We are now less than a week away from almost all pitchers and catchers reporting, and the two biggest free agents on the market — Manny Machado and Bryce Harper — have yet to sign. The rumor mill around them continues to swirl, but we’re tired of not knowing for sure where these two will play this year. So we thought we’d take matters into our own hands, instead of simply waiting around for the latest hot-stove updates.To that end, we called on our friends at Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP), a strategic simulation game that allows players to put on their general manager hats and run their own teams. We asked them to simulate out the careers of Harper and Machado a bunch of times under scenarios where they sign with a bunch of different teams. Think of it as the multiverse of MLB possibilities that still could play out, depending on where these two superstars end up signing.It’s important to note that this is all guided by the game’s artificial intelligence, so it’s based on a simulation engine primarily intended for fun gameplay.1Though it can be a pretty serious simulation, as far as these things go. Perhaps you’ve heard of the soccer sim Football Manager and its notoriously addictive qualities? OOTP is essentially the same game, except for baseball. Having said all that, in the true spirit of J. Henry Waugh’s Universal Baseball Association, what if …… Machado signs with the White Sox?Frequency: 80 percent of simulations2OOTP ran 25 sample offseasons for us, tracking how often each player signed with which team.Average contract: Eight years for $198 millionSix-year team wins: 78.7 per seasonSix-year WAR: 6.0 per seasonBest playoff result: Loses divisional series in 2021Machado is one of the brightest stars in the OOTP universe, with an overall rating of 77 out of 80 (using the traditional 20-80 scouting scale). If he were to sign with the White Sox, one of his most frequently rumored suitors in real life, OOTP sees him having a tremendous individual debut in Chicago, putting together an All-Star season worth 6.5 wins above replacement. But the White Sox would have to wait until 2020 to improve as a team, leaping from 63 wins in 2019 to 92 in 2020, with Machado once again having a strong 5.8-WAR season. Chicago would average 92 wins per season in 2020 and ’21, making the playoffs both years, but they would top out with a tough five-game loss in the American League Division Series in 2021, then drop down to 80 wins in 2022 as Machado’s teammates regress.He would average 5.7 WAR per season over the next two years, but the Sox would miss the playoffs both seasons, with Machado opting out of his contract to join the New York Mets on a five-year, $197.5 million deal before the 2025 season. (Chicago would be fine without him, making the American League Championship Series in 2025 and 2026.) In New York, Machado’s individual numbers would decline to an average of 4.1 WAR per season, but he would help the 2028 Mets reach the World Series — where, in classic Mets fashion, they would lose to the Astros in seven games. After bouncing to the Nationals and Rockies in the early 2030s, Machado would retire in October 2032 with a JAWS score of 63.4, which should easily earn him a place in the Hall of Fame.… Machado signs with the Padres?Frequency: 20 percent of simulationsAverage contract: Eight years for $212 millionSix-year team wins: 83.3 per seasonSix-year WAR: 5.0 per seasonBest playoff result: Loses league championship series in 2024If Machado were to sign with San Diego, OOTP’s AI thinks that he would make about $14 million more over an eight-year contract than he would with the White Sox. But how would his Padres do on the field? In this universe, Machado would have an incredible initial campaign in Southern California, putting up 7.5 WAR and winning the National League’s MVP in 2019. His team, though, would only improve from 66 to 76 wins, good for third place in the NL West, and Machado would later struggle to repeat his amazing debut season. The simulations have him averaging just 4.1 WAR per season in 2020-21, with the Padres winning only 71 games a year. But in 2022, Machado would bounce back with 5.2 WAR, and San Diego would win 95 games, making the divisional series. It’s part of a three-year playoff surge for the Padres, peaking with 100 wins in 2024 — but that team is projected to crash out of the playoffs with a disappointing five-game NLCS loss to the Dodgers.That offseason, Machado would opt out of his initial contract and sign a five-year, $157.5 million deal with the expansion Memphis Scouts — which are a thing in this universe! — where he would spend the next five seasons playing reasonably well (4.2 WAR per year), but losing so many ballgames would surely give him flashbacks to the horrid 2018 Orioles. The best season of Machado’s final years is forecast to be an out-of-nowhere 4.3-WAR season with the 101-win Cincinnati Reds in 2032, but that team would ultimately lose in the divisional series. In September 2035, Machado would retire from pro baseball as a probable Hall of Famer.