Hutton stresses open approach

first_imgFood Standards Agency (FSA) chair Dame Deidre Hutton told last week’s Federation of Bakers conference that the agency wants to be “porous” and “as open as possible to external views” on key issues.She urged some 140 delegates at the event in London to keep working with the FSA on topics such as salt, folic acid and other dietary debates, and to maintain the existing “constructive” relationship.She called on attendees to inform the FSA of any bugbears in regulations. Some 95% of regulations in the UK came from Europe, she said, and the FSA’s mission was to keep things simple for businesses.Hutton joined speakers including Oxford Brookes head of nutrition and food science Professor Jeya Henry, Ed Garner from TNS and Ian Bentley from M&S.l See pg 13 and next week’s issue for coverage of the conference.last_img read more

moe. Makes Wishes Come True At Monumental Boulder Show

first_imgHaving spent their set break clowning around with their new toy, the band came back out smiling and laughing to each other before launching “Spine Of A Dog,” a tune that does a good job showcasing the band’s diverse strengths. Nonsensical lyrics give fans a fun hook to sing along with, while intricate and intense guitar melodies and a wild drums and percussion break whipped the audience into a frothing frenzy to the band’s delight.The layout of the Boulder Theater made it an ideal place for interaction, with the terraced main floor and low and close balcony keeping moe. and their “moe.rons” eye level and completely connected.A tight version of the deceptively named “Jazz Wank” gave way to the first notes of the instantly recognizable Pink Floyd classics “The Happiest Days Of Our Lives>Another Brick In The Wall” accompanied by a boisterous welcoming cheer. Fans who had been online fooling with the hot line noticed that one of the messages that had been answered was a request for the spunky percussionist to sing, and now, minutes later he was doing just that. Coincidence? Whatever the reasoning, the walls echoed with demands of teachers to finally leave those kids alone.Closing out a long run of songs segueing with the dance party jam “George”, moe. paused to catch their breath and were bent back from the waves of cheers and positive energy. Riding that love, Derhak sent shivers up spines with the first bass notes from “Buster.” The normally generous portion of expansive jamming that dominates the second half of the tune was blown out yet farther, with all five members seizing attentions with grandstanding solos that still managed to propel the melody and thrust of the tune. To be able to find fresh ground on such a well explored song bodes well for the creative force of the band.As the odd time signature end of “Buster” gave way to an escalating, twinkling jam, the patience of “Rebubula” fans was rewarded with a call back to the previous night’s unfinished version that once again united the entire club in a wicked loop of energy passed from the stage to the crowd and back again. When the song came to its tragic, calamitous conclusion the audience seemed to come crashing down with it from the heights the band had elevated them.Leaving to uproarious cheers, the band caught a much needed respite before the earnestly chipper Schnier came out to connect with the crowd in the segment of the show affectionately known as “al.nouncements.” The pun loving crowd was thanked by the guitarist profusely, who read a series of notes passed to him and the crew earlier in the day. Mentions were made of birthdays, bachelor parties and show anniversaries that ranged from someone’s second show to someone else’s 251st.That sort of dedication shows plainly speaks to the loyalty fans feel towards the music that feeds their souls, and moe. has made a lot of life long friends through their music over the decades. One of the messages read was from a fan who had been seeing the band for 16 years, and her wish for them to consider playing their version of the Violent Femmes’ “Blister In The Sun,” which had been played at her first show. She was on up front as he read her message, and thanked him profusely for the love he and the band had brought into her life. She spoke for herself, but her words could have just as easily come from anyone in the love filled room.While he always loved working with his friends in Gov’t Mule, Schnier explained that he had been, like many of the fans in the room, looking forward to this chance to really spend an extended period with the audience. As he said those words, long time guitar tech Frank Robbins whisked out stools and acoustic guitars and bass for the guys on the front line, while drummer Vinnie Amico picked up his jazz brushes to take the band on a special acoustic encore set.