Aizumi Base / FujiwaraMuro Architects

first_img 2020 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/946963/aizumi-base-fujiwaramuro-architects Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/946963/aizumi-base-fujiwaramuro-architects Clipboard Japan CopyAbout this officeFujiwaraMuro ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookJapanPublished on September 05, 2020Cite: “Aizumi Base / FujiwaraMuro Architects” 04 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyHouses•Japan Save this picture!© Toshiyuki Yano+ 27Curated by Hana Abdel Share Year:  Architects: FujiwaraMuro Architects Area Area of this architecture project Area:  168 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” “COPY” Photographs Photographs:  Toshiyuki YanoArchitect In Charge:FujiwaraMuro ArchitectsCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoRecommended ProductsMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Text description provided by the architects. This house in a residential neighborhood is facing streets on three sides. These streets don’t have much traffic, though, so we proposed a design that is defined uniquely by the environment. The client requested us to make a house with an outdoor feeling to enjoy BBQ with their friends, as well as a dog park for their dog.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoSave this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoThey have a range of hobbies from cars, bikes, fishing, camping, bouldering, audio and radio control. We proposed a circle-like shape building. We felt the circular shape would make using the exterior spaces around the building easier.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoThe circular shape of the house creates some extra room outside for outdoor activities, as well as parking, garden and dog park. A flow from the kitchen, dining to living room is designed based on the client’s wish to enjoy cooking, eat, and relax at home with some drinks. Glimpses of these recreational spaces are visible throughout the house.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoProject gallerySee allShow lessRead and Rest Hotel / OFFICE AIOSelected ProjectsSmall Hotel / CAPDSelected Projects Share Aizumi Base / FujiwaraMuro ArchitectsSave this projectSaveAizumi Base / FujiwaraMuro Architects Houses ArchDaily Aizumi Base / FujiwaraMuro Architects Projectslast_img read more

Ighalo reveals why he thought Man Utd ‘dream’ would not continue

first_imgOdion Ighalo has admitted that he thought he might have played his last game for Manchester United before his loan was extended. Loading… The Nigerian striker joined the club on loan from Shanghai Shenhua in January, but with that deal originally only running until the end of May, there were fears that he would not stay at Old Trafford for the end of the season. With the Premier League set to re-start in June after a three-month pause, Manchester United managed to reach an agreement with Shanghai to extend Ighalo’s loan until January 2021 – although the striker admits he wasn’t confident it would go through. “I was very worried it wasn’t going to happen,” Ighalo told Sky Sports News. “Shanghai wanted me to return because they know what I can do, and they believe in me so it was a bit difficult. But I want to thank them for agreeing to my wish to stay at Manchester United. “I want to thank the manager Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] for pushing as well.Advertisement Promoted ContentLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Being14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Irresistibly Gorgeous Asian ActressesWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?20 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About SiberiaThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson90s Stunners Who Still Look GorgeousAwesome But Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu Reeves “It’s so hard to explain, but I still have the same feeling. I want to go every day to train with these young players and show what I can do. This is a great achievement for me to be at this club and I will never take it for granted.” read also:Odion Ighalo opens up on Manchester United future It had been three years since Ighalo’s last Premier League appearance with Watford when United showed faith in him and brought him back to England – and he says that the fact he earned the move at this late stage in his career makes the dream even more enjoyable. “I’m going to be 31 soon and playing for United is something great for me,” he added. “It is happening towards the last stage of my football career, which makes me feel even happier. “That’s why I cherish every moment of being at this club. “For now, I just want to continue living my dream.” Meanwhile, Ighalo also admitted that he thought it was a “joke” when he first heard Man Utd were interested in him. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Redknapp targets Zarate loan

