The Marlins Traded Away A Playoff Team

RPSergio RomoTwins0.4 RFShin-Soo ChooRangers1.5 BenchEric ThamesBrewers1.1 SPRyan YarbroughRays1.7 DHEdwin EncarnacionYankees1.9 2BDee GordonMariners0.3 RPAnibal SanchezNationals1.3 RPNick WittgrenIndians0.6 RPAnthony DeSclafaniReds1.5 3BAsdrubal CabreraRangers0.8 RFGiancarlo StantonYankees0.2 RPJason VargasPhillies1.1 CFChristian YelichBrewers6.1 BenchAustin BarnesDodgers0.5 BenchAdeiny HechavarriaMets0.2 SPChris PaddackPadres1.6 2BKetel MarteDiamondbacks4.8 As the MLB trade deadline approaches, the Miami Marlins are at it again, trading reliever Sergio Romo on Saturday to the Minnesota Twins for a prospect. We shouldn’t be surprised — trades are essential to the Marlins’ identity: The franchise has won two titles, in 1997 and 2003, but hasn’t made the postseason otherwise. Both titles were immediately followed by major trades of key players from the championship runs.Of the top 25 players in Marlins history by wins above replacement,1According to FanGraphs’ measurement. 23 were traded away, and the other two were meant to be traded, according to Miami executives, but the trades fell through. The team’s history is littered with fire sales and payroll slashes. Some deals were merely ill-advised, such as the buy-now moves that sent away key prospects in 2016 — a season that ended with 79 wins. Others were more absurd, such as sending then-prospect Trevor Williams to Pittsburgh as compensation for a pitching coach who was let go by Miami after two seasons.This got us thinking: Could you make an entire lineup of Marlins trade castaways? An entire roster even?As it turns out, you can. And it’s a fairly good team. A 25-man roster of players who, at one point in their careers, were traded from Miami would project to win at least 90 games over the course of this season, based on the WAR those players have accumulated with their current squads. Through Monday, the team would be roughly 61-43 and in line for a wild card. Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Fangraphs You could even name a manager in Craig Counsell, who scored the winning run in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series and was traded to the Dodgers in 1999 for a player to be named later.2That player would be minor leaguer Ryan Moskau.We used the current WAR of the former Marlins to construct this lineup, with some slight adjustments for injury: We would start Giancarlo Stanton, even though Cameron Maybin and Jake Marisnick have had better seasons so far, and Nathan Eovaldi, who could be replaced by Anthony DeSclafani in the rotation and Steve Cishek on the roster. And we moved some players out of their regular positions, including stashing the aforementioned DeSclafani in the bullpen and putting regular right fielder Christian Yelich in center field to make room for Stanton.That 25-man roster doesn’t even include two of the most notable traded-away players: future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera, who is at -0.4 WAR for the season, and two-time All-Star Andrew Miller, sitting at -0.1 WAR.3The other active players left off are outfielder Josh Naylor and relievers Cishek, David Phelps, Dillon Peters, Dan Jennings and Kyle Barraclough It’s also worth noting that this roster isn’t one the Marlins could realistically have if they had just stood pat: Some of the players on this list were at one point acquired by the Marlins in a trade for another player on the list: Dee Gordon, for instance, was acquired in a 2014 trade that sent four current major leaguers to the Dodgers, including Kiké Hernandez.The total WAR from this 25-man roster, from their 2019 performances with non-Marlins teams, is 30.3, breaking down to 16.6 for position players and 13.7 for pitchers. The hitting WAR roughly equates to that of the Brewers, and the pitching WAR is close to that of the Astros. Both groups of former Marlins would rank in the top 10 of baseball. Using the winning percentage expected from a replacement-level team,4Roughly 29 percent. we can extrapolate the former Marlins’ WAR to 162 games from the 104 the Marlins have played through Monday. Without adjusting for playing time, we find that the team would project to 95 wins over a 162-game season.5This team would have fewer plate appearances than