The US Is Downright Mediocre At The World Baseball Classic

Puerto Rico1380.67 Chinese Taipei39-3.26 American fans like to think of the U.S. as the home of baseball; they even tried to mythologize it into the game’s place of origin at one point. And, yes, the majority of the game’s best players are from America. But in the World Baseball Classic, arguably the highest-profile event in international baseball, the U.S. is merely ordinary: It’s 10-10 over the tournament’s history, despite playing a relatively weak slate of opponents over the years. What gives?The WBC has always held more appeal for international players and fans, whose national teams take it far more seriously than the U.S. team does. The U.S. seldom sends its best players to the event, for better (it reduces the risk of key injuries in games that are essentially treated as exhibitions) and worse (it deprives the game of its best players playing on a worldwide stage). That means we won’t be seeing the likes of Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw in this year’s Classic, much less living legend Mike Trout.As a result, the U.S. has gotten mediocre results on the field, far from what might be expected out of a country that still considers itself baseball’s standard-bearer. To get a schedule-adjusted ranking of how countries have performed at the four World Baseball Classics,1Including 2017’s games, as of March 8. I calculated Sports-Reference’s Simple Rating System (SRS) for every WBC game since the event began in 2006.2A few more details: I gave more weight to games that took place in later rounds (first-round games had a weight of 1, second-round games a weight of 2, WBC semifinals a weight of 4 and WBC finals a weight of 8.) I also used a home-field advantage term of +0.16 runs per game, matching what it is in MLB since 2006. Among the 13 teams that have played double-digit WBC games, the U.S. ranks just seventh — far behind No. 1 Japan, who has dominated the tournament more than any other country. Mexico69-2.05 Japan — not the U.S. — dominates the World Baseball Classic Japan1973.40 Venezuela107-0.22 Italy47-1.49 United States1010-0.41 COUNTRYWINSLOSSESWEIGHTED SRS Cuba1480.67 Australia19-3.73 Dominican Republic1441.49 Netherlands910-1.20 Teams are ranked according to the Simple Rating System (SRS) for all WBC games since 2006, with extra weight applied to games in later rounds.Source: Wikipedia South Korea1471.79 China28-6.12 National pastime or not, America’s unexceptionalism probably won’t improve until the U.S. starts treating the WBC less like an exhibition event, and more like the international showcase other countries already think it is. Share on Facebook read more

Ohio State backs running down the dream of a starting job

After one season as the Ohio State’s football team’s wide receiver coach, Stan Drayton is the Buckeyes’ running backs coach, returning to the position he once played as a three-time Division III All-American at Allegheny College.In his first season under coach Urban Meyer, Drayton faces the task of replacing the team’s top running back from last season, Daniel “Boom” Herron, who ran for 672 yards in just eight games.Drayton won’t have Herron to work with, but the team returns three running backs who combined for 1,090 rushing yards last season.Carlos Hyde, a rising junior, ran for 566 yards this past season. Rising senior Jordan Hall ran for 408 yards as a junior. Additionally, rising redshirt sophomore Rod Smith ran for 116 yards in his first season.OSU’s stable of running backs also includes freshman Bri’onte Dunn, who enrolled at OSU in January and is participating in spring practices.Drayton said all four of the players are competing for playing time.“It’s open competition right now,” Drayton said. “We’re just trying to see who’s going to separate themselves. Nowadays, you got to prepare at least three or four (running backs) to make it through an entire season anyway, so all of these guys are preparing to get game-ready. As far as me setting the depth chart right now, I like to leave it open so these guys can continue to compete throughout the spring.”Hall, who led the Buckeyes with 1,275 all-purpose yards last season, is expected by some to be the leader of the OSU running game.Drayton said the coaching staff will use Hall in a variety of ways this season.“We’re going to play into Jordan Hall’s strengths,” Drayton said. “He’s a guy who can be a versatile player for us.”Drayton said he expects Hall to contribute as a receiver this season, but added that he thinks all the running backs should do so.“He’s very, very capable,” Drayton said of Hall’s receiving abilities. “We may put a little bit more on Jordan’s plate, but all of my backs are going to have to get out there, get lined up at wide receiver, recognize coverages and play out there.”Hall said he is uncertain how he will be used in the offense this year, but said he is looking forward to playing in the offense implemented by this year’s new coaching staff.“I don’t know really what my role is yet, but I just know that the offense is more zone reads, bubble screens, screens … just getting in open space,” Hall said. “I like being in space, and this is the perfect offense.”Drayton said he has been very impressed with Hall’s maturity this spring.“I’ve seen an unbelievable change,” Drayton said. “The leadership and the toughness, both in the weight room and on the field, that was already there, but he’s taken it to another level.”Drayton said he also has big expectations for Hyde this season.“Carlos’s progression is going to be very significant to our run game,” Drayton said. “We need Carlos to take his game to another level so he can contribute to this football team. He’s too talented not to.”Hyde was not made available for comment.Drayton said he expects Smith to have a bigger role this fall.“I’m very confident that (Smith) is going to make an impact for this football team,” Drayton said.Drayton also said he has high expectations for Dunn.“I think his future is going to be really, really bright around here,” Drayton said.Hall was asked whether he thought opposing defenses would be able to stop the OSU offense this fall.“Not if we execute,” Hall replied.OSU will kickoff the 2012 Spring Game Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Football Ohio State announces future Big Ten schedules

