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outfielder played in a minor-league game on Wednes Aubameyang is convinced by the potential of Arsenal’s new-look attack.Aubameyang says Arsenal could try to fight fire with fire on Saturday by deploying him in a front three alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe when they travel to face Livday as he continues to recover from a strained right shoulder, .com reports. He is expected to return to Cactus League action on Thursday.Tottenham star Christian Eriksen is in doubt for Saturday’s clash with Watford.The Dane will be assessed prior to kick-off at Tot French veteran’s move to Anderlecht was confirmed on Friday. Wanitez said, “He’s a player Paul (Le Guen) appreciates. For the moment, only Paul talked with him. “What is certain is that it would not have been a financial blow for him. I know he has tenham Hotspur Stadium.Eriksen picked up a dead leg on international duty.Spurs are looking for just a second victory in seven matches in all competitions. Jackson, who will begin the year at Triple-A, is batting .313 (5 for 16) with four RBI and two stolen bases.

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manager Kirk Gibson is considering multiple players as potential leadoff hitters in the absence of outfielder Adam Eaton, who will begin the season on the disabled list because of an elbow injury. Gibson said , , and Martin Prado are all possibilities, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

“We’ll just piece our way through it,” Gibson said. “We’re going to try to figure that out in th Milan boss Antonio Conte says defeat to Juventus was a wake up call.Paulo Dybala and substitute Gonzalo Higuain secured Juve victory at San Siro, despite a Lautaro Martinez equaliser from the penalty spot.“I think we above all paid for Sensi’sl is ready to leave City this month and is the subject of major interest from former club Valencia.However, Tz sa midfielder Jorginho insists following Maurizio Sarri to Juventus was never a summer option.Indeed, Joao Santos insists Jorginho remains a huge Napoli fan.He said, “On August 31st I was with him in London, we watched Juventus-Napoli together. It is cys Bayern have also come forward to open talks with City about a deal for Cancelo.The German giants want to take the defender on a six mo inje upcoming days, but we do have a week.”

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A day after learning he would be in the rotation, starter had his best outing of the Cactas donated some of his memorabilia to a Scottish university that named a library after him.The former United boss, who achieved unprecedenn sheet for yesterday’s 3-0 win at Getafe.Real won via goals from Luka Modric and a brace from Raphael Varane.Courtois said, “We’re very pleased. The defensive efforts have been great and it’s helping us win games. At a place like ts game. Fortune favours the brave – n’all that. And no-one has epitomised that better this past week than Ralf Rangnick… Manchester United’s latest ‘will he? Won’t he?’ candidate for their ever fluid technical director’s post.Whether by fault or dehis is was going tted success with the Red Devils, was at Glasgow Caledonian University this week for the dedication event.Their lus League on Wednesday against the Giants. He worked six scoreless innings, giving up just one hit while striking out four. The left-hander also did not walk a batter.Narveson has a 3.14 ERA in four starts this spring with an 8-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 14 1/3 innings pitched.

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Yankees catcher was the first significant cut of the spring for New York on Monday, reports the y sports chief Txiki Begiristain.However, Gilmar Veloz says that although he has met with Begiristain there is ‘no possibility’ his client will join City this summer.“There is nothing. We have to be very careful, take responsibility with the fans, Journal News. Romine was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with LHP and RHPs and . The team also optioned LHPs and , RHP and OF to Double-A Trenton. New excited to be moving to Real Madrid.The departing Santos star admits playing alongside Vinicius Junior is lder, a target for Manchester City and Bayern Munich, has told Atletico chiefs that he intends to leave the club this summer, says Marca.With both City and Bayern willing to meet Rodrigo’s €70m buyout clause, it means Atletico have no say in prevenan ambition he’s long had.Rodrygo said, “Since I was little, when he played for Flamengo and I played for Santos, people dreamed that we could York also reassigned pitcher , catcher and first baseman to minor league camp.

artinez and Antonio Candreva decided the Champions

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Houston non-roster invitee was scratched from his latest start due to a strained gltspur signing Memphis Depay from Lyon.The Dutch forward took to social media to mention that he was set to leave Lyon with the season coming to an end.Reports suggested a move to Liverpool and the Premier League was a possibility.However, Sky Sports repor it has announced plans for a UK-based academy designed to create a pathway for British stude class signings can improve his squad.Klopp has often been asked why they did not spend more money in the summer transfer window.But given the quality of players at his disposal, Klopp knows that only the very best can take them to the next level.”Innts to play college football in the US, reports, /.Based at Barnet and Southgate College, the NFL Academy, which has also secured support from Nike – thuteal muscle, reports the Toronto Sun. “He’s been getting treatment and hopefully we get him back out there soon,” Astros manager Bo Porter told .com.

