FERC Data Show Coal, Nuclear Capacity Dropping, While Renewables Surge FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享North American Clean Energy:In the latest issue of its “Energy Infrastructure Update” (with data through November 30, 2017), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) notes that proposed net additions to generating capacity by utility-scale wind and solar could total 115,984 megawatts (MW) by December 2020—effectively doubling their current installed capacity of 115,520 MW.At the same time, the FERC report suggests that coal might experience a net decline of 18,723 MW (equivalent to 6.60% of current capacity) while nuclear power drops by 2,342 MW (equivalent to 2.16% of current capacity).The numbers were released as FERC prepares for a January 10 meeting to consider U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal for a bail out of the coal and nuclear industries. FERC’s data also outlines the retirement of 10,803 MW of natural gas capacity by the end of 2020 but offset by the potential addition of 92,489 MW for a net gain of 81,686 MW—an amount that would increase current natural gas capacity by 15.82%. Oil generating capacity would remain largely unchanged with retirements of 571 MW and additions of 762 MW.Proposed additions for wind total 72,526 MW with only 68 MW of retired capacity while solar could add 43,528 MW and experience just 2 MW of retirements. Hydropower, while retiring 706 MW, would grow by 12,732 MW. Biomass might add 945 MW and retire 47 MW while geothermal could expand by 1,610 MW without any retirements. In total, proposed net generation additions for the mix of renewable sources totals 130,518 MW.More: FERC Report Outlines Potential Doubling of Solar and Wind Capacity by 2020 as Coal and Nuclear Experience Sharp Declines
The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association has released its Hall of Fame class for 2017. The induction ceremonies will be held Friday January 20, 2017 at the Sheraton at Keystone at the Crossing in Indianapolis, IN. This event will be part of the 3-day IHSBCA state clinic and information is available at www.ihsbca.org. Tickets are available by contacting HOF Banquet Chairman Gary O’Neal at 812-273-3964 or IHSBCA Executive Director Brian Abbott at 260-358-7310.This year’s Hall of Fame class includes three coaches; a selection from the veteran’s committee; and a benefactor. Each of these recipients will be recognized and will speak at the HOF Banquet and receive two plaques commemorating their induction. One of those plaques will be on permanent display at the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in Jasper, IN. See www.indbaseballhalloffame.org for further information.COACHES:Greg Marschand has coached the Lewis Cass Kings for 35 years and compiled a 548 – 383 record during that time. He has won 5 sectional titles, 2 regional championships, 1 semi-state crown, and was the 2009 Class 2A runner-up losing to Heritage Christian in the state finals. His teams have also won 10 Mid-Indiana Conference championships. Greg is a 1999 inductee into the Columbus State University Hall of Fame where he set school career records of 32 victories (32-12), most innings pitched (327 2/3) and most starts (48) as four-year starter (1973-76).Chip Sweet spent 21 years coaching baseball at Shakamak High School. A graduate of Shakamak H.S. and the University of Florida he began his coaching career in 1990. During his coaching years he won 328 games against 162 losses. His championships included 14 Sectionals, 6 Regionals, 4 Semi-States, and one state championship in 2014, which was the last game he coached. His teams won 11 Southwest Indiana Athletic Conference titles and 9 Tri-Rivers Conference crowns. He was a South All-Star coach at Jasper in 2004 and had his number retired by Shakamak HS.Steve DeGroote graduated from Twin Rivers High School in Bode, Iowa. He completed his college degree at William Penn College where he played baseball, basketball, and football. He coached 6 seasons at Corwith Lesley High School in Corwith, Iowa before coming to Indiana State University as an assistant baseball coach from 1980 – 1985. In 1993, Steve took over the West Vigo High School program and coached there until 2013. During that time he won 10 sectional titles, 5 regional championships, and 1 semi-state crown while compiling an overall record of 441 – 118. His 2009 team was the state – runner up. He won 11 Western Indiana conference titles, coached 12 D1 players, and had 3 players drafted out of high school. He also coached cross-country, boys and girl’s basketball, and football.VETERAN’S COMMITTEE:Paul Ehrman spent 41 years umpiring for the IHSAA and various college programs. A graduate of Carroll (Flora) High School in 1963 and Ball State University in 1967, Paul began teaching and coaching at Taylor High School 1967-69 and followed that with stints at Delphi (1969-73) and Batesville (1973-78) before becoming athletic director at East Central High School from 1978-87. A career change to State Farm Insurance began in 1987 and he is still an active agent today. From 1964-2004 he umpired and officiated baseball for the IHSAA; in addition to umpiring 15 years of softball. Paul umpired 40 baseball sectionals, 22 regionals, 12 semi-states and 7 state finals (2 in 1970’s; 2 in 1980’s; 2 in 1990’s; and 1 in 2004). He worked an average of 40 high school games in those 41 years and sprinkled in 15 years of umpiring college baseball.Named District Umpire of the Year numerous times he also found time to establish an umpiring school and do umpire scheduling for 20 Southeastern Indiana schools from 1986 – 2004. One of the highlights of his career was to umpire state finals that Don Mattingly participated in.BENEFACTOR:Barton L. “Bart” Kaufman has long been involved in baseball in Indiana. He prepped three seasons at Shelbyville High School and then went on to play collegiately at IU for Ernie Andres. His senior year he was named all Big Ten and hit .452, which was runner-up to Bill Freehan of Michigan. He then attended Law School in Bloomington and continued to play and coach baseball in the amateur leagues in Indianapolis. As a part of that extended play, he was a participant in the Dodgertown Adult Fantasy Camps and is a member of the Hall of Fame in that area.In 1982, Indianapolis mayor William Hudnut appointed Bart to help bring an NFL team to Indy and in the process he found two major baseball franchises that considered moving to the capital city, but those moves never came to fruition. More recently, Mr. Kaufman has been involved in new facility developments that have allowed young people to keep playing baseball and softball.Kaufman Stadium is the home of softball at the Jewish Community Center in Indianapolis; Kaufman Field is the home of the Marian College Knights baseball team; and Bart Kaufman Field is the new home (as of 2014) for the Indiana University baseball team. His donations and generosity are second only to his love for the game and the opportunities that it affords our young people today.