expected for an MLB team but slightly more innings pitched.If you think all of these trades should have netted the Marlins good players in return, well, they’re last in the National League by four games and have a farm system consistently ranked in the bottom 10 of the majors (though that may be improving).The Marlins aren’t the only team that could fill out a roster of traded-away players: The Seattle Mariners have executed big trades in recent years. A roster assembled of the very best of once-traded Mariners, aided by recent trades of Edwin Encarnacion and Jay Bruce, can compete with the Marlins.6The Mariners’ team has accumulated more WAR this season, but the Marlins have far fewer plate appearances. The Pirates similarly have a potentially solid team of cast-offs, if not quite as good, but they don’t have a catcher (unless someone drags David Ross out of retirement.) BenchJake MarisnickAstros1.4 RPJason VargasPhillies1.1 RPShawn KelleyRangers0.5 SPDomingo GermanYankees1.7 1BJustin BourAngels-0.1 RPAndrew HeaneyAngels0.5 RPEmilio PaganRays0.8 LFMarcell OzunaCardinals1.7 SPMichael PinedaTwins1.8 CManny PinaBrewers0.8 The Mariners also let go of some major playersHypothetical roster of former members of the Seattle Mariners, projected to win at least 90 games based on their 2019 performances through July 29 CFBen GamelBrewers0.7 RPAlex ColomeWhite Sox0.5 The Marlins traded an entire playoff-caliber rosterHypothetical roster of former members of the Miami Marlins, projected to win at least 90 games based on their 2019 performances through July 29 RPPaul FryOrioles0.6 SPTrevor WilliamsPirates1.1 BenchCameron MaybinYankees1.2 LFChris TaylorDodgers1.3 1BCarlos SantanaIndians3.0 SSEnrique HernandezDodgers1.3 Seattle has 50 eligible active players for its all-trade team, so half can be left off the roster; the Marlins have “only” 34. That’s a major difference: The Mariners’ current team is built from their sheer number of trades. Sure, they’d love to have Ketel Marte, but they got Mitch Haniger and Jean Segura, both 2018 All-Stars, in return.The Yankees could also assemble a full roster of players they traded away, though it would project to a sub-.500 team. So it’s definitely hard to argue that they’d be better had they not made those trades. The Marlins, meanwhile, would almost certainly rather have Chris Paddack or Luis Castillo on their team right now than the three months of Fernando Rodney in 2016 or the two seasons of Dan Straily they received in return. Of the five players sent to Florida in the Cabrera trade, Maybin contributed the most value with just 2.3 total WAR in his stint with Miami — and four years later, all the players the Marlins had received were gone. Miami got a disappointing return in the 12-player 2012 trade with the Blue Jays; none of the prospects the Marlins received for Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, etc. remain with the franchise or made a major impact. The recent trades under new CEO Derek Jeter have netted some prospects and are probably too early to truly be graded, but they’re still not enough to push Miami’s farm system into the top tier.Of course, there’s another reason the Marlins are so accomplished at trading stars: money. Most trades for the small-market Marlins, last in baseball in attendance by a large margin, have been aimed at cutting costs.The Marlins probably couldn’t have fielded their all-trade team because they couldn’t afford it. The 2019 contracts, according to Spotrac, for the 25 traded-away players total $134 million,7That number doesn’t count Cabrera’s $30 million or Miller’s $11 million contracts since both players have been below replacement and don’t make the top 25. nearly double of the team’s opening-day payroll of $72 million.Check out our latest MLB predictions. RPFreddy PeraltaBrewers0.8 Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Fangraphs SPWade MileyAstros1.8 CJ.T. RealmutoPhillies3.0 RPJ.A. HappYankees0.9 BenchJay BrucePhillies1.2 PositionPlayerCurrent TeamWAR BenchLuis RengifoAngels0.6 SPPablo LopezMarlins1.6 SPLuis CastilloReds2.3 SPJames PaxtonYankees1.7 RPSam DysonGiants1.1 RPEdwin DiazMets0.4 3BColin MoranPirates0.8 SPNathan EovaldiRed Sox-0.2 PositionPlayerCurrent TeamWAR SSJean SeguraPhillies2.3 RPYusmeiro PetitAthletics0.7 read more

