Petition to Sarasota County Government, City of Venice - City Council
Save Venice Youth Sports Complexes!
Please help keep our Venice youth sports alive!! Venice youth sports complexes, Wellfield (football, softball, baseball and soccer) and Chuck Reiter (baseball) fields, are the current topic of discussion at the council meetings by the City of Venice. The City of Venice and Sarasota County Government are contemplating which authority will assume future responsibility for these areas. Currently, neither party wishes to maintain or be held financially responsible. They are discussing CLOSURE with the possibility of turning these fields into parks - **The City of Venice website states it currently has "over 30 parks"...why do we need to shut down sports for more parks?? Annually, these sports complexes house after-school sports activities for HUNDREDS of local youth!! Do NOT let them shut it down!! The City of Venice and Sarasota County Government must come to a resolution on which governing body will assume responsibility over Venice youth sports parks. The responsible party MUST KEEP THE COMPLEXES OPEN!! These children are part of a Venice legacy - a legacy we must fight to continue for them!! Let's be their voice!! Please sign this petition to prove that Venice does need youth sports!! “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” -George Bernard Shaw
Petition to MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr.
Retire Roberto Clemente's Number 21 from Major League Baseball
21. Put no other name above this number. It is Roberto’s. It should only ever be Roberto’s. Roberto Clemente was a 15-time MLB All-Star and winner of 12 Gold Gloves. He batted over .300 for 13 seasons and had 3,000 career hits. Those stats are legendary. They helped make him the first Latino player inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. And yet every single day, his gifts were eclipsed by his willingness to give. Roberto spent his life — in fact, tragically lost his life — helping those in need. Put no other name above this number.Not because he broke barriers. But because he transcended them. With his body and with his heart and with his soul.Other players followed, but Roberto did it first.And for that, he should always be the last. Put no other name above this number. #Retire21
Petition to FOX Broadcasting Company, ESPN, Ohio Governor, Ohio State Senate, Fan feedback, MLB, Executive relations, Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball, Harold Reynolds, Chris Rose
WE WANT OUR CHIEF WAHOO BACK!
The Indians' fan email reply told me I have to address this to MLB, not the Indians organization. It appears MLB and the Indians Organization does NOT listen, nor care to listen, to their fans! Indians fans buy the tickets, merchandise, etc..the protesters do not spend one thin dime! Cater to those who write your paychecks. The courts recently ruled it goes against the 1st amendment to force a team to change their name or logo. There are thousands of Indians' fans who want their beloved Chief Wahoo incorporated back the way it was before all the P.C. hype! We also "dislike"..(to be mild), the block "C"! TOO many reasons to mention why it's sooo awful! We know where Chief Wahoo can still, barely, be seen. But the block "C" has taken over his spot everywhere else. It appears it doesn't matter what the fans want because absolutely NOTHING has been done or even acknowledged. It's very disheartening that not ONE person has acknowledged our plea. I have one of many pages full of fans who want this! Included are some links to 2 of those many pages, showing how Indians' fans..and even other people, want Chief Wahoo back as our prominant logo. Indians fans want their Chief Wahoo back! Below, 2 facebook support pages: https://www.facebook.com/KeepChiefWahoo/?fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/Keep-Chief-Wahoo-697346770308085/?ref=hl
Petition to KT Wiz, SK Wyverns and the Korea Baseball Organization
Be true role models on and off the field; speak out against Dog Elixir-Product of cruelty
KT Wiz, SK Wyverns and the Korea Baseball Organization: Be true role models on and off the field; speak out against Dog Soju (Elixir). It is a cruelty product which is harmful to your health. We are reaching out to the South Korean professional baseball league to help us bring an end to the Dog Meat Trade in South Korea. Professional athletes are highly visible role models and have tremendous influence on their fans and aspiring young athletes. What they do and what they say can have a large impact on their fans. In an article published in the Gyeong Gi Daily Newspaper, when the members of the baseball teams KT Wiz and SK Wyverns were asked what types of food they eat to maintain their strength and stamina, they picked dog tonic (dog soju, dog elixir) amongst the few. Kim Sun Min of the KT Wiz cited Dog tonics as an important part of his diet. Many other professional athletes share this belief that dog tonics and soups are an important part of an athletes’ diet. The slaughter and consumption of dogs in Korea is a brutal and cruel industry. The farming and methods of slaughter are unregulated, and this allows the dog meat trade industry to practice in an entirely uncontrolled environment, placing these animals in horrific conditions and treating them with unimaginable cruelty. They promote the misguided belief that the adrenaline release which occurs at death improves the quality of the meat, so that the dogs are purposefully tortured and made to experience extreme fear and suffering at slaughter. This often takes the form of prolonged beatings while being hanged. From birth to death they are kept in cramped cages raised off of the ground, so that their feet never touch the ground their entire lives. They are fed food wastes in extremely unsanitary conditions. Their treatment during transport to slaughter is horrific. They are packed so tightly into cages like stuffed animals that many die from being crushed by the weight of the other dogs. They must endure extreme heat and cold, and are given no water during the days-long trek, so that many die of dehydration. Moreover, the health risks to humans are all too real. By the time these dogs are slaughtered, they are so sick with untreated broken bones, infections and malnutrition, that anyone who has not themselves witnessed the documentaries of this practice has no idea that the meat that is going into their “health soup” and “tonic” has been harvested in the most disgusting and unsanitary fashion. This practice is barbaric and has no place in a modern society, particularly one with such high standards as South Korea. If these athletes were to ever witness first-hand the horrible path that has been taken from the dog (which is very frequently someone’s pet or companion animal which has been absconded) to their bottle of tonic or bowl of soup, they would be sickened and mortified. This is not an argument against what people should and should not eat. It is an argument against an unjust and cruel practice. It is an argument against the treatment of fellow living animals. It is an argument against the negative health impact that this has on us humans. The fight to end this barbarity is being waged by activists around the world, and with increasing awareness it is gaining momentum. We urge you join us in putting a stop to this. -------------------------------------------- For more actions you can take, please visit: http://koreandogs.org/korea-baseball/ Short link for this petition: https://goo.gl/DqSOTL
Petition to Microsoft, EA Games, Phil Spencer
Xbox One needs a good baseball game!
