April 09, 2014, 10:01:19 AM by CRS245
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Whether you’re a rabid baseball fan or an actual player, America’s national pastime has a lot more to offer than just entertainment. Baseball, like many team sports, can teach you a wealth of lessons that are important for being successful in life. From lessons you can take into your business to coping with personal failure, baseball has it all. In fact, your daily life may already be peppered with sayings and concepts from the sport. Ever “balked” at a deal? When someone is doing well, you might say they’re “batting 1000.” Maybe you “hit a home run” with that presentation at work. From watching kids chewing on their baseball gloves out on the field all the way to your favorite team’s mid-season slump, baseball is an important part of America’s cultural identity, and the values within are important to know.
You can’t win them all.
This may be one of the most difficult of life’s lessons, and baseball exemplifies it beautifully. For example, the Chicago Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908 -- one of the longest losing droughts in baseball history. Fans of the Atlanta Braves will also know this lesson all too well. The Braves advanced to the World Series five times in the 1990’s, only winning it once. Yet this does not prevent the fans from coming to the games or the teams from taking the field every year and giving it their all. Losing can help you re-evaluate where you went wrong, and lead you to make adjustments that can eventually lead to your success. In that vein, losing can sometimes be just as important as winning.
Always have the right tools for the job.
Ever since Louisville Slugger created the perfect bat in 1884, having the right equipment has been crucial to a team’s success in baseball. From baseball gloves to the right size of bat for that perfect swing, having the right tools for the job is an essential element to advancing in your game. By just looking at the range and availability at www.betterbaseball.com, it’s easy to see this concept in action. This is true off the field as well. For example, equipping yourself with a good education, keeping yourself up-to-date with the latest developments in your work field, and caring for your emotional and physical health are all “tools” that you can use to push yourself forward. For a MLB player, having the right baseball glove is crucial to the game. For you, it’s investing in element that will improve you as a whole.
Hard work is just as crucial as talent.
Sure, there are your Jackie Robinson’s and Babe Ruth’s of the game. But for every one of those there are dozens of supporting players who made it all the way to the big leagues by sheer, unadulterated hard work. When you want to achieve your goals, one of the most important things to have is a “never give up” attitude and the determination to work hard enough to get there. After all, there is some talent that’s inborn, but some talent is developed over years of blood, sweat and tears.
Take the time to re-evaluate your game plan.
Staying stagnant in life is a sure way to ensure you won’t succeed. Re-evaluating your game plan, particularly during a losing streak or hitting slump, is a crucial element to developing yourself as a person. For example, 2013’s World Series winners, the Boston Red Sox, were in no way the early favorites to go all the way to the World Series. However, by changing up their game plan and through constant re-evaluation, they were able to fight their way all the way to the top. The same can be done in life. If you’re not happy with where you are, it’s time to take a look at that playbook and see where you’re going wrong.
Teamwork is important.
While some might think baseball gloves or the right uniform are the most important elements to a team, it’s actually the people around you that are the most crucial element. Your “team,” be it your work colleagues or your family, are your support system. There is no room for “lone wolf syndrome” in a good, solid team. Everyone needs to work together so you can succeed. If a pitcher failed to communicate appropriately with the first baseman, then they’d never manage to pick off a player leading off the base. Additionally, the outfield needs to add back-up to the infield in case of a missed ball. When everything works together, it’s much more successful.
March 13, 2014, 09:46:59 AM by CRS245
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Sports superstars are paid the big bucks, make the big plays, and live for the glory of winning on the big stage. But once in a while they enlighten, inspire, and entertain by what they say rather than by what they do. Some athletes, as it turns out, are just as skillful behind a reporter's microphone as they are in their sporting element. Muhammad Ali, Mickey Mantle, Jesse Owens, Wayne Gretzky, and Sergey Bubka, for instance, have proven that brains and brawn can coexist in the same body. With this in mind, what follows are five of the most inspirational quotes of all time.
Muhammad Ali the Boxer
"Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even." - Muhammad Ali
He won a lot and lost a few. He also had a habit of calling himself the greatest. While it would be tempting to think that the boxing legend was full of himself, the truth of the matter is that many of his peers—friend and foe, alike—agreed with his self assessment. Ali has uttered many inspirational words of wisdom over the years and decades. In the aforementioned quote, the man who floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee demonstrated what it's like to have the heart of a champion, to have that inner spirit that refuses to give up.
