Baseball’s innovative front offices have created a handful of dominant superteams

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first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire The era of the baseball superstar is over.The era of the baseball superteam has arrived.In 2017, three teams (the Astros, Indians and Dodgers) won 100 games or more. Another team (the Nationals) won its division by 20 games. You don’t need to calculate standard deviations to appreciate how special that was. It’s never happened in the history of professional baseball.Here’s the scary part: None of those four teams enters 2018 showing signs of regression. The New York Yankees were on the cusp of superteamdom even before they poached National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins. Fans of the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox have ample reason to believe this is their year, too. Seven teams have a chance at winning the 2018 World Series; the other 23 have a chance at being the last to get off their lawn. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Hope, then, was not the common currency of spring training.Some chose to complain.“Fans start losing interest because, shoot, you have only eight or nine teams competing for a championship,” Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen said recently. “All those other teams are unloading because they want to cut their payroll down. Everybody’s in a rebuild mode. If I live in Miami, I’m not going to watch (Marlins) games. Who’s on their team?”Some chose to litigate.With rebuilding teams in one corner, and dozens of unemployed free agents in the other, the Major League Baseball Players’ Association did not stand idle. In February, the union filed a grievance against the A’s, Rays, Marlins and Pirates, claiming these teams did not comply with baseball’s rules for spending revenue-sharing money on player salaries.Related Articles Maybe loathing is easy. A more radical response to baseball’s brave new world would be to take a step back and embrace it for what it is.To do that, let’s check in on what’s happening in the world of basketball.Recently someone uploaded a .gif to their social media account showing LeBron James cutting through traffic for a dunk. Someone else responded by typing GOAT, the universal acrostic for “greatest of all time.” A debate ensued between this user and another about whether the label was appropriate. You know the rest. It’s already happened today as you read this, and it will happen again tomorrow.The NBA is 72 years old. Now, a transformative player is conspicuously forcing the entire league to reset on his terms. Like Jordan and Kobe before him, LeBron invites big thoughts and compelling conversations. “Nice dunk” isn’t a sufficient observation when every .gif is a competition against history.So when marketing folks ask why, for example, a Mike Trout jersey is not as popular as LeBron’s, maybe the correct answer incorporates history as much as branding. Trout is (for now) competing against his contemporaries.When professional baseball was 72 years old, the year was 1941. Ted Williams was in the midst of compiling the last .400 batting average season on record. The sport had seen superstars before, but none quite like Williams. It might be that baseball’s LeBron is not playing center field for the Angels, but rather he was retired by 1960.If that comparison doesn’t feel right, the underlying point still holds: pro basketball is relatively young. Pro baseball is not. There are fewer thresholds left to cross on a baseball field than a basketball court, at least under the current rules. That’s why baseball’s zeal for a transcendent superstar feels futile.These days, it’s only fair to embrace baseball as a collective effort from the front office to the field.In a league with 30 teams and 750 active roster spots, the number of superteams somehow surpassed the number of superstar players. The math underscores how special this is, yet the groundwork for this landscape has been under construction for years.A brief recap: The same team-building strategies that the small-market Oakland A’s once co-opted from Wall Street irreversibly filtered up to baseball’s big-market behemoths. Front offices became fortresses of analytical decision-making. Data exploded. Player evaluation techniques blossomed. Smarter executives meant smarter player contracts. Even the Chicago Cubs won a World Series.Fifteen years after a Michael Lewis novel commenced baseball’s “Moneyball era,” this is starting to feel like its apex. The boundaries for individual greatness on a field have never seemed so clearly defined. Meanwhile, the lengths a front office will go to build the best team possible have never seemed so limitless.The result? A handful of smart, mostly well-heeled superteams are taking full advantage of their “window for contention.” Their rosters are deep with homegrown stars and impossible to reduce to a big name or two. Their regular-season win totals have been padded by softer clubs, whose architects have no choice but to rebuild from the ground up in hopes of someday engineering a champion.That’s why the 100-win teams of 2017 are projected to approach (or exceed) the same level of greatness this year.Go ahead. It’s OK to pick an Astros-Dodgers World Series rematch. Your choices are limited, after all. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) determined, based on professional engineering assessments, that dam safety improvements completed over the past eight months — nearly one year ahead of schedule — allow for water levels to be increased two feet above winter pool at the more than 3,100-acre Buckeye Lake.The first phase of the Buckeye Lake improvements are now complete and provide the community and the residents downstream with a structure that offers significant protections against potential dam failure, as well as allowing for interim water levels to be raised above winter pool. The new seepage barrier and stability berm have been planned and constructed just 15 months after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deemed the lake to be at risk for catastrophic failure and had recommended draining the lake.“This project is an enormous undertaking, and I’m proud of the engineers and staff that have worked around the clock to build a safer structure for the residents of the Buckeye Lake community and all who enjoy this wonderful state park,” said James Zehringer, ODNR Director. “While the final project is not yet complete, we have cleared an enormous hurdle, allowing us to maintain a higher water level and provide more recreational opportunities for visitors and businesses around the lake.”Following completion of the stability berm and seepage barrier, engineers from Gannett Fleming and ASI, the contractors building the dam, assessed the structure. At that time, they recommended to ODNR that two feet above winter pool would be an acceptable level for the water to be maintained at this stage in the project. ODNR dam engineers have reviewed and accepted that recommendation, with the understanding that proactive lake management will be utilized to keep the water at a safe level.“The team that ODNR assembled, including Gannett Fleming, ASI and all of the subcontractors, worked day and night to get phase one done in less than a year, in anticipation of bringing the water level up, and we appreciate everyone’s patience,” said Robert Kline, Gannett Fleming Vice President and Deputy Manager of the Dams and Hydraulics Section. “The Buckeye Lake Dam is in a much safer state than it was prior to completing phase one, and therefore public risk has been significantly reduced.”The water levels at Buckeye Lake will continue to be proactively monitored and maintained at this recommended depth during the recreational seasons, until the dam replacement project is completed, which is scheduled for 2019. When the new dam meets the required safety standards, the water will be returned to full summer pool.Initial estimates regarding cost and timeline have been significantly reduced thanks to exceptional planning and aggressive timelines. Initial estimates placed the cost of the new dam at $150 million, but current estimates indicate that the state could achieve nearly a 20% savings on total cost. In addition, the completion of the first phase of the project nearly a year ahead of schedule is allowing recreational boating to occur on the lake much earlier. Phase two of the Buckeye Lake Dam replacement project is currently being designed.last_img read more


