first_imgMirvac’s residential apartment development Ascot Green next to Eagle Farm racecourse.Mirvac general manager of residential in Queensland Warwick Bible said Ascot Green’s strong buyer appeal would almost certainly increase now that construction had officially started.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago“Demand to live in the well-established suburb of Ascot is already high and we expect this to continue as construction on Ascot House ramps up and the vision for Ascot Green as a residential masterplan starts to come to life,” Mr Bible said. “Civil works including external road works, site preparation and basement excavation are now well underway, and the foundations commenced in December 2016.” Ascot is a very in demand area with reporting an average of 754 online visits per property listing compared to a Queensland average of 268 per property.Works have been approved for public parklands, bike paths, open green spaces and plans for public art to be exhibited in the communal outdoor areas. LtoR: Brisbane Racing Club chairman Neville Bell, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Mirvac general manager of residential in Queensland, Warwick Bible celebrate the start of construction on Ascot Green at Eagle Farm Racecourse.SALES are off and racing and the sod has officially been turned in stage one of the $950 million Ascot Green development at Eagle Farm Racecourse.With the official soil throwing taking place last week for the nine-storey Ascot House, the first residential tower out of the gates, sales are racing along with more than 60 per cent sold since its launch in July last year.Tower two, 12-storey Tulloch House is set to soon be released to the public with a one-bedroom apartment starting at $460,000. Mirvac’s residential apartment development Ascot Green next to Eagle Farm racecourse.Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the residential development and overall revitalisation of the Eagle Farm precinct would help put the area on the map as a premier recreation and residential destination in Brisbane.“It is an exciting time for Brisbane, as construction commences on this landmark development which will provide approximately 1,000 trackside apartments as well as retail and commercial buildings that tie in with the area’s rich heritage,” Mr Quirk said.Brisbane Racing Club Chairman, Neville Bell, said there were plans in place for premium retail facilities and building of a new childcare centre was currently underway. “We’ve recently submitted a development application for a new shopping precinct in the area which would include eleven specialty retail stores and a major supermarket, further bolstering the area’s appeal,” Mr Bell said.“In addition, we currently have a new childcare centre on Lancaster Road under construction, and we are taking expressions of interest for an aged care facility in the area.”last_img read more

first_img The 18-year-old, signed from Charlton for £3.5million this summer, was expected to go out on loan but, having done well in pre-season, was handed his Barclays Premier League debut against the hard-running Walters last weekend. He acquitted himself well in the 1-0 victory and will make his home bow against Bournemouth on Monday as he continues to keep out Alberto Moreno, a Europa League winner with Sevilla just 15 months ago but who has seen his £12million move to Anfield turn sour over the last year. Liverpool defender Joe Gomez received the seal of approval from Stoke’s Jon Walters last week and has impressed manager Brendan Rodgers since arriving in the summer. “For a player of 18 to make his Premier League debut away at Stoke against an outstanding player in Jon Walters, with the experience he has, and cope as well as he did was impressive,” Rodgers said. “I thanked Jon after the game for giving him that experience and he spoke highly of him.” What is even more admirable is Gomez is a centre-back who has also operated on the right, so being thrown in on the opposite flank ahead of an established left-back speaks volumes not only about his talent but also Moreno’s short-comings. “I felt comfortable (putting him in the team) as he had played games and was managed well at Charlton,” Rodgers added. “I wanted to assess where his pathway lay in terms of whether he needed a loan or needed to stay here and very quickly he showed me he could be a really important member of the squad. “He can play in many positions, centre-half being the main one, but he has the flexibility and qualities to play at full-back so he is definitely a player who will add great value to our squad. “What struck me when I met him was his maturity. He recognises his opportunity. “When he was 15 or 16 he had the chance to move to bigger clubs than Charlton but he wanted to stay. Press Association “He then had a decision to make in the summer with a number of high-profile clubs wanted to take him but he felt his best opportunity to develop and improve was coming to Liverpool. “He has got into the team and I am sure there will be moments along the way when we need to manage him, but he knows there is a lot to learn yet. “It is about assessing and managing where he is at.” last_img read more

