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Angels manager Joe Maddon questions defensive metrics that rate Mike Trout poorly

first_imgMLB’s Statcast system rates Trout in the 9th percentile of outfielders in terms of Outs Above Average, which is a function of the balls he catches given the time and distance required to make the catch. He’s also in the 1st percentile in terms of the efficiency of his jumps.Other metrics, like Defensive Runs Saved, are manually calculated using the location on the field. Those can penalize outfielders for their positioning. Trout often plays deeper than other outfielders because his preference is to come in, and it also gives him more time to avoid full-speed collisions with the wall. The negative is that more balls fall in front of him.Trout has said he’s well aware of these numbers and has worked to improve them, which he did at one point. It’s possible this year’s regression is a small sample size issue.Maddon said he also didn’t understand the way the metrics knocked Nicholas Castellanos when the Chicago Cubs got him from the Detroit Tigers a year ago. He said the metrics often have “no context whatsoever.”RECORD CARDA Trout rookie baseball card set a record on Saturday night by selling for $3.936 million at an auction. The 2009 Bowman Draft Prospects Card broke the previous record of $3.12 million for a Honus Wagner card in 2016.Dave Oancea, who sold the Trout card, had purchased it on eBay for $400,000 in 2018.SPECIAL EVENTThe Angels will play the Cleveland Indians in next year’s Little League Classic, a regular season game set to coincide with the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.The teams will play the first two games of the weekend series in Cleveland before traveling to Williamsport for the finale on Aug. 21, 2021. It will be an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball broadcast.The game is at Bowman Field, which is a Class-A ballpark in Williamsport that has been upgraded to host one major league game a year since 2017. This year’s game was cancelled because of the pandemic.Last August, Maddon managed the Chicago Cubs against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Williamsport. Maddon said “the way MLB pulls it off is pretty spectacular.”He said the Little Leaguers meet the major leaguers at the plane. The big leaguers attend the Little League games during the day, and the kids go to the big league game that night.“That’s what we really have to promote and get into and make sure the kids understand what this game is all about,” Maddon said.The event is particularly special to Maddon, who grew up in Pennsylvania and still has a house about an hour from Williamsport.NO PUJOLS AGAINAlbert Pujols had not been out of the Angels lineup in consecutive games without an injury until last weekend, and by sitting on Saturday and Sunday he’s now done it twice in a week.Maddon said Pujols, 40, understands, and they’ve had “several conversations.” Pujols is hitting .208 with a .625 OPS.The return of Andrelton Simmons is likely to result in more days on the bench for Pujols. On Sunday, Simmons started at shortstop, with David Fletcher at second and Tommy La Stella at first. Shohei Ohtani was the DH.“If you’re writing that lineup down yourself, I’m sure you’d write it the same way,” Maddon said.ALSOAnthony Rendon extended his hitting streak to 13 games with two more hits. Rendon is hitting .481 (25 for 52) in the streak…Maddon was ejected in the sixth inning after arguing a check swing. Bench coach Mike Gallego managed the rest of the game…The Angels reinstated left-hander Jose Quijada from the injured list, but he is remaining at the alternate training site in Long Beach. In order to create a spot for Quijada on the 40-man roster, the Angels designated Michael Hermosillo for assignment. A day after Mike Trout saved the Angels with a diving catch, Joe Maddon said he wasn’t buying the defense metrics that have dogged Trout’s defense.“I can’t see that at all,” the Angels manager said. “These things are created because people have to find things to do. And I don’t know. I’m not into it.”It’s an old story. For most of Trout’s career, a variety of advanced defensive metrics have rated him worse in center field than fans or coaches or anyone using the eye test.It is one of the reasons that the Gold Glove is conspicuously absent from Trout’s trophy case. It is now awarded based partly on those metrics.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Topsy Turvy World of Alice in Wonderland Comes to Life in…