Mickey Mantle the Baseball Player
"A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide." - Mickey Mantle
Regarded as one of the greatest players to ever put on a cap and cleats, Mantle spent the better part of two decades with arguably the world's most famous sports teams, the New York Yankees, from Major League Baseball. Over the course of his career, and even after his retirement, Mantle has had lots of noteworthy things to say. In the quote above, he showed that sports jocks could make as much an impact with their words as with their bat. Although "The Mick" died in the summer of 1995, his legendary status will undoubtedly live on.
Jesse Owens the Track Star
"The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself—the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us—that's where it's at." - Jesse Owens
Those are heady words for someone who won four—count them, four—gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. This achievement was particularly significant given that those very same Olympics were used by the Adolf Hitler regime as a platform to promote its propaganda advocating the racial superiority of the Aryan race. Owens, an African-American man, challenged this position by turning in his stellar performance. Although enjoying a successful track and field career, Owens showed through his words of wisdom that he had his priorities straight.
Wayne Gretzky the Hockey Player
"Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy." - Wayne Gretzky
Over the course of hockey history, there have been many great players. But only one has earned the nickname “The Great One.” That person is Gretzky. Gretzky was a hockey phenom who delighted fans as an up-and-comer, as a can't-miss prospect, and then as a professional in the National Hockey League. Now retired, his influence still looms large due to his larger-than-life career feats. While never one to look for attention away from a hockey rink, Gretzky isn't averse to imparting words of wisdom.
Sergey Bubka the Pole Vaulter
"The strategy of my coach and me was that we looked at pictures of all the best pole vaulters from around the world, and we took the best parts from them, and we created a person that had never existed. We then started to work toward being such a person." - Sergey Bubka
Bubka soared to heights that had previously not been reached, and no wonder. He envisioned the perfect pole vaulter and endeavored, under the tutelage of his coach, to become that very person. Bubka electrified many with his dominance in the pole vaulting event, and in striving to become the best he could be, he provided an example of what people can achieve if they…set the bar high.
Athletes have, indeed, uttered some of the most inspirational quotes of all time. The five athletes covered in this article desired to be the best and never gave up. And, boy, did they have something to say!
March 12, 2014, 03:13:43 PM by CRS245
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Dan Fegan (left) image courtesy of ESPN
The newest exciting project here at ProFSL is an NBA league for agents only! It serves as a fresh look from the other side of the mirror: you play in the off-season, so wins and losses don't matter - you only care about your player's best interest when negotiating with teams trying to sign him.
We're trying it out in one of ProFSL's most active existing leagues, NBA Front Office
. But in the future, many ProFSL leagues could exist in those two dimensions: a good ol' league of GM's trying to win basketball games, and a parallel league of agents simply trying to earn the best contract conditions for their players in the off-season, when regular fantasy games are on hiatus anyway.
So would you like to become an NBA agent? Fight for the right to represent the biggest stars and then squeeze the last penny out of the GM's trying to sign them - tougher than it sounds? Your efforts will be judged by simply comparing your spendings (to bring a player into your Agency) and your winnings (by signing his new contract or extension) in form of a leaderboard. Let's face the facts:
1. You're an NBA fan, and you've never tried it before.
2. You'd only play it in the summer, instead of suffering from lack of NBA in your life. So no reason to quit any of your other 73 fantasy leagues!
3. This cannot fail: the league supports any number of participants, joining or quitting at any time - forget others' inactivity sucking the fun out of your experience.
4. You control the addiction level. Leaderboard score = winnings - spendings. Thus you can lead it owning 1 player or 89 of them alike. Holidays? Exam? Temporary blindness? No biggie!
5. On the other side of the fence you'll find 30 CBA-crazed nerds a.k.a. the NBA Front Office GM's. Can you outsmart them?Kick-off: April 1.
March 01, 2014, 01:14:03 PM by CRS245
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In order to appeal to a larger audience and gain more fans throughout Arizona, the Phoenix Coyotes’ want to become the Arizona Coyotes’, but there’s a hitch. It turns out that someone has already registered the name “Arizona Coyotes’” with the Arizona Secretary of State Office.
Tony Fioretto is the man who currently owns the rights to the name. Mr. Fioretto has a history of “squatting” on names in the hopes of big payouts. In his portfolio reporters found names like: “Phx Cardinals,” “Phx Coyotes,” “AZ Diamondbacks,” and “Phx Suns.” Just last year the Thunderbirds, who host the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf Tournament, sued Fioretto for his claim on the name “Phoenix Open.” Fioretto quickly dropped his registration.
