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Orioles minor league All-Stars: The top prospects at each position through the 2022 season’s first half

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Orioles Minor League All-Stars: The Top Prospects At Each Position Through The 2022 Season’s First Half

The first half of the minor league baseball season came to a close last week, with a four-day respite to coincide with the major league All-Star break. That creates an opportune time for The Baltimore Sun to generate an All-Star list for the Orioles’ farm system, featuring a starter at each position as well as eight pitchers.

They come from a variety of levels, although several of the biggest names on the list are playing for Triple-A Norfolk and making a case for major league debuts.

So instead of the usual story listing top performers from that week, here’s a breakdown of which prospects have performed the best so far.

Catcher

Double-A Bowie’s Maverick Handley: There’s more to Handley’s game than catching. His roommate, Andrew Daschbach, is often the beneficiary of Handley’s cookie in Bowie. He’s well-rounded, on and off the field, and it shows. Handley, a sixth-round draft pick in 2019, holds a .787 OPS, the highest of any catcher in the pipeline. And his wRC+ — which encompasses weighted runs created along with other external factors — is 121, or 21 points higher than average.

Adley Rutschman might be the star of the show, but Handley’s first half shows there could be room for him alongside Rutschman in the future.

First base

High-A Aberdeen’s TT Bowens: Jacob Teter and Bowens often platoon first base for the IronBirds and they have similar offensive outputs, but Bowens has almost twice as many plate appearances. The 24-year-old was an undrafted free agent in 2020, when the draft was shortened to five rounds. In his 75 games this year, he has five home runs, 32 RBIs and a .775 OPS.

Second base

High-A Aberdeen’s Darell Hernaiz: Hernaiz earned a midseason promotion from Low-A Delmarva to the IronBirds, and he’s kept the offensive output at a high level despite the rise in competition. Since his call-up, Hernaiz is hitting .304 with an .855 OPS. The 20-year-old, who was selected in the fifth round of the 2019 draft, can play all over the infield and is ranked as the No. 24 prospect in the Orioles’ organization, according to Baseball America.

Third base

Triple-A Norfolk’s Gunnar Henderson: The No. 2 prospect in Baltimore’s pipeline, Henderson has leaped through the system and has succeeded at all levels. Last year, he rose from Low-A to Double-A. This year, he’s gone from Bowie to Norfolk and his .963 OPS is the third highest in the system among batters with at least 100 plate appearances. His 159 wRC+ is also the third best. And at 21, the second-round pick in 2019 is pushing for a place in the majors, be it as a shortstop or third baseman.

Shortstop

Triple-A Norfolk’s Jordan Westburg: The former Mississippi State star, Westburg reached new heights this season after his promotion to Triple-A. In Double-A this season, Westburg hit .247. In his 35 games at the highest level of the minors, that average has jumped to .298 with a .872 OPS. Westburg can play all over the infield while hitting for power (16 homers), giving himself the kind of flexibility that could help the No. 4 prospect in the system reach Baltimore, perhaps later this year.

Outfield

Triple-A Norfolk’s Kyle Stowers: Stowers has already had a taste of the big leagues, playing for Baltimore as a replacement player in Toronto last month for two games and recording his first hit. But he soon returned to Triple-A, where he’s continued to perform at a high level. The 24-year-old Stanford product has hit more homers than any other Baltimore minor leaguer (17) and his .889 OPS is the fifth best. Stowers’ 54 RBIs are behind only Henderson and Westburg.

Double-A Bowie’s Colton Cowser: As the No. 6 prospect in the organization, Cowser is another fast riser. He joined as the Orioles’ first-round pick in 2021 and has found his way to Double-A Bowie a year later, where he has posted a 1.054 OPS in 19 games. He’s walked almost as much as he’s struck out (15 to 19) and his .851 OPS between both levels ranks as the 10th best in the system.

Double-A Bowie’s Shayne Fontana: Fontana has dealt with a few injuries this season, lowering his number of plate appearances slightly. But when he has been healthy, Fontana has done damage. A 23rd-round draft pick in 2019, Fontana’s .856 OPS is the eighth-best mark in the Baltimore pipeline, and his .280 average ranks No. 13. He’s not as big of a name as the other two outfield prospects, but he’s performing at just as high of a level.