“Major League” hit theaters 30 years ago this weekend. The sports comedy classic starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Wesley Snipes and Corbin Bernsen, among others, that chronicles the fictitious Cleveland Indians run to the AL East pennant still resonates as one of the best baseball movies of all time. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNDavid S. Ward wrote and directed the movie, which is full of unforgettable characters, one-liners and choruses of “Wild Thing.” With that in mind, Sporting News celebrates 30 things — in no particular order — we still love about “Major League” today. 1. Rachel Phelps The late Margaret Whitton’s portrayal of the Indians owner is chronically underrated when it comes to sports movie villains. She wants to move. She doesn’t want to feed Cha Cha real dog food. The spring training meeting is a tone-setter for the entire movie. 2. ‘Mitchell Friedman?’The guy who delivers the unforgettable one-liner after that is the guy who played the janitor in “Scrubs.” Then the groundskeepers give their hot take. It’s perfect. Speaking of one-liners … 3. ‘Juuussst a bit outside’ SN’s Ryan Fagan has ranked the best one-liners from the movie. It has become part of the day-to-day lexicon of baseball fans and sports writers for the past 30 years. How many other sports movies claim that many still-quotable one-liners? “Caddyshack” and “The Big Lebowski” are on that short list, but “Major League” dishes them out non-stop for 106 minutes. Who hasn’t started one of these only to have one of their buddies finish it? Let’s try one here. “Nice catch, Hayes … ” 4. Impersonating Lou Brown The second he tells Charlie Donovan he has a “guy on the other line about some whitewalls,” you’re hooked. The late James Gammon is the soul of this movie, and none of us has enough gravel in our voice to do him justice. 5. ‘Is that you, Tolbert?’ It’s an obscure one-liner, but it’s still one I use when one of my best friends calls after a night out with too many drinks. If you’re going to call that early, at least say you’re from the Yankees. 6. Spring training It’s impossible to pick a best part. Charlie running down the roster as Rick Vaughn gets off a motorcycle. “Veg-head.” Pedro Cerrano’s first BP. “Come on, Dorn!” Vaughn’s spring training uniform without cap and sleeves. It’s one laugh after another. 7. California Penal League That is the name of my longest-standing fantasy baseball league, one I’ve been in since 2003. No, I haven’t stolen a car. 8. Willie Mays Hayes Understand that ‘80s kids watched Rickey Henderson steal 1,406 bases, but Hayes, portrayed by Wesley Snipes, was just as captivating. The scene where Hayes wakes up in his bed in the parking lot and still wins the race is the best. How many baseball fans wanted to buy 100 pairs of gloves after seeing that? 9. Red tags The astute viewer knows poor Gentry died and went to the minors. 10. Pedro Cerrano He wanted religious freedom. Dennis Haysbert went on to other movie and TV roles and has been the voice of Allstate forever, but nothing tops seeing Cerrano smack the ball into the trees on one pitch then whiffing on the curveball the next. MORE: The inside story of “The Naked Gun” baseball game11. Eddie Harris I watched a lot of movies with my father, and I never heard him laugh harder than he did when Cerrano and Harris, played by Chelcie Ross, nearly started a “Holy War” over Jesus’ ability to hit a curveball. The back and forth between the two throughout the entire movie is outstanding. Of course, they have a mutual friend. 12. Jobu “Is very bad to steal Jobu’s rum. Is very bad.” Harris finds out the hard way. 13. Jake Taylor Berenger plays the aging veteran to perfection, and this was part of an ‘80s run in which he played Sam Weber in “The Big Chill” and Sgt. Barnes in “Platoon.” You grow to appreciate Berenger’s role as Taylor as you hit your mid 30s — and you probably quote him more often than any other player in this movie. 14. ‘We got uniforms and everything.’ When Taylor walks into the wrong apartment looking for Lynn Wells, his love interest played by Rene Russo, he has an encounter with her boyfriend and some of Cleveland’s elite who forgot that the city has a team. This awkward scene is flawless from start to finish. 