The Ohio State football team takes the field for the 2018 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium between Team Scarlet and Team Gray. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe Big Ten announced its conference schedules for each member of the conference from the 2022 season through the 2025 seasons on Wednesday. Ohio State now has a completed schedule for the next three seasons with six non-conference games to be decided during the four-year span. From 2022-2025, Ohio State will play all seven members of the Big Ten West, including regular season games against Wisconsin, home-and-homes with both Iowa and Northwestern and games against Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue. Ohio State opens the 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State. 2022 Ohio State ScheduleSept. 3 – Notre DameSept. 17 – Toledo Sept. 24 – at Michigan StateOct. 1 – at Penn State Oct. 8 – Rutgers Oct. 15 – Iowa Oct. 22 – Off Oct. 29 – Indiana Nov. 5 – at Northwestern Nov. 12 – Wisconsin Nov. 19 – at MarylandNov. 26 – Michigan 2023 Ohio State ScheduleSept. 2 – at IndianaSept. 23 – at Notre DameOct. 7 – MarylandOct. 14 – at PurdueOct. 21 – Penn State Oct. 28 – at WisconsinNov. 4 – at RutgersNov. 11 – Michigan State Nov. 18 – MinnesotaNov. 25 – at Michigan 2024 Ohio State ScheduleSept. 7 – at Washington Sept. 28 – Illinois Oct. 5 – RutgersOct. 12 – at NebraskaOct. 26 – Wisconsin Nov. 2 – at MarylandNov. 9 – at Penn State Nov. 16 – Indiana Nov. 23 – at Michigan State Nov. 30 – Michigan 2025 Ohio State ScheduleAug. 30 – at Texas Sept. 13 – Washington Sept. 20 – at Indiana Sept. 27 – at IowaOct. 4 – Maryland Oct. 11 – at WisconsinOct. 25 – at Rutgers Nov. 1 – Northwestern Nov. 15 – Penn State Nov. 22 – Michigan StateNov. 29 – at Michigan read more

Javier Zanetti replies Roberto Mancini declares talents must be rewarded

first_imgInter Vice-President Javier Zanetti has responded to Italy CT Roberto Mancini saying that “regardless of nationality, I think talent must be rewarded”.He also went ahead to admonish Serie A clubs to give more space to young Italian players even though one of his own former stars thinks it’s not quite that simple.“After failing to qualify for the World Cup, it’s necessary to work to improve young Italians,” Zanetti agreed, speaking to ANSA via Football Italia.“Mancini is certainly the right person for that. In the league though, regardless of nationality, I think talent must be rewarded.Italy on track with Mancini Taimoor Khan – September 12, 2019 Since being nominated the manager of the national team, Roberto Mancini has helped Italy rediscover its identity in the game. As things stand, Roberto…“Basically whoever is the best plays.“The Italian national team needs to start again and needs the best young players. We’re all happy when there are good Italian players on the pitch, it reflects well on a club’s youth system.”last_img read more

