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Not all that much going on, but here are a couple of things I stumbled upon today:


Zach Jackson has been dealt and an entire army of Indians fans weep:


CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have traded pitcher Zach Jackson to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named.


Jackson appeared in only three games for Cleveland last season. He spent most of 2009 at Triple-A Columbus, where the left-hander went 4-8 with a 6.05 ERA, made 14 starts and pitched in 30 games.


Jackson was one of four players acquired by the Indians in the 2008 trade that sent ace CC Sabathia to the Milwaukee Brewers.


Drafted by Toronto in the first round in 2004, Jackson went 2-3 with a 5.60 ERA for Cleveland in '08.




From Indiana, Pennsylvania we have an employment counselor writing about Manny Acta:


BOB LANKARD: Bounce back from job failure

Published: Sunday, January 10, 2010 1:12 AM EST

As an experienced employment counselor, I would probably have advised Manny Acta to change careers.


Acta was fired in July as manager of the Washington Nationals - the worst team in baseball. In 2½ years, Acta's team won 158 games but lost 252. He won slightly more than a third of his games.


If you think his chances of another managing job in baseball were nonexistent, you would be wrong. He was introduced as the new manager of the Cleveland Indians on Oct. 26. In that same weekend he was offered the managerial job by the Houston Astros but turned that down in favor of Cleveland. Two job offers for the fired manager.


When Acta was fired in Washington, instead of crying in his beer, he started watching baseball. Especially the Cleveland Indians. He watched these games to learn about the team's strengths, weaknesses and tendencies. He studied his potential employer. Another former major league manager admitted in his second interview that he had not done his homework.


Acta's competition, a former New York Mets manager, also admitted in the second round of interviews that he wasn't sure he wanted the job. Acta, on the other hand, gave Cleveland the message that he wanted the job badly. As an experienced employment counselor, I see job seekers with the need to show enthusiasm but to avoid showing desperation. The job seeker can do this by mentioning things about the job or company that make them want the job. On the other hand, telling the interviewer, ``I need this job to get braces for my kid,'' smacks of desperation and likely will doom their chances.


Besides thoroughly studying your potential employer, there are other ways to bounce back in the job interview:


Practice the job interview without pressure, also called mock interview. Remember the monthly fire drill. They kept kids from panicking in a real fire. Mock interviews work the same way for your job interview.


Prepare responses to potential questions. Lists of possible questions are available everywhere.


Have your details down pat. Some do a dry run to make sure they know how to get there. Do you know the time? The room number? The interviewer's name?


Bring a pen or pencil, a note pad, extra copies of your r©sum©, a list of references and identification cards.


Prepare questions you will ask about the job and company. Base these on your research.


Think like a salesperson. Show enthusiasm. Use examples or stories to illustrate your qualifications for the job. Tell what you can do for the company.


Make sure you are clean. That includes your clothing and body. Your hair should be trimmed, clean and combed.


Plan to market your special skills, qualities or talents that set you apart from all the rest. In today's economy, employers are only interviewing those who meet the minimum requirement. Your job is to identify those qualities that set you apart from the pack.


As you research your desired company, shift your mind-set from looking for a job to looking for the company's needs. Finding needs will get you hired. If you see a need while looking at XYZ's Web site, be sure to mention it and explain how you can meet that need.




And finally, Ken Burns is going to update his Baseball documentary. Omar will be featured:


Burns, speaking to the Brattleboro Reformer in Walpole, says he’ll update the film with "The Tenth Inning," focusing on the player strike in 1994, the New York Yankees dynasty; the role of the game following Sept. 11, 2001; the revival of the Boston Red Sox; and the emergency of Latin American and Asian players in the major leagues; and the use of performance-enhancing drugs.


Burns said the film will also feature interviews from longtime Cleveland Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel; Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki; and former Yankees and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre.









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