September 28

The Brewers Pitcher Switcheroo May Be Coming Soon To A Game Near

The Milwaukee Brewers challenged traditional position labels all season. They’ve helped push bullpenning forward in the postseason. They’ve been the most forward-thinking club this October in part out of necessity, entering the playoffs with one of the weaker starting rotations in the field.But they’ve never been more radical than they were early in Wednesday afternoon’s Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell stepped out of the visiting dugout at Dodger Stadium and pulled left-handed Brewers starter Wade Miley after he had faced only one Los Angeles batter, the left-handed-hitting Cody Bellinger. Miley was replaced by right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who has limited right-handed batters to a .199 average over the course of his career. It was a premeditated plan, something of a surprise attack, against one of the heaviest platoon teams in the league. While the short-term results did not work in the Brewers’ favor — the Dodgers won 5-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the series — the strategy’s long-term ramifications could be far-reaching. In a season of openers and bullpenning, managers might now have to think more deeply about how much they want to bet on that day’s listed opposing starting pitcher working deep into the game. (Especially if that listed starting pitcher isn’t an ace.) Platoon-heavy lineups are more vulnerable. And game-planning might become more complicated as starting pitcher designations become increasingly less relevant.“Look, they’re trying to get matchups, we’re trying to get matchups,” Counsell said after the game. “They’re a very tough team to get matchups against.”When he takes the mound Friday as the Game 6 starter, Miley will become the first pitcher to start consecutive postseason games since 1930, according to MLB.“It’s not my job to question it. We’re trying to get to the World Series,” Miley told reporters. “This is the strategic side of it. I was in. Everybody bought in.”The Brewers have thrown 75⅔ innings this postseason, but only 26⅔ (35 percent) have been logged by their starting pitchers, distressing traditionalists. Milwaukee’s upside-down approach became extreme Wednesday.It is baseball tradition that teams announce their starting pitching assignments days in advance, even in the playoffs. (Imagine an NFL team announcing its personnel plans in advance of a game.) And because the starting pitcher is typically expected to absorb the lion’s share of innings in any particular game — well, at least until this season of “the opener” — opposing managers often try to create as many favorable matchups as possible within their lineup cards.What has become a common part of daily game-planning — trying to gain platoon advantage against a starting pitcher — might be in jeopardy, particularly in high-stakes games.Because of the angle pitches travel toward home plate and the way pitches break, batters tend to perform better against opposite-handed pitchers. That is, right-handed batters typically perform better against left-handed pitchers and vice versa, gaining what’s known as a platoon advantage. The Dodgers ranked ninth out of 30 Major League teams in platoon advantage, owning it in 57.3 percent of plate appearances.Consider how differently the Dodgers constructed their lineups in this series based on the handedness of the opposing starting pitcher. In Game 3 against right-handed Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin, Dodger manager Dave Roberts penciled in Yasmani Grandal, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig as right-handed-pitching mashers. They were replaced in the lineup Wednesday against the left-handed Miley with David Freese, Chris Taylor and Austin Barnes.The Dodgers were weaker this season facing left-handed pitching than right-handed pitching. They produced .324 on-base and .409 slugging marks against left-handed starters with 101 weighted runs created plus1Weighted runs created plus, or wRC+, adjusts for park and league scoring environments. A mark of 100 is league average. compared with .337 on-base and .458 slugging marks against righties with a 117 wRC+, which ranked second in the game .By starting a left-hander, the Brewers were able to keep some of the Dodgers’ strongest bats against right-handed pitchers out of the game temporarily — though Puig and Pederson eventually entered and combined for four at-bats.Moreover, against the left-handed Miley, the Dodgers featured a weaker defensive lineup. Max Muncy switched from first (where he most often plays) to second base to accommodate Freese at first, forcing Enrique Hernandez from second base to right field, where he replaced Puig. Puig is credited with 24 defensive runs saved over the past two years in right field, ranking second only to Boston’s Mookie Betts.The Dodgers responded with a number of in-game substitutions.In the top of the fourth, Pederson replaced Freese and went to left field. Bellinger switched from center to right, Muncy moved from second to first, and Taylor moved from left to center. Hernandez switched from right to second before he was replaced by a pinch-hitting Puig in the sixth inning, sending Bellinger back to center and Taylor to second. After Brian Dozier pinch-hit for Pederson in the seventh, he took over second, and Taylor went back to left field.Ultimately, Dodger lefty Clayton Kershaw pitched so well — one run allowed over seven innings — and the Dodgers did enough damage off Woodruff (three runs, two earned in 5⅓ innings) that the plan did not yield a win. But in a season of radical strategies, Milwaukee’s move could have a lasting impact. The Brewers are rethinking everything — and baseball just might follow.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

