“The venues we will be using may vary, but the first meeting will be on Tuesday 19th October in St Michael at the North Gate Church, and we encourage anyone who is interested to email.” He told Cherwell that he was looking to help those “less fortunate than himself” and hoped that the scheme will allow him to achieve “a balance between the store having a certain ambience and a safe space during the Coronavirus pandemic”. Scriptum writing shop in Oxford has announced a new mental health initiative. Founder of the store, Azeem Zakria, started the scheme following his own battle with depression and is now working with the local church St Michael at the North Gate to set up a weekly mental health support group for men in Oxford. A spokesperson for Scriptum said: “We have been fundraising with our Good Place Notebook for a while now, and have just made a donation of £1,200 to Oxfordshire Mind. “Azeem will be running a men’s letter-writing group, providing tea, coffee, stationery, stamps, and a friendly place to talk in a safe and socially distanced setting. The idea is to allow people to keep in touch with their wider support networks in a low-stress way. It is specifically aimed at men as studies indicate that men are less likely both to talk about their mental health and to seek help, and at the moment the numbers we can have in each group are limited because of Covid restrictions.
The debris has been flying around from coast to coast ever since. Ramirez landed in Boston. Dee Gordon is in Miami, replaced by long-time Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick. Jimmy Rollins, the former Phillies All-Star, is a 35-year-old stopgap at shortstop. Meanwhile, pitcher Dan Haren is mulling retirement after being traded to the Marlins.And now one of the co-faces of the franchise and one of the most feared bats in all of baseball is being sent to San Diego. Friedman clearly didn’t waste any time putting his stamp on the Dodgers.Whether he actually improved them is another thing entirely.In an era in baseball in which offense is as scarce as rainfall in Southern California, you simply don’t give away the kind of right-handed power Kemp provides.Especially after already letting Ramirez and all the power and production he provides leave as a free agent to the Boston Red Sox.With plate production decreasing around the game over the last few years — maybe the result of performance-enhancing drugs being phased out or maybe just a cycle baseball is going through — you don’t trade one of the true big boppers remaining.And after paying Kemp a king’s ransom the last two seasons while waiting for his body to rebound from a nasty run of luck with injuries, you don’t get rid of him just as he was on the cusp of rounding back into form.Check that, Kemp wasn’t closing in on finally being all the way back at the plate.By the second half of last season, he had officially completed the trip.The money guys will explain why the Dodgers needed to free up cash and divert it elsewhere.The metric guys will point to Kemp’s dwindling defensive efficiency.The baseball gods will smirk at them and point to the .971 OPS Kemp posted after the All-Star break and the .606 slugging percentage and .365 on-base percentage, and the 17 home runs and 54 RBIs and remind them how difficult that is to find.And how important it is.As much as anything else, Kemp’s bat helped carry the Dodgers to the National League West crown.Clayton Kershaw was the season-long driving force, winning the Cy Young and the Most Valuable Player awards as a result.But when Kemp turned the corner health-wise over the second half of the season and found a comfort zone in right field, he finally resembled the MVP candidate from 2011,And when that happened, the field tilted in the Dodgers’ direction and they rolled to 94 wins and a division title.You don’t rip that apart. You add to it. You tinker, you modify. The last thing you do is give it away — especially to a division foe.Kemp is a game changer in the batter’s box, one of only a handful of guys who can truly say that these days.When he’s right, he alters the complexion of a batting order. Pitchers work differently when Kemp is rolling. Teammates batting in front and behind him see a better selection of pitches.You don’t manufacture runs when Matt Kemp is on fire.You hand him the bat and watch him do his thing.There is a reason the Miami Marlins will pay Giancarlo Stanton more than $300 million to stay in South Florida.Power is at that kind of premium in baseball.You don’t trade it.You wrap your arms around it and give thanks.Yet the Dodgers did the complete opposite.And just when they were on the verge of recouping a return on the investment they made in him three years ago.Kemp has been working out this winter with no medical restrictions, something he’s been unable to do the last two off-seasons.Barring any unfortunate injury, he’ll report to spring training next February as healthy as he’s been in years.And there is nothing to suggest he won’t pick right up where he left off last season — only now he’ll do it for a full year rather than just one-half of a season.Instead, he’ll be doing it in San Diego rather than Los Angeles.The Dodgers saved money by trading Kemp.Their outfield defense likely improved.The path for Joc Pederson to an everyday job in the big leagues cleared up considerably.But the Dodgers did not improve by trading Kemp.In fact, they took a step backwards. There are more than 100 million reasons why trading Matt Kemp makes all the sense in the world for the Dodgers, including a body pillaged by injuries the last three years and a pair of legs that no longer carry him around the outfield chasing baseballs like J.J. Watt does quarterbacks.He could be moody and prone to majestic batting slumps. And in a volatile Dodgers clubhouse dominated by enormous personalities and wealth and egos that would make even a cut-throat Wall Street shark blush, Kemp could be as cocky and intimidating as any of them.But none of it justifies what the Dodgers did early Thursday morning by sending Kemp to the San Diego Padres for catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and pitching prospect Zach Eflin.And in doing so, continue a shocking re-gutting of a team that won 94 games last season and a second straight division crown. We assumed new Dodgers president Andrew Friedman arrived at the winter meetings hoping to create some payroll flexibility and subtly re-tool a championship-caliber club.Based on the flurry of moves he’s made over the last four days, Friedman obviously had other ideas.While most of us saw a multimillion dollar listing in need of a few touchups, he saw a fixer-upper.The next thing he did was find a stick of dynamite, a lighter and, well, you know the rest.KABOOM!!!! Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error