“Blonde Hair And Blue Eyes,” written to Derhak’s mischievous daughter, especially benefited from the acoustic treatment, with the lyrical whimsy strengthened by the lighter instrumentation. The western themed “Shoot First” gave Garvey a chance to slip into fun-slinger mode, and his alternating laughter while singing and deep focus while nailing the glass slide solo showed the dexterity of performance skills that the bands 25 plus years has honed to razor sharpness.Deep cut and fan favorite bluegrass tune “Blue Eyed Son” made a welcome appearance at the planned end of the set, before the band decided to honor the recent request and whipped out an unrehearsed and delightfully on point rendition of “Blister In The Sun.” Tears of appreciation were still being wiped away from one fan’s face while the band grabbed up their electrified instruments once more for a rousing closer, “Sensory Deprivation Bank.”Some four hours after the first notes the band stood waving at a lit up crowd of people who been on a journey with them faced each other one last time for the evening, thanking each other for sharing the night. Derhak took a moment to personally pass along a set list to the woman who had had her “Blister” wish granted, reminding her the song wasn’t written on it. He quickly got a pen and added the tune by hand, and made her souvenir complete before passing it back to her.Any fears fans might have about moe. growing complacent or weary after their decades of inspirational performances should rest easy after shows like the one for the ages the band turned in Friday in Boulder. If anything, the band is at the top of their game, and with new material and what has been described as a “touring year” on the way the future is decidedly bright for the band and the people who live for the lift their music brings to the world.Thanks again to the efforts of taper Flarcus you can stream the entire show below:moe.8/26/16Boulder Theater ~ Boulder, COI: Defrost > Akimbo > Smoke > meat. > Tubing The River Styx > The Pit > Tubing The River Styx > Tailspin > meat.II: Spine Of A Dog > Jazz Wank > The Happiest Days Of Our Lives > Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) > George, Buster > Rebubula#Enc: Blond Hair And Blue Eyes*, Shoot First*, Blue Eyed Son*, Blister In The Sun, Sensory Deprivation Bank* acoustic# completes 8/25/16 version Load remaining images A full gallery of shots from our own Rex Thomson is below: center_img The second half of moe.‘s two night run in Colorado saw the band wound up and ready to bring faithful fans from near and far who had packed the Boulder Theater for a show for the ages. After a spectacular showing the day before at the Red Rocks Amphitheater as part of an epic co-headlining set with Gov’t Mule, moe. continued their year long habit of playing a special, smaller scale show that was filled with surprises, treats and smiles all around. Die hard fans have learned not to miss the intimate shows as the band rewards lucky attendees with deep cut special shows that delight and amaze. As guitarist Al Schnier would later note to raucous cheers, this night was billed as an “Evening With moe.” and it was planned from the beginning to be an expansive two set and extended encore affair. A task left unfinished from the day before, an open and unfinished “Rebubula,” whose first half had opened their Red Rocks set and lay looming and ripe for revisiting and solidly uniting the two evenings that had sharp eared fans listening for familiar chords. Reaching all the way back to their very beginnings moe. opened the set with the until recently long dormant “Defrost Kelly” to warm fingers and hearts before sliding into an always welcome “Akimbo.” Always a showcase for guitarist Chuck Garvey and Schnier to comically square off against each other, a clearly bemused bassist Rob Derhak watched on as his flanking band mates traded licks and grins. After filling the room with a spicy “Smoke” the band started a funky “Meat” that had funky ebbs and flows before the song turned into a showcase for the exemplary vibraphone, xylophone and marimba skills of percussionist Jim Loughlin.Mallets were flying and minds were melted as halfway through “Meat” the equally vibe heavy tunes “Tubing The River Styx” lead into a dark and spiralling visit to the very depths of “The Pit.” Loughlin’s furious work disguised the amazing precision he has steadfastly worked to hone over the last few years. The entire first set flowed from song to song unabated into an epic “Tailspin” that upped the energy in the room approximately a thousand percent. Derhak gleefully dove into the bass slapping solo. His perma-grin was part of the overwhelming vibe of silliness and contagious joy shared between the band, crew and crowd as old friends and new threw themselves into the evenings revelries with equal abandon that honestly was a pleasure to behold. With all the worries of the world, the gift given by the performers of a few hours escape any thought outside ones of life affirmation and joy.That infectious spirit that has always been a big part of moe.’s identity was on display beyond the stage that night, as a sign on the stage announced that a new twist in the way the band communicated with their fans had been established…a moe. “Hot Line.”A small sign posted on the stage monitor had fans pulling out their cell phones at set break to see what would happen. People were shocked to find that the band was not only responding, they were showing a snarky sense of humor as always. The internet quickly filled up with snapshots of screen captures and reports of bizarre conversations which have continued to this day.last_img read more

