In the eternally running discussion thread “Hey Bill” at billjamesonline.com, the website of sabermetric legend Bill James, the question came up of measuring the growth of sabermetric knowledge. James’s idea? Measure the extent to which teams are taking park factors into account when judging their rosters. But Tom Tango, author of “The Book,” offered another gauge: look at which teams are using good hitters in the No. 2 lineup slot.Traditionally, the two-hole was the domain of contact hitters with good bat control, with premiums placed on the ability to hit behind the runner, to sacrifice bunt, and to generally move the leadoff man over (even if it meant making an out). You can see this statistically: During Major League Baseball’s expansion era (1961-present), the No. 2 slot has the highest aggregate contact rate of any batting order position.But research by Tango and his compatriots suggests teams have been doing it wrong. After examining how important each batting event (single, double, walk, etc.) is to each lineup slot — based on factors such as how many runners are likely to be on base and how many outs they’re likely to hit with — the data says a team ought to bat its three best hitters in the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 slots, with the most balanced hitter occupying the two-hole. That’s a far cry from the conventional wisdom of slotting the best hitter either third or fourth, and putting a weak contact specialist at No. 2.So, if there are more good hitters in the second position, it’s a possible sign sabermetrics has penetrated the managerial mindset. But if there’s a pattern toward a more enlightened lineup card, it’s not detectable by looking at the average quality of No. 2 hitters (according to weighted runs created, known as wRC+) since the introduction of the designated hitter in 1973:If we take a five-year moving average to smooth out year-to-year variance above, it’s even clearer that we’re not in the golden age of great hitters batting second:Historically, the quality levels of MLB leadoff and No. 2 hitters tend to track with each other — and contra the performances of third and fourth hitters. (Meanwhile, Nos. 5 and 6 have stayed fairly stable over the years, with the five slot outproducing six by a decent amount.) The good news is that it appears the two-hole has emerged from the dark ages of the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, when slot Nos. 3 and 4 vastly outpaced Nos. 1 and 2.It may not be coincidental that the bleakest of times for the No. 2 spot came during MLB’s so-called steroid era. The stat we’re using, wRC+, compares a player’s per-plate appearance productivity against the average of all hitters, and the power hitters who frequently bat third and fourth may have received the benefits of performance-enhancing drugs at a greater rate than the overall population of MLB batters. (This would cause No. 2 hitters to move backward relative to the overall average, even if they themselves saw no change in talent.) With the specter of performance-enhancing drugs reduced in today’s game, the gap between hitter No. 2 and Nos. 3 and 4 has returned to its long-term norm.Still, today’s two-hole batters lag behind those of the halcyon late 1980s and early 1990s, when players such as Ryne Sandberg, Tony Gwynn, Wade Boggs, Roberto Alomar, Julio Franco and Lou Whitaker were doing a large share of their damage from the second spot in the lineup. It’s plausible that the conditions of the game back then simply favored the traditional archetype of the No. 2 hitter more (batting averages were higher, as was the ratio of on-base percentage to slugging), but today’s managers also don’t appear to be moving toward the sabermetric ideal of penciling the team’s best hitter into the No. 2 spot.Sabermetrics has come a long way since the first analysts began tinkering with mathematical models, and there are certainly places where statistical thinking has made its way onto the field (for example, the explosion of defensive shifts in today’s game is rooted in probability theory regarding where a batter is most likely to hit the ball). But when it comes to the two-hole, baseball’s decision-makers still have a bit of a climb ahead of them.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS, DECEMBER 1, 2013- Individuals will soon stand liable to pay fines of up to $500, 000 or face 6 months imprisonment if they fail store their garbage properly. Speaking to media, Kenrick Neely, Director of Environmental Health, said the law is already in place and the department will just be enforcing it. He is encouraging residents to cover garbage properly or store in plastic bags until collection as these conditions make perfect breeding grounds for rats, roaches and mosquitoes that are not only pests but also may cause diseases.
