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Baseballs Kids Are All Right


When Derek Jeter retired last year, the pundits puzzled over who would be the next “Face of Baseball.” Jeter was the guy on the Wheaties box, after all. And more broadly, Jeter’s retirement seemed to close one era of baseball and open another. Without an elder statesman, the game belonged to the kids. But would there be enough excellent, prodigious young players to replace Jeter’s cohort? We already have an answer: The kids are damn good, and they’re part of one of the most significant youth movements in baseball in the past 25 years.Baseball’s excellence is supremely concentrated in its young players at the moment. To get a sense for the balance of power in MLB, I calculated the average age of all position players in the league while weighting each player’s age by how good they were in a given year (using wins above replacement1FanGraphs’ version.). For example, the age of an MVP-type player counts for roughly eight2Here, I am contrasting an average MVP-level of performance — about 8 WAR — with a below-average player’s performance — about 1 WAR. times as much as a below-average scrub because he’s eight times better according to WAR. So, if the MVP is young, he’ll pull the weighted average down toward him. By weighting the ages in this way, we get a sense for where in MLB the production comes from — specifically, whether it arises from the grizzled veterans or the youngsters.The youngsters are winning.Since the early 2000s, the MLB’s weighted age has consistently fallen, hitting its low point (of 27.76) this year. This graph tells us that in recent years, more of the positive value in the league has been coming from younger players.The twin faces of the youth movement are undoubtedly Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, still only 22 and 23, respectively. Despite the best efforts of opposing pitchers, Trout is performing at his now-routine MVP level. Harper seems to have finally discovered consistent success with an overwhelming power stroke. But Harper and Trout have been joined by a generation of super-prospects who are outperforming even the loftiest expectations. Kris Bryant is the most obvious, but others include Joc Pederson, Carlos Correa, Mookie Betts and Addison Russell.There are several ways that baseball’s production could be getting younger, but it turns out that there are two straightforward explanations. One is that the oldest players have become less productive. The second is that the youngest players are on pace to create a tremendous amount of value.Let’s start with the veterans. Players ages 333Roughly the oldest 15 percent of players in MLB. and up have produced only 24 WAR so far this year, on pace for the second-lowest total of the past 25 years. Over a full year, that prorates to 54.8 WAR, which is less than half the total achieved by the equivalent group of players around the turn of the millennium.It’s not clear what is driving older position players down. One possibility is that new pace-of-play rules are making it harder for older hitters to make use of their experience. On the other hand, older position players seem to be getting worse not only at hitting, but also with the glove — and even on the base paths.There could be a connection between the fluctuating pattern of production by older players and the steroid era. Certainly, some of the confirmed steroid users managed to be productive well into their 30s, suggesting that steroids might confer their beneficial effects especially upon older hitters. But in the absence of data on who used what steroids when and how, it’s difficult to pursue this idea beyond a hypothesis. Regardless of the cause, it looks as though the current trend of age and production is more of a return to the norm of the early 1990s than a novelty.At the same time, we are witnessing a historic youth movement. Just as the very old players have gotten worse, the youngest have become much better. Players 24 and younger4Roughly the youngest 15 percent of players in MLB. have produced 48.7 WAR this year, which puts them on pace for about 110 WAR in a full year. If it holds, that would be the most WAR put up by this age group since 2007.That year saw a generation of future stars cement their place in the league. David Wright, at that time 24, had his best season, an MVP-caliber effort. Wright was joined by a host of talent, from Troy Tulowitzki to Jose Reyes to Miguel Cabrera. In total, 13 young hitters put up WAR values greater than 4, in the neighborhood of All-Star-level performance. Many of those players, and even some of the tier below them, have gone on to become superstars.Young players have traditionally relied upon their defense to build their value, and this year is no exception. The 24 and under group typically performs anywhere from 100 to 500 runs below average on offense but makes up for it to some extent with 100 to 200 runs from their defense.5I am also including the FanGraphs positional adjustment here. Less than halfway through this season’s games, young position players have been worth 93 runs defensively. Prorated to a full season, this would be the best defensive performance for that age group since 2001, when the overall value of the youngsters was near its low point.Except today’s kids can do something those 2001 ones couldn’t: rake. With an average mark of 94.6, young hitters are putting up the best Weighted Runs Created+ (wRC+) since that marvelous 2007 class (which was at 99.2). The average wRC+ is set at 100, so the young players are adding decent hitting to their superlative defense. Much of the hitting stems from a power surge: The young hitters are racking up a slugging percentage of .400, slightly better than the league average of .397.6Relative to the league average, this is the second-best number in the past 25 years (second, of course, to 2007).The young players are even providing value with their baserunning. Reds speedster Billy Hamilton, 24, leads the way, but the group is already up to 27.1 runs of baserunning value (Hamilton alone is responsible for nearly a third of this number). If it holds over a full season, that will be the best mark since 1990.Some of these statistics will not hold up over the length of a full season because of injuries or regression to the mean, of course. And many of the averages will be distorted by September call-ups. But two-thirds of the total WAR in this year’s young group comes from the 10 best players, all of whom are firmly ensconced in starting roles.A wave of young talent has arrived, just as the old veterans are fading into irrelevancy. Whether your preference is for Nolan Arenado’s slick glove work, Harper’s absurd power or Bryant’s eyes, we are witnessing the rise of a generation of future superstars. read more