first_img Zarate, who joined the Hammers from Argentine side Velez Sarsfield in the summer, reportedly underwent a medical at Rangers on Tuesday after struggling to establish himself at Upton Park. Redknapp has made no secret of his desire to add at least one more striker to his squad in January and the Rangers manager believes Zarate fits the bill. QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes Mauro Zarate can be the answer to his striker shortage but insists a deal has not yet been completed for the West Ham forward. “Maybe Sam prefers the others and they’ve been in great form so you can see why.” Redknapp added: “It’s important to have options up front. You need somebody else to weigh in with goals. “We can’t rely on Charlie (Austin) getting all the goals. “It’s an area we’re looking at but it’s difficult, who is going to loan you a striker who will score 10 to 12 goals before the end of the season? Everyone is looking for a striker.” A goalless draw at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday leaves QPR 15th in the table and two points above the relegation zone. Redknapp’s side host Swansea on New Year’s Day, hoping to continue their excellent form at Loftus Road which includes three wins in their last four home matches. “Our home form has been fantastic for us, we’ve been difficult to beat at home,” Redknapp said. “We now play all the top teams at home in the second half of the season and we go away to the bottom teams.” Redknapp added: “Swansea are a good side, Garry Monk has done a great job with them and he’s just carried on from where they were. “They’ve had great managers in the last few years, who have gone on to do great things and he’s another in that line.” “He’s a player we’ve been talking about loaning, it’s not done yet though,” Redknapp said. “He’s a number 10, a clever player who can open the door. “I first came across him at Birmingham a few years back when he played under Alex McLeish. “It’s not done and dusted it’s just something we’re interested in – we are looking to loan a player or two.” Zarate has scored two goals in seven league appearances for West Ham this season but has struggled for a starting spot ahead of Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Andy Carroll. Hammers boss Sam Allardyce responded to claims he had treated Zarate unfairly by insisting the 27-year-old had simply not been good enough to secure a regular place in the side. Redknapp said: “Sam said he’s done well enough but you can see why he hasn’t played – they’ve got Sakho, Valencia, Carroll, Carlton Cole and Zarate – they’ve got five strikers. “They’re good players and they’ve been in great form, they’re a threat to anybody so it’s been difficult for Zarate to get in. Press Associationlast_img read more

Groundhog day gobblers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Spring turkey season gets underway April 23 and I plan to do things different this year. Not because my former methods for taking toms haven’t been successful; on the contrary, I have been fortunate enough to fill a tag each April for the past several. I’m simply seeking a different experience, while hoping for a similar outcome.For the past several springs I have pitched a ground blind in pretty much the same spot, planted the same decoys and enjoyed similar success in the first couple days of the season. Purring in the pre-dawn and yelping as the morning progresses, I lead any gobblers within earshot to believe there may be a lonesome hen in the vicinity. Sooner or later — and lately it’s been the latter around mid-morning — a gobbler waddles over and starts strutting his stuff within range of a magnum shell out of a box of a dozen turkey loads I purchased a decade ago. I still have a brace of shells from that box, and my hope is that I can shake the Groundhog Day routine this season and force myself to push the envelope a bit and try a different tactic — if not a different woodlot — to put other turkey hunting skills to the test.I realize that’s easy to say as I write this in late March, before the gobbler hunting bug has bitten and the temptation of a chilly April morning spent inside a blind calls to me. But I think I have learned all there is about hunting then, there and that way, and I hope I have the gumption to get out and try something new to fool those gobblers later this month. I’ll let you know how that goes. Spring turkey hunting seasons openOhio’s spring turkey hunting seasons begin with the youth season April 21 and 22 statewide followed by the South Zone turkey hunting season opening April 23 through May 20 in 83 Ohio counties. That is followed by the Northeast Zone season from April 30 to May 27 in Ashtabula, Lake, Trumbull, Geauga and Cuyahoga counties. Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise through noon daily until May 6 in the South Zone and through May 13 in the Northeast Zone, after which hunting times are extended until sunset. Bearded birds only may be taken and turkeys must be checked in by 11:30 p.m. the day they are killed. Visit wildohio.com or refer to the Ohio Hunting & Trapping Regulations 2017-2018 booklet for more details on spring gobbler hunting in Ohio and the various check-in processes.last_img read more

