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How new Red Sox coach Katie Krall made history when she least expected it

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How new Red Sox coach Katie Krall made history when she least expected it

Katie Krall knew she wanted to get back into baseball. But she never expected it to come the way it did.

Krall had been working her way up in the baseball world, most recently with the Cincinnati Reds as a baseball operations analyst for nearly two years. But in November, she accepted an offer she couldn’t turn down, joining Google on their global strategy team.

The idea, she said, was to take some lessons from Google and big technology and apply it back to baseball. In her words, it was a career detour, not a complete shift.

“But I did miss baseball a great deal,” Krall said.

She just didn’t anticipate returning so quickly. Or the kind of opportunity that was about to come.

In early November, Chris Stasio, the Red Sox’ manager of baseball development, had reached out to her about a new role that the organization wanted to implement at all of their minor league affiliates that would blend integrating data with on-field coaching. Krall, with no prior coaching experience, was initially intrigued but also unsure.

“I was even candid with Chris and I said, ‘Do you genuinely think that someone like me could be a candidate for this role?’” Krall said. “I said, ‘Just give it to me straight.’ And he said, ‘Yes. With the way that we want to really leverage the information we have in the front office and to bring it to the field, let’s have you talk to some more folks and let’s see if there’s a fit on both sides.’”

Ultimately, it was. Earlier this month, Krall was officially hired as a player development coach at Double-A Portland, a job that tasks her with integrating technology and data into advance scouting, in-game strategy and player plans to improve performance, as well as working collaboratively with the baseball analytics and sports science departments.

For Krall, it was the right job for her, even if it forced her to leave her post at Google after a shorter-than-expected time.

“I think my memoir someday is gonna be, ‘Two Months At Google: My Life In Baseball,’” Krall joked.

“It appealed to me for a number of reasons. I think being with a franchise like Boston that has put such an emphasis on building that sustainable pipeline of talent, it seemed like the confluence of a lot of different factors that I felt with my background in front offices, would lend very well to.”

Krall’s hiring made notable history, too. She joined Bianca Smith — who was hired last year by the Red Sox as the first black woman to serve as a coach in professional baseball — on the team’s minor league coaching staff, making the Red Sox the first organization to have two women on their coaching staff.

That isn’t lost on Krall, who is cognizant of the challenges women have and continue to face as they break into a male-dominated field. She recognizes that the cultural shift is taking place — as evidenced by her and Smith’s hirings, as well as Rachel Balkovec’s history-making hiring earlier this month as the first female manager ever in affiliated professional baseball — but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of work still to do. Her hiring, though, is another huge step.

“There definitely have been people who are not receptive to having women in baseball,” Krall said. “(The) cultural paradigm shifting, it definitely has, but that does not mean that there is not still misogyny, there isn’t still sexism. I think when you do meet those people who discard you simply because of your gender or for those who have encountered racism in the game, I think it can be difficult. But you just have to stay true to yourself and … find those mentors and find those champions. I think it was 2019 that Pete Alonso had a great quote in Sports Illustrated that he was there to prove his believers right not prove his doubters wrong. I’ve tried to have that mentality, too.”

This week, Krall is getting her first experience coaching with the Red Sox down in Fort Myers at the team’s “Winter Warm-Up” program — “spring training for spring training,” she described it — as she works with a 28-man group of prospects. She’s getting the opportunity to work 1-on-1 with players, which she said has been “phenomenal” as they dissect hitting and pitching philosophies.

Krall said communication has been a crucial element of her transition as she learns how to coach in the trenches for the first time.

“It’s not necessarily looking at large data sets and having a eureka moment,” Krall said. “I think the information that I’m looking at is pretty comparable to what we had in Cincinnati. It’s what the other 29 teams have. It’s moreso, how do we then translate it? And so I think being a woman and being able to maybe have a different approach with the way that I transmit information, being very cognizant of how I individualize when I speak to different players because each guy is different and probably responds to different stimuli in his own way.”

Krall won’t be the last woman on a coaching staff in baseball, and she understands why it’s a big deal for her to be one right now. It will certainly take time, but she’s looking forward to the day when it isn’t.

“I definitely think that at a point, we will get to a place where women will just be hired,” she said. “It won’t necessarily result in a Zoom call with reporters. I think that would be phenomenal. I guess that would be the ultimate goal. That it doesn’t become newsworthy anymore.”

Krall had a message for young women and girls who aspire to work in baseball someday: Always be ready.