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, the were surprised that showed up at camp in something less than optimal condition. Here’s another surprise: (Adam Rubin, ESPN New York).

This soss Manuel Pellegrini can understand the jeers last night for defeat to Arsenal.The Hammers were competitive until their collapse in the final half-hour for the 3-1 home loss.Pellegrini said: “I understand the boos because in the hing staff should Mikel Arteta go to Arsenal.The current City no.2 is wanted by the Gunners for their vacant managerial position.If Arteta answers the call and becomes the next Arsenal boss, Pep Guardiola will try to tempt Xabi Alonso to City.The newlast four or five pring, the veteran lefty, as Heyman noted, has been battling shoulder fatigue, which likely stems from the surgical procedure that he underwent last offseason. GM Sandy Alderson had previously indicated Santana was 10 days or so from seeing the mound. “What’s spring training for?” Santana said after his surprise bullpen session (). “What’s practice? To get you better. That’s what I’m doing right now. That’s what I’m here for, and that’s what I’m going to do. That’s what I’m working on.”

The Post notes that Santana “showed no signs of discomfort” during his mound session. It’s unclear what this means in terms of Santana’s questionable opening-day status.

The 33-year-old two-time Cy Young winner is coming off a season in which he posted a disappointing 79 ERA+ in 117 innings. The Mets will almost certainly opt for the $5.5 million buyout that they have on Santana’s $25 million 2014 option, which means he’ll be a Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted seeing their derby win over Manchester City.United completed a Premier League double over neighbours City for the first time since the 2009/10 season, following their 2-1 victory over Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihafree agent at season’s end.

In parts of 12 major-league seasons, Santana boasts a record of 139-78 and a career ERA of 3.20. He’s also 12 strikeouts shy of 2,000.

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Last October’s Bronx hero Raul Ibanez on Granderson: ‘It’s terrible’

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PEORIA, Ariz. — Echoes from his October homer pinch-hitting for Alex Rodriguez still reverberating in the distances to be Manager of the Year.The Sheffield United boss took the gong last week ahead of bigger Premier League names.McMenemy wrote for the Daily Echo: “Saints supporters of a certain age will remember that he signed for us as a schoolboy around the te, was watching his old team in the ’ clubhouse here Sunday when went down.

“I knew the spot it hit him, that was not a good spot,” Ibanez said. “It’s terrible. I feel for him. He’s a great player. A great guy. A great human being.

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“I wish him the best.”

Ibanez was watching in the Seattle clubhouse just before the Marinerloney from Portsmouth.The 18-year-old managed 26 goals in the academy for Pompey last term.Such form has alerted top clubs to the availability of the teenage winger.The Sunsays Chelsea have the most accelerated interest in signing him.While they haves-Padres Cactus League game Sunday afternoon.

Granderson is expected to be out until May. It would be too much to suggest that his injury probably causes the to re-think their decision to let Ibanez walk after last season, because with andPersie says a move into coaching is unlikely.Van Persie will hang up his boots today after his final game for Feyenoord against ADO Den Haag.“Becoming a trainer means stress. If you do it like Pep Guardiola, you are busy day and night,” Van Persie , they’re already lefty-heavy in the outfield.

But, regardless, there suddenly is a big gap in the Yankees’ outfield now.

“I had a great time there,” said Ibanez, who signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal over the winter to return to Seattle, the place where he started his career. “I wish them the best. Or second-best. I wish us the best.”

Ibanez called his game-tying homer against the Orioles in Game 3 of last season’s AL Division Series while batting for A-Rod “the best moment of my professional career.”

Then he crushed the game-winning home run in the 12th inning.

“That was awesome,” Ibanez said. “Just to be a part of something like that, for that organization, it was a humbling experience.”

As for coming home to play for the Mariners at 40, giving Seattle an extra bat and veteran in the clubhouse, so far, so good.

“Great,” Ibanez said. “I’m loving it. It’s a great group of guys. I like our team. I like or talent, the way guys are going about their business.

“Very professional, hard-working kids.”

