MLB expanded playoffs: How it will work, why it’s happening & who benefits

first_imgMLB agreed to expand the 2020 playoffs to 16 teams on Thursday — a dramatic leap from the 10 that have made it in recent seasons.The change will not apply beyond this season. With more than half the league’s teams qualifying for postseason play, the 60-game campaign will more closely resemble the NBA in terms of structure than what baseball has traditionally offered. MLB previously added a universal DH and implemented an automatic runner on second base to start extra innings for 2020, further shaking up the game.Expanded playoffs are official.— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) July 23, 2020MORE: What to watch for this year in MLBHere’s a breakdown of how the expanded playoff format will work and what it means:How many teams will make the 2020 MLB playoffs?Eight teams from the NL and eight teams from the AL will reach the 2020 playoffs.How will seeds be decided?The first three seeds will go to division winners, followed by the three second-place teams. The final two seeds in each league will be granted to the remaining two best teams.That means four third-place teams will make the playoffs; if the format existed in 2019, it would have sent the Red Sox, Rangers, Mets and Cubs to October.One other wrinkle: Division winners get to pick their first opponent.As part of the 16-team expanded playoff proposal, the No. 1, 2, 3 seeds in each league— the Division winners— would pick their opponents among the other 5 teams, with a selection show.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 23, 2020How many games will the first round of the 2020 playoffs last?Under the new rules, the first round will be best of three, meaning the best team in the league could be eliminated because of two fluky down performances.Why is MLB making this move now?It’s pretty weird, right? Usually changes as big as postseason expansion are hammered out way before a season rather than Opening Day. Given the complex, improvised nature of the 2020 campaign during the coronavirus pandemic, though, the idea was probably hatched recently and needed to go through union negotiation.What does this mean for future seasons?So far at least, there’s no indication of future baseball seasons being altered by thisl rule. It does open the door for MLB to push for more playoff teams down the road. Who benefits from MLB expanding its postseason?There was a financial incentive for each side to get a deal done, although that was somewhat balanced out by an extended pandemic health risk for players.Players are reportedly getting a $50 million guarantee, while owners will get more TV and promotional revenue.As far as on-field benefits, this greatly advantages mediocre teams who otherwise wouldn’t sniff October and could now sneak their way into a later round with a strong couple of weeks. For top dogs such as the Yankees and Dodgers, meanwhile, this represents another irritating (and perhaps lethal) mine in the path to the World Series.last_img read more

Hickenlooper calls for complete overhaul of tax system during campaign stop in Mason City (AUDIO/VIDEO)

first_imgRaw audio from a portion of the question and answer session by Hickenlooper:Video from Hickenlooper’s stop:More on these appearances on Monday during the KGLO Morning News. MASON CITY — Former Colorado governor and Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper stopped in Mason City on Saturday afternoon.Hickenlooper touted initiatives during his time as governor that helped improve the state. “We will be the first state in America to have broadband in every city and town by the end of 2020. We provided a tax credit, so if you are an entrepreneur in Colorado and you set up a business in a rural part of the state, for the first four years neither your business nor any of your employees pay any tax of any kind to the state of Colorado. It’s not an expensive tax because it’s hard to start businesses in rural parts of America, but I think we are at 800 jobs, and if you’re in a town of several thousand people and all of a sudden there’s a new business that’s got 50 employees, you notice. It changes your attitude toward what tomorrow is going to look like.”Hickenlooper says programs need to be created to encourage students to educate themselves for skilled labor-type jobs. “If you want to figure out ways to make college cheaper, allow kinds of programs like this, and most importantly they’ll have skills. They’ll have a year or three years of seeing how business works and what skills you need to be successful. My goal as president is to have a million kids a year graduate from apprentice programs, and be able to attract and learn skills their whole life. As automation and artificial intelligence disrupts our workplace, it’s not going to be bad. We’re going to have more jobs than we can imagine, what we don’t have is the workers with the skills.”Hickenlooper says it’s time to revamp the nation’s tax system.  “I think we’re ready for a complete overhaul of our whole tax system. Our tax system makes it a disadvantage to have more workers. We should find ways to encourage more workers.”Hickenlooper spoke to about 25 people gathered at Cabin Coffee Company.last_img read more