KUSI Newsroom, Union to make announcement on possible grocery strike SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Union leaders plan to announce Monday whether grocery workers in San Diego County and the rest of Southern California will go on strike against Ralphs, Vons, Albertsons and Pavilions.Raising the threat of the first Southland grocery strike in nearly 16 years, the workers on Wednesday overwhelmingly authorized their union’s plan to call for a work stoppage unless a contract agreement can be reached.“Southern California grocery workers voted in large numbers, and overwhelmingly rejected the unfair terms that have been proposed by Ralphs, Albertsons and Vons,” said John Grant, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770.The voting was conducted Monday and Tuesday, Grant said. Exact tallies of the vote were not immediately released, but UFCW Local 770 leaders said they would announce a decision at 4:30 p.m. Monday.Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions issued a statement saying, “The outcome of the strike authorization vote does not change anything related to this process. We remain committed to negotiating a contract that is fair to all parties, including our employees, and will continue to work to achieve that.”Ralphs issued a similar statement and said, for now, “it is business as usual in Ralphs stores.”The strike authorization vote means union negotiators have the power to call for a strike, if deemed necessary, but it does not automatically mean a walkout will occur.Meetings are pending this week involving the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor to discuss authorizations for the member unions to honor possible picket lines, Grant said.The next bargaining sessions involving the union and the companies are scheduled for July 10, 11, and 12, Grant said.The contract between the union and the companies expired in March. That pact was approved by workers in 2016 and included annual raises for most workers, along with increased pay for entry-level cashiers and concessions on holiday pay and retirement age, union officials said at the time.On Wednesday, union officials said the most recent contract offer made by the grocery companies included wage increases of less than 1 percent and nearly 25 percent cuts in cashier wages.The labor dispute raises fears of a repeat of the 2003-04 Southland grocery strike that dragged on for 141 days. That work stoppage was estimated by some analysts to have cost the supermarket chains as much as $2 billion, with locked-out workers losing $300 million in wages. July 1, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom
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Originally published April 2. New animated movie Missing Link is about the search for the legendary Bigfoot. But it doesn’t take much searching to uncover an irresistibly charming tale of friendship and adventure told through endlessly stunning animation.Breezy, funny and lavish, Missing Link, in theaters now, is the latest stop-motion story from Laika Studios, the company behind Kubo and the Two Strings, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. Like those films, it’s an original story in a world crowded with sequels and reboots. And like those other stop-motion animated masterpieces, it’s an absolute delight. Breezing across the globe like Around the World in Eighty Days crossed with Bigfoot and the Hendersons, this old-fashioned romp isn’t as emotional or impactful as Kubo and the Two Strings. But it makes for a lighthearted palate cleanser after Kubo’s frequently devastating emotional roller coaster. And even though it’s about mythical creatures, Missing Link is far less creepy than previous Laika outings, taking a friendly group of cheerful oddballs on a family-friendly trip through a colorful and sumptuous world.Hugh Jackman is infectiously appealing as Victorian adventurer Sir Lionel Frost, a winning combination of Sherlock Holmes-style indefatigability and childlike passion for mythical creatures. We meet him and his spearlike chin on the hunt for proof of the Loch Ness Monster, which leads into a stunning underwater chase that audaciously demonstrates just how dynamic stop-motion animation can be.Hugh Jackman goes in search of adventure. Laika Returning to London’s stuffy gentleman’s clubs, the debonair Sir Lionel stakes his reputation on a search for a mysterious hairy beast. No, not Wolverine — the elusive Bigfoot. Venturing into the backwoods, Sir Lionel encounters a gentle giant he names Mr. Link. Adorably nervous but endearingly friendly, the only thing bigger than this Bigfoot’s feet is his heart.Zach Galifianakis gives Mr. Link a mild personality, although his voice acting is possibly too low-key. Zoe Saldana is a bit more lively as the straight-talking Adelina, who joins the odd couple on their international adventures. More Missing Link The bad guys are, of