From the daily archives: Tuesday, May 10, 2011

By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council and the Calexico Unified School District Board of Trustees had a joint meeting were they took the initial steps to make a new Olympic swimming pool for Calexico.

In a historic joint session, both government entities decided to move forward with the release of special funds in the Calexico Unified School District capital facilities special fund held by the City of Calexico Redevelopment Agency. The School Board approved a resolution two weeks ago at their regular meeting the issuance of tax allocation refunding bonds by the Calexico RDA. This was the first step to secure funds in order to make an Olympic size swimming pool in Calexico. The old swimming pool site at the high school cannot be used again since it was damaged by the earthquake last year. The Council and the School Board took advantage of the window of opportunity to secure bonds for this project since Governor Brown has not been able to eliminate the RDA like he proposed on his first budget in January.

During the meeting it was reported the approximately $3 million dollars would cost to build an Olympic size swimming pool within the Calexico High School property. The new pool is planned to be located at the current soccer field at the high school right next to the student parking lot. Superintendent Richard Fragale said that a group of architects are working right now with City Staff to make the design of the new swimming pool.

ACT President Enrique Cervantes spoke against the action saying that the School Board has not looked at the depth and analyze the bond resolution. Cervantes said that he would table this item no matter what was the urgency behind this in order to avoid something that harms the taxpayers of Calexico. He asked the Council and the School Board not to approve this and asked them to look at the facts.

Calexico Resident Benjamin Horton spoke in support of the action and said that this is an opportunity for Calexico to receive funds from the State. He said that he has done research on this topic and said the approval to this action will be good for Calexico. He reminded the Council and the Board about the comments made by the Chief of Police saying that having a pool will benefit youth of Calexico since it will keep them out of trouble and will bring much needed recreation for Calexico. He commended the Council and the Board for working together for the benefit of the community.

Supervisor District 1 John Renison spoke and said that he will inquire how the County of Imperial can get involved in with the new swimming pool. Renison told the Superintendent he will get in touch with him after he gets more information.

 

By Bob Hurst

After six no-hitters last year, Major League Baseball is on a pace to match that total this season.

There were two no-hitters thrown in the past week, one by Minnesota’s Francisco Liriano, the other by Detroit’s Justin Verlander. At this time last season, there were also two no-no’s thrown.

Liriano’s came last Tuesday night at Chicago. Verlander’s was on Saturday at Toronto.

For Liriano, his gem came after a poor start to the season. He was 1-4 with a 9.13 ERA entering the game. And it wasn’t pretty. Liriano walked six and struck out two, and he needed help from his defense, which turned three double plays.

In the ninth inning, with Juan Pierre on first base following his third walk of the night, Liriano got Adam Dunn to line out to shortstop Matt Tolbert for the final out in a 1-0 win over the White Sox. It was a great relief to the lefthander from the Dominican Republic.

“I thought it was a base hit,” Liriano said. “When I saw him catch it, I was so excited.”

Then ninth inning had started with Brent Morel grounding to short, and Tolbert’s throw hit the dirt before first baseman Justin Morneau scooped up the ball for the out.

Liriano matched his career high with 123 pitches. It was his first complete game in 95 big league starts.

“It was a crazy night,” Liriano said. “To be honest, I was running out of gas. I just thank my teammates that they made some great plays behind me.”

Center fielder Denard Span made one of those plays with a catch of Carlos Quentin’s long drive in the fourth inning. Third baseman Danny Valencia made another in the seventh, going behind the bag in foul territory to grab Quentin’s grounder, and making a strong throw to first.

And the Twins had a little bit of luck on their side in the eighth when Gordon Beckham was called out at first to complete a double play. Replays showed that Justin Morneau, who took a wide throw from second baseman Alexi Casilla, missed the tag. But first base umpire Paul Emmel called Beckham out.

Jason Kubel provided the only offense the Twins needed with a fourth-inning home run.

Liriano, who went 12-3 in 2006, had Tommy John surgery on his elbow at the end of that season and missed the 2007 season. He won 11 games the next two years before going 14-10 with a 3.62 ERA last season, earning him the AL Comeback Player of the Year.

Unlike Liriano, Verlander had previously pitched a no-hitter. He got his second career gem in the Tigers 9-0 win over the Blue Jays.

“I was a lot more calm today,” Verlander said. “Obviously, there’s some adrenaline, but having been through this situation before, I was definitely able to calm myself down a little bit easier than last time.”

Verlander nearly threw a perfect game. He allowed only one base runner when he walked J.P,. Arencibia with one out in the eighth inning.

“Right out of my fingertips, I knew it was just a hair outside,” Verlander said of ball four.

Verlander fanned four Toronto batters. He struck out 12 in his first no-hitter against Milwaukee in 2007. In this game, Verlander struck out Rajai Davis to end the game.

 

With Liriano’s no-hitter coming on Tuesday and Verlander’s on Saturday, it was the 17th time in major league history that there have been two no-hitters thrown within a five-day span.

 

StatsWatch: The 2010 season was a big one for no-hitters, with six thrown overall. Here’s the list:

 

  • Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies, 4-0 vs. Atlanta, April 17, 2010
  • Dallas Braden, A’s, 4-0 vs. Tampa Bay, May 9, 2010 (perfect game).
  • Roy Halladay, Phillies, 1-0 vs. Florida, May 29, 2010 (perfect game).
  • Edwin Jackson, Diamondbacks, 1-0 vs. Tampa Bay, June 26, 2010.
  • Matt Garza, Rays, 5-0 vs. Detroit, July 26, 2010.
  • Roy Halladay, Phillies, 4-0 vs. Cincinnati, Oct. 6, 2010, NLDS.

 

Diamond Notes: Boston’s Carl Crawford was hitting just .135 last week, but increased his average to .211 early this week…Derek Jeter hit his first two home runs of the season in the Yankees 12-5 win over Texas on Monday. He also went 4-for-4…The Reds’ Joey Votto saw his streak of reaching base safely in all 33 games that he had played come to an end on Sunday against the Cubs. That was one game shy of the team’s modern-day record to start a season, set by Dave Collins in 1981…Rangers’ OF Josh Hamilton, who broke his right arm in a headfirst slide into home on April 12, plans to begin taking batting practice on Friday…Milton Bradley was designated for assignment by the Mariners after hitting .216 with two home runs and six RBIs this season. Bradley, 33, has had trouble follow him to nearly every stop he has made in the majors. He was ejected in last Friday’s game against the White Sox and booed for poor defense on Saturday.

 

 

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