Robbie Robertson in the glare of accolades

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe seventh annual Songwriters Hall of Fame gala took place Saturday night in Toronto.Music legend Robbie Robertson was at the centre of attention.Robertson has roots in Six Nations territory and that is where he says he also found his musical foundation.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith was there.last_img

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The AllTime Leaders In Undeserved AllStar Appearances

Who’s started too many (or too few) All-Star Games?Number of times a player started the All-Star Game, vs. the number of times he led his position in wins above replacement (WAR) Manny Ramirez62+4Bernie Williams14-3 1996ALSS7.1John Valentin8.2-1.1 Ivan Rodriguez127+5Robin Ventura05-5 1985NL1B5.3Steve Garvey1.0+4.3 1995ALSS5.9John Valentin8.7-2.8 Reggie Jackson62+4Chris Hoiles03-3 2001ALSS0.0Alex Rodriguez*11.5-11.5 Rod Carew83+5Ian Kinsler04-4 Ozzie Smith118+3 Andre Dawson74+3 YEARLGPOSRIPKEN WARWAR LEADER AT POS.WARDIFF Pete Rose50+5Chuck Knoblauch03-3 1984NL1B7.6Steve Garvey0.3+7.3 1981NL1B6.7Pete Rose1.9+4.8 Wade Boggs118+3 Mark McGwire63+3 Cal Ripken179+8Keith Hernandez18-7 1980NL1B11.1Steve Garvey4.8+6.3 Derek Jeter95+4Matt Holliday25-3 Roberto Alomar96+3Mike Schmidt710-3 Ichiro Suzuki95+4A. McCutchen25-3 Josh Hamilton52+3Tim Wallach03-3 Yadier Molina30+3 1987ALSS9.5Alan Trammell11.4-1.9 As for more current players, a mild modern version of Hernandez is Joey Votto, who was beaten out for this year’s NL first-base starting job by Ryan Zimmerman. Including this season, Votto has led the position in WAR four times, but he’s only been named a starter twice. (Meanwhile, today’s less extreme version of Ripken is catcher Salvador Perez, a four-time starter but a two-time WAR leader.) It is a bit harder to find players with huge gaps between reputation and performance these days, though, and you might think that’s due to the rise of sabermetrics in recent seasons.But if so, it’s not showing up in the overlap between voting results and our by-the-numbers picks. If anything, All-Star lineups don’t align with the stats any better now than they did decades ago. This season, 53 percent of the actual starters would also be starters if we picked the rosters by WAR; the long-term average (since 1975) is 50 percent. The percentage of common players between the two lineups has fluctuated around that mark for as far back as our data goes:That doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see somebody challenge Ripken’s (or Hernandez’s) records for misplaced All-Star voting anytime soon. But with the voters still foregoing the cold logic of statistics in favor of sentiment, it does mean there’s still a chance for it to happen, for better and for worse.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Ripken isn’t the only one, though. Some of the players received an overly generous haul of All-Star nods due to the scarcity of big names at their position. Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez was an automatic pick for many All-Star voters for more than a decade, seldom having much competing star power to draw eyes away from his checkbox on the ballot (with all due respect to Jason Varitek and Jorge Posada). As a 35-year-old in 2007, Pudge — who was very much on the decline by that point — was still a more enticing pick for fans than Ramon Hernandez, Kenji Johjima and Gerald Laird, for obvious reasons.Meanwhile, the anti-Ripken is longtime Cardinals and Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez, who only started a single All-Star Game (1986) despite leading National League first basemen in WAR eight times. Four of those seasons, the slick-fielding Hernandez was thwarted by Steve Garvey, who — not coincidentally — is tied for third on the “over-selected” list above. He also lost out to Jack Clark, Al Oliver and even Pete Rose, who moved to first base (and was one of the league’s worst fielders there) late in his career. PLAYERVOTERSWARDIFFPLAYERVOTERSWARDIFF Jose Bautista41+3Devon White03-3 Robinson Cano52+3Robin Yount25-3 1999AL3B3.3Tony Fernandez5.9-2.6 1998AL3B1.3Robin Ventura8.4-7.1 Sandy Alomar30+3Eddie Murray14-3 Ripken is the undisputed king of undeserving All-Stars. Don’t get me wrong: He’s an inner-circle Hall of Famer and one of the greatest shortstops to ever play the game. But he also racked up some really generous All-Star starting bids over the years, taking the honor away from seven different players. (In 2001, he was voted in as a third baseman over Troy Glaus, who was having a far superior season at the position, and later traded starting positions with shortstop Alex Rodriguez. I only counted A-Rod’s displacement in this list.) Cal’s CasualtiesSeasons where Cal Ripken Jr. started the All-Star Game despite not having the most WAR at his position Sources: Fangraphs, Lahman DB Joe Carter30+3 1997AL3B2.4Jeff Cirillo8.1-5.7 Dave Winfield81+7Jeff Bagwell16-5 ASG STARTS ACCORDING TO…ASG STARTS ACCORDING TO… YEARLGPOSHERNANDEZ WARVOTE LEADERWARDIFF Kirby Puckett63+3 * Rodriguez shifted to 3B to make room for Ripken, displacing 3B WAR leader Troy Glaus.Sources: Fangraphs, Lahman DB Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game, which takes place Tuesday night in Miami, is supposed to be a celebration of the best ballplayers in the world collected in the same place for a few days a year. But it’s also a salute to fan favorites and other sentimental picks, even if the stats say they haven’t played up to snuff. This is to be expected, because the fans vote to determine the starting position players; the casual fan is less likely to be scrutinizing the BABIP of every National League shortstop than he or she is to just pick the person with the familiar name.So for every no-brainer All-Star like Barry Bonds in the early 2000s (or Mike Trout in more recent seasons), there have been starters like Cal Ripken Jr. in 2001 — a year he finished below the replacement level1Never mind that he homered on a grooved pitch from Chan Ho Park in the game. — or Reggie Jackson (who’d hit .216 since the 1983 All-Star break) in 1984.But what would the All-Star Game look like if the stat geeks had full control over who played? Which players have consistently been voted into the All-Star Game despite weak stats? Are the rosters at least getting better over time?To judge who deserved to start the All-Star Game in a given year, I began with wins above replacement (WAR) data from FanGraphs.2I usually blend FanGraphs’ version of WAR with that of Baseball-Reference.com, but only FanGraphs calculates monthly WAR splits. Since there’s something of a debate over whether the selection process should only consider first-half stats or a longer timeframe, I compromised by giving a player credit for both his first-half WAR from the season in question3Defined as his WAR for the months of April through June. as well as his second-half WAR from the previous season, with the former getting double weight. (That way, more than half of a season is always considered, but emphasis is given to more recent performance.) I split this figure by position according to how many games the player spent at each spot on the diamond and ranked the players within each position for each league in each season.(For the purposes of this exercise, I only looked at position players, since starting pitchers are selected by the managers and their eligibility is governed by a rule about how recently they pitched before the All-Star Game.)Although Ripken was named an All-Star starter 17 times in his 21-year MLB career, he was only the best player at his position by WAR nine times — an eight-game difference that ranks as the biggest discrepancy for any All-Star since 1975.4FanGraphs’ monthly WAR splits go back to 1974, but as noted above, I used the previous year’s second-half stats in my ranking. Ryne Sandberg96+3 Steve Garvey83+5Andruw Jones03-3 V. Guerrero74+3Lance Parrish25-3 Greg Luzinski30+3 1979NL1B6.4Steve Garvey6.0+0.4 Tony Gwynn95+4Jesse Barfield03-3 Positional rankings are based on a blend of first-half WAR for the season in question and second-half WAR from the previous season.Sources: FanGraphs, Lahman DB 1983NL1B7.6Al Oliver4.7+2.9 Mike Piazza106+4Grady Sizemore03-3 George Brett94+5Barry Bonds1115-4 1987NL1B7.1Jack Clark7.0+0.1 1993ALSS3.1Omar Vizquel5.6-2.5 Keith’s list of grievancesSeasons where Keith Hernandez did not start the All-Star Game despite having the most WAR at his position read more

