Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. today announced that he has named Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar as a Special Consultant to Major League Baseball who will focus on youth baseball development and other league goals in Puerto Rico.
Alomar’s duties will include advising the Office of the Commissioner on issues related to youth baseball in Puerto Rico and serving as an ambassador at events and development initiatives on the island, including youth clinics and tournaments. The 2011 Hall of Fame inductee will assist in MLB’s efforts to attract and develop Puerto Rican players, coaches, managers and front office personnel. Alomar, 49, will also serve as a spokesperson for MLB’s Pitch Hit and Run program in Puerto Rico.
Commissioner Manfred said: “I look forward to Roberto playing a role in our youth initiatives in Puerto Rico and contributing to our Pipeline Program. With many exciting young Puerto Rican players in our game today we have a great opportunity to take strides forward in the years ahead. I am pleased that Roberto will be a part of building on Puerto Rico’s rich baseball tradition.”
Alomar said: “I am honored to partner with Commissioner Manfred and Major League Baseball on this important initiative. We have a proud history and a great passion for the game of baseball in Puerto Rico and I am very excited to play a role in the development of our youth”
Alomar assembled a 17-year Hall of Fame career in the Major Leagues from 1988-2004. The standout second baseman helped lead the Toronto Blue Jays to consecutive World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993. He made 12 consecutive All-Star Game appearances between 1990-2001. Alomar earned 10 Gold Gloves in his career. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 1992 American League Championship Series and batted .480 (12-25) with six RBI and four stolen bases in the 1993 World Series. Overall, Alomar’s Clubs (TOR, BAL and CLE) participated in the Postseason seven times in 10 opportunities between 1991-2001. Before he entered Cooperstown in 2011, the Blue Jays retired Alomar’s number 12 – the first time that the franchise had ever so honored a player in its history.
Alomar was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and attended Luis Muñoz Rivera High School in Salinas. Roberto’s father Sandy and brother Sandy Jr. have both been longtime Major League players and coaches. Sandy Jr., Roberto’s former Cleveland teammate, is currently on the Major League coaching staff of the Indians.
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NFL Players will receive $127.84 million in “Performance-Based Pay” for their performance during the 2016 season, the NFL announced today. The Performance-Based Pay program is a collectively-bargained benefit that compensates players based upon their playing time and salary levels.
In addition to the Performance-Based Pay pool, the NFL Players Association has elected to dedicate $32 million in benefits (i.e., $1 million per club) to fund a Veteran Performance-Based Compensation Pool (the “Veteran Pool”) for players with more than one Accrued Season. In total, $159.84 million will be disbursed to players under the combined pools.
Atlanta Falcons cornerback BRIAN POOLE earned the highest amount in the Performance-Based Pay program. Oakland Raiders guard GABE JACKSON earned the most in the Veteran Pool. Under the combined pools, Atlanta safety RICARDO ALLEN earned the highest amount of all NFL players. See the tables below for the top 25 bonuses in each category.
Players have been paid over $1.2 billion cumulatively since the inception of the Performance-Based Pay program, which was implemented as part of the NFL’s 2002 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association, and continues as part of the parties’ current agreement.
The Veteran Pool is a component of the Rookie Redistribution Fund, which is a player benefit that was created under the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The NFL Players Association elected to fund the Veteran Pool for the first time this past year.
HOW PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY WORKS:
Under the Performance-Based Pay program, a fund is created and used as a supplemental form of player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. Players become eligible to receive a bonus distribution in any regular season in which they play at least one official down.
Performance-Based Pay is computed by using a player index (“Index”). To produce the Index, a player’s regular-season playtime (total plays on offense, defense and special teams) is divided by his adjusted regular-season compensation (full season salary, prorated portion of signing bonus, earned incentives). Each player’s Index is then compared to those of the other players on his team to determine the amount of his Performance-Based Pay.
The Veteran Pool is computed in a similar manner, with two significant modifications: 1) Players with zero Accrued Seasons are not eligible to receive distributions, however, such players remain eligible to receive distributions under the Performance-Based Pay program; and 2) to calculate the eligible player’s Index, if the player’s full season base salary is less than $1 million, an additional amount will be imputed so that the player’s base salary equals $1 million. This imputation of salary is solely for the purpose of calculating distributions from the pool, and does not affect the actual salary paid to the player.
