Moscow( CNN) Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country is ready to cooperate with the new US administration, as he gave his annual state-of-the-nation address Thursday in Moscow.
Moscow( CNN) Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country is ready to cooperate with the new US administration, as he gave his annual state-of-the-nation address Thursday in Moscow.
Had French President Emmanuel Macron been paying close attention, he would have recognized rapidly just how fraught his coming exchange with Donald Trumpwas to be.
The two leaders had satisfied briefly earlier that day, exchanging a firm, prolonged,” not innocent” handshake that drew attention for its unbound intensity. Now, hours later, as Macron approached Trump and other world leaders at the opening of NATO’s new headquarters in Brussels last week, the U.S. chairwoman offered several non-verbal cues indicating his desire to re-establish the global pecking order.
The first came well before he and Macron were face-to-face. Walking toward one another, Trump reached out to King Philippe of Belgium, who stood directly to his right, to offer an impromptu handshake. The King seemed caught off-guard. For good reason. No one in their group was making any such gesture.
Trump’s offer seemed out of place. But Florin Dolcos, a University of Illinois associate psychology professor and faculty member at the Beckman Institute’s Cognitive Neuroscience Group, indicated it was a deliberate. And the intended audience wasn’t Philippe but Macron.
” That’s a signal Trump was sending:’ This is where you should come first because I’m the alpha here ,'” Dolcos said. “‘ Iinitiated with the other guy .'”
Moments afterward, another cue. With the two still walking towards one another, Trump appeared up at Macron and opened his arms — a signal typically set aside for family and friends , not two world leaders who’d simply met. Once again, Dolcos suspected Trump was making a nonverbal signal to his French counterpart.
” I think it is a learned behavior. Because typically you don’t do that. You do it with people very close to you in natural circumstances. Not people you don’t really know ,” he told.” In a way it could be seen as a trap .”
Macron didn’t fall for it. Instead, he greeted a few others before making his route to Trump. When he did eventually arrive, Trump pounced, taking Macron’s hand and pulling it violently away from his body with enough force to turn Macron roughly 50 degrees.
Dolcos again ensure a tactical play. Unable to torque his arm, Macron was rendered powerless. He attempted to pull away and Trump refused to let him go.
Macron put his other hand on Trump to pry himself loose. And when he finally freed himself, Trump dedicated him a pat on the shoulder, aiming the exchange squarely on his words.
Another bizarre, dramatic, uncomfortable handshake with a world leader was in the books, ricochetting its route across the Internet to the wonderment of all.
” It goes down to asserting predominance ,” said Dolcos.” Why he wants to do that? I don’t know. It appears, to me, like he is trying too hard …. It appears ridiculous”
If you want to better understand Donald Trump — his presidency, his approach personal diplomacy, even his psyche — simply follow his hands.
Those hands, and their unexceptional digits, have been the source of immense insecurity, prompting him to lash out at critics and boast about his genitalia. They give insights into his wedding for the way they search — ever so subtly and often unsuccessfully — for his wife’s embracing. They tell us about his consolation in office as he attempts to find his footing on the world stage. And they show his preoccupation with imagery and the role it plays in advancing his agenda.
” I just think the president is very cognizant of the optics of what it looks like at these multilateral sessions with world leaders ,” told Sam Nunberg, a former Trump aide,” and I even guess[ the handshake] is symbolic to the America First theme of his presidency and campaign .”
The Trump handshake has become most unique greeting in all of politics. Before he virtually tore off Emmanuel Macron’s arm, Trump crushed the thumbs of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
When he unveiled his Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch during a East Wing ceremony, he followed suit by yanking the Justice’s entire body three times in his direction.
Trump memorably refused to shake hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel when she visited him in a testy Oval Office exchange.
And he went grip-to-grip for an uncomfortable duration of time with an obviously prepared Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada.
In a short time, the Trump handshake has become so legendary that world leaders have been compelled to prepare in advance. Trudeau seemed to have done his homework and so had Macron during his first interaction with Trump. Hillary Clinton prepared for a variety of over-the-top Trump gestures in the lead-up to their debates. But her aide, Philippe Reines, who played Trump in debate prep, said the handshake never came up in practice sessions.
” I never tried to rend her limb out of its socket ,” he told HuffPost.
Trump’s approach to the handshake is a combination of brute force and strategic inconvenience. He doesn’t so much shake the hand as he ingests the very arm of the person he’s espousing. The aim, it seems, seeks to establish a geographic zone and bring his counterpart into it.