Lazio director confirms Immobile and MilinkovicSavic contracts

Igli Tare spoke on how they learned from last season’s injuries and now have realized the importance of squad rotationAfter many weeks discussing contracts for Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Lazio has confirmed they are almost done.The team’s director Igli Tare discussed with Football Italia the importance of squad rotation.“It’s a matter of days for Immobile and Milinkovic-Savic’s contracts. The agreements have been there for a while and I think it’ll be finalized at the start of next week,” he said.Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.“Considering the experience we had last season, above all towards the end of the season with injuries to four or five fundamental players, we paid a heavy price for that, so realized the importance of squad rotation.”“I can’t stop transfer gossip, but Caicedo’s situation is not the one that was pictured in the papers. It’s a tough role for him to be on the bench for much of the time, and the fans don’t forgive him anything,” he added.“Everyone here admires Caicedo, I had a long talk with him and you can see he’s hungry, even if so far it’s only been evident in training. I believe he’ll have a fine season.”“I agree that we’re in a position that we are not accustomed to being in, as we were always surprised outfits, whereas this year we declared that we wanted to be protagonists,” he concluded. read more

Modric ready for Real Madrids important challenge

first_imgLuka Modric is braced for the challenge that lies ahead for Real Madrid as they bid to end 2018 with a third straight Club World CupThe Champions League holders will face off against Japanese side Kashima Antlers in the United Arab Emirates later today for the semi-finals of the competition.Despite the difficult start Real have endured this season though, Modric is gunning to end his “perfect” year on a winning note.“It’s a very important challenge for us,” The 2018 Ballon d’Or winner told the club website.“What this team has, and has proven many times, is quality and character. Despite the difficult times and the problems we’ve encountered along the way, we always know how to overcome them.“We’re prepared for what awaits us and we want to finish this year, which has been perfect, in the best possible way”.“After winning the Champions League three times in a row, we want to do the same with the Club World Cup.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“For Real Madrid, it’s always important to win titles and we want to win this for the third time in a row.“For me, it’s always important to help the team in the best way possible, I’m not overly concerned with the individual side of things. The important thing is how we’re going to play as a team, take on this challenge and win the title”.The Real and Kashima Antlers match will begin today at 17:30 (CET).🙌 IT’S MATCHDAY! 🙌🆚 @atlrs_english 🏟 Zayed Sports City Stadium⏰ 🇦🇪 20:30 | 🇪🇸 17:30 🏆 Club World Cup semi-final #⃣ #RMCWC pic.twitter.com/1MuuBkbvkR— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) December 19, 2018last_img read more

Seaton Finds Closed Sign At Republican Primary

first_imgAn October court ruling in a case which determined that independents are allowed to run in Democratic primaries, may also allow the Republican Party to block individuals from running as its nominee if they violate that party rule. The state appealed to the Alaska Supreme Court, which could complicate the outcome. Rule changes for the 2018 primaries were due in September, so it’s unclear whether the state will honor the change or decide it doesn’t comply with state law. The Party has rules about caucusing with other political parties, and the penalties for that are no financial support, no access to the party database, and understanding that the party may recruit a challenger. This isn’t the first time that Republicans have left the party to join a bipartisan caucus, but it is the first time that the retaliation has cut them out of the primary election. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Representative Paul Seaton is one of three lawmakers who has been blocked by the Alaska Republican Party from running in the 2018 Republican primary.last_img read more

Rep Howrylak joins applauds creation of new Asian Pacific American caucus

first_img This week legislators came together to form the bipartisan Asian Pacific American caucus, which is composed of members of the Michigan Legislature who identify as Asian Pacific American and members with districts that have large concentrations of Asian Pacific American residents, announced State Rep. Martin Howrylak.“Those who identify as Asian Pacific Americans are the fastest growing population in Michigan,” said Howrylak, R-Troy. “Asian Pacific Americans are contributing to the cultural diversity of our district, the fine reputation of our public schools and to the vitality of our region’s economy.”As part of its mission, the caucus will work to educate other members of the Legislature about the contributions and concerns of the Asian Pacific American community in Michigan.Members of the Legislature participating in the new caucus include Sens. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, Patrick Colbeck, Mike Kowall, Marty Knollenberg, Rebekah Warren and Reps. Martin Howrylak, Kristy Pagan, Stephanie Chang, Christine Greig, Jeff Irwin, Adam Zemke and Sam Singh.### Categories: Howrylak News 30Jan Rep. Howrylak joins, applauds creation of new Asian Pacific American caucuslast_img read more