ILLUSTRATION OF PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY SYSTEM
Each player on the same team competes for his own share of his club’s Performance-Based Pay pool. The hypothetical example in the table below illustrates how the Player Index works, using a simplified four-player team and a club bonus pool of $1,000,000. Each player receives his share of the pool depending on how his index compares to those of his teammates
% of Club Bonus Pool
(C/Team Total C)
(D * $1,000,000)
|Player A||50%||$ 500,000||10.0||50% of the Club’s pool (10 out of 20)||50% * $1,000,000 = $500,000|
|Player B||50%||$ 1,000,000||5.0||25% of the Club’s pool (5 out of 20)||25% * $1,000,000 = $250,000|
|Player C||20%||$ 500,000||4.0||20% of the Club’s pool (4 out of 20)||20% * $1,000,000 = $200,000|
|Player D||10%||$ 1,000,000||1.0||5% of the Club’s pool (1 out of 20)||5% * $1,000,000 = $50,000|
|Team Total:||20.0 Points|||
TOP 25 PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY DISTRIBUTIONS FOR 2016
|1||Brian Poole||Atlanta||CB||Florida||2016||UDFA||$ 371,783.11|
|2||Dak Prescott||Dallas||QB||Mississippi State||2016||4||$ 353,544.57|
|3||Anthony Brown||Dallas||CB||Purdue||2016||6||$ 346,198.12|
|4||Ricardo Allen||Atlanta||SS||Purdue||2014||5||$ 342,712.65|
|5||David Andrews||New England||C||Georgia||2015||UDFA||$ 341,353.27|
|6||Jalen Mills||Philadelphia||CB||Louisiana State||2016||7||$ 324,112.11|
|7||Trenton Brown||San Francisco||T||Florida||2015||7||$ 323,714.54|
|8||Zach Orr||Baltimore||LB||North Texas||2014||UDFA||$ 317,986.94|
|9||Alejandro Villanueva||Pittsburgh||T||Army||2014||UDFA||$ 317,676.41|
|10||Andrew Adams||New York Giants||S||Connecticut||2016||UDFA||$ 316,310.42|
|11||Greg Mancz||Houston||C||Toledo||2015||UDFA||$ 314,808.54|
|12||Russell Bodine||Cincinnati||C||North Carolina||2014||4||$ 314,040.72|
|13||Quinton Spain||Tennessee||G||West Virginia||2015||UDFA||$ 307,518.91|
|14||LaDarius Gunter||Green Bay||CB||Miami||2015||UDFA||$ 306,388.79|
|15||Matt Paradis||Denver||C||Boise State||2014||6||$ 306,002.71|
|16||Joe Thuney||New England||G||North Carolina State||2016||3||$ 305,206.63|
|17||Mark Glowinski||Seattle||G||West Virginia||2015||4||$ 303,282.60|
|18||Jordan Hicks||Philadelphia||LB||Texas||2015||3||$ 300,142.56|
|19||Telvin Smith||Jacksonville||LB||Florida State||2014||5||$ 293,471.03|
|20||Andrew Norwell||Carolina||G||Ohio State||2014||UDFA||$ 291,975.48|
|21||Kwon Alexander||Tampa Bay||LB||Louisiana State||2015||4||$ 291,500.78|
|22||Tajae Sharpe||Tennessee||WR||Massachusetts||2016||5||$ 289,676.53|
|23||Malcolm Butler||New England||CB||West Alabama||2014||UDFA||$ 287,598.82|
|24||Bobby Hart||New York Giants||G||Florida State||2015||7||$ 285,288.92|
|25||Kevin Byard||Tennessee||S||Middle Tennessee||2016||3||$ 284,778.17|
UDFA – Undrafted free agent
TOP 25 BONUSES IN VETERAN PERFORMANCE-BASED COMPENSATION
|1||Gabe Jackson||Oakland||G||Mississippi State||2014||3||$ 91,475.02|
|2||Zach Orr||Baltimore||LB||North Texas||2014||UDFA||$ 88,953.05|
|3||Ricardo Allen||Atlanta||S||Purdue||2014||5||$ 87,007.27|
|4||Telvin Smith||Jacksonville||LB||Florida State||2014||5||$ 85,686.64|
|5||Russell Bodine||Cincinnati||C||North Carolina||2014||4||$ 85,122.27|
|6||David Andrews||New England||C||Georgia||2015||UDFA||$ 84,990.99|
|7||Christian Kirksey||Cleveland||LB||Iowa||2014||3||$ 84,154.17|
|8||Alejandro Villanueva||Pittsburgh||T||Army||2014||UDFA||$ 83,976.05|
|9||Matt Paradis||Denver||C||Boise State||2014||6||$ 83,805.46|
|10||Nevin Lawson||Detroit||CB||Utah State||2014||4||$ 82,733.59|
|11||Jordan Hicks||Philadelphia||LB||Texas||2015||3||$ 81,813.54|
|12||Ross Cockrell||Pittsburgh||CB||Duke||2014||4||$ 81,720.88|
|13||Malcolm Butler||New England||CB||West Alabama||2014||UDFA||$ 81,283.90|