“The mantra I’ve always tried to embrace is spend your life studying for pop quizzes, because you don’t know at what point you are going to get that chance to really leave your mark and when you have that window of opportunity, I think women need to be ready and prepared,” Krall said. “And then again, really being proactive in identifying where your passion is and not being discouraged if someone says well, it’s not your time, it’s not your place. If that’s their idea, then make your own space.”

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Your Money: 6 tips to get started with college savings

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These are portraits of Bruce Helmer and Peg Webb, financial advisers at Wealth Enhancement Group and Pioneer Press business columnists

The cost of college has been rising well above the rate of inflation for more than a decade, but there are some signs that annual increases are moderating, according to the CollegeBoard. Its Trends in College Pricing and Student Aid 2021 survey reported a 1.6% average increase in total year-over-year (sticker) tuition and fees at full-time, undergraduate public four-year in-state schools (to $10,750, before inflation), and a 2.1% increase at private four-year colleges and universities (to $38,070, before inflation).

IS COLLEGE WORTH IT?

As the price of college continues to rise, more students and families are asking if college is worth it. According to the CollegeBoard, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to expand access to college, the typical four-year college graduate who enrolls at age 18 and graduates in four years can expect to earn enough relative to a high school graduate by age 33 to compensate for being out of the workforce for four years and for borrowing the full tuition (along with all fees, books and supplies) without any grant aid. The expected higher lifetime income really begins to accelerate after age 40.

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Notably, 74% of private nonprofit four-year college students, and 60% of public four-year college students complete their education within six years, according to 2011-12 CollegeBoard data. Within both types of institutions, students with higher family incomes were more likely to complete a degree than their lower-income peers with similar high school GPAs.

Paying for college has been compared to buying a new or used car every year, but the sticker shock can be lessened if you plan ahead. Here are six tips to help get you started:

Get your retirement in order first: Your kids will have access to more sources of college money than you will once you stop working, so make sure you’re on the right path for your own retirement before you set aside money for your kids’ or grandkids’ college.

Start early: Even small contributions can add up if you give them time to grow. Investing just $100 a month for 18 years can yield $48,000, assuming an 8% average annual return.

Consider a 529 savings plan for potential tax advantages: Although contributions are not deductible, earnings in a 529 plan grow federal tax-free, and qualified withdrawals are free of federal taxes (and more than 30 states offer full or partial tax benefits, too). Lifetime limits range from $235,000 to $550,000 per beneficiary, depending on the plan.

  • You, as the account owner, control how the funds are invested and distributed over the life of the account. You can also change the beneficiary to another qualifying family member.
  • You can open a 529 no matter how much you make or the age of the beneficiary, which makes them particularly attractive vehicles for grandparents who want to lower the value of their taxable estates.
  • The account owner can withdraw funds at any time for any reason, but keep in mind that the earnings portion of non-qualified withdrawals will incur income taxes and an additional 10% penalty.
  • In 2022, you can elect to treat a 529 plan contribution of between $16,000 and $80,000 per individual beneficiary as if it were made over a five-year calendar-year period to qualify for the annual gift tax exclusion. (You do need to be aware of how these contributions will affect your gift- and generation-skipping limits in the same tax year, however.)

Custodial accounts give the child more control over the money: Gifting assets through the Uniform Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA) accounts or transferring assets through the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) accounts can be a practical way to expand the universe of available investment options, but they come with a caveat. UGMA and UTMA accounts weigh more heavily on financial aid decisions because they are considered an asset of the child, not the parent. Plus, their tax benefits are limited when compared to a 529, and use of these funds for tuition at K-12 schools is limited to $10,000. The biggest consideration, however, is that the money saved becomes the child’s at a certain age (18 or 21, depending on the state), regardless of whether they go to college.

Set up a Coverdell Education Savings Account for simpler needs: The Coverdell ESA offers tax advantages that are similar to those of the 529 plan, but limits contributions to $2,000 per year combined from all sources. If you’re contributing less than $2,000 a year, they can be simple to set up and manage. Keep in mind that there are phased income restrictions when setting up the account and no inflation adjustments. In addition, the funds need to be used up by age 30.

Take advantage of federal tax breaks: Depending on your modified adjusted gross income, you may be able to take the “American Opportunity Tax Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit” in the first four years you pay tuition for higher education. You can get a maximum credit of $2,500 per student, and if the credit brings the amount of tax you owe to zero, you can have 40% of any remaining amount of the credit (up to $1,000) refunded to you.

Need more info on college affordability? Contact your financial advisor or visit the CollegeBoard’s website.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. 

Bruce Helmer and Peg Webb are financial advisors at Wealth Enhancement Group and co-hosts of “Your Money” on KLKS 100.1 FM on Sunday mornings. Email Bruce and Peg at [email protected] Securities offered through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Wealth Enhancement Advisory Services, LLC, a registered investment advisor. Wealth Enhancement Group and Wealth Enhancement Advisory Services are separate entities from LPL Financial.