Trump almost always initiates, with a semi-open palm thrust at his equivalent. Often, his eyes dart not to the person across from him but down at his hand itself — an early hint at where the drama is likely to be. When the gesture is joined, Trump clasps firmly and tugs violently inward. Sometimes, he motions up and down but often he will use a lumberjack approach( backward and forward ). Occasionally, he’ll twist his counterpart’s hand in odd directions or employ his free hand fortify the clasp. Rarely does he let go first.
Unexpected recipients often seem stunned. Some, like Abe, depict visible relief when it ends. And the individuals who prepare in advance recognize it for what it is: an overt power play.
” It’s an intimidation tactic. There are self-preservation strategies and intimidation is one of the main ones ,” told Frank Bernieri, an associate professor in the psychology department at Oregon State University, who has written on the influence of the handshake.” This is perfectly consistent with Trump. He pretty much says that’s what I do to make a bargain .”
This is perfectly consistent with Trump. He pretty much says that’s what I do to make a deal. Frank Bernieri, associate prof, psychology department at Oregon State University.
Handshakes were not invented as vehicles to exhibit predominance. In their earliest depictions, they were seen as the ways and means of sealing confederations and exhibiting intimacy. Research says that handshakes can leave lasting impressions about a person’s conscientiousness and that different variables can affect the efficacy of the handshake. What is less agreed upon is the capacity of handshakes to assert authority.
The handshake as a power move has been mythologized in cinema and popularise in the world of business. But some researchers say that as a practical matter, it doesn’t actually work.
” Such tries would usually be ineffective because the main point of a handshake seeks to establish a sense of mutuality and mutual respect ,” emailed Howard Friedman, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior and a professor in the psychology department at the University of California, Riverside.
“[ S] omeone who employs or attempts to use such a power or intimidation handshake either 1) already has the power and would also simultaneously be hiring other status signals like elevated height, invasive touching, higher-status attire, and other dominance cues from face, voice, gaze, and posture; or 2) is misjudging the likely reactions of the other person and/ or the audience ,” Friedman said.
Trump doesn’t abide by this theory. His handshakes are clear attempts to assert alpha dominance.
Take when Trump greeted Tajikistan president Emomali Rahmon. In this incident, Rahmon played the role of the aggressor, grabbing and shaking Trump’s hand in the same manner as Trump did with Macron. What impressed Dolcos is what went next. Instead of pulling away — which is the natural inclination — Trump stepped closer in. Doing so allowed his arm to once again be torqued, which, in turn, allowed him to re-establish physical control and affirm his stature within Rahmon’s own orbit. It was a” rebalance of the power play ,” as Dolcos set it.” It is a little bit of body rotation this is why it seems natural .”
Those close to Trump say they don’t believe he rehearses these moments. But Dolcos suspects that he does. The patterns are so apparent and the gestures so demonstrable that it seems only natural that Trump has thought them through. That’s true even in those cases where there is no handshake at all.
At an earlier stop in his journey abroad, Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. After the two sat for the camera, Netanyahu stood up first and offered his hand. Trump ignored the gesture, walking the other way.
Observers assumed that Trump either didn’t notice his equivalent or got lost in the moment. Dolcos had a different theory.
” It is another way of establishing rank, which is that he is the one initiate ,” he told. “‘ I’m not going in when you initiate. I’m probably dismissing it and then I’ll come back. This is now when we are doing this. Not when you initiate it .'”
The most curious part of Trump’s handshake is that he reportedly detests shaking hands. He has called such greets “barbaric” and” one of the curses of American society .” He is a rumored germaphobe who dispenses Purell sanitizer.
And yet, despite those hesitations, Trump entered a field where the handshake is even more fundamental than in the world of business. Politics is built on handshakes.
Neil Makhija was a body man for Joe Sestak when the Democrat ran unsuccessfully in 2010 for the Senate in Pennsylvania. He remembered how his boss would weave back-and-forth, side to side during July 4th parades instead of strolling down the middle of the street. He wanted to shake every hand he could touch.
” There is a propensity among legislators that if you reach a voter they will kind of see the light ,” Makhija said.” You believe the more people you touch, the more likely you will win .”
Makhija went on to become an advance man for Vice President Joe Biden and, is again, handshaking observed its style into his portfolio. Whenever Biden would meet a legislator or dignitary, his aides would game plan the session, including that initial greet.
