Minimally Invasive Devices Market : Business overview, Upcoming Trends and Top Company Analysis Forecast By 2026

Minimally Invasive Devices Market : Business overview, Upcoming Trends and Top Company Analysis Forecast By 2026

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The report covers the forecast and analysis of the Minimally Invasive Devices Market on a global and regional level. The study provides historical data from 2015 to 2019 along with a forecast from 2019-2026 based on revenue (USD Million). In 2018, the worldwide GDP stood at USD 84,740.3 Billion as compared to the GDP of USD 80,144.5 Billion in 2017, marked a growth of 5.73% in 2018 over previous year according to the data quoted by International Monetary Fund. This is likely to impel the growth of Minimally Invasive Devices Market over the period 2019-2026.

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Minimally invasive devices and surgical tools have flooded the market in recent years in response to the surging demand for medical devices and procedures that can reduce risk, trauma, and recovery time for patients. In light of the overwhelming success of such medical devices, the global minimally invasive surgical market was estimated at $23 billion in 2011 with an approximate annual growth rate of 8% during the next five years, according to a report by global market research and consulting company MarketsandMarkets.

Cardiothoracic applications are the less invasive surgeries than the traditional open-heart ones, with concomitant advantages in terms of shorter recovery times and are expected to dominate the Global minimally invasive devices market. Orthopedic surgery on damaged joints is often conducted using MIS (Minimally Invasive Surgery) techniques, such as arthroscopy. Gallbladder removals, Nissen fundoplication, adhesiolysis, appendectomies, colon resections and hernia repairs are among the most frequently performed gastrointestinal surgical procedures using MIS techniques. Gynecological surgeons were among the initial ones to use MIS techniques. The urology surgical procedures that involve MIS techniques are Nephrectomy, Cystocele/Rectocele Repair, and Pediatric Urology. The other MIS applications include vascular, thoracic and cosmetic.

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This report is an analytical business tool whose primary purpose is to describe the minimally invasive surgical devices industry and the U.S. market for these devices. The scope of the study does not include:

  Devices and instruments used exclusively for traditional open surgical procedures (e.g., heart-lung machines).
  Devices and equipment used exclusively in an ambulatory surgery setting.
  Equipment for nonsurgical types of therapy such as radiation therapy.

The Report Holds Intricate Details About The Contribution By Pivotal Contenders And The Opportunities That The Industry Can Offer Them Over (Forecast Period). The Competitive Landscape Of Global Minimally Invasive Devices Market, Inclusive Of Companies Such As Abbot Laboratories, Hill-Rom Holdings, Conmed Corp, Boston Scientific, Getinge Ab, C. R. Bard, Hologic, Ethicon, Cooper Surgical, Hitachi High- Technologies Corporation, Philips Healthcare, Canon Medical Systems, Integrated Endoscopy, Smith & Nephew Plc, Olympus Optical, Intuitive Surgical, Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Stryker And Medtronic

This report is based on the analytical study based observational and experimental studies for demand of minimally invasive devices market in different regions such as competitive analysis is also derived according to the different regional segregation such as Americas (United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil), Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Spain), APAC (China, Japan, Korea, India, Southeast Asia and Australia) and Middle East and Africa (Egypt, South Africa, Israel Turkey and GCC Countries). The report further helps to estimate the consumption of minimally invasive devices market applications for the aforesaid key regions.

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Remembering Jerry Garcia

Remembering Jerry Garcia

Grateful Dead singer and lead guitarist Jerry Garcia died 25 years ago on August 9, 1995, leaving a hole in the heart of legions of fans. He was 53 years old.

A quarter-century later, both musicians and fans who followed the band across the globe continue to gather to celebrate his music, reports CBS News correspondent Allison Keyes.

But on the day of Garcia’s death, fans could not have known all of the ways they would have to get their Grateful Dead fix today – from archival recordings to podcasts.

“There was definitely the signs that the live community was still going to be there – the Grateful Dead community was going to be there period,” David Lemieux, the band’s archivist and legacy manager, told CBS News Radio. “But to the extent that it is now, where there are so many bands playing Grateful Dead music, whether it’s the original members or not, [they] are just a great way to consume Dead.”