first_imgFacebook112Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Studio West Dance TheatreJump down the rabbit hole and hang on to your teacups! You are in for a fantastical ride as Studio West Dance Theatre brings the wacky wonderful world of Alice in Wonderland to the Olympia stage. Performances will take place May 3 – 5 at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.Studio West first premiered the ballet in Olympia in 2014, and it was an instant audience favorite. Alice in Wonderland is arguably one of the most oft quoted stories of all time, so it was quite daunting for Stephanie Wood-Ennett to consider bringing this story to the stage as a ballet, without any dialog. “The characters of Alice in Wonderland are so iconic, and yet there is no blueprint on how the choreography or the staging should look. The freedom to interpret the story and create our own vision was also the challenge in mounting this production.”To bring Alice’s iconic scenes and characters to life, Stephanie and her co-choreographers, Marianna Ramsour and Erin Pattillo, chose music that inspired their vision for each scene: the serene beauty of ocean waves for the Sea of Tears, the allure of the captivating Caterpillar, the quirky gestures of the preening Flamingos. “We gave ourselves the freedom to choose music that visually illustrates each scene or character, no matter the genre. You will hear classical, romantic tango, Middle Eastern, and selections from movie scores. Each scene stands alone, and yet they all fit perfectly together to allow this familiar story to unfold in unexpected ways. Honestly, we didn’t know how it would all come together when we started the production, but our audience members loved it, and told us they had discovered something new and exciting in this beloved and familiar story.”This year’s performance of Alice in Wonderland promises to be even more elaborate than the debut production. Alice’s stage manager, Rachel Zeigler, shares “We are so excited to be doing Alice again, so we can implement all the ideas we’ve been coming up with since our last run. We want even more wonkiness, more color, and more scenery to fully immerse our audience in Wonderland. We have added three new professional backdrops to the show, more roles and costumes, and more Cheshire Cat appearances.”The heart of the production still remains with the talented and graceful dancers who impart their own personality and artistry to these quirky characters. Cole McMason, who has been a student with Studio West for the past nine years, has the double pleasure of performing in the Alice in Wonderland production for both Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) and Studio West. He was featured in the corps de ballet in OBT’s production, and is now dancing in the role of the White Rabbit in Studio West’s upcoming Alice. Cole shares his experience balancing work in both productions “It was crazy for about 5 weeks when I was rehearsing for both productions at the same time, 6 hours a day, 6 days a week, but I loved it, and I learned so much! Watching the OBT principal dancer in the role of White Rabbit, I saw that much of his rehearsal time was spent on perfecting the little mannerisms that brings a rabbit to life, the little hops, the way he stands or holds his paws, so that every moment on stage, the audience sees a rabbit, not a man in a rabbit costume. It’s those mannerisms and characteristics that I work on and incorporate into my performance.”Cole is currently studying on a full merit scholarship at OBT while continuing to rehearse and dance at Studio West on weekends. “Studio West will always be home to me – it’s where I fell in love with dance. When I come back on weekends to take class and rehearse, I feel like I’m still a part of the studio. My friends are here, and we dance and connect like we’ve always done. I hope I can continue to stay connected.”Don’t be late for this very important date! Matinee and evening performances are at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, May 3 – 5. Tickets are available at the box office, 360-753-8586, or online at The Washington Center for Performing Arts website. Photo courtesy: Studio West Dance Theatre Photo courtesy: Studio West Dance Theatre Photo courtesy: Studio West Dance Theatre Photo courtesy: Studio West Dance Theatre Photo courtesy: Studio West Dance Theatrelast_img read more

English Premier League faces suspension as Coronavirus woes hit England

first_imgImage Courtesy: GettyAdvertisement mh8NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs0rWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb27( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6cWould you ever consider trying this?😱5cuCan your students do this? 🌚liliq0Roller skating! Powered by Firework The novel Coronavirus, originated in the city of Wuhan in China, found its way into Europe. The sports scene in the continent has taken a big hit from the pandemic, and the most impactful decisions were the cancellation of Serie A and La Liga matches, and also UEFA suspending all Champions League and Europa League games of the coming week. Now, one of the most famous football league in the world, the English Premier League is now postponed until April, along with other English football fixtures.Advertisement Image Courtesy: GettyThe news came on the heels of UEFA suspending the Champions League and Europa League matches today. Following an emergency meeting, it was decided that the top flight of English football would be put on hold for atleast three weeks amongst the virus outbreak in the country, until April 3rd.Along with Premier League, the suspension includes all EFL Championship, League One and League Two matches, along with the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship. Additionally, all academy and youth team fixtures have also faced postponement.Advertisement “This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the COVID-19 virus,” an official statement was released following the emergency meeting.Along with cancelling the matches, the clubs were also advised to drop all non-football activities, including player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings during the suspension period.Advertisement Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was tested positive for coronavirus, along with Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.Liverpool gaffer Jürgen Klopp opened up to the club’s supporters about the decision from the authorities.“Today’s decision and announcement is being implemented with the motive of keeping people safe. Because of that we support it completely,” Klopp said in a publication in the club’s official website.Liverpool, who are eyeing their first title in 30 years, have to undergo this disruption of the league until they get their hands on the trophy, provided everything moves forward smoothly post-suspension.“We have seen members of teams we compete against become ill. This virus has shown that being involved in football offers no immunity. To our rival clubs and individuals who are affected and to those who later will become so, you are in our thoughts and prayers,”  Klopp added.Also read:All the sports, leagues and promotions that have been suspended due to Conoravirus Advertisementlast_img read more

