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BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday reaffirmed its threat to use military force to bring self-governing Taiwan under its control, amid threatening Chinese military exercises that have raised tensions between the sides to their highest level in years. .

The statement released by the Cabinet’s Office of Taiwan Affairs and its press office follows nearly a week of missile strikes and incursions into Taiwanese waters and airspace by warships and warplanes. the Chinese Air Force.

The actions have disrupted flights and shipping in a region crucial to global supply chains, drawing strong condemnation from the United States, Japan and others.

An English version of the Chinese statement said Beijing would “work with utmost sincerity and make every effort to achieve peaceful reunification.”

“But we will not renounce the use of force and we reserve the possibility of taking all necessary measures. This is to guard against outside interference and all separatist activities,” the statement said.

“We will always be ready to respond with the use of force or other necessary means to the interference of external forces or the radical action of separatist elements. Our ultimate goal is to secure China’s peaceful reunification prospects and push this process forward,” he said.

China says the threatening measures were prompted by a visit to Taiwan last week by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but Taiwan says such visits are routine and China has only used this only as a pretext to reinforce his threats.

In a further response to Pelosi’s visit, China said it was cutting off dialogue on issues ranging from maritime security to climate change with the United States, Taiwan’s main military and political backer.

Taiwan’s foreign minister warned on Tuesday that China’s military exercises reflected an ambition to control large swaths of the Western Pacific, while Taipei was conducting its own drills to underscore its willingness to defend itself.

Beijing’s strategy would include controlling the East and South China Seas via the Taiwan Strait and imposing a blockade to prevent the United States and its allies from helping Taiwan in the event of an attack, said Joseph Wu. at a press conference in Taipei.

Beijing has extended the ongoing drills without announcing when they will end.

Taiwan broke away from the mainland amid civil war in 1949 and the island’s 23 million people overwhelmingly oppose political unification with China, while preferring to maintain close economic ties and status. quo de facto independence.

Through its maneuvers, China has moved closer to Taiwan’s borders and may seek to establish a new normal in which it could eventually control access to the island’s ports and airspace.

The United States, Taipei’s main financial backer, has also shown itself ready to deal with Chinese threats. Washington does not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan out of deference to Beijing, but is legally bound to ensure the island can defend itself and to treat all threats against it as matters of grave concern.

This leaves open the question of whether Washington would send forces if China attacked Taiwan. US President Joe Biden has repeatedly said the United States has an obligation to do so – but staffers quickly walked back those comments.

Beyond geopolitical risks, a protracted crisis in the Taiwan Strait – an important thoroughfare for global trade – could have major implications for international supply chains at a time when the world is already facing disruption. and uncertainty following the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

In particular, Taiwan is a crucial supplier of computer chips to the global economy, including China’s high-tech sectors.

In response to the drills, Taiwan has put its forces on high alert, but has so far refrained from taking active countermeasures.

On Tuesday, his army held live-fire artillery drills in Pingtung County on its southeast coast.

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The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has asked general insurers to offer long-term policies, particularly with three different segments forming the majority of the business. These three segments are automobile insurance, health insurance and property insurance.

A working committee of 21 members was formed for this purpose. This working committee is made up of representatives from the general insurance industry, the regulatory side and the banking side.

The committee basically expected to give its recommendations and suggestions to the insurance regulator in terms of structure, operation of long-term products in these three segments as well as pricing and accounting mechanism.

This decision will help policyholders stay with one insurance company over the long term. The possible industry indication is that there could be 10-year auto insurance policies, health insurance policies, and property insurance policies.

This committee is supposed to give recommendations to the regulator. Once this is collected by the regulatory body, final regulations will be developed regarding the appearance of these products.

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James Stavridis: Putin’s new cannon fodder won’t win the Ukraine war

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Russian President Vladimir Putin tripled down on the war in Ukraine in a short but defiant televised speech last week. Politically, he announced that a series of referendums on joining Russia would be held in the conquered territories of eastern Ukraine. Militarily, he repeated previous not-so-veiled threats to use nuclear weapons, and announced a mobilization of 300,000 reservists to be thrown into his flailing “special military operation.”

All these choices smack of desperation and an attempt to thread a narrow needle: Putin wants Russians to believe that everything is going fine and that ultimately he will conquer Ukraine; but he also knows that with as many as 80,000 troops killed in action or wounded in just over six months of war, he simply must get more soldiers into the fight.