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first_imgA six-foot-long rat snake was spotted in the Taj Mahal premises on Monday, causing panic among visitors.A team of experts from Wildlife SOS arrived at the monument and rescued the snake. The rat snake is harmless, feeding mostly on birds and rodents.The staff at the Taj Mahal called for help and a rapid response team was dispatched by Wildlife SOS. The team found the reptilian visitor cooling off under a water cooler in the water filtration plant.Officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) immediately stopped the water filtration plant. The Wildlife SOS team, along with the ASI staff, moved workers and curious tourists to a safe distance from the snake before starting the rescue process.After an hour-long operation, the Wildlife SOS team managed to successfully extricate the reptile.Munazzar Ali, Senior Conservation Assistant, ASI, said: “There are four RO plants inside the Taj Mahal to ensure proper water supply for public water taps. As soon as the snake was spotted inside the plant, considering the safety of tourists and workers, we immediately contacted Wildlife SOS for their assistance. The team was very efficient in rescuing the snake.”Baiju Raj M.V of Wildlife SOS said: “The severe heat must have driven the snake in search for water and a cool place. We thank the ASI and the officials of the Taj Mahal for considering the safety of the tourists and the snake and contacting Wildlife SOS.”last_img read more


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first_imgEngland cricket coach Andy Flower wants his Ashes victors to refocus for the fifth Test in Sydney and finish the tour on a winning note, and not to believe that his team can’t accomplish more.Speaking a day after England completed an innings and 157-run win in the fourth Test to ensure it holds the Ashes, Flower said on Thursday that “it’s far too early to feel satisfied.”England lead the series 2-1, marking the first time since the 1986-87 season that they have retained the Ashes in Australia. The fifth Test begins Monday.Flower said the celebrations in the Melbourne Cricket Ground changerooms on Wednesday were memorable and noted some players were “conspicuous by their absence” for breakfast on Thursday morning at the team hotel.”But we also will realize there’s a lot of cricket ahead on this tour and there’s a lot of cricket left to be played in this fifth test,” Flower said. “We came out here to win the series and we’ll be doing everything we can to do that.”He said the Ashes was one step in a long-term ambition of winning the limited-overs World Cup beginning in February and becoming the world’s No. 1 Test team.”There are a lot of things out there for us to aim for,” Flower said.The team had the day off on Thursday after wrapping up the Melbourne Test in four days.”They can enjoy each other’s success and each other’s company for a little period of time in the sanctuary of the dressing room and the families joined us for a short time,” Flower said.advertisement”I know the guys enjoyed having their loved ones around them, too, to share it with. We celebrated yesterday and it’s time to move on now.”last_img read more


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first_imgReal Madrid Injury worry for Real Madrid as Varane taken off at half-time against Girona Goal Last updated 2 years ago 00:35 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Raphael Varane Getty Real Madrid Primera División Girona v Real Madrid Girona The Liga giants will be waiting nervously to find out the severity of their defender’s muscle complaint after he was withdrawn at the break Real Madrid could be facing an injury blow at the back after Raphael Varane was withdrawn at half-time against Girona. The French centre-back looked visibly uncomfortable towards the end of the first 45 minutes, and was seen grimacing after a challenge on Pere Pons. And after going down the tunnel at the break with Madrid 1-0 up, Varane did not make an appearance for the restart.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Nacho was drafted in to replace Varane, who was making his 200th appearance for the club, with reports of an adductor injury in his right leg, although the severity of the problem is yet to be disclosed. Girona took full advantage of the disruption, hitting back from Cristhian Stuani and Portu to take a 2-1 lead in the first 15 minutes of the second half. Real Madrid 11/10 to beat SpursMadrid will now be waiting nervously for updates on their defender’s health, with a crunch Champions League match against Tottenham in just three days.last_img read more