AEP seeks regulatory approval for 400MW of solar

first_imgAEP seeks regulatory approval for 400MW of solar FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:U.S. utility American Electric Power Company Inc said Thursday its unit in Ohio is seeking the green light from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) for 400 MW of new solar capacity.Through a request for proposals (RfP), AEP Ohio has awarded power purchase agreements (PPAs) to Hecate Energy Highland LLC’s 300-MW Highland Solar project and a 100-MW scheme by Willowbrook Solar LLC. Both will be built in the Appalachian region in Highland County and both are expected to be operational by the end of 2021, pending regulatory approvals.The solar parks are estimated to save customers USD 200 million (EUR 171m) over the life of the fixed-price renewable energy purchase agreements, when taking into account the projected cost of power in the future.AEP Ohio yesterday filed with the PUCO its proposal to support the development of these photovoltaic (PV) projects, one of which would be the state’s largest once built. The commission is to evaluate the proposal and issue a decision before construction of the power plants can begin.According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Ohio has just 182 MW of solar capacity, but annual capacity additions are expected to jump to some 170 MW in 2020 and keep rising in the years that follow.AEP Ohio in November 2016 pledged to support 500 MW of wind and 400 MW of solar capacity in Ohio so as to please opponents of an eight-year off-take contract tied to coal-fired power plants.More: AEP Ohio seeks PUCO nod for 400 MW of solar PPAslast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: New Jersey Beach Recycles Christmas Trees

first_imgCanadian researchers find nature helps anxiety among cancer survivors On January 4, Ocean County, New Jersey residents can put their old Christmas trees to good use. Old Christmas trees will be collected on Island Beach and they will be used to build up the dunes on the beach. Trees will be accepted in the A-23 parking lot between 10am and 2pm on January 4. Officials ask that you remove all decorations from the tree before recycling it. Ocean County, New Jersey asks public to recycle used Christmas trees to help local beaches Research finds that yoga enhances brain structure Researchers compiled data from 11 studies of participants of Hatha yoga and found that participants had more gray matter in their brain, which has been linked to better mental function, especially during aging. The takeaway from the study is that it’s not just high-intensity aerobic exercise that can have positive effects on brain function; low-impact exercise such as yoga can also benefit.center_img The cancer survivors partaking in the study reported that they would not have felt the same drop in stress levels if they were taking a walk in the city; nature made them feel peaceful. The study also found that group hikes provided survivors with emotional support. “Having cancer is isolating,” said one of the participants in the study. “Even though you’re surrounded by people who want to help, it is nice to be with those who know what it is like, who understand.” Canadian researchers studying how nature impacts cancer survivors have found that spending time outdoors reduces their levels of anxiety. In a small study, cancer survivors met twice a week to hike. Afterwards, researchers found that participants reported that hiking made them feel stronger and their levels of stress declined. Good news for all of the yogis out there. A review of studies published in the journal Brain Plasticity finds that yoga enhances brain function and can actually change the structure of the brain in positive ways. last_img read more

The Electoral College Is Close. The Popular Vote Isn’t.

