Alice Cooper releases his new album, Detroit Stories, on February 26. The album takes the rock icon back to his roots.
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He's had a front-row seat to two Canadians securing Bassmasters Elite Series victories, but Dave Mercer feels it's only a matter of time before the circuit's third Canuck does so. Last month, Jeff Gustafson of Kenora, Ont., won his first career Elite Series event, going wire-to-wire to secure the US$100,000 winner's cheque on the Tennessee River in Knoxville, Tenn. Chris Johnston, of Peterborough, Ont., was the Series' first Canadian champion, winning in July 2020 in Clayton, N.Y., on the St. Lawrence River. Still chasing that elusive first Series win is Johnston's older brother, Cory. But Mercer, a resident of Port Perry, Ont., in his 11th year as MC on the circuit, predicts that will happen soon enough. "I'd be as bold to say I wouldn't be shocked to see it this season," Mercer said in a telephone interview. "Winning is very rare in our sport. "The best to ever do it, Kevin Van Dam, had a 28-year career and won 25 times. Cory's come so close in the past that I'd bet a lot of money he'll win one this year and if not, it will be next." Cory Johnston, of Cavan, Ont., is in his third Bassmasters Elite season and has reached 11 tournament finals and counting. He's finished second once and third three times and at one point last year made three consecutive final-day appearances. However, until that first win comes, Johnston can expect to get the gears from Mercer at tournament weigh-ins. "I used to introduce Chris as the only Canadian ever to win," Mercer said. "So now Cory will be, 'the only Canadian not to win an Elite Series event.' "Yeah, that's a little cold but that's our relationship." The third '21 Bassmasters Elite Series event goes March 18-21 on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. Mercer, 46, comes by his fishing acumen honestly. A former tournament angler, he's the long-time host — often with a comical twist — of "Dave Mercer's Facts of Fishing" television show and also writes a blog, operates a podcast with partner Luke Dunkin and produces a fishing news segment. The show, podcast and news segments can all be seen on YouTube. After years of being the Elite Series' lone Canadian, the outgoing and gregarious Mercer is happy to be able to share the stage with three compatriots. "Just having them on tour is really cool," he said. "For years I was the only Canadian so to have those three, I've underestimated how homey it would feel, how comforting, especially with all of this stuff (during the pandemic). "I've known them all since they were teenagers. To watch them develop and finally make it to the top tier in the sport and have success is awesome." However, Mercer said the three are different. "Jeff is half the reason why people think Canadians are so nice," he said. "He's the Canadian you'd expect to run into from the movies. "The Johnston brothers are super competitive, kind of phenoms, but they're both different. You have Cory, who's a little mouthier, aggressive while Chris is quieter and meeker. I keep telling the Americans, 'You're lucky we only brought three. Imagine if we brought 10 Canadians down there. You guys would hardly win.'" Mercer believes there more anglers in Canada are talented enough to compete on the Elite Series if given the chance. "It's so incredibly difficult (to qualify) but I believe we have 10," Mercer said. "What's really exciting to me is when I'm up there yelling ridiculous stuff into the microphone as they're accomplishing ridiculous stuff on the scales, I'm always thinking in the back of my head, 'How many kids are watching right now?' "When I was a kid watching, there were no Canadians but it was still my dream to be a part of that one day. If there are three now … how many Canadian kids are watching right now saying, 'Wait a second. This is real, I can do it.'" Especially given how Gustafson registered his victory. He not only worked just one spot throughout the four-day event — anglers often run to multiple areas — but all 20 fish Gustafson weighed were smallmouth bass, which are considered a rarity in that fishery. Yet he still won by over seven pounds. "What made what Jeff did so special is he did it on one of the most inconsistent fisheries, one that's famous for here today, gone tomorrow," Mercer said. "The scuttlebutt all week, the dock talk, was at some point it would peeter out and Jeff knew he was playing a dangerous game but that's also what made the success so exciting. "It's kind of like the guy who doesn't stop for gas in NASCAR and you wonder if he'll make it to the end. Not only did Jeff make it, there was nobody in sight when he did." This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 8, 2021. Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press