“We are very excited to announce that our franchise name will change to Arizona Coyotes for the start of the 2014-15 NHL season,” said owner Anthony LeBlanc. “Becoming the Arizona Coyotes makes sense for us since we play our games in Glendale and the city is such a great partner of ours. We also want to be recognized as not just the hockey team for Glendale or Phoenix, but the team for the entire state of Arizona and the Southwest. We hope that the name ‘Arizona’ will encourage more fans from all over the state, not just the valley, to embrace and support our team.”
Fioretto’s attempt to get federal trademark protection recently failed. His goal, according to him, is to open a sports facility and use the names for promoting the complex. There are also rumors that the intent was to start various “little leagues” for community children and the names would be used for the teams. However most involved in the story say this is analogous to cyber-squatting, as seen in the ownership of Beer.com which is controlled through Thought Convergence in Los Angeles.
So what will the Coyotes’ do? Speculation abounds but most likely they will try to settle out of court versus dragging out the proceedings any further. Based on his history and stance on the subject, it is doubtful Fioretto will be persuaded to back down for less than he feels he deserves.
Sports analysts are chiming in on the fact that the team will not be redesigning their jerseys and putting out new merchandise. This seems to be a “bonehead move” according to some. If CEO LeBlanc wants more fans throughout Arizona and the Southwest, new merchandise to support the team would be the first major step in enhancing fandom. Seeing that the team is at the bottom of the league in attendance, at 12,998, gaining fans should be a #1 priority for owner LeBlanc. In fact, for the past 5 seasons they have ranked 29th or 30th every single ear in terms of attendance.
What few fans the team has are begging management to move the team to a city that actually cares about hockey. Will LeBlanc take these requests to heart? Will he continue to fight Fioretto’s legal team for ownership of the new name? Only time will tell.
February 27, 2014, 08:47:35 PM by CRS245
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I was just in a baseball draft for DRAFT'N'GO MLB 12SR01
and noticed that in this 12-team league, former superstars 1B Ryan Howard
and OF Carl Crawford
both fell into the 20th round. These were former first rounders who both have been plagued with injuries, but are still in the middle of their career where they could put up big numbers yet again. This dip and dive of their status in DRAFT'N'GO is aggressive, but there are a few takeaways from their selection status.
Images courtesy of USA Today
GMs of these teams don't see these players as regular starters. Is Howard a top-12 first basemen anymore? No, at least not until we see a comeback season. Can Crawford stay healthy, hit for average, and be that five-tool player we expect him to be? Obviously not if he falls this far. The demands of the 20th round selections are that they contribute to the utility spot and try to win a starting job headed into the season. If they start to fail then they are dropped or put on a trade block. The risk of taking a Howard or Crawford is that not many may want to trade for them and they are still too valuable to draft.
In DNG, the GMs are stuck with them for the entire season. Much of that risk goes away, but it's replaced with the reality that they could be a donut hole and not contribute to the optimal lineup throughout the year. Howard and Crawford are just a couple examples of veteran players who are at a declining point of their career. What sets them apart from others is that it isn't the end for them yet. Perhaps it is more mental than physical, and if they can get a hot start early on in the season then both players could surprise everyone that is sleeping on them.
February 14, 2014, 03:14:57 AM by kungfuwig
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1. Los Angeles Dodgers - 97-65 - http://www.profsl.com/smf/index.php?topic=135879.0
2. San Francisco Giants - 86-76 - http://www.profsl.com/smf/index.php?topic=136271.0
3. Colorado Rockies - 81-81 - http://www.profsl.com/smf/index.php?topic=135760.0
4. San Diego Padres - 79-83 - http://www.profsl.com/smf/index.php?topic=136175.0
5. Arizona Diamondbacks - 75-87 - http://www.profsl.com/smf/index.php?topic=135695.0Offensive Power Rankings
1. San Francisco Giants
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
3. Colorado Rockies
4. Arizona Diamondbacks
5. San Diego Padres
While the Dodgers have gone out and spent tons of money on top stars like Ramirez and Gonzalez, their lineup is just not as good as what the Giants have put together from top to bottom. I love seeing the speed and power of Puig at the top of the order, but he will enter his sophomore season and could regress more than some think. The Giants have seasoned speed (Pagan) and contact hitters (Scutaro) at the top of their order followed by what could possibly be one of the best 3-6 batters in the game. First you have Belt, who broke through last season with 17 HR and a .289 average, something he should be able to repeat if not improve upon. Then you have Buster Posey, who has added 10 pounds of bulk to make sure he doesn't wear down over the season and should provide 20+ HR and a .300 average. Hunter Pence makes his way in next, who has 22+ HR in each of the past six seasons and hit over .280 in four of those years. Finally, the sixth batter projects to be Pablo Sandoval, now he is a wildcard with his weight problems and injuries, but has 20+ HR power and should hit for a solid average. After all that, pitchers will still have trouble when they have to face Michael Morse in the seven hole, who will have his chance to play the entire season, and the last time he did that he hit 31 HR with a .301 AVG as a member of the Nationals.