Listen to CBS News Radio’s report on the 25th anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s death:

The group’s surviving members continue to perform the band’s songbook, and several newcomers are providing their own interpretations.

  • The Dead rise again: Dead & Company on tour (“Sunday Morning,” 6/12/16)
  • “Dead Sound”: The Grateful Dead and the evolution of modern concert sound (CBS News Radio)
  • “Long Strange Trip” examines the history of the Grateful Dead (CBSN, 5/24/17)
  • Gallery: The Grateful Dead – Fare Thee Well

The band’s music is also widely available to stream through multiple platforms, including the Internet Archive and Spotify.

SiriusXM satellite radio has a channel dedicated to the Dead.

The band issues several archival and remastered recordings per year, such as the recent 50th anniversary edition of their studio album, “Workingman’s Dead.”

And the Dead have now entered the world of podcasts. Lemieux said that 25 years after the Grateful Dead stopped being the Grateful Dead, their podcast – The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast – is the number one music podcast in the country.

Lemieux said there was nothing contrived about the Grateful Dead’s music: “They went out every night, played honestly, and that meant some nights weren’t as good as others. And it meant some nights, where the magic truly struck, you could see one of the greatest live performances you’ll ever see. And that happened quite a bit with the Grateful Dead.”

The Grateful Dead perform “Sugar Magnolia,” “Scarlet Begonias” and “Fire on the Mountain” at Winterland Arena in San Francisco, 12/31/78:

Outside of his 30-year career with the Grateful Dead, Garcia was involved in several projects ranging from jazz to bluegrass to folk to rock. Captain Trips (as he was once known) played with such artists as Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Etta James. 

But it was fronting the Dead where Garcia earned his lasting fame. And as he told Rolling Stone magazine in 1989, “Success has never been part of our schedule, exactly. It’s kind of been a happy surprise.”


Author: CBS News
August 9, 2020, 7:13 PM

Education at the mercy of the market

Education at the mercy of the market

It is an intriguing, but by now hardly surprising, fact that on June 24, the Ministry of Human Resource Development finalised a loan with the World Bank as the culmination of a process allowing for its third and final intervention in determining the structure, content and governance of the entire system of school education, from pre-nursery to Class 12, through its Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS) programme. (The earlier interventions were the District Primary Education Programme or DPEP of 1993-2002 and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan since 2002.)

Just a month later, on July 30, Ramesh Pokhriyal, the Minister for Human Resource Development, told mediapersons in New Delhi that the Central Cabinet had passed for immediate implementation the long-delayed New Education Policy or NEP 2020. Both events occurred amid the COVID-19 pandemic that is showing no signs of abating across the nation. A series of lockdowns, in various stages in States, districts, cities, towns and urban localities, has brought the economy to a halt. Lakhs of migrant workers, deprived of even the barest incomes, returned to their home towns and villages in the most atrocious conditions.

Schools, colleges and universities have been closed since March and examinations have either not been held or are being held or are threatened to be held online, creating confusion and panic among the majority of students.

The last thing one would have expected is the Cabinet to pass the NEP without presenting and debating it in Parliament at a time when the people are concerned only with getting their lives back on track and coping with the unprecedented health and economic situation.

But it comes as no surprise, since the Government of India has been utilising the COVID-19 crisis to great advantage by passing several of its “reform” programmes without observing democratic niceties or permitting any democratic resistance.

It has abrogated protective labour laws and collective bargaining, disinvested in the public sector and the Railways, allowed privatisation of the electricity sector, reorganised banks, and cleared environmentally sensitive projects at breakneck speed.

NEP 2020 states that its priority, like that of the World Bank, is ensuring that quality education be made accessible to all children from pre-nursery to Class 12. So, one would be justified in assuming that the World Bank must be providing a hefty grant, or at least a significant loan, to assist in realising this laudable goal.

However, the finalised loan constitutes a mere 1.4 per cent of the total investment required for the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan of which the STARS programme is a part. The Centre and the governments of States and Union Territories would be contributing 98.6 per cent.