Murray State’s Ja Morant ascends to possible NBA lottery pick

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Step-back 3 NBA’s new weapon, though not a shot for everyone For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes04:04‘Quiel’ now a severe tropical storm – Pagasa01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta All the attention has taken some getting used to.“Honestly, it surprised me,” said Morant, who also leads Murray State with 5.6 rebounds per game. “I didn’t think I would be here right now in this position I’m in. I know eventually that it would have played out in the end, but it happened fast.”If the draft projections play out, Morant could be selected right after Williamson. Their AAU team — the South Carolina Hornets — also featured guard Devontae Shuler, who now plays at Mississippi.Williamson was the man on that AAU squad, though Morant, a year older than Williamson and just 6-0, was still growing. Even so, their AAU coach, Ricky Taylor, said Morant’s point guard skills and floor leadership were “unreal” — not to mention his ability to elevate.“He could get off the ground then, but he’s getting to the rim,” Taylor said. “Those three more inches have helped him a lot. He’s definitely more aggressive now, whereas he didn’t have to be then.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting And until Morant’s injured right ankle heals, he’s being careful with his highlight-reel dunks that turned him into an overnight sensation.“There’s still a little bit of pain in it,” said Morant, who turned the ankle in the early minutes against Belmont on Jan. 24. “I’m playing under the rim now, so …”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesNonetheless, his sophomore season has been over the top.The 6-foot-3 guard became a sensation with his acrobatic dunks, rivaling those by his former AAU teammate — Duke’s Zion Williamson. Murray State’s Ja Morant in action during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against SIU – Edwardsville in Murray, Ky., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)Ja Morant is finding ways to stay grounded following his ascension to the bright lights of college basketball’s national stage.The high-flying Murray State point guard is off social media to the dismay of 141,000 followers on his verified Twitter account. He is not listening to lofty projections of being a top-three NBA draft pick if he leaves after this season.ADVERTISEMENT The national narrative about Morant almost seems like this is his first year on Murray State’s campus.But he had a solid freshman season, averaging 12.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.4 assists and helped the Racers win the Ohio Valley Conference to reach the NCAA Tournament.Now, he has taken his game to another level, averaging 23.9 points and leading the nation in assists at 10.4 per a game. He wants to become the first player to finish averaging those lofty numbers since assists became an official NCAA statistic in 1985-86.And though Morant’s draft stock is rising and financial advisers have been in constant contact with dad Tee Morant, any decision about his son’s future will have to wait until the spring.Morant said he isn’t thinking about turning pro. He’s focusing on helping the Racers (19-4) repeat as OVC champions.Nobody is counting him out, not after his performance in the game he injured his ankle. He returned after the injury and finished with 20 points and nine assist in a 79-66 loss to Belmont.“I knew how resilient he was and his threshold for pain,” Tee Morant said of his son in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “Once I saw him jogging, I knew he was coming back in.”It’s been an impressive journey for a little-known recruit playing for a small mid-major often overshadowed by the Bluegrass State’s basketball powerhouses, Kentucky and Louisville. It’s even more improbable considering Morant wasn’t even on Murray State’s recruiting radar initially.The school discovered Morant by accident in 2016 during a summer AAU camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina.He was playing 3-on-3 in an auxiliary gym when then-Racers assistant James Kane — who was there to scout guard Tevin Brown — went searching for a concession stand. He heard balls bouncing and peeked inside the gym for a look and saw Morant dominating the game. LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Morant was a late roster addition and not listed, but Kane came away enamored with him and made a hard pitch for the guard.