Monday, June 17 2013 11:32 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:32:14 GMT
Prep work for the $133 million streetcar project is moving forward, even though $17.4 million is still needed. That deficit could be closed soon, pending a vote from council to move some money around. But,Full Story >
Prep work for the $133 million streetcar project is moving forward, even though $17.4 million is still needed. That deficit could be closed soon, pending a vote from council to move some money around.Full Story >
Monday, June 17 2013 11:04 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:04:15 GMT
For the first time, middle school athletics in Kentucky could be overseen by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. The state board of education has already approved this regulation and now, it'sFull Story >
For the first time, middle school athletics in Kentucky could be overseen by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. The state board of education has already approved this regulation and now, it's up to lawmakers.Full Story >
(RNN) – Two center fielders make the major leagues in the same season. One is 19 years old and the other is 20.
One goes to the American League, while the other takes on the National. The pair immediately put the rest of the world on notice, producing highlight-worthy plays with the bat and the glove.
Both showcase the classic "five tools" baseball scouts pine for: Running, fielding, throwing, hitting for average and hitting for power.
The season was 1951. The players? Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays.
The season was 2012. The players? Bryce Harper and Mike Trout.
Yes, comparing anyone to "The Mick" or "The Say Hey Kid" might be baseball heresy. But with all the talent the two rookies possess, it's a level they could reach.
If they can avoid injuries and mysterious women in black veils, they should have long, outstanding careers.
MLB All-Star Game: AL vs. NL, Kansas City, MO – 8:15 p.m. ET Tuesday
Harper is the phenomenon; the national pastime's version of LeBron James. He, too, made the cover of a major sports magazine at age 16.
Since then, he dropped out of high school before his junior year, got his GED, dominated a year of junior college ball and got picked No. 1 overall by the Washington Nationals in 2010.
Harper is the type of athlete baseball fans love to hate.
He's blunt, straightforward and cocky. He's not afraid to call out someone who asks "a clown question, bro" and wears his eye black like war paint.
He exudes all the confidence one would expect of a teenage millionaire who makes his living playing a game.
But Harper is also the type of player baseball fans love to love.
He has a big, violent swing and charges down the first-base line like it's the final out of the World Series – every time. He's not afraid to take a lump crashing into the outfield wall to make a catch.
Nothing exemplifies Harper better than the non-verbal exchange that happened May 6 against Philadelphia. In the first inning, Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels put a fastball into his back – on purpose.
"Welcome to the big leagues, kid."
Harper took his base. After a single moved him to third, Hamels casually threw over to check on the other base runner.
Harper stole home.
"Thanks, happy to be here … pops."
Pretty good for his first major league stolen base.
Harper's performance (.283 average, 8 home runs, 25 RBIs, 42 runs, 8 steals through Saturday) has been good enough to earn him a spot on the NL All-Star team.
Meanwhile, his lesser-known counterpart has put up MVP-caliber numbers through the midway point of the season. He'll also be on the AL squad Tuesday.
When Trout got drafted 25th overall by the Los Angeles Angels in 2009, he received some fanfare, but no more than the typical late first-rounder. In less than two years, Trout became the top minor league prospect in baseball.
Young players, especially ones straight out of high school, usually have trouble making adjustments when the talent level around them rises. But Trout's ability to hit is matched by his ability to adapt to improved pitching.
Rookie league - .360
Class A - .362
Class high A - .302
Class AA - .326
His one hiccup came in his first call-up to LA last season, when he hit .220 in limited play. In 2012, he started in AAA ball – one step away from the majors – and hit .403 through 20 games.
Since rejoining the Angels, he's hitting .347 with 11 home runs, 39 RBIs, 55 runs and 26 steals.
He makes it all look effortless, too.
Harper is a lumberjack trying to chop down a tree in one stroke, while Trout's swing is reminiscent of another former young prodigy: Ken Griffey Jr. He generates force with a fast, fluid and natural stroke.