” There is no question that when you have an advance squad for the White House, every single detail is discussed in terms of where the shake is going to happen, what is the backdrop and what’s behind you and all these things ,” said Makhija.
Unlike Biden or Sestak, Trump doesn’t see the handshake as a means of establishing cordiality or mutuality with his equivalent. He doesn’t conceive of it as means of winning referendums or facilitating diplomacy. He imagines it as a showing of alpha-ness. This induces him unique among U.S. presidents and a wonder for the YouTube age. Then again, what else would one expect from Donald Trump?
” If we are talking about his handshake, it is kind of analogous to us talking about him when he takes his thumb and tells,’ You’re fired ,'” told Nunberg.” There is nobody who is a better showman and more cognizant of the optics than I’ve ever worked with than him .”
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( CNN) If you have ever doubted the importance of the humble Oxford comma, let this supremely persnickety Maine labor dispute set you straight.
Republicans hurry-up to defend chairwomen travel forbidding and decision to fire acting attorney general as Democrats boycott Tom Price and Steve Mnuchin votes
A dirty political battle roiled Washington on Tuesday as allies and officials rallied around Donald Trump and his controversial travelling outlaw, while opponents intensified their tactics to thwart his administration at every turn.
Republicans defended the presidents forbid on entry for people from seven Muslim-majority countries and his decision to fire the acting attorney general, Sally Yates, on Monday night for refusing to enforce it. Democrats boycotted referendums on two of Trumps cabinet nominees and braced for a long combat over his imminent pick for the supreme court.
With both sides digging in, there seemed little prospect of an objective to what former chairman Barack Obama once described as the rancour and distrust of hyper-partisan politics in Washington. Trump campaigned on a pledge to fix a broken system.
A Reuters/ Ipsos poll published on Tuesday found that 49% either strongly or somewhat agreed with the executive order, with 41% strongly or somewhat against. However, 41% felt the US was setting a bad instance in how to combat terrorism, versus 38% who said the opposite. And 56% disagreed that the country should welcome Christian refugees, but not Muslim ones.
On Tuesday morning Senate Democrat delayed the consideration of Tom Price, Trumps pick for health secretary, and Steven Mnuchin, his selection for treasury secretary. Democrats refused to attend referendums on the committees tasked with reviewing the two nominees, who rank among Trumps more controversial selections, telling Price and Mnuchin had misinformed them in their verification hearings.
Democrats demanded that Price, a congressman from Georgia, and Mnuchin, a former partner of Goldman Sachs, appear before the committees for further questioning. The theatrics amounted to the only options at the Democrats disposal to block Trumps cabinet appointees from their position in the Senate minority.
Republicans, who in 2013 boycotted a vote on Obamas nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, lashed out at Democrat.
Im very disappointed in this kind of crap, said Orrin Hatch, the Utah senator who chairs the Senate finance committee. This is the most pathetic thing Ive seen in my whole time in the United States Senate I think they ought to stop posturing and acting like idiots.
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, branded the Democrat actions embarrassing. He told reporters at his daily briefing: The mere idea that theyre not showing up to hearings is outrageous.
Sixteen of Trumps nominees for government agencies are still awaiting verification, Spicer said, whereas at the same stage in 2009, Obama only had nine yet to be approved.
It remained unclear when the votes might be rescheduled. Democrat could continue to stall indefinitely under regulations requiring that at least one of them be participating for the relevant committees to hold a vote.
Elaine Chao received verification from the Senate to become transportation secretary on Tuesday, however. The Senate energy and national resources committee speedily approved former Texas governor Rick Perry as energy secretary by 16 -7, and Representative Ryan Zinke to head the interior department by 16 -6. They too await verification by the full Senate.
Also on Tuesday New York joined a lawsuit against Trumps executive order brought by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, the Urban Justice Center and others.
Eric Schneiderman, the New York state attorney general, described the order as unconstitutional, unlawful, and fundamentally un-American.
Later on Tuesday the state of Virginia became a plaintiff in a federal suit filed over an incident on Saturday where two Yemeni friends arrived at Dulles airport from east Africa with residency green cards, planning to join their father in Michigan, but were blocked by agents enforcing the travel prohibit and put on a flight back the style they had come. The lawsuit seeks to restore the immigration rights of the brothers and up to 60 others whom lawyers say suffered a similar fate at Dulles at the weekend.
