BRO-TV: Day on the Trail

December 30, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgOn May 1st, Leah and I joined forces with the folks over at Visit Southern West Virginia to host a hike on one of West Virginia’s many fabulous trails. The Grandview section of the park was our destination, and with sunny skies, cool weather, and a great group of folks, we couldn’t have asked for a better time! The Grandview Rim Trail overlooks the New River, and there are awesome overlook platforms along the way that make for great photo opps! The trail is partly shaded by rhododendron and mountain laurel, making it a great destination when the plants are in bloom.To top off the hike, the wonderful team over at The Dish Cafe in Daniels, W.Va., met us at the end to prepare a delicious lunch: polenta cakes, grass-fed burgers, and salad with homemade dressing. Delicious! Thanks guys! We’ll be back for those avocado brownies 😉The view of the New River from Grandview Rim Trail.The view of the New River from Grandview Rim Trail.Looking to the horizon.Looking to the horizon.Me (left) Leah (right) rockin' the selfie.Me (left) Leah (right) rockin’ the selfie.IMG_8372Another view of the New River from a Grandview Rim overlook.The whole gang!The whole gang!The fabulous Leah on a fabulous day.The fabulous Leah on a fabulous day. last_img read more

Nations League has provided belief, opportunity-Grenada coach

September 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgMIAMI, Florida, (CMC) – Grenada coach and former national star, Shalrie Joseph, has hailed the positive impact of the recently implemented CONCACAF Nations League on the development of small Caribbean nations.He said the tournament, which began in September 2018, had instilled much-needed confidence in the smaller teams and provided a better opportunity for them to qualify for the confederation’s showpiece, the CONCACAF Gold Cup.“I think us in Grenada, one of the many islands in the Caribbean, absolutely benefitted from the new format, which is the CNL, which has revolutionized football in the region,” the 41-year-old told continental governing body’s website.“Now countries and FAs are going into competitions with a stronger belief that their countries can now qualify for tournaments, like the Gold Cup and the World Cup because of the way the CNL is structured.”The Nations League serves as a qualifier for the GOLD CUP, which is staged biennially. It is divided into three tiers with League A comprising 12 teams, League B consisting of 16 teams and League C boasting another 12 teams.Teams are subject to promotion and relegation based on results in group play.When the tournament was officially announced two years ago, CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani said it was aimed at giving teams “the opportunity to play more and compete more, which in turn will propel greater development of the sport at every level”.Joseph, who made a name for himself as a defensive midfielder at MLS franchise New England Revolution with 37 goals in 261 appearances during a 10-year spell, said teams were already beginning to see the benefits.“I think the dreams of fans and players are being realized in this tournament, and if the CNL did not have this format, a small country like Grenada would not be able to play these different teams and would not be able to get this far,” he explained.“I think it is important that CONCACAF continues to do things like that, especially for a small island like Grenada, where we got to play different countries and visit different places, got to meet new people and have new experiences. We wouldn’t be able to do that if the competition was formatted differently.“I also think it’s ideal that these games are scheduled during the international window, which allows the overseas-based players to come back and play for their country.”Grenada enjoyed an excellent run in the current edition of the Nations League, topping Group A in League B with 14 points with four wins and two draws from six outings, to earn promotion to League A and a spot in next year’s Gold Cup.The winners of the other three League B groups – El Salvador, Jamaica and Suriname – also qualified for the Gold Cup.“We won our group and were undefeated in the competition, so I absolutely loved the outcome of my team in the competition,” Shalrie said.“I thought we were very outstanding in every aspect of the games. I believe the team was extremely hard-working and did everything right from the perspective of following what the coaching staff expected of them.”last_img read more

Michael Grove, the Dodgers’ second-round draft pick in 2018, is finally out of the woods

