- an organism that lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the host’s expense.
2) a person who habitually exploits others and gives nothing in return.
You have to be a special kind of parasite not to want to help the widow of a deceased Major League Baseball (MLB) retiree who suffered from dementia, who served his country and who wasn’t receiving a MLB pension.
But since both MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and Tony Clark, the executive director of the union representing today’s players, the Major League Baseball Players’ Association (MLBPA) don’t want to extend spousal benefits to the widows of non-vested players, if the shoe fits…..
Carol Ann Osteen lost her husband, former Cincinnati Reds hurler Darrell Osteen, who pitched for the club during parts of the 1965, 1966 and 1967 seasons, last October. Osteen appeared in 29 games, all but one of them in relief. He recorded one win and three saves in 38 career innings.
Osteen didn’t receive a pension because of a rules change that happened during the 1980 Memorial Day Weekend. At the time, a player needed four years of service credit to be eligible to buy into the league’s health coverage plan and to receive a monthly benefit. But a strike was averted after the league and MLBPA agreed that, moving forward, all a player would need to qualify for health insurance was one game day of service on an active MLB roster, and 43 game days of service on an active roster for a pension.
By the way, that’s 43 game days on the bench. Reds pitcher Homer Bailey might make eight starts in 43 game days. But he gets 43 game days of service credit, not eight.
The problem was, the union didn’t request that this change be made retroactive for the men like Osteen, who had more than 43 game days of service but less than four years.
Retirees like Osteen were instead thrown a bone in April 2011. For every 43 game days they were on an active MLB roster, each man received a payment of $625 for his service, up to $10,000. And that’s before taxes are taken out.
It’s curious why neither Manfred nor Clark want to do more for these men. Especially since the national pastime is so well-off. The league recently announced that its revenue was up 325 percent from 1992, and that it has made $500 million since 2015. What’s more, the average value of each of the 30 clubs is up 19 percent from 2016, to $1.54 billion.
Furthermore, even though Forbes recently reported that the current players’ pension and welfare fund is valued at $2.7 billion, Clark has never commented about these non-vested retirees, many of whom are filing for bankruptcy at advanced ages, having banks foreclose on their homes and are so sickly and poor that they cannot afford adequate health care coverage.
Osteen, who would have likely added to his career service credit if not for having spent two years in the military, in 1968 and 1969, famously went missing three years ago before police discovered him driving his car in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
In my opinion, Osteen, who resided in Palm Desert, was being shortchanged by a sport that can certainly afford to do more for its non-vested retirees.
Osteen received a whopping $2,500 every year. And that’s before taxes were taken out. Meanwhile, do you know how much vested retirees receive? Between $34,000 and $220,000 per year.
But here’s the kicker — the payment Osteen received can’t be passed on to a loved one.
So Carole Ann now gets squat.
I don’t wish either Manfred or Clark any ill will, but I want them to ponder this question: when it’s time for you to retire, do you want to be treated respectfully and honorably, or do you want to be treated the way you’re treating Carol Ann Osteen?
The Seattle Mariners present a Salute to Volunteers Night at their game against the Houston Astros on Monday, April 16, at 7:10pm.
This will include a pre-game ceremony honoring RASKC volunteer Sally Halela (see the article above) and other winners of the 2018 Governor’s Service Award.
Volunteers from many organizations throughout the state will be attending. If we confirm that at least 20 of our volunteers will be present, then RASKC’s name will be displayed on the scoreboard following the fourth inning.
Tickets cost $15 for view level or $30 for the main level by ordering from www.Mariners.com/Volunteers. If you will be purchasing a ticket, please notify Volunteer Program Manager Sarah L so we can see how many and which volunteers will be coming to the game.
King County Executive Dow Constantine today issued the following statement after Seattle was selected as a potential host city for the 2026 World Cup by the United Bid Committee, a group representing the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
King County is well suited to host the world’s game in 2026 and we strongly encourage FIFA and the United Bid Committee to recognize our unique, welcoming, soccer-frenzied culture. Our metropolitan region is home to a passionate soccer community, woven together by generations of homegrown fans and enthusiasts from across the globe, all eager for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Ride for Major Taylor Registration Details
COST: $125 RIDER LIMIT: 500
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, 10 a.m. – Members-only registration opens
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, 10 a.m. – General public registration opens
Wednesday, April 10, 2018, 11:59 p.m. – Cutoff for paper forms and deadline to purchase packet mailing
Wednesday, April 17, 2018, 11:59 p.m. – Online registration closes.
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 8-8:30 a.m.– Day-of-ride registration available. See information below.