course, hot on their tail. Stephen Fry hams it up mightily as the aristocratic jerk opposing Sir Lionel’s adventure, although Timothy Olyphant is a little bland as his weaselly henchman. Game of Thrones star Amrita Acharia also lends her voice, as well as David Walliams, Matt Lucas and an imperious Emma Thompson.Like all Laika films, Missing Link looks absolutely beautiful. From fog-bound loch to sun-dappled forest to towering mountain ranges, each scene washes over you with gorgeousness. There’s a thousand shades of color in every wonderfully realised green field or russet desert. And of course the stop-motion puppets are full of the vitality of real physical objects, from their sprightly posing to their expressive 3D-printed faces to the fabric of their real costumes.Enlarge ImageAnother Laika landscape. Laika The puppets come to life in a string of comic set pieces, bursting with some of the most dynamic action you’ll ever see in a stop-motion film. One highlight is an Inception-style chase through the revolving corridors of a seesawing cargo ship in the jaws of a savage storm.Stick around for the end credits for a glimpse behind the scenes. This all-too-brief peek behind the curtain brings home the epic scale of these films and the artistry that goes into creating them — and could be as inspiring for young minds as the action that went before. If your kids enjoy the film, be sure to seek out how such flicks are made. Missing Link’s Victorian setting gives the action an air of old-fashioned adventure. There’s a very, very gentle critique of western colonialism and exceptionalism bubbling underneath, but the focus is very much on the friendship between our oddball adventurers. 0 23 Photos The middle of the film sees our heroes travel across the world in a globetrotting montage, and I’ve got to admit I wanted to see more of this. Instead of Phileas Fogg-style international high jinks, we skip from protracted setup to protracted ending without much in between.This skipped-over middle makes the film feel a bit insubstantial. More importantly, because we don’t see the challenges to Mr. Link of being in the human world, we don’t get as much emotional impact from his quest for a place he feels at home.You could say, in fact, that in the middle of the film there’s a missing link.But that’s a minor quibble. If nothing else, the wispiness of the story makes a nice change from whizbang kids movies. It’s not as scary as Kubo, as deafening as superhero movies or as bewilderingly complex as The Lego Movie 2 and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. 77 Photos Making Missing Link, the movie of 100,000 faces Missing Link trailer offers more fun from Oscar-nominated Laika Tags Share your voice Missing Link: Step inside Laika’s epic Bigfoot adventure Post a comment TV and Movies 2019 movies to geek out over Movie reviews
2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip Tags Ride in the back seat at your own risk 8 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Ford Post a comment 2:09 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better The bow-tie airbag gets its name from the two wing-like airbags that fire from the sides of the vehicle’s steering column and supplement the central steering wheel-mounted bag. Ford Airbags meant to protect the driver of a vehicle have been standard equipment in vehicles for ages, and during that time, they’ve saved countless lives. But they’ve mostly relied on a standard design and haven’t necessarily changed all that much down the years.That seems to be changing though — Honda recently unveiled a new airbag design, and now Ford appears to be turning up to the party with an application for a patent filed on Aug. 22 on something that it’s calling the bow-tie airbag.If you read “bow-tie airbag” and thought that the folks over at the General probably don’t love that, we’d bet you’re right, but the name is more descriptive than you might think. Based on drawings in the submitted application, the bow-tie airbag supplements the steering wheel hub-mounted bag by sending two airbags out of either side of the steering column, both of which are tethered together.These bags, when viewed head-on look like a bow tie, hence the name. But they’re designed to catch the driver’s head in the event of a side impact or offset crash before it can glance off of the central airbag and into either the vehicle’s A-pillar or the dashboard, or rotate in a way that causes further injury.It’s a pretty cool-looking system, and the idea seems sound, especially when paired with the now nearly ubiquitous side curtain airbags. Of course, it’s important to point out that just because a manufacturer applies for a patent on a design, it doesn’t mean it’ll see production. Though, in this instance, we hope that’s not the case. 0 Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Auto Tech Car Industry More From Roadshow Hit the dirt, but not too hard, in the Ford Ranger FX2 off-road package Patents Ford