Yet, the STARS programme will focus on the whole school approach and teacher education in the Samagra Siksha Abhiyan in the selected “high performance States” of Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan and the “learning States” of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha. It will thereby allow the World Bank to acquire an overarching role in influencing the teaching-learning content, practices and outcomes of the entire system of school education; training and monitoring faculty for implementing it; setting up “merit-based” learning assessment systems to measure achievement based on the above; and formulating and implementing governance reforms to cover the training of educational officials and function as an extensive outreach to train parents to participate in implementing the programme.

This raises the next obvious question. Is the World Bank an international educational institution? If not, why is it being asked to design such a comprehensive programme for quality school education in India? Further, what has been the bank’s experience of earlier interventions in India’s school education system?

The World Bank as an international financial institution creates, regulates and safeguards markets for advancing the interests of international finance capital. It is neither concerned with the educational rights and pedagogical concerns of providing quality education to the majority of India’s children who are deprived of the benefits of such education, nor equipped for that.

From the 1980s onwards, the World Bank has concentrated, particularly in former colonies, on persuading governments to withdraw public resources from education and encourage the entry of private investors and a variety of ‘non-state actors’.

As NEP 2020 itself advocates, this omnibus term may include multinational corporations and corporate investors, non-governmental organisation (NGOs), civil society, charitable and/or religious organisations and even “volunteers”.

Under the garb of being “philanthropic” rather than merely “private” partners, the NEP promotes and commends their initiatives and role in sharing resources as well as in synergising the interaction between the public system and private agencies.

“To further enhance cooperation and positive synergy among schools, including between public and private schools, the twinning/pairing of one public school with one private school will be adopted across the country, so that such paired schools may meet/interact with each other, learn from each other, and also share resources, if possible. Best practices of private schools will be documented, shared, and institutionalized in public schools, and vice versa, where possible,” states the NEP. (7.10)

However, it has become more than evident that with the collaboration of these ‘players’, governments can neither be held effectively accountable nor remain responsible for the state of the education system.

The experience of the DPEP, designed and sponsored by the World Bank, should have made this clear already. Implemented in 18 States and nearly half of India’s districts, it incorporated ‘low-cost’ solutions in government schools to fill the need for greater accessibility and quality. The rapid deterioration of state-funded primary schools (Classes I-V) and the loss of credibility among those who depended most on the system, such as the Scheduled Castes (S.Cs), the Scheduled Tribes (S.Ts), members of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and Muslims and other impoverished sections, resulted in the privatisation and commercialisation of school education with the mushrooming of low-budget fee-charging private schools at a faster pace than ever since Independence.

This damaging experience was systematically ignored and the World Bank’s intervention in the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan from 2002 onwards only carried it further. The Right to Education Act, 2009, which legislated a quota of at least 25 per cent for students belonging to the Economically Weaker Sections in admissions to private schools, functioned as a Trojan horse that set up privately funded school education as a desirable option and failed to emphasise its inherently defective pedagogical character that fuses quality in education with the capacity to pay.

Yet, the Centre has finalised the third intervention with the World Bank.

Therefore, the government’s claim that it has embarked on a path-breaking direction 34 years after the 1986-92 NEP is misleading. It is only advancing the same strategy as previous governments that followed the perspective and approach of the World Bank model after the adoption of the neoliberal reforms policy in 1991.

Public-private partnership (PPP) strategies, which lie at the core of the World Bank’s approach, do not provide better quality education. They increase the exclusion of the deprived and the marginalised, exploit a highly discriminatory multi-track system of education promoted by the play of market forces and divert from the constitutional goal of establishing a nationwide system of quality education for all.

Although the NEP states that “the aim of the public school system will be to impart the highest quality education so that it becomes the most attractive option for parents from all walks of life for educating their children” (8.9), and the document opens with the assertion that “substantial investment in a strong, vibrant public education system as well as the encouragement and facilitation of true philanthropic private and community participation” will determine government policy, the hackneyed solutions offered by it belie the claim. It says: “To facilitate learning for all students, with special emphasis on socio-economically disadvantaged groups (SEDGs), the scope of school education will be broadened to facilitate multiple pathways to learning involving both formal and non-formal education modes.

“Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Programs offered by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and State Open Schools will be expanded and strengthened for meeting the learning needs of young people in India who are not able to attend a physical school.”

