Yankees interview Wedge, former Indians, Mariners manager

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 12:59 PM


            FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013, file photo, then-Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge smiles before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, in Seattle. Former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge has become the second person to interview with the New York Yankees for their dugout opening. He follows Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, who interviewed Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013, file photo, then-Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge smiles before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, in Seattle. Former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge has become the second person to interview with the New York Yankees for their dugout opening. He follows Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, who interviewed Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Eric Wedge promises a touchy-feely approach if hired as New York Yankees manager, rejecting the old-school method of publicly challenging players to motivate them.

"If something like that happens today, especially with social media and everything else that's involved with it, it's going to have legs, it's going to be misinterpreted, there's going to be a lot more opinion about it and it's going to be one hell of the distraction," the former Cleveland and Seattle manager said Friday after his interview with the Yankees. "I'd say that that day has probably passed by."

Joe Girardi criticized Gary Sanchez last August and benched him for a game, saying: "Bottom line, he needs to improve. He's late getting down." Sanchez tied for the big league lead with 16 passed balls and was behind the plate for 53 wild pitches, second-most in the majors.

Wedge spoke of a generic player receiving a rebuke from his manager through the media.

"You're going to have to have one tough cookie to be able to do that and make it work for you," he said. "For him to get something out of that, he's going to have to be really tough to be able to handle that and actually digest it to see it's in his best interest."

After a decade managing the Yankees, Girardi was told last month that he was not being offered a contract. Wedge became the second person to interview for the job following New York bench coach Rob Thomson on Wednesday.

Sanchez, who turns 25 next month, was an All-Star in his first full big league season.

"He's still young. He's still learning. He's still going through things that he needs to go through and he will continue to go through, but he'll get better," said Wedge, a former catcher. "It's just a maturation process that young players with his type of ability have to go through."

Now 49, Wedge was a "cup of coffee" player in the majors, getting 86 at-bats over four seasons with Boston (1991-92, 1995) and Colorado (1994) and making 23 appearances behind the plate.

"I believe you can have a personal relationship with your players as well as a professional relationship," he said. "It takes a little bit more time. It takes a little bit more effort. But I think that it's something that's imperative, something I've always done, something I'll continue to do. And as long as they understand where you're coming from, that you care about them, and you care about them for the right reasons, which quite frankly is for them and their family, then when it is time to turn that page to a more professional conversation of maybe an even more edgy conversation, we'll be in a good position to do that."

Wedge managed in Cleveland's minor league system in 1998 and was promoted to big league manager before the 2003 season. He was voted AL Manager in the Year in 2007, when the Indians won the AL Central, beat the Yankees in the Division Series — the one with the Joba Chamberlain midge game — and lost to Boston in a seven-game Championship Series after holding a 3-1 lead. He was fired in 2009 after seven seasons with a 561-573 record.

Wedge was hired as Seattle's manager before the 2011 season. The Mariners went 213-273 over three seasons. He missed 28 games following a stroke, which he believes may have been caused by sleep apnea, then at the end of the season turned down a one-year contract. His overall big league managing record is 774-846.

After working as an ESPN analyst in 2014 and 2015, Wedge spent the last two seasons as a player development adviser with Toronto.

"I'm humble and resilient," he said. "I think that you've got to have to have a certain level of toughness to be a big league manager and handle everything that goes along with that."

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Wright-Patt training exercise sets off booms

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:22 PM


            Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base(STAFF/File)

If you heard a loud noise today at Wright-Patterson, it was all part of training, a base spokesman says.

The Dayton Daily News and News Center 7 were contacted by residents inquiring what was the cause of the explosion.

A Wright-Patterson Explosive Ordnance Disposal bomb squad was scheduled to set off three explosions between noon and 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to base spokesman Daryl Mayer.

The unit periodically sets off explosions in training which are often heard outside the base.

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Top Gun pilot to speak at film screening

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 6:04 PM


            The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. BARRIE BARBER/STAFF
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. BARRIE BARBER/STAFF

A real-life Top Gun is scheduled to be at a screening of Top Gun 3D at the Air Force Museum Theatre.

