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The Reds Pitching Might Be The Worst Of All Time

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GAMES 2013Houston Astros16251111+2.0 “This ball is killed into left center field,” Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman intoned glumly on Monday as Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward blasted a ball deep into the Chicago night. “And that’s a home run” — the Cubs’ third of the night.Brennaman could be forgiven for his lack of enthusiasm. The Reds are 63-87, 32 games out of first place in the NL Central, and he’s had to make the same call 242 times so far this season. With two weeks left to play, the Reds’ pitchers have allowed the most home runs of any team in major league history. It’s a staggering total: Cincy hurlers allow an average of 1.6 homers every 9 innings, or one every 21.2 at-bats (meaning they effectively turned average NL hitters into Larry Doby or Joe Carter).But it’s also symptomatic of a pitching staff that is, by another measure, the worst ever — and the only one in history that would have been better off being stocked with replacement-level players instead.The Reds have struggled to build an effective staff for a looooong time, having broken league-average in fielding independent pitching only twice in the past 21 seasons. (And this is even after accounting for Cincinnati’s home parks, which have tended to inflate scoring.) But this season’s version has taken bad pitching and elevated it into some kind of twisted art form.Last year’s Reds staff also struggled. It posted MLB’s sixth-worst strikeout-to-walk ratio and allowed its ninth-most homers per 9 innings despite having access to a few pretty good pitchers — most notably, Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman — for most of the season. But Cueto and Chapman were both gone by the start of the 2016 season, and that’s when Cincinnati’s real problems began. In April, the Reds posted the league’s worst FIP, and they haven’t looked back: They were also the worst in May, in June and in September. (They were “only” 10th-worst in July and eighth-worst in August.)The cumulative effect of all that badness has been, in FanGraphs’ estimation, the least-valuable staff by wins above replacement in modern MLB history1Going back to 1901, when the American League started. That is widely considered the beginning of modern MLB history.: 1955Kansas City Athletics1556391+1.8 2006Kansas City Royals16262100+0.5 1915Philadelphia Athletics15443109+0.3 1982Minnesota Twins16260102+0.9 1964Kansas City Athletics16357105+1.4 1998Florida Marlins16254108+1.5 1977San Diego Padres1626993+1.7 1966New York Mets1616695+1.7 YEARTEAMTOTALWINSLOSSESPITCHER WAR 2016Cincinnati Reds1506387-1.0 Source: FanGraphs MLB’s worst pitching staffs since 1901, by WAR Indeed, that’s an understatement. Somehow the Reds have been the only staff in MLB history to post a cumulative WAR below the replacement level. Not every Cincinnati hurler has been historically bad — Anthony DeSclafani has done admirable work, leading the team with 1.9 WAR, and Raisel Iglesias has 1.3 WAR with a superb 3.30 FIP. But by the logic of the theory that underpins WAR, the Reds’ sub-replacement tally means they could have stocked their entire pitching staff with nothing but freely available fringe players and AAA callups, and they’d have won an additional game. To find another team that could say that, you’d need to hark back 127 years (!!) to the 1890 Pittsburgh Alleghenys, whose 23-113 record still stands as second-worst in the long annals of major-league failure.But that’s just according to FanGraphs’ model of WAR, which parcels out pitching credit (or, in this case, blame) based on FIP. Baseball-Reference.com’s competing WAR model2Which, in the interest of full disclosure, I helped design. uses runs allowed — a fielding dependent statistic — as its starting point, before accounting for a pitcher’s defensive support using fielding metrics. Oftentimes, the two varieties of WAR will be in agreement, but they do not see eye to eye on Cincinnati’s place in baseball history: According to the B–R version, not only are the Reds not the worst staff ever, but their 4.3 pitching WAR is only the fourth-worst tally of 2016.The reason is simple. As gawdawful as the Reds’ fielding-independent numbers have been, Cincinnati pitchers have also overseen a .289 batting average on balls in play, seventh-lowest in baseball. FanGraphs’ WAR doesn’t care about this, seeing it as an artifact of luck and good fielding behind the Reds’ dreadful pitchers — but B–R’s version gives the pitchers some measure of credit for suppressing opposing BABIP, particularly because Cincinnati’s defenders score poorly in advanced fielding metrics such as defensive runs saved above average.Which approach is correct? That’s been a matter of no small debate among baseball wonks, but uber-wonk Tom Tango (MLB’s newly minted Statcast Czar) probably has the right idea when he advocates for averaging the two methods. Luckily, Dan Hirsch’s excellent site, The Baseball Gauge, allows users to create their own custom WAR metric,3And to download the raw data from their custom metric here, which is a great service to the research community. with an option to average B–R’s WAR with a FIP-based method à la FanGraphs. By that combined method, the 2016 Reds are bad — 29th-worst since 1901 — but not the worst. (That mantle belongs to the 1995 San Francisco Giants, whose combination of a horrible FIP and a mediocre BABIP — despite league-leading fielding metrics — was enough to dissatisfy all versions of WAR.)But even though this year’s Reds (probably) aren’t the worst staff ever assembled, it’s been a painful season for Brennaman and anyone else forced to watch them give up one gopher ball after another. Fans in Cincinnati can only hope that an offseason spent scouring the free-agency market for pitching will help close the book on one of the ugliest performances since people first started hurling a mass of hide-covered yarn and cork into a catcher’s mitt. read more

