition and Practice at the Center for Social Concerns.Purcell said he brings students to the conference each year in order to inspire them to be more involved and seek to better the world around them.“For me it’s a way to open students up to opportunities and a way to engage faith in vocation. I get to put the question to them ‘How are we going to change systems?’” Purcell said.About 20 percent of the attendees at the CSMG conference, which began Sunday and ended Wednesday, were from Catholic colleges and universities. In all 26 schools sent delegations of students, faculty and staff.Each year the conference focuses on four policy issues, two domestic and two international, and this year the topics were the minimum wage, prisons, foreign relations in the Middle East and immigration, Purcell said. The conference featured several keynote speakers, policy workshops and meetings with representatives on Capitol Hill.Sophomore Ethan Muehlstein said the best part of the experience for him was hearing from the speakers.“[The speakers] urged us to live out the gospel Pope Francis is trying to teach to us in his homilies and in the way he acts,” he said. “My favorite part of the conference was hearing a speech from [Cardinal Theodore McCarrick]. He was talking about how we don’t have to be perfect humans or great orators to make a difference. We just have to do the best we can at something we love with our whole hearts.”Sophomore Kaitlyn Kennedy said she relished the chance to meet with Congress members from Indiana.“I felt like an empowered citizen visiting with both Indiana senators and Representative Walorski,” Kennedy said. “It was nerve-wracking to speak to them on these controversial and complex issues, but we felt confident knowing that we were not there in our own interest and that the words we were speaking were truth.”It was significant that the group was able to meet with Senator Donnelly, Senator Coats and Rep. Walorski and get a sympathetic hearing from the lawmakers, Muehlstein said.“Some other groups were only able to meet with chiefs of staff, so it was good we were able to meet with the people who actually make the laws and vote,” Muehlstein said. “I felt they were open to what we were telling them.”The group was able to meet with the legislators themselves because Purcell began working to arrange the meetings in October, he said. He said the reason he makes such an effort is the importance for the students of having that experience.“The best understanding of civics comes from being engaged in it,” he said. “Being on Capitol Hill can’t be replicated here in South Bend.”All four of the undergraduate students in the group were sophomores, and every year the group includes sophomores because the students have time to act on their experience when they return and become leaders on campus, Purcell said.“The reason I bring sophomores is for leadership development,” he said. “I think it’s a transformative experience for them.“The students appreciate learning about faith and advocacy, and that faith and politics don’t have to be separate. [Attending the conference] helps them get a national and an international perspective on social concerns.”Muehlstein said the conference helped him to understand why he was interested in social justice and motivated him to become even more involved.“I’ve always had a passion for social justice, so this was a great opportunity to get to the theory behind why I do what I do,” Muehlstein said. “Another student and I are now hoping to get involved in the local juvenile detention center, sharing our ministry with them so they don’t feel forgotten or alone.”Kennedy said her experience allowed her to move beyond what she was already learning about Catholic social values in the classroom.“As a Catholic Social Tradition Minor, I have studied about what it means to live the Gospel social values in class, but this conference introduced me to people whose lives have been transformed by these values, and gave me a way to advocate for these values to be upheld in our nation.”Purcell said the conference is organized by 16 different Catholic organizations, with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) as the primary sponsor. Tags: catholic social tradition, Center for Social Concerns, conference, CSMG, Governmentlast_img read more

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Todd Kaminsky Confirmed Winner of Ex-Sen. Skelos Seat

