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The Cleveland Indians Are Dominating Like Its The 90s Again

With apologies to Bob Feller and the 1948 World Series champion Cleveland Indians, the definitive Indians team for most fans today is the one that called Jacobs Field home in the mid-to-late 1990s. And as it happens, this year’s squad, at 51-32 and coming off of a recent 14-game win-streak, looks like the franchise’s best all-around incarnation since that golden era of Cleveland baseball.Those late-’90s Indians were stocked with an outrageous number of marquee names; the 1997 Indians’ roster, for instance, contained 22 players who appeared on All-Star teams, tied for the 15th-most of any team ever. With that core, Cleveland won 59 percent of its games from 1994 to 2001, the 19th-best (non-overlapping) eight-season run by a franchise in major league history, to go with a couple of pennants and a World Series near-miss in 1997. Until LeBron James’s Cavaliers won the NBA title a few weeks ago, those Indians represented the pinnacle of modern-era Cleveland sports.But after years of jinxed and otherwise interrupted rebuilding attempts, Cleveland might finally have a real successor to those beloved ‘90s teams on its hands this season. Through 83 games, the 2016 Indians have the franchise’s highest Elo rating (our pet metric for rating a team’s quality at any given time) for this stage of a season since 1998, when the Tribe was powered by the likes of Kenny Lofton, Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, Omar Vizquel and Bartolo Colon (a handful of belt sizes ago). The Indians of the late ‘90s were an offensive machine, scoring 1,009 runs in 1999 — the fifth-most any team ever posted in a single season — and cracking 950 on two other occasions. And given the sheer amount of hitting talent on hand in Cleveland, at the height of an era we’ll just call one of the most offensive-minded in history, it would have been difficult not to pile up the runs. But one of the secrets of those great Indians squads is that they could pitch, too. Over the same 1994-2001 period, Cleveland also had the fifth-best ERA in baseball after adjusting for park and league, and its staff accumulated the third-most wins above replacement (WAR) in MLB. The names weren’t necessarily megastars — in addition to Colon, their WAR leaders were Charles Nagy, Dave Burba and ancient versions of Dennis Martinez and Orel Hershiser — but they cobbled together a very effective pitching staff to complement a modern-day murderers’ row of hitters.This year’s Tribe cuts a similar profile of all-around goodness. Their batters have the fourth-most WAR of any position-player corps in baseball, highlighted by the emergence of 22-year-old Francisco Lindor as an outright star in his second major-league season. But they can also pitch, with a staff that boasts the eighth-most WAR in the majors. In fact, this time around, it’s the hurlers who have more star power; ace Corey Kluber won the Cy Young two seasons ago, and he might be joined in that category this year by one of his teammates, whether it be Danny Salazar or Carlos Carrasco. The sum total has been a balanced club that’s finally living up to expectations, and one that looks as scary as any in the American League at the moment.This being Cleveland, there’s plenty that could still sidetrack the Indians’ renaissance. But the city is in an unfamiliar place after actually winning something for the first time in forever. It might even — dare I say it? — be on the verge of a golden age in sports, if we put aside the the Browns. And a big part of that will rest on these Indians’ ability to match, if not surpass, the old ghosts of the 1990s.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more