Utility

Triple-A Norfolk’s Terrin Vavra: Taken in the third round of 2018 draft by the Rockies, Vavra arrived in Baltimore’s organization as part of the trade that sent reliever Mychal Givens to Colorado. He’s nearing the highest level now, with a .312 batting average and a .812 OPS in Norfolk — good for the fifth-best average and seventh-best OPS in the organization. He’s doing it while playing all over the field, with most of his appearances coming at second base or in center field.

Pitchers

Triple-A Norfolk’s DL Hall: Hall’s last five starts have displayed the swing and miss skill set he commands. In those 21 2/3 innings, he struck out 42 of the 85 batters he faced — 49.4%. His season has been just as strong, pitching in one game at Aberdeen and Bowie before settling in at Norfolk, where he has 3.60 ERA after missing the second half of last year with a stress fracture in his elbow. Hall’s 113 strikeouts are the most of any Oriole minor leaguer, and he has allowed 26 earned runs in his 67 1/3 innings. As the No. 3 prospect in the organization, his promotion to Baltimore should come soon.

Triple-A Norfolk’s Grayson Rodriguez: Rodriguez replaced Rutschman as the top-ranked prospect for Baltimore, but shortly before his expected rise to the major leagues, Rodriguez suffered a Grade 2 right lat muscle strain. While his progress in Sarasota, Florida, has been steady, including a clean MRI earlier this month, there isn’t a precise timeline for his return.

Still, what he did for the Tides before his injury was impressive. Even without pitching for more than a month, his 56 innings are tied for the 14th-most in the Orioles’ minor league system. Few were more dominant than Rodriguez, either, with a 0.84 WHIP, a 2.09 ERA and 80 strikeouts.

Double-A Bowie’s Noah Denoyer: Beyond Hall and Rodriguez, few pitchers in Baltimore’s farm system are treated as full starters. The same goes for Denoyer, who frequently piggybacks off another pitcher and averages 3 1/2 innings this season. Those appearances have been strong, regardless of whether they come as a starter or reliever, with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP in his 56 innings. The 24-year-old joined the organization as an undrafted free agent in 2020.

Double-A Bowie’s Ryan Watson: A 39th-round pick in 2016 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Watson is starting to find himself with the Baysox as a starter. His 76 1/3 innings are the second most in the organization and his 84 strikeouts are the fourth most. He couples those with the eighth-best WHIP (1.07) and the seventh-fewest walks per nine innings (1.89).

Triple-A Norfolk’s Nick Vespi: Vespi made his major league debut this season and returned to Baltimore on Monday, striking out four of the five batters he faced. His work for the Tides has been even better. He’s yet to allow an earned run in his 21 1/3 innings, adding six saves to go with his 0.56 WHIP. The left-hander’s slider is his best pitch, and he’s used it frequently as part of his 28 strikeouts.

High-A Aberdeen’s Ignacio Feliz: Feliz has averaged 13.2 strikeouts per nine innings this season with the IronBirds, as his 96 strikeouts trail only Hall in the organization. He joined Baltimore as a waiver pickup following stints as a minor leaguer with the Cleveland Guardians and San Diego Padres. The 22-year-old allowed eight runs in his second appearance of the year, which elevates his ERA. But since then, Feliz has a 2.90 ERA in 59 innings.

High-A Aberdeen’s Xavier Moore: A 16th-round pick by the Texas Rangers in 2017, Moore joined the Orioles in 2019 as part of a trade. And this year, Moore is tied for the most saves of any Orioles minor leaguer and his 1.10 WHIP is the ninth lowest. Moore’s 1.52 ERA across 23 2/3 innings comes in as the third-best mark in the system.

Double-A Bowie’s Justin Armbruester: Armbruester has risen swiftly this season, taking the No. 26 ranking in Baltimore’s prospect pipeline as he posts gaudy strikeout numbers as a starting pitcher. In 78 1/3 innings, the 12th-round pick in the 2021 draft has held opponents to three earned runs or fewer in 16 of his 18 appearances.