The referendums are largely meaningless, with preordained outcomes that no informed observer or the United Nations will take seriously. The nuclear threat is a repetition of Putin’s bluster from months ago. He is highly unlikely to use even a low-yield tactical nuclear weapon given the obvious threat of starting World War III and also the immense damage it would do in his efforts to keep Brazil, India, Nigeria, South Africa and other large nonaligned countries in neutrality.

But the mobilization of 300,000 troops is worth examining as a matter of military analysis. What does the decision to call in reserves say about the state of the war, and how should the West react?

When I was supreme allied commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, I participated in exercises with many reserve troops, including those of three non-NATO countries with exceptional systems: Finland, Israel and Switzerland. (Finland is currently in the midst of the NATO accession process.)

Finland and Israel are small nations with a history of being invaded by their immediate neighbors — Russia in the case of the former, and various Arab nations for the latter. Both have universal conscription (males for Finland, both sexes for Israel) that flows into a highly ordered, motivated and exceptionally well-equipped reserve force. I came away with deep respect for their capabilities.

Another country with incredibly ready reserves is neutral Switzerland. The military tradition there is deeply respected and woven into Swiss culture, from highly trained fighter pilots to troops mounted on racing bicycles. Every time I flew over Switzerland in NATO aircraft, I would look with admiration to the left and right at reserve fighter pilots in high-end jets escorting us over their country.

The Russian reserve system, by contrast, is not highly regarded by outside military analysts. It is based on the vestiges of universal conscription that were in place for decades, and the stories of raw draftees being beaten, abused and starved are legendary. (See, for example, “One Soldier’s War” by Arkady Babchenko for a snapshot inside the brutal system.) It is also shockingly corrupt. When soldiers get out of uniform — after brutal wars in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Syria — they want to get as far as they can from the army.

Once discharged, former soldiers are loosely tracked by the Russian state. In contrast to modern Western militaries, there appears to be very little systematic training, no organized equipment maintenance or operations, and no in-depth ties with standing units and missions. While there are a few reserve units in the model of U.S. system, they are small and inadequately supported by the larger armed forces.

Ominously for Russia, the mobilization order places the onus for recruitment on various governors of Russian regions, under a system of quotas levied by the defense ministry. This demonstrates that there is no broad, structured reserve to which the Russian military can turn. Additionally, the decree allows for further call-ups down the road, and offers bonuses to the reserves who come forward, much like the incentives offered to convicts in Russian prisons to go and fight.

It will be a Herculean administrative task to provide uniforms and training for 300,000 troops, find qualified leaders at the officer level, provide them with effective equipment, and get them integrated with communications and logistics. It will be months before a significant number can be brought to bear in combat. Then, almost certainly, they will become yet another wave of cannon fodder launched at Ukrainian positions.

The Ukrainians, knowing they may eventually be facing a much larger force, will prepare their own responses. They will be seeking (and probably receiving from the West) systems that can negate large numbers of foot soldiers: close-air attack planes, tanks and artillery, mounted machine guns, precision mortars and long-range surface-to-surface missiles.

The Russians being pulled off the street in this mobilization will face a highly motivated, extremely well-armed and very innovative foe in the Ukrainians. The War of Putin’s Ego continues, and many of these 300,000 poor souls are likely to pay the ultimate cost for his folly.

A Russian recruit hugs his mother at a military recruitment center in Volgograd, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a partial mobilization of reservists to beef up his forces in Ukraine. (AP Photo, File)

 

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Ukraine vows to challenge Russia’s ‘void and worthless’ referendums

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Ukraine will never recognize ‘void and worthless’ Russian referendums in its occupied territories and will continue to fight to free them, Kyiv promised today.

Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson ‘remain Ukraine’s sovereign territories’, Kyiv’s foreign ministry says, despite sham votes staged by Russia at gunpoint that paved the way for Putin to attach them.

“Ukraine has every right to restore its territorial integrity through military and diplomatic means, and will continue to liberate” its territory, the ministry added – in defiance of Kremlin threats to use nuclear weapons.

Meanwhile, U.S. lawmakers have reportedly earmarked an additional $12 billion in military and economic aid to Ukraine, underscoring their commitment to supporting Kyiv for a long time despite Russia’s slashing.