Washington became the first nation to sue the White House on Monday. Amazon, which is headquartered in Washington, pledged support.
At 8p m ET prime time on US television Trump is due to announce his nominee for the supreme court to fill a vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia almost a year ago.
Still bitter over Republicans refusal to consider Obamas judicial nominee, Merrick Garland, last year, Democrats are now in a position to use the same tactics against Trumps choice for the countrys highest court.
Since the death of Scalia, the eight-member court has steered clear of some major issues. Split between conservatives and liberals, it would sway back to the right if as expected Trump makes a conservative choice. Environmental regulation, union rights and healthcare could all be in the balance.
Jeff Hauser, director of Revolving Door Project, described comparings with the controversial 1991 hearing which insured the nominee accused of sexual harassment. “Its going to be” the biggest nomination battle since Clarence Thomas and thats if the nominee comes through the door scrubbed and clean as is practicable, he said
Given the bad blood between the parties, the protests , the growing resistance to Trump, were going to see more activism, more money spent around this nomination. Records are going to be to be prepared by every metric.
The Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, has vowed to fight tooth and nail to keep the vacancy open if Trump nominates a justice who is considered outside the mainstream.
Polarisation has intensified since Trumps executive order, signed on Friday, that denies refugees, immigrants and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries entry to the US, indefinitely shuts US perimeters to refugees fleeing the humanitarian crisis in Syria, and prioritises refugee claims on the basis of religious-based persecution, a rule widely interpreted as being intended to favour Christians.
Paul Ryan, the House speaker, defended the move but conceded that it could have been better enforced. The chairwoman has a responsibility to the security of this country, he told reporters. Its regrettable that there was embarrassment on the rollout of this. No one wanted to see people with green cards or special immigrant visas, like translators, get caught up in all of this.
The Republican said he spoke at length with US homeland security secretary, John Kelly, and was confident that he is, on a going forward basis, going to make sure that things are done correctly.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Kelly also devoted full backing to Trump, insisting this is a temporary pause to allow a better review the refugee vetting system. This is not, I recur , not a ban on Muslims, he said.
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Growing up in Blackpool, Olly Alexander lived next door to a church. As a young lesbian human, that presented him with a dilemma.
“I was always recognizing also that, in the bible, homosexuality was viewed as sinful and that’s always stayed with me, ” says the singer.
“But I genuinely love religious iconography and religious speech because it’s so powerful and so evocative … so now I love to play around with that and subvert it.”
He surely attains that goal on Years& Years’ recent single, Sanctify, which characterises being gay as a sacred act.( “Maybe it’s heavenly, ” sings Alexander in the bridge .)
“I love a bit of drama, ” chuckles the vocalist, “and it doesn’t get more dramatic than sanctifying your sins when you pray.”
The 27 -year-old was inspired to write the anthem after a brief relationship with a straight man.
A stunning indicate at the Design Museum presents the master couturiers own vision although sadly he wont see it. By Kate Finnigan
When Azzedine Alaia, the Tunisian master couturier, succumbed of a heart attack in Paris last November, aged 82, the Design Museum in London was seven months into preparing a big show dedicated to his run. It was to be the first fashion exhibition in the museum’s new building in Kensington and the choice of Alaia had been carefully built.” The museum has very special architecture ,” says Alice Black, co-director.” What Azzedine Alaia created over his career is also striking sculpture. We felt that his work against the backdrop of the museum would be amazing .”
Black had come to know the tiny and charismatic designer over the previous few months. The team had collaborated closely with Alaia himself, a human known for his perfectionism and hands-on approach.” Azzedine was the heart and soul of his label. For a while I wondered if the exhibition could still go ahead ,” says Black.” But because he had really wanted it, everyone took it on themselves to make it happen. It was his idea, his idea, so we hadn’t been left to second guess .”
Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier, curated by Alaia’s long-term collaborator and friend, Mark Wilson of the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, opens this Thursday. The museum has defied the temptation to turn it into a retrospective and has stayed with the designer’s original vision for it to be a study of technique and craft, with more than 60 examples of couture pieces. It is the first-ever UK show dedicated to Alaia, who is less well known here than in his adopted France. But those who know way revere Alaia almost like no other. The industry loves a secret and there has been a cult surrounding Alaia for five decades, inspired not only by his unique- although much-imitated- style but by his desire for perfectionism( a dress could take five weeks or five years ), his refusal to be dictated to by commercialism and his personal style of business, largely conducted in his atelier-cum-apartment in the Marais around a kitchen table, where Alaia served guests with his own cuisine.
