The New York Yankees today announced that they have signed 11 players to minor league contracts with an invitation to Major League Spring Training: C Wilkin Castillo, INF Ji-Man Choi, C Kellin Deglan, C Francisco Diaz, LHP Jason Gurka, INF Pete Kozma, LHP Joe Mantiply, RHP Nick Rumbelow, LHP Evan Rutckyj, INF Donovan Solano and INF Ruben Tejada. Diaz, Kozma, Rumbelow, Rutckyj and Solano were in the Yankees organization last year and return in 2017 after signing new minor league deals. The club has also invited 12 additional players to 2017 spring training, bringing the total number of invitees to 23 (11 pitchers, four catchers, six infielders and two outfielders). The number of players now scheduled to report is 63.
Kozma, 28, has appeared in 275 career Major League games, all with St. Louis, over parts of five seasons (2011-15), batting .222 (138-for-621) with 76R, 29 doubles, 3 triples, 3HR and 52RBI. After attending spring training as a non-roster invitee with the Yankees, the right-handed batter spent 2016 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, hitting .209 (93-for-445) with 48R, 19 doubles, 2HR, 32RBI and 11SB in 130 games. He committed just 15E in 537TC (.972) while playing all four infield positions: SS (84G/83GS), 3B (23G/22GS), 2B (18GS), 1B (5GS). In 918 games over eight minor league seasons, he has hit .234 (760-for-3,253) with 428R, 155 doubles, 50HR and 374RBI. The native of Tulsa, Okla., was originally selected by St. Louis in the first round (18th overall) of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
Solano, 29, has batted .257 (274-for-1,068) with 99R, 40 doubles, 6 triples, 9HR and 99RBI in 370 games with the Marlins (2012-15) and Yankees (2016). The right-handed batter has primarily played second base (237G) but has also appeared at third base (26G), shortstop (19G) and in left field (10G). Over 12 minor league seasons, he has batted .272 (898-for-3,302) with 386R, 143 doubles, 19HR and 308RBI in 932 games. Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Solano was originally signed by St. Louis as a non-drafted free agent on January 14, 2005. The 2017 season marks his second in the Yankees organization.
Tejada, 27, has appeared in 616 Major League games over seven seasons with the Mets (2010-15), Cardinals (2016) and Giants (2016), batting .252 (504-for-1,997) with 207R, 104 doubles, 10HR and 153RBI. He combined with St. Louis and San Francisco to hit .167 (11-for-66) with 9R, 5 doubles, 5RBI and 7BB in 36 games in 2016. Tejada was released by the Mets on March 16, 2016 and was signed by the Cardinals as a free agent five days later. He hit .176 (6-for-34) with 6R, 2 doubles, 3RBI and 2BB in 23 games with St. Louis before being designated for assignment on May 28 and unconditionally released on June 3. On June 29, he was signed by the Giants as a free agent and hit .156 (5-for-32) with 3R, 3 doubles, 2RBI and 5BB in 13 games for San Francisco. The Santiago, Panama, native was originally signed by the Mets as a non-drafted free agent on July 11, 2006.
Six of the Yankees' non-roster invitees have been tabbed among the organization's Top 10 prospects by Baseball America entering the 2017 season, including INF Gleyber Torres (No. 1), OF Clint Frazier (No. 2), RHP James Kaprielian (No. 5), LHP Justus Sheffield (No. 7), RHP Chance Adams (No. 8) and OF Dustin Fowler (No. 9). The Yankees' No. 4 prospect, INF Jorge Mateo, and No. 6 prospect, OF Aaron Judge, will also be in camp as members of the 40-man roster. Torres, acquired by the Yankees as part of the July 2016 trade that moved Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs, became the youngest player ever to be named MVP of the Arizona Fall League, after batting .403/.513/.645 (25-for-62) in 18 games for the Scottsdale Scorpions following the 2016 season. Frazier and Sheffield, along with fellow non-roster invitee, RHP J.P. Feyereisen, joined the Yankees organization in the trade that sent Andrew Miller to the Indians at last season's trade deadline.
Of the Yankees' 23 non-roster invitees, nine were originally drafted by the club: Adams (2015, fifth round), LHP Daniel Camarena (2011, 20th round), OF Dustin Fowler (2013, 18th round), Kaprielian (2015, first round, 16th overall), RHP Brady Lail (2012, 18th round), LHP Jordan Montgomery (2014, fourth round), Rumbelow (2013, seventh round), Rutckyj (2010, 16th round) and INF Tyler Wade (2013, fourth round). In 2016, Adams went 13-1 with a 2.33 ERA (127.1IP, 33ER) in 25 games (24 starts) and led the minor leagues with a .169 (76-for-450) opponents' batting average, the second-lowest opponents' BA by a qualified minor leaguer since at least 1993, according to Baseball America. He also led all minor league pitchers (min. 125.0IP) with a 0.90 WHIP.
Rounding out the Yankees’ invitees is C Jorge Saez, who was selected by the Yankees from Toronto in the first round of the Triple-A phase of the 2016 Rule 5 draft.
