They’re doing an active shooter drill at Wrigley Field today

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Ah, 2016. Such a magical year. An election presenting us with a choice between two noted and respected statespeople, peace and harmony abounding and at least a couple of our beloved entertainers and artists not yet dying. Really, can’t ask for a better year.

Into that mix comes this wonderful sign of the times: seven hours worth of “active shooter drills” at Wrigley Field today, complete with “simulated ammunition and flash bangs.” From the Chicago Tribune:

Chicago police say the drill was planned months ago to coincide with Major League Baseball’s All-Star break this week. Cubs spokesman Julian Green says the team is happy to partner with law enforcement on the exercise to ensure a safe and secure environment.

Someone will probably say that this is necessary in today’s world, and I suppose there’s nothing wrong with being prepared. It does make me wonder why we spend so much time and effort training for our responses to disaster rather than doing more to prevent them in the first place, but that’s a different topic altogether.

Anyway, enjoy your freedoms and safety, citizens. Just remember: every single thing you enjoy could turn into a horrific tragedy at any moment! Play ball!

 

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.