100 most wholesome tweets you’d read after Liverpool win the Premier League title

first_imgAdvertisement aobe1NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs94c66zxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eocd( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 71w4dWould you ever consider trying this?😱b47imCan your students do this? 🌚poRoller skating! Powered by Firework Thirty years, the fans of Liverpool FC kept patience for the Premier League trophy to come to Mersyside. Finally, with a star studded, Champions League and Club World Cup winning squad and under the marvellous guidance of Jürgen Klopp, the Reds have won the league, three decades since their last one in the 1989-90 season, when the league was still known as the ‘First Division’. Even under the troubling times of the COVID-19 pandemic and past three months of uncertainty, the moments are glorious at the Anfield.Advertisement The title race between Liverpool’s 19th trophy versus the defending champions Manchester City ended after Chelsea snatched a 2-1 victory over Pep and his side yesterday at Stamford Bridge. With 86 points from 31 matches, Liverpool finishes the trophy run with still seven games remaining, as the global football scene reacts on the club’s glorious achievement.In addition to many footballers, sportspersons and pundits flood Twitter with congratulatory posts on Liverpool’s astounding feat, supporters all over the world, who waited for generations to see the club as the champions of England, come up with wholesome reactions to the auspicious moment, as their patience finally ends with joy.Advertisement Below here are 100 hand picked wholesome tweets on Liverpool’s triumph, that will put a smile on your face.Advertisement I woke up like this 🕺🏾 mood all day long 🕺🏾 Liverpool!! Championeee!!!! #Liverpool pic.twitter.com/LaorrO1HNd— POPPERSIK (@PopperSikongo) June 26, 2020My brothers visited my father this morning to celebrate. Campeones! #YNWA pic.twitter.com/6rebJujirc— Hafriz___________________Iqbal (@hafriziqbal) June 26, [email protected],Congratulations on winning the League with our beloved Liverpool FC 🏆 I am so proud of you & the boys ❤️Thankyou for always giving your all for us fans 👏 Thankyou for inspiring me & being my hero 😘Sending my support always from Australia ❤️🇳🇱 #YNWA #VVD4 👑 pic.twitter.com/rewBitIp3z— Peter Pana (@PeterSheenPana) June 26, 2020Lucky gits only had to wait a couple of years to see Liverpool win the league 😂#ThisMeansMore #Liverpool #champions #liverpoolfc #YNWA #LFCFamily pic.twitter.com/Q8dzPmx0jn— James from That 90’s Wrestling Podcast🎙️🏆 (@90sWrestlingPod) June 26, 2020https://twitter.com/BigBadCarbon/status/1276453957469118464  Advertisementlast_img read more

Ambielly 32″ Women’s Wig Long Curly Wavy Hair Party Cosplay Wig – Lovely wavy red hair

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It feels pretty protected even though on and i have seriously long hair as it is but it held in place more than my hair (in a wig cap) with out any challenges, though i truly feel it could have been a little tighter all around the brow hairline – however it continue to felt genuinely secure. The length is excellent, but i will have to have to trim the fringe just a tiny – or get greater at tucking some it driving my ears – as it is just a minor far too long. The curls are loose and bouncy, it is simple to brush and really gentle sensation. You could see some of the netting at the back again when i wore it a certain way – perhaps using a flesh/nude color would be better than black – but with a very little support from my lover i was equipped to take care of it and you rarely know it was a wig. It would be terrific for fancy dress or a cosplay but not for just about every day use.Omg, the most effective wigs ever, i have acquired four distinctive colours as i enjoy them so muchvibrant, silky, beautiful shape, wonderful bouncea should have. I essentially use them out and about as they do not search ‘fake’.Remarkably comfortable and of superior top quality. The only reason i have presented 4 stars and not five is since the fringe is way to long and flops proper over the face. I overcame this with a substantial clip on flower when i utilized the wig for my mermaid costume at a pageant in the summer time. If i have purpose to wear it yet again i’ll most likely lower a fringe into it. Aside from this it arrived immediately and was very well packaged and as i mentioned it is a really excellent good quality wig for the small rate.last_img read more