I ate insects at ComicCon and now I want more

first_imgAnd now you know where to find cricket protein bars at Comic-Con. Erin Carson/CNET In the press room at San Diego Comic-Con, early Thursday evening, it’s snack time. Well, for me at least. At the risk of spoiling my dinner, I’m digging into a very particular type of protein bar — the kind that’s going to power me through my last story of the day, in more ways than one.The bar, brown and moist, is meant to taste like peanut butter and strawberry jelly. In truth, biting in you’d think that’s all that was in it. But along with the real strawberries and bits of peanut, this bar also contains crickets. Cricket powder, to be precise.Now, I’m not sitting here eating a cricket protein bar because I hate convention food that much. Share your voice 62 Photos Culture Comments The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 5 Now playing: Watch this: It’s actually in promotion of the upcoming TBS television series Snowpiercer. Snowpiercer is a TV adaption of a comic (it was also a movie in 2014) slated for 2020. The show takes place a few years after the world has become a frozen wasteland. A train carries what remains of humanity, and even in the apocalypse there’s a disparity between the folks in the fancy front of the train and the ones barely getting by in the back.And by barely getting by, we’re talking about subsisting off nutrient bars of jellied cockroaches.Fortunately, the protein bar that Comic-Con goers can pick up from one of several vending machines is nothing like that. Tragically, it’s not made with cockroaches. It’s also pretty good — dense, chewy, a bit crunchy, the strawberry lends a fresh note, and it doesn’t taste like, well, crickets.snowpiercer2.jpgMmm… crickets. Erin Carson/CNET As for the idea of subsisting on protein bars, I get it. When I arrive at the Snowpiercer booth on the expo floor at 4:30 p.m. PT, I’ve eaten two caramel toffee sea salt bars and nothing else all day long. The world might not have frozen over, but these are, nonetheless, meager times on the food front in the midst of a 130,000-plus person convention with entirely too much to take in.To get the cricket bar, you go up to a vending machine with a giant touchscreen, and enter your email address, watch a short video from Snowpiercer, and down drops a cricket protein bar in a black wrapper with blue and white lettering.Scarfing down a bug bar isn’t just a promotional stunt. The bars come from the Aspire Food Group, a company based in Austin, Texas that raises crickets for human consumption. Aspire’s been on a mission to educate people about how edible insects like crickets are often higher in iron, protein, calcium and the like, and are also a more environmentally sustainable source of nutrients, than meat. And since Snowpiercer is essentially dealing with the aftermath of climate change, Aspire CEO and co-founder Mohammed Ashour thinks it’s a point worth underlining.”The show talks about a dystopian future where as a result of a lot of social collapses, you end up in this world where there’s this asymmetry in how nutrition and wealth and abundance and opportunity is distributed,” Ashour said. That’s not merely science fiction. “We are using tremendous amounts of resources to produce nutrition calories at an incredible environmental cost.”Can swapping out steak for some crickets keep us all off the apocalypse train? That remains to be seen, but Ashour is hoping Comic-Con’s attendees will consider it.And hey — at least it’s not cockroaches. Whole roasted crickets infest snack time Tags 3:04 Comic-Conlast_img read more

Article 15 movie review and rating Critics verdict on Ayushmann Khurranas film

first_imgAyushmann Khurrana in Article 15PR HandoutAyushmann Khurrana starrer Article 15 has had a special screening, following which the movie is being widely appreciated by the critics, who have come out with their reviews.The movie is based on the idea of Article 15 under Indian Constitution that guarantees no citizen of the country to be discriminated on the basis of caste, religion, race, sex, place of birth, etc.Trailer of the film had received appreciation, and it was being expected to be a brilliant movie. The viewers’ expectations have been fulfilled as Article 15 has won hearts of the critics. It is being showered with praises by the critics, who declared this film to be a must watch in their reviews.Apart from applauding for dealing with a critical issue, the movie is also being highly appreciated in terms of performances. The film got an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars.Check critics’ reviews and rating for Article 15:Times Now: Overall, Article 15 is not going to be a pleasant watch – let me preface that first. But if you have the courage to accept the reality of this country and the ill-practices that we have been following for thousands of years, then the Ayushmann Khurrana’s film is a riveting experience. I promise you by the time you come out of the theatre, you will stop for a moment and think how gory and disgusting our practices are, and how shameful of a society we continue to be. Article 15 truly is a film that questions our constitution that promises right to equality but is rarely ever put into practice in this country. 4*/5*Republic: If the purpose of art is to comfort the discomforted and discomfort the comforted, Article 15 exemplifies it totally. What makes Article 15 powerful? A sudden widening of the perspective about social layers in our country and viewer’s own discomfort in watching some gruesome scenes — is what Anubhav Sinha has captured and written in a beautiful way. 4.5*/5*Filmfare: Watch the film for its riveting performances and its underlying message that even after 70 years as a free country, we’re still shackled to the chains of caste. Article 15 offers you the truth about today’s society without pulling any punches. But as Jack Nicholson’s character from A Few Good Men says — “You can’t handle the truth.” We hope our audience goes out in droves to watch this important film — and learns to handle the truth. 4*/5*News18: Director Anubhav Sinha who has to his credit entertainers like Tum Bin, Dus and Ra.One has certainly found his groove with movies that qualify as social-issue-based commercial films. He combines elements of popular film-making with realistic story-telling and the result is an outstanding film. Mulk, which released last year made everyone sit up and take note of his work more seriously. With Article 15, Sinha compels us to ask for an encore. 4*/5*NDTV: Sinha draws many of its plot elements from newspaper headlines of recent years, the principal one related to the 2014 Badaun gangrape and killing of two girls and the 2016 Una flogging of Dalit men and employs them methodically to probe caste and gender fissures and fault lines. It remains true to the demands of the plot without losing control over its principal purpose – administering a bitter pill with just a hint of a sugar coating. It works wonderfully well. Article 15 is a not to be missed film. 4*/5*last_img read more