first_imgMORE: Remembering the biggest extra-inning comeback in MLB historyIt was amazing then and it’s amazing now. To recognize those eight RBIs on two swings of the bat, we’re going to look at eight fascinating facets of that accomplishment. First, though, let’s watch.1. Both grand slams were hit off Chan Ho ParkLet’s start here, because this is probably the most incredible part of the entire situation. Well, the most incredible thing other than Tatis actually hitting two grand slams in the same inning. Try to imagine any scenario in today’s game in which any manager lets any pitcher stick around in an inning long enough to even be in position to give up two grand slams to the same player.  Park faced 13 batters in that third inning. Here’s how his own frame from hell played out:1. Single, Darren Bragg2. Hit by pitch, Edgar Renteria3. Single, Mark McGwire4. Grand Slam, Fernando Tatis5. Groundout, J.D. Drew6. Home run, Eli Marrero7. Walk, Placido Polanco8. Walk, Joe McEwing9. Fielder’s choice/Sac bunt, Jose Jimenez (reached safely on a misplay by Park)10. E3, Bragg (throwing error)11. Single, Renteria12. Flyout, McGwire13. Grand slam, TatisCarlos Perez finally replaced Park and retired Drew to mercifully end the frame. 2. Before Tatis, McGwire had his shotBefore Park even faced Tatis for a second time, manager Davey Johnson had a dilemma. Park had already faced 11 batters in the third inning and seven of them had scored. The bases were loaded for Mark McGwire — who hit a line drive deep into the outfield for a single in his first AB of the inning — with two outs, but Johnson left Park in the game anyway. Now, remember, this was PEAK BIG MAC. Yeah, I used all caps. PEAK BIG MAC deserved all the capital letters we can give him.McGwire, you might remember, had hit 70 home runs in the previous year, 58 the year before that and 52 the year before that. And in his first 13 games of the young 1999 season, McGwire already had five home runs and a .431 on-base percentage. That’s 185 home runs in 454 games leading up to that at-bat. Undaunted, Johnson kept his struggling right-hander in the game. McGwire put the ball in the air, but Raul Mondesi caught it for the second out. Just because you get the desired result doesn’t mean the decision was correct.3. Jose Jimenez’s shining moment was still to comeCardinals starter Jose Jimenez was solid in this contest, going seven innings and allowing three earned runs. It was his third consecutive seven-inning outing to start the 1999 season, and his ERA stood at a respectable 2.95 after the contest. Things quickly turned sour. In his next 11 starts covering 59 1/3 innings, Jimenez gave up 53 earned runs — a barf-worthy 8.04 ERA — 73 hits and 31 walks, with only 32 strikeouts. And then Jimenez took the mound in Arizona on July 25 and turned in one of the most shocking no-hitters in baseball history. In that game — pitching opposite Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, by the way — Jimenez needed just 101 pitches to shut down the Diamondbacks, striking out six and walking just two in his brilliant effort. That Arizona team, you’ll remember, won 100 games in 1999 and featured Luis Gonzalez (.336, 137 OPS+, 6.4 bWAR) Matt Williams (35 homers, 142 RBIs), Steve Finley (34 homers, 4.9 bWAR) and Jay Bell (38 homers, .931 OPS). All four of those guys were in the lineup against Jimenez. In his first post-no-hitter start, in Houston, Jimenez was chased in the fifth inning, having allowed seven runs on seven hits. He finished the year with a 5.85 ERA and was traded to the Rockies in the offseason, part of a seven-player deal that brought Darryl Kile to St. Louis.4. Tatis had an outstanding overall 1999 seasonTatis signed with the Rangers at 17 out of the Dominican Republic and he made his big league debut five years later, batting seventh in a lineup that featured future Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez and stars Juan Gonzalez and Will Clark. His first at-bat ended in an infield single that drove home a run. He was traded to the Cardinals the next summer in a deal that sent Royce Clayton — the shortstop Tony La Russa picked to succeed Ozzie Smith at the position, a decision that wasn’t as productive as Didi Gregorius replacing Derek Jeter, let’s say — and Todd Stottlemyre to Texas. Tatis hit well in his half-season with the Cardinals, posting a 127 OPS+ and popping eight homers in 55 games. That set the stage for his breakout 1999 season. The third-inning outburst helped his final numbers, of course, but he still had an outstanding season, batting mostly fifth — and sometimes fourth — in the Cardinals lineup. Mark McGwire and his 65 homers were in the 3-hole, by the way. Tatis finished the year with 34 homers, 107 RBIs, a .298 average, .957 OPS and 139 OPS+. The Cardinals thought highly of him, and so did other teams. Bet you didn’t know this …It would have looked odd to see Ken Griffey Jr., in a Cardinals uniform, eh? The Cardinals were interested, though, according to the Nov. 22, 1999 issue of The Sporting News.— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) April 19, 2019Unfortunately, he only played 96 games in 2000 because of injuries, and after that season he was traded to the Expos for Dustin Hermanson and Steve Kline as the Cardinals tried to find pitching help. Injuries, though, remained a theme, and after a couple of seasons in Montreal, Tatis spend the 2004 and 2005 seasons at home in the Dominican Republic. He came back with the Orioles in 2006, spent the 2007 season back in the minors with the Mets and then spent most of 2008-10 seasons as a bench player for the Mets. 5. Park gave up other memorable homers, tooChan Ho Park had a very solid major-league career. He really did. The right-hander from South Korea made his big league debut at 20 years old and threw his final pitch in the majors at 37. He made an All-Star team, took the mound for 287 career starts and even had