Rockford Register Star
The Rockford Register Star is the Rockford, United States metropolitan area's primary daily newspaper. The paper took its name with the 1979 merger of two influential Rockford competitors, The Register Republic and The Morning Star. In April 2007, Gannett announced it was selling the paper to Fairport, New York-based GateHouse Media; the Register Star is the fifth-highest circulation Illinois newspaper. As of September 2006, the newspaper's Sunday circulation was 70,300—the 163rd-largest in the United States; the newspaper is published from the Register Star Tower at 99 East State Street in Downtown Rockford, where it prints on a new press debuted in 2006. The tower was built in 1930 and remains a Rockford landmark to this day, as it is still recognized as one of the most appealing buildings in downtown, it was designed to be similar in appearance to the Tribune Tower in Chicago. The publication's general format is customary to that of most papers around the nation. On Sundays it publishes the Sunday Register Star, where ads for national chains in the area are promoted along with the insertion of comics, the "Go" section, USA Weekend magazine.
In 2003, the newspaper formed an alliance with WREX-TV. Newspaper reporters are seen on WREX-TV's newscasts on a daily basis promoting stories found in the Rockford Register Star, the newspaper's website contains many videos of WREX's telecasted stories. GateHouse buys Rockford Register Star Rockford Register Star
Joshua Michael Smoker is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He played for the New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. Smoker was born in Calhoun, Georgia to Mike, an engineer, Debbie Smoker; as a child, he was dirt track racer. In 2007, Smoker was rated the eleventh best draft-eligible pitching prospect by Baseball America; as a high school senior, he was named Gatorade Player of the Year for Georgia after finishing with a 1.24 ERA and 152 strikeouts over 73 innings pitched. He committed to play college baseball for Clemson. Smoker was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the first round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft out of Calhoun High School in Calhoun, Georgia. In 2008, he underwent surgery on a bone spur in his shoulder. In 2013, Dr. James Andrews performed surgery on Smoker to repair a torn rotator labrum. With his fastball velocity declining, the Nationals organization released him without him having played higher than Class A-Advanced.
After sitting out 2013 while recovering from surgery, Smoker played for the Rockford Aviators of the Frontier League in 2014. In 2015, he signed with the New York Mets. Smoker was made his debut that day, he picked up his first Major League win on August 29 after pitching a scoreless tenth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. In 2017, Smoker was named to his first Opening Day roster, he was designated for assignment on January 26, 2018. On January 31, Smoker was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Daniel Zamora and cash considerations. Smoker was designated for assignment on July 23, 2018. On July 28, 2018, Smoker was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Tigers, he was assigned to the Tigers' Triple-A affiliate the Toledo Mud Hens. On August 26, 2018, the Tigers called up Smoker and he made his Tigers debut. On September 6, 2018, the Tigers released Smoker. On October 10, 2018, Smoker signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, he was assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to start the 2019 season.
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José Martínez (baseball, born 1988)
José Alberto Martínez is a Venezuelan professional baseball first baseman and outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball, he made his major league debut with the Cardinals on September 6, 2016, after 887 games in ten minor league seasons. A right-handed batter and thrower, Martínez weighs 215 pounds; as a member of the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers in the Kansas City Royals organization in 2015, Martínez set a modern-day Pacific Coast League record with a.384 batting average. He previously played in the Chicago White Sox and Atlanta Braves organizations, in the Frontier League. Martínez signed with the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent in February 2006. From 2006 to 2014, he played in the White Sox and Atlanta Braves organizations, he spent time with the Rockford Aviators of the Frontier League, an independent league, in 2014. Prior to 2015 season, Martínez signed with the Kansas City Royals. While playing for the Omaha Storm Chasers that year, his.384 batting average broke a modern-day Pacific Coast League record.
He led the PCL in on-base percentage and was an All-Star. He batted.382 overall in 2014–which included rehab time in the Arizona League–good for the fifth-highest mark since the modern era of the minor leagues began in 1963. Martinez was seven hits short of batting.400 for the season. The Royals added Martínez to the 40-man roster on November 6, 2015, designated him for assignment on May 18, 2016, in favor of Whit Merrifield. One week they traded him to the St. Louis Cardinals for cash. After 887 games with 11 minor league teams, Martínez made his major league debut on September 6, 2016, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he ground out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning in his first at bat. His first major league hit and run batted in occurred two days scoring Greg Garcia on an infield single in a 12−5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. For the season, he had 7 hits in 16 at bats; the Cardinals announced that Martínez made their 2017 Opening Day roster, his first in the major leagues, after leading the club with 19 hits and 15 RBI in spring training.
