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The Gold Gloves Are Finally Going To The Best Fielders

ALPDallas Keuchel1 Because MLB has expanded (offering more starting slots at a given position, and therefore the opportunity for more variance relative to average) and the quality of defensive metrics has improved (allowing metric creators to be more confident in handing out highly positive ratings), the average defensive quality of an “All-Defense” team selected purely using metrics has gradually increased since 1958.4That is the first year when two players at each position, one in each league, got Gold Gloves. Gold Gloves were first awarded in 1957, with one at each position across both leagues. But the average quality of actual Gold Glove winners’ fielding had stayed relatively flat for over 50 years — right up until the introduction of the SDI.The gap between the real Gold Glove winners and what we’ve defined as the sabermetric ideal reached an all-time high of 14 runs in 2005. That year, voters infamously gave Derek Jeter a Gold Glove for what was one of the worst defensive seasons ever at shortstop according to the numbers. Defensive metrics were improving all the time, but the voters didn’t appear to be paying attention.The tide turned, however, with the adoption of the SDI in 2013. Immediately upon its inclusion in the voting process, the average statistical quality of a Gold Glove winner skyrocketed, from 10 runs below the sabermetric ideal in 2012 to half that a year later. Obviously, this is a bit of a circular finding: We’re judging Gold Glove winners against a statistical standard determined by one of the same metrics that goes into the SDI itself. But the leap between the pre- and post-SDI eras is still striking.So striking, in fact, that it even goes beyond what would be expected from the direct influence SDI has on Gold Glove voting by dictating 25 percent of the vote.“We think it’s influenced the managers’ and coaches’ voting,” Vince Gennaro, SABR’s president and a member of the SDI committee, said about SDI in a telephone interview Tuesday. On top of the SDI numbers’ algorithmic role in the voting process, Gennaro believes they have had a pronounced effect in combating incumbency bias and other reputation-based flaws in the human side of the voting. In other words, because they’re so widely available (they’re even listed on the ballots given to Gold Glove voters), the advanced metrics have also influenced the other 75 percent of the vote they don’t directly control.“[Say] you’ve got a guy who’s not a perennial Gold Glove guy, but he really caught your eye this year,” Gennaro said. “Then you see he had 17 runs saved, versus a guy who won it last year at 7. I think it could be very much a validating thing, and it might tip you to make that vote.”Because it essentially involves measuring players against the plays they didn’t make, defense has always been one of the toughest areas of baseball to evaluate statistically. And the absence of detailed defensive data in the past might have caused voters to err on the side of a reputation that was no longer valid (or never was deserved). But now, advanced metrics provide evidence to either support or tear down commonly held beliefs about a player’s defensive prowess, giving them a large amount of sway over both the human and computerized aspects of the Gold Glove process.This isn’t to say that every Gold Glove now conforms to the advanced metrics. For instance, Kansas City Royals teammates Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez won this year despite ranking sixth and seventh at their respective positions in SDI. But aside from Hosmer and Perez, every other Gold Glover ranked in the top three in SDI at his position, and 10 of the 18 winners ranked first. AL3BManny Machado1 ALLFYoenis Cespedes1 NLRFJason Heyward1 NL1BPaul Goldschmidt2Brandon Belt AL2BJose Altuve3Ian Kinsler LEAGUEPOSITIONGOLD GLOVE WINNERSDI RANKSDI LEADER (IF DIFFERENT) NL3BNolan Arenado1 ALRFKole Calhoun1 NLCFA.J. Pollock3Odubel Herrera NL2BDee Gordon3Danny Espinosa From Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier to San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford, it was hard to tell this year’s list of Gold Glove winners, announced Tuesday night, from a list of players with the best advanced defensive metrics. That’s no coincidence: Since 2013, Rawlings, the mitt-maker that annually hands out the Gold Glove hardware, has incorporated a statistical component known as the SABR1Which stands for the Society for American Baseball Research. Defensive Index (SDI), giving it at least 25 percent weight in the voting. (The rest of the vote belongs to Major League Baseball managers and coaches.)2SDI gets “at least 25 percent” because SDI can receive more weight — as much as 30 percent, in practice — depending on how many human voters fail to send in their ballots. But the impact of analytic tools is probably undersold by that number. Instead, the case can be made that the advanced stats have almost completely taken over the Gold Glove competition.You can see this effect in how much more closely recent Gold Glove winners have matched the selections that would have been made using only defensive metrics:3In this case, using Baseball-Reference.com’s measure of fielding runs above average, adjusted such that the average MLB player (across all positions) has a value of 0 runs saved. The precision of Baseball-Reference.com’s metric — which uses defensive runs saved for seasons since 2003 and Total Zone for years before that — has changed over time. In recent years, it uses metrics that correspond very closely with those that make up SDI. NLLFStarling Marte2Christian Yelich NLCYadier Molina3Buster Posey ALCSalvador Perez7Caleb Joseph NLSSBrandon Crawford1 ALCFKevin Kiermaier1 NLPZack Greinke1 ALSSAlcides Escobar1 AL1BEric Hosmer6Mike Napoli Likewise, it isn’t completely clear that a wholesale metric takeover of the Gold Gloves would be a good thing. While we can measure whether Gold Gloves are getting closer to the sabermetric ideal, it will take further research to see whether that development means having a Gold Glover in the field leads to his team playing better defense.But since the introduction of the SDI, the Gold Glove process has undeniably become more quantitative. And that’s a pretty big shift for an award that used to be as allergic to meaningful statistics as any in the game. read more

