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Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 12:59 PM
NEW YORK — 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."
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 11:17 AM
— A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for some counties in the area until midnight.
The watch is in effect for Auglaize, Clark, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer, Miami, and Shelby counties until midnight.
TODAY:Some passing downpours and patchy fog this morning with a little dry time later in the morning into lunchtime. It’ll be partly to mostly cloudy today and mild with highs around 80 degrees. We’ll see isolated storms redevelop in the afternoon hours as we heat up. Localized heavy rain and strong winds are the main weather threats. Activity for the early evening will then taper off.
SATURDAY: A stray shower or two early on. We’ll see broken clouds into the afternoon as highs peak around 80 degrees again. A few showers or storms pop into the afternoon, but expect it to dry out later in the day into the night.
SUNDAY: It’ll feel muggy with sunshine, scattered clouds, and highs in the low 80s. We can’t rule out a stray shower, but most will stay dry.
MONDAY: Quiet to start the work week with highs in the low 80s. Expect sunshine.
TUESDAY: Sunshine and a few clouds for the day. It still feels muggy with highs peaking in the middle 80s.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 2:22 PM
XENIA — UPDATE @ 2:15 p.m.: The Rumpke trash truck has been pulled from the building it crashed into this morning.
The office the Rumpke trash truck hit was the home administrator's office, Greene County Administrator Brandon Huddleson said. The nursing home administrator was in the front of the building and was not injured.
"We've had some of these issues before [a car hit the treasurer's office on Main Street some time ago]... I wasn't expecting to see a trash truck actually inside our building," he said.
Huddleson said, "by the grace of God, the folks that were in those offices were out in the field or out in other places in the building."
He noted it's hard to imagine that anyone who would have been in the building could have escaped.
There are about 50 residents in the building, but the entire wing where the truck hit is all administrative/maintenance offices.
There was some ancillary flooding in the damaged portion of the building, because of the sprinkler system that activated. Otherwise, he said, it's business as usual at the nursing home.
UPDATE @ 12:45 p.m.:
A building support will have to be installed at the Greenwood Manor nursing home before the Rumpke trash truck lodged inside a wing of offices can be pulled out, Greene County building inspectors said.
No employees were in the wing when the truck crashed into the home, 711 Dayton Xenia Road, about 8:45 a.m.
A Rumpke official said the company and police are continuing to investigate the incident.
The trash truck driver was taken to Greene Memorial Hospital, where he was to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, Xenia police said.
A trash truck has crashed into a nursing home on Dayton Xenia Road in Xenia Thursday morning.
Fire crews were initially dispatched to the Greenwood Manor, 711 Dayton Xenia Road, around 8:45 a.m. on reports of a fire alarm from the building.
While crews were still responding, dispatchers said a trash truck had crashed into the building.
Initial reports indicate one person was injured in the crash and the wing where the crash occurred has been evacuated.
Additional details were not available.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 9:40 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 9:46 AM
COLUMBUS — Three people have been hospitalized following a house explosion in Columbus, according to our news partners WBNS-TV.
The incident was reported around 8:15 a.m. at a home in the 400 block of North 20th Street, the station reports.
Two of the victims were transported to an Ohio State University hospital and are in critical condition, according to the station and a tweet from the Columbus Division of Fire. The condition of the third victim wasn’t available.
Firefighters are currently digging through the debris to look for more potential victims, the station reports.
Investigators are also working to determine the cause of the explosion.
We’ll update this story as new details become available.
Columbus Fire and police are on the scene on N. 20th St. where an explosion has leveled a two-story house. Two residents taken to OSU Main in critical condition pic.twitter.com/J7WUFykOZa— Columbus OH Fire (@ColsFire) June 22, 2018
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:16 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:44 AM
FAIRFIELD, Butler County
— UPDATE @ 10:40 a.m.:
Two people, a man and a woman, are dead following a stabbing and officer-involved shooting in Fairfield, according to police.
Officers responded to the 1500 block of Gelhot Drive around 6 p.m. Friday after receiving a 911 call from a woman indicating she needed help, Fairfield Police Chief Steve Maynard said.
The first Fairfield officer on the scene, identified as Officer Bryan Carnes, a three-year veteran, found a man stabbing a woman inside the townhouse.
In an attempt to stop the stabbing, Carnes fired two shots, striking the man. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Maynard said.
The woman was transported to an area hospital for treatment of her stab wounds but later died from her injuries.
“This is a very traumatic event (for) the officers ... this is a sad day,” Maynard said.Tweets by LPackJN
UPDATE @ 9:20 a.m.:
The Butler County Coroner’s Office has responded to the scene of a reported shooting and stabbing on Gelhot Drive in Fairfield.
Additional details were not available.
Our crew remains on the scene and we’ll update this page as we learn more.
Officers are on the scene of a shooting and stabbing that occurred in Fairfield Friday morning.
The incident was reported around 6 a.m. in the 1500 block of Gelhot Drive.
A medical helicopter was requested to the scene, but was unable to fly.
Officers were reportedly on scene when the shooting happened. No officers were injured, according to initial reports.