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Fabregas warns abusive Chelsea fans to stay away

first_imgChelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas revealed his disgust towards the supporters who racially abused Raheem Sterling in last Saturday’s 2-0 win against Manchester CitySterling was allegedly the victim of racial abuse from a minority of Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge with the English Football Association (FA) and local authorities having begun investigating the incident.Chelsea have also taken action by suspending four supporters, while Sterling has given the police his version of what happened.Now Fabregas wants these troublesome fans to be dealt with harshly.“All I can say is when I’m in the street, when I’m at Stamford Bridge, all over the world, when we’ve travelled with Chelsea they’ve been amazing to me and to the team,” said Fabregas, according to the Daily Mail.‘I don’t know who is responsible for these things but I cannot accept or agree with this (behaviour).Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“This is not the real face of Chelsea. I’m sorry to hear that. If something happened it will be dealt with.“The focus now is on Chelsea for what happened. The quicker we get rid of these people, the better.”He added: “There’s always insults.“I’ve had so many of them over the years when you warm up and even jokes. That’s fine for me. When we cross the line with racism, it’s too far, it shouldn’t be allowed.“When we cross the line with racism, it’s too far, shouldn’t be allowed. The people that GET caught, they will be punished and they will be taught a big lesson in their lives.”last_img read more

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Tranmere Rovers owner tells it all

first_imgFor Mark Palios, the experience of hosting English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur is big and he hopes his team can do well.English Football League Two club Tranmere Rovers will host Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.And owner Mark Palios has talked about how this will affect his club, and what he expects from the match.“This cup contest is, in many ways, a throwback to the Rovers of years gone by,” he told The Liverpool Echo.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“When the Whites were at the peak of their powers, this was the sort of fixture that fans were rather accustomed to in the early 2000s under the guidance of former striker John Aldridge.”“Fortunes have since changed, but the ability to turn back time remains ever-present,” he explained.“I think the first thing to do is to look at where the club has come from, and anybody who knows the club, knows that it’s part of the history of the club – that we’ve always been a good cup side and had great cup runs”, said Palios.“In the halcyon days, when we were knocking on the doors of the Premier League, the cup runs were very much part of our heritage and history.”last_img read more

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