… Machado signs somewhere else?While OOTP’s AI thinks Chicago and San Diego are the destinations most likely for Machado, it also forced him onto the Phillies, Yankees and Twins for the sake of the full multiverse. The first two outcomes are about a wash individually, with Machado nearing 7 WAR in his best simulated season for each team and producing roughly the same total WAR (33.9 in New York, 32.6 in Philly). He would also stay longer in each city: seven years with the Phillies before opting out to join the Giants and the full eight-year contract span with the Yankees. But in terms of team performance, Machado wouldn’t win a World Series in either Philadelphia or New York, coming closest with a seven-game ALCS loss in 2022 as part of his Yankees timeline. It’s kind of a sad set of outcomes for a pair of teams that you’d think would offer Machado the greatest chance of team success. As for the Twins, they would be very successful with Machado, winning 90.2 games per season in his five years in Minnesota, including a World Series berth in 2021. But he would also opt out of that contract as early as possible, moving on to sign a massive deal with the Giants. Such is the way of Minnesota sports. So where should each star sign? If these OOTP simulations are any indication, it looks like Harper and the Cardinals would be best off with him playing right field in St. Louis, and Machado should lean toward manning the hot corner for the Padres. But those are but two options in the multiverse of possible outcomes. The only thing that we are 100 percent certain about is that at least one of these teams should sign these guys now. Stars like Machado and Harper shouldn’t still be going into spring training without a deal in place — for their own sake and for the sake of fan bases whose teams can use them to compete this season.Special thanks to Richard Grisham and Out of the Park Developments for their help with this story. Let’s move on to Harper, whose future is more difficult to read than Machado’s. OOTP’s AI predicted that he’d sign with any of four teams — the Giants (64 percent), Cardinals (20 percent), Padres (12 percent) and Dodgers (4 percent) — and that’s not even the full spate of his commonly rumored options. But let’s peer into OOTP’s crystal ball anyway. What if …… Harper signs with the Giants?Frequency: 64 percent of simulationsAverage contract: Seven years for $175 millionSix-year team wins: 82.1 per seasonSix-year WAR: 3.3 per seasonBest playoff result: No playoffsThe Giants are a weird team that won 73 games last season despite trying to contend, and they do have the need for a corner outfielder like Harper if they want to try it again in 2019. According to OOTP, San Francisco would pay about $15 million to $20 million more over a seven-year deal than Harper’s other potential suitors, and they wouldn’t get much postseason success out of it. They are projected to average 85.5 wins per season over the first four years of Harper’s deal, finishing second in the NL West (and out of the playoffs) each year. They would also get classic inconsistent Bryce: 5.7 WAR in Year 1, followed by 2.2 and 2.9 WAR (both seasons riddled with injuries), then 4.4, and then 0.6 in a terrible 2023 season during which Harper would hit .209, with the Giants crashing to 74 wins.After six up-and-down seasons by the Bay, Harper would sign a four-year, $116.8 million deal with the Brewers. He is projected for a strong season on a playoff-bound Milwaukee team in 2025 but then just 2.1 WAR per year over the next two seasons before opting out early yet again to join … yes, the Yankees. During his inevitable run in pinstripes, Harper would boast an .821 OPS as his Yanks make (and lose) the ALCS in 2028, but he would put up negative WAR over the next two seasons. He would retire at age 38 after being released by New York (and briefly rejoining the Giants). Harper’s final JAWS score of 49.9 would put him right on the edge of the Hall of Fame relative to other right fielders.