ONLINE REGISTRATION PRICING
Adult Registration (Age 13+)
- $125 member price / $125 non-member price
Youth Registration (Ages 1-12)
- $40 member price / $40 non-member price
*Youth pricing does not increase with day-of registration
ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION ADD-ONS
- Packet Mailing – $5
*Can be purchased during or after registration. NOTE: some add-on’s have cutoff dates and are subject to availability
- Rider packets will not be mailed unless optional packet mailing is purchased ($5)
- If you have purchased optional packet mailing ($5) your rider packet will be mailed to you approximately one week before the ride
- Please ensure that your mailing address is listed correctly on your online account to avoid any delays
- If your packet was mailed and has not arrived by ride day, please check in at our registration booth at the start line. We will be able to look up your registration and get you a replacement bib no problem
Day-of Packet Pickup
- On the day-of the ride at the specified start line.
Scholarships are available for Ride for Major Taylor registration. To request scholarship aid, please CLICK HERE and complete the form. Scholarship application closes April 10, 2018.
REGISTRATION BY PAPER FORM
- Paper registration forms must be received by Wednesday, April 18, 2018
- Paper registration includes a $5 surcharge. Form available February 6, 2018
Emerald City Ride presented by Kaiser Permanente 2018
A new once-in-a-lifetime route!
Join 7,000+ of your friends for the third edition of the Emerald City Ride presented by Kaiser Permanente. This year’s route will be another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, giving registered riders the opportunity to bike on the SR 99 Viaduct and I-5 Express Lanes, both closed to vehicle traffic.
Choose from a 12-mile full loop or 3-mile out and back on the Viaduct. Both routes will have views that can’t be beat and access to roads normally not available to people riding bicycles. This ride is intended to be accessible to everyone who enjoys riding a bicycle!
Registered riders will receive a commemorative souvenir as a giveaway and we will have t-shirts available for purchase. Both routes are fully supported and the longer route will feature a rest stop with tasty treats. Ride details.
Who does your registration support?
Did you know the Emerald City Ride presented by Kaiser Permanente is a fundraiser? Your Emerald City Ride ride registration makes Washington a better place for people riding bikes:
- You are championing better and safer bicycle infrastructure.
- You are providing bicycle education programs for children, families, school groups and everyone else who wants to ride a bike.
- You are empowering youth from diverse communities through the Major Taylor Project.
- You are making it possible for Cascade to offer over 2,500 free group ridesevery year.
- Ultimately, you are getting more people on bikes.
Our events are made possible with support from the local communities through which we ride. A special thanks to our partners who are helping make this amazing event possible: Washington State Department of Transportation and the City of Seattle.
The Major Taylor Project is named after American cyclist Marshall “Major” Taylor (1878-1932). In 1899 Major Taylor won the one-mile sprint championship, making him the first African-American to win an international sports title. Major Taylor’s professional racing career spanned 13 years, and he remained committed to his passion in the face of adversity. Major Taylor continues to be a source of inspiration to youth, communities and athletes around the world.
The Major Taylor Project
The Major Taylor Project (MTP) empowers youth from diverse communities through bicycling. In MTP after-school clubs, students establish healthy habits, build relationships, gain confidence and discover their ability to affect positive change.
And during summer months, many MTP students go further than they thought possible — testing their skills, experience and perseverance — by biking 206 miles from Seattle to Portland on the annual STP.
What we do
Offer weekly bike rides after school so students can explore their community
Deliver bicycle safety and maintenance education
Provide opportunities to elevate youth voices and inspire students to advocate for change in their community
Expose students to various cycling disciplines, including: touring, urban riding, track racing, mountain biking and cyclocross racing
Offer an eight-week Build-a-Bike program to increase ownership of bikes
Provide training opportunities for students to prepare for Cascade events
Who we serve
The Major Taylor Project reaches more than 500 youth annually in middle and high schools in central and south King County and in Pierce County. In these areas, residents speak over 70 languages and represent over 80 nationalities. Our club locations are intentionally established to reach youth in low-income and diverse neighborhoods.
Cascade Middle School – White Center, WA
Chief Sealth High School, Seattle, WA
Cleveland High School – Seattle, WA
Denny International Middle School, Seattle, WA
Evergreen High School, White Center, WA
First Creek Middle School – Tacoma, WA
Foss High School – Tacoma, WA
Foster High School, Tukwila, WA
Franklin High School, Seattle, WA
Tyee High School, Seatac, WA
Highline High School, Burien, WA
Jason Lee Middle School, Tacoma, WA
Lincoln High School, Tacoma, WA
Mt. Tahoma High School, Tacoma, WA
Rainier Beach High School, Seattle, WA
Stewart Middle School, Tacoma, WA
YES! Foundation of White Center, White Center, WA
Celebrating and Educating OUR History, Making Achievement in Our Community
BY: DOUGLAS J GLADSTONE -FREELANCE WRITER NWFACTS/Sports
Going to the dogs is an interesting phrase, don’t you think?
It basically means an organization or a country or a government is not doing as well, or isn’t as successful, as it should or could be.
Sometimes I think that’s the case with our national pastime.