first_img– Advertisement – Supporters of the Electoral College argue that it protects less-populous states, ensuring that their interests aren’t overridden by those of, say, New York and California. At the same time, opponents note that the system means candidates pay attention only to a small number of states, and that it devalues the votes of people in either party who live in a state dominated by the other. Republicans in Illinois don’t affect presidential elections, and neither do Democrats in Tennessee.It remains to be seen whether the 2020 election will give new fuel to efforts to eliminate or circumvent the Electoral College, which have always been long shots even though a majority of Americans — 61 percent in a Gallup poll released in September; 58 percent in a Pew Research Center poll in March — believe it should be abolished.John Koza, the chairman of National Popular Vote Inc., said his group — which has been pushing state legislatures for years to sign on to a compact in which states would pledge to award their electors to the winner of the national popular vote — planned to lobby intensively next year in states including Arizona, Minnesota, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The compact has already been signed by states, mainly blue, totaling 196 electoral votes, but it will not take effect unless that number reaches 270.- Advertisement – But the 17th Amendment established direct election of senators in 1913, and the difference in population between the largest and smallest states has vastly increased since the Constitution was written. The current Democratic minority in the Senate was elected with more votes than the Republican majority, and by 2040, based on population projections, about 70 percent of Americans will be represented by 30 percent of senators. Updated Nov. 6, 2020, 6:40 p.m. ET- Advertisement –center_img Nearly a century ago, Carroll H. Wooddy published an academic paper that examined the likelihood of “unrepresentative votes” in the Senate, by which he meant votes in which senators on the winning side represented fewer Americans than senators on the losing side. He concluded that these votes happened infrequently, largely because “there has been no continuous alliance of thinly populated states against the more densely peopled areas.”Today, of course, population density is very much correlated with partisanship, and the makeup of the Senate is unrepresentative of the population not only in party but in race, gender, age and other characteristics.- Advertisement – Dr. Koza, a computer scientist who taught at Stanford University, argues that the Electoral College should be abolished not because it systematically benefits one party over the other, but because it increases the odds that election results will be challenged even when Americans’ overall preference is clear — precisely what is happening now.last_img read more

ERI Scientific Beta criticises Mercer factor investing report

first_imgERI Scientific Beta has strongly criticised a November 2017 Mercer report on factor investing, calling it an “all-out attack against evidence-based investment”.The consultancy’s report was “representative of undocumented opinions” and therefore liable to misinform investors, according to the smart beta indices and analytics provider.In a paper setting out their criticism in detail, Frédéric Ducoulombier, corporate director of ERI Scientific Beta, and Noël Amenc, its CEO, said: “It turns out that Mercer’s investment beliefs align nicely with their bottom line but not so much with the bottom lines of end-investors.”According to ERI Scientific Beta, the consultant’s report had correctly underlined the potential for smart beta and factor strategies to add value, and the need for proper due diligence on these strategies. But, it said, Mercer then recommended discretionary solutions “by argument of authority or by peddling (debunked) clichés on systematic strategies”.In its report the consultant argued: “For a relatively small increase in fee level, active multi-factor approaches offer superior risk management and portfolio evolution over time.”“There is ultimately no empirical evidence supporting Mercer’s allegations against factor investing, hence they are just unfounded assertions.” Noël Amenc and Frédéric Ducoulombier, ERI Scientific BetaA spokesman for Mercer told IPE: “We stand by our research conclusions and respectfully disagree with many of the points being made by ERI Scientific Beta.”Ducoulombier and Amenc took issue with 13 sections of Mercer’s report, including the assertion that factor indices could be “dangerous” and were prone to crowding.The ERI duo argued that “assessing crowding risk requires research, not just anecdotes, and there is little reason to be concerned about crowding if factor returns reward the taking of systematic risk”.Mercer also stated in its report: “For investors facing few governance or fee constraints, we believe that truly unconstrained active strategies offer the potential to capture factor returns in an intelligent way, while also benefiting from market awareness and idiosyncratic alpha, potentially improving returns, controlling risk and enhancing diversification.”In response, Ducoulombier and Amenc said: “Everyone is entitled to their beliefs, but investors would benefit if such beliefs were solidly grounded in scientific research, i.e. evidence-based as opposed to faith-based.“Contrary to what is assumed here, it is perfectly possible to design market-aware dynamic factor strategies that remain fully systematic and highly diversified; these strategies even exist in the long/short space with some offering zero exposure to broad equity market risk.”The full ERI Scientific Beta paper can be found here and a summary version of Mercer’s report here.last_img read more