( CNN) The tragic death of 18 -year-old Brandy Vela is bringing the potential dangers of cyberbullying back into focus. It’s another reminder of what experts say is a public health problem facing young people.
Oh wild eyes
Oh wide heart
Oh great spirit
may you drink the yellow grass that is thirsting on both sides of the Cretan highways
may you set the blue of the never ending ocean inside the pocket of your soul for eternally keeping
may you trap the sound of crickets calling at the world to slow down
even if we may never listen
I am listening
may we thank the mountain water that collects at our mouths to drink
the green pears that hang welcoming from the trees
pluck me, drink my juice
nourish your body
oh, great life
I am here within each side of your red heart that beats without us asking
that sets us to sleep with superstars each night
and wakes us with the gift of hundreds of thousands of suns
who am I to be so lucky to wake up each day and live?
blest is today for my eyes remain wide to ensure all that you are to me.
Since pitchers will never wear helmets on their own, its time to make the decision for them. Plus, Big Papi pastes the Donald, silly September call-ups are back and Seth Lugo spins his way into the Mets rotation
Its the nightmare scenario for pitchers: a blister line drive off the bat of a big leaguer, leaving no time for hurlers to move their head or swing the glove up for defense.
It doesnt happen often, but when it does, it stimulates for chilling video and it attains you wonder why, with only 60 feet and six inches of space between batter and pitcher, why only one of those players is wearing a helmet. When you consider that Statcast now informs of the triple-digit speeds a ball detonation off of a bat, it stimulates you wonder even more.
We dont have the movie of Clevelands Herb Score being battered by Yankee batter Gil McDougald in 1957, but weve ensure enough of Alex Cobb, Brandon McCarthy, and the five who were hit in the 2015 season to get the idea just how gruesome a scenario it is. Now weve witnessed the latest pitcher to be victimized by a line drive, Matt Shoemaker, who was hit on Sunday by a Kyle Seager laser beam at a staggering 105 mph, fracturing his skull and forcing emergency surgery for subdural hematoma.
Yet, when you consider the slow moving history of headgear in baseball, its not surprising that despite security threats that pitchers face daily, exactly zero pitchers are wearing the most recent offering from Boombang, a California-based company working on a joint helmet growth scheme along with MLB and the Players Association. Some 20 pitchers were offered the chance to try the carbon fiber caps in the spring , none of whom elected to wear them during the regular season. The Astros pitcher Collin McHugh wears a product that hasnt been tested or approved by MLB or the union, and it does not protect the ears.
In 1920, Indian shortstop Ray Chapman died after hard hit in the head by a ball from Yankees pitcher Carl Mays. Major League Baseball banned the spitball and ordered dirty balls to be replaced to keep them from darting unpredictably, yet the first plastic inserts didnt arrive until the 1950 s, and helmets werent even mandatory until 1971.
A single ear-covering flap wasnt standard until 12 year later, and it wasnt until 2013 that we even had a batting helmet capable of withstanding speeds of 100mph. Giancarlo Stanton was among the first to don a helmet capable of blocking pitchings bound for the face after he was hit by Mike Fiers in 2014, but the custom construct hasnt caught on.
Sixty-odd years after helmets were introduced to hitters, adding on to what already exists represents an easier change. Pitchers are basically starting from ground zero theyve rarely worn anything but soft caps on their heads.
Even while first and third base coach-and-fours stand on the sidelines wearing head protection, even when dugouts have been reinforced with mesh fencing protecting children from line drives, even as teams begin to install more comprehensive netting to protect the fans from at-bats and balls flying into the stands, there is the pitcher standing solo on the mound, a sitting duck, unleashing a force that can come back at him even quicker than he can deliver it.
Pitchers will not construct the change on their own because pitchers have a one-track mind its not about their head, its not their face, its all about their limb. Tom Seaver constructed his wife sleep on the left side of the bed so if she rolled over shed hit the left arm , not the right one which won three Cy Young Awards. Theyre worried about Tommy John surgery and shoulder issues. A line drive to the face? By their decisive inaction theyve shown that theyre willing to take their chances rather than add on equipment that changes routine and forces any adjustment.
Reliever Mark Melancon, then with the Pittsburgh Pirates and now with the Washington Nationals, experimented with the caps back at spring training.