August 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_img“It was a bit of an aggressive push from where he was,” Rhymes said of Grove, “but I think you’ll see as it plays out how ready he is to be a professional.”Grove hadn’t pitched for 10 days before his start against Visalia last Friday. That was by design; occasionally Grove will skip a start to keep his innings total in check. Even though the California League is three steps away from the majors, this is the opposite of the fast track to the big leagues.The plan is just fine by Grove, who was eager to pitch anywhere after two years of rehabilitation.“It feels great to not really worry about health as much,” he said, “to get back into it every day, stretch with the team, practice with the team, and just do my throwing drill. Nobody’s asking me how I feel today. It’s nice to just feel like a normal player again.”UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw) vs. Padres (RHP Chris Paddack), Tuesday, 7 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “It’s a good thing I have all the numbers that the Dodgers provide us with,” Grove said. “Offspeed pitches are the last thing to come back. Fastball feels great. Got a little bit of a new delivery going on. Just working on breaking ball spin. I’m still working on a changeup. Just trying to craft it, I guess. A little raw right now.”The Dodgers tabbed Grove with their second-round selection, 68th overall, in last June’s amateur draft. They went more than $300,000 over slot to secure him with a $1,229,500 bonus. When first-round pick J.T. Ginn opted to attend Mississippi State rather than accept the Dodgers’ $2.4 million offer, Grove became the Dodgers’ highest pick from the draft class to sign.For Grove’s part, it wasn’t clear until draft day that he would turn pro. Jonah Rosenthal, the Dodgers’ West Virginia area scout, had filed reports on Grove in 2016 and 2017. Though his 2018 season was wiped out due to his Tommy John rehab, Grove was throwing bullpens at “70, 80 percent” during last year’s Big 12 Tournament.Several scouts attended those bullpens, but Rosenthal wasn’t among them. Grove wasn’t sure what to expect on draft day. He didn’t get any official word from the Dodgers before he saw his name called on television.“I knew it was going to have to be early (in the draft) for me to actually sign,” Grove said. “That happened. That kind of put me in a bind. I ended up doing it and haven’t really looked back since.”It’s unusual for a pitcher to go directly from the Big 12, to minor league spring training, then to the California League with no waypoints in between. But the Dodgers are more comfortable with college Tommy John patients than any organization. They’ve reportedly drafted 26 of them into the organization, six more than any other team.Will Rhymes, the Dodgers’ director of player development, believes Grove has the athleticism and competitiveness to adapt to his new surroundings.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Box scores are the farthest thing from Grove’s mind right now.“Really for me, it’s just about how I feel,” he said. “Obviously results are what they are. I want to perform well, too. I want to get consistent, keep climbing as far as my stuff goes, keep getting everything back to normal. When everything feels great, that’s when you don’t have to think about it anymore. That’s when you just have to go out there and compete, not have to worry about that stuff. That’s the point I want to get to.”To get him there, the Dodgers are measuring everything that can be measured.Grove’s outings are limited to 50 pitches total, and no more than 30 in an inning. He completed three innings in his debut with Rancho Cucamonga on April 8, but he hasn’t thrown more than 2-1/3 in an outing since. His six starts have lasted a total of 10-1/3 innings. His fastball velocity – regularly in the 93-96 range in college – is closer to the 91-94 range now, Grove said.During a Sunday bullpen session, Quakes pitching coach Connor McGuiness monitored Grove’s work in real time while an Edgertronic camera captured every movement frame-by-frame. The Dodgers will use feedback from the camera, the coach, and Grove himself to gauge his progress.center_img PreviousDodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove walks to the dugout with Quakes catcher Connor Wong before the game at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove is met at the pitcher’s mound while throwing to Visalia in the top of the first at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove makes the out at first against Visalia at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove throws to Visalia in the top of the first at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove throws to Visalia in the top of the first at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove throws to Visalia in the top of the first at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove pauses in between pitches at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove meets with Quakes catcher Connor Wong at the pitcher’s mound in the top of the first at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove leaves the pitcher’s mound after throwing to Visalia in the top of the first at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove (23) high-fives fellow players before the game at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove walks to the dugout with Quakes catcher Connor Wong before the game at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 10Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove walks to the dugout with Quakes catcher Connor Wong before the game at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)ExpandRANCHO CUCAMONGA — Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove comes from a good family with athletic genes. His older sister, Ashley, ran track and played soccer in high school. Before he separated himself as a baseball player at Wheeling (W.V.) Park High School, Grove played hockey and football. In college, he was a diligent enough student in three years to come within a semester of completing an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of West Virginia.By June 2018, Grove had done everything he could to earn a high selection in the Major League Baseball draft – except pitch.Now, two years after Tommy John surgery abruptly ended his collegiate career, Grove is just beginning to show the Dodgers whether their latest draft gamble paid off.Grove’s most recent appearance came last Friday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. Like the five starts that came before it, this one was short. The 6-foot-3 right-hander recorded only two outs against the Visalia Rawhide and was charged with four runs. His 29 pitches fell one short of his limit. If the box score was any measure of Grove’s progress, this one might have been discouraging. 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