Tamika Handfield encourages TCI to eat healthy


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvideciales, TCI, June 15, 2016 – Now that summer almost is here residence of the Turks and Caicos Islands are being encouraged to continue leading a healthier lifestyle and eat healthy.Nutritionists Tamika Handfield, CEO of Nutrition in Demand said this is great time for people to take advantage of the summer weather and pull out that grill. One food mostly encouraged to eat this summer is fish.Ms. Handfield said according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics it is recommended person eat two servings of fish per week.  This will not only help improve your memory but also lower blood pressure.  She also said by eating healthier your brain and heart will thank you for it.  Nutrition in Demand is a nonprofit organization aimed at raising awareness to health and healthy eating.Next time, we tell you how Dance with Cinderella went, it was held over the weekend and is a major fundraiser for Nutrition in demand. Related Items:last_img read more


Amazon Prime Air gets more planes to boost oneday shipping to you


first_img 50 surprising things people are buying on Amazon right now 50 Photos Tags Share your voice 0 Amazon’s drones and robots want to take over your deliveries In April, Amazon said it was spending $800 million this quarter to bolster its shipping infrastructure to support the change. Last month, CEO Jeff Bezos attended a groundbreaking ceremony for Amazon’s new $1.5 billion air transportation hub in Hebron, Kentucky. Amazon has also built out a network of 10,000 truck trailers.Still, this work has come with new challenges for the company. Pilots working for Prime Air have regularly complained about poor pay and lousy working conditions. Also, FedEx this month decided not to renew its Express air shipping contract with Amazon, a move widely seen as a reaction to Amazon expanding its own shipping network. 1:32 Post a comment Before that Amazon Prime shipment gets to you, it’ll probably hitch a ride in a plane like this one. Amazon Amazon on Tuesday said it agreed to lease 15 more Boeing cargo planes from GE Capital Aviation Services, helping the e-commerce titan continue growing its air fleet so it can speed up Prime deliveries.The 15 Boeing 737-800 planes are in addition to the five planes Amazon already agreed to lease from GECAS earlier this year. The company has 42 planes flying today, and by 2021 it will operate 70 planes.Amazon expanded its fleet as part of its expensive effort to transition its Prime two-day shipping program to one day in the US. That work is already resulting in packages arriving earlier at Prime customers’ doorsteps and may help Amazon maintain its competitive edge against rivals like Walmart. Now playing: Watch this: Internet Amazon Prime Amazonlast_img read more


We dont have pressure only 15 billion people expect us to win


first_imgPandya mentioned that he cherishes his memories of the night India won the World Cup in 2011 after 28 years under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The men in blue had defeated Sri Lanka in the final on April 2, 2011 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, to lift the coveted trophy. India chased a target of 275 runs set by their opponents with brilliant knocks from Gautam Gambhir and MSD.”On July 14, I want the Cup in my hand. Even when I think of it (2011 win), it gives me goosebumps. Playing the World Cup 2019 has been a dream and my teammates are my brothers. My plan now is simple: win the World Cup, and I’m hoping that and I expect that from myself,” Pandya further added.The stylish all-rounder who is known for being aggressive on the field has been in good form with the bat in this year’s edition of the tournament. His overall strike-rate in the World Cup till now is 185.29, which is quite impressive. The Virat Kohli led side would like to continue their winning stride in the biggest cricketing event of the year. Hardik PandyaReutersIndia is performing quite well in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign and just ahead of their clash with New Zealand, Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya stated, in a sarcastic vein, that there is no pressure on the Indian team as ‘only’ 1.5 billion Indians are expecting the men in blue to lift the coveted trophy.He jokingly gave the statement in an interview with the International Cricket Council (ICC). The 25 year old cricketer said, “No pressure because only, maybe, 1.5 billion people are expecting that, so no pressure at all.”He expressed his desire to lift the coveted trophy on July 14 at Lords. According to him, playing India is his ‘life’ and it ‘means everything’ to him. “Playing for India means everything to me, this is my life. I am someone who plays the game with love and passion and loves challenges. For two-three years, I have been preparing for this (World Cup) so the time has come,” the Mumbai Indians star told ICC.last_img read more