“It got to the point where it was overwhelming to Ja and they were … calling daily,” the elder Morant recalled. “Coach Kane would call me and be like, ’tell your son to answer his phone or call me or text me or something. They were persistent.”While Kane left Murray State to join former Racers coach Steve Prohm at Iowa State, Morant ended up in Murray, Kentucky.“I knew Ja was going to be a special player,” Murray State coach Matt McMahon said. “Probably didn’t know it would happen this quick, but he’s an elite talent. Add to that his ability to make everyone around him better and the fact that he’s a hard worker who’s a winner, that sets up to have this once-in-a-lifetime type player.”Morant is among the top 15 finalists for the Wooden Award, which goes to college basketball’s top men’s and women’s player, and in the top 10 for the Bob Cousy Award for the nation’s top point guard.He could be Murray State’s highest NBA draft selection, and would follow Racer standouts Cameron Payne (first-round, 2015) and Isaiah Canaan (second, 2013) into the NBA.An improbable journey indeed. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

PRODUCTION UNDERWAY ON FOOD NETWORK CANADAS NEW SERIES CHUCK DANNYS ROAD TRIP

first_img Facebook Force Four Entertainment and Corus Entertainment are pleased to announce that principal photography is underway on Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip, a cinematic culinary series for Food Network Canada starring chefs Chuck Hughes (Chuck’s Day Off) and Danny Smiles (Top Chef Canada). The six-part series sees chefs and best buddies Chuck and Danny hit the road in an RV and feast their way across some of the nation’s most spectacular regions, sourcing the freshest ingredients and creating memorable meals with celebrated local chefs and food experts from Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, to Prince Edward Island. The original new series is set to premiere on Food Network Canada in Spring 2017.For years, the Montreal-based duo have been creating unforgettable feasts for guests and friends of Hughes’ critically acclaimed restaurants, Garde Manger and Le Bremner, and now in this epic culinary “bro-trip”, they’re seeking out Canada’s brightest chefs and most dedicated food artisans to help them create six feasts in six different campgrounds across Canada, including three national parks.“We are thrilled to begin shooting with the immensely talented and charismatic Chuck Hughes and Danny Smiles as they head out from their hometown of Montreal to experience the country in a whole new way,” says John Ritchie, Executive Producer, Force Four Entertainment.  “We know that Food Network Canada viewers are going to love seeing their camaraderie as they get hands on, sourcing the freshest ingredients and cooking up incredible campsite feasts at each stop along the way.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip is produced by Force Four Entertainment, in association with Corus Entertainment’s Food Network Canada. SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Facebook:Facebook.com/FoodNetworkCanadaFacebook.com/ForceFourEntertainmentFacebook.com/ChefChuckHughesFacebook.com/DannySmilezInstagram/Twitter:Food Network Canada – @FoodNetworkCAForce Four Entertainment – @forcefourentChef Chuck Hughes – @ChefChuckHughesChef Danny Smiles – @ChefDannySmilesAbout Force Four EntertainmentVancouver-based Force Four began operations in 1983, and has grown to be one of Canada’s most successful and respected television production companies, producing more than five hundred hours of television and earning accolades on the national and international stage. Force Four was acquired by international entertainment leader Entertainment One (eOne) in 2014.The company’s highly successful television programs include lifestyle, reality and scripted programming that have sold and aired around the world.  Force Four’s most popular series include Border Security: Canada’s Front Line, The Cupcake Girls, Shannon and Sophie, Village on a Diet, Murder She Solved, and the scripted sitcom Seed. Force Four has been awarded the prestigious Peabody Award, 10 Gemini Awards and over 25 Gemini nominations, and remains helmed by its previous owners President Rob Bromley, Chief Creative Officer John Ritchie, and Chief Operating Officer Gillian Lowrey.Force Four can be found on the web at www.forcefour.com.Food Network Canada is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Report Doc Rivers Agrees To Deal To Coach Clippers