By the numbers Ohio States dramatic overtime victory over Wisconsin

OSU redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley (8) and OSU redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore (2) celebrate Conley’s first half interception during the Buckeyes game against the Badgers on Oct. 15. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThen-No. 8 Wisconsin gave the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes their hardest test of the season on Saturday, leading by 10 at half and by three late in the fourth quarter before OSU came out victorious in overtime, 30-23.The two teams met for the first matchup since OSU demolished the Badgers 59-0 in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game. The Badgers defense diminished OSU’s hurry-up offense in the first half, while Wisconsin’s power running game rolled through the Buckeyes’ normally dominant defense.  Wisconsin took a 16-6 lead going into halftime, putting the second-ranked Buckeyes in unfamiliar territory.The Badgers have played OSU tough in Madison in past years, even upsetting a top-ranked OSU in 2010, and falling in overtime to a sixth-ranked Buckeyes team in 2012. Wisconsin had all the momentum as the second half kicked off.  However, OSU coach Urban Meyer had some key defensive adjustments, and held the Badgers to a measly 11 offensive yards in the third quarter as the Buckeyes scored twice to take the lead 20-16.  The Badgers, then, moved the ball quickly down the field as they retook the lead, 23-20 in the fourth quarter. OSU senior kicker Tyler Durbin hit a field goal with 3:57 left in the quarter to tie the game at 23, which was enough to send the game into overtime for the second meeting in a row between these two teams in Madison.OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, who struggled for most of the first half, went 4-for-4 with the game-winning touchdown pass to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown in overtime.  The Buckeye defense then held Wisconsin on its possession holding out for the 30-23 win over the Badgers.  For the game, Barrett had 226 yards passing on 17-of-29 attempts with a touchdown and an interception and added 92 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.  Wisconsin senior running back Corey Clement had a career game for the Badgers, gaining 164 rushing yards on 25 carries. Redshirt freshmen quarterback Alex Hornibrook added 214 yards on 16-of-28 attempts with a touchdown and an interception.By The Numbers3-3: In the Buckeyes last six trips to Madison, they have won only three times, including two overtime wins.  The Badgers knocked off a No. 1, No. 3 and 18th-ranked OSU team in their three wins.89: Barrett scored his 89th career touchdown in overtime, setting the school record for most touchdowns accounted for.  The previous record was held by Braxton Miller, with 88.0: The Badgers’ defense have not allowed a touchdown in the first quarter through six games.6: The Badgers held OSU to only 6 points in the first half, which was the fewest points scored by Ohio State in the first half since Meyer joined the program in 2012. read more


BAHAMAS The Governor General and the Pirme Minister at Remembrance Day Church

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 13, 2017 – Nassau – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling and Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis are pictured in the front pew at the Remembrance Day Church Service at Christ Church Cathedral this morning.   The church service was followed by a march of a number of civic organizations through Bay Street to the Cenotaph in the Garden of Remembrance, where wreaths were laid.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img


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October 24 2018 Board member and beloved Arcosant

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Rep Cox welcomes Livonia groups new ideas for local government funding

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Rep Sheppard welcomes Jackman Road Elementary students to Capitol

first_img06Jun Rep. Sheppard welcomes Jackman Road Elementary students to Capitol Categories: Sheppard News,Sheppard Photos State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance welcomed students from Jackman Road Elementary School in Temperance to the Capitol on June 6.“I’m excited to see young students interested in state government,” Rep. Sheppard said. “It’s so important that they learn about the significant role the Legislature plays and I encourage them to be informed and active citizens as they grow up.”State Rep. Jason Sheppard visits with Jackman Road Elementary students during their trip to the Capitol building in Lansing.last_img


Rep Paquette promotes website dedicated to car insurance reform

first_img27Feb Rep. Paquette promotes website dedicated to car insurance reform Categories: Paquette News New legislative site to provide public interaction, latest news on reformState Rep. Brad Paquette, along with House colleagues, recently announced the creation of a special website to keep people informed about the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates while giving Michigan drivers a simple way to provide their input.The website, www.ReduceMiRatesNow.com, allows anyone to easily offer input that could help shape future legislation, and gives state representatives another method to hear ideas and concerns.“Michigan’s no-fault car insurance system is a potential budget buster for many Southwest Michigan families,” said Paquette, of Niles. “With car insurance rates drastically lower a few miles south in Indiana, the temptation for Berrien and Cass county residents to move across the state line to avoid skyrocketing premiums is very real. The House’s newly launched website dedicated to car insurance reform offers constituents a way to share their stories and ideas for reform directly with the committee.”The website includes a news tab allowing residents to keep up to date with developments and committee meeting schedules. Ideas submitted by Michigan drivers concerning legislation will go directly to the committee, assuring every submission will be considered.“I encourage everyone to share their voices and be an integral part of the reform process,” Paquette said. “Everyone has a seat at the table. I look forward to joining our community’s effort to deliver a solution that makes our rates more affordable and in line with neighboring states.”Paquette encourages residents to follow the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ReduceMiRatesNow/ to see the latest news regarding the committee.last_img read more