I believe that the Diamondbacks and Rockies will have similar offensive numbers with the Rockies being a tick higher playing half of their games in Coors Field. Arizona is grounded by Goldschmidt and his surrounded by two above-average offensive players (Hill and Trumbo), but the top and bottom of their lineup is very weak and will halt rallies in a heartbeat. The Rockies could be better if there weren’t so many questions on their team between youth and injuries. I believe that CarGo is one of the best players in the game and so is Tulo when healthy. They have surrounded them with high-ceiling youth (Arenado and Rosario) and veterans (Cuddyer and Morneau) but whether or not they can either reach their ceilings or continue to play at the high level they have in the past will determine how good they are. The Padres come in last by a wide margin for this division. Gyorko could be one of the best offensive second baseman soon, but besides that there is no real proven star or difference maker in this lineup. Starting Rotation
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. San Francisco Giants
3. Arizona Diamondbacks
4. San Diego Padres
5. Colorado Rockies
The Dodgers are clearly bringing forward the best rotation in the division with two number-one caliber aces (Kershaw and Greinke) and a strong young third starter in Hyun-Jin Ryu. They also brought Dan Haren into the mix that can at times be a shutdown starter and will mix Beckett and Malholm in at the fifth spot. The second team here was actually a struggle for me; it seems an obvious choice to pick the Giants as they have always boasted one of the best rotations in baseball, but with Cain coming off a poor year by his standards, Lincecum with control issues, and two 36+ year old starters finishing off the rotation, they are not a slam dunk anymore. I do believe that Cain bounces back in a big way and Lincecum finds his control while Bumgarner continues to be a dominant ace. With that said, the depth and potential of the Diamondbacks is impressive. Corbin and Miley are younger than 27-years old and have already each posted a 3.5 WAR season or better (3.7 by Corbin in 2013, 4.4 by Miley in 2012). They will also be featuring two seasoned veterans in McCarthy and Arroyo while sinker-baller Trevor Cahill will be in the mix as well. With all this depth, youngster Randall Delgado will be relegated to the bullpen and provide an in-house sixth starter. The main reason that I could see this staff being better than the Giants is top prospect Archie Bradley. He has the potential to be in the big leagues right now and projects as a future #1 or #2 starter. If he can harness this potential at some point this season, this could be a lethal and young core of pitchers to deal with.
