Rep. Steve Scalise back at baseball practice a year after being shot

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On June 14 of last year a man open fired at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia where members of Congress were practicing for the annual Congressional baseball game. Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, and three others were shot. Scalise was taken to the hospital in shock and in critical condition and had to undergo multiple surgeries. He’d remain in the hospital for nearly six weeks an would not return to Congress until September.

The 2018 Congressional baseball game is scheduled for June 14, a year to the day of Scalise’s shooting. Scalise is getting ready. This was tweeted by Senator Jeff Flake earlier today:

Scalise later responded, “Feels good to be back with the team!”

Good to see he’s recovered and back in action.

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.