UWF Baseball Announces 2008 Early Signees

first_imgUWF Baseball Announces 2008 Early Signees Nov. 20, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – West Florida Head Coach Mike Jeffcoat has announced five new players who have committed and signed to come play for UWF during the 2008-09 school year. “We feel really good about the kids we have coming in, we have definitely filled our needs.” stated Jeffcoat. “Since we will have a young team and a lot of new faces this year, we needed to get quality players at a few positions that we are low on depth, and we did that with this group of signees.”Two talented stars from Pace high school are among the early signs for the Argos. Left-handed Pitcher Ryan Sorce, and Catcher/First Baseman Weston Bragg will stay close to home and are expected to be impact players. Sorce is ranked as one of the top pitchers in the panhandle region.West Florida also inked Cody Campbell, a First Basemen from St. Cloud, FL (St. Cloud H.S.), Blake Maher, a Right-handed Pitcher from Orlando, FL (Lake Highland Prep), and Dan Jacobs, a Right handed Pitcher from Pensacola, FL (West Florida Tech), who is currently playing for Gulf Coast Community College.The Argonauts are the reigning Gulf South Conference Champions, and will prepare to defend that title beginning in January 2008, with a young group of talent. The upcoming season should be an exciting one for West Florida baseball, and with the group above coming on board for 2008-09, the Argonauts are just reloading, not re-building. Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

Mrs. Wanda Louise (Gardner) Goodpaster Ellis

first_imgMrs. Wanda Louise (Gardner) Goodpaster Ellis, age 70, of Switzerland County, Indiana, entered this life on March 11, 1949, in Milan, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, George Gardner and Violet (Brison) Darnell. She was raised in Wilmington, Indiana and Milan, Indiana and was a graduate of the Aurora High School. Wanda was united in marriage on November 6, 1967, in Milan, Indiana, to the late, Joseph Goodpaster. This happy union was blessed with three daughters, Jane, Betty and Wanda and two sons, John and Robert. Wanda and Joseph shared 12 years of marriage together until he passed away on February 21, 1979. Wanda was later united in marriage in 1982 in Vevay, Indiana, to the late, Terry Lee Ellis. Wanda was employed for Pri-Pak Inc. in Greendale, Indiana, from 2006 – 2015. She resided in the Switzerland County community since 1981 and was a member of the Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay, Indiana. Wanda will be remembered for her love of crocheting, sewing, reading books and taking care of children, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Wanda passed away with her loving family by her side at 2:35 p.m., Friday, April 12, 2019, at the Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.Wanda will be missed by her daughters, Jane Smith of Lawrenceburg, IN, Betty South and her husband, Mike of Rising Sun, IN and Wanda Morton and her companion, Ryan Long of Patriot, IN; her sons, John Goodpaster of Patriot, IN and Robert Goodpaster of Patriot, IN; her step-daughters, Rebecca “Becky” Smith and her husband, Troy of East Enterprise, IN and Stacie Moore of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren, Vernon (April) Johnson, Jr., Kevin (Misty) Johnson, Christopher (Amy) Johnson, Troy (Alexis) Smith, Vincent Smith, Shayla Smith, Brittany (Aaron) Thayer, Grace Holmes and Brison Scudder; her 16-great-grandchildren; her step-grandchildren, Angela, Michael, Austin, Jason, Hannah and Evan; her 3-step-great-grandchildren; her sisters, Carolyn Matthews and her husband, Bill of Cross Plains, IN and Crystal Gonzales of Riverside, CA; her brothers, Wayne “Rick” McDaniel and his wife, Judy of Bowling Green, MO and Thomas Cornett and his wife, Nikki of Indianapolis, IN; her 4-half-sisters and 4-half-brothers and her numerous nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, George Gardner and Violet (Brison) Darnell; her half-brother, Steve Darnell; her half-sister, June Gardner and her step-grandson, Gage Logan Moore.Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., by Rev. C. Martin Justice at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Pleasant Cemetery, Pleasant, Indiana.Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Switzerland Baptist Church or Pleasant Cemetery. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Customer shot in face after complaining about slow service

first_imgThe 39-year-old victim was taken to the hospital and is in serious condition but is expected to recover.Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 772-577-0753 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 800-273-TIPS. A Miami man was shot in the face after he made a complain over slow service at a smoothie shop in Fort Pierce, police said.The incident took place Sunday afternoon when the victim, who was a customer at the Tropical Smoothie Cafe on Okeechobee Road, was complaining about how long it was taking his order to be prepared. Fort Pierce police spokesman Mike Jachles said a masked gunman then entered the business and confronted the customer and then shot him in the face.The gunman fled the scene, and police were not able to find him.last_img read more