Biado credits pool legends Bata, Django for gold medal win

first_imgCarlo Biado of the Philippines competes against Duong Quoc Hoang of Vietnam in the finals of men’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Biado prevailed, 9-5, to clinch the gold medal.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Carlo Biado knew his angles after he used to be a golf caddy.The 33-year-old Biado, who also worked a pool house hand, has come a long way after winning the gold medal in the men’s 9-ball individual title in the Southeast Asian Games here Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Their teachings, according to Biado, enabled him to be very confident facing anybody on the pool table.Indeed, he came here on the crest of his World Games triumph last July in Poland.He will also see action for the Philippines in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this September in Turkmenistan.It was his first SEAG individual gold but second if you count the doubles victory he had with Dennis Orcollo in the 2015 SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Orella falters in rhythmic gymnastics View comments READ: Carlo Biado wins PH’s 2nd gold in pool“I feel that I have my confidence,” said Biado, who has high praise for his coaches, Hall-of-Famer Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe said he learned a lot of things from the legends of world pool.“They taught me a lot of shots in training. They know a lot of shots that I can use in the competitions,” said Biado in Filipino. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

a month agoWatford chief Duxbury admits Gracia sacking was harsh

first_imgWatford chief Duxbury admits Gracia sacking was harshby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford chief Scott Duxbury admits Javi Gracia’s sacking was harsh.But added that it was a necessary decision for the club’s future.”There’s no doubt it’s harsh from a human and personal perspective,” he said.”I get that. But I’ve got to make a professional decision and what I think is best for the football club is not perhaps what the media and pundits think is best.”Unlike the media and the pundits, I’m here and at the training ground every day, I see what’s working and I see what’s not working and am able to make an informed decision.”I don’t believe waiting and hoping for results to improve will work and that I need to make a change. It would be wrong of me to wait just because it looks better.”I’ve got to be decisive and I’ve got to make that change. Can it look harsh? Yes. But is it a decision made in the best interests of the football club? Absolutely.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

22 days agoEverton U23 coach Unsworth: EFL Trophy good for development

first_imgEverton U23 coach Unsworth: EFL Trophy good for developmentby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton U23 coach David Unsworth was delighted with their EFL Trophy win over Burton Albion.Unsworth admits he’s a supporter for the competition and the potential introduction of B teams.Asked if the competition has worked for Everton, Unsworth told the Liverpool Echo: “Yeah, I think it has. It’s a competition we’ve been delighted to be in. For the first couple of years, there was almost a novelty for the players to play against first-team players.“You know me and you know I’m a big advocate of what happens everywhere around Europe with B-teams and for the purpose of developing young players quicker, it is brilliant the way they work throughout the leagues in Europe.”When we’ve had a sniff of playing first-team opponents, I’ve been all over it. Even in pre-season, it is something I feel very passionately about.“You’ve seen tonight, a very, very good mid-table League One club with an experienced manager, we’ve been the better team and won quite comfortably.”People slag off under-23s football, the Premier League do the best they can and it’s a league that has improved year after year and it’s not as bad as people make it out to be. You’ve seen that tonight.”Technically, we’ve looked the better team, we handled the ball brilliantly and the way we work proves it’s right, in terms of being like a first-team and working a lot on physicality and speed and tempo and limited touches because tonight we were just awesome.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: Tony Romo, Jason Garrett In Houston To Support Duke vs. Gonzaga

first_imgTony Romo and Jason Garrett support Duke at Elite Eight.Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and head coach Jason Garrett have never been shy about their love for the Duke Blue Devils – they’ve been spotted attending home games and hanging out with players in the locker room. Sunday night, it looks like the duo will be in Houston to watch their favorite college basketball squad try to reach this year’s Final Four. Laura Keeley of the Raleigh News & Observer snapped a photo of them finding their seats behind Duke’s bench.Early Tony Romo and Jason Garrett sighting behind the Duke bench pic.twitter.com/kMXVHx0N3R— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) March 29, 2015If Duke loses, expects the conspiracy theories to start flying.last_img