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Ukraine has vowed never to recognize ‘void and worthless’ Russian referendums or stop liberating its occupied territories (pictured, Russian troops outside a polling station)

President Zelensky Has Said There Will Be No Peace Talks With Russia As Putin Tries To Carve Up His Country Under The Guise Of Democracy

President Zelensky Has Said There Will Be No Peace Talks With Russia As Putin Tries To Carve Up His Country Under The Guise Of Democracy

President Zelensky has said there will be no peace talks with Russia as Putin tries to carve up his country under the guise of democracy

Russian officials in occupied parts of Ukraine announced yesterday that 90% of people had voted to be part of Russia – a result which was little in doubt as armed soldiers went door to door in the ballot boxes.

Kremlin puppets in occupied areas said they planned to seek permission to join Russia today, which Putin is expected to accept in a speech to parliament on Friday.

While devoid of legitimacy, the process will allow Putin to lie to his own people that Ukraine is now attacking Russia rather than the other way around – kicking off a dangerous new phase in the conflict.

President Zelensky, speaking at the UN last night, said there could be no peace talks with Putin while he worked to carve up Ukrainian territory.

“Russia’s recognition of these sham referendums as normal … will mean that there is nothing to discuss with this Russian president,” he said.

Separately, his foreign ministry criticized “armed aggression and powerless attempts to cling to the territories temporarily occupied” by the Kremlin.

“Forcing residents of these territories to fill out papers with the barrel of a gun is another Russian crime during its aggression against Ukraine,” he said.

“Such actions seriously violate the Constitution and laws of Ukraine, as well as the norms of international law and Russia’s international obligations. ‘

Russia Claimed Yesterday That More Than 90% Of The Inhabitants Of The Territories It Occupies Had Voted To Join The

Russia Claimed Yesterday That More Than 90% Of The Inhabitants Of The Territories It Occupies Had Voted To Join The

Russia claimed yesterday that more than 90% of the people in the territories it occupies had voted to join the ‘motherland’, although there is no doubt the poll was rigged

Moscow yesterday released the results of referendums its troops have held in occupied parts of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia over the past week – saying 90% of people voted to be part of Russia.

Videos of armed Kremlin soldiers going door to door with ballot boxes left little doubt about the validity of the votes, but it nevertheless marks an important moment as it gives Putin a pretext to claim them as part of Russia .

The despot is expected to do so on Friday when he addresses both houses of parliament, allowing him to lie to his own people that Ukraine is now attacking Russia – rather than the other way around.

This then increases the suite of options he must answer, including the use of nuclear weapons.

Putin threatened to deploy his nuclear arsenal last week, and his allies – including ex-president Dmitry Medvedev – have repeated it many times since.

Russia staged the referendums following a Ukrainian counterattack east of Kharkiv that put Putin firmly on the back foot and victory within reach.

The Kremlin now appears to be trying to regain momentum with a heady mix of threats and escalation.

Putin Is Expected To Annex Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia And Kherson Regions To Russia In A Speech To Parliament On Friday (File Image)

Putin Is Expected To Annex Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia And Kherson Regions To Russia In A Speech To Parliament On Friday (File Image)

Putin is expected to annex Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions to Russia in a speech to parliament on Friday (file image)

Annexing The Territory Would Allow Putin To Claim That Ukraine Is Attacking Russia Rather Than The Other Way Around, Paving The Way For The War To Escalate (File Image, A Russian Soldier In Ukraine)

Annexing The Territory Would Allow Putin To Claim That Ukraine Is Attacking Russia Rather Than The Other Way Around, Paving The Way For The War To Escalate (File Image, A Russian Soldier In Ukraine)

Annexing the territory would allow Putin to claim that Ukraine is attacking Russia rather than the other way around, paving the way for the war to escalate (File image, a Russian soldier in Ukraine)

Besides referenda and nuclear saber-cutting, Putin also ordered the partial mobilization of the Russian population with the aim of sending 300,000 new troops to the front lines.

This sparked huge domestic unrest with protests breaking out in several cities and seeing thousands of people fleeing the country to avoid the project.

Meanwhile, videos revealed conscripts were given little training or equipment before being thrown to the front lines, with experts saying they are unlikely to turn the tide of the war.

But, rather than outright winning, Putin appears to be trying to increase the cost of his defeat so that the West stops trying.

In this context, two explosions yesterday seriously damaged the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines which pass under the Baltic Sea – Moscow being the main suspect.