He may be faster than Harper, but he looks more like he's running at school recess than running for his life.
Along with the gaudy numbers produced, Trout also settled the "Play of the Year" debate early. On June 27 in Baltimore, Trout ran at full speed, leapt, fully extended and snagged a would-be home run above the outfield wall in the tip of his glove.
As good as the catch was, his reaction after was better. Trout pounded his chest, shouted and smiled from ear to ear as he got high fives from his teammates.
It is the same reaction you like to see on any field, from the little leagues to the big ones. He was a kid having fun.
In 1951, Mantle and Mays helped their teams reach the World Series, with Mantle's Yankees beating Mays' Giants in six games.
Could we see Harper and Trout meet in this year's Fall Classic? It's possible; both have their teams in position to make the playoffs.
Whether they make it or not this season, these two should become regulars in the postseason for may years to come, as the centerpieces of their respective teams.
Someone better get these young guys some nicknames, and fast.
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Monday, June 17 2013 9:16 AM EDT2013-06-17 13:16:14 GMT
Multiple injuries have been reported in a head-on collision on Route 42 at South Fork Road. Two helicopters and multiple engines have been requested to assist. Highway traffic is backed up extensivelyFull Story >
Police have identified a mother who was killed in a head-on crash on Sunday in Verona. Full Story >
Monday, June 17 2013 11:13 AM EDT2013-06-17 15:13:15 GMT
(CNN) - The deaths of five infants and dozens of injuries or falls have led federal regulators to stop the sales of a popular baby recliner. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said it got numerousFull Story >
The deaths of five infants and dozens of injuries or falls have led federal regulators to stop the sales of a popular baby recliner.Full Story >
Sunday, June 16 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-06-16 23:16:29 GMT
A deer went Krogering on Saturday evening in Newport, Kentucky. The horned buck walked right into the store with the aid of the automatic door. When it tried to run back out, the door had shut and theFull Story >
A deer went Krogering on Saturday evening in Newport, Kentucky. The horned buck walked right into the store with the aid of the automatic door.Full Story >
Monday, June 17 2013 8:39 AM EDT2013-06-17 12:39:47 GMT
HOKKAIDO, JAPAN (AVN/CNN) - Someone bought a watermelon for more than $3,000 at an auction in Japan. Watermelons from Toma are popular as gifts in the country. They have darker skins and have a sweeterFull Story >
Someone bought a watermelon for more than $3,000 at an auction in Japan.Full Story >
Monday, June 17 2013 12:03 PM EDT2013-06-17 16:03:57 GMT
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has announced a plea by information in a vehicular homicide case from 2011. Paul Lallier, 64, is charged with one count of vehicular homicide and one county of obstructingFull Story >
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has announced a plea by information in a vehicular homicide case from 2011.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:55 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:55:59 GMT
Thirty parkgoers were stuck on The Beast for Tuesday afternoon. Kings Island says the ride was climbing the second hill when a safety mechanism kicked on and didn't release the car. Officials say theFull Story >
Kings Island says the ride was climbing the second hill when a safety mechanism kicked on and didn't release the car.Full Story >
Sunday, June 16 2013 4:06 PM EDT2013-06-16 20:06:19 GMT
A Williamstown, Ky. Man was flown to the hospital after a tire smashed through his windshield on northbound I-75 near Walton. Authorities say that 41-year-old Sandra Slater was driving her pickup truckFull Story >
A Williamstown, Ky. Man was flown to the hospital after a tire smashed through his windshield on northbound I-75 near Walton.
Monday, June 17 2013 9:57 AM EDT2013-06-17 13:57:30 GMT
(CNN) - According to a new CNN/ORC poll, just 45 percent of Americans believe the President is doing a good job. President Obama can't seem to get out from under his dark cloud- fueling the fall in hisFull Story >
The drop in President Barack Obama's popularity comes on the heels of a leak that revealed the NSA has been conducting a large data-mining operation on American citizens.Full Story >
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