Albertas turnofftaps law makes gas price jumps and shortages real

first_imgVICTORIA — Get ready for higher gasoline prices and shortages in British Columbia and a supply surplus on the Prairies if Alberta Premier Jason Kenney uses a newly proclaimed law to restrict fuel exports to its western neighbour, say industry experts and court documents.“The one wild card factor that we really can’t predict is the political factor: would, in fact, the Alberta government actually put in effect, in practice, the curtailment of gasoline and diesel shipments from Alberta to the West Coast,” Michael Ervin, Kent Group Ltd., senior vice-president, said Thursday.The Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act, the so-called turn-off-the taps law, was passed by the former Alberta government a year ago. Kenney’s United Conservatives proclaimed it as law this week and the threat to put the squeeze on B.C. is real, said Ervin, a petroleum market expert.“The possibility of that certainly changed, increased since Premier Kenney has been elected into office,” he said in a telephone interview from Sidney, B.C.Ervin said he expected gasoline prices in B.C. to jump by at least 10 cents per litre if Alberta started restricting fuel supplies. He said oil companies in Alberta may also feel the pinch because their B.C. customers will be cut off, creating a surplus there.The B.C. government immediately moved to have Alberta’s law declared unconstitutional with a legal challenge, claiming “the central purpose and legal effect of the act is to authorize and provide for discrimination against British Columbia in relation to exports of natural gas, crude oil and refined fuels.”An initial hearing is set for May 7 in Calgary.An affidavit filed alongside the statement of claim outlines B.C.’s dependence on Alberta fuel products and the potential impacts of cutbacks.“The threat of refined fuel supply shortages can have rapid price impacts,” Michael Rensing, a B.C. government energy expert, says in the document. He pointed to an anti-pipeline protest in July 2018, where demonstrators hung on lines from a bridge above Burrard Inlet in Vancouver. He said those actions had the potential to cause fuel shortages on Vancouver Island.“They advised me that if the supply of gasoline to Vancouver Island was interrupted for even 48 hours, that could affect the ability of retail gas stations there to remain open,” the affidavit says. “If the volume of refined fuels supplied to B.C. consumers through the Trans Mountain pipeline is significantly reduced, shortages of those products will likely occur.”Rensing’s affidavit says an explosion at an Enbridge natural gas pipeline near Prince George last October saw prices increase by 10 cents within 48 hours. The explosion did not disrupt natural gas supplies to the refinery near Vancouver but the possibility of shortages sent prices upwards, it says.Alberta supplies, directly or indirectly, more than 80 per cent of the gasoline and diesel used in B.C., says the affidavit.“Each day British Columbians consume between 70,000 and 85,000 barrels of gasoline, and between 55,000 and 70,000 barrels of diesel,” says the affidavit. “Approximately 55 per cent of B.C.’s gasoline and 71 per cent of its diesel is imported from Alberta refineries. The majority of these refined fuels are transported to B.C. through the Trans Mountain Pipeline.”Brian Ahearn, vice-president Western Canada for the Canadian Fuels Association, urged Alberta to take a cautious approach on fuel restrictions.“Because certainly the transportation fuels business is a very integrated business with respect to transportation of fuels between Alberta and B.C.,” said Ahearn. “We’re really hoping the government will look at other solutions, other options.”B.C. Premier John Horgan, who’s already facing daily calls to provide relief to $1.70 per litre gas prices in Metro Vancouver, called Alberta’s law regrettable and said the federal government needs to put more fuel in the pipeline.“We’re trying a whole range of factors to reduce costs on people and then the gas price thing comes whack in the middle of that and there’s very little control I have over that,” Horgan said.B.C. Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson said he isn’t buying Horgan’s statements about his inability to reduce gas prices. Wilkinson said Horgan can drop some of the estimated 35 cents per litre taxes on fuel prices in the Vancouver area.“It sounds like we’re being told to suck it up,” he said.B.C. Business Council president Greg D’Avignon said concerns about higher gas prices and fuel shortages are causing widespread concern.“That impacts business,” he said. “It impacts families. It impacts the government. It creates a real crisis.”He urged Kenny and Horgan to step back from the dispute and see the strong bonds between their provinces. “We’re the two most integrated economies in the country, on labour, on trade, on the movement of goods, on investment, and there are huge opportunities of things we could be doing to grow our economies, but the Trans Mountain expansion and this energy conflict is in the way of it,” said D’Avignon.The premiers need to find a solution, he said.“People forget that families, friends and companies move back and forth between Alberta and B.C. everyday,” D’Avignon said. “When B.C. gets a cold, Alberta gets sick and vice versa.” Kenny was in Ottawa Thursday testifying before the Senate’s energy committee about the bill overhauling environmental assessments. He told the committee that Bill C-69 violates Alberta’s constitutional right to regulate its natural resources.Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Presslast_img read more