Honorable mention

There was plenty of competition in the outfield, with Hudson Haskin and John Rhodes deserving of recognition. Haskin has produced 10 homers and an .804 OPS for Double-A Bowie and Rhodes has hit 11 doubles with a .789 OPS for High-A Aberdeen.

Infielder César Prieto performed well for Aberdeen, with a 1.000 OPS in 25 games. That has dipped to .684 since his promotion to Bowie, although he’s still hitting .276 at that level. Right-hander Connor Gillispie is also performing for Aberdeen, throwing 71 2/3 innings with 83 strikeouts and a 3.27 ERA.

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‘We need to show the fire that we have — if we have any’: Chicago White Sox make costly mistakes in a loss to the Kansas City Royals

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‘We Need To Show The Fire That We Have — If We Have Any’: Chicago White Sox Make Costly Mistakes In A Loss To The Kansas City Royals

Chicago White Sox starter Johnny Cueto has pitched for winning teams throughout his career, including the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals.

After another night of missed opportunities in an 8-3 loss Wednesday against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium, the Sox were left to ponder what it would take to show the consistency so many had expected all year.

“I think we need to be more aggressive and we need to show more swagger,” Cueto said through an interpreter. “We need to go out there and play and play hard and show what we can do.

“We need to fight. We need to show the fight, we need to show the fire that we have — if we have any.”

The Sox broke through offensively with three runs in the top of the sixth to take a two-run lead. The Royals tied the game in the bottom of the sixth and went ahead in the seventh on MJ Melendez’s solo home run off Jake Diekman. They pulled away with four in the eighth.

“I look at it like we had a two-run lead and it’s part of the game,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “Sometimes we’ve had rallies that started with a ball hitting a bag or a blooper. It happened for them.”

The Sox trailed 1-0 when they loaded the bases with one out in the sixth.

Gavin Sheets, who flied out to left in a similar situation in the second, smacked a grounder to second with an exit velocity of 106.1 mph. Michael Massey couldn’t cleanly field the hard-hit ball, and two runs scored on the play, which was originally ruled a hit before being changed to an error.

The Sox tacked on a third run on a two-out RBI single by Josh Harrison.

The Royals responded with two in the bottom of the sixth.

Bobby Witt Jr. reached on an infield single, beating the throw from third after a slight double clutch by Yoán Moncada. Witt scored from first on Salvador Perez’s double.

Perez advanced to third on a throwing error by Moncada, who made a nice fielding play on Hunter Dozier’s grounder but threw wide of first baseman José Abreu. Perez scored on a two-out single by Massey.

“I battled,” Cueto said. “Just two ground balls that unfortunately Moncada couldn’t finish those plays. But I kept battling. I did what I could.”

Cueto allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits with four strikeouts and one walk in six innings.

“Part of baseball,” La Russa said. “And he almost pitched out of it. It’s a tough way to get guys on base. A tough way to give up runs from Johnny’s perspective.”

Diekman has been effective since the Sox acquired him in a trade from the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 1, retiring 10 of 12 batters faced with six strikeouts in his first four outings.

He gave up the homer to Melendez on a 1-2 pitch.

The Royals added the insurance runs in the eighth against Jimmy Lambert, who had not allowed a run over his last 12 outings.

“Diekman made one mistake and (Melendez) hit it out of the park,” La Russa said. “And then it got away from us in the eighth inning. This was not the way Lambert’s been pitching. He’s still very good. Soon as he rests, he’ll be back out there again.”

The Sox didn’t produce anything offensively outside of the sixth. While Royals starter Kris Bubic didn’t factor in the decision, he lowered his career ERA against the Sox to 2.72 in seven outings (six starts) after allowing one earned run on seven hits in 5⅔ innings.

“You look at lifetime, this guy has been tough on us,” La Russa said. “We got the three, I was proud of that. Even the first time that Sheets hit the ball to left field, couldn’t score. And he hit the bullet (in the sixth). (They) pitched good against us but we had a chance to win that game. Just got away from us.”

