(Aaron Judge of the Yankees at the plate with the shift employed by the Miami Marlins against him on April 17th – Photo by Jason Schott)
The Shift: The Next Evolution In Baseball Thinking
By Russell A. Carleton
Baseball has always been a game of numbers. Mention Joe DiMaggio’s 56, Hank Aaron’s 755, and Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2,632 to avid baseball fans, and they will know instantly you’re referring to how many hits Joe D. had in a row, Aaron’s career home run record, and Ripken’s consecutive game streak.
For generations, fans have held these numbers up as touchpoints that transcend the national pastime and act as cultural markers of greatness. Sometimes, the numbers themselves tell the story with no other explanation needed. But what if that story turns out to be fiction?
Russell Carleton, a psychologist, baseball writer researcher, and fan living in Atlanta, examines the new numbers changing the way we play and think about our game in The Shift: The Next Evolution in Baseball Thinking.
Continue reading BrooklynFans Of Books: Carleton Looks At New Baseball Strategies, Including “The Shift”
The Red Bulls got a late penalty kick goal from Kaku to earn a 3-2 win over the Galaxy in Los Angeles.
The Red Bulls improve to 4-3-0, with 12 points, in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, just two points out of third place. The LA Galaxy dropped to 3-4-1, 10 points, and they are in fifth in the West.
This was the Red Bulls’ first road win in league play as they bounced back from a loss for the third time this season.
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(Sean Davis – courtesy Red Bulls)
The Red Bulls have signed two of their key midfielders, Sean Davis and Daniel Royer to new MLS contracts over the past couple of days.
Davis, 25, has been a key part of the Red Bulls since his Homegrown deal began in 2015.
The Holmdel, New Jersey, native has appeared in 89 matches and started 59 across all competitions. Davis has seen action in all four major competitions, recording six goals and 11 assists. He had his best statistical season last year, starting in 21 of 27 matches with two goals and four assists.
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(Didi Gregorius getting ready to take some swings in the batting cage – Photo by Jason Schott)
When Didi Gregorius came to the Yankees in 2015, he faced the monumental task of replacing Derek Jeter, perhaps the best shortstop in their illustrious history.
Three years later, Gregorius is off to a historic start that has him as an early favorite to achieve something Jeter never did: win Most Valuable Player.
The Yankees acquired last year’s National League MVP in Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Judge was the runner-up for American League MVP, while also taking home Rookie of the Year honors.
Continue reading Didi Dominating With Historic Start That’s Sparking MVP Talk
The Nets announced that they have Pablo Prigioni as an assistant coach on Kenny Atkinson’s staff, as well as Tiago Splitter to the position of pro scout, with added duties related to player on-court development.
Prigioni joins the Nets following a professional playing career which spanned 20-plus years in Argentina, Spain and the NBA. A native of Argentina, Prigioni spent the majority of his career playing in Spain, where he led Baskonia to three Spanish King’s Cup titles, four Spanish Supercup titles and a Spanish League championship.
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Streampunks: YouTube and the Rebels Remaking Media
By YouTube Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl, written in collaboration with Manny Peyvan
HarperBusiness, hardcover, $29.99
YouTube has probably been the media company that has changed the world more than any other, yet little is known about it.
Over 1.5 billion people log in to YouTube every single month to watch viral videos, late-night TV clips, news broadcasts, sports highlights, music videos, on how-to tutorial on nearly every subject, generating billions of views.
YouTube has changed the way we’re informed, educated, and entertained. It’s changed how advertisers and marketers think and plan.
Continue reading BrooklynFans Of Books: How YouTube Has Remade the Media Landscape
(Miguel Andujar approaching home plate after his home run on Monday night – @Yankees)
Nothing gets the Yankees’ offense going like a visit from the Minnesota Twins.
That was especially true on Monday night at Yankee Stadium, as the Yankees rolled to a 14-1 victory over a team they always seem to have their way with.
The Yankees have now won three straight, and five of seven overall, on this homestand.
Continue reading Yankees’ Two Touchdowns Against Twins Sign Of Things To Come
(Shamorie Ponds – @StJohnsBball)
St. John’s guards Shamorie Ponds and Justin Simon have been homored by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association for their superb play during the 2017-18 campaign, which included wins over Duke and eventual national champion Villanova.
Ponds was named to the All-Met First Team for the second straight season, and Simon was named to the All-Met Second Team after his first season .
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(Portland’s Larrys Mabiala after he scored on Sunday – USA Today Sports)
New York City Football Club suffered its first loss of the season as they were shutout, 3-0, by the Portland Timbers on the road on Sunday night.
NYCFC, in first in the Eastern Conference, dropped to 5-2-1, with 17 points, one ahead of Atlanta (5-1-1, 16 points). Portland improved to 2-2-3, eight points, and they are in ninth place in the Western Conference.
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(Miguel Andujar after getting a double on Sunday afternoon – @Yankees)
The Yankees had a solid 5-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon to take three of four in the series.
The Yankees are now 11-9 on the season, and the surprising Toronto Blue Jays dropped to 13-8.
This was a historic day for the Yankees, as they fielded a lineup that consisted entirely of players under 30 years old for the first time since September 29, 1989 against the Detroit Tigers.
Continue reading Youth Day: Yankees Win With Historic Lineup