first_imgThe Padres, if they decide to sell the farm for Realmuto, have the depth in minor-league talent they can give up. San Diego finished last season with 10 players among the top-100 prospects in baseball according to MLB Pipeline. Although the Dodgers recently acquired catcher Russell Martin from the Blue Jays in a trade, that move hasn’t kept them from discussing a trade for Realmuto, who is coming off of three very good years with the Marlins.As for the Astros, Braves and Reds though, all three have needs at the catcher spot, with Atlanta and Cincinnati less so than Houston, and they have very good systems themselves. If they really want to get a deal done, they can swing it.However, according to FanCred, it’s the Dodgers and Padres who seem the most motivated to land the catcher at the moment. SiriusXM, meanwhile, favors the Padres or Braves the most to get a deal done.Realmuto % Opening Day 2019(Entertainment Purposes Only)Final FourBraves 35%Padres 35%Dodgers 15%Reds 15%— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) January 28, 2019 The Padres are making a late charge for Marlins All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto, according to SiriusXM Radio, which added “(t)he final chapter of the sage is upon us.”The report comes days after said the Padres and Dodgers were believed to be most prominent in talks regarding Realmuto, though the Braves and Reds also remain deeply involved, according to SiriusXM, and the Astros have expressed interest, too.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ever watched helplessly as a carload of teens sped recklessly down the street – wishing you could report them before somebody got hurt?Would you like to anonymously snitch on the teenage neighbor you saw peeling rubber down the block in dad’s Buick?Now you can.A new Internet-based service started by a veteran Long Beach police officer allows you to report bad teen driving.The best part is, the report goes directly to the offender’s parents.The Web site,, allows people to call a toll-free number and leave a message about the teen’s bad, or even good, driving behavior. Messages are then forwarded to the teen’s parents, who can decide on an appropriate disciplinary action.“Now, everybody’s potentially the next-door neighbor whose gonna tell on them if they’re driving inappropriately,” said company founder Dennis Zigrang, a 15-year police veteran who says he’s seen more than his share of bad teen driving. “It’s a deterrent, and hopefully something that is going to \ young drivers into making the right decisions behind the wheel.”The Long Beach Police Department does not endorse in any way.Zigrang, whose own son is fast approaching driving age, said the purpose of the service is twofold: to keep parents informed of what their children are up to behind the wheel, and to prevent teens from developing poor driving habits that can lead to tickets, accidents and worse.“This can be seen as just another parenting tool,” Zigrang said. “\ can also help prevent some of the peer pressure teens face to show off in front of their friends. They can just blame it on the sticker or their parents.”The program is modeled after the “How Am I Driving” stickers often attached to the rear bumpers of big rigs, delivery trucks, taxis and other commercial vehicles.With, customers pay a monthly fee, averaging about $5, for two bright yellow stickers marked “How is my teen driving?” Each sticker is stamped with the toll-free number and a vehicle identification code.Individuals who observe the teen’s poor driving can call the number and leave the teen’s parents a piece of their mind, as long as there’s no profanity, Zigrang said.Parents are then alerted by e-mail when a message is delivered and can hear the actual call online through a secure, password-based Web page. Calls are screened for profanity or obvious pranks.Mary Colleary, whose 16-year-old son is in the process of getting his license, recently purchased stickers for the family’s three cars.“We like the fact that there’s going to be an extra set of eyes, or 1,000 sets of eyes, (watching) our son,” said Colleary, a Long Beach resident. “It’s just another way to keep an eye on what he’s up to.”For Zigrang, the idea for was hatched during his own driving experience as a teenager.In 1981, while speeding down the highway in his mother’s Honda, Zigrang swerved to avoid another vehicle, flipped the car and ended up breaking his neck in the accident.“I was pretty lucky to escape alive,” Zigrang admits. “I know the accident was the result of my speeding and inexperience, and with all the distractions kids have nowadays, things like cell phones, text messaging, it can be even more dangerous for young drivers.”To market the service, which began in early January, Zigrang is contacting parent-teacher associations throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties. He’s offering a $10 rebate to PTAs for each teen signed up through their organization.To learn more, visit or call (714) 615-6158. [email protected](562) 499-1466last_img read more