Retired Navy Capt. Ken Ginader, a former Top Gun instructor and F-14 pilot, was set to speak at the screening of film, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Ginader is the first speaker in the 2018 Living History Film Series at the museum.

Tickets cost $12 for audience members, or $10 for members of Friends of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

For more information, click onto http://www.afmuseum.com/livinghistory .

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Days of rain getting underway

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:53 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:39 PM

As the rain and temperatures continue to fall, rain may change to freezing rain across the northern Miami Valley. Temperatures are expected to fall to near or just below freezing in parts of Logan, Auglaize, Mercer, Darke, Champaign and Shelby Counties late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. This will lead to slick spots on elevated surfaces.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer, and Shelby counties, in effect from 1 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday. 

Total ice accumulations overnight could reach one-tenth of an inch with limited viability also expected. 

A Flood Watch has also been issued for Butler, Clinton and Warren counties, now through 10 a.m. Feb. 25. 

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  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for northern Miami Valley late tonight
  • 2 to 4 inches of rain possible through the weekend

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TONIGHT: Rain likely. As temperatures drop, the rain may become freezing rain across the northern Miami Valley. Elsewhere, temperatures should remain just above freezing, in the lower to middle 30s.

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THURSDAY: Rain or freezing rain in the morning then drying out. Clouds will remain. Temperatures will hold in the middle 40s.

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FRIDAY: Rain likely. The rain may be heavy at times. It will be mild with highs in the upper 50s.

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SATURDAY: Rain likely. The rain may be heavy at times with a chance for some thunder, mainly south. Highs will be near 60 degrees.

SUNDAY: Rain will taper off early in the morning with clouds breaking. It will be windy and cooler with highs in the middle 50s.

MONDAY: Sunshine returns. Breezy and cool with highs in the lower 50s.

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Judge denies legal challenge to tax law brought by Ohio cities

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 6:49 PM


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Taxes

A Franklin County judge today threw out a legal challenge brought by more than 160 municipalities — including Dayton, Centerville and Riverside — to a new state tax law.

The ruling means Ohio business tax filers can file municipal business taxes directly with the state instead of local municipalities. Cities challenged the law as an unconstitutional overreach by the state.

“Everything comes down to whether the General Assembly has the power or it doesn’t. In this case, the General Assembly has the power,” wrote Franklin County Common Pleas Judge David Cain in his decision.

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Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa praised the ruling in a statement today.

“We are pleased that the court found this law to be constitutional,” Testa said. “It’s an important ruling for business taxpayers in Ohio who for too long have had to deal with this costly, complex process for local tax on business income.”

Businesses that want to file with the state for 2018 taxes have a deadline of March 1 to register through the Ohio Business Gateway.

The state says the change will reduce compliance costs for businesses up to an estimated $800 million if every business filing in multiple jurisdictions takes part, and will improve compliance.

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The law applies to the municipal net profit tax, which is worth an estimated $600 million annually. It will benefit businesses that operate in multiple municipalities, allowing them to file one return with the state rather than filing separately in each city where they pay taxes.

The state will collect the money from businesses who chose to file with them, then dispense it to municipalities, charging them a half-percent processing fee.

This amounts to forcing cities to pay for a service they don’t want, according to Kent Scarrett, executive director of the Ohio Municipal League. He said cities plan to appeal the judge’s ruling.

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“The real difference is any filer that goes to the state, the municipality that used to review that filing will not be able to review the filing and will have no auditing or review capabilities,” he said.

“Dayton has no way to make sure that filing is accurate.”

Scarrett said the real fear is that lawmakers will expand to start collecting the billions of dollars every year collected by cities across the state in employer witholdings, and may take further steps to control local taxes.

“Once you control the revenue you control a lot of aspects of what happens,” he said. “It’s the state taking over, the state getting bigger, growing in size and eclipsing the powers of our local communities and the decisions they can make.”

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Ohio Department of Taxation officials say cities will have access to the same information from the state that they received from filers and can request filings be reviewed.

Taxation Spokesman Gary Gudmundson called predictions of dramatically expanding the program “a concern that the municipalities have expressed without grounding.”

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