September 28

Was Tressel the ticket to high ticket sales

Ohio State football tickets are scheduled to go on sale for students today at 4 p.m., and some some say coach Jim Tressel’s resignation will change their buying plans. Tressel resigned on Monday after a scandalous offseason, and some students say it has affected their decision to buy tickets. “I’m disappointed that he’s leaving because I thought that Tressel was different from most coaches,” said Mark Rudolph, a first-year in biomedical science. “I bought tickets last year, but I’m not going to this coming year.” One student said she isn’t optimistic about the upcoming season. “It’s not going to be a great football season without him next year,” said Katy Wheeler, a fourth-year in accounting. “But then again, I know it really just comes down the players.” Others don’t think Tressel’s departure will hurt the program’s ticket sales. Tickets will be sold by students’ rank, which is determined by a student’s number of credit hours. Sales will run through June 15, with any unsold tickets going on sale to all ranks at 4 p.m. on June 16. “If I buy tickets next year, I’ll probably just sell them,” said Natalie Zeleznik, a first-year in math and physics. Students can purchase the student season ticket package, which includes tickets to the final five home games of the year. This package includes games versus Colorado, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Indiana and Penn State, respectively. The cost for this package is $170, plus a $10 processing fee, according to OSU’s official website. Some students said Tressel’s resignation wouldn’t prevent them from attending the games. “Tressel is a great coach but no one is bigger than the program,” said Alan Irving, a fourth-year in psychology. “I bought tickets last year, and I’m getting tickets next year. OSU football is a tradition. It’s not just about Jim Tressel.” Students can also buy tickets to home games against Akron and Toledo, which cost $34 each, along with a $2 processing fee. Upgrading to the Block “O” section of the stadium costs an additional $5 per ticket package, as well as a $15 Block “O” membership fee. Students can buy tickets to away games, but must purchase the home game package to be eligible. The prices for away games range from $70 to $90. The only away game ticket to cost $90 gets students into the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Nov. 26, when the Buckeyes play Michigan for the first time in the post-Tressel era. Prior to Tressel’s tenure, the Buckeyes hadn’t beaten the Wolverines in Ann Arbor since 1987. “I got tickets last year, and I’ll come back for a couple next year,” said Matt Gant, a fourth-year in economics. “I expect anywhere from one to four losses next year.” Tressel won’t be the only familiar face not donning scarlet and gray at Ohio Stadium on Saturdays this fall. Five Buckeyes including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Tressel was also to be suspended for the first five games of the season. Columbus’ NBC affiliate reported Tuesday that Pryor has been driving under a suspended license. Pryor arrived at a team meeting Monday night at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in a Nissan 350Z with temp tags on it. read more

September 17

Haitian Migrants Apprehended

first_img Related Items:apprehended, coral harbour, haitian, migrants, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Haitian Flag 213 Years old now Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base 4February 2016 (RBDF)…The Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft, Lawrence Major, under the command of Acting Lieutenant Commander Milton Munroe apprehended a vessel with approximately forty seven (38 males, 7 females and 2 children) Haitian nationals around 8p.m.The vessel was intercepted at approximately 284° Hog Cay Ragged Island. All migrants were transferred to Lawrence Major and transported to Nassau for further processing. Recommended for you Thousands of Haitian mark Flag Day differently in TCI for 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 108 Haitians intercepted thanks to radarlast_img read more