… Harper signs with the Cardinals?Frequency: 20 percent of simulationsAverage contract: Seven years for $151 millionSix-year team wins: 87.2 per seasonSix-year WAR: 4.9 per seasonBest playoff result: Loses World Series in 2027 and 2030This is one of the most successful universes either star free agent had in our OOTP simulations. In this world, the Cardinals would grab Harper for the bargain-bin price of $151 million, and he would stay with them for a total of 12 seasons thanks to another midcareer contract extension. St. Louis would be mostly competitive throughout Harper’s dozen seasons there, averaging 87 wins per year and making the playoffs nine times, including two pennant-winning runs. Harper is projected for 53.4 total WAR in a Cardinals uniform (which would actually rank him just below Ozzie Smith for fifth on the franchise’s all-time leaderboard), winning the 2023 NL MVP with a 1.033 OPS and 7.4 WAR. In Harper’s final season as a Cardinal at age 37, OOTP sees St. Louis losing the 2030 World Series to (Machado’s?) White Sox in a heartbreaking seventh game.After leaving St. Louis, Harper would sign a three-year, $62 million deal with the Mets, but a fractured knee would cost him 88 games in his first New York season, and he wouldn’t be the same player afterward, averaging just 1.1 WAR/year in 2032-33. Following an ineffective 51-game stint with the Giants in 2034, Harper would retire as a surefire Hall of Famer with a JAWS score of 69.2.… Harper signs somewhere else?Harper has been linked to so many teams, it’s tough to keep track sometimes. So we asked OOTP to look at the other teams its own AI saw Harper signing with (the Padres and Dodgers), plus the Phillies, White Sox and Harper’s erstwhile team, the Nationals. Of those, the Dodgers easily offer the greatest amount of team glory — in fact, they would basically become a dynasty with Bryce on board, winning the 2020, 2021, 2023 and 2024 World Series and losing it in 2025 (as Harper would put up 44.3 WAR during seven seasons in L.A.).3Just for good measure, Harper would return to Washington in this Dodgers simulation, after a four-season stint with the Mariners, and would also win the 2030 World Series with the Nats in his age-37 season. Individually, Harper would finish with 98.3 WAR in that universe, edging out his 93.2 WAR in the Cardinals simulation for the best of the options we looked at. The rest offer varying degrees of lesser success from both a team and personal perspective, with the Phillies, Nats and Padres projected to make the playoffs a few times on Harper’s first contract (he would re-up with the Padres and Nationals for the long-term in those simulations) and Harper accumulating just shy of 80 career WAR in each universe.
Michel Vorm is ready to stand in for Hugo Lloris when Tottenham Hotspur kick off their Premier League campaign at Newcastle United.The former Swansea goalie is set to be called upon by manager Mauricio Pochettino, as he has suggested, in a bid to rest a number of his World Cup stars at St James’ Park on Saturday lunchtime.And a relaxed Vorm, 34, says he will treat the build-up to the match like any other at a club where, in training sessions, it does not matter who is the first choice.Nine of Spurs’ internationals returned for training on Monday, including World Cup winner Lloris. And it’s clear they will not be fit for the first two Premier League matches.That is fine with Vorm, who has made 43 appearances for the club since signing from Swansea City in 2014.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I need to make sure like always I’m ready,’ he said. ‘I always have a spell of games. I just try and be at a certain level and if I get the chance to show I’m still here.”Being a first-choice goalkeeper is difficult enough, but Vorm agreed that it is an art to be able to step in after long periods without match action.“I think so,’ he said. ‘In general, to be a goalkeeper, it’s mentally very tough. You can see it in World Cup final or Champions League final; there’s a certain pressure. As back-up of Hugo, when you’re called on at a club like this everyone expects everything to be good. It’s not easy. I think sometimes people underestimate how difficult it can be.”Vorm believes coaching sessions put on by trusted Pochettino lieutenant Toni Jiminez ensure each of the club’s goalkeepers are ready to perform.“The way we work is very intense and demanding,’ he said. ‘I think I’m a good professional. I make sure I give everything in training, and Toni treats everyone the same. It’s not like “who was playing.” We push each other and train at a very high level.”