It adds: “NIOS and State Open Schools will offer the following programmes in addition to the present programmes: A, B and C levels that are equivalent to Grades 3, 5, and 8 of the formal school system; secondary education programmes that are equivalent to Grades 10 and 12; vocational education courses/programmes; and adult literacy and life-enrichment programmes. States will be encouraged to develop these offerings in regional languages by establishing new/strengthening existing State Institutes of Open Schooling (SIOS).” (3.5)

According to the document, “…. various successful policies and schemes such as targeted scholarships, conditional cash transfers to incentivise parents to send their children to school, providing bicycles for transport, etc., that have significantly increased participation of SEDGs in the schooling system in certain areas…. must be significantly strengthened across the country.” (6.4)

The NEP also declares that to make it easier for both governments as well as “non-governmental philanthropic organisations to build schools, to encourage local variations on account of culture, geography, and demographics, and to allow alternative models of education, the requirements for schools will be made less restrictive. The focus will be to have less emphasis on input and greater emphasis on output potential concerning desired learning outcomes.” (3.6)

Does the much-needed inclusion of the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme as an integral part of the school system offer any new directions? For universal access to the ECCE programme, it offers the old idea of strengthening anganwadi centres and equipping them with high-quality infrastructure, play equipment, and well-trained anganwadi workers and teachers.

State governments would be responsible for training those educated up to 10+2 for six months while those with “lower” educational levels would receive training for one year. Anganwadis would be fully integrated in school complexes. (1.5) There is nothing new here, for they would continue to remain under several Ministries such as Education, Women and Child Development, and Health. Their separate functions are still not conceived of as integral parts of a significant and cohesive stage of the education system.

An unexamined proposal for establishing ashramshalas and “alternative schooling” for tribal areas earmarks them for “targeted attention”. The document mentions a plan for “Special Educational Zones” only once and does not elaborate. It is not clear if these are zones, with large populations of the “underrepresented” (a euphemism for the deprived/marginalised) sections, that will be separated from the rest of the system or if they will receive special attention and support.

The World Bank’s strategy since 1994 has been based on the promotion of a model of knowledge adjusted to the requirements of corporate job markets and a market model of education delivery that involves the privatisation, commercialisation and corporatisation of education. The latter model places the entire burden of education on the individual family and fee-paying parents or students. They are the “consumers” who make it profitable for the investor or provider to enter the education market. PPP strategies encourage the transition to a ‘market’ where edu-businesses strengthen their hold over public assets through government reimbursement and voucher schemes.

Governments indirectly further the process by starving and dismantling state-funded education systems through budgetary fund cuts, with subsequent ‘rationalisation’ proposals for the merger and/closure of crisis-ridden schools. NEP 2020 repeatedly endorses these strategies, which will continue to lead to a massive exclusion from education of backward communities that constitute almost 85 per cent of the population. These strategies leave neither access nor agency for S.Cs, S.Ts, OBCs, Muslims, Denotified Tribes and girls, transgenders and the disabled within these already disempowered categories. The proposed creation of “inclusion funds” for them will neither change the commercialised character of the system nor even provide meaningful relief to individual recipients.

NEP 2020 also shares the main features of the World Bank approach to the model of knowledge. It approves of and promotes a perspective that is detrimental to establishing an equitable system of quality education in India. The contemporary ‘merchandisation’ of education requires it not only to conform more closely to the needs of the job market, but also to initiate its own transformation into a new and highly lucrative market. Knowledge as a resource for critically comprehending the contemporary world, societies and value systems is now treated as being “too heavy” for current teaching-learning methodologies and curricula to handle. The “skills approach”, a functional assembly of performance-oriented qualities that signal their own desired level of achievement, now defines the basic unit, module, and topic of learning.

The “learning outcome” too is predetermined. The teaching-learning process is reduced to acquiring procedural competencies that can be “appropriately” graded for different levels. NEP 2020 is firmly committed to classroom transactions shifting “towards competency-based learning and education”. It says: “The assessment tools (including assessment “as”, “of”, and “for” learning) will also be aligned with the learning outcomes.” (4.6)

The proposal for multiple exit and entry points from pre-nursery to Class 12, which begins early with the re-introduction of examinations at classes 3, 5 and 8, is based on the identification of skill levels.