However, Western leaders have so far refrained from blaming Russia directly as the attack caught them off guard and evidence is still being collected.

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After 2 years of loss on and off the field, Eddie Jackson is playing with a rejuvenated spirit for the Chicago Bears — and the same bold confidence

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In the backyard of a newly built townhouse in East Garfield Park on Sept. 13, a group of junior high and high school kids from Marillac St. Vincent Family Services peppered Eddie Jackson with questions.

The Chicago Bears safety handled it with the swagger of someone returning a pick-six.

Jackson got into the real topics at the event promoting the construction of the Harrison Row Townhomes, an affordable single-family housing complex sold through the Chicago Housing Trust. Why financial literacy is important for the kids. Why dreams beyond becoming football players or entertainers should be celebrated. Why he’s making investments for his future beyond the NFL.

But there was a lot of bold football talk too.

Can you train me?

“Yeah, I got you. I got you,” Jackson answered. “I’ve got to check what your schedule looks like though.”

What’s your Madden score?

“What you think it should be, 99? That’s what I’m saying. Yeah, 99.”

Do you think you’d be better if you stayed at wide receiver?

“I won’t say I’d be better, but I’d be one of the top dogs for sure.”

Do you think the Bears are going to win the championship this year?

“Yeah, of course, but I think that every year.”

Who’s the most competitive person you’ve played?

“I’d say Aaron Rodgers. We see him Sunday. We’ve got something for him though.”

Just two days earlier, Jackson broke a 32-month stretch without an interception when he dived in front of a pass from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance. The feeling, Jackson said, was not so much relief or vindication but more one of being “rejuvenated.”

It’s an interesting choice of words because in the Bears youth movement under general manager Ryan Poles and coach Matt Eberflus, Jackson, in his sixth season, is suddenly one of the more senior members of the team. The defensive veterans who led during Jackson’s exuberant first few seasons — including Akiem Hicks, Khalil Mack and Danny Trevathan — are all gone, and he feels more of a responsibility to guide.

At the same time, Jackson feels new energy under the changed coaching staff and roster. And the “fresh start” coaches touted for him in the spring has led to two interceptions in the first three games of 2022. The team vibe is one Jackson hopes pushes him back to the playmaking prowess that resulted in 10 interceptions and five touchdowns in his first three seasons.

Not that he ever thought it was gone, even after a couple of years of loss on and off the field.

“I always knew what type of player I am,” Jackson told the Tribune. “My coaches, players, teammates, everyone knows. It never was a thing where my head was held low.”

‘It was just so much’

The Houston Texans were at the Bears 7-yard line and threatening to take the lead in the first quarter Sunday at Soldier Field when cornerback Kindle Vildor saw Brandin Cooks run a route the Bears prepared for in the red zone all week. Vildor jumped in front of quarterback Davis Mills’ pass, popping the football into the air.

Jackson was right there to grab the ball in the end zone. He also forced a fumble one drive earlier, though the Texans recovered it. He briefly left the game to go into the medical tent but returned to play a short time later.

“It’s just flying around,” Jackson said after the Week 3 win. “That’s what happens when you hustle and play with intensity. Good things start to happen.”

For a while, not a lot was going right for Jackson. It was more than just going two seasons without an interception or missing tackles or having officials call back touchdowns because of penalties, though those things compounded other struggles.

Over the last two years, Jackson’s girlfriend, Alison Gore, suffered a miscarriage of their first child and then lost another baby at 6 months. In between those losses, Jackson’s longtime best friend, Romario Olivier — a down-to-earth, lovable guy with whom Jackson shared secrets and advice since they were kids — died from what Jackson said was an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Jackson’s first instinct was to bury the emotions and smile. He wanted to be strong for Gore. He didn’t want people to think he was looking for pity — a “poor me,” he called it. He thought people expected him to act a certain way, that he had a responsibility to keep everyone else’s spirits up.

“Just coming in here (at Halas Hall), you’ve got guys that are looking to you,” Jackson said. “A lot of stuff was going off of my emotions, so if I come here down, everybody was like, ‘Yo, Eddie!’ So I just tried to keep a smile on my face, just come in here like, ‘All right, I’m going to hit the building. Let me just put it behind me.’

“It was just so much. And I felt like, ‘Man, ain’t nothing going good for me.’ … It was like, ‘Why me?’ You’re questioning God and stuff like that. But now I’m at peace with it. I put everything in God’s hands and I go from there.”