TCI Border Control Minister says he is serious about illegal migrants 53

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 8, 2017 – Providenciales – A serious commitment to stopping illegal migration reminded the Deputy Premier, Sean Astwood today in a media release when his ministry reported that a joint effort led to the interception of a boat in the vicinity of West Caicos, where 53 Haitians were found to be on board.The Ministry of Border Control this morning reported that the US Coast Guard, the TCI Coastal Radar, Police, Immigration and private citizens all band together to avert the illegal entry of the 16 females and 37 males.    The boat was spotted around 2:30 am and by 4:11am that vessel arrived in Provo where it was met by the Task Force.The ministry advises that not only will the illegal Haitians be held and repatriated, but they will be added to the country’s stop list which bars any future chance of them entering the TCI through legal means.DP Astwood said, “…that illegal migration threatens the lives and livelihood of our people and that persons found to be engaged in the smuggling of humans would be prosecuted under the law.   He advises all persons to observe the immigration laws of the Turks and Caicos Islands as anyone found in breach of same will be dealt with accordingly.”#MagneticMediaNews#53illegalmigrantscaughtanddetainedPhoto credit: RTCIPF Related Items:#53illegalmigrantscaughtanddetained, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Junior Achievement Bahamas Reps Welcomed at Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 29, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard, his Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Nicole Campbell and Director of Youth K. Darron Turnquest welcomed representatives of Junior Achievement (Bahamas) during a courtesy call at the Ministry, on August 28, 2017.Pictured (from left) are Mr. Turnquest, JA Club Coordinator Chanda Roberts, JA Accounts Manager Shanda Smith, JA Vice Chairman Philip Simon, Minister Pintard, Permanent Secretary Campbell, JA Programme Manager Tammy Lecky and JA Scholarship and Fundraiser Coordinator Erica Morris.(BIS Photo/Eric Rose) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Pochettino keen on building Spurs momentum

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has expressed delight at the manner his team cruised to a 3-0 win over Cardiff City and now wants more of the results on a consistent basis.Spurs erased the memories of Saturday’s shock home defeat to Wolves thanks to goals Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, and Son Heung-min to move within six points of Premier League leaders, Liverpool.And Poch was quick to praise the performance of the players heading into the crucial part of the campaign.“I think it was so important (to win) and build another positive run,” Pochettino revealed to RTE.“It was so important for our confidence because in three days we are going to start another competition, the FA Cup.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Then we are going to play the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea.“It was so important to start the new year with a victory, away from home in a very difficult place, against a team like Cardiff who came from beating Leicester.“They came with massive confidence in the way they played the last game and it was a massive victory for us.“It is three points that make us believe a little bit more in our possibility to be in a very good position in the table.”last_img read more