MIAMI — Highly regarded Miami Marlins prospect Jazz Chisholm calls the ballfield his “happy place,” which is why he's always in motion, bouncing about even during monotonous spring training drills. Teammates tell him to chill. “All the time. Every day,” Chisholm said with a grin. “The veterans are tired of me. They tell me to stop moving, stop singing, stop dancing. It's fun to mess with the older guys. They hate me singing and whispering in their ear.” The vets might need to get used to it. Chisholm is competing with fellow prospect Isan Diaz for the second base job, the team's only position battle this spring. The outcome will help determine whether the Marlins can generate more offence this season. In 2020, Miami second basemen had an OPS of .602, last in the National League. Chisholm made his big league debut in September and went 9 for 56 (.161), and Diaz went 4 for 22 (.182) before a groin injury ended his brief season. The hope is one of them can provide more pop this year — Chisholm provided a nice omen, leading off the Marlins' exhibition opener with a home run. Barely a week into spring training games, the jury is still out. “Isan looks really comfortable in the field, and Jazz is always kind of electric,” manager Don Mattingly said Monday. “We'll let this play out. There is plenty of camp left, and there are going to be plenty of at-bats for them.” Both young infielders are a product of a farm system rebuilt by CEO Derek Jeter through trades and the draft. Diaz, 24, was acquired three years ago in the deal that sent Christian Yelich to Milwaukee. Chisholm, 23, came to Miami in the 2019 trade that sent pitcher Zac Gallen to Arizona. Diaz's future was in question last summer, after he opted out of the season following the Marlins' coronavirus outbreak. He changed his mind and rejoined the team in September. “Having the time off," Diaz said, "I was able to sit down with my parents, which is what helped me get back to where I am — remembering the positive stuff that has happened in my career, getting back to the reason I started playing, and finding the love for the game." Chisholm's zest has never been in doubt. He was born in the Bahamas with the sport in his blood. “My grandma was a professional softball player, and she's the reason I always loved baseball," he said. "You'll never see me stop moving on the field. It's not right if I'm not moving. Baseball is my happy place.” And it's true: Veterans have told Chisholm to chill. “Jazz is a big personality,” outfielder Corey Dickerson said. “It can draw attention to yourself and away from the team — those are the conversations we have with him. But I love who he is; he means no harm by it. And you’ve got to be you to be good at this game.” Chisholm and Diaz are left-handed hitters and plus defenders who might eventually form a keystone tandem — if they hit. Chisholm is a natural shortstop and possible future replacement for veteran Miguel Rojas. “With Isan, we've always liked his swing,” Mattingly said. "He's a strong kid, and he can use the whole field. “Jazz is a different-type athlete, with a quick twitch, explosive, big power. It’s an interesting combination.” It won't be a combo once the season starts. The runner-up for the starting job at second will likely be sent to the minors for more development. Both know they need to play better than they did last year. “I started to see why they call it the big leagues,” Chisholm said. And as Diaz put it: “Failure stinks.” ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___ Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Steve_Wine Steven Wine, The Associated Press
TORONTO — Former Montreal Expos utility player Casey Candaele is the new manager of the Toronto Blue Jays' top minor-league affiliate. The Blue Jays named Candaele the manager of the triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Monday. Candaele began a nine-year major-league playing career with the Expos in 1986. Candaele managed lower-level Blue Jays minor league teams in Dunedin, Fla., and Vancouver in 2018 and '19 before earning the promotion to Buffalo. Candaele replaces Ken Huckaby, who was named Buffalo's manager for the 2020 but never worked a game as the minor-league season was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other Blue Jays minor-league managers this year will be Cesar Martin (double-A New Hampshire), Donnie Murphy (high-A Vancouver), Luis Hurtado (low-A Dunedin), Brent Lavallee (Gulf Coast), and Dane Fujinaka (Dominican Summer League). This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 8, 2021. The Canadian Press
Canadian pitcher Rheal Cormier, who spent 16 years in the major leagues, has died after a battle with cancer. The native of Moncton, N.B., was 53. The Philadelphia Phillies confirmed his death. A sixth-round pick by the St. Louis in 1988, Cormier broke into the big leagues with the Cardinals three years later. After being traded to Boston, Cormier was shipped to the Montreal Expos in 1996. Cormier spent two years with Montreal before finishing his major-league career with Boston, Philadelphia and Cincinnati. In 683 major-league games, Cormier was 71-64 with a 4.03 earned-run average. Cormier's best year was 2003 with Philadelphia when he was 8-0 as a reliever with a 1.70 ERA Cormier also represented Canada at the 1987 Pan American Games, the 1988 Olympics and the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 8, 2021. The Canadian Press
Stoops, 60, was the head coach at Oklahoma from 1999 until he announced his retirement in June 2017.