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    PARC is a local non-profit organization whose goal is to turn disabilities into capabilities. They provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest.  More>>

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    JDRF is walking for a cure. Their goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes. To help raise awareness and funds, they are holding a 5k walk on April 11th at Amalie Arena. Nicole Johnson and Tim Rivers stopped by to fill us in and to share their stories of living with diabetes. More>>

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    The Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic took place on the 21st. The ladies put on their big hats and the men donned their bowties, and we raised a lot of money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Children's Cancer Center. This recap is brought to you by Marco's Pizza, who graciously donated $2,000 during the event. More>>

    News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

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    Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

    Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week

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    We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
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    USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

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    Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

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    Don't pick up Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg hasn't even been signed to a contract and that will be a difficult process considering his agent is the "infamous" Scott Boras.
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Sure it sounds like a great idea at first, but picking up Stephen Strasburg, No.1 overall pick in last night's 2009 MLB Draft, is not a good fantasy strategy.

    It seems like it would be...getting a pitcher with a 100+ m.p.h. fastball for just a waiver wire pickup, but it's just not going to work out the way you would like.

    First of all, the young pitcher hasn't even been signed to a contract and that will be a difficult process considering his agent is the "infamous" Scott Boras and has already put out claims that he wants a $50 million signing bonus for his client. It's likely to be many weeks, if not months, before the two sides finally agree to a compromise.

    There is some good news, Boras and Washington's owners, Mark and Ted Lerner, have negotiated before. The Nationals made a huge offer to Boras' client Mark Teixeira last offseason which led to an even larger contract with the New York Yankees. Perhaps because Boras "used" them to his advantage with Teixeira, he'll be a little "easier" on them about Strasburg...perhaps.

    Secondly, there is no logical reason for the Washington Nationals to bring the 20-year-old, right-handed power pitcher up, given the current situation of the franchise. He's not going to help them win a pennant in 2009. He's not even going to make them a .500 club. He might put a few fannies in the seats every fifth day, but the sooner he makes it to the "big club" the sooner he becomes a qualifying free agent down the road.

    Do you think it's a coincidence that just after June 1st many of the major league teams brought up their "prize" rookies? It's all about the free agency rules and money.

    A player is eligible for free agency after six years of service, but the clock doesn't start until he's with the major league team. Waiting until June 1st means a team can retain its best prospects' rights for another year, when they are in their prime.

    There's also the money side. By waiting until June 1st, players won't be arbitration eligible for what's known as "Super 2" arbitration until after their third season

    Third, David Eugene Clyde.

    In 1973, Texas Rangers owner Bob Short was struggling to get his franchise going. Two years after the team had moved from Washington and they were averaging just 9,000 fans a night. So with the No.1 pick in that year's draft, the Rangers selected 18-year-old Texas high school phenom David Clyde. He was given a huge check and the team put Clyde into the Rangers' starting rotation.

    On June 27, 1973, Clyde started his first game in front of 35,698 fans. He was just 20 days removed from pitching his high school team into the state finals. Despite walking the first two men he faced, Clyde pitched five innings and got the win. But that was the "best" moment of his career. He was 4-8 with a 5.01 ERA in 1973 and over his disappointing five-year career was 18-33 in 84 starts with Texas and Cleveland.

    The team had destroyed a promising career, by bringing him up way too early. The Nationals can't afford for that to happen to Strasburg...and they won't.

    So unless you are prepared to leave him on your keeper roster for two or three years without any benefits, there is no reason to pick up Strasburg on the waiver wire.

    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

      Exclusive look inside newly renovated Al Lang Stadium Video included

      Updated:

      Great 38 News Now got an exclusive look at the newly renovated Al Lang Stadium while it was still under construction. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament Video included

      PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament
      Updated:

      PARC is a local non-profit organization whose goal is to turn disabilities into capabilities. They provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest.  More>>

      Trio talks about 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      You may remember these familiar faces. Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie stopped by Great 38 News Now in January before they set off on their 900 mile trek across the state of Florida. More>>

      News Now: JDRF is walking for a cure Video included

      Updated:

      JDRF is walking for a cure. Their goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes. To help raise awareness and funds, they are holding a 5k walk on April 11th at Amalie Arena. Nicole Johnson and Tim Rivers stopped by to fill us in and to share their stories of living with diabetes. More>>

      News Now: Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      The Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic took place on the 21st. The ladies put on their big hats and the men donned their bowties, and we raised a lot of money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Children's Cancer Center. This recap is brought to you by Marco's Pizza, who graciously donated $2,000 during the event. More>>

      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

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      • Higher storm chances in Tampa Bay

        Higher storm chances in Tampa Bay

        Monday, April 27 2015 3:49 AM EDT2015-04-27 07:49:57 GMT
        A weak front brings our rain chance up to 40% today. Higher rain chances in the forecast tomorrow.
        A weak front brings our rain chance up to 40% today. Higher rain chances in the forecast tomorrow.
      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Wednesday, March 18 2015 11:05 AM EDT2015-03-18 15:05:08 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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