Property money of drug dealers to be confiscated

first_img-Property and wealth of drug dealers will be confiscated as per draft of a revised narcotics control law.The government recently revised the Narcotics Control Act, 1990 that also said the drug dealing is a non-bailable offence.The revised law also said when a trial against any drug peddler is underway, the bank account of the accused can be frozen.Persons listed as drug addicts and those convicted for drug trafficking, will not be issue driving or firearms licenses, the draft law added.The use of narcotic substances in various industries and pharmaceutical production will require permission from the authorities. Physicians will be able to prescribe addictive drugs without written permission from the Narcotics Control Department’s director general.Officials at the home ministry said 75 per cent of the Narcotics Control Act, 1990 has been changed in the newly drafted Narcotics Control Act, 2017.A total of 7 sections and 28 definitions have been added to the new draft.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan told Prothom Alo that the old law did not include punishment for the use of various drugs such as yaba and shisha.Also, nothing had been mentioned in the old law about misuse of drugs in pharmaceutical and others industries. This new law has included death penalty and Tk 10 million as fine for financers, suppliers, addicts, carriers, and sponsors of such contraband drugs, he added.Punishment for othersIf any offenders under this law repeats the offence, they will be jailed for minimum 20 years and fined Tk 1 million.If anyone under the influence of alcohol creates disturbance for anyone, he or she will receive a minimum one-year prison sentence and and fined Tk 10,000.Anyone is possession of drug manufacturing equipment will be jailed for 2 years. Anyone proven in court to be addicted to drugs will be sentenced to jail for five years.The financier of the drug trafficking will be punished as per law and fined Tk 10 million.Those refusing to cooperate with narcotics control agencies will also be punished.Treatment for addictsCriticising parts of the draft law, psychologists said the law has skipped medical treatment for drug addicts and put non-physicians in charge of the addicts.This will hamper proper treatment of the addicted persons.*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam.last_img read more

Arctic Whisper First fastcharging hybrid electric bus debuts in Sweden

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Arctic Whisper – First fast-charging hybrid electric bus debuts in Sweden (2011, April 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-arctic-fast-charging-hybrid-electric.html The engineers from Opbrid took a unique path in developing the bus, which is based on technology originally developed for electric cars. Instead of just charging the bus overnight and trying to figure out how to keep it going for 18 hours, they opted instead for adding short bursts of charge at the beginning and/or ends of each bus route. The Arctic Whisper is fully charged every night, but is given periodic burst charges at the end of each run by means of a long-bar charging station. When the bus pulls into such a station, the driver flips a switch that raises the leads that lay atop the bus to meet the charging bar as it is lowered from above. The whole process takes as little as five minutes, and then the bus is on its way again and only works because of the specially designed very fast charging battery technology designed by Epyon power company.The charging stations don’t have to charge the bus all the way, just enough to keep it going for 18 hours of bus ridership. For longer routes or when unforeseen conditions arise, the bus is also equipped with a diesel generator to automatically charge the batteries en-route. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. At any rate, so far, it appears that riders, drivers and everyone else in Umea is quite happy with the initial results. Passengers don’t get jerked around during gear shifting since the bus doesn’t have gears, and they can ride in relative quiet. Drivers too, apparently are very happy to not have to shift gears all the time, reporting far less fatigue after a shift. And pedestrians and other drivers on the road report far less noise and pleasure at the sight of a commuter bus that isn’t belching burned diesel fumes. Explore furthercenter_img More information: www.opbrid.com/ Hybrid Bus in the City: A Prototype with a Future (PhysOrg.com) — The Spanish “green” technology firm, Opbrid, has delivered a new kind of diesel-electric hybrid commuter bus to the northern Swedish town of Umea for initial testing of its over-head fast charging vehicle, dubbed the “Arctic Whisper.” The name comes from the fact that it is almost silent as it makes its way around and the fact that onboard it’s so quiet, you can actually whisper to a fellow traveler. Executives at Opbrid are touting their new bus as the obvious solution to urban pollution problems, citing the fact that the bus produces zero emissions almost 100% of the time; and while this might be an accurate assessment for a bus that runs in Sweden, a country at the forefront of using alternative ways to produce electricity, the argument might not fly so easily in other countries who still rely very heavily on coal fired plants to produce most of their electricity to run such a vehicle as the Arctic Whisper.last_img read more