The Manchester City footballer was injured for a while, but last month he made his first start of the season on Boxing DayAfter missing many games, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is hoping he can represent his team against Liverpool.The two clubs will face off tomorrow night, in one of the most important English Premier League matches of the season.And the Belgian footballer is hopeful he can play against the Reds.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He trained today but we need to check in the morning,” manager Pep Guardiola said according to Goal.“He is much better.”Both teams are currently in the Top 3 of the English Premier League, and a win will surely decide the future of the teams.
Students from the Kenai Peninsula College and the Alaska Christian College performed during the celebration. Lt. Governor Meyer told the crowd that his focus is working to regain the trust of Alaskans: “My job as Lt. Governor is elections, and obviously that’s an area that we have a lot of work to do. We are going to get your trust back in elections, and in all areas of government.” Governor Dunleavy, and Lt. Governor Kevin Meyer greeted a crowd of over 100 gathered at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Thursday evening. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享It’s been less than one week since Governor Mike Dunleavy was sworn into office in Kotzebue, and the Kenai Peninsula was his most recent stop on the inauguration celebration tour. Governor Dunleavy: “The same reason that many of us came here, the same reasons still exist here in Alaska, opportunity. We still have the resources, we still have all kids of opportunity here in this great state. My goal is to work with each and every one of you to make this the state we know it can be.”
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce was absent at the meeting on April 2, but previously spoke with KSRM News regarding the request for additional funding from the district: “I’ve written a letter to the school district sharing all of our numbers with them, and we wrote a letter to the employees within the borough explaining to them that should the$2.4 million dollar additional funding request be approved by the assembly that there are consequences. I’m laying it out to the assembly as well, we are putting a strong fiscally responsible plan together so that services can continue.” A resolution for the request for additional funding was introduced at the borough assembly meeting on April 2. There will be a public hearing on the request for $2,423,955 in FY19 from the borough at their meeting on April 16. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough will be taking public testimony on a request from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for $2,423,955 in FY19 from the borough due to the state reduction in funding. In the request from the district, the additional funding would allow the school district to retain some of the non-tenured staff for FY20, as well as provide a cushion in the event of possible state reductions in funding.
An editorial in the Belleville News-Democrat laments the stark possibility that Scott Air Force Base, Ill., could be shuttered in a future BRAC round.That potential outcome is particularly sobering given the level of dedication the base’s southwestern Illinois neighbors have shown it.“It is nice to the airmen. It makes sure the schools are top-notch to educate the military children and fixed the state system that ensured their class credits followed them. It has a healthy housing stock and worked to resolve property tax issues when base housing was developed by a private company,” the paper’s editorial board writes.Community and Air Force leaders also have partnered to share base support costs and prevent development from encroaching on the installation.The editorial cites this year’s decision by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to build a new $1.6 billion western headquarters in North St. Louis over a site adjacent to Scott as evidence that in many cases politics trumps mission.“Maybe NGA did us a favor. Maybe something else can go on that free land we were offering,” it states, trying to mine the silver lining.“Base closing rounds have twice meant good things for Scott when commands were consolidated here, but this round could just as easily mean some other base gets the consolidated missions,” the editorial concludes. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