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All political parties should work together for masses

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first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday urged all political parties to work together for the welfare of the masses. The Chief Minister’s statement assumes great political significance ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.The parties working with a common manifesto to support the working class and downtrodden people will get support from Trinamool Congress, said Mamata Banerjee on the 21st anniversary of the party, which was formed on January 1, 1998. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Banerjee has called a historic rally at the Brigade Parade ground on January 19, which Opposition leaders like Arvind Kejriwal, former BJP Union minister Yashwant Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha, Chandrababu Naidu, Akhilesh Yadav and Sonia Gandhi are likely to attend. Banerjee hopes that the minor differences among the parties will be ironed out and the Opposition will be united to oust BJP from power at the Lok Sabha polls this year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee tweeted on Tuesday: “Today @AITCofficial turns 21. The journey which began on January 1, 1998 has been full of struggles, but we have been steadfast in our resolve to fight for the people #Trinamool21. We are thankful to Maa-Mati-Manush for their constant support and the workers who work hard 365 days a year for the people. A big salute to you.” All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and party MP Abhishek Banerjee said the people will fight to establish a non-communal democratic government at the Centre that will work for the masses. The flag of the party was hoisted at Trinamool’s headquarter by Subrata Bakshi, party MP and state president. Flags were hoisted atop the party offices in the districts as well. Colourful processions were taken out in different areas to celebrate the foundation day, which were attended by people coming from all walks of life. The leaders and workers of the party pledged to oust BJP from the Centre. On the party’s foundation day, the Chief Minister said that note ban had affected Indian economy badly and the worst sufferers were the farmers, working class and small traders. Hundreds of people had lost their jobs and farmers committed suicide. “BJP does not respect the Indian Constitution and is inciting one community against another. Lynching has taken place in different parts of the country. They have spread hate politics,” she added. For the past one month, TMC leaders have been visiting the districts and attending meetings urging people to attend the rally on January 19. A record number of people are likely to attend the meeting. Mamata Banerjee is likely to announce the roadmap on the day, which will be followed to oust BJP from power at the Centre.last_img read more

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Youll Never Guess How This Gadget Gets Its Power