I am a lifelong baseball fan and the fact that the xbox one does not have a quality baseball sim, while there main competitor "Playstation 4" has a beautiful looking baseball game makes me as a baseball fan feel alienated, mislead and also a little angry at this point. I understand sales dropped off for 2k, but this is largely because of the quality of the game. Year after year they would push out the same game with basically a roster update. I still played those games, and looking forward I would love a new baseball game to come out for the xbox one alongside the windows 10 gaming platform (to increase the audience size.) So please Microsoft get us a realistic baseball sim. Whether EA brings back M.V.P. or 2k brings back their series... I know of many fans who would be ecstatic to have a realistic baseball sim on the xbox one.
Petition to Netflix , Hulu , MLB
TV Show 'Pitch': Keep Ginny Baker in the Game
Every night, millions of Americans sit down and watch TV. Or the DVR it. Or stream it. Some watch it to forget their troubles, others for pure enjoyment, and some for tight writing and compelling acting. Either way, we're drawn into these mostly fictional worlds that creators, writers, actors, producers, studios, etc create for us to engage in. And, we, the viewers, vary by age, gender, beliefs, race, occupation, and so forth. But, for one night, we are united by our like interest in a show. The show that this petition is specifically about is called 'Pitch' that originally aired on FOX for one season before it was cancelled on May 1, 2017. I want to say that 'Pitch' was about the first female baseball player (Ginny Baker) in Major League Baseball, but it wasn't just about that. It wasn't just about her journey on the field, but off of it as well. It was about management, the league, and how society at large perceived her place in baseball, it was about relationships whether they be personal or professional, it was about identity, and belonging, it was about admitting when you need help and accepting it when offered, it was about making mistakes, it was about love and family, it was about life. Some say that the premise was cheesy and/or far fetched, and regardless of what some say, the story was and is necessary. Because, once many gave it a chance, they not only appreciated the story, they loved it. The characters were well developed, the acting was great, and the writing was phenomenal. 'Pitch' didn't just entertain, it made you think and relate to what was going on with Ginny Baker and co. 'Pitch' was diverse and inclusive: Ginny Baker, the lead character, was a black woman; Eliot, Ginny's social media director was Asian; and Oscar, the GM, was latino. There was a woman in high powered position and woman who was a stay at home wife and neither were talked down upon to build the other up. Both of these ladies' life choices were seen as valid. There was Mike Lawson, the all-star the aging catcher with bad knees who was at the end of his career without a ring who served as mentor/friend to Ginny. Blip Sanders friend and teammate of Ginny along with his wife Evelyn who is also a friend of Ginny and is looking to spread her wings. 'Pitch' explored all of these characters and emphasized that all of their experiences were valid and important. But, 'Pitch didn't have the ratings and although that tells a story, it's not of one you would think. 'Pitch' was supposed to premiere in the Spring, BUT that was changed due to Kerry Washington's pregnancy who stars in 'Scandal' as well as the decision of ABC to shorten Scandal and move it to the second half of the TV season. FOX wanted to capitalize off of this 'empty' slot and see if they could fill the void while Scandal was on hiatus, which is why it was moved to Fall on Thursday 9 EST/8 CST. The problem with this move was: 'Pitch' had to compete with NFL, MLB post season, and Shondaland (shows created by Shonda Rhimes that are incredibly popular and have an entire prime time night). Furthermore, many shows or, at least, many shows that network studios want to excel, are paired with heavily popular shows. 'Pitch's' lead in show was 'Rosewood', a show that only had a few thousand more viewers than 'Pitch', but 'Pitch' managed to have a higher rating share (percentage of people actually watching during this time slot) than 'Rosewood' as the season progressed. This doesn't even factor into the fact that Thursday night on FOX has become the equivalent of Friday Night Death slot. In the past few years, almost no news shows succeed there or they are moved to other nights to prolong their life cycle. But, 'Pitch' was put there because they had no where else to put the show. So, it had to go up against heavyweights on other networks all while having a weak lead in, which put them in a position where ratings were already sparse. Quite a few baseball fans said that the show appealed to them, but that they wanted to watch real baseball during the post season rather than the fictional version. Some even went as far as saying it should air in the spring, which was the original plan. Either way, they were interested in watching only AFTER baseball ended (the crowd FOX was trying to capitalize on--BTW, they rarely promoted this show during the World series and showed another show instead before/after the game went off). Others had said, that they were interested in the show, but put it off to watch later because there is so much content to catch up on (which is a huge problem in entertainment and why ratings plummeted from the golden years where 12 million didn't even hit the top 10 for some nights and now 12 million can be a top show for a night). Despite this show being led by a black woman who is an athlete, this show is for everyone: girls, boys, athletes, bookworms, stay at home parents, working parents, those who hate sports (yes, they have a huge following by those who hate sports, but love the show), and those who love sports; it doesn't matter if you're white, black, mexican, asian, etc. Because, despite the premise sounding narrow and niche, it honestly is for everyone. This isn't just about saving a show, but rather, keeping alive a show that addressing social issues in an authentic and relatable way. And the topics that 'Pitch' addresses doesn't just connect with it's American audiences, but those who watch overseas as well or in the neighboring countries. It just needs an honest opportunity to thrive, which is why we need your help. Please sign the petition to keep this bold, phenomenal show alive. We need all of the support we can get so that streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, or MLB Network can pick up the show and keep Ginny Baker on our TV screens.