Ford Brings 'Go Further' and Auto and Mobility to Life with New FordHub Brand Experience Studio and Super Bowl Ad
• Ford expands its “Go Further” brand vision with the launch today of its first-ever interactive brand experience studio – called FordHub – in New York City
• FordHub, opening in Westfield World Trade Center, is part of Ford’s plan to create new ways to connect with consumers – some of whom never have done business with Ford before
• Ford is also connecting with new consumers through a 90-second ad launching before Super Bowl LI’s kickoff, showcasing its expansion to be an auto and a mobility company
NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2017 – Ford is expanding its efforts to connect with consumers – some who never have done business with the company before – through the opening of its first-ever FordHub interactive brand experience studio in New York City and a new ad for Super Bowl LI.
FordHub, located in one of New York’s busiest transportation centers – Westfield World Trade Center – is an interactive space designed to show the public how Ford’s expansion to an auto and a mobility company is helping change the way the world moves. FordHub is designed to inspire visitors – whether they own or intend to own a Ford vehicle or not – to think about the future of transportation in an entirely new way by encouraging imagination and dialogue.
“Ford was founded on the promise of providing affordable transportation solutions to millions of customers, and this commitment still drives us today,” said Stephen Odell, Ford executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service. “As we expand our business to be both an auto and mobility company, we’re using new experiences like FordHub and our first Super Bowl ad that talks about the future to explain what we mean when we say ‘We Go Further so you can.’”
Opening today, FordHub invites consumers to join Ford to explore, experiment and learn how the company is rethinking the future of transportation.
“Our first FordHub is a place designed to spark questions and curiosity,” said Elena Ford, Ford vice president, Global Dealer and Consumer Experience. “This isn’t a store or a dealer – it’s a place for participation and creativity. We want people to have fun while engaging in conversation about the future of transportation.”
Exhibits and activities address mobility
As Ford is working with cities around the world to address growing mobility challenges, the company welcomes visitors to the FordHub to where they can get a glimpse at Ford’s vision for solutions. Guests can explore a world map to see how nearterm mobility advancements – including autonomous and electric vehicles, ride-sharing, ride-hailing and connected vehicles – will play a pivotal role in the City of Tomorrow.
FordHub also features a mobility map that tracks the pulse of New York City – with a dashboard of real-time traffic information for commuters, including trains, ferries and alerts.
Other experiences offer fun and intrigue. In Last Mile Challenge, guests stand on wobbleboards and race through a futuristic world using every mode of transportation – from autonomous cars to e-bikes – earning tokens for each mobility decision they make. Still other experiences provide entertainment. In Mustang over Manhattan, guests use a virtual reality headset to build a Mustang atop the Empire State Building, while their friends watch the build come together on a digital screen.
FordGuides – experts not only on the space itself, but knowledgeable about Ford vehicles and innovations – are stationed throughout to answer questions and assist guests. Dynamic space encourages new ideas As times change and innovations evolve, so, too, will FordHub. Over time, Ford will collaborate with communities, thought leaders, artists and others to introduce new interactive programs.
“We see this as an active, dynamic space, featuring innovations we have today and others we are exploring for tomorrow,” said Elena Ford. “We want consumers to join us and be part of creating the world’s mobility solutions.”
Along with the FordHub opening, Ford is kicking off the Mobilize New York Challenge – an innovation challenge designed to stimulate new ideas and find ways to help New Yorkers get around easier and faster. Offering more than $30,000 in cash prizes, individuals are invited to submit proposals to solve the city’s transportation challenges.
Super Bowl ad focuses on Ford’s auto and mobility future
Ford also today is revealing a new 90-second ad that – for the first time ever – highlights near- and long-term mobility solutions it is developing to help people Go Further in their daily lives.
The ad launches just before kickoff of Super Bowl LI on Sunday. The spot showcases moments in which people have become “stuck” in life. It then showcases Ford solutions – including selfdriving vehicles and ride-sharing – to help people move freely again.
Digital extensions of the ad also debut at fordgofurther.com, featuring in-depth stories of Ford people who Go Further every day. Those featured include employees, dealers and partners who create the vehicles, technologies and mobility solutions Ford is working on today and tomorrow.
About Ford Motor Company Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Jan. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hometown hero David Wright, captain of the New York Mets, hosted the seventh annual Vegas-style charity event for Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters on Friday, January 20, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
The sold-out evening included a poker tournament and casino games, including craps, roulette, blackjack and virtual horse racing with chances to win great prizes. Guests enjoyed cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a photo booth, dancing and bidding on live and silent auction items. Nearly 400 supporters attended the event, which raised a record $205,000 for CHKD, with ABS Technology as the title sponsor.
An avid supporter of CHKD for many years, this is the seventh Vegas Night hosted by Wright. This year's event brought the seven-year cumulative total to more than $1.1 million raised to provide critical support for patient care at CHKD.
CHKD is the only freestanding children's hospital in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service health centers, urgent care centers and satellite offices throughout its service region. For more information, please visit CHKD.org.