It appears funny, Melancon told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in February. Just because of the appears, it might not be something that I wear during the season. As shallow as that seems, and Im definitely not that guy I dont know. Im only not there yet. Devote me a little time, and maybe Ill get there.
Melancon never got there, and either did any other pitcher besides McHugh in 2016.
In the NFL there is no concussion-proof helmet. In cricket there is no 100% effective form of protection, as we sadly considered when Australian batsman Phillip Hughes was tragically killed after being struck by a ball merely below the ear. Athletics will never be 100% safe and all risk will never be eliminated.
However, when youre playing blackjack, if the merchant has a face card and you have 16, the book says to make, and thats because even though the odds are well against you, you must give yourself the best chance to win. A pitcher wearing a helmet dedicates them the best chance to save them from a fluke tragedy, one that could happen at any moment. And since it seems that pitchers will never voluntarily wear them en masse, Major League Baseball and the Players Union must now make the decision to save them from themselves.
Knocking the cover-up off the ball is both a baseball expression and something we watched in The Natural. This week, it really did happen, thanks to the Mets Jose Reyes, albeit in less dramatic style 😛 TAGEND
The fourth inning, I was still pitching good in the fourth inning…
Thats Arizona ace Zack Greinke, who told the truth on Monday after facing his old team, in his old stomping grounds for the first time since leaving LA.
Then Adrian Gonzalez went deep, and then Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal went yard in the fifth inning. Greinke, suffering through the worst season of his big-league life, depicted he maintains warm feelings for his old ballclub, permitting a career worst five home run while the Dodgers compete for a playoff spot.
By now we all know that the Cubs are who we thought they were, which is a dominant baseball franchise on their way to over 100 victories for the first time since they lost the World Series in 1935. Theoretically, Chicago could have the NL Central wrapped up early next week, leaving us a good chunk of September to come up with multiple hypothetical scenarios of how their title hopes will blow out of the Windy City for a 108 th consecutive season.
Theres no key September stretch run for the Cubbies, but Labor Day does mark the start of the sprint to the White House. Trump, busy touring while tweaking a lineup of offensive gestures and controversial statements ahead of debate season, has been relatively quiet this week. However, David Ortiz did take time out of his retirement tour to address Trumps dealings with the Latino Community.
Latin people here in the United States are the sparking plug of the countrys economy, told Ortiz. Whoever resists that is going to lose. And not just Latin people, but immigrants. Im talking about people who come from Africa, from Asia, other places. All those people come here with one goal, to realise the American dream, and you have to include them in our group.
Getting smoked by Big Papi wont help you win anything, so the Cubbies get the edge this week.
Goose Gossage get more than an earful this week from the Canadian agricultural community: the Hunter Brothers Farm in New Brunswick unveiled a corn labyrinth immortalizing the very same Jose Bautista ALDS bat flip that at least partially inspired Gooses spring time rant. The next Hunter Brother creation? A corn labyrinth depicting geeky pencil necked baseball executives evaluating data.
1) Baseballs ridiculously bizarre system of 1 September roster expansion is back, once again allowing teams to test drive prospects and brought on by reinforcements during the most important day of the season. Why baseball teams are abruptly playing by a different situated of personnel rules – the roster can swell from anywhere between 26 and 40 players – than those which governed the first 5 months remains a mystery, one that ranks up there with the NBA rule that allows a team to advance the ball to half tribunal after a timeout with two minutes or reductions in video games.
If such a system is a must have, why not let expanded rosters in April while squads continue to evaluate their rosters, as former administrator Bobby Valentine has suggested in the past. In an age of pitching limits, that would also allow a chance to go with six-man rotations for a month. Yes, wins in April count the same as they do in September, but its farcical to change the style of doing business during pennant races.
2) Baseball fans outside of Los Angeles and throughout the world have been feasting on Dodgers coverage, if merely to enjoy the iconic voice of Vin Scully during his final season of broadcasting. Some fans inside LA have been iced out of Scullys last season thanks to a long running struggle between SportsNet LA, the Dodger television network and Time Warner Cable, which has not carried the channel since 2014 due to contractual issues. Now, there is peace in our time, kind of: Charter Communications, the group operating Time Warner Cable after a consolidation, announced on Friday that it will broadcast the final six games of the season on KTLA, a free to air terrestrial channel, in order to make sure all in the area can hear Scully before he calls it quits.