He hit his first major league home run against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 25. On August 6, 2017, Martínez hit his first major league career grand slam off Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds, cementing a nine run frame for the Cardinals in a 13–4 win. For the season, he batted.309/.379/.518. Martínez began 2018 as St. Louis' starting first baseman. On June 8, 2018, he hit two home runs off of Matt Harvey of the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park, helping St. Louis defeat the Reds 7-6 in ten innings, he finished his 2018 campaign slashing.305/.364/.457 with 17 home runs and 83 RBIs in 152 games, led the majors in percentage of balls hit to the opposite field, as well as in percentage of soft-hit batted balls. In February 2019, Martínez signed a two-year, $3.25 million contract with St. Louis. Martínez is a son of former infielder Carlos Martínez, who played seven seasons in MLB for the Cleveland Indians, White Sox and California Angels. List of Major League Baseball players from Venezuela List of second-generation Major League Baseball players Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference Cafe jr on Twitter cafejr40 on Instagram
The Florence Freedom are a professional baseball team based within the Greater Cincinnati region in the city of Florence, Kentucky. The Freedom are a member of the West Division of the Frontier League, an independent baseball league. From the 2004 season to the present, the Freedom have played their home games at UC Health Stadium, located near the Interstates 71 and 75; the Freedom franchise has won three Frontier League championships. However, these titles came when the team existed as the Erie Sailors, Johnstown Steal, Johnstown Johnnies; the franchise is tied with the Rockford RiverHawks for most total league championships, with three each. Before 2003, the team played at Point Stadium in Pennsylvania as the Johnstown Johnnies; the team moved to Johnstown from Erie, where they were known as the Erie Sailors, in 1995 and was known as the Steal until the 1998 season. The team won two Frontier League championships in their time in Johnstown, one in 1995 as the Steal and one in 2000 as the Johnnies.
The team was moved to Florence, where it became known as the Freedom. The Freedom played their 2003 home games at Foundation Field in Hamilton, about 30 miles north of Cincinnati, while the ownership group was building a new stadium in Florence; the team was managed by former major leaguer Tom Browning. The Freedom finished in last place; the team averaged fewer than 500 fans per game in attendance. In 2004, the Freedom opened Champion Window Field in Florence; the park opened on June 18, with the Freedom losing to the Washington Wild Things 10-6 before a crowd of 4,453 fans. On July 7, after a poor start to the season, manager Tom Browning was fired. Pete Rose, Jr. took over for one game, but quit after making a decision to continue his playing career. Mike Easler was hired and finished the season; the Freedom ended the season with a 31-65 record, finishing in last place for the second consecutive year. In July 2004, shortly after the opening of Champion Window Field, contractors began filing liens against the Freedom, accusing the team of not paying for work done on the stadium.
33 liens totaling $4.7 million were filed. In August, Fifth Third Bank sued team part-owner Chuck Hildebrant for failing to repay multiple loans taken out to finance the stadium construction; as part of the lawsuit, it was revealed that Hildebrant had used 204 acres of land that he did not own as collateral for the loans, that he had given the bank a forged document as proof of ownership. Hildebrant was the subject of a federal white collar crime investigation and sentenced to prison in October 2005; the team was sold in November 2004 to a new ownership group led by Clint Brown, not associated with Hildebrant's ownership group. In 2005, former Chillicothe Paints manager Jamie Keefe was signed as the team's new manager. Keefe led the Freedom to their first winning record; the team finished tied for second place in the Frontier League's East Division, missing out on the playoffs by a tiebreaker. Three Freedom players hit more than 20 home runs in 2005—outfielder Mike Galloway, designated hitter Kyle Geswein, first baseman Trevor Hall.
Closer Ted Rowe tied for the league lead in saves with 17. In 2006, the Freedom had a losing record of 38-50, finishing 5th in the Frontier League East Division. In 2007, the Freedom again had a sub-.500 record. This placed the team third in the East Division. Outfielder Reggie Watson led the league in batting average and steals, while winning the Home Run Derby at the 2007 Frontier League All-Star Game, hosted by Florence. Outfielder Ryan Basham earned the Frontier League Rookie of the Year award, hitting.298 with 17 home runs on the season. In 2007, Champion Window Field, home of the Freedom, hosted its first Frontier League All-Star Game, with the Freedom's East Division winning 11-3; the Freedom's Reggie Watson was named the game's Most Valuable Player. The game's attendance of 4,483 set a new attendance record for Florence. In 2008, the team finished with a 47-49 record. For the first time, the Freedom attracted over 100,000 fans to Champion Window Field, with a total of 106,707 fans for the year.