AlQaeda says Pakistani security forces detained wife of its chief Zawahiri


first_imgScreen capture from the video showing al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.SITE Intelligence GroupPakistani security forces have detained the wife of Al-Qaeda chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and two other family members of the groups ‘martyrs’ for nearly a year, according to a statement released by the insurgent group on Friday.Al-Qaeda claimed that “treacherous Pakistani forces” captured the family members including Al-Zawahri’s wife a year ago as they left Waziristan, a former Taliban base bordering Afghanistan due to airstrikes, reported Associated Press.”We … hold Pakistan’s government and its treacherous army and their American masters responsible for their criminal acts,” the statement said.The current leader of Al-Qaeda, al-Zawahri is an Egyptian who took over the group’s leadership after US military forces killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan’s Abbottabad region in 2011. While Pakistan has not commented on the statement, Zawahiri is said to be hiding in the country.Al-Qaeda’s statement came a day after US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed the death of 9/11 mastermind’s son, Hamza bin Laden.The US official confirmation comes weeks after it was reported that he was killed during the last two years in an operation that involved the United States. Hamza who is believed, to be 30 years old, may have been killed before the US announced a $1 million bounty on him in February 2019.According to the documents found in the Abottabad house, Bin Laden was preparing Hamza to replace him as the terror outfit’s leader. Later on, Hamza was assumed to have donned the role of a deputy to the Alqaeda’s current chief, Al-Zawahiri.The United Nations Security Council reported that the deteriorating health of Al-Zawahiri has raised doubts about the global terrorist organisation’s succession.Pakistan’s war on terrorPakistan has often been accused of supporting terrorists in Afghanistan including the Al-Qaeda. Yesterday, the terror watchdog Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) Asia Pacific Group placed Pakistan in its “enhanced expedited follow-up list”.The list, which is believed to be similar to be blacklisted, APG found the country non-complaint to 32 of the 40 parameters on money-laundering and terror financing.The announcement came a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan said that 40 different militant groups were operating in Pakistan when the country joined US war on terror after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.”We were fighting the US war on terror. Pakistan has nothing to do with 9/11. Al-Qaeda was in Afghanistan. There were no militant Taliban in Pakistan. But we joined the US war. Unfortunately, when things went wrong, where I blame my government, we did not tell the US exactly the truth on the ground,” the Pakistani PM said as quoted by news agency PTI.However, India has accused Pakistan of its state-sponsor of promoting cross-border terrorism in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region.Earlier this month, Indian intelligence reports stated Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has given terrorist group, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) full permission for conducting suicide bomb attacks in the valley and cause as many casualties as they can, without worrying about “collateral damage”.US President Donald Trump in the middle of negotiating peace talks in Afghanistan with the Taliban and the Afghan government.The US government have stated that the withdrawal of US troops in a bid to end the 19-year war will be done over a period of time to ensure political stability and avoid security resurgence of Taliban’s state control in the region.last_img read more


NOAB against any law that hinders free speech press


first_imgThe Newspaper Owners’ Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) has urged the government not to go for any law that appears as barriers to freedom of expression and freedom of press.NOAB also demanded immediate annulment of the ‘controversial’ section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act due to its ‘widespread misuse’.Demanding withdrawal of all the cases filed under the section against journalists, NOAB said interference in freedom of expression is actually an attack on the newspaper industry.NOAB leaders came up with the demands in a resolution adopted after a meeting held at the Daily Prothom Alo office on Saturday, said a press release on Sunday.The Association expressed concern over the inclusion of similar provision like section 57 in the proposed National Online Mass Media Policy and Digital Act.It urged the government not to take any step that goes against the freedom of expression as guaranteed by the Constitution.NOAB also expressed concern over attacks on journalists in various parts of the country and filing of cases with an intention of harassment.The association urged the government to take effective steps to stop such things.last_img read more


Conference to develop AYUSH held at Maulana Azad Centre


first_imgKolkata: A unique conference was organised by the Independent research ethics society Kolkata at Maulana Azad Conference Centre to create a road map for development of AYUSH in the state.The programme was organised in association with Vivekananda Vijnyana Mission (VVM), National Ayurveda Students And Youth Association (NASYA), Jignasa-Paschimbanga, Nationalist Doctors Association (NDA), Arogya Bharati, Vishwa Ayurveda Parishad (VAP), All Bengal AYUSH Doctor Association, Yoga And Naturopathy Awareness Association, AYUSH Prachar & Prasar Samiti, Ayurvedic Drug Manufacturer Association of India, National Pharmaceutical Consultancy Services, the AYURVEDA Clinic and Research Centre.There was a proposal to form a joint forum named as “AYUSH SAMRIDDHI”. Emphasize was given on the importance of united positive efforts at social level, to develop quality of life inAYUSH sector.Dr G P Sarkar, Chairman – Allen Group, Shri Tapas Sarkar -President, Arogya Bharati, WB, Dr RD Dubey , President NDA, Shri M K Sreeprasad, Org. secy, VVM, Dr Sumit Sur,President NASYA-WB, Kvj. Suryaprakash Sharma, President ,VAP-WB, blessed the conference by their motivational speeches.It may be mentioned that Bengal has made a significant improvement in the Ayush sector. A great of works were done for the enhancement of infrastructure.last_img read more