15. Harry Doyle Movies use gimmick announcers all the time. This movie goes from good to great because of Doyle. Bob Uecker’s play-by-play is what we still say in our living rooms while watching games. The Opening Day scene is Uecker’s finest work, and his side-kick Monte says 15 words the entire movie. Who wouldn’t give anything to hear a fictional “Teepee Talk” podcast? MORE: In defense of “Major League II”16. Phelps’ sky box for the opener Complete with white picket fence and umbrella drinks. “Here’s to the thrill of defeat.” 17. The superfans Randy Quaid took it to the next level in “Major League II,” but the original group of die-hards sees it through from start to finish. The “too high” exchange is amazing. 18. Clu Haywood Pete Vuckovich, a former Brewers pitcher, plays the role of Yankees slugger to perfection. He’s a dip-spitting, home-run hitting nemesis. We’re not sure whether he’s a convicted felon. 19. Road trip reading The reading choices on a brutal road trip include “Song of Hiawatha,” “The Deerslayer” and, of course, “Crime and Punishment.” 20. ‘Uh-oh, Rexy, I don’t think this one’s got the distance.’ Can you recite word for word what Taylor told Rexman behind the plate before he pops out? 21. Roger Dorn Corbin Bernsen nails the role of the arrogant veteran third baseman, and he even learns how to field by the end of the season. Dorn becomes more of a parody in the sequels, but he’s the perfect antagonist for Vaughn in this one. Every good team has one of these guys. 22. Charlie Donovan The GM plays the role of superspy throughout the movie and lets Phelps know exactly how he feels at the end. Charles Cyphers gives an underrated performance as one of the film’s glue guys. 23. ‘Well, then I guess there’s only thing left to do.’ If you don’t know what Taylor says next, then we can’t help you. 24. ‘Pennant Fever’ The unmistakably ‘80s montage music, composed by Oscar-nominated composer James Newton Howard, carries the Indians to a one-game playoff with the Yankees. It really should be played before every postseason game. 25. Rick Vaughn It’s taken us a long time to get to Charlie Sheen, who created a cult icon with Vaughn, the bad-boy flame-throwing pitcher with control issues who starts off with an ejection and ends up a Cy Young candidate. Sheen had already done “Platoon,” “Wall Street” and “Young Guns” to this point, not to mention “Eight Men Out” — which a lot of baseball fans think is a better movie. But that’s not Sheen’s movie. This one is. MORE: Ranking the best baseball movies of the ’90s26. Cerrano’s homer Cerrano lets Jobu know how he feels and finally hits a curveball to tie the game against the Yankees. You know what he said, too. He gets a bonus point for carrying the bat around the bases. 27. ‘Wild Thing’ We know Phelps’ feeling on the song, but Vaughn’s entrance in the ninth is wonderfully over the top. Brown tells him to forget about the curveball, and Vaughn gets Haywood on a 101 mph heater. 28. The Duke The Yankees’ closer, played by former MLB pitcher Willie Mueller, is a head-hunter who allegedly threw at his son in a father-son game. The look he gives Taylor when he calls his shot before brushing him back is priceless. 29. Taylor’s bunt It goes against the usual game-winning home run script. Taylor, the veteran catcher with bad knees, legs out a bunt while Hayes scores from second. It was an original movie ending — and perfect. 30. It’s so Cleveland to this day That Clevelanders still embrace this movie tells all you need to know. You still see Vaughn jerseys at Progressive Field at every game. The Indians have been to the playoffs 11 times and to the World Series three times since, and every time Cleveland inches closer to ending its World Series championship drought that dates to 1948, this movie comes up. “The Natural,” “Bull Durham” and “Field of Dreams” were also part of the unmatched run of 1980s baseball movies, and you can argue those blockbusters are better. That’s fine. “Major League” is the working-class baseball movie that still resonates with me most, and with good reason. You can still have a conversation with a friend using just those one-liners. It’s perfect start to finish. This movie hit home the second Randy Neuman belted out “There’s a red moon rising, on the Cuyahoga River, rolling into Cleveland to the lake.” Thirty years later it hasn’t changed, and 30 years from now we’ll still be dishing out those one-liners when we’re too old to go diving into lockers. “Burn on, big river, burn on.”