In early 2008, the Freedom changed their primary colors from red and blue to black and silver. In 2009, the Freedom opened against the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti at home on May 20. Florence opened 2009 with two major changes—FieldTurf instead of a natural grass surface and a new coaching staff. Toby Rumfield became the new field manager, Freedom alumni Greg Stone, the Freedom's all-time hit leader, as hitting coach and Bill Browett as pitching coach. Below is a list of Freedom alumni; the alumni are sorted by peak level of baseball in which they have participated after playing for Florence. In total, 20 Freedom alumni have signed professional contracts after playing for Florence, with one making the major leagues; as of April 10, 2015: The following Freedom alumni have advanced as far as Class A-Advanced: Jason Tuttle, Kevin Rival, Tim Turner, Mike Galloway, Heath Castle, Johnny Washington The following Freedom alumni have advanced as far as Class A: James Morrison, Steven Pickerell, Joel Posey, Conor McGeehan, Tyler Evans, Neall French The following Freedom alumni have advanced as far as Class A-Short Season: The following Freedom alumni have advanced as
Chillicothe is a city in and the county seat of Ross County, United States. Located along the Scioto River 45 miles south of Columbus, Chillicothe was the first and third capital of Ohio, it is the center of the Chillicothe Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 21,901 at the 2010 census. Chillicothe is a designated Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation; the region around Chillicothe was the center of the ancient Hopewell tradition, which flourished from 200 BC until 500 AD. This Amerindian culture had trade routes extending to the Rocky Mountains, they built earthen mounds for ceremonial and burial purposes throughout the Scioto and Ohio River valleys. Native Americans who inhabited the area through the time of European contact included Shawnees. Present-day Chillicothe is the most recent of seven locations in Ohio that bore the name, because it was applied to the main town wherever the Chalakatha settled. Other population centers named Chillicothe in Ohio at one time include: one located at present-day Piqua, in Miami County.
After the Treaty of Greenville in 1795 forced the Native Americans from most of Ohio, European settlers came to the area. Migrants from Virginia and Kentucky moved west along the Ohio River in search of land; the community Chillicothe was founded in 1796 by a party led by General Nathaniel Massie on his land grant. The town's name comes from the Shawnee Chala·ka·tha, meaning "principal town", because it was the chief settlement of that division of the Shawnee people. In 1798, Ross County became incorporated with Chillicothe as the county seat. Chillicothe was named the capital of the remnant Northwest Territory in 1800, when Indiana Territory was split off, the Northwest Territory was reduced to Ohio, eastern Michigan and a sliver of southeastern Indiana. In 1802 as Ohio moved toward statehood, the city hosted the Ohio Constitutional Convention, it served as the capital of Ohio from statehood in 1803 until 1810 again from 1812-1816. Ohio was a free state, early migrants to Chillicothe included free blacks, who came to a place with fewer restrictions than in the slave states.
They aided runaway slaves coming north. As tensions increased prior to the breakout of the American Civil War, the free black community at Chillicothe maintained stations and aid to support refugees on the Underground Railroad; the Ohio River was a border with the slave states of the South, with slaves crossing the river to freedom, up the Scioto River to get more distance from their former homes and slave hunters. White abolitionists aided the Underground Railroad as well. Chillicothe is located at 39°20′11″N 82°59′2″W, it lies within the ecoregion of the Western Allegheny Plateau. It lies between the Scioto Paint Creek near their confluence. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.60 square miles, of which 10.43 square miles is land and 0.17 square miles is water. The city is surrounded by farming communities, Chillicothe residents describe the area as the foothills of the Appalachians; as the only city in the area, Chillicothe is a hub for economic activity.