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Dylan MacDonald: Everything About Norm Macdonald’s Son

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Dylan MacDonald: Everything About Norm Macdonald’s Son

Hey, are you searching to know about Dylan MacDonald? Or in confusion why everybody is searching for Dylan MacDonald? Well, whatever is the reason for you to know about him, here is the catch-up for you. Go ahead and know more details.

Who is Dylan MacDonald?

Dylan is an American citizen, and he is the only son of Canadian stand-up comedians, Norm MacDonald and Connie. Norm died recently in September 2021, at 61 years while battling cancer.

Norm surviving with cancer for the past ten years. But he had not revealed it to his fans. He always kept his personal life private. The sudden demise of Norm made his fans curious to know about Dylan’s lifestyle, career, and personal life details.

Dylan MacDonald Age?

As of 2022, he is just 29 years old Dylan MacDonald was born on October 28th, 1992 in California, U.S.

Despite the fact, that his parents got divorced after living 8 years together. He had a healthy relationship with both of them However, he lives with his mother mostly.

What Dylan MacDonald is Doing Currently?

He also wants to build his career just like his father as a comedian. But as of now, he didn’t get any recognition in that particular field. However, he is trying to create a path for his career through his YouTube channel which is managing along with his friends.

They are publishing some kind of comic dramas on Dylan’s YouTube channel. Apart from the drams, they are creating shows like spelling bees and some Q&A shows.

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Dylan’s Personal and Social Media Life Details

Dylan MacDonald is not yet married. He is single, and he is not even dating anyone right now.

Like his father, he is also away from social media. He is inactive on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. But he often appeared along with his father at various gatherings. They both used to have a good relationship. His death will definitely affect his life.

Anyhow, all Norm MacDonald’s fans and we are hoping to see Dylan like his father with a good reputation and huge fan following.

For the latest updates stay with Stanford Arts Review.

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Eleventh heaven? Heat with a mixed, memorable history in 10 previous Game 7s

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Yes, the Miami Heat have been here before.

Ten times to be exact.

Making Sunday’s 8:30 p.m. showdown at FTX Arena against the Boston Celtics in these Eastern Conference finals the 11th Game 7 in the franchise’s 34 seasons.

For many on the roster, though, it also will be something new, requiring, perhaps, some sage advice.

“Block out the noise as much as possible,” veteran power forward P.J. recommended, “and get ready to play a regular game like you’ve been playing.”

A look at the 10 previous times the Heat have been in this spot.

1997 East semifinals: Heat 101, Knicks 90. Tim Hardaway erupts for 38 points in his first career Game 7, with the Knicks’ Allan Houston and Chris Childs serving suspensions from the teams’ Game 5 melee. The victory completes a comeback from a 3-1 series deficit.

2000 East semifinals: Knicks 83, Heat 82. Patrick Ewing scores the winning basket with 1:30 left, with the Heat’s Jamal Mashburn then bypassing a scoring opportunity to pass to Clarence Weatherspoon, whose miss seals the Heat’s loss.

2004 first round: Heat 85, Hornets 77. Current Heat assistant coach Caron Butler leads the way with 23 points, as the Heat advance during Dwyane Wade’s rookie season.

2005 East finals: Pistons 88, Heat 82. With Wade limited by a rib injury, the Heat come up one game short of their first appearance in the NBA Finals.

2009 first round: Hawks 91, Heat 78. With Jermaine O’Neal sidelined by a migraine, Erik Spoelstra comes up just short in his first playoff series as coach.

2012 East finals: Heat 101, Celtics 88. Down 3-2, just like this time around against Boston, the Heat follow up LeBron’s James’ 45-point Game 5 with the first Big Three trip in the NBA Finals.

2013 East finals: Heat 99, Pacers 76. The Heat again leave then-Pacers coach Frank Vogel shaking his head, with James closing with 32.

2013 NBA Finals: Heat 95, Spurs 88. A game after Ray Allen’s miraculous 3-pointer keeps the Heat alive, the franchise’s third title is closed out in a rare anti-climactic Game 7.

2016 first round: Heat 106, Hornets 73. The rare Game 7 blowout, with Goran Dragic leading the way with 25 points, Purple Shirt Guy from Charlotte no longer courtside to taunt Wade.

2016 East semifinals: Raptors 116, Heat 89. Wade comes up one win shy from a playoff showdown against LeBron James’ Cavaliers, with current Heat guard Kyle Lowry leading the Raptors with 35 points.

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