Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 43-year-old former chief of the Inwood Fire Department who died of injuries suffered while helping fight a house fire in Woodmere recently will be laid to rest this week.Thousands of mourners are expected to pay their respects to Joseph Sanford, Jr., who died on Dec. 23 after he was wounded battling a blaze on Dec. 19.Wake services for the fallen firefighter are scheduled for 1-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, which is located at 68 Wanser Ave. in Inwood.During the second session, members of the Inwood Fire Department will march in procession down Wanser Avenue to the Church from their firehouse a few blocks to the west at 6:45 p.m.The procession will be followed by firematic memorial services and fellow volunteer firefighters from across Long Island and the region giving a final salute.His funeral will be held at the same church at 9 a.m. Wednesday.In recognition of the firefighter, who was also a Nassau County employee, County Executive Ed Mangano ordered flags at half-staff until Jan. 30.
Our best ranked tennis player, Dea Herdzelas (WTA 402), is delighting with her game this year, which she confirmed once again with her great performance on a very strong tournament in Podgorica, which is played for the prize of 25,000 USD.Our tennis player qualified for semifinals by winning the Croatian tennis player Tena Lukas (WTA 298), with the score 6: 1, 6: 3, after one hour.Dea, who has not lost a single set in the tournament so far, will play semi-finals match with Austrian player Barbara Haas (ATP 299), and in case she wins, enroll the best ranking in our young players’ career, who is recording excellent results this year.(Source: klix.ba)
Stephen Strasburg has earned north of $86 million in cash through 11 seasons with the Nationals. Under the terms of the contract the pitcher recently signed to remain in Washington for at least seven more years, he will earn another $80 million from 2027 to 2029 not for striking out batters, but simply for existing as a human being.Such a contract deferral is part of the reason Strasburg gladly re-signed with the Nationals in December after opting out of his previous Washington contract a month prior. It, of course, helps that Washington is the reigning World Series champion on the strength of its ace pitcher’s World Series MVP effort. MORE: Stars, storylines and stuff to watch in the 2020 MLB seasonWith a seven-year contract worth $245 million, Strasburg was the highest-paid pitcher ever in terms of average annual salary ($35 million) for about a day. The Yankees signed Garrit Cole to a record contract worth $36 million per year right after the Nats re-signed Strasburg, but the 32-year-old Washington pitcher is still in great shape with his deal.Hypothetically, if Strasburg were to play out the rest of his current contract with the Nationals — he has a full no-trade clause — the right-hander’s career earnings would be a few dollars shy of $351 million, and potentially more if he hits incentives. That includes the three years of deferred money he will earn even if he doesn’t touch a baseball after the 2026 season.Below are the details of the contract Strasburg signed with the Nationals shortly after he helped them win the World Series. (All contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.)Stephen Strasburg contractIn typical Nationals fashion, the team deferred $80 million of Strasburg’s $245 million contract in an effort to preserve payroll flexibility in the short term. So while his base salary is $35 million in each of the next seven years, that deferral is reflected in the actual amount of cash he will earn each season.Below is the cash flow in Strasburg’s current contract. (His 2020 figure represents his prorated salary as MLB returns to play on a condensed schedule.)YearBase/payroll salaryAdjusted salary/Yearly cash2020$35 million$8,730,1592021$35 million$23,571,4292022$35 million$23,571,4292023$35 million$23,571,4292024$35 million$23,571,4292025$35 million$23,571,4292026$35 million$23,571,429Because Strasburg’s 2020 salary has been prorated, his total contract value is now $228.95 million.Strasburg also had some deferred money on his previous contract with the Nationals, which was signed in 2016. When he opted out of that deal, he reduced the deferred money to $30 million over the next three years.Including the deferred money in Strasburg’s new contract, below is a year-by-year breakdown of his upcoming deferred contracts with Washington. (The 2029 figure includes $3.9 million of interest payout.) YearDeferred salary2020$10 million2021$10 million2022$10 million2027$26,666,6662028$26,666,6662029$30,666,642Strasburg also has multiple incentives built into his contract. Below is the extra money he can earn if he continues at his elite level of pitching.Cy Young or MVP award: $500,000 ($250,000 for 2nd, $150,000 for 3rd, $100,000 for 4th, $75,000 for 5th)World Series MVP: $250,000All-Star selection: $100,000Gold Glove: $100,000Silver Slugger: $100,000Strasburg, who is managing a 3.17 ERA and a 33.5 WAR in 239 career games (all starts), is coming off a championship year in which he threw a National League-leading 209 innings during the regular season.There’s little reason to believe he won’t be able to make up some of the lost 2020 salary by hitting at least a couple of those incentives.