Petition to MLB
Disinvite George H. W. Bush from saying "play ball" at Sunday's World Series game
Three women have come forward to accuse former president George H. W. Bush of groping them while taking pictures with him. Here's one account, from actress Jordana Grolnick: “He reached his right hand around to my behind, and as we smiled for the photo he asked the group, ‘Do you want to know who my favorite magician is?’ As I felt his hand dig into my flesh, he said, ‘David Cop-a-Feel!'” President Bush has confirmed these stories. In a statement, he used the excuse that these incidents were "jokes" and that "on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner." This attempt to dismiss what Christina Baker Kline, Heather Lind and Jordana Grolnick clearly saw as harassment demonstrates that he does understand the gravity of his actions. In her own words, Lind said she was "sexually assaulted". This tepid response from a former president is unacceptable. In the wake of multiple sexual assault scandals involving powerful men, we must take a stand and send a clear message that this behavior is wrong, regardless of who you are. A half-hearted apology must not be the only consequence a person faces for such despicable behavior! Bush is scheduled to appear at Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday in Houston to say "play ball" to start the game. Major League Baseball, you can send a clear message that you have zero tolerance for sexual assault by disinvite him. Baseball is America's pastime and reflects the character of our country. Honor these three courageous women and the hundreds of others that have risked so much to come forward with their stories. Disinvite George H. W. Bush from Sunday's game. Perhaps you could even invite Christina, Heather and Jordana to say "play ball" instead!
Petition to Pony Baseball, Tom O'Connor, Abraham Key, Carson Fox, Kim Lemons
STOP CHILDREN FROM LOSING A YEAR OF BASEBALL!
ISSUE: The Board of Directors for Pony Baseball in Pennsylvania has passed a rule which will move the cut-off date to determine the age for all players from April 30 to August 31. The effect of this is that all players who are born between these two dates will skip ahead an age group next year (2018) –effectively taking away a year of baseball from these children. This will impact one third of all children in Pony Baseball. Little League baseball has passed a similar rule and it appears that Pony is following them. The one difference is that Little League has a grandfather clause for those children who are turning 12 next year. THE PONY BOARD’S REASONING: By the time the Pony National Tournament is over each summer, approximately one third of the children have had a birthday making them older than the designated age. This is a quote from the Board, “The Board felt it was important to re-align the age cut-off date to insure that all players with in a two year age division were all within the defined age interval, i.e. Pinto 7-8, Mustang 9-10, Bronco 11-12, Pony 13-14, Colt 15-16 and Palomino 17-18, not only for the regular season but sanctioned tournament play as well.” COUNTER ARGUMENT: Pony baseball supports all levels of skill, not just “All Stars”. Perhaps, 25% of children make All Star teams and perhaps one third have had a birthday by the end of World Series (in which very few children participate). In order to fix a problem very few people feel like is a problem, an estimated 100,000 children will lose a season of baseball. Further, due to the fact that in many parts of the country baseball is played year-round, many of these children have developed some of their strongest and most important relationships with those in their age groups - not just with friends, but also adults – who can provide vital role models in children’s lives. This is a special benefit to the ritual of baseball due to the amount of time spent together. This negatively affects not just children who are directly impacted by the rule, but also children who remain in their age group as both friends and coaches will “skip ahead”. ALTERNATIVE PROPOSAL: If it is important to the Pony Board to eliminate children being older than the designated age group by the time the World Series takes place, then this can be accomplished by changing the age group as children enter the Pony system either as they enter Shetland or Pinto. This would make it so no children will lose a year of baseball and the strong baseball bonds do not need to be broken.