Jackson said he and Gore, whom he met on his first day on campus at Alabama, relied on close friends, family and God. He didn’t share their losses with many people, but it poured out of him in an interview with Bears play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak that was released in Week 2, a revelation that touched Bears fans who have followed Jackson’s ups and downs.

“People look at us like superheroes, and I get it,” Jackson said last week. “I understand the type of profession we’re in. We’re human at the end of the day. We go through stuff. We leave here, take these shoulder pads off, we walk into the house and have the same problems with family and friends (that everyone does).”

Jackson has used the phrase “at peace” for how he feels off the field and on it too.

He was open at training camp about his play the last couple of years as the Bears defense stumbled after a stellar 2018 season in former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s final year. Jackson, who signed a four-year, $58.4 million extension in January 2020, said he was complacent, that he didn’t live up to the standards he set for himself.

But Jackson seems to have a genuine belief in a turnaround, faith that the energy this coaching staff brings and the way it pushes players could change things at Halas Hall.

“The mindset we have, it’s like they’re holding all of us to the same level of accountability,” Jackson said. “They’re not letting anyone slack. We’re not taking anything that’s less than what we know we have. We set the ceiling and the standards very, very high, and we feel like we’re actually going to achieve those. And it doesn’t seem like it’s not possible.”

The spark from Jackson, who was an honorary team captain for the Texans game, certainly has been notable. And part of that comes from knowing he has a young group of players, including second-round pick Jaquan Brisker, watching how he handles himself.

‘Knowledge and experience to share’

JaMarquis Allen, a senior at Providence-St. Mel, walked out of the townhome’s yard clutching a signed football, gloves and photo and declaring his interactions with Jackson “very motivational.” Jackson spent about 30 minutes signing autographs and taking selfies with the Marillac St. Vincent kids, giving extra gear to Allen’s team, which was the first to complete a $10,000 budget at a financial literacy class a night earlier.

Allen was one of about two dozen kids who listened to Jackson talk about investing in Kinexx Modular Construction, a company with several athlete investors that reduces construction costs by assembling modular homes in its factory before putting them together on site. Kinexx was a partner of Structured Development, along with Fain’s Development, for the Harrison Row project, which will have 40 affordable homes.

Jackson’s involvement was twofold. One incentive was that Jackson, who will turn 29 in December and was accompanied to the event by his parents and Gore, wants to make investments that will help his future after football.

“A lot of people don’t know, but the average span is two, three years in the NFL and then you go bankrupt two, three years after the NFL,” Jackson told the kids during the Q&A session. “So this is a huge thing for me to create some generational wealth and create some financial stability for myself as well as my family.”

He also wanted to give back in Chicago, help with the affordable housing crisis and educate the kids.

Jackson said he didn’t really gain financial literacy until he bought his first house and thought it was important kids have schooling in it early. He started a scholarship fund with that purpose in honor of Olivier, whom Jackson considered a model of entrepreneurship after his friend started his own tow truck company.

“Everyone feels like you have to be an athlete or entertainer or something to make it out, when there’s really a million different ways,” Jackson told the kids. “And that kind of starts right now, having this information you guys are learning, being able to come out here and see what’s going on in the community and how you can impact it when you get older to help change things.”

It’s a message Jackson takes to heart too.

“I always pray not just to thank God for my blessings but to ask him for me to become one to others,” he said.

Around Halas Hall, that philosophy could help him as he learns how to be the veteran. Bears safeties coach Andre Curtis said Jackson has a quiet leadership to him — he maybe doesn’t give rousing speeches, but people gravitate to him. That includes Brisker.

When Jackson first told Brisker to let him know if he needed anything after the Bears drafted the Penn State safety, Brisker asked to watch film with him that day. That’s how Brisker found himself at the gate to Jackson’s house in awe.

“When I first walked in there, I’m like, ‘Wow,’” Brisker said during training camp. “I had to tell him, coming from where I’m coming from, we don’t see things like that. So that was very big for me. So, like, I know I’m in the NFL.”

Brisker and Jackson watched film together on their tablets, the start of weeks of film sessions and meals together. Brisker said all of the Bears safeties help him, but he was at Jackson’s house so much that “I was like, I’ve got to chill a little bit, give him some room.”