The P5’s treble is fine, but switching over to a set of Emotiva Airmotiv B1 bookshelf speakers the highs are airier and smoother. The B1’s soundstage is also more three-dimensional and transient details from drums as well as percussion outpace the P5. Yet the P5 has a more fully developed midrange. Too bad I don’t have a pair of Elac Debut B6.2 speakers on hand for direct comparison, but I know that speaker well enough to say it’s a more transparent and more dynamically alive design. The P5 is more laid-back, but they’re both very capable efforts. The new Alpha P5 has a lot going for it, but it faces strong competition. The Elac Debut B6.2 is the one to beat, and the Q Acoustics 3020i is also a worthy competitor. The Audiophiliac 3 1:13 Now playing: Watch this: Comments ELAC Debut B6.2: Clearer sound, better build quality, same incredible value Big, smooth sound from Q Acoustics 3020i small, affordable speaker Emotiva B1 speakers: Audiophile sound for a popcorn price Speakers Home Entertainment Best new headphones of CES 2019 Listening test: NAD’s feature-packed D 3045 amplifier: The Audiophiliac checks out NAD’s latest integrated amp.Etymotic ER3, the Audiophiliac affordable headphone of the year: The Etymotic ER3 is a bona-fide audiophile headphone, with a very attainable price. Share your voice Tags Enlarge ImageThe PSB Alpha P5 speakers. PSB PSB’s original entry level Alpha Series speakers were so good they remained in production without any changes for 19 years. They introduced lots of new speakers over that time, but the Alpha remained perennial until now. PSB refreshed the entire Alpha line with the all new P3 ($199 a pair) and P5 bookshelf ($349 a pair), C10 center channel ($299 each) and T20 tower speakers ($599 a pair). To get acquainted with the line I spent some time with the Alpha P5 bookshelf speakers.The speakers are available in your choice of Black Ash or Walnut vinyl finishes, with magnetically attached perforated black metal grilles. Around back there’s a bass port positioned directly over the sturdy binding posts. The P5s medium density fiberboard cabinet measures a tidy 6.75 by 11.3 by 9.5 inches, and it weighs 10.3 pounds.As you may have noticed, the speaker’s front baffle layout is unusual in that the textured black 5.25 inch polypropylene woofer is on top, the .75 inch black anodized aluminum tweeter just below it. The woofer and tweeter work in harmony thanks to the new forth order crossover network. Impedance is rated at 8 ohms. The P5’s interior felt damping material is placed in the middle of the cabinet to better absorb reflections, most speakers have their interior walls lined with soft material. Listening to the Alpha P5Male vocals make their presence known big time, take Bill Callahan, wowza, his formidable pipes on his Have Fun With God album are given free reign. There’s something so satisfying about the way the P5s unleash Callahan’s growling voice. His sprawling acoustic meets woozy ambient dub collection filled my living room with sound. The P5’s surprising brawn was evident from the get go, and it’s the sort of speaker that sounds like it enjoys being played pretty loud.The P5 had a special affinity for piano recordings like Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff. The piano tone is deliciously ripe, and the sheer vibrancy of the performance is riveting. Arcade Fire’s densely mixed Reflektor album is well sorted out by the P5s so it was easy to follow the bass, drums, keyboards and guitars, and the soundstage extended beyond the locations of the speakers. Auditioning the P5 in my two channel home theater with the speakers hooked up to my NAD C 316BEE stereo integrated amplifier is a treat. The Mad Max Fury Road Blu-ray’s hell bent action sequences pack a wallop, and dialogue is clear, even when the road raging antics are going full tilt. Kraftwerk’s 3D Blu-ray is loaded with dense textures and detail, though it’s obvious the P5s can’t fully convey the synthesizers deep bass passages. Even so, bass definition is well played, but if deep room shaking bass is what you crave add a sub, but that’s true with most small stand mount speakers. More speaker reviews Jabra 85h wireless noise-canceling headphone has cutting-edge… 27 Photos
A Bangladeshi expatriate has been killed after a speedy vehicle knocked him down while chasing a gang of robbers at Al-Kharj, some 77 kilometres off capital Riyadh, reports UNB.The deceased was Main Uddin Shah Alam, 35, son of late Hazi Shah Alam, hailing from Gobindapur village in Burichang upazila.Family sources said a group of hoodlums looted valuables from a shop owned by Main Uddin at Al-Kharj on Tuesday night.When the miscreants were fleeing with the booty, he started chasing them.At one stage, a bus hit the Bangladeshi expatriate, leaving him injured.Later, he was taken to King Khalid University Hospital where physicians declared him dead.