September 17

McAvennie praises Ryan Christie

first_imgThe former Celtic footballer says the 23-year-old was lucky after taking his chance to impress at the Scottish teamScottish midfielder Ryan Christie has been with Celtic since 2015.He was loaned to Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Aberdeen.But his better performances came after two teammates got injured and the 23-year-old got his chance.“It just shows you the part luck plays in football. If Ntcham and Brown hadn’t got injured Christie might also have been on his way,” said former Celtic player Frank McAvennie to The Herald of Scotland.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“But he’s in. It’s all about taking that chance and he’s done it.”“I’ll be honest with you about Christie and admit I thought he would move on because he wasn’t good enough. Every time someone touched him he went down,” he explained.“Brendan Rodgers has built him up. He’s a wonderful player now. Now he can take someone putting the head on him.”“That’s what living in Glasgow for a while does to you. After a difficult summer Celtic have re-established their grip on the domestic game and have moved back on top of the Premier League table,” he commented.“The first trophy of the season is up for grabs on Sunday as Celtic do battle with Aberdeen at Hampden for the Betfred League Cup and Celtic can only beat themselves.”last_img read more

August 30

You Never Ever Want to Run Your Business Like Gogo

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 25, 2016 5 min read Register Now » Ho-hum. Another day, another $15.95 lost to Gogo Inflight Internet. The guy next to me on my flight to Miami has his arms crossed, peering at his laptop screen – I can, figuratively, see the steam rising from his head. The lady across the aisle I see has just given up and ordered another drink. Good for her. I get it. This is life in the air. This is a world with Gogo – the Internet service that doesn’t work as promised.Related: Surprising Tricks: How to Sleep on a PlaneThe comedian Louis CK has a great routine where he makes fun of airline passengers that complain. He mentions a guy sitting next to him who’s frustrated that his Internet doesn’t work. “You’re sitting in a chair,” he says. “In the SKY! How can you not be grateful?” He’s right. We should all be more appreciative that we’re hurtling through the clouds at 500 MPH to our destination where we arrive (mostly) on time and almost all the time safely. It really is a modern miracle.So why do we complain about Gogo? It’s not because we don’t appreciate that we have access to the Internet while flying. That is also a miracle. But it would take a miracle if it actually worked as promised. That’s what makes customers mad. It’s paying for a service and the service is not being delivered.You can pay up to $30 for Internet on some flights — $30! That was Gogo’s idea to fix things — charging more discourages people from using the service and thereby improves bandwidth. It’s another brilliant idea…that failed. When people pay this kind of money to get access to the Internet they have this crazy, insane expectation that the company who is pocketing their money will actually give them something in return.But is that service provided? No. I’m cool that we can’t stream video. Or that it’s markedly slower than on the ground. I’m ready for that. But my experience with Gogo fails on many other levels. I am not kidding here, I’m probably forced to turn off my laptop and read a book (or write a blog like this one) at least 50 percent of the time. Maybe more. I’m not asking for my money back because I don’t’ want to waste the time. I hate doing that. It’s not the money. It’s the promise. Gogo just doesn’t work. It freezes. It disconnects. It absorbs one key-click every 10 minutes. It is truly unworkable half the time. And I’m just checking email. Is it because I’m over a lake right now? Or passing through a mountain range? Whatever…I’m still paying, Gogo. I’m still paying!Related: United, American Airlines to Once Again Offer Free Snacks to Coach TravelersIn its defense, Gogo’s no different than many other tech companies. For years I’ve suffered from technology that doesn’t work very well — printers that inexplicably go offline, software that freezes, database errors and network problems. That’s why so many technology companies either charge maintenance or require us to rent their products. In either case, we’re paying a monthly fee to fund an army of developer geeks in Silicon Valley and customer service reps in India who waste our time fixing problems that wouldn’t be a problem if the company just delivered what was originally promised. For a tech company, “working” means functional 90 percent of the time.Thank God these people don’t build airplanes.Which brings me back to Gogo. It’s not just me, my seat mate and the poor lady across the aisle taking solace from her her second Bloody Mary who are annoyed with them. American Airlines last week sued Gogo to get out of their contract. In effect, American said to Gogo “your service sucks and our competitors are using better technology – so go away, GoGo.” Go get ‘em American! If we weren’t going through turbulence right now I’d give you a standing ovation. So would Ms. Bloody Mary, I’m sure, if she were able to stand at all. American dropped the lawsuit just this week, but the message is loud clear: fix your crappy service or you’re outta here.American can do this because American, for all that people may complain about the airline industry, actually does what they say they’re going to do. They get us safely to our destination. Sure, sometimes events beyond their control preclude them from doing this on time. But they step up and deal with these problems. I fly a lot — I’m an Executive Platinum on American which I’m told is the top of the depressing business-traveler heap. Traveling really does suck at times. But I’m amazed at how well this industry works. I’m surprised that American has put up with Gogo’s lousy service for so long.Related: 5 Traveling Tips for Startups on a BudgetSo what’s the lesson here? Don’t mislead people like Gogo does. Do what you say you’re going to do. Don’t take people’s money for something that works maybe half the time. It’s not a good way to do business. And it’s certainly not a long term recipe for profits. Unless you’re Gogo’s attorneys. last_img read more