Daniel Bard makes Rockies roster after seven-year absence

first_imgNotes: The Rockies released veteran relievers Bryan Shaw and Jake McGree on Friday. … Also making the roster were veterans Matt Kemp and Chris Owings___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press July 17, 2020 Daniel Bard makes Rockies roster after seven-year absence “It was a good thing for me, honestly,” he said. “It was a huge blessing in disguise. I was able to go home, I had a great group of guys to go work out with. We had the stadium opened to us and I was able to throw like 10-12 live BPs to Triple-A and big league hitters and got tons of feedback, got real comfortable with my repertoire.”He had a couple of nervous moments when summer camp began at Coors Field earlier this month but he quickly saw that his sinker had enough movement at altitude.“Maybe not exactly like at sea level but it definitely has enough movement to be a decent pitch,” he said.In this weirdest of seasons, Bard figures he might be the biggest beneficiary. His control issues never had anything to do with performance anxiety in front of huge crowds, so the empty stands won’t bother him one bit, he said.“If anything I’m very accustomed to pitching with no fans,” he said, “given all the back fields I’ve had to throw on.” “I haven’t even gotten there yet,” Bard said. “In many ways, I think just getting on a mound in the spring training games back in March was as big a hurdle as any and then having the chance to pitch in these intrasquad games” this month when teams reconvened following the coronavirus-caused delay.“I’m sure there’ll be a little more adrenaline once we get the real thing going next week, but I’ll just take it one step at a time and trust that it’s going to be similar to what’s been going on,” Bard said.Bard was considered the closer in waiting in Boston after a quick climb to the big leagues. The 28th overall pick in the 2006 draft, he reached the majors in 2009 and in his first 197 innings posted a 2.88 ERA with a whopping 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings.He developed control issues in 2012 when his ERA ballooned to 6.22 and soon he was in the grips of a full-blown case of the yips, unable to consistently find the plate with any of his pitches. An abdominal injury limited him to just two appearances in 2013, and in subsequent seasons he had failed comeback attempts with the Rangers, Cardinals and Mets.The Rockies gave him one last shot this year and he made the most of it, regaining not just his control but his confidence with a stellar spring and strong summer when he returned home to Greenville, South Carolina, during the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDENVER (AP) — Daniel Bard never ran from the mental hiccups that derailed a promising pitching career with the Boston Red Sox.Through a half-dozen comeback attempts since his last appearance in the big leagues in 2013, Bard couldn’t rediscover his control and finally settled into a job last year as a player mentor and mental skills coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.In addition to offering advice or just a shoulder to players, he’d shag fly balls and play some catch during warm-ups. Soon, players began telling him his throws were pretty nasty and wondered why he wasn’t on a big league mound himself. Intrigued, Bard got back on a mound in January in Charlotte, North Carolina.“I was throwing mid-90s, throwing strikes with ease, and I hadn’t done that in eight years,” Bard said. “So, that was when I was like, `OK, I think I’m going to give this serious consideration.’”Rockies manager Bud Black informed Bard, 34, on Friday that he’d made the roster.“It’s going to be a great story when he comes back and pitches well,” Black said. “We’re optimistic about that.”Even though it’s been more than seven years since he last pitched in the majors, Bard said he’s not even thinking about that first batter he’ll face when the 60-game season gets under way later this month. Just in signing a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, “I was like, `This is really cool,’” Bard said. “I never thought I’d pitch (again) in any big league game, spring training or not.”This spring, he finally felt comfortable again on the mound and in his skin.“I’d signed all sorts of deals from 2012-17, a lot of different teams, trying to get back and I just was never comfortable because I wasn’t confident in what I was doing on the field,” Bard said. “And so much of my identity was tied up in that, so even in a clubhouse setting, any time you’re part of a team you want to be the guy who can pull his own weight. And I was terrible. I couldn’t throw strikes and I wasn’t a contributor, so that just makes you feel like you’re added baggage and weight that everybody else is having to take care of. “Being in the clubhouse this year, I knew I was different out on the mound.”Not even the hiatus from his teammates between mid-March and mid-July dampened Bard’s mood. Bard said that time back home in Greenville simulated the minor league stint he expected to start the season.last_img