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first_img 2 min read Say goodbye to power cords and even to wireless charging stations. The old-fashioned way of charging electronics simply isn’t good enough for the makers of a new smartwatch called PowerWatch. There’s apparently no need when this smartwatch uses your body heat to maintain its charge.The PowerWatch is the result of five years of research and development by Menlo Park, Calif.-based Matrix Industries — with a core team consisting of PhD graduates from Caltech, MIT, Harvard, and University of California, San Diego.Related: Here’s Navdy, a New Gadget That Can Make Your Old Car SmartThe watch uses thermoelectric technology to convert changes in heat to electric power. As the company’s Indiegogo page claims, it’s technology that NASA has used to power the Voyager spacecraft and Curiosity, the mars rover. So far, the technology hasn’t appeared much in consumer applications.My initial thought was, that’s neat, but what happens when you take the watch off and don’t wear it for several days? If it goes dead and there’s no power cord, do you have to wear it until it powers up again? The Indiegogo page says the PowerWatch “goes to sleep and runs off battery power where it draws a tiny amount of current. Put it back on and it turns on with the correct time.”Related: Soon, the Floor in Your House Could Be Your Next Energy SourceLike other smartwatches, the PowerWatch delivers notifications, tells the time, and is able to measure things like calories burned, activity level, and sleep.So far, the PowerWatch has raised about $45,000 of its $100,000 fundraising goal, with two months still remaining. Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals November 14, 2016last_img read more

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The world according to Travel Detective Peter Greenberg

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first_imgPROVIDENCE, RI — Anyone who’s heard CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg talk about the travel industry knows he doesn’t mince words.At Collette’s Global Travel Forum, taking place in Providence, RI this week, Greenberg had a few choice things to say about airlines, OTAs and selfie-obsessed travellers, and he let loose in a hilarious and insightful keynote address.Greenberg says there’s still a place for traditional travel retailers and suppliers, now more than ever.His rapid-fire presentation hit on everything from airlines, hotels and cruise lines to the importance of bringing the art of conversation back to selling travel.Here’s a round up of some of his quotes and insights, from his keynote speech on day 1 of the Collette forum on June 21:“All the technology in the world can never take over from common sense.”“The U.S. Department of State now has travel advisories for every country in the world. Americans are cowering in their own homes.”“Today is National Selfie Day. We have become a society that is obsessed with documenting ourselves. Who thinks a great photo has to include you in it?”“America has become home of the brave, land of the fee.”“The unofficial motto for airlines seems to be ‘We’re not happy until you’re not happy’. The travel experience has been degraded on an almost exponential basis.”“Marriott is opening a new hotel every 14 hours. For Hilton, it’s a new hotel every 16 hours. Airbnb now controls 7% of the world’s rooms.”Greenberg says in his experience, talking to travellers, “they don’t want to hear that India is incredible, or Barbados is beautiful.” They want practical, helpful information about getting to and travelling in that country. “We’re forgetting there’s an audience out there that wants a conversation. That’s where you come in. You can be proactive. You can initiate that conversation.”“It’s not about the rate, it’s about the value, it’s about asking all the questions that they need to ask. That’s transformative.” He adds: “My transformative technology is my mouth and my ears. We’ve gone full circle.”“Three words: genuine, authentic, curated. Yes, I can hear you groaning. You’ve already heard these words too much. But that’s what people want.”Greenberg told a story about a hotel he stayed at recently, likening it to the dilapidated, creepy hotel in the movie The Shining. “There was blood on the wall. There was stuffing coming out of the couch. The door handle fell off in my hand.” Just as the bellman was about to leave, he gave Greenberg his card, to call him if he needed anything. “And there was a line on his card that said ‘Post a good review on Trip Advisor and get 10% off’. They were incentivizing me to lie.” Instead of posting a review, he showed the card during one of his TV travel segments and told the story.OTAs got popular “because people didn’t want to have a conversation. They wanted technology to take its place.”“Kids stay free deals, eat free deals, resort fees, free parking – online bookings don’t always tell you about things like that.”“Anyone who tells you ‘there’s an app for that’ – they’re lazy.”“Fear is the worst 4-letter word.”“We’re going to see unbelievable brand consolidation. Marriott is just the beginning.”“I still have a subscription to the printed version of the OAG and I can find a flight faster in that thing than anyone can online.”“You need to initiate and transform the conversation. Without that, the technology will kill you.”“We have to figure out a way to reinvent the conversation. We have to initiate and continue that conversation. You shared with [your clients] something they didn’t know and that’s why they came back to you.“We have too many people chasing fire trucks and not enough people explaining fire.” Posted by The world according to ‘Travel Detective’ Peter Greenberg Share Friday, June 22, 2018 last_img read more

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