To concentrate on managing his family investments, Geoffrey J. Block left Wall Street and established an investment holding firm in 2013. He also formed the Lowcountry Strong Foundation, which partners with community members to help residents of South Carolina Lowcountry. Outside of work, Geoff Block enjoys listening to music and is a fan of Lionel Richie.
A native of Tuskegee, Alabama, Lionel Richie is world-renowned for creating hits such as Hello and Endless Love. He has won four Grammy awards, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, and scores of other accolades. Mr. Richie has also put much effort into charity work. He co-founded USA Africa in 1985 to provide help to Africa, which was experiencing a devastating famine.
Collaborating with the biggest stars in the music world, the original recording of We Are the World helped raise over $60 million for the relief effort. Mr. Richie was recognized as MusicCares Person of the Year in 2016 for a record fundraising of $7 million to be used to provide much-needed help to people in music experiencing hardship. He has also expended support to other nonprofit organizations, including Tuskegee University, The Breast Cancer Foundation, and Unicef.
An established Bluffton, South Carolina entrepreneur, Geoffrey “Geoff” J. Block guides the firm RLB Squared, LLC, as operations manager. A longtime volunteer athletics coach, Geoff Block is a passionate fan of New York teams such as the Giants and the Yankees.
Having fallen just short of the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series in 2019, the Yankees are shaping up to be a serious contender for 2020. As reported by Empire Sports Media, the Yankees have top-to-bottom offensive firepower paired with a pitching staff that is one of the most solid in the AL West.
With Luis Severino, James Paxton, and Masahiro Tanaka displaying consistency throughout the 2019 season, the only potential weak spot is J.A. Happ. Susceptible to long-ball hitters, Happ had one of the highest ERAs among starting pitchers in the league last year. That said, Happ is a veteran athlete who has demonstrated over the years that he knows how to shut down opponents when it counts.
Hedging bets, general manager Brian Cashman made the major offseason acquisition of Gerrit Cole from the Astros in a nine-year, $324 million deal. Having achieved a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts en route to a 20-5 season, Cole is now the highest paid pitcher in the Major Leagues.
Should any of the starting rotation falter, the Yankees have solid talents such as Jordan Montgomery and Domingo German, who will be returning from injury in a few months, waiting in the wings.
Geoffrey “Geoff” Block has spent nearly 7 years as the manager of RLB Squared, LLC, a holding company located in Bluffton, South Carolina. In this position he manages employees and all daily operations at the company. Away from work, Geoff J. Block is an avid sports fan. He volunteers as a local coach and instructor in various sports, and enjoys supporting New York City sports teams, including the Knicks and Yankees.
The New York Yankees are, by many metrics, the most accomplished professional sports team in North America, with 27 World Series titles over the course of nearly 117 seasons. The team’s championship success has come in several distinct eras. Following 22 title-less years and consecutive World Series defeats, the Yankees, led by Babe Ruth, captured the first of 27 titles with a 4-2 series win over their crosstown rival Giants in 1923. The Yankees appeared in three of the following five World Series, winning sweeps in 1927 and 1928.
After a third sweep in 1932, the franchise’s first run of dominance began in 1936. Beginning with a 4-2 series victory against the Giants, the Yankees won four consecutive championships, and a total of six out of eight. After a brief “lull” saw the team win just one title in five seasons, New York appeared in 14 of 16 championship series from 1949 through 1964, winning nine, for a total of 20.
Despite the high standards set by the franchise, the Yankees have managed a number of strong runs since their dynasty days. The team won back-to-back titles in 1977 and 1978, following a loss to the Cincinnati Reds in 1976. More recently, the Yankees enjoyed four titles out of six World Series appearances between 1996 and 2003, including three in a row from 1998 to 2000. The 27th and most recent New York Yankees World Series championship came with a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009.