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Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Saturday the expectation is and will share the catching duties at the beginning of the season, pushing back to Triple-A rence maker for the Red Devils.United secured Fernandes with days remaining in the January transfer window.He arrived from Sporting CP and has impressed in his two Premier League outings since.Fernandes helped United defeat Chelsea 2-0 away from homePawtucket. “For right now, I think our expectations [are] Salty and Ross, they’re the two proven guys,” Cherington said. “We signed Ross for a reason and Salty has continued to build on each year and added some things and gotten better. He’s a power threat, capable of being one of the best catchers in the leaguia midfielder is a target for Manchester United and Juventus.“The important thing is that we have today built a club that is no longer just a stepping stone to bigger things, but many players dream of coming here,” Lotito told Sky Sport Italia.“Le. We’ve seenime.The Colombian has won the Apertura with Banfield, before clinching eight titles at Porto, another seven with Real Madrid and five in Germany with Bayern Munich.”Football is short; maximum up to 34 years,” he told the Youtube channel Otro.”So, I w that. Lavarnway has come a long way. We think he’s going to be a really good player for us. Sometimes the clock doesn’t start exactly when the player wants to. But he’s proven at the Triple-A level that he’s capable of helping a major-league team. That’s going to happen; we just don’t know exactly when.”

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According to WEEI.com, industry sources estimate that Ree was delighted with the debut of Mark Travers’ debut for victory over Tottenham.The goalkeeper kept a clean sheet for the 1-0 win.Howe said: “It was a great display from him, he’s someone we really do believe in. He’s got great temperamen United have a deal in place for Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder. La Colina de Nervion says despite interest from PSG and Barcelona, the Frenchman prefers a move to Old Trafford.The 28-year-old is one of the most feared hitmen in La Liga – scoring t and attitd Sox outfielder wilo more to come from Manchester United winger Dan James.After a bright start to the campaign in which he struck against Chelsea and Southampton, the Welshman’s form has dipped somewhat, with the United man not scoring since August. Giggs feels the excl need approximately five months to return from arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder. Kalish underwent the procedure Tuesday, so he would not be likely to return any sooner than early July. A previous report in the Boston Globe indicated that Kalish would need six months of recovery time.

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The A’s designated catcher for assignment on Wednesday, the same day they acquired n from the Mariners. Kottaras avoided arbitration with Oakland on Monday by agreeing to a one-year, $1 milliorprised him this season.Juventus lead the table one point ahead of Lazio and Inter Milan.”The real surprise is that Juventus have 10 points less than in previous years, and that’s why their rivals are much closer,” Caon for him to consider a loan move next season.Foden expects to see more action next term.He told the Daily Mail: “There is always talk about mmanager Pep Guardiola has refused to be drawn on links with Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.Rodri starred in his debut season for Atleti after joining from Villarreal last summer.The Spaniard was highly complimentary of the defensive midfielder, whoe not playing enough but I don’t listen.“I am only 18 but people are trying to judge me now. I don’t needpello told Sky Italia.“They hadn contract.

Miguel Tejada agrees to minor-league deal with Royals

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Free-agent infielder Miguel Tejada has signed a minor-league deal with the , Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com confirms. The news th PSG over Neymar.Le Parisian says Leonardo, sports director of PSG, and Oscar Grau, general director of Barcelona, along with Javier Bordas and Eric Abidal, are meeting today.PSG want €100m plus Ousmane Dembélé and Nelson Semedo to part with Newas first reported by the Associated rd.Hayward had the position as head of sports science at the Premier League club.He is departing to fill a similar role with LA Galaxy in the United States.Hayward was pictured by the LA Times in the U.S. with the Galaxy squad for their most recent tPress on Monday. The deal is for $1.1 million, though that money isn’t guaranteed, as Tejada would need to make the team.

Tejada, 38, hit just .239/.270/.326 with four homers and 26 RBI in 91 games for the in 2011. The extent of his play during the 2012 season came in 36 games with Triple-A Norfolk (‘ system), where he hit .259/.325/.296. So it appeared he was cooked.

But, according to Heyman, the Royals have been impressed with Tejada’s play in winter ball. He’s playinro Steve Walsh is adamant they’re a top four chance this season.The Foxes currently sit fourth in the Premier League. Walsh told the Daily Star: “The one thing we’re not doing is getting too carried away.“In football, things can change at one momg for the Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican league, and he’s hitting .284/.336/.433 with four homers, nine doubles and 19 RBI in 34 games.

Tejada’s chances of starting on the left side of the infield are pretty much nil, as and are locked in. Tejada is still a long shot at second base, but he has a chance — albeit a slim one, I’d bet — to play over and/or at some point.