“They’ve got a genuine friendship,” Curtis said. “They spend a lot of time together studying tape, even on days off. Eddie is a private person, but he has a huge heart for helping other people and he has knowledge and experience to share with a young player, and I think that’s pretty cool.”

Jackson at one point called Brisker “Little Brother” and said that while Brisker is more settled into his own place now, he still is welcome to come over, including for a haircut in Jackson’s in-house barbershop last week. Jackson believes the infusion of youth in the secondary, which also includes draft picks Kyler Gordon and Elijah Hicks, is helping him, too, in both his preparation and his play.

“Just being one of the oldest guys in the room, all of the young guys coming in, they’re looking at you, what you do, how you work, how you are off the field, how you are during meetings,” Jackson said. “You’ve got to carry yourself a certain way.

“Just being able to play with them, just the energy they bring as young players, it’s fun. They’re electric. Everyone saw what they were capable of doing (against the 49ers), just the plays we are capable of making as a unit.

“We want to change the whole identity of this thing. Me and Quan always talk, we want to do the best it’s ever been done as a safety duo. So that’s the mindset.”

It’s the type of bold statement Jackson occasionally makes, but Curtis said Jackson and Brisker have been backing it up with the right approach.

“They’re not lacking in confidence, which is a good thing,” Curtis said. “Both of them have a humility about themselves and they’re approachable and you can coach them and you can coach them hard, and they’ll listen because they want to be really good. And that’s what they’re trying to work to do.”

So far this season, the work — and the energy and peace of mind — is paying off as Jackson is making the type of impact plays that highlighted his early Bears career.

“There may be some other people that say, ‘Well, it’s been this many ballgames, this many years since he’s had an interception,’ but Eddie does not lack for confidence,” defensive coordinator Alan Williams said. “So I don’t know if you would say that boosted his confidence.

“When you work like Eddie works and you’re smart like Eddie, the football intelligence, the confidence doesn’t wane.”

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Toe-ny Taters: The unusual secret to Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander harnessing his home run power

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To better explain it, Anthony Santander got into a batting stance in the visitor’s dugout at Fenway Park. He was barefoot, as the Orioles outfielder prefers to be when not on the diamond. He bent his knees slightly, raised his arms to hold an imaginary bat. And then he flexed his toes.

He spread them as much as he could, then repeated his favorite words twice: “Push it apart. Push it apart.”

That phrase constantly runs through Santander’s mind when he’s at the plate, and the results have led to the best season of his professional career. Santander blasted his 30th and 31st home runs Monday against the Boston Red Sox, then returned Tuesday to hit Nos. 32 and 33. With those long balls, Santander joined Ken Singleton and Eddie Murray as the only switch hitters in Orioles history to launch 30 or more long balls in a season.

His power has improved, as has his durability. The secret to it all?

His toes.

Or at least, that’s where it all begins, with an altered offseason workout regimen that started from the bottom — literally — and has helped him create a launching pad of sorts for a breakout campaign.

“It’s like when you’re making a building,” Santander explained through team interpreter Brandon Quinones. “You can’t start from the top down. You start from the bottom up to make sure the foundation is good so the rest can be stabilized and upright.”

The focus began at the end of last season, when Santander decided he wanted to reevaluate his approach and improve physically. He began to eat differently, focused on increasing his rest in the offseason and searched for a new trainer.

Santander met Troy Jones in Miami, the Director of Performance Science and Education at the House of Athlete. And the two began one-on-one training exercises that initially confused Santander. Earlier in his career, he focused more on bench pressing or squatting. But when Jones emphasized strengthening Santander’s toes?

“It was a bit difficult and different,” Santander said. “But once he explained all that, that’s one of the reasons I chose him, because of all those little details that went into the workouts. I like his philosophy because it’s everything put into one. It’s not just benching or focusing on one thing, it’s everything combined together: flexibility, mobility, stretching. All of that put together really comes together nice.”

So in the offseason, Santander ran barefoot on Miami beaches.When he worked out, he was shoeless as well. And when he walks around the clubhouse, he’s often without shoes, too. As Santander understands, he works out different muscles, strengthening his base.

Occasionally, as he walks around the clubhouse, Santander wears a piece of purple plastic between his toes to separate each one.

Santander put his feet up on a chair to give a better view. The toes on his left foot are spaced out, but the little toe on his right foot still hugs its partner. He wants them more separated to create more grip when he bats or throws. Then once again, he got into his batting stance, ready to show what’s hidden behind cleats during the game.