The Sox fell back to a game above .500 at 56-55. They’re in third in the American League Central, 2½ games out of first place.

“Not yet,” La Russa said about sustaining success, “doesn’t mean you can’t and won’t.”

He believes it’s still coming for the Sox.

“Because I know what’s in here,” he said. “If we didn’t have that, we would have been buried a long time ago. The fact that we’re still clawing and fighting tells you that we can make something good happen that’s consistent.”

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Zerodha Kite mobile app is down, users say stock prices are not updating

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Exchange platform Zerodha’s Kite mobile app was not working on several devices while prices were not updating on many others, users complained on Twitter on Thursday morning.

Exchange platform Zerodha’s Kite mobile app was not working on several devices while prices were not updating on many others, users complained on Twitter on Thursday morning.

#zerodhadown trended on Twitter within minutes as users took to the microblogging site to post screenshots of the issues they were facing.

However, Zerodha shared an update on their website at 9:21 a.m. to say that the issue with Kite has been resolved.
“Some of our users may not be able to view live streams on the Kite mobile app. We are reviewing this and will fix it shortly. Please use Kite Web in the meantime. Order placement is not affected “said the brokerage.

While a few Twitter users said that if the Zerodha issue hadn’t happened, they wouldn’t have incurred any losses while others appreciated the platform for resolving the issue within minutes.

However, several users said they turn to other platforms like Angel One or Finvasia to trade.

Also earlier in November 2021, users encountered difficulties in trading due to a technical issue on Zerodha’s trading platform. The brokerage faced anger from customers as they complained about prices and trading freezes on its platform during trading hours.

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Trump Became Deeply Suspicious Of Being Watched And That His Loved Ones Could Bear Sons: Report

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  • According to a new Rolling Stone report, Trump has become paranoid about being bugged.

  • Sources close to Trump told Rolling Stone he asked if the phones were being tapped “by Biden.”

  • Trump was also wary of Republicans visiting him at his clubs and if they were carrying sons.

Even before the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago on Monday, former President Donald Trump was becoming paranoid about the possibility that he was being watched by authorities or that his loved ones were carrying sons, according to a new Rolling Stone Report.

Rolling Stone spoke to four sources familiar with Trump’s behavior. The sources say the former president asked his close associates if they thought he might be under surveillance by the authorities.

“He asked me and others, ‘Do you think our phones are tapped?’” a source told Rolling Stone. “Given the sheer volume of ongoing investigations into the (former) president, I don’t think he’s presuming anything outside the realm of possibility.”

According to the source, Trump brought up the idea of ​​being bugged as a serious consideration, but also joked that those close to him should “be careful” about what they say on the phone.

Two sources close to Trump also told Rolling Stone that the former president had also grown suspicious of Republican figures visiting him at his clubs, wondering if they might “wear a thread”. These sources also told Rolling Stone that Trump and his advisers are looking for a “mole” or “rat” who could be working with law enforcement against Trump.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, another Trump adviser said members of the MAGA flank tried to reach out to Trump and warned him against trusting certain people close to him: those they do not like.”

For his part, Trump spoke out against the search, pointing out how officers “broke” into his safe.

The FBI did not give a reason for the raid. But multiple outlets, as well as Eric Trump in a Fox News interview, suggested it was material the former president brought to Mar-a-Lago after leaving the White House.

In February, the National Archives recovered 15 boxes of documents from Mar-a-Lago. He also asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Trump broke the law by bringing official documents to his residence in Florida. The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek also reported this week that an informant close to Trump may have tipped off investigators and indicated where they might find documents the Archives did not obtain in February.

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Manhattan’s average rent hits a new high of $5,113

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Manhattan'S Average And Median Rents Have Been Observed On A Monthly Basis Since Last June And That'S Not Good News For New Yorkers

The average rental price in Manhattan hit a new record high last month as rising mortgage rates and house prices pushed potential buyers to rent.