Doc Rivers will sign a three-year, $21 million contract to coach the Los Angeles Clippers, according to sources, ending Rivers’ outstanding run as the head man with the Boston Celtics and ushering a new level of hope for LA’s “other” team.The Clippers will send a 2015 first-round pick as compensation to the Celtics, who have agreed to release the coach from the three years, $21 million he has remaining on his deal with the club.Sources close to the process told ESPN that the Clippers believe the deal with Rivers will clinch Chris Paul’s signature on a new five-year max contract. Paul becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.Contrary to previous reports, according to league and team sources, the Celtics have been complicit all along in assisting Rivers to make the switch from Boston to Los Angeles.Although Danny Ainge, the Celtics’ director of basketball operations, was initially irked that Rivers was lukewarm about returning to Boston, where a rebuilding process soon will be underway, team sources said he recognized the best way to accumulate the first-round draft picks he covets would be to relinquish his two most valued assets — Rivers and Kevin Garnett.Since then, he and Rivers have been working side by side to secure a deal that is best for both parties, sources said.Team sources confirmed Ainge also has been trying to secure a first-round pick for veteran Paul Pierce, who can be bought out by June 30 for $5 million. The Celtics have been unsuccessful thus far, leaving open the possibility they keep Pierce and his $15.3 million contract and attempt to deal him again at the trade deadline next winter, when teams historically look for veteran help and are willing to overpay.Celtics ownership, which blanched at the thought of paying a coach $7 million a season for a team that will not be in contention for a division title, never mind an NBA title, is also on board with Rivers’ departure, sources said.League and teams sources also confirmed that for now, any deal involving Garnett and the Clippers is on hold in light of Commissioner David Stern’s objections to the appearance that the KG deal (for DeAndre Jordan) and Rivers were related.One source with knowledge of the NBA told ESPN.com that the league does not intend to change its stance as expressed by Stern in multiple radio interviews Thursday, meaning that the league would view any subsequent trade agreement between the Celtics and Clippers involving Garnett to be part of the Rivers deal and thus in violation of league rules.Team sources also indicated that Rivers is frustrated with the perception that he was the driving force behind the push to go to the Clippers, or that he was unwilling to coach the Celtics if Pierce and Garnett were not going to be on the roster.“Doc never said any such thing,” a source close to the coach said. “He just wasn’t sure if he could rev himself up for years of rebuilding. He never issued any ultimatums about anyone.” read more

Have The Cubs Forgotten How To Field

1939Yankees.252.284-.032 201783170.3000.239 8Miguel SanoTwins717875.1 Miguel MonteroC558.181.0-2.8-4.4-1.6 PERCENTAGE OF TIME… 1999Reds.262.298-.036 1906Cubs.238.272-.034 1898Beaneaters.256.290-.034 Anthony Rizzo1B1337.1288.3-5.2-14.2-8.9 PLAYERPOS2016201720162017CHANGE 2001Mariners.260.292-.032 Welcome to Full Count, our new(!) weekly baseball column. Have anything you want me to write about? Email or tweet me at [email protected] or @Neil_Paine.Of all the elements that allowed the Chicago Cubs to erase 108 years of suffering and finally win the World Series last fall, one of the most important was the team’s stellar defense. Just how efficient were Chicago’s fielders a year ago? Relative to league average, the 2016 Cubs allowed the lowest batting average on balls in play (BABIP) of any team ever.1Over a full season; sorry, 1884 Milwaukee Brewers. As in, since the dawn of big-league ball in 1871, ever. The only team that was even comparable to these Cubs was the 1890 Columbus Solons (a franchise that appears to have folded the next year without explaining its defensive wizardry — or what a “Solon” was).2From what I can tell — which isn’t much — it was either a reference to an Athenian legislator or another town in Ohio (one that, oddly, is not near Columbus). 7George SpringerAstros767575.2 180Corey DickersonRays725562.1 5Joe Morgan2681865689524.6 177Jose ReyesMets566962.5 INNINGSDEF PER 1200 INNINGS* 2016Cubs.255.298-.043 Data through May 9Source: FanGraphs 1899Beaneaters.265.298-.033 Addison RussellSS1262.2273.0+20.8+10.1-10.7 RKPLAYERHRWALKSSTEALSPOWER-SPEED-PATIENCE* 176Xander BogaertsRed Sox567063.1 178Salvador PerezRoyals695862.5 ⁝Average677169.4 Albert AlmoraCF237.0144.1+29.4-5.8-35.2 10Bobby Abreu2881476400451.1 BATTING AVERAGE ON BALLS IN PLAY 182J.J. HardyOrioles536961.0 Weighted average 3Freddie FreemanBraves827276.0 YEARTEAMTEAMLEAGUEDIFF. Data through May 8. Returning Cubs players only.