7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I love our national parks, so when I had a chance to visit the Everglades during NAFCU’s CEOs and Senior Executives Conference, I jumped at the chance.As you can see, I had a chance to hold a young alligator. Luckily, the picture does not show my blood pressure or my shaking legs.The park ranger noted an interesting fact. While many are terrified of alligators, gators kill far fewer people each year than vending machines. In fact, 38 people have fallen victim to vending machines since 1978. I can’t get alligator vs. vending machine statistics, but allegedly, alligators killed 9 people from 1999 through 2014.So the ranger may very well be correct.Now, that’s not the whole story.I’m guessing most of you have at least one vending machine where you work. And I’m hoping that most of you do not have an alligator inside your office. So people interact with far more vending machines than alligators every day.But still, the perceived risk between the two is interesting. What scares us more? continue reading »
Kimbrel reportedly was asking for a six-year, $100 million deal this offseason, but that has not been confirmed.MLB Opening Day is March 28. Corey Knebel injury update: Brewers reliever’s elbow woes could open door for Craig Kimbrel The Craig Kimbrel saga could be coming to a close.While the Brewers have had reported “serious interest” in the last week, the Braves also are interested in signing the man who is 14th all time in saves with 333. MLB hot stove: Brewers seriously interested in Craig Kimbrel, report says #Braves are still in on Kimbrel. From what I hear, it’s between Milwaukee and Atlanta barring a late entry. If Braves could get him, their bullpen would from major question mark to solid in a hurry.— David O’Brien (@DOBrienATL) March 22, 2019Both teams’ need for Kimbrel is clear but completely different.The Braves need him to add to a bullpen in desperate need of a lockdown closer or at least back-of-the-bullpen arm. The Brewers on the other hand have plenty of arms, but due to an injury to righty Corey Knebel and questionable health of Jeremy Jeffress, Milwaukee simply doesn’t want to go into the season short-handed where it thought it was strong. Related News While Kimbrel is a very good closer teams should approach his signing with caution based on history. Greg Holland, an All-Star reliever with the Rockies in 2017, signed one day after opening day in 2018 with the Cardinals.He signed so late he didn’t have time to build up his arm and struggled mightily with the Cardinals posting a 7.92 ERA in 32 games. Kimbrel is very close to signing around the time Holland did.Now, Kimbrel is not Holland, but it’s something to take into account for any team wanting to bring him in.