Is Your Works Communication Channel Turning Your Team Into a Bunch of

first_imgJanuary 24, 2019 Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 6 min read Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Now A growing number of organizations are seeking transparency and moving toward flat hierarchies. But to achieve those goals, a new form of communication platform is needed. Enter the workplace communication channel. Platforms such as Slack and Microsoft Teams have become ubiquitous fixtures in workplaces worldwide.In a survey of 900 North American and European IT leaders released last month, Spiceworks found that Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams (which comes free with an Office 365 subscription) are overtaking Slack as the leading workplace communication options.Related: How the Communicator’s Dilemma Made a ‘Slack-lash’ InevitableOther tools such as Google Hangouts Chat, Facebook Workplace and Cisco Webex Teams are also in use, but Teams and Slack remain the front-runners. For small, lean teams with shared resources and deliverable overlap, these tools can serve as a bridge, linking project team members no matter where they physically are.But this ease of user communication has a down side: These channels can be noisy, and the transparency they provide comes at the cost of distraction. In its 2018 Workplace Distraction Report,Udemy found that talkative colleagues were bothersome to 80 percent of the survey respondents, and office noise troubled 70 percent. Meanwhile, smartphones and notifications were a major detractor for the younger part of the workforce.The same survey found that 74 percent of millennials and Gen-Zers surveyed reported that they were distracted at work and that that problem caused stress for 41 percent of them. Just as open office environments can lead to employees plugging in headphones to tune out their neighbors, some employees opt to mute communication channels, to focus on their work.Related: Stop Fooling Yourself. Productivity Tools Like Slack Are Secret Enemies of CollaborationHow to ensure productivity through communicationDozens of articles have documented how Slack notifications hamper productivity, including blogger Anaek’s “A Field Guide to Managing Noise on Slack” and Christopher Batts’ take, “Actually, Slack Really Sucks.” Batts, for example, said he found the constant workflow Slack enables a hindrance to teams across time zones or to those working on non-immediate tasks. He said he personally gets more done with Slack closed.At my company, I emphasize the theme #WorkInPublic, meaning that I encourage as much work-related discussion to happen on public channels as possible. I believe that helps our company to keep business conversations and projects visible and to use other types of channels for less critical messages.In that context, I’ve implemented strategies to help my team use our messaging tools effectively. If you’re concerned that communication tools detract from your team’s productivity and focus — or even your own — use these strategies to get back on the right track:1. Select the right platform.Choosing the most popular platform of the moment is not the right answer. What’s right for your team may be wrong for another. Unlike Facebook or Twitter, which rely on a network effect, a corporate network is about open communication and productivity, not socializing.Research conducted by Newsweaver indicated that 76 percent of companies polled hoped to use internal communications to boost employee engagement. But the primary metrics for communication tools for other companies surveyed included enabling change and demonstrating ROI. Every organization has different needs for its communication platform, so select the one that aligns with your company’s specifics.2. Perfect the balance.Each team needs its own appropriate balance between open and closed groups. So, be moderate in creating open groups to avoid unnecessary noise. Also be sure to provide groups in which people are explicitly allowed to make noise by sharing anything they want. In this way, people who prefer to keep their focus on work will be able to opt not to check these channels unless they want to.Computerworld recommends having three types of channels within one workspace: public, private and shared channels. These shared channels can allow employees to communicate even with third-party partners. Having delineated channels allows employees to talk about project-specific details, common interests or team topics such as sales or engineering.3. Make notification options clear.Educate every user on how to turn on his or her own fine-grained notification preferences. That way employees will be interrupted only by things they want to interrupt their work. While Slack, despite its status as a popular choice of communication channel, does not allow users to block or mute specific people — according to Slack’s own Twitter account — it does have individual setting options.And no matter what platform your company uses, your employees should have options. Have a main channel that is for use only during regular business hours. Similarly, devote a separate channel to chatter that’s irrelevant to work matters. Fun GIFs and pictures of kittens don’t need space in the main channel. When possible, tag specific people in messages, rather than a full channel. And make sure everyone is cognizant of your company’s communication guidelines.4. Encourage some time that’s untethered.Even with the best platform, the perfect balance of channels and personalized notification settings, sometimes the best way to beat distractions is to schedule-in some time for them. A study by productivity app company DeskTime identified the ideal work-break balance as 52 minutes of focused work followed by a 17-minute break. Those 17 minutes should ideally be spent away from the desk, whether that means talking to co-workers, going for short walks or doing simple exercises.Being constantly accessible via Slack or Teams can feel like you’re in a full-day meeting. But employees should be diligent about taking a break from communication channels when they need one. Encourage your team members to take stock of their own distraction levels and take small breaks during the day to manage them if necessary.Related: Your Distractions Are Killing You — and Your Bottom LineWorkplace communication channels are, without a doubt, useful for modern companies, especially in the knowledge economy. But without proper guidelines and restrictions in place, the chatter can be more distracting than helpful. Organizations should ensure that employees feel empowered to do their best work — without distractions. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more