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State Assemb. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) is expected to be sworn in Tuesday as the new state senator representing the southwest corner of Nassau County upon his winning a pivotal recent special election. He is Long Island’s first Democratic state senator in six years.Nassau County Board of Elections officials certified Monday that Kaminsky beat Republican opponent Chris McGrath, an attorney from Hewlett, in the race to replace ex-State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), who was expelled from office when he was convicted on federal corruption charges in December.“This district has been without representation for close to five months, and we look forward to his immediate swearing in,” said State Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers).Kaminsky, who will represent the 9th Senate District, will be the lone Democratic state senator from Long Island, where the other eight state senators are Republicans. The group was previously known as the Long Island Nine. The last Democratic state senator was Nassau’s Sen. Craig Johnson, who lost by 451 votes to former Mineola Mayor Jack Martins in 2010. Kaminsky’s victory will give Democrats a 32-31 majority in the chamber, but the GOP is expected to retain control thanks to their alliance with six breakaway Democrats.“I am honored that my neighbors have elected me to deliver for Long Island and clean up Albany as their State Senator,” Kaminsky said in a statement. “For far too long, South Shore taxpayers have been the victim of politicians who put themselves before their community and I pledge to fight everyday to return our state government to the people”The results were certified one day before the state legislature returns from its spring break. LI’s newest senator will only have two months to negotiate legislation before the legislative session ends in June, unless a special session is called later this year before the new session starts in January. Kaminsky will also have to run for re-election in November for a full two-year term.Ethics reform was among the top issues in the Kaminsky-McGrath race as a result of Skelos’ and his son Adam’s convictions, which they are appealing. They face up to 20 years in federal prison when they’re scheduled to be sentenced this month.Kaminsky declared himself the winner in the race when unofficial results showed him winning by nearly 800 votes two hours after the polls closed April 19. McGrath refused to concede, and his campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Coming in third place was Green Party challenger Laurence Seth Hirsh, an accountant from Valley Stream.last_img read more

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World’s oldest Ironman plans to keep competing into his 90s

first_imgHiromu Inada, 87, already has a certificate on his wall that confirms his status as the world’s oldest Ironman, but the Japanese man is still pounding away on his training bike and hopes to continue competing into his 90s.In 2018 at the age of 85 years and 328 days, Inada went to Kailua-Kona in Hawaii and set a new mark for the oldest person to complete the world championship Ironman – a feat beyond most people decades younger than him.The cancellation of this October’s Ironman because of the coronavirus pandemic has not dulled his ambition, and Inada is maintaining his grueling training schedule for a return to Hawaii next year. “My goal is next year’s world championship in Hawaii,” he told Reuters at his training facility in Chiba, east of Tokyo.”I will absolutely participate in it, and I absolutely want to break the world record of completing the race at the oldest age again. This is my current and biggest goal.”An Ironman race is widely considered one of the toughest endurance events in sport, requiring athletes to swim 3.86 km, bike 180.25 km and fun a full 42.19 km marathon.Slender and tanned from hours training outside, Inada looks like a man who has been competing in endurance tests all his life, but he only took up the sport in retirement. After working for public broadcaster NHK, Inada began swimming and running, and bought a bike age 69. He competed in his first triathlon a year later.After the death of his wife soon afterwards, Ironman competitions became an obsession for Inada.In 2015, at age 82, he took part in the Hawaii Ironman, bidding to become the oldest finisher on record, but he fell just short: his time was 5 seconds too slow to be officially registered.Inspired by support from the Hawaiian public, Inada returned the next year and completed the race in a qualifying time, earning his Guinness World Records certificate.”Until then, I had thought I would give up if I felt I had enough of it,” Inada said.”But since then, I have in my mind that I absolutely cannot give up, and I absolutely must complete [Ironman races], otherwise I feel sorry for those who support me.”Inada trains every day, waking up at 4:30 a.m. and hitting the swimming pool by 6:00 a.m.Inada sees the extended lead-in to his next trip to Hawaii as on opportunity to rest a sore knee and tweak his preparation technique.”I hope I can try new things to build my fitness,” he said.”I hope I can adjust my physical peak to the postponed race. So, I would rather think it was good that it was delayed.” center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Netherlands roundup: ABN Amro scheme holds indexation decision