a 2.61 ERA in 13 career playoff relief appearances. But he’ll always be known for four home runs. These two grand slams hit by Tatis, and two hit by a certain record-setting slugger. Park started Game 160 for the Dodgers in 2001, a contest in San Francisco. Barry Bonds had already tied Mark McGwire’s single-season record of 70 by then, and he wasted no time moving in front of Big Mac that day. In the first inning, with two outs and the bases empty, Bonds blasted No. 71, to the deepest part of the ballpark in right center. “I’ve played against Chan Ho Park, and he’s never really pitched around me,” Bonds said, in this video celebrating his accomplishment. “I didn’t want to get overwhelmed by it, or overexcited about it. But I knew that Chan Ho was going to give me an opportunity. The only one who was going to mess it up was going to be me.”Park gave him the opportunity, and Bonds didn’t mess it up. He hit No. 72 leading off the bottom of the third, sending a breaking ball over the center-field fence. Legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully said this, moments after the blast. “It’s like batting practice for Bonds against Chan Ho Park.”6. Like father(s), like son(s)If you’re reading this, you probably know all about Tatis’ son, Fernando Tatis Jr. He’s not only one of the top prospects in all of baseball, but he’s proving to be one of the best shortstops in the majors, right now. The Padres called him up for Opening Day — damn the service time implications — and he’s delivered, with six homers and a .954 OPS through his first 22 games in the majors. Tatis Jr. was born on Jan. 2, 1999, which made him just shy of 4 months old when his dad made baseball history. It’s fitting, probably, that the elder Tatis’ birthday is Jan. 1 (1975), and they celebrate on back-to-back days. But he’s not the only budding superstar whose father played in this one. Raul Mondesi won the NL Rookie of the Year award for the Dodgers in 1994, and he was in the middle of a stretch of nine consecutive years with at least 24 home runs. In 1999, he set career bests with 33 homers, 99 RBIs and 36 stolen bases. His son, Adalberto Mondesi, has taken Kansas City by storm. Last year, in 75 big-league games, Mondesi had 32 stolen bases, 14 homers and a 3.1 bWAR. In 21 games so far this year, he has 12 extra-base hits — six doubles, four triples and two homers — and seven stolen bases. He has a place in MLB history, too. Mondesi is the first player ever to make his MLB debut in a World Series game, as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the 2015 World Series. 7. Shannon nailed the callsMike Shannon is a Cardinals icon. He was the third baseman for the World Series-winning squads in 1964 and 1967 and has been broadcasting Cardinals games in some way, shape or form since 1972. So it was only fitting that he was behind the microphone for this dramatic third inning. And he nailed both calls with typical Mike Shannon gusto. “Power against power here. A fastball to Tatis, with the bases loaded, no one out, 2-0 the count, that would be my guess, and I think that’s what Tatis is looking for. Let’s see how they play it. Park is set. He kicks and delivers. Fastball, and it’s a graaaaaand slam!”Classic. And then we hear a familiar voice chime in. “That went over the bullpen! That went over the back wall of the bullpen.”Shannon isn’t so sure: “Naw, I don’t think it went that far, did it, Joe?”Yep. Joe, as in Joe Buck. Long before he was Fox Sports’ voice of, well, everything, he followed in his dad’s footsteps on Cardinals broadcasts. By 1999 he had been working at Fox for a few years but still calling Cardinals games, too. Shannon’s call for grand slam No. 2 was just as exciting. “Tatis could make it an 11-run inning here in the third. The Cardinals have already scored seven. And the pitch, the runners go, the 3-2 … Tatis … swing and a long one! There it is, folks! Baseball history! A second grand slam home run for Fernando Tatis in the third inning in Los Angeles, California and the Cardinals lead 11-2. Wow. Woow-oow. Get those record books out, folks. The date: April the 23rd, 1999, and we’ve just seen Fernando Tatis hit two grand slam home runs off Chan Ho Park in the third inning. A hanging slider, and the fans here at Dodger Stadium are giving him a standing ovation!”8. Odds and endsJust a couple of other things about the game that were interesting.J.D. Drew went 2-for-4 on the day for the Cardinals, including a home run of his own. But he made two of the three outs in that third inning.  The Dodgers had three former Rookie of the Year winners come to the plate that day — Raul Mondesi, Eric Karros and Todd Hollandsworth. Cardinals catcher Eli Marrero went 2-for-5 with a home run to raise his batting average to .341 on the young season, but then went just 4-for-43 (.093) in his next 15 games, and he finished the year with a .192 average. Adrian Beltre was a 20-year-old third baseman for the Dodgers, still at the start of his first full year in the majors. He went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI in the contest. Two pretty amazing things happened for Fernando Tatis in 1999. On the second day of the year, his son — Fernando Tatis Jr. — was born, and in his team’s 15th game of the baseball season, the new dad did something that had never been done in the history of the sport. It hasn’t been done since and might never happen again. Tatis, playing third base for the Cardinals, hit two grand slams in the same inning against the Dodgers, in Dodger Stadium, on April 23, 1999.last_img read more