Malls, prisons and a college campus are among the largest employers, but the most notable employer in the area is a Pixelle paper mill, in operation for over 100 years. The mill can sometimes create noxious odors, which residents refer to as “the smell of money”; as of the census of 2010, there were 21,901 people, 9,420 households, 5,559 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,099.8 inhabitants per square mile. There were 10,600 housing units at an average density of 1,016.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 88.1% White, 7.2% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.5% from other races, 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population. There were 9,420 households of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.1% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, 41.0% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.87. The median age in the city was 41.5 years. 21.8% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 21,796 people, 9,481 households, 5,754 families residing in the city; the population density was 2,283.7 people per square mile. There were 10,303 housing units at an average density of 1,079.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 89.21% White, 7.51% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, 2.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.84% of the population. There were 9,481 households out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18
Rockford is a city in Winnebago County in the U. S. state of Illinois, in far northern Illinois. Located on the banks of the Rock River, Rockford is the county seat of Winnebago County; the largest city in Illinois outside of the Chicago metropolitan area, Rockford is the third-largest city in the state and the 171st most populous in the United States According to 2010 U. S. Census Data, the City of Rockford had a population of 152,871, with an outlying metropolitan area population of 348,360; the City of Rockford's population is 147,051 as of 2017, down 4.1% since 2010. Settled in the mid-1830s, the position of the city on the Rock River made its location strategic for industrial development. In the second half of the 19th century, Rockford was notable for its output of heavy machinery and tools. During the second half of the 20th century, Rockford struggled alongside many Rust Belt cities. Since the late 1990s, efforts in economic diversification have led to growth of automotive and healthcare industries, as well as the undertaking of various tourism and downtown revitalization efforts.
Nicknamed the Forest City, Rockford is presently known for various venues of cultural or historical significance, including Anderson Japanese Gardens, Klehm Arboretum, Tinker Swiss Cottage, the BMO Harris Bank Center, the Coronado Theatre, the Laurent House, the Burpee Museum of Natural History. Its contributions to music are noted in the Mendelssohn Club, the oldest music club in the nation, performers such as Phantom Regiment and Cheap Trick. Rockford traces its roots to 1834, as the combined settlements of Midway were founded on both banks of the Rock River. On the west bank, Germanicus Kent and Thatcher Blake founded Kentville. With the location of the Rock River equidistant between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River, the combined settlement derived the name "Midway". In 1836, Winnebago County was created, with Midway named as its county seat. In 1837, the village of Midway was renamed Rockford, highlighting a rocky river ford across the Rock River in the village; the same year, Rockford established its first post office.
In 1840, the first weekly newspaper began circulation. In 1847, Rockford Female Seminary was founded. In 1852, Rockford was chartered as a city. In 1852, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad connected Rockford to Chicago by railroad. At the time of its founding, many of the village's residents were transplants from the Northeastern United States and upstate New York. Descended from English Puritans, the Midway/Rockford population was similar to much of the rest of northern Illinois and nearly all of Wisconsin during the mid-19th century. After the Black Hawk War, additional immigrants moved to northern Illinois. During the antebellum period, Rockford shared abolitionist leanings, lending considerable support to the Free Soil Party and the Republican Party. In 1848, 42 percent of voters in Winnebago County voted for Martin Van Buren. In 1852, Free Soil candidate John P. Hale became the first presidential candidate to visit Rockford, although he would only receive 28 percent of the vote. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln won 3,985 votes in Winnebago County to the 817 votes of Stephen A. Douglas.
The 1850s brought industry. In 1853, inventor John Henry Manny moved to Rockford to produce horse-drawn mechanical reapers for farmers and transport the finished products by rail. Chicago implement manufacturer Cyrus McCormick took Manny to court after he produced nearly 6,000 machines. Along with production of agricultural machines, Swedish furniture cooperatives established the city as a manufacturing base; the Rockford Union Furniture Company, under John Erlander, spearheaded these cooperatives. Today, Erlander's home is a Rockford museum that shows his efforts in elevating Rockford to second in furniture manufacturing in the nation, behind Grand Rapids. During the Civil War, one of the first Illinois regiments to be mobilized, the Zouaves, were from Rockford; the city served as the site for Camp Fuller, a training site for four other infantry regiments. In 1884, Rockford established its first city-wide public school district, constructing Rockford Central High School in 1885; the Rockford Female Seminary became the alma mater of Jane Addams in 1881.
This move accompanied the Seminary's transition into a more complete curriculum, represented by its renaming to Rockford College in 1892. Culture flourished with the founding of the Mendelssohn Club in 1884, which became the oldest operating music club in the United States; this was complemented by the construction of a Carnegie library in 1902, which became the first building of Rockford's public library system. 1903 saw the dedication of the Winnebago County Veterans Memorial Hall in the presence of sitting President Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt returned to Rockford during his campaign in 1912 and again to address the soldiers at Camp Grant, a training site for World War I soldiers; the t