first_imgThe €30bn ABN Amro pension fund said it has postponed its annual decision about the level of inflation compensation until July, because of current market volatility caused by COVID-19.Usually, the scheme establishes every April how much indexation it will grant, based on the consumer index of the previous year. In 2019 inflation was 1.8%.Given its funding level of 130% at year-end, the pension fund would have been allowed to grant a full inflation compensation. Its required funding level is 125%.However, the board noted that the scheme’s indexation rules allow for a deviation if the circumstances require this. At the end of April, its funding level remained at 130%, leaving the pension fund in a much better position than many of the large industry-wide schemes.According to statistics by supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank, the ABN Amro Pensioenfonds has hedged more than 100% of the interest risk on its liabilities.It annual pensions contribution amounts to 37% of the pensionable salary.FedEx likely to plug funding gap of Dutch schemeEmployer TNT/FedEx is expected to fill a €11m shortfall in its Dutch pension fund TNT at the end of the second quarter, if the scheme’s funding level doesn’t significantly improve by then.Its €750m pension fund said it expected the sponsor to plug the funding gap as its coverage ratio was no more than 92.4% at the end of March.The additional payment is a consequence of the contract for pensions provision between US owner FedEx and its Dutch scheme, which makes filling in a shortfall compulsary if the scheme’s coverage ratio is below 104% at the end of each quarter.The last time the employer had to fork out an additional contribution was in 2016.The expected additional payment would amount to approximately one-third of the sponsor’s annual contribution for the scheme’s 2,200 active participants.The US sponsor had been trying to get rid of its Dutch pension fund – the scheme of former Dutch delivery firm TNT Express, taken over by FedEx in 2015 – for two years, but negotiations with the unions have been on hold since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. FedEx Dutch employees accrue their pension with Vervoer, the €31bn sector scheme for private road transport and inland shippingFedEx Dutch employees accrue their pension with Vervoer, the €31bn sector scheme for private road transport and inland shipping.However, the unions oppose transferring TNT’s participants to Vervoer. They argue that the latter’s pension arrangements are less attractive, and lack, for example, an employer’s obligation to plug a funding gap.Vervoer’s coverage ratio stood at 90.7% at the end of March.In early March, the unions ceased negotiations for a new collective labour agreement (CAO), because they wanted to consult their rank and file before continuing.They explained that the negotiations were complicated, as they would not only cover new pension arrangements but also other labour conditions.Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the unions haven’t been able to consult their members during information meetings yet.Delivery firm FedEx is the second employer that has to fill in a shortfall in its Dutch pension fund, following declining funding levels as a consequence of the virus crisis.Earlier, ExxonMobil paid its Belgium-based Dutch scheme €250m to make up for its funding shortfall.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

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Slick Roads Force Travel Advisories Throughout Region

first_imgDecatur County Emergency Management issued Red Level Travel Status on Saturday.  The highest level of local travel advisory, means that travel may be restricted to emergency management workers only.Ripley County and Franklin Counties are under a Orange Level Travel Status. Conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a “watch” local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended.Dearborn County is under a Yellow Level Travel Status. The lowest level of local travel advisory, means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation.Stay tuned to your hometown station for the latest travel information and severe weather updates.last_img read more

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Cricket News Yuvraj Singh, India’s greatest match-winner, goes into the sunset

first_imgIn 2002, India was being tagged as the perennial bridesmaid of world cricket. The team would perform brilliantly in the league stages only to capitulate in the final. In the 2002 Natwest Trophy, India had played brilliantly in the league stages against Sri Lanka and England but in the final, they were 146/5 chasing 326. Yuvraj and Mohammad Kaif stitched a 121-run stand and his knock of 69, combined with Kaif’s unbeaten 87 helped India achieve their highest successful chase in ODI cricket at that time. The sense of belief that India got to perform in big tournaments was only due to Yuvraj.Five years after the Lord’s miracle, dark clouds once again lingered in Indian cricket after the team were eliminated in the 2007 50-over World Cup. A new format was born courtesy Twenty20 cricket. 2007 was also the year of the World T20. India did not have much belief under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. However, Yuvraj looked upon it as an opportunity. He signalled India’s intent in the clash against England when he became the third player after Sir Garfield Sobers and Herschelle Gibbs to hit six sixes in an over.The six sixes not only sealed Yuvraj’s greatness, but it showed that India were worthy competitors on the global stage. His exhibition of clean-hitting against the Australian line-up which included Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee was a sight for sore eyes. The aggression and belief generated by Yuvraj’s knock were vital in India winning the tournament for the first time and showing they were now established world beaters.In 2011, India was riding the wave under MS Dhoni but Yuvraj was battling his inner demons. During the World Cup, in each and every match, Yuvraj put in great performances with both bat and ball. At the same time, he was also battling the disease. Winning the World Cup and the Man of the Series Award was fitting for Yuvraj as he sealed his legacy.Yuvraj’s legendary status was enhanced when he fought back cancer and made a comeback on the big stage. Despite his waning powers, England and Australia continued to face his brilliance at regular intervals. In the 2014 World T20, his 68 against Australia helped India reach the semi-final. In 2017, he smashed 150 in Cuttack and gave himself an outside chance to feature in the 2019 World Cup.His retirement is the end of an era of Indian cricketers who helped India become the world beaters that they are now. Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman all retired before Yuvraj. With his retirement, it is the end of an era. Thank you, Yuvraj for all your contributions. Yuvraj Singh made a mark in the 2000 ICC Champions Trophy.Yuvraj was the key in India’s 2007 World T20 triumph.Yuvraj was the Man of the Series in the 2011 World Cup triumph. New Delhi: His 84 against the all-conquering Australians gave India new hope in the new millennium in Kenya. His partnership with Mohammad Kaif in the Natwest Trophy final against England in Lord’s 2002 was the epitome of the new, young and emerging India. In 2007, his six sixes in the World T20 and taking on the might of Australia in a new format helped India recover from the scars of their early World Cup exit. In 2011, he overcame cancer and gave India the World Cup title after 28 years. In a nutshell, all these achievements sum up Yuvraj Singh, the man for the big occasion and India’s ultimate match-winner.Yuvraj epitomised the fearlessness, brilliance and aggression that was much-needed for India at a time when they were still Tigers at home and Lambs abroad. In the new millennium, Indian and world cricket was still reeling from the match-fixing scandal. His 84 against Australia and his 41 against South Africa came against two of the most feared bowling attacks at that time. Facing up to the might of Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie, Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock was no easy task for many seasoned campaigners but Yuvraj and his youthful confidence earmarked him as a future star. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Mets’ Marcus Stroman opts out of season over virus concerns