Samantha Akkineni walking up the steps from Alipiri, Tirupati to TirumalaTwitterActress Samantha Akkineni climbed 3,500 steps from Alipiri, Tirupati, to Tirumala to offer prayers to Lord Venkateshwara for the success of Majili, but her husband Naga Chaitanya apparently reached the temple by a car.Majili is one of the most-awaited Telugu movies of 2019. The main reason for such a huge hype is that it is the fourth movie to feature Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Akkineni. It is also ChaySam’s first movie to hit the screens post their marriage. Idlebrain Jeevi shared the news, besides tweeting some photos of Samantha Akkineni climbing the steps, which are now going viral on social media. The film critics tweeted, “Samantha walks all the way up to Tirumala from Alipiri. Her film #Majili releases worldwide on 5 April. @Samanthaprabhu2 అలిపిరి నుండి నడక మార్గంలో తిరుమలకు చేరుకున్న సమంత… #MajiliOnApril5th.”People in the film industry feel that it is a unique publicity strategy adapted by Samantha Akkineni. Friday Cinemaa tweeted, “Stunning promotional activity of @Samanthaprabhu2. After #SuperDeluxe success, she is there walking from Tirumala from Alipiri to promote her upcoming film #Majili.”Naga Chaitanya also visited Tirumala, but he was said to have prefered vehicle to reach the temple on the top of the hills. Shreyas Group shared some pictures of the couple and wrote, “The lovely couple @chay_akkineni & @Samanthaprabhu2 offered special prayers for Sri Venkateswara Swamy at Tirumala #Majili #MajiliOnApr5th #ChaySam #VenkateshwaraSwamy”Directed by Shiva Nirvana, Majili starring Naga Chaitanya, Samantha Akkineni and Divyansha Kaushik is slated for worldwide release on April 5. The team is busy with its publicity activities. Its posters, teaser and songs have received a fantastic response and generated a lot of hype, curiosity and expectations from the movie. The makers had also held a pre-release event on March 31.The makers released the trailer of Majili at the pre-release event and it has registered over five million views in two days. This video has not only got a positive response from the viewers but also doubled their curiosity and expectations from the film. Scroll down to see Majili trailer review by the audience.Me_Raghav @ratnakaramraju 7/G @IAmBoosa Moturi nagakaushik @mnkaushik7 Namaskara Karunadu @Kannada_Naadu #Majilitrailer is filled with Sam’s huge and huge love and care towards chay I saw it literally 20 to 30 times. Can’t get off sam’s eyes and her expressions.Her crying was so excellent,emotional. THE PAIN WAS FELT. Whatte trailer!! @Samanthaprabhu2 is a gift to TFI❤❤ That dialogue in #MajiliTrailer – “Love letter paina unna peru wedding card lo undadhu ra” I’m sure this movie is gonna be a cult and evergreen of this Generation. It has that intense, feel and emotion.Samantha walks all the way up to Tirumala from Alipiri. Her film #Majili releases worldwide on 5 April.@Samanthaprabhu2 అలిపిరి నుండి నడక మార్గంలో తిరుమలకు చేరుకున్న సమంత…#MajiliOnApril5th pic.twitter.com/hxibYpGH9T— idlebrain jeevi (@idlebrainjeevi) April 1, 2019 The trailer of what looks like a LOVE MASTERPIECE.. #MajiliTrailer I’m super thrilled to see how beautiful the Marital love is portrayed through pain and responsibilities. So overwhelmed it is @Samanthaprabhu2 and @chay_akkineni who’ve done this film Best thing about @Samanthaprabhu2 is the type of challenging characters she is acting post marriage.Bringing others wrong perception down,she is growing big. Wishing her all the very best also thanks for being an example that marriage doesn’t ruin heroines career. #MajiliTrailer #Majili DOP is at peaks, every frame depicts life and bgm @MusicThaman bro I’ve taken it to next level Gopisunder as well. Can promise dis movie gonna hit millions of hearts. Congratulations in advance..#ChaySam Sravanti @sravi_sam The lovely couple @chay_akkineni & @Samanthaprabhu2 offered special prayers for Sri Venkateswara Swamy at Tirumala ??#Majili #MajiliOnApr5th #ChaySam #VenkateshwaraSwamy pic.twitter.com/Ft5tuAf29w— Shreyas Group (@shreyasgroup) April 2, 2019
Democratic hopefuls talk prayer and politics at black church forum By: Kit Doyle Catholicism Tagshomepage featured photos photos of the week Top Story,You may also like As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Kit Doyle Share This! Kit Doyle,Load Comments,At 89, Bread for the World founder Art Simon ‘not giving up’ on goal of ending hun … Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes Eid al-Adha, the Assumption of the Virgin, and more.A Muslim pilgrim casts stones at a pillar in the symbolic stoning of the devil, the last rite of the annual hajj, on the third day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Aug. 13, 2019. The pilgrimage to Mecca is required once in a lifetime of every Muslim who can afford it and is physically able. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)Catholic clergymen and pilgrims take part in an emotional procession with a statue of the Virgin Mary past the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral as they celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin in Paris on Aug. 15, 2019. The statue was rescued from the April blaze. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)Nepalese Hindu priests perform rituals during the annual Janai Purnima festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Aug. 15, 2019. Janai Purnima, or Sacred Thread Festival, marks the day when devout Hindu males change the white cotton thread they wear across their torsos and take a ritual bath in a river or a pond. The sacred thread, when first tied, indicates formal entry into adulthood and a promise to follow their Hindu faith. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)The Abraj Al-Bait Towers, displaying the world’s largest clock face, rises above Muslim pilgrims circumambulating the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, during the hajj in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Aug. 12, 2019. The pilgrimage to Mecca is required once in a lifetime of every Muslim who can afford it and is physically able. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)An Indian boy scavenges for reusable items amid idols of Hindu goddess Dashama lying in the river Sabarmati after the end of Dashama festival in Ahmadabad, India, on Aug. 11, 2019. The ten-day festival celebrated in the Shravan month of the Hindu calendar culminates with the immersion of the idols of the deity who is worshipped for good health and prosperity in this western state of Gujarat. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)A boy jumps into the Mediterranean sea from the ancient sea wall during the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday in the old port city of Acre, Israel, on Aug. 13, 2019. Eid al-Adha marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham to Christians and Jews) to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts four days, Muslims slaughter sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor and eat the rest. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)Members of the Hindu Brahmin community perform rituals in the River Ganges in Prayagraj, India, on Aug. 15, 2019. Brahmins, member of Hindu upper castes, believe that performing rituals on this day will wash away their sins. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)LGBT activists and their supporters gather for the first-ever Pride parade in the central city of Plock, Poland, on Aug. 10, 2019. The parade comes as the country finds itself bitterly divided over the growing visibility of the LGBT community and as the government and the powerful Catholic church denounce gay rights as a threat to society. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)A knife used in the ritual sacrifice on Eid al-Adha in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 11, 2019. Muslims traditionally celebrate Eid al Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by slaughtering sheep, goats, camels and cows whose meat is later be distributed to the poor. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) Kit Doyle By: Kit Doyle News Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email
Occasional fasting may not only help people lose weight but also boost their metabolic activity, generate antioxidants, and reverse some effects of ageing, a study claims. Scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) and Kyoto University in Japan identified 30 previously-unreported substances whose quantity increases during fasting and indicate a variety of health benefits. “We have been researching ageing and metabolism for many years and decided to search for unknown health effects in human fasting,” said Takayuki Teruya, first author of the paper published in the journal Scientific Reports. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Contrary to the original expectation, it turned out that fasting induced metabolic activation rather actively,” said Teruya. The study presents an analysis of whole human blood, plasma, and red blood cells drawn from four fasting individuals. The researchers monitored changing levels of metabolites — substances formed during the chemical processes that grant organisms energy and allow them to grow. The results revealed 44 metabolites, including 30 that were previously unrecognised, that increased universally among subjects between 1.5- to 60-fold within just 58 hours of fasting. In previous research, researchers identified various metabolites whose quantities decline with age, including three known as leucine, isoleucine, and ophthalmic acid. In fasting individuals, these metabolites increase in level, suggesting a mechanism by which fasting could help increase longevity.