Average rents in the nation’s most densely populated county hit $5,113 in July, up 28% from a year ago, according to a report released Thursday by real estate brokerage firm Douglas Elliman.

Median rent, which better reflects the prices a typical tenant would face, hit $4,150, up 2.5% from June and 29% from a year ago.

Most Manhattan landlords require an annual income of 40 times monthly rent, which means tenants would need to take home a salary of at least $166,000 to secure the median apartment.

Manhattan's Average And Median Rents Have Been Observed On A Monthly Basis Since Last June And That's Not Good News For New Yorkers

Manhattan’s average and median rents have been observed on a monthly basis since last June and that’s not good news for New Yorkers

The Average Rental Price In Manhattan Hit A New Record High Last Month As Rising Mortgage Rates And House Prices Push Potential Buyers To Rent

The Average Rental Price In Manhattan Hit A New Record High Last Month As Rising Mortgage Rates And House Prices Push Potential Buyers To Rent

The average rental price in Manhattan hit a new record high last month as rising mortgage rates and house prices push potential buyers to rent

Strong demand for Manhattan apartments is keeping the market tight, with July rental listing inventory down 44% from last year’s level.

The typical apartment spends just 26 days on the market before being bought by a tenant, down 48% from June and less than a third of the standard lead time seen a year ago.

The median rent for a studio was $3,000, up 23% from a year ago, while the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment was up 30% on the year to reach $4,000.

Two-bedrooms had a median rent of $5,000 in July, and three-bedrooms typically cost $6,500, increases from a year ago of 22% and 18% respectively.

In recent months, rising mortgage rates and soaring home prices have deterred many potential buyers from the market.

Last week, the average 30-year mortgage rate was 4.99%, down from recent highs but still nearly double the rate seen in January, before the Federal Reserve began raising benchmark rates. to fight inflation.

Meanwhile, the national median home price jumped 13.4% in June from a year earlier to $416,000, the highest on record, according to the National Association of Realtors.

A Study Found That San Jose Leads The Nation In Unaffordable Homes, With The Median Home Priced At $1,875,000, Requiring A Salary Of At Least $330,758 To Pay Expected Monthly Payments Of $7,718. .

A Study Found That San Jose Leads The Nation In Unaffordable Homes, With The Median Home Priced At $1,875,000, Requiring A Salary Of At Least $330,758 To Pay Expected Monthly Payments Of $7,718. .

A study found that San Jose leads the nation in unaffordable homes, with the median home priced at $1,875,000, requiring a salary of at least $330,758 to pay expected monthly payments of $7,718. .

National House Prices Rose 19.7% In May From A Year Ago, After Jumping 20.6% In April

National House Prices Rose 19.7% In May From A Year Ago, After Jumping 20.6% In April

National house prices rose 19.7% in May from a year ago, after jumping 20.6% in April

According to a report from Realtor.com in late July, renting is now cheaper than buying a first home in three-quarters of the top 50 U.S. cities — a dramatic change from a few months ago, when the generally cost less.

Median rent hit a record high of $1,876 in June, up 14% from a year ago, but that still represented a monthly savings of $561 from the monthly cost of buying a home. a first home, which jumped to $2,437, according to the report.

As recently as January, buying a first home was the cheapest long-term option than renting in more than half of U.S. cities.

In New York City — across all five boroughs, not just Manhattan — the median rent of $2,989 compared to the median monthly home payment of $5,081, meaning the typical renter paid $2,092 less each month.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many New Yorkers fled the city and rental prices plummeted as desperate landlords tried to lure willing tenants into their homes with special offers.

Many property management companies have offered deep discounts or sweeteners, including several months of free rent, to entice tenants to sign new leases.

Pictured: A Line Stretching Out The Door Of A Two-Bedroom City Apartment

Pictured: A Line Stretching Out The Door Of A Two-Bedroom City Apartment

Pictured: A Line Stretching Down The Street For A Rent-Stabilized Apartment

Pictured: A Line Stretching Down The Street For A Rent-Stabilized Apartment

As rental prices hit record highs in May, New Yorkers also began sharing videos of long lines stretching around street corners of people looking to see some of the city’s most affordable apartments. .