* “Def” is FanGraphs’ defensive value over average, which includes Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) grades relative to position, as well as an adjustment for the defensive value of each position.Numbers are listed per 1,200 innings, roughly a season’s worth of playing time.Source: FanGraphs Ben ZobristUTIL1263.6214.5-1.4+9.0+10.4 BALLS IN PLAYBATTING AVERAGE ON BALLS IN PLAY Nope! The Cubs are still basically shifting as little as they did a year ago. And the irony is that the BABIP they’ve allowed when shifting is exactly the same as it was last season (.239). The only difference has come on plays when Chicago hasn’t shifted, where opposing hitters’ BABIP has risen from a ridiculously low .258 mark last year to essentially league average this season.(The biggest difference in pure positioning for the Cubs is that Kris Bryant now plays the shallowest third base in the game. The rest of Chicago’s infield and outfield positions play at roughly the same average depth as they did a year ago, per Statcast data.)So it’s not the configuration of Chicago’s defense that’s changed. But it wasn’t just Maddon’s contrarian strategy on shifting that was keeping batted-ball averages down last year, it was also his pitchers’ superior ability to mitigate damage on contact. My colleagues Rob Arthur and Ben Lindbergh wrote last season about how the Cubs’ hurlers were inducing particularly easy-to-field balls on contact — which, they postulated, helped Chicago come by that microscopic BABIP honestly (or at least, more honestly than other teams). And certainly the 2016 Cubs allowed some of MLB’s lowest rates of hard contact, according to both exit velocity and other classifications.But Chicago’s pitchers aren’t doing poorly in that department this season, either, even if they are yielding a few more hard-hit balls this time around.4For those curious, opposing hitters’ average launch angle has barely budged. And any changes in where they spray the ball (hitters are pulling slightly more against the Cubs this year) are minor. If the Cubs’ defensive success was all about inducing soft contact, we’d expect them to be seeing similar defensive results this season, too.More likely, the Cubs didn’t find a secret BABIP-suppressing hack last year, nor did they forget it this season. Instead, a good amount of Chicago’s defensive brilliance (and subsequent backslide) can probably be explained with the statistician’s most dreaded word: luck. For all the advances we’ve made in understanding and evaluating defense over the past couple decades, and for all the hope that Voros McCracken’s original, earth-shattering finding about pitchers — that they appear to have little control over whether balls in play become hits or outs — was flawed or incomplete, there’s a lot about defense that remains highly unpredictable and beyond the control of fielders, pitchers and managers.No matter whether we judge a team’s fielding according to a simple metric like BABIP allowed or something more advanced such as UZR or Defensive Runs Saved, defensive performance in one season only explains roughly 10 percent of the variation in the same statistic the following season.5Using data from 2003 to 2016. Although some of that year-to-year noise is due to players switching teams between seasons, it also speaks volumes about the inherent randomness of a baseball coming off a bat. That’s why even a defense as dominant as the 2016 Cubs — or perhaps especially a defense that dominant– will see a big chunk of its advantage melt away in later seasons.What does that mean for the Cubs? Even granting that last year’s defensive performance was partially the product of good luck, Chicago’s 17-17 record (which the underlying metrics say is about right for how this team has played) is disappointing relative to the amount of talent on its roster. But 34 games is a small sample in a sport where it takes nearly 70 games to reach the same level of certainty in the standings that we get after, say, 11 games in the NFL or 14 in the NBA. So Cubs fans shouldn’t overreact too much: This is still one of the best teams in the majors, and it should eventually put together a record to match. It would be unfair, however, to expect Chicago’s fielding to be as ludicrously efficient as it was a year ago. That historic defense should add to the lore of the Cubs’ curse-breaking World Series win, but that’s all it is now — history.Happy (belated) birthday, Willie MaysInstead of pointing out how terrible the San Francisco Giants are these days — they’ve lost 16 of their last 23 ballgames — I’d like to take a second to once again appreciate the excellence of their all-time greatest player, Willie Mays, who turned 86 years old on Saturday.I’ve written about this before, but Mays was probably the greatest all-around ballplayer in major league history. (The fact that he only won two career MVP awards is one of the underrated travesties of baseball history.) Mays is one of only eight players ever with more than 300 career home runs and 300 steals, and he ranks third all-time in Bill James’ power-speed number.6Which is just the harmonic mean of a player’s