3) Meanwhile, those regular season games may not be Vins final bellows, if LA stimulates the playoffs and Scully elects to do radio during the post-season. The Dodgers, already in a strong position in the NL West, will get a boost after learning that Clayton Kershaw will return to the hill on Friday against the Marlins following a rehab stint. LAs ace posted a 1.79 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 121 innings in the first half of the 2016 season, and somewhat amazingly, the injury battered Dodgers survived well without him. Kershaw, who has been among the most durable limbs in baseball, comes back with a guarantee:
Ill never get hurt again, said the three-time National League Cy Young Award winner on Sunday. Its awful.
4) The Pittsburgh Pirates are rapidly spiraling out of the playoff hunting. Their defeat on Tuesday after St Louis overcame a one-run ninth inning deficit courtesy of three rapid fire home runs. Despite such a frustrating stretching, the Buccos were find dancing in the dugout this week.
Clint Hurdle either needs to dump the post-game spread or get Goose Gossage in to let the Buccos in on another unwritten rule: dancing in the dugout is dandy, as long as youre winning.
5) The Miami Marlins are another squad sliding out of the wild card race. Giancarlo Stanton, lost to injury since the beginning of August, returned ahead of schedule on Tuesday, but its likely too late. Thats because August pain also came in the form of a staggering 11 one-run losses. So far in September theyve lost just two, one-run games. Some of those losses came to the Padres, White Sox, Reds and Phillies, the kind of teams contenders feast on during the dog days of summertime. With the Gathers struggling, Miami couldve divided themselves from their NL East competitors and focused on the Cardinal. Instead, these fish are fried and their fans are reflecting on injuries and deadline bargains for players such as Fernando Rodney and Andrew Cashner that went wrong rather than a chance at the playoffs.
6) Its a different story in Detroit where the Tigers are in the thick of a tough AL playoff race. Theyve won 11 of their previous 16 games as Justin Upton sizzles: the outfielder who has posted an OPS of over 1.110 over the past 2 week is stimulating up for a lackluster start to the season while becoming a key piece to a deep lineup featuring Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, JD and Victor Martinez. Detroit rent up the Royals, White Sox and Twins in fighting the Orioles, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Astros and Yankees in a crowded playoff race. Meanwhile, the pitching staff has jumped from 13 th to second in AL team ERA since the All-Star break as Detroit head into the stretching running knowing they still have seven games remaining with the AL Central leading Indian, whom they trail by 5.5 games.
7) The Mets may not have pitchers Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and, for the time being, Jacob deGrom but they do have Seth Lugo. Mets fans who wondered who the pitcher wearing a springtime train number was just a few months back now count the hurler as one of the reasons for their sudden reversal of fortune. More specifically, its Lugos curveball that has Meets fans oggling, but theyre not alone: his hooking is the darling of those curious enough to wonder what spin rate is, and Lugo has the highest rpm all of baseball since MLB.com introduced statcast.
Lugo was a 34 th round pick in 2011, but despite being rocked at Triple-A Las Vegas for over 70 innings this season, hes excelled on a big league level, posting a sub 1.00 WHIP and a 2.38 Epoch in over 40 innings in Queens.
8) Are the Giants trying to lull us all into a false sense of security? San Francisco, who have won three titles in six seasons, all even years, are in danger of falling out of the playoff race despite the fact that 16 is divisible by two. The Giants looked like they were going to run away and conceal before the All-Star break, enjoying a 6.5 game result over the Dodgers on 10 July. Since then theyve gone 17 -3 1 during a season where their bullpen has blown some 23 games. Can they turn it around? Well, consider this: the 2014 Giant that beat Kansas City in seven games also backed into the playoffs, using a few hot months to reach the playoffs. That team went just 45 -5 1 from 8 June on, built the wild card with 88 wins, handed the ball to Madison Baumgarner and, well, the rest is history. So yes, wed all be crazy to count out the Giant now, but they do need to start turning it around now, with the Dodger, Mets and Cardinals winning nearly every day.
9) And ultimately, Minnesotas Brian Dozier is on a career roll, making three home run on Monday against the Royals:
Then on Tuesday he made another against KC – his seventh in five games – which, well, is a lot. Dozier is up to 39 now, trailing Baltimores Mark Trumbo by two during a season in which hes eclipsed his career high by 11 blasts. From an organizational point of view, its astounding is of the view that, if and when Dozier reaches his 40 th home run, he will be the only player in the 116 year history of the franchise not named Harmon Killebrew to reaching that total.
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