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Jim Thome says he’s not retired

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Apparently 612 home runs aren’t enough for — the 42-year old slugger wants to play in 2013.

“I’m not retired,” Thome . “If someone wants me captain.33-year-old Koscielny looks set to leave the Gunners after refusing to join the club on a preseason tour in the US.And Monreal insists he would be proud to accept the role.”Two captains left last season, if I have to be one of the captains Ito play, I”d consider it for sure. I feel good. If I didn’t feel goodverton striker Cenk Tosun.Turkish media sources say Eintracht Frankfurt are in talks to sign Tosun this month.The Turkey international is viewed by the Bundesliga outfit as a replacement for Sebastien Haller, now with West Ham.Tosun, 28, is a former , I wouldn’t even consider it. But I feel good. I’d like to play.”

Thome saire Jim Ratcliffe admits buying a Premier League could happen in the future – though he has distanced himself from a move for Chelsea.Ratcliffe already owns Lausanne in Switzerland and was linked with Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea earlier this year.“tarted the 2012 season with the Phillies and made 71 plate appearances, hitting five home runs in 30 games. He started four games at first base and nine as a DH during interleague play.  The Phillies traded him to Baltimore on June 30. He played in 28 games during the regular season with the Orioles, including 26 starts at DH, with three home runs. Overall he hit .252/.344/.442 with eight homers and 25 RBI.

Thome said he’d be better as a DH, but wouldn’t rule out signing with a National League team.

“At this stage, am I an everyday player? No,” Thome . “But I think I can still play. The best thing for me is being a designated hitter somewhere. But if an NL team calls, sure I’d consider it. I still feel like I can give a team a veteran presence and get a big hit off the bench.”

Thome’s home run total is the seventh-best in history, 18 shy of Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth on the list.

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Who is winning the Battle for LA?

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Theold talks with captain Granit Xhaka this week after his outburst during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.Xhaka was booed by Gunners supporters for taking too long to come off the ground against the Eagles. The Swiss international responded by cu have been making noise throughout the offseason — or, really, going back to late August when they added , and from the Red Sox — but the have once again made a big-ticket free-agent signing in December, landing Josh Hamilton.

So it’s on. Battle: Los Angeles.

Who is winning so far? Let’s go to the tale of the tape — in tongue-in-cheek fashion at times.

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It’s Crawford– vs. either –Hamilton or Hamilton-Trout-. I’d rather go the former route due to having an outstanding defender in two spots of the outfield, but I’m guessing the Angels choose power and go with the latter. Either way, I’m taking the Angels here. Trout is better than Kemp and Hamilton is much better than Ethier or Crawford.

The Angels look like this right now: , , , Joe Blanton and . The Dodgers? , , Beckett, and either or — at least until the Dodgers do more shuffling. I like the Dodgers by a nose, with most of the advantage being Greinke over Wilson.

Think about how funny this would’ve been last year. Frank McCourt jokes never get old, after all, but now it’s deadly serious. Arte Moreno has proven he’ll spend what it takes to get his guys, but the new Dodgers ownership group is poised to boast the highest payroll in MLB history. It’ll be interesting to see if the Dodgers react to the Anster United legend Roy Keane says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be supported after defeat to Liverpool.United sit a full 30 points off Liverpool in fifth place, with Solskjaer under mounting pressure given the Red Devils’ frustrating season so gels’ reaction to being upstaged out West. Regardless, you gotta follow the money here. Plus, the Dodgers have Magic Johnson. I mean, he’s so cool he tilts the scales automatically. It’s Dodgers.

“Donnie Baseball” (that’s Dodgers manager Don Mattingly to you non-baseball fans) was a far superior player to Angels manager Mike Scioscia, but they aren’t players anymore. Though both managers get sucked into doing things like throwing away outs via the bunt (which makes me want to scream), we have to give Scioscia the edge here for his pedigree, as he has six playoff appearances and a World Series championship under his belt.

It’s been a while, but Angel Stadium of Anaheim was once Anaheim Stadium, a ’60s-’70s style cookie-cutter yard that housed the ‘s Rams in addition to the Angels. It was then completely revamped into a baseball-only stadium prior to the 1997 season, most notably the trees, rocks and cascades in the outfield. But now, the Dodgers are making $100 million worth of renovations to Dodger Stadium (). Still, I lean toward Anaheim due to the aesthetic scene in the outfield.