career steals and homers. He also walked more (both in total and on a rate basis) than any member of that 300-300 club except his godson, Barry Bonds. Those two — plus Rickey Henderson, who just missed the 300-homer club by 3 dingers — stand atop the reformulated list if we adjust James’s power-speed stat to also include walks: Shift data is on balls in play only. MLB average includes both 2016 and 2017 seasons.Source: FanGraphs 1941Dodgers.245.275-.030 MLB average72280.2970.294 * The harmonic mean of a player’s lifetime home runs, walks and stealsSource: FanGraphs Kris Bryant3B1366.2288.0+9.7+2.5-7.2 +9.7+3.8-5.9 Matt SzczurOF352.430.0+16.3+4.0-12.3 1Barry Bonds7622558514822.2 175Manuel MargotPadres596863.8 Have the Cubs forgotten how to field? YEARNO SHIFTSHIFTNO SHIFTSHIFT Minimum 140 games played in seasonSource: FanGraphs 6Hank Aaron7551402240483.5 Javier Baez2B970.3215.1+15.7+5.0-10.7 Plate discipline doesn’t automatically equate to successful hitting. Corey Dickerson is swinging at everything that moves — and knocking the cover off the ball. Matt Joyce refuses to offer at a bad pitch, and he can’t buy a hit. But by and large, the hitters at the top of the discipline rankings do tend to be more productive than the ones at the bottom. And they do it mainly by avoiding swinging at junk outside the strike zone.In terms of predicting hitting effectiveness, a batter’s rate of good decisions on pitches outside the zone is about three times as important as his rate of good decisions on pitches inside the zone. In other words, it’s not the end of the world if you let a strike go by without swinging — who knows, maybe you’re waiting for your pitch. But few batters can get away with flailing at bad pitches for long. For every Dickerson or Vlad Guerrero, there’s an undisciplined hacker who let the pitcher trick him into getting himself out. 9Gary Sheffield5091475253454.9 1Joey VottoReds77%82%80.1% With the exception of new starting catcher Willson Contreras and utilityman extraordinaire Ben Zobrist, every single holdover from the 2016 Cubs has contributed less defensively than he did a season ago. Some have gone from average to bad while others have gone from great to merely good, but there have been big declines across the board.Such an abrupt and widespread deterioration begs for an explanation, and an obvious one might be that manager Joe Maddon made a tactical change. For example, last season, just as the infield shift hit another all-time high in popularity across MLB, Maddon — famous iconoclast that he is — decided to dial back on using baseball’s favorite new-old tactic. So perhaps Maddon has changed how he’s been deploying his defense so far this year? The all-time kings of power, speed and patience, 1871-2017 183Javier BaezCubs715460.5 The Cubs still aren’t shifting much, but they’re good when they do 9Matt JoyceAthletics688174.9 Kyle SchwarberLF7.2211.0+0.0-17.1-17.1 The most and least disciplined batters of 2017 The most efficient defenses in MLB history, 1871-2016 4Brandon BeltGiants727975.6 5Mike TroutAngels727875.3 1975Dodgers.245.277-.032 4Alex Rodriguez6961338329574.3 7Bobby Bonds332914460477.7 2Rickey Henderson29721901406661.5 Willson ContrerasC588.4212.0+9.2+22.6+13.5 3Willie Mays6601464338581.8 174Carlos BeltranAstros626563.8 Jason HeywardRF1200.2229.3+15.4+7.3-8.1 201684%16%0.2580.239 RKNAMETEAMPITCH IN ZONE, SWUNGPITCH OUTSIDE ZONE, TOOKGOOD DECISION And even within that group, what really set Mays apart was his defense. While Henderson was fairly mediocre with the glove, and Bonds’s once-great fielding skills eroded significantly over time, Mays is the third-best defensive outfielder ever, according to Baseball-Reference.com’s defensive WAR. (He was still a Gold Glove centerfielder in 1968, at age 37!) Because of Mays’s unparalleled skills with his bat, feet and glove, he is the only player in baseball history to record at least 120 offensive WAR and 15 defensive WAR.And he cleared both those benchmarks easily — because of course he did, he’s the greatest all-around player ever. Happy birthday, Willie, and here’s to many more.Who’s showing the most — and least — plate discipline?Three years ago, I cooked up a way to see which players were making the best decisions at the plate using FanGraphs’ wonderful “Plate Discipline” stats. Since the site lists the percentage of pitches each player faced that were and were not in the strike zone,7According to pitch-tracking data collected by Baseball Info Solutions and MLB’s Statcast system. along with the share of pitches that were or were not swung at, we can calculate how often a player is correctly identifying a pitch to swing at (because it was over the plate) or lay off (because it definitely was not).Here are the top and bottom 10 so far this year: 1890Solons.254.295-.041 6Anthony RendonNationals727975.3 181Danny ValenciaMariners556761.7 179Chris