|14||Mark Glowinski||Seattle||G||West Virginia||2015||4||$ 80,458.15|
|15||Avery Williamson||Tennessee||LB||Kentucky||2014||5||$ 79,530.11|
|16||Greg Mancz||Houston||C||Toledo||2015||UDFA||$ 78,126.46|
|17||Max Garcia||Denver||G||Florida||2015||4||$ 77,242.30|
|18||LaDarius Gunter||Green Bay||CB||Miami||2015||UDFA||$ 77,072.97|
|19||A.J. Cann||Jacksonville||G||South Carolina||2015||3||$ 76,986.67|
|20||Kwon Alexander||Tampa Bay||LB||Louisiana State||2015||4||$ 76,811.45|
|21||Andrew Norwell||Carolina||G||Ohio State||2014||UDFA||$ 76,325.88|
|22||Bobby Hart||New York Giants||G||Florida State||2015||7||$ 75,784.04|
|23||Charles Leno||Chicago||T||Boise State||2014||7||$ 75,571.75|
|24||Shaquille Mason||New England||G||Georgia Tech||2015||4||$ 74,876.72|
|25||Quinton Spain||Tennessee||G||West Virginia||2015||UDFA||$ 74,429.55|
UDFA – Undrafted free agent
TOP 25 COMBINED TOTAL (PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY AND VETERAN PERFORMANCE-BASED COMPENSATION)
|REGULAR PBP||VETERAN PBP||COMBINED DISTRIBUTION|
|1||Ricardo Allen||Atlanta||S||Purdue||2014||5||$ 342,712.65||$ 87,007.27||$ 429,719.92|
|2||David Andrews||New England||C||Georgia||2015||UDFA||$ 341,353.27||$ 84,990.99||$ 426,344.26|
|3||Zach Orr||Baltimore||LB||North Texas||2014||UDFA||$ 317,986.94||$ 88,953.05||$ 406,939.99|
|4||Alejandro Villanueva||Pittsburgh||T||Army||2014||UDFA||$ 317,676.41||$ 83,976.05||$ 401,652.46|
|5||Russell Bodine||Cincinnati||C||North Carolina||2014||4||$ 314,040.72||$ 85,122.27||$ 399,162.99|
|6||Trenton Brown||San Francisco||T||Florida||2015||7||$ 323,714.54||$ 73,123.24||$ 396,837.78|
|7||Greg Mancz||Houston||C||Toledo||2015||UDFA||$ 314,808.54||$ 78,126.46||$ 392,935.00|
|8||Matt Paradis||Denver||C||Boise State||2014||6||$ 306,002.71||$ 83,805.46||$ 389,808.17|
|9||Mark Glowinski||Seattle||G||West Virginia||2015||4||$ 303,282.60||$ 80,458.15||$ 383,740.75|
|10||LaDarius Gunter||Green Bay||CB||Miami||2015||UDFA||$ 306,388.79||$ 77,072.97||$ 383,461.76|
|11||Quinton Spain||Tennessee||G||West Virginia||2015||UDFA||$ 300,142.56||$ 81,813.54||$ 381,956.10|
|12||Jordan Hicks||Philadelphia||LB||Texas||2015||3||$ 307,518.91||$ 74,429.55||$ 381,948.46|
|13||Telvin Smith||Jacksonville||LB||Florida State||2014||5||$ 293,471.03||$ 85,686.64||$ 379,157.67|
|14||Brian Poole||Atlanta||CB||Florida||2016||UDFA||$ 371,783.11||$ -||$ 371,783.11|
|15||Malcolm Butler||New England||CB||West Alabama||2014||UDFA||$ 287,598.82||$ 81,283.90||$ 368,882.72|
|16||Kwon Alexander||Tampa Bay||LB||Louisiana State||2015||4||$ 291,500.78||$ 76,811.45||$ 368,312.23|
|17||Andrew Norwell||Carolina||G||Ohio State||2014||UDFA||$ 291,975.48||$ 76,325.88||$ 368,301.36|
|18||Gabe Jackson||Oakland||G||Mississippi State||2014||3||$ 273,174.55||$ 91,475.02||$ 364,649.57|
|19||Bobby Hart||NY Giants||G||Florida State||2015||7||$ 285,288.92||$ 75,784.04||$ 361,072.96|
|20||Avery Williamson||Tennessee||LB||Kentucky||2014||5||$ 279,923.35||$ 79,530.11||$ 359,453.46|
|21||Dak Prescott||Dallas||QB||Mississippi State||2016||4||$ 353,544.57||$ -||$ 353,544.57|
|22||Ross Cockrell||Pittsburgh||CB||Duke||2014||4||$ 270,899.82||$ 81,720.88||$ 352,620.70|
|23||Shaquille Mason||New England||G||Georgia Tech||2015||4||$ 277,474.07||$ 74,876.72||$ 352,350.79|
|24||Anthony Brown||Dallas||CB||Purdue||2016||6||$ 346,198.12||$ -||$ 346,198.12|
|25||Nevin Lawson||Detroit||CB||Utah State||2014||4||$ 261,672.97||$ 82,733.59||$ 344,406.56|
UDFA – Undrafted free agent
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Top Intercollegiate Division I Men’s ACHA Hockey Teams Face Off ;
Discounted Tournament All-Access Passes for Adults; Free Admission for Kids 18 and Under
