Washington Nationals’ GM on making it to the World Series for the first time in almost 90 years

first_imgOctober 26, 2019 /Sports News – National Washington Nationals’ GM on making it to the World Series for the first time in almost 90 years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC(WASHINGTON) — On the eve of the third game of the Fall Classic, the Washington National’s general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo sat down with ABC News’ “Powerhouse Politics” hosts after securing two World Series wins in Houston.Washington hasn’t seen a World Series for nearly 90 years — since 1933. When asked about what it means to have the Nats break through in a city where politics is its own sport, Rizzo weighed how the politics and power of the nation’s capital have elevated the significance of this series.“It’s an incredible story — we had a 0.1% chance of winning the National League pennant,” Rizzo told ABC News’ Political Director Rick Klein and Chief White House Correspondent Jonathon Karl. “The prognosticators didn’t factor in or analyze the heart of this club.” After having the third-worst record in Major League Baseball in May, the Nationals stunned the baseball world by surging back to secure a wild card spot against the Milwaukee Brewers.“We can’t undersell what this means for the D.C. area. I think the D.C. atmosphere is something special to these players,” he said. “The atmosphere of the city is palatable. They feel it, they sense it and they love it.”Two of the most recognizable names on the Nationals roster are veteran first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and 21-year-old outfielder Juan Soto.Rizzo said Zimmerman, the team’s first draft choice after moving from Montreal to Washington in 2005, brings a calmness to the team that allows him to thrive in the biggest moments.“He excels between the lines and in the dugout, in the clubhouse and in the community. He’s a Washingtonian through and through,” he said. “He’s up there with the greats.”Karl noted to Rizzo that Soto may be the greatest player at the age of 20 he’s ever seen.Rizzo agreed, adding that Soto and Zimmerman are exactly the type of franchise cornerstones every successful team must have.“We’re looking under every rock to find a Juan Soto,” he added.During most games, Rizzo sits in the first few rows with the team’s analytics and operations personnel to discuss the game, but this is the World Series, he said.“Tonight’s game is a little different. We’re going to be fans like everybody else,” Rizzo said Friday. “There’s little we can do to affect the outcome of the game. … I asked them to just let their hair down and enjoy the game.”The winning streak was broken for the Nationals Friday night, however, with the Astros taking home a 4-0 win.The World Series picks back up Saturday night in Washington. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum’s new online library boasts cutting-edge format

first_imgThe Institute of Politics (IOP) has launched a new John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum website featuring discussions and events from the JKF Jr. Forum – and all of it is searchable and downloadable content available to the public. The Forum’s new online home allows visitors to fully enjoy more than three decades of event programming, now offered in a format compatible for almost any device.The John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, managed by the IOP, is Harvard’s premier arena for political speech, discussion and debate, the Forum regularly offers opportunities for learning and engagement with the biggest names in politics and public service.“We call it ‘the sixth course,’” said Rebecca Hummel, MPP 2007 and State Department Senior Advisor, Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan/Pakistan. “The Forum events, the lunchtime talks, the seminars at the research centers – I’ve heard every kind of leader speak at Harvard Kennedy School. I don’t think you get that at any other school.”In the past year, the Forum has hosted former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, actor Cuba Gooding Jr., Chilean President Sebastian Piñera, founding PayPal CEO Peter Thiel, and Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang and many other leaders. Recently, the Institute has also worked in conjunction with HKS’ Alumni Affairs office to take the Forum “On the Road” and offer events in major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles in March for a discussion on the 2012 presidential race. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Green steel pilot project begins operating in Sweden

first_imgGreen steel pilot project begins operating in Sweden FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Swedish green steel venture HYBRIT, owned by SSAB, state-owned utility Vattenfall and miner LKAB, on Monday started test operations at its pilot plant for fossil-free steel in Lulea, Sweden.A successful development of the HYBRIT project could have big implications for efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions, with SSAB alone accounting for 10% of Sweden’s total and 7% of Finland’s.The official start of operations at the plant, which will produce fossil-free sponge iron, essential for the steel production process, was attended by guests including Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.“There is a lot still to be done, and there are challenges remaining, but I dare to claim that this is a globally unique plant,” SSAB CEO Martin Lindqvist said.The HYBRIT project aims to replace coking coal, traditionally needed for ore-based steel making, with fossil-free electricity and hydrogen.SSAB aims for the first fossil-free steel to be commercially available by 2026, and to become fossil free in its operations by 2045.[Johannes Hellstrom]More: Sweden’s HYBRIT starts operations at pilot plant for fossil-free steellast_img read more