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Hearts granted use of Tema pitch before Dwarfs match

first_imgHearts of Oak have been granted permission to use the artificial pitch at the Tema Stadium ahead of the weekend’s Glo Premier League match against Ebusua Dwarfs.The Premier League Board approved a request by the Phobians to have their team train on the surface.C.K. Akonnor’s team will now train at the Tema Stadium on Thursday afternoon before returning to same venue for Saturday’s match-day-3 fixture against Dwarfs.Dwarfs are using the Tema Stadium as their home grounds this weekend as they continue to serve a home ban from last season.The GFA’s Disciplinary Committee last season barred Dwarfs from playing at the Robert Mensah Park in Cape Coast after handing them a 12-match suspension following a charge of misconduct levelled against the club.last_img

Alexander: On Dodgers’ offseason checklist, there’s no provision for scapegoats

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Will the Dodgers actually make a run at Gerrit Cole or Anthony Rendon, the top free agents on this winter’s market, or will they provide free agency’s version of a stalking horse bid? Would they splurge for the best relievers currently available, the Giants’ Will Smith or the Astros’ Will Harris? (Or would they even make another run at Aroldis Chapman, who can opt out of the final two years of his deal with the Yankees and was almost a Dodger four years ago before a domestic violence charge stopped a potential deal?)Before you answer any of those questions, remember Kasten’s comments above and consider the history. The last true big-money free agent this ownership brought in was Greinke in 2013.And as Los Angeles experiences a 31st straight winter without a Dodgers championship parade, we go back to something we’ve said in the past: If the fans care more about that elusive championship than those who are in the arena – and in this case, we refer to those making the decisions – that’s trouble.What’s worse would be if those fans stop [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter On Wednesday the Dodgers’ season ended sooner, and more abruptly, than anyone anticipated.Thursday featured the search for a scapegoat, and for many fans it started and ended with Dave Roberts. That’s what happens when the definition of success comes down to whether you’re the last one standing. When you aren’t, people look for someone to blame, or to fire.The manager, who just finished the first year of a four-year contract, reportedly isn’t going anywhere even as fans continue to vent over his bizarre bullpen decisions in the late innings of Game 5. When those are stacked atop Yu Darvish’s failure in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series and the quick hook of Rich Hill in Game 4 against the Red Sox last year, Roberts is hearing comparisons to Grady Little. That is not good.There are multiple layers, here, of course. President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman has an expiring contract but likely will also be retained, as club president Stan Kasten has indicated. He’s the whipping boy of a segment of Dodgers fans that has little use for analytics and the innovations they’ve spawned: extreme shifts, launch angles, third-time-through-the-order caution, etc. That might be a bit of an overstatement since the Dodgers did go big at the deadline in 2017 (Darvish) and 2018 (Manny Machado). But I understand how fans who fill the park and buy the food and merchandise can wonder why Guggenheim has been so steadfast about staying under the luxury tax threshold, which was $206 million this year.(Given that Kasten himself suggested the fans’ desire for a big-ticket offseason signing was a false narrative last January, I don’t expect those fans to be satisfied this coming winter, either.)There might be a time in the future when Dodgers fans appreciate that the front office held on to Gavin Lux and Dustin May instead of trading them for a big name reliever at this year’s deadline. (Trust me, there were big arms beside Felipe Vázquez available.)The one guy Friedman acquired, Adam Kolarek, did his job consistently well as maybe the last of his breed, the one-out lefty specialist. But he never came out of the bullpen on Wednesday, nor did Pedro Baez, Ross Stripling, May or Julio Urias. Kenley Jansen didn’t emerge until after Howie Kendrick’s 10th-inning grand slam off Joe Kelly.In the end, it was an issue of trust.Roberts trusted Clayton Kershaw far more than he should have, forgetting that this is 2019 and not 2016. And he sent Kelly out for a fateful second inning, after having done so only four times in the previous three months and not at all since Aug. 24, because by then he didn’t trust any of his other relief options. How much of that is on the manager, and how much of that is on his bosses?(And yes, you can interpret that question as not only a critique of roster construction but also the degree of in-game decisions influenced by the front office, directly or otherwise. As colleague J.P. Hoornstra pointed out, we don’t really know how extensive that is, and that’s likely by design.)Last year, when we assembled an offseason checklist for Dodgers management, the issues and potential solutions seemed more clear-cut. Some of those seemed to have been solved during their dominant regular season – the offensive approach was less painful to watch this year, for example – but as we know, appearances are deceiving.This offseason, re-signing NL ERA leader Hyun-Jin Ryu should be a top priority. Ryu bet on himself last winter by taking the Dodgers’ $17.9 million qualifying offer and won, big time. Rich Hill, who turns 40 in March, is also a free agent and wants to pitch again. And if Kenley Jansen opts out of the last two years and $38 million on his deal, after a season in which he had a career-high in blown saves … well, that might not be wise on his part given the state of the market.(The qualifying offer amount, determined by the average of the top 125 contracts the previous season, is actually going down for the first time this winter, a $100,000 drop to $17.8 million. That says something about the direction salaries are going.)The game’s other heavy hitters, Houston and the Yankees, both made bold moves this season (Houston trading for Zack Greinke at the deadline, the Yanks adding Edwin Encarnacion in June). The Dodgers prefer to operate on the margins, have faith in their farm system and keep one wary eye on the luxury tax threshold. Two are still playing, one isn’t. Coincidence?Related Articles This Space’s favorite Friedman critic, who goes by the handle “Dodger Therapy” on Twitter, is their representative. He’s been consistent in maintaining that the baseball boss of a large market team that annually leads the major leagues in attendance should do more than nibble around the margins in search of small edges.While Kersh is an Oct joke, this falls squarely on Andrew Friedman. His arrogance in not acquiring quality pitching – bullpen and rotation – has kept the #Dodgers from having multiple titles during this window @MLBNetwork @MLBNetworkRadio #mlbplayoffs— Dodger Therapy (@Dodger_Therapy) October 10, 2019He wrote this in a blog post following Wednesday’s debacle: “When you have the stadium full, setting attendance records and the resources (perhaps debatable, the Guggenheim Baseball Group is all about making themselves rich, not putting a championship team on the field for the fans), you don’t mess around. When you come close, you don’t mess around. Friedman always messes around.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more