August 4

As you can tell from the chart above the gold pri

center_img The HUI opened in positive territory, but that didn’t last—and by 10:15 a.m. EDT, the low tick was in.  Then the gold stocks spent most of the remainder of the day climbing back into positive territory.  They actually made it by 2:15 p.m.—but then rolled 15 minutes later, along with the gold price—and the HUI closed down 0.71%. As far as silver was concerned, there was a bit of a spike around 9 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Monday—and after that price spike got dealt with, not much happened for the remainder of the day. The high and low tick were recorded as $19.875 and $19.58 in the July contract. Silver was closed at $19.67 spot on Monday—and unchanged from Friday.  The close looked so deliberate, it appeared that someone might have got a prize for it.  Volume, net of roll-overs, was pretty decent at 32,000 contracts. I have a LOT of stories today—and I hope you have the time to read the ones that interest you. “A tragic irony of the past few years is that Precious Metal sector investors thought that they were protecting themselves from the consequences of the reckless extravagance of the political and ruling class, but have been made to look stupid, as not only has the sector suffered huge losses over the past 3 years, but mainstream investments have risen relentlessly. This has had the effect of “rubbing salt into the wound”. What has happened is that PM sector investors have underestimated the survival instincts of the ruling class, who will stop at nothing to preserve their position, up to and including mortgaging the future of everyone (except themselves) to keep the party going today, and they have even used the unusual conditions as an excuse to plunder the accounts of savers via eliminated interest payments and funnel their wealth into their pockets. It’s the equivalent of a guy who borrows from his family and friends and everyone he knows to go on a wild gambling spree in Las Vegas – one day he is going to have to come home and “face the music”. The excesses of 2008 have not been addressed or corrected at all – instead they have been compounded, and that guarantees a worse collapse later, which is now looming.” – Clive Maund: 09 June 2014 I wasn’t overly happy with yesterday’s price action in gold, as it was obvious that whatever rally occurred during the Far East trading session was dealt with in the usual fashion, as volume was really big for that time of day—and that particular day of the week.  Then once the top was in—and that occurred about ten minutes before London opened, as I was watching the screen at the time, it was quietly downhill for the remainder of the trading session. Barn Swallow Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in October 2012 and using 0.3 g/t cutoff  the current resource is 73,580,000 tonnes grading 0.67 g/t Au for total of 1,576,000 contained ounces in the indicated category, and 223,300,000 tonnes grading 0.62 g/t Au for a total of 4,437,000 contained ounces in the inferred category. In addition to the Golden Summit Project the Vinasale also hosts a NI 43-101 resource calculation which was updated in March 2013. Indicated resources are 3.41 million tonnes averaging 1.48 g/t Au for 162,000 ounces, and Inferred resources are 53.25 million tonnes averaging 1.05 g/t Au for 1,799,000 ounces of gold utilizing a cutoff value of 0.5 grams/tonne (g/t) as a possible open pit cutoff. Please send us an email for more information, [email protected] Tree Swallowlast_img read more