WHAT: The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), a member of USA Hockey with 500 college and university-affiliated programs, will host all five of their divisions championships, Men’s Divisions 1, 2 and 3 and Women’s Divisions 1 and 2, together for the first time in history.
WHO: The national championships in Columbus will feature more than 70 teams and over 1,600 players competing in 100+ games. The event is expected to generate an estimated 3,000 hotel room nights for the city.
WHEN/ Thursday, March 9 – Saturday, March 19
WHERE: OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks (Dublin, Easton, North locations)
and OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena
The remaining action for the three men’s and two women’s divisions will available atachanationals.com. Media can pick up credentials in the lobby of the Ice Haus or by contacting Tobin Ernst at email@example.com.
DIVISION OPENS CHAMPIONSHIP VENUE
Men’s D1 Thursday, March 9 Tuesday, March 14 OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena
Women’s D1 Wednesday, March 15 Sunday, March 19 OhioHealth Chiller Easton*
Women’s D2 Wednesday, March 15 Sunday, March 19 OhioHealth Chiller Easton
Men’s D2 Wednesday, March 15 Sunday, March 19 OhioHealth Chiller Dublin**
Men’s D3 Tuesday, March 14 Saturday, March 18 OhioHealth Chiller North**
*The WD1 Championship Game will be played at the OhioHealth Ice Haus
**The MD2 & MD3 Semifinal and Championship Games will be played at the OhioHealth Ice Haus
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Ohio’s Ashland University (34-0) Ranked No. 1 Nationally to Compete for Title in Columbus
Tickets On-Sale Now for Elite Eight, Final Four and Championship Games at Ohio Dominican
COLUMBUS (March 14, 2017) – On Monday, the eight regional champions that will compete in the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Elite Eight 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship stamped their tickets for Columbus. The will be held at Alumni Hall in Columbus, Ohio, March 21, 22 and 24.
Ohio Dominican University and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission will serve as hosts. Tickets are on sale now for all three rounds at http://ohiodominicantickets.universitytickets.com. The eight regional champions advancing to the Women’s Elite Eight were re-seeded by the Women’s Basketball Committee after completion of the regionals.
The national quarterfinal games at Ohio Dominican will be:
The semifinal contests will be at 6 and 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 and broadcast on CBS Sports Network. The championship game will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 24, and also air on CBS Sports Network.
Ohio’s Ashland University will look to win its second NCAA national championship in five years in Columbus after winning the Division II women’s basketball title in 2013. The Eagles were the national runner-up in 2012. The program won its third Midwest Regional title in the last six seasons this past Monday, 74-62, over Drury. Ashland’s all-time postseason winning percentage of .783 (18-5) is tied for the best in D-II history with North Dakota State (47-13) among programs with at least 20 games played.
Columbus was awarded this NCAA championship event for the first time in 2013. It will continue a historic stretch with the NCAA as until 2016, no city had hosted all three divisions (Division I, II and III) of the women’s basketball championship consecutively. Capital University hosted the 2016 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball national semifinals at The Capital Center and The Ohio State University will host the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four at Nationwide Arena in 2018.
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