first_img Associated Press Television News Marcus Stroman’s recovery from a torn left calf muscle was almost complete, and he was in line to possibly make his season debut for the New York Mets next week against the Miami Marlins.But the idea of traveling to one of the country’s coronavirus hot spots played a factor in Stroman’s decision Monday to opt out of the 2020 season.“Obviously, you see the Cardinals, the Marlins, you see spikes everywhere in the country, you see protocols not being handled properly from citizens everywhere,” Stroman said during a Zoom call. “You see us going to Florida soon. That was a big discussion I had with my family. Going to see the Marlins soon, that’s something I don’t want to be in that situation.”Stroman, scheduled to become a free agent after the season, is the second Mets player to opt out this month. Designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes left the team Aug. 2.Stroman said he had daily conversations with his family about what to do. His grandmother and uncle have compromised immune systems and are around his mother on a regular basis.“This was a decision I had to kind of take myself out of it and look out for the best interests of my family,” Stroman said.His decision came four days after he threw 85 pitches in his second simulated game and a day before he was scheduled to throw another simulated game.On Sunday, manager Luis Rojas expressed hope it would be the last simulated game for Stroman, who was injured during the Mets’ summer workouts. New York’s next road trip is to begin Friday at Philadelphia and conclude with a four-game set at Miami Aug. 17-20.Rojas said he understood Stroman’s decision but was surprised.“He wanted to do another one just to play it safe and see how he felt coming out of it and then come join us,” Rojas said Monday. “But, once again, we fully support him.”Stroman will go on the restricted list, allowing the Mets to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.He will now head into free agency — he reached the six years of service time while on the injured list — without throwing a pitch this season. At 29, he’s expected to be one of the most sought-after starters on the open market.He was due to make $4.4 million — the prorated portion of the one-year, $12 million deal he signed in January — and will give up the remaining total, a little more than $3.25 million, unless he has a precondition.Stroman’s exit further weakens a rotation that looked like one of the best before the pandemic shut the game down in March. While two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom has been impressive in four starts, Noah Syndergaard is out for the season after Tommy John surgery and Michael Wacha went on the injured list Sunday with a shoulder injury Sunday.With Stroman out, rookie left-hander David Peterson, who is 2-1 with a 3.78 ERA in his first three big league starts, is locked into a rotation spot. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said relievers Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman are possibilities to fill the fifth spot.Stroman was 4-2 with a 3.77 ERA in 11 starts last season for the Mets, who acquired him a little over a year ago. He grew up on Long Island about 50 miles from Citi Field.“I remember coming over here and us going on that little win streak last year and the environment at Citi Field,” he said. “It felt like playoff games that I was pitching in when I came over at the trade deadline.” LIVE TV First Published: 11th August, 2020 07:21 IST Written By WATCH US LIVEcenter_img COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 11th August, 2020 07:21 IST Mets’ Marcus Stroman Opts Out Of Season Over Virus Concerns Marcus Stroman’s recovery from a torn left calf muscle was almost complete, and he was in line to possibly make his season debut for the New York Mets next week against the Miami Marlins. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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