Atlanta Braves Select Kyle Wright Fifth Overall in MLB Draft

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Kyle Wright

A retired rear admiral (RADM) in the United States Navy, David F. Baucom managed fleet and ashore logistics, trained officers, and served a stint as a military aide to President Ronald Reagan. In retirement, David Baucom enjoys following his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the Atlanta Braves.

The MLB Draft was held from June 12 to 14 and consisted of 40 rounds for teams to fill out its minor league systems and potentially find a future franchise player. Atlanta hopes it found just that with its first pick, fifth overall, which it used to select right-handed pitcher Kyle Wright.  A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Wright spent the past three seasons pitching for Vanderbilt University, where he compiled a win-loss record of 19-11 to go along with a 2.79 earned run average and 290 strikeouts in 255 innings.

ESPN’s Keith Law touted Wright as the best pitcher available in the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft. The 21-year-old can hit up to 96 miles per hour with his fastball and has an above-average slider and changeup with a good command of all pitches. He is the 10th Vanderbilt pitcher to be selected in the first round of the draft since the Tampa Bay Rays chose David Price with the first overall pick in 2007.

Washington Capitals among Early Favorites for 2018 Stanley Cup

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Washington Capitals

David F. Baucom is a retired rear admiral (RADM) in the United States Navy who served in a variety of capacities throughout his 35-year career. While stationed in Washington, D.C., David Baucom became a fan of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals (NHL).

The Washington Capitals had yet another disappointing playoff stint, but that hasn’t stopped Vegas oddsmakers from selecting the team as one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup in 2018. Washington has finished first or second in its division in nine of the past 10 seasons, yet the team has failed to advance beyond the second round of the playoffs. The team posted a franchise-record 56 wins in 2015-16 and lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the playoffs and, following a 55-win season in 2016-17, Washington again lost to Pittsburgh in round two.

Yet, despite the lack of playoff success in the past decade and an uncertain roster with numerous prominent players heading for free agency, Bovada recently gave 12-1 odds on the Capitals winning the Stanley Cup next season. Pittsburgh was given the best odds at 9-1, but the Capitals share equal odds with Chicago, Edmonton, and Tampa Bay. Capitals’ players Kevin Shattenkirk, T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams, and Karl Alzner are all unrestricted free agents, meaning they can receive contract offers from all of the league’s 31 teams, but the Capitals still boast an impressive roster, including Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Adopt an Animal at the Sydney Zoo

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Sydney Zoo

A member of professional organizations such as the National Defense Industrial Association, David F. Baucom served as a White House military aide to President Reagan and as a Rear Admiral (RADM) in the U.S. Navy. In his leisure time, David Baucom enjoys traveling and visiting sites such as the Sydney Zoo in Australia.

The Taronga Sydney Zoo offers the opportunity for you to adopt an animal, allowing you to participate in its conservation efforts. For instance, you can choose to adopt an Asian elephant, a species which struggles to maintain its numbers.

Other animals available for adoption include bilbies, meerkats, red pandas, Sumatran tigers, and Tasmanian devils. Your tax-deductible donations to adopt the animal of your choice extend for a year and may be paid in monthly installments or all at once. These donations fund the zoo’s education and research programs for endangered species, as well as breeding programs and habitat preservation efforts.

For more information about the various giving levels and benefits of choosing to adopt an animal at the Taronga Sydney Zoo, visit

The American Spirit – the Latest Publication from David McCullough

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The American Spirit

In 2016, Rear Admiral (RADM) David F. Baucom retired from the U.S. Navy. He is now the senior director at Vintun LLC, an information services company in Alexandria, Virginia. Away from his professional endeavors, David Baucom enjoys reading history books written by authors such as David McCullough.

A two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, David McCullough has written multiple best-selling books, including Mornings on Horseback, The Wright Brothers, and 1776. McCullough’s work covers everything from influential US political figures to the greatest strides in American innovation.

Most recently, McCullough released a collection of his speeches, titled The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For. The new book features addresses given by McCullough between 1989 and 2016 at the White House, before Congress, and to university audiences, among others. The American Spirit considers the various characteristics and principles that are unique to the United States.