Notre Dame Football Enjoys Renovated Stadium Facilities

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A successful Ohio-based entrepreneur, Theodore “Ted” Catino recently launched GigSmart, a mobile application that supports today’s gig economy. Outside of work, Ted Catino enjoys reading, traveling, and following sports. In addition to cheering on his favorite professional sports organizations, he roots for the Notre Dame football team.

For over 85 years, Notre Dame’s football team has played its home games at the beloved Notre Dame Stadium. Arguably one of the most recognized and revered structures in sports, the stadium has hosted more than 445 football games over the years. Thanks to recent renovations, the facility is now one of the most modern stadiums in all of college football.

As part of Notre Dame’s largest construction project to date, the football stadium received renovations and additions totaling approximately 800,000 square feet. In addition to new locker rooms and technology for student athletes, the renovations added a variety of improvements for fans, including new bathrooms and concession stands, new seats, a large scoreboard, and Wi-Fi boosters.

The facility is now also home to three new academic buildings, including the Duncan Student Center, a nine-story structure that houses study and fitness areas as well as spaces for career counseling and student activities. Throughout the 2017 season, Notre Dame is providing a behind-the-scenes look at the renovations on social media.

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Cincinnati Reds Select Hunter Greene Second Overall in MLB Draft

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A co-founder of GigSmart, Theodore “Ted” Catino is an award-winning entrepreneur as well as an interview and life transition coach. Outside of his professional endeavors, Ted Catino is a fan of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Cincinnati Reds.

After finishing fifth in its division for a second consecutive year, the Reds were awarded the second overall pick in the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft. The team selected high school pitcher Hunter Greene, who was lauded as the top prospect in the draft for much of the past year.

A 6-foot-4-inch, 210-pound player for Sherman Oaks, California’s Notre Dame High School, Greene was drafted as a pitcher, but is an all-around player who can hit for average and power. At just 17, he hit batting-practice homeruns in San Diego’s Petco Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field. He projects as an All-Star-caliber pitcher in the MLB, however, given his ability to throw the ball over 100 miles per hour and his command of three above-average pitches. On the mound, he has been compared to New York Mets’ ace Noah Syndergaard.

Bengals Sign Linebacker Kevin Minter

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Kevin Minter
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Theodore “Ted” Catino is an entrepreneur whose latest venture is GigSmart, an employer and employee job-connecting application for the ever-growing gig economy. Outside of his professional endeavors, Ted Catino is an avid National Football League (NFL) fan who counts the Cincinnati Bengals among his favorite teams.

Seeking to improve its defense, the Bengals signed linebacker Kevin Minter to a one-year, $4.25 million contract in March. Ranked as one of the five best free agent linebackers by Pro Football Focus, Minter is an above-average coverage player who recorded a combined 81 tackles, four defended passes, and 3.5 sacks last season with the Arizona Cardinals.

Unlike the Bengals acquisitions of Karlos Dansby and A.J. Hawk in recent years, Minter is a relatively young player with room to grow. A former second round pick of the Cardinals, the 26-year-old worked his way into the team’s starting lineup in the previous two seasons and has shown vast improvement. Throughout his career, the Louisiana State University alumnus has 224 tackles, six defended passes, five sacks, one safety, and one forced fumble.

Dustin Pedroia’s Career with the Boston Red Sox

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A founding partner and managing director with Boston-based 625 Investments, LLC, Ted “Theodore” Catino is an accomplished public speaker who also works as a transition and interview coach. When he isn’t spending time on one of his several professional endeavors, Ted Catino enjoys cheering on the Boston Red Sox.

For the past decade, Dustin Pedroia has been a staple in the Red Sox lineup, while holding down his spot at second base for the majority of that time. The diminutive California native has played less than 100 games in just two of the past 10 seasons and, entering the 2017 season, has played in a total of 1,398 games for the Red Sox since debuting with the team in 2006.

The four-time All-Star has been a consistent offensive threat throughout his career, hitting for no worse than .278 average in each of his 10 full seasons. He won American League (AL) Rookie of the Year in 2007 after hitting for a .317 average and driving in 50 runs. The following season, Pedroia led the AL in runs scored, hits, and doubles en route to winning the AL Most Valuable Player award. He also won his first of four Gold Glove awards that season.

Cincinnati Reds Trade All-Star Frazier for Prospects

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Cincinnati Reds Trade Frazier
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Theodore “Ted” Catino is an accomplished entrepreneur who cofounded and led Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp. for 25 years and now maintains a business consultancy. An avid sports fan, Ted Catino supports teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cincinnati Reds are currently in a rebuilding mode and made a number of strategic moves in late 2015 to position itself for future success. One major deal involved the trade of veteran third baseman Todd Frazier, who has 2015 All-Star credentials. His 2015 stats included 89 RBIs and 35 home runs, and he impressed local fans by winning the Home Run Derby the night before the All-Star game in Cincinnati.

In a three-team arrangement involving the Dodgers, Frazier will go to the White Sox, and the Reds will receive a trio of prospects from the Dodgers in return. These include outfielder Scott Schebler and infielder/outfielder José Peraza, who were minor-league standouts in 2015 and both gained big-league experience with the Dodgers late in the season. The third player, infielder/outfielder Brandon Dixon, is coming up from a AA affiliate of the Dodgers.

The trade of Frazier, who makes $12 million a year, was not a complete surprise to Cincinnati fans. It follows a recent trend of the team trading high-salary players to make room for up-and-coming talent on the roster.

David Ortiz’s Hall-of-Fame Career

 

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David Ortiz
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After running a successful Ohio-based automotive financing company for over 25 years, Theodore “Ted” Catino moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he has found great satisfaction in helping others start their own businesses as a coach and consultant. In his leisure time, Ted Catino enjoys following the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox have been one of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) most successful franchises in the 21st century, winning three World Series after not winning one since 1918. One of the catalysts behind those three recent championship wins is David Ortiz, the beloved designated hitter who retired following the 2016 season.

Originally signed by the Seattle Mariners as a free agent, Ortiz came to Boston in 2003 and immediately established himself as a middle-of-the-lineup power hitter. He hit 31 homeruns in his debut season with the team and went on to hit at least 23 in each of the next 13 seasons.

His career-best season was in 2006 when he hit an American League-best 54 homeruns and drove in 137 runs. He also led the league in walks with 119. Ortiz played a major role in all three Red Sox championships, including the most recent one in 2013, in which he was named World Series MVP after reaching base successfully in 19 of 25 plate appearances. He finished his career with 541 homeruns, which ranks 17th overall in MLB.