“It’s like this, I have to make sure I use my,” Santander said in English, pointing to his toes. “I can feel it under my cleat, so I can create tension on the bat.”

As Santander flexes his toes, his leg muscles tense. That allows for more torque in his rotation, and it has allowed him to lead all major league switch hitters in homers. His 88 RBIs this season are a career high, too. Manager Brandon Hyde said Santander has developed more consistency, and the outfielder credits his toes for that as well.

Santander has battled several injuries during his career. His 2020 season ended with an oblique injury, and his 2021 season was marred by a sprained left ankle and right knee. Santander has hardly missed any action in 2022, however.

“That’s one of the biggest reasons I’ve had success this year,” Santander said. “Pairing that with the talent I have myself, it’s combined to allow me to have such a great season.”

So each time Santander reaches the plate, there’s more running through his head than just his opposition’s arsenal and attack plan. “Push it apart,” he’ll repeat. And when he connects and sees the ball launch off his bat, Santander can credit his toes — the small detail that has unlocked a breakout season.

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Triston Casas had three hits, including a home run, in the high-scoring affair.

Boston’s Triston Casas, right, celebrates his two-run home run that also led JD Martinez, left, in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, in Boston. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

BOSTON (AP) — Baltimore lost four home runs, including two more by Anthony Santander, in a 13-9 loss to Triston Casas and the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night, slashing the Orioles’ chances of earning an AL wild card.

Adley Rutschman and Ramón Urías also went deep, but Baltimore (80-74) lost for the third time in four games. The Orioles remained 3 1/2 behind Seattle for the AL third wild card after the Mariners lost 5-0 to the Rangers.

“It’s about continuing to make adjustments on both sides of the ball,” Santander said through an interpreter. “We know time is running out, but there is still time to do what we need to do.”

Casas hit a two-run homer for Boston, which had dropped six in a row. Tommy Pham had three RBIs and Rafael Devers hit a two-run single.

The Red Sox scored six runs in the third and another five in the fourth, capitalizing on a string of blunders by the Orioles.

Two Boston runs were scored on base-loaded steps by Connor Wong and Xander Bogaerts, and another came home when Rob Refsnyder was hit by a pitch with the bases blocked. Second baseman Rougned Odor made two errors in the fourth, just after the Orioles scored five runs in the top half to tie it at 8.

The Orioles’ first six hits were all for extra bases. Rutschman and Santander hit back-to-back homers in the third, and Santander connected for a two-run shot in the fourth.

Santander went wide on both sides of the plate for the second straight night after hitting two of Baltimore’s five home runs in Monday’s 14-8 win at Fenway Park. The slugger has homered six in his last four games and a career-high 33 this season.

“The personal stuff is great. I’m happy that I was able to pull off and land those big hits to put the team in front,” Santander said. “Unfortunately we couldn’t get the result we wanted tonight. , but tomorrow is a new day. We will come back and work hard and try to compete and get a win tomorrow.

Matt Strahm (4-4) picked up the win after replacing Michael Wacha with one out in the fourth. Joey Krehbiel (5-5), one of seven pitchers used by the Orioles, suffered the loss.

BOTH SIDES NOW

Santander has hit four times this season on both sides of home plate, tying Ken Caminiti’s league record set with San Diego in 1996.

Santander doubled high from the wall in the middle in the first, just yards from another homer.

DIFFICULT STARTS

It was an early night for both starters.

Baltimore’s Kyle Bradish lasted just 2 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs and four hits. He walked four and took out three.

“He just didn’t have the command he had in the second half,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “A lot of deep counts, a lot of fouls and a lot of misses, and a lot of limit pitches didn’t work, but he didn’t have the normal command he had his last two starts.”

Michael Wacha pitched 3 1/3 innings for Boston, getting six runs and eight hits.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: Urías was back in the lineup after missing the previous two games with neck and shoulder spasms. Urías tripled in the second, started the third with a home run and scored a single in the fifth before leaving in the seventh with a sore right knee.

Red Sox: 1B Eric Hosmer (lower back inflammation) is expected to bat practice before Wednesday’s game and could return to the lineup in the coming days.

NEXT

The Orioles RHP Dean Kremer (8-5, 3.07 ERA) face the Red Sox LHP Rich Hill (7-7, 4.65 ERA) Wednesday night in the third of four games in the series.

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