Renowned photographer Shahidul Alam speaks at Vent House by Amnesty International at EMK Center in Dhaka on 4 May 2019. Photo: CollectedAmnesty International’s South Asia campaigner Saad Hammadi on Saturday said people will naturally be afraid of speaking when they do not know what they say or write may constitute an offence.Such feelings breed resentment and are not healthy for a country’s social development, he observed.He made the observation at the first ever campaign event by Amnesty International in Dhaka.Amnesty International in partnership with the Edward M Kennedy Center hosted the campaign event of arts and performances in defence of freedom of expression.The event was organised in commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day, reflected on the attacks on media and online platforms, intrusion of privacy and repressive laws which have been used against people’s legitimate rights to freedom of expression.“We have noticed that newspaper editors in Bangladesh have become extremely careful about publishing stories and editorials, and even refrain from publishing columns and stories due to fear of reprisals,” said Saad Hammadi.“The event today is part of Amnesty International’s continued campaign for reclaiming freedom, which includes the right to freedom of expression in countries where people are met with heavy punishment for peacefully sharing opinions,” he said.Saad Hammadi said, “People cannot freely express themselves without protection from the state. Censorship of information and the fear of reprisals dwindles quality of life, integrity and their accountability to the public.”Vent House by Amnesty International brought together comedians, cartoonists, journalists, bloggers, musicians, poets, activists and live performance artistes to promote freedom of expression and reflect on the role that the government and people can play with respect to protecting this right.The event also launched hashtag campaign #YoursPeacefully to remind the government that peaceful exercise of freedom of expression must not be criminalised.Celebrated photographer Shahidul Alam, standup comedians Yamin Khan and Ahmad Ashik, cartoonist Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy, journalists Shuprova Tasneem, Ayreen Khan, Syed Tashfin Chowhdury, media personality Iresh Zaker, blogger and activist Fahmidul Haq, artists Liza Hasan, Reetu Sattar, Sayeef Mahmud and Aabir Khalid signed up for the Amnesty campaign event.Performers and discussants also included indigenous rights activist and musician Sham Sagor Mankin, singer and songwriter Armeen Musa and her band Ghashforing Choir, young poetry collective The Versemongers and activist Samina Luthfa Nitra.Amnesty International has, in different parts of the world, been supported by a wide range of artistes, including Coldplay, Russell Brand, Jimmy Carr, Jon Stewart, John Oliver, Stephen Colbert among a host of international artists in defence of freedom of expression around the world. The Dhaka event is the first time supporters and members of Amnesty International in Bangladesh have come together along with members of the international community.
The C-Band Alliance (CBA) has announced that up to 200 MHz of mid-band spectrum could be cleared to support 5G wireless deployment in the US.In an updated proposal to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the CBA increased the amount of spectrum that could be made available for 5G terrestrial use by 80% compared to the initial proposal made by Intelsat and SES.The CBA – which represents Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat and Telesat – said that the C-band downlink spectrum could be cleared dependent on demand, while protecting current users and critical broadcast services.“The group’s proposal is the only one that balances the needs to protect the C-band user community, which includes television and radio programming distribution to over 100 million US homes, as well as private commercial and government media and data networks with the strong public interest need for rapid 5G network deployment across the US,” said the CBA in a statement.“This announcement allows the CBA and its members to engage in detailed planning of the complicated task of moving customers to different frequency assignments, facilitated through new satellite capacity and innovative technical solutions, implementing new ground infrastructure and modifying the significant existing infrastructure deployed nationwide.”The C-Band Alliance was established by the leading continental US satellite services operators earlier this month to efficiently clear and repurpose C-band spectrum, supporting the US in its 5G deployment and innovation goals.The CBA was developed in response to a proceeding initiated by the US Federal Communications Commission in August 2017.