The last two teams were not too difficult to rank for me. The Padres pitchers will always have the benefit of playing half of their games in Petco Park and have plenty of talent that they have added to their rotation lately. Both Kennedy and Johnson are coming off of arguably their worst seasons in their career and both are very solid #2 starters when playing at their usual level. Andrew Cashner is an interesting name in this rotation as he had moved from the bullpen fulltime in 2013 and saw his strikeouts plummet, but also saw his walk rate and ERA drop. With another full year in the rotation, I could see Cashner take another step forward and begin to get his K-rate back up while maintaining a solid ERA. Tyson Ross and Eric Stults figure to finish off the rotation, and while both of them put up solid seasons in 2013, they will have youngsters like Matt Wisler, Robbie Erlin, Joe Wieland and Burch Smith breathing down their necks. The Rockies have never been able to produce great arms out of their system and time will tell if players like Jhoulys Chacin and Eddie Butler work out in the long run. They suffer from the thin air of Colorado, but still, this rotation does not really stick out as very good to me.Bullpen
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Arizona Diamondbacks
3. San Diego Padres
4. San Francisco Giants
5. Colorado Rockies
The Dodgers once against top this list with a group of pitchers that have plenty of closing experience. With Kenley Jansen, Brian Wilson and Chris Perez all pitching in their bullpen, they have three players with the ability to close game while also bringing along up-and-comer Paco Rodriguez. The Diamondbacks have the same situation to a lesser extent, with Reed, Putz and Ziegler all taking the closer role at some points. They also have David Hernandez who could close games if needed and a great long relief option now in Randall Delgado. The Padres jumped to third in this list with the acquisitions of Joaquin Benoit and Alexander Torres in the offseason. Both have nasty stuff and will be coming out before proven veteran closer, Huston Street. The Giants have plenty of solid relievers while most of them have said hello and goodbye to their 30th birthdays. Colorado has an AARP member a 41-year old closing games for them while bringing no real shutdown pitchers to the table. Positional Power RankingsCatcher
1. Buster Posey –
2. Wilin Rosario –
3. A.J. Ellis –
4. Miguel Montero –
5. Yasmani Grandal –
6. Nick Hundley - First Baseman
1. Paul Goldschmidt –
2. Adrian Gonzalez –
3. Brandon Belt –
4. Yonder Alonso –
5. Justin Morneau –
6. Kyle Parker - Second Baseman
1. Aaron Hill –
2. Jedd Gyorko –
3. Marco Scutaro –
4. Alexander Guerrero –
5. D.J. LeMahieu – Third Baseman
1. Pablo Sandoval –
2. Martin Prado –
3. Chase Headley –
4. Nolan Arenado –
5. Juan Uribe – Shortstop
1. Troy Tulowitzki –
2. Hanley Ramirez –
3. Everth Cabrera –
4. Didi Gregorious –
5. Brandon Crawford – Outfield
1. Carlos Gonzalez –
2. Yasiel Puig –
3. Matt Kemp –
4. Hunter Pence –
5. Michael Cuddyer –
6. Will Venable –
7. Mark Trumbo –
8. Carl Crawford -
9. Angel Pagan -
10. Michael Morse –
11. Carlos Quentin –
12. Andre Ethier –
13. Cody Ross –
14. Corey Dickerson –
15. Cameron Maybin –
16. Gerardo Parra –
17. Drew Stubbs –
18. Charlie Blackmon –
19. Seth Smith –
20. A.J. Pollock – Starting Pitcher
1. Clayton Kershaw –
2. Madison Bumgarner –
3. Zack Greinke –
4. Matt Cain –
5. Patrick Corbin –
6. Hyun-Jin Ryu –
7. Wade Miley –
8. Andrew Cashner –
9. Jhoulys Chacin –
10. Ian Kennedy –
11. Dan Haren –
12. Tim Lincecum -
13. Josh Johnson –
14. Jorge De La Rosa –
15. Brett Anderson –
16. Tyler Chatwood –
17. Tyson Ross –
18. Tim Hudson –
19. Archie Bradley -
20. Josh Beckett -
21. Trevor Cahill –
22. Bronson Arroyo –
23. Eric Stults –
24. Eddie Butler –
25. Jonathan Gray -
26. Jordan Lyles -
27. Brandon McCarthy –
28. Paul Malholm –
29. Matt Wisler -
30. Ryan Vogelsong –
31. Franklin Morales – Relief Pitchers
1. Kenley Jansen –
2. Addison Reed –
3. Sergio Romo –
4. Huston Street –
5. LaTroy Hawkins –
6. Brian Wilson –
7. Alexander Torres –
8. Joaquin Benoit –
9. J.J. Putz –
10. Rex Brothers –
11. Chris Perez –
12. David Hernandez –
13. Paco Rodriguez –
14. Brad Ziegler –
15. Santiago Casilla – National League West Top-20 Prospects
1. Archie Bradley – RHP –
2. Jonathan Gray – RHP –
3. Joc Pederson – OF –
4. Corey Seager – 3B –
5. Eddie Butler – RHP –
6. Austin Hedges – C –
7. Matt Wisler – RHP –
8. Julio Urias – LHP –
9. Zach Lee – RHP –
10. Kyle Crick – LHP –
11. Max Fried – LHP –
12. David Dahl – OF –
13. Braden Shipley – RHP –
14. Ryan McMahon – 3B –
15. Chris Owings – SS –
16. Chris Anderson – RHP –
17. Adalberto Mejia – LHP –
18. Aaron Blair – RHP –
19. Kyle Parker – 1B/OF –
20. Edwin Escobar – SS –