It says: “Specific sets of skills and values across domains will be identified for integration and incorporation at each stage of learning, from pre-school to higher education.” (4.4)

However, depriving students of the “content” of formal learning, which not only develops fundamental disciplines, critical thinking and the creativity to innovate and conceptualise opposition to social injustices and all forms of discrimination, makes a mockery of learning as it cultivates conformism in thought and produces citizens only fit to be cogs in the economic and technological machine.

Regulatory centralisation, as achieved through the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI), has been a long-standing demand of private investors.

The loss of democratic freedoms and academic autonomy, with supreme authority being granted to boards of governors of institutions that must compulsorily become autonomous, is a painful reality.

The “vision” of NEP 2020 is “to instill among the learners a deep-rooted pride in being Indian, not only in thought, but also in spirit, intellect, and deeds, as well as to develop knowledge, skills, values, and dispositions that support responsible commitment to human rights, sustainable development and living, and global well-being, thereby reflecting a truly global citizen.”

To this end, the entire “curriculum and pedagogy, from the foundational stage onwards, will be redesigned to be strongly rooted in the Indian and and ethos…. in order to ensure that education is maximally relatable, relevant, interesting, and effective for our students.” (4.29)

The document repeatedly makes such exhortations but the “idea of India” and Indianness that is endorsed appears to be quite distinct from what is usually associated with the plurality and diversity of India.

India has always been identified with being open to absorbing and negotiating with philosophical, religious, cultural and technological knowledge from other parts of the world. NEP 2020 states that the “knowledge of India” will include knowledge from ancient India and its contributions to modern India and its successes and challenges, “and a clear sense of India’s future aspirations”. (4.27) This leap across centuries misses the changing experiences of numerous tribal communities; the powerful anti-caste cultural ideologies, monotheistic movements and cults; and the philosophical contestations within various sects of Hinduism.

The political, cultural and technological impact of the exposure to central Asia, the arrival of Islam and the richness and complexity of its intellectual, cultural and sociological consequences that surround us in our daily lives, are also absent.

Equally surprising is the neglect of the period of colonial domination and the decades-long struggle of the people, who, united as a nation, survived the tragedy of Partition and emerged as an independent, constitutional republic. India is far greater, far more expansive, far richer in detail and far deeper in its experience of inequality and oppression than the “Sanskrit knowledge systems” (4.17), theory and literature that NEP 2020 attempts to confine it to.

The policy’s failure to recognise the worth of the totality of our subcontinental history, culture and lived experience immeasurably diminishes the very idea of India.

An education policy that is unable to reflect this sweep of history does itself and the youth of India a grave injustice.

Madhu Prasad is with the All India Forum for the Right to Education.



Azar visit to Taiwan is fresh thorn in prickly US-China ties

Azar visit to Taiwan is fresh thorn in prickly US-China ties

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – The visit by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to Taiwan this week comes amid mounting tensions between Washington and Beijing, which claims Taiwan as its own territory to be annexed by force if necessary.

From the South China Sea to TikTok, Hong Kong and trade, China and the U.S. find themselves at loggerheads just months ahead of the American presidential election. In a throwback to the Cold War, the two ordered tit-for-tat closures of consulates in Houston and Chengdu and rhetorical sniping is now a daily occurrence.

Washington potentially exacerbated those frictions by sending Azar to Taiwan, making him the highest-level U.S. official to visit the self-governing island democracy since formal diplomatic relations were severed in 1979 in deference to China,

Beijing has been ratcheting up pressure on Taiwan, but that’s just one area in which its increasingly assertive foreign policy and the accompanying push-back from Washington have taxed diplomacy on both sides.

Washington drew Beijing’s ire last month when it parted with years of ambiguity by explicitly denying most of China’s claims in the strategically vital South China Sea. China says it owns the waterway and that activity in the area by the U.S. Navy, including sailing ships close to Chinese-controlled islands, threatens regional peace and stability.

Other disputes center on economic and cultural issues.

A two-year-old tariff war has buttressed U.S. actions targeting Chinese institutions and officials. Washington has been campaigning to exclude Chinese telecoms giant Huawei from the U.S. and its allies, a push China sees as a bare-knuckled attempt to restrain its development as a global technology power.