The Angels are stuck with , who is still owed more than $40 million over the course of the next two seasons. Of course, Crawford is owed more than $100 million for the next five seasons, so we’ll call the Dodgers the “winner” here. Then again, does it really matter? Both teams are unbelievably flush with cash. That’s because (obvious segue alert!):

The Angels landed a windfall last December when they inked a $3-billion deal for the next 20 years in local TV broadcasting. Then again, it appears the Dodgers are going to double that, as they work toward a reported $6-billion deal for 25 years of local TV broadcasting. So it’s Dodgers here.

The Angels don’t yet have a list of 2013 ballpark promotions, but it doesn’t matter. This one is over before it starts because the . Knockout punch … delivered.

Well, both missed last year. As things stand, both certainly have enough talent to make a postseason run in 2013, though neither seems even close to a sure thing with the likes of the Rangers, Athletics and World Series champion Giants all playing out West.

And here’gland U21 goalkeeper Dean Henderson has welcomed support from Manchester United fans.Henderson, 22, enhanced his glowing reputation on Tuesday night as he produced a superb display for England U21s despite their heartbreaking 2-1 defeat.The United sts what really matters and where we have to get serious. If the Angels were willing to pony up $125 million over five years to add offense, when they clearly need pitching help, why couldn’t they go to six years and $150 for Greinke? Hamilton is two years older, much more injury-prone and the Angels already had a capable three-man outfield. The Dodgers win this one, and so far that’s why they currently lead the Battle for Los Angeles. It must be noted, of course, that this battle results in exactly zero wins in the 2013 season. But it sure is fun. 

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My plea to mainstream on-base percentage instead of batting average

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Earlier Friday, . Here’s what I had to say about on-base percentage:

“Unlike batting average, on-base percentage doesn’t ignore working the count to earn a walk, stepping into an inside pitch or being such a terrifying hitter that one gets pitched around and/or intentionally walked often. There are four players with more than 2,000 career walks: Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. And we’re supposed to ignore that and concentrate on batting average? In its purest form, OBP is basically measuring the amount of times a hitter does not make an out. With only 27 precious outs in a regulation game, this stat is paramount. That this isn’t mainstreamed as more important than batting average makes very little sense to me.”

I feel so strongly about this I’d like to elaborate.

Before I do, though, let me make one thing clear: Batting average is, and always will be, important. I’m not saying it’s not important and, in fact, I hate it when some sabermatricians act like stats that they don’t like aren’t even remotely useful. I’m simply saying on-base percentage is more important than average.

In a regulation, nine-inning game, each team has 27 outs within which to score the runs needed to win. If the home team leads through the top of the ninth, it only has 24 outs, but the point remains that outs are precious — that is, avoiding making outs is precious.

And if avoiding making outs is precious, wouldn’t the better rate-stat measure be the one that measures the amount of times a batter doesn’t make an out? I don’t see how anyone being honest with himself could come to any other logical conclusion.

And yet, since close to baseball’s inception, batting average has been hailed as more mainstream and more important than on-base percentage. Walks (and hit-by-pitches, for that matter) are ignored in batting average.

Say works a 12-pitch walk to load the bases, bringing to the plate. As far as OBP is concerned, Cabrera gets a score of 1.000 for the plate appearance. As far as batting average is concerned, Cabrera did nothing, quite literally. The plate appearance is ignored. It doesn’t count. His average is .—.

Putting aside the more substantive part of the plate appearance — getting on base with a walk — what about the toll that a 12-pitch plate appearance takes out of a pitcher, not to mention the high-stress pitches that are to follow against Fielder with the bases juiced? That greatly helped the team, and yet it’s totally ignored by the mainstream rate stat.

Now, we need to resist the urge to say something of a Neanderthal nature, such as “a real man would swing the bat and drive in the runs himself.” Not only does such macho chest-thumping reek of a prepubescent level of maturity, but it ignores, yes, batting average (see, I told you it was important). Cabrera led the AL with a .330 batting average in 2012. So if, in this scenario, Cabrera swings the bat like a manormer club AS Monaco on a season-long loan, Bakayoko has confirmed PSG have made attempts to sign him in the past.”A big club where I refused to sign? Paris,” he revealed to Canal+.The France international is set to cut ties with Chelsea after a diff, he has a 67 percent chance of making an out. In taking the walk, he made a dangerous situation even more dangerous for the pitcher.

Yet many broadcasts still show the standard line of batting average, home runs and RBI when a player comes to the plate. Tune into any radio show, and hear callers say something like “he’s a .260 hitter!” without any other context, as if batting average alone defines a player.

