New York Mets Trade Max Scherzer to Texas Rangers, Fortifies AL West-leaders’ Rotation
In an extraordinary transaction on Saturday, verified sources at ESPN confirmed the New York Mets have traded their star pitcher (Max Scherzer) to the Texas Rangers. With visions of a potential World Series berth, the Rangers have eagerly incorporated the right-handed pitcher into their rotation. This marks a significant advancement in the ongoing reorganization efforts of the Mets.
The acquisition was tentative at first, hinting upon Scherzer’s agreement to waive a no-trade clause. Following the recent trade of closer David Robertson (which left Scherzer noticeably disgruntled), the star pitcher has now given his consent – shifting his loyalty to Texas. This is where he is set to join the Rangers – currently leading the AL West with a record of 60-44 (two games ahead of the Houston Astros).
Approaching the trade deadline, the Rangers (known for their strong offense) sought to strengthen their pitching lineup following star free agent Jacob deGrom’s season-ending Tommy John surgery in June. Despite MLB’s top earner Scherzer’s $43.3 million salary and potential contract opt-out, the Rangers were determined to secure him.
Scherzer, a future Hall of Famer, despite an inconsistent 2023 season by his elevated standards, brings much to the table for the Rangers. His current stats boast a 9-4 lead with a 4.01 ERA, 121 strikeouts, and 30 walks in 107.2 innings, notwithstanding a National League-high 23 home runs.
As part of the deal, the Mets are poised to send some cash along with Scherzer and receive prospects from the Rangers, known for one of the MLB’s best farm systems.
Joining the Mets before the 2022 season, Scherzer made impressive strides while on the mound. He achieved a 2.29 ERA in 145.1 innings across 23 starts. Despite entering the season with a record MLB payroll exceeding $350 million and aiming to secure their first championship since 1986, the Mets continued to struggle, landing in fourth position in the NL East and 17 games behind the leading Atlanta.
With the trade deadline looming on August 1, the Mets, following the trades of Robertson and now Scherzer, expect to move even more players. Looking to the future, Texas has plans to introduce a playoff rotation led by Scherzer and Nathan Eovaldi. Thus, keeping options open with Jon Gray, Dane Dunning, Martin Perez, and Andrew Heaney.
The team is also said to be in talks with multiple teams seeking to fortify their bullpen – having acquired left-handed reliever Aroldis Chapman in June and shown interest in Robertson before his transfer to Miami.
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New York City Takes Back the Streets with Summer Streets Program
NEW YORK – Amidst a heat advisory affecting numerous regions of the city, citizens seeking outdoor summer fun can now look forward to the annual Summer Streets program. Envisioning more than 20 miles of streets devoid of vehicles across the five boroughs for five consecutive Saturdays, this year’s program promises to be the largest Summer Streets event since its inaugural run in 2008.
In an unprecedented move, the program will primarily feature designated, car-free streets across all five boroughs. This is expanding its reach to Harlem for the first time since the Summer Streets program’s inception. This year’s event will be kick-started at Queens and Staten Island.
At Queens, the event commences at noon on Vernon Boulevard, and on Staten Island, Richmond Terrace will come alive from 10:30 a.m. onwards. Ydanis Rodriguez, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner, passionately encourages residents to start their day early and explore the streets on foot or by bike. He reiterates, “Several cultural performances and exciting entertainment options will take place along these avenues.”
Last year, an overwhelming number of people (more than half a million) embraced the event. They walked, ran, cycled, and revealed car-free streets under the Summer Streets program. The ambitious initiative strives to repurpose city spaces into vibrant public domains for its dwellers.
The Summer Streets program will stick to its traditional timings of 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on planned dates and streets:
The allure of the program will grace Queens and Staten Island on July 29. In Queens, Summer Streets will span Vernon Boulevard, extending from 44th Drive to 30th Drive, while in Staten Island, Richmond Terrace, from the stretch of York Avenue to Bard Avenue, will be set aside for the program.
Manhattan dwellers will have the opportunity to traverse pedestrian-friendly streets on August 5, 12, and 19. The expanded route will span from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way into Harlem, weaving through Lafayette Street and Park Avenue. Then, progress up to 109th Street on Central Park North, between Fifth Avenue to Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. It would then carry on along Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard from 110th Street to 125th Street.
Brooklyn and the Bronx will bask in the final car-free Saturdays of the program on August 26. In Brooklyn, Summer Streets will bridge Prospect Heights and Brownsville, charting a path along Eastern Parkway. This is from Grand Army Plaza to Buffalo Avenue. Meanwhile, the Bronx will see the Grand Concourse open to pedestrians – starting from East Tremont Avenue all the way to Mosholu Parkway.
Summer Streets embodies the transformative power of public spaces into vibrant areas of engagement. Thus, cultivating a sense of community and advocating for a healthful, active lifestyle among urban dwellers. WABC has assumed the official broadcast partnership for Summer Streets.
Robert Chambers, New York’s Infamous ‘Preppy Killer,’ Released After 15 Years in Prison on Drug Charges
State records have confirmed that Robert Chambers, infamously dubbed the “Preppy Killer,” has been freed from prison after completing a 15-year sentence for drug-related and assault offenses.
Chambers had served a similar duration in prison after pleading guilty to the asphyxiation of Jennifer Levin in Central Park during the summer of 1986. The plea agreement was reached when, after nine days of deliberation, the jury was incapable of reaching a verdict. Post his 2003 release for the homicide of 18-year-old Levin, Chambers quickly found himself on the wrong side of the law again. His arrest in 2007 for drug trafficking from his home led to a consequent prison time of 19 years.
Chambers was freed from the Shawangunk Correctional Facility in New York four years prior to the term of his original sentence, as shown in the online inmate records from the New York Department of Corrections. Currently 56 years old, Chambers is set to remain under surveillance for a period of up to five years, as per state records.
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