Real estate consultant Jonathan Miller, who prepared the Elliman report, said last month that once the vaccine came out and disrupted the narrative that the city was “unsafe,” not only did some residents choose to return, but other New Yorkers who had been driven out by previous rent hikes seeking to take advantage of the new discounts.

Miller added that as mortgages remain tight, there are fewer people able to qualify for homes in the suburbs around the city, forcing people to join the crowded pool of apartment hunters in the city.

“More and more people have been pushed into the rental market, which has driven up competition and rental prices,” Miller explained.

As rental prices hit record highs in May, New Yorkers also began sharing videos of long lines stretching around street corners of people looking to see some of the city’s most affordable apartments. .

Competition for apartments is only exacerbated by a dwindling supply, as the listing of apartments in Manhattan remains low.

In July, the listing inventory of 6,669 was well below last year’s level of 11,794, according to the Elliman report.

The vacancy rate of 2.08% was also well below last year’s rate of 6.07%.

Discounts have become almost non-existent, with the average discount off the listing price being 0.2%, down from 1% last year.

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Arsenal hail Tony Adams’ ‘good feet’ in fun post as Gunners legend reveals he’s joining Strictly Come Dancing roster

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Arsenal legend Tony Adams has revealed he will be taking part in the next round of Strictly Come Dancing.

Adams, who represented the Gunners for 19 years, revealed on Wednesday he would be appearing on the popular BBC fan series.

Adams swaps football boots for prom shoes

He said on Twitter: “So…I’m officially swapping my old worn out football boots for prom shoes! The glitter appeal was just too much!

“Excited to be a part of @bbcstrictly’s 20th anniversary
this year… I can’t wait to meet my partner and dance #Strictly.

The news sparked a social media frenzy with a number of fans recalling this famous clip of Adams doing an enthusiastic warm-up exercise while manager of Spanish club Granada.

In the clip, Adams can be seen gesticulating towards his players, while running back and forth, then moving side to side.

However, Arsenal opted for the more conventional display of support in a post suggesting Adams could perhaps be a dark horse in the competition.

“Good feet for a big man [wink face],” Arsenal tweeted.


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Adams has won four league titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups and a Cup Winners’ Cup, but perhaps getting his hands on that glittering trophy would be his greatest achievement (!)

A start date for this series of Strictly has not been confirmed, however, the BBC has confirmed that the opening show will be filmed on September 7, meaning the series premiere will likely take place on Saturday 10 september.

We’ll be supporting you at the talkSPORT tours, Tony!

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Domino’s would end the sale of pizzas in Italy

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The birthplace of pizza has defeated America’s largest pie chain.

Domino’s closed the last of its 29 branches in Italy, seven years after it began operations in the country, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

The business newspaper said new delivery operations born during the pandemic created unexpected competition that scuttled plans to open 880 stores over time.

A representative for Domino’s did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In January, its Italian franchise partner cited increased competition as having hurt expansion plans.

“We attribute the problem to the significantly increased level of competition in the food delivery market with both curated chains and ‘mom and pop’ restaurants delivering food, to services and restaurants reopening post-pandemic and to consumers walking around with revenge spending,” said the group, ePizza SpA.

A ‘For Sale’ banner outside a closed Domino’s Pizza store in Rome on Tuesday.Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In an email, Federico Tozzi, executive director of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce, said that while other American fast-food chains, like McDonald’s and Starbucks, continue to thrive in Italy, Domino’s could not challenge with success the country’s existing pizza sources. .

“I believe that in Italy there are so many good pizzerias (some of them organized as franchises) that the Italian consumer has so much choice and therefore does not see Domino’s as a valid alternative”, he said. declared.

Domino’s reported otherwise healthy sales outside of Italy during the coronavirus pandemic, but said in its latest business results report that it was struggling to find qualified drivers and was struggling. struggled to manage rising food prices in an inflationary environment.

“The delivery industry continued to be under more pressure,” Chief Financial Officer Sandeep Reddy said, especially with competition from third-party delivery apps.

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