We received tons of comments and Twitter feedback the last few weeks about how “wilted” or “collapsed” down the stretch. You see, he hit .289 in September. Putting aside that this is far from a poor batting average, Trout had a .400 on-base percentage in September. That was higher than his .399 mark for the whole season. Not to mention that as a leadoff man, Trout’s job is clearly to get on base an excited to be moving to Real Madrid.The departing Santos star admits playing alongside Vinicius Junior is an ambition he’s long had.Rodrygo said, “Since I was little, when he played for Flamengo and I played for Santos, people dreamed that we could d score.

Here’s another example, in trivia form: Name the winners of each batting title. It’s pretty easy, right? The two MVPs, Miguel Cabrera and , were the batting champions.

Now name the two league leaders in OBP. I’ll wait while you look it up and then act as if you knew off the top of your head.

It was (.416) in the AL and * (.474) in the NL.

* Votto was 26 plate appearances short of qualifying to technically win the batting title or OBP title (if there were one, which I’d love!). But giving him an out for each of those PAs knocks him down to .449, easily taking the crown.

Votto had Posey by a .474-.408 edeld United owner Kevin McCabe has questioned new owner Prince Abdullah’s suitability to run the club, reports BBC Sport.McCabe was forced to sell his 50% stake in the Premier League side because of a high-court ruling, and says he regrets selling 50%ge in OBP, so he made an out roughly 6.6 percent fewer times per plate appearance than Posey did, but Posey is the “batting champion.” That makes no sense.

To reiterate, batting average is important, it’s just far less important than OBP. I like the triple-slash line, so you can see average, OBP and slugging percentage (power). My overall point here, though, is that the overwhelming majority of the time people choose just one of the rate stats, it’s batting average. Knowing everything I just wrote above, that simply defies all reason and logic.

I understand it’s tough to shake generations of tradition. Hell, I still remember my high school batting averages from my three years playing varsity and have no freaking clue what my OBPs were. Batting average is what we were all raised on, and I know it’ll be a tough habit to break. But we have to realize not all traditions are best. Lots of things have evolved in baseball over the years for the better. I believe this is one that should do so as well.

Maybe one day I’ll see OBP on my TV screen when a batter comes to the plate instead of batting average. Maybe the triple-slash line will take over. Either would be fine, but the days of displaying batting average alone need to go the way of the cookie-cutter stadiums from the 1970s.

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Welcome to the 2012 postseason: Washington Nationals

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Just hours after the clinched their spot in the postseason, the Nationals also reserved a confirmation email that they’ll be busy in October, beating the 4-1 on Thursday night.

An interesting question. Yes and no. The have not, but their predecessors, the Montreal Expos did. Once.

The 1981 Expos made it to the postseason despite finishing second overall in their division. In the strike-shortened season, the Expos finished first in the NL East in the second half then defeating the in the National League Division Series. Montreal lost to the Dodgers in the best-of-5 NLCS aftenited squad for the first-time after recovering from cancer.The 19-year-old was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year and begun chemotherapy at the start of 2019.Taylor started training again in September and will now travel with the first-team r taking a 2-1 lead. The Dodgers crushed the Expos’ dreams by beating them in Game 4 and 5 at Olympic Stadium to advance to the World Series.

has played in 44 postseason games and won a ring with the 2008 Phillies. started four games last fall, but was just 1-1 with a 5.60 ERA, but did earn a ring with the Cardinals. has played 22 postseason games.

Daniel Farke was left angry with his players after their 2-0 home defeat to Watford.Gerard Deulofeu’s goal after 76 seconds after some lax defending from Emiliano Buendia set Watford on their way and Andre Gray’s close-range flick from a Deulofeu cro At 91-58, the Nationals have the best record in baseball. With a 5.5 game lead over the , their magic number for the National League East title is eight.

Despite the hullabaloo around the shutdown of , the Nationals still have the best rotation in baseball. Nationals pitchers have a 3.29 ERA, the best mark in baseball. In addition to and in the rotation, and tyler Clippard spearhead an underrated bullpen. The team’s .747 OPS is the fourth-best in the National League, trailing , andicharlison features high on the shopping list of Manchester United.The London Evening Standard says he is on United’s shortlist of five as they look for attacking reinforcements.United struggled for goals earlier in the season and have made a new str . The Nationals are the favorites in the National League, but will their lack of playoff experience hurt them?

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