The U.S. says Huawei is beholden to China’s ruling Communist Party and threatens to compromise personal data and the integrity of the information systems in the companies in which it operates. China says there is no proof of that.

President Donald Trump stepped-up the technology confrontation on Thursday with an executive order banning dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, possibly leading to their becoming unavailable in the lucrative U.S. market.

The U.S. has sanctioned Chinese companies and officials over the persecution of Muslims in the northwestern region of Xinjiang and has now turned its eye toward stricter Chinese control in Hong Kong. As Azar was preparing to meet with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday, police arrested newspaper publisher and leading opposition figure Jimmy Lai in Hong Kong as part of a crackdown on voices questioning Beijing’s policies toward the former British colony, now a semi-autonomous Chinese city.

Washington has moved to withdraw trading and other privileges granted to Hong Kong in response to China’s imposition of a sweeping national security law seen as an attack on free speech and political activism. China has denounced such actions as infringing on its domestic political affairs and Beijing-backed officials sanctioned by Washington, including the city’s leader Carrie Lam, appeared over the weekend to laugh-off the penalties.

Human rights complaints are a long-standing source of tension between the sides, and Trump has added to them with repeated allegations that China covered-up the initial outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The accumulated accusations against Beijing have observers saying Trump is hoping mistrust of China will boost his re-election chances come November. Democratic Party rival Joseph Biden has substantial foreign policy experience and has spent time with China’s leader Xi Jinping, but underlying differences between the sides are expected to continue no matter who wins the election.

Beijing has protested Azar’s visit as a betrayal of U.S. commitments not to have official contact with the island. Azar’s visit was facilitated by the 2018 passage of the Taiwan Travel Act, which encouraged Washington to send higher-level officials to Taiwan after decades during which such contacts were rare.

Warmer relations with Taiwan are largely a result of strong bipartisan support in Congress, but also appear to show how the Trump administration is willing to defy Beijing’s threats and promote an alternative to Chinese Communist Party authoritarianism.

At the start of Monday’s meeting with Tsai, Azar said the island’s success in dealing with COVID-19 was a “tribute to the open, transparent, democratic nature of Taiwan’s society and culture.”

An island of 23 million people, Taiwan moved swiftly and aggressively to contain the coronavirus and has recorded just 277 reported cases and seven deaths from the illness.

Since taking office in in 2016, Tsai has angered Beijing with her refusal to recognize China’s claim to the island. Beijing has in turn cut contact with Tsai and brought increasing diplomatic, economic and military pressure against her, including by poaching away several of its remaining diplomatic allies and excluding Taiwan from international gatherings including the World Health Assembly.

Such moves have increased already considerable bipartisan sympathy for Taipei in Washington and prompted new measures to strengthen governmental and military ties.

Azar’s visit will put further pressure on China-U.S. ties, but won’t be seen as entirely unprecedented by China’s leaders, said Shi Yinhong, an expert on international relations at Beijing’s Renmin University

“Of course, there will be very negative impact on China-U.S. relations, especially under the circumstances that China and the U.S. have fallen into confrontation in almost all areas,” Shi said.

Beijing will respond with diplomatic protests and will seek to prevent the further expansion of relations between Taipei and Washington, Shi said.

Azar’s visit “is serious, but it is not extraordinary,” Shi said.

Copyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC.


Author: The Washington Times

Mets Morning News: The return of GMan and the Polar Bear

Mets Morning News: The return of GMan and the Polar Bear

The Mets snapped the Marlins’ winning streak with an 8-4 victory over Miami at Citi Field. The Mets’ offense finally broke out with home runs from Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, and J.D. Davis. David Peterson had some issues with wildness, but still put together another solid performance, surrendering just two runs over five innings. Jeurys Familia got into trouble in the seventh and Drew Smith was unable to bail him out, allowing the Marlins to inch within a run. But J.D. Davis gave the Mets insurance with his big three-run shot and the reactivated Robert Gsellman, along with Seth Lugo and Justin Wilson each delivered a scoreless inning to secure the victory for the Mets.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, Daily News, Newsday,, NY Post, ESPN

Prior to last night’s game, Chili Davis said Pete Alonso had been “pressing,” but that the last couple of games were “more Pete.” Alonso’s home run last night indicates that the Mets’ hitting coach may have been right and that would be huge boon for the Mets.