As most readers of this blog know, I’ve spent nearly eight years going to bat for non-vested Major League Baseball players without pensions.
Because of a vesting change that occurred during the 1980 Memorial Day Weekend, about 500 men are affected. That’s 545 less than the 1,045 who were still alive in October 2009, during National Retirement Security Week.
The union representing today’s current players, the Major League Baseball Players’ Association, steadfastly refuses to divvy up any more of the pie to help these men. See, the league and the union agreed back in April 2011 to pay each retired player a princely sum of $625 per quarter for every 43 game days of service the man accrued while on an active roster, up to 16 quarters.
That’s before taxes are taken out, by the way. And when the player passes, the payment passes with him. Widows or children or other designated beneficiaries get bupkis.
How’s that for an industry that just went over the $10.5 billion mark in revenue?
I mention this because, earlier this year, I read with great interest how the California Assembly had proposed earmarking $100,000 to pay retired California Highway Patrol dogs pensions.
So I did some more research.
Did you know that Nottinghamshire police dogs receive pensions?
And German police dogs receive pensions too. (I know the link is in German, just trust me on this.)
Hey I don’t begrudge the canines the money. They do important work.
Some writers have suggested to me that the men I’m trying to help don’t deserve anything. They didn’t play long enough is one common criticism. Another is they were marginal players.
That’s just doggone wrong.
The absurdity of the situation can be seen as follows: if former pitcher Tim Wood, who played for the Marlins and the Pirates over parts of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons — a guy who hurled only 58 innings in 57 career appearances — can receive a pension, then someone like Rich Hinton can.
Over parts of six seasons, Hinton, of Sarasota, Florida, appeared in 116 games and pitched 249 and two-third innings.
Just doesn’t seem fair, does it?
Like I said, our national pastime is going to the dogs.
With December’s first major snow storm hitting the Cascades, Mt. Hood Meadows is moving into holiday mode. While the number of lifts and amount of terrain will be determined by conditions, and how much snow the resort receives, Meadows is ready for the holiday season.
Here’s a primmer to get you ready for the holidays.
1. Open Daily 9 AM – 9 PM – except Christmas Eve (lifts close at 4 PM)
Mt. Hood Meadows will be open for day and night operations every day through Monday, January 1, with just two exceptions. The ski area will operate from 9 AM – 4 PM Sunday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) and lifts will run until just after midnight Sunday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve).
2. Reserve lessons and rentals online in advance
Meadows holiday reservation system is inventoried so if you make a reservation the morning of the previous day, you’re assured having equipment or getting into adult or kids lessons. You’re equipment will also be pre-teched, and you’ll reduce your time in the shop, bypassing the check-in and cashier and going directly to fitting your boots and picking up your equipment.
3. Purchase or Reload Tickts Online
The best pricing on lift tickets is found on SkiHood.com – but you also reduce your time to get on the slopes. Reloading media (lift ticket from a previous visit) is the most affordable and efficient way as it provides direct to lift convenience. Either way, purchasing online in advance saves both time and money!
4. Take Park and Ride from Portland
Meadows Park and Ride has three Portland pick up locations and runs daily during the Holidays (except Christmas day) dropping off right at the lodge. Purchase seats in advance online.
5. Make a vacation of it in Hood River
There is still holiday availability and Mt. Hood Meadows partners with several Hood River lodging properties to offer discounted lift tickets. It’s a much easier drive from Hood River to Meadows and after a day on the slopes Hood River warms up with fun activities, shopping and great dining.
6. Nordic Center open daily
It’s not all downhill at Meadows – our Nordic Center is open daily for the holidays from 9 AM – 4 PM for cross country skiing.
7. Peak Day Hood River Shuttle is FREE!
The shuttle runs every day from Hood River starting Saturday, December 23 through Monday, January 1; as well as weekends in January and February. It picks up at the Hood River Events Site with the first shuttle departing for Meadows at 8:30 AM (and then roughly every half-hour through the morning after that). First come, first seated.
8. Snow Shoe tours offered December 26 – 31
Looking for other ways to play in or on the snow? Take a snow shoe tour, hike to Umbrella Falls and perhaps to Sahallie Falls – a true winter wonderland!
9. Santa is at home in the snow
Santa is revving up for his big day by spending some time with us Saturday and Sunday. The kiddos can have breakfast with Santa (reservations required), spend some time with him and get him ready for his big day!
10. New Year’s Eve Celebration presented by Pfriem
The lifts will run until just after midnight and Prfiem presents a great party featuring live music from Counterfeit Hits from 9 PM – after midnight. There’s a kids party as well and an incredible New Year’s Eve buffet dinner. New Year’s Eve buses board at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas.
Any questions? SkiHood.com
Meadows’ web site has all the information you need to plan your holiday break to the mountain. For current snow conditions, lift operations schedule and great insight into how to have the best time on the mountain this holiday season, check out SkiHood.com!