DavisOrioles546962.5 2Jed LowrieAthletics757876.5 Boosted by that historic out-generating vacuum behind them, Cubs pitchers also led the majors in earned run average by the 10th-widest margin3Tied with the 1991 Dodgers. of any staff since 1901, threatening all sorts of run-prevention records along the way. They allowed 140 fewer runs than the average team, and analytics credit the fielders with something between 50 and 70 percent (depending on the estimate being used) of those saved runs. The Cubs were loaded with stars up and down their lineup, and their pitchers shined brightly when fielders weren’t required, but the importance of Chicago’s glovework was still undeniable.But the Cubs’ defensive numbers were so off-the-charts last year that they almost seemed unsustainable. And as it turns out, they probably were. This year, the Cubs are right at .500, sitting in fourth place in the NL Central — and their once-dominant defense might be to blame. Instead of allowing the lowest BABIP on the planet, they’re in the middle of the pack defensively; not coincidentally, their staff ERA is unremarkable and they’ve allowed two more runs than an average team. Simply put, Chicago’s secret fielding weapon isn’t working anymore.This raises a host of questions about the Cubs and about defensive metrics in general. Have the Cubs suddenly, collectively forgotten how to field? Are offseason defections to blame? Or did Chicago just enjoy a historic amount of luck in the field last year — luck for which their fielders received too much credit? And if so, what does that say about our ability to measure defense?It’s a lot to sort out, so let’s start with the personnel involved. Chicago’s most notable offseason move effectively saw former Padres center fielder Jon Jay slot in for Dexter Fowler, who joined the rival Cardinals. According to Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), one of the most commonly cited advanced defensive metrics, the Cubs haven’t fared well in the exchange. Although Fowler’s defensive track record hasn’t always been great, he was surprisingly solid a year ago; Jay, meanwhile, is tracking for a very poor defensive season in 2017.In combination with the retirement of expert defensive catcher and game-caller David Ross, the Jay-for-Fowler tradeoff has helped erode Chicago’s edge in the field. But a far bigger factor is the team’s returning players: 10Eric ThamesBrewers687974.8 8Carlos Beltran4241054312460.7 read more

TCI delegation attends Gaming Summit in Jamaica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, June 22, 2017 – Montego Bay – The Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Culture & Gaming, senior official, Michelle Fulford Gardiner along with Wayne Higgs and Damion Seymour, staff members from the Gaming Inspectorate Department, returned to the TCI last weekend after attending the 7th Caribbean Annual Gaming Show & Summit, 14th – 15th June, 2017,   and held in Montego Bay, Jamaica at the Convention Centre.The event was hosted by the Betting Gaming & Lotteries Commission of Jamaica, with international sponsors such as Aristocrat, Spin Inc., Golden Race and Signature Gaming.  Participants hailed from 12 countries representing regulatory agencies, gaming operations, and technologies laboratories.  The Summit comprised of formal presentations, plenary sessions dealing with trending issues within the region.  Topics included:De-RiskingAnti- Money LaunderingSecurity & FraudEsports/IGamingResponsible GamingCasino Protection and SurveillanceThe highlight of the summit was a break-out session – “The Caribbean Regulators Forum”, which brought together regulators from the region in a common forum, focusing on core issues, related to constraints and challenges experienced by regulatory agencies.The timeliness of this Summit cannot be understated as it is a precursor to the Turks & Caicos Islands Government plans to implement legislation and policy for the establishments of a Gaming Commission.Minister of Gaming, Hon. Ralph Higgs stated; “The ministry in its preparatory phase to usher in a new Gaming Commission with increased compliance and monitoring of the sector, ensuring that the Commission is well resourced to deal with issues of non-compliance and illegal gaming. The sector, no doubt, has emerged into an area providing business investment and employment opportunities for locals, however, equally important is our efforts to incorporate “responsible gaming” as a critical aspect of the industry.”The event also provided an elaborate exhibit space, where participants got first hand exposure to new games & technology, whilst networking with supplier and distributors.  The TCI delegates agreed that the summit underscores the research, growth and development in this industry and such exposure will go a long way in efforts being made to provide the TCI Gaming industry.Press Release: TCIGlast_img read more