With his 116.9 mph home run in last night’s game, it looks like Alonso might be returning to Polar Bear self from 2019, writes Steve Serby of the New York Post.

“It’s a pleasure to play alongside him,” Amed Rosario said of Andres Gimenez yesterday. “He’s a talent that you can’t hide. It’s super-obvious how talented he is.” Roger Rubin of Newsday covers the infield chemistry, J.D. Davis’ newfound comfort at third base, and David Peterson settling into being a big league starter.

Marcus Stroman threw around 80 pitches in his simulated game on Thursday. Luis Rojas says he’s moving “better,” but still needs to throw another simulated game this week before being activated.

Robert Gsellman struck out two of three batters he faced last night in his return from the injured list and played a pivotal role in the Mets’ win. “His stuff was sharp and you could see the movement from the side, it was just nasty,” manager Luis Rojas said of Gsellman’s performance. “Some weird swings against him, whether it was the slider or the sinker. The sinker looked [nasty], like it was sinking at the very last moment at a high velocity.”

The passing of Horace Clarke inspired Mike Vaccaro to name every New York team’s Horace Clarke equivalent. For the Mets, that was Ron Hodges, who was a stalwart on the awful Mets teams of the mid-to-late 1970s through the early 1980s.

Daniel Castano’s start against the Mets last night represented the Marlins’ eighth straight game featuring an MLB debut. Castano was one of the prospects Miami acquired in the Marcell Ozuna trade.

Prior to last night’s game, the Marlins made a series of roster moves, including placing reliever Richard Bleier (recently acquired from Baltimore) on the 10-day IL with a triceps strain and calling up switch-pitcher Pat Venditte, who pitched a scoreless inning for Miami last night.

The Phillies blanked the Braves 5-0 behind J.T. Realmuto and Jake Arrieta.

The Orioles came from behind against Sean Doolittle to defeat the Nationals 5-3.

The lasting effects COVID-19 may have on the heart has health experts worried about athletes. “We have very strong, serious concerns about the potential for covid to affect athletes cardiovascularly,” said Michael Emery, co-director of the sports cardiology department at the Cleveland Clinic, to the Washington Post. “When you look at covid in general, there seems to be a higher predilection for involvement with the heart than about any other virus we’ve seen.”

Joel Sherman of the New York Post outline’s the biggest factors standing in the way of keeping the MLB season on track.

The Cardinals will not be cleared to gather for team workouts for at least 3-5 days. Their series against the Pirates will likely be canceled.

Chris Iannetta accepted a spot on the Yankees’ taxi squad, but made it clear to the team that he would retire if they asked him to go to the minor leagues. The Yankees designated Iannetta for assignment on August 1 and so the veteran catcher has said goodbye to baseball after a 16-year career.

The Giants have placed Jeff Samardzija on the 10-day IL with a shoulder impingement.

In a scary moment in last night’s Pirates game, former Met Phillip Evans was taken off the field on a stretcher following a collision in foul territory.

Giancarlo Stanton, who is dealing with a tight hamstring, is likely heading to the injured list, according to Aaron Boone.

Steve Sypa took a look at the Mets’ upcoming options at first base in their farm system. Spoiler alert: it isn’t great, which is why the Mets hope Pete Alonso will be the team’s first baseman for a long time.

On this date in 1988, the Mets participated in the first night game at Wrigley Field.


Author: Allison McCague

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Chapter 1 Wind Turbine Components Market Overview

Chapter 2 Global Economic Impact on Wind Turbine Components Industry

Chapter 3 Global Market Competition by Key Vendors

Chapter 4 Global Production, Revenue (Value) by Region

Chapter 5 Global Production, Revenue (Value), Price Trend by Type

Chapter 6 Global Wind Turbine Components Market Analysis by Application

Chapter 7 Manufacturing Cost Analysis of Wind Turbine Components Market

Chapter 8 Marketing Strategy Analysis, Traders

Chapter 9 Wind Turbine Components Market Factors Analysis

Chapter 10 Global Wind Turbine Components Market Forecast up to 2026


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