Calleri: “We have come to RdT hair, we combine very well”

first_img“Hot” even for the defeat of last weekend at Nuevo Los Cármenes, Jonathan Calleri appeared on Wednesday in Sant Adrià to also address the controversy caused by the penalty against Granada, which Raúl de Tomás executed after the Uruguayan implored him to execute him.“Maybe at another time there would have been no one to kick the penalty, everyone would have hidden, “he analyzed positively, who explained that” we all wanted to help the team not to score a goal, but to contribute and to put the team ahead. “Calleri added: “I have talked to Raúl, everything is more than good. He was not angry, but he was not spoken and that happened. Then there are the cameras, but everything remains in the field, “he said. The forward assumed that his “first months were disastrous because I arrived on the third day, without preseason, I got injured twice when I hadn’t done it in four years … It was four disastrous months, “he reiterated. And he added: “With Abelardo I feel much more comfortable, I think it looks like I’m in a better shape. And if I can score goals, much better. “And of your current roleHe said: “I am aware that If I can help the team and win, even if I don’t check I will be happy. The goal is necessary for everyone, today maybe I am fulfilling another function, the one that is more focused is Raul. Obviously I would like to score more goals, but I am finding my form. “ Y he praised Abelardo Fernández: “I have a great love for himHe has always behaved very well with me (they agreed last year in Alavés) and I consider him a great coach. I think it will help us out of this situation, and we must help him. “From this Sunday’s meeting against Mallorcaassured that “It is a momentous match because it will mark us for the rest of the season. It is not a final because it does not decide anything, but that does not mean that we do not take it as a final. If we get that first victory at home, it will be very important for what remains. “ What the Uruguayan did not clarify is if he will continue throwing them RdT, if Marc Roca will, so far the official pitcher (sanctioned against Granada) or if he will do it himself: “That goes more for the confidence and timing of each player. The two games in which Marc scored I didn’t play them. During the week we practice. In other teams he did kick and put them in. “And he finished: “As long as Raul continues to score goals, welcome. The next penalties he will kick.”From his concrete partnership with De Tomás, Calleri acknowledged: “Raúl’s arrival has come to our hair. He is a great player who can give us a lot. I like to play with him, we combine very well and we can give great joy to the team and the club, “he said.center_img LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 5, 2020last_img read more

Edwards pilots Palmer’s XI to victory

first_imgCoach Junior Bennett has hailed Kirk Edwards as a welcome addition to the Jamaica Scorpions and believes the Barbadian can help the team to turn around its fortunes this season.Edwards, one of three overseas players hoping to help the Scorpions better their fourth place finish from last season, slammed an unbeaten 115 on the final day of the team’s lone warm-up game at Kensington Park yesterday.Resuming on 99 yesterday Edwards guided Paul Palmer’s XI past their victory target of 283.Scores: David Bernard’s XI 235 and 192; Palmer’s XI 145 and 285 for three.”Edwards has looked the part starting with the final trial game and now the warm-up match,” cited Bennett.”It was particularly pleasing to see how he applied himself in the second innings of this match, got his century, and steered the team home.””It’s the sort of form that you want to see from your batsmen, and I thought he (Andre) McCarthy, and (John) Campbell, did that well.”McCarthy, 81, and, Campbell, 55, helped to lay the foundation for the runs chase on the third day.last_img read more

LMHRA Frowns at ‘Unethical Behaviors’ in Medical Profession

first_imgThe Board Chair of the Liberia Medicine and Health Regulatory Authority (LMHRA), Clavenda Bright-Parker has challenged dispensers across the country to exhibit high ethical standards in the discharge of their assigned duties.Madam Parker made specific reference to a group of well over 300 of dispensers —who just completed a month long training program in Monrovia.She also frowned on “unethical behaviors” in the provision of health services by dispensers, who she observed over the years, their exhibited actions have adversely created medical effects on the patients.“As a result of wrongfully dispensing or dispensers intentionally giving patients illegal or counterfeit medicines that no longer have the requisite power or active ingredients to cure any illness, patients are sometimes left to suffer.”The LMHRA board chair made the disclosure on Friday, May 16, 2014, when spoke at program marking the certification of dispensers who were trained by the LMHRA for six months.The program held on the campus of the College of West Africa (CWA) in Monrovia, brought to an end the second phase of the Accredited Medicines Store (AMS) Dispensers Training Program (DTP).Madam Parker who is highly respected as the first professional in Liberia and in the Sub-region said, with the six months training, the dispensers challenge for now is to exercise high level of ethics in the discharge of their job, “because this is paramount in the medical field.”“We are dealing with the lives of the ordinary persons, and anything we do contrary to what we supposed to do will have adverse effects on our patient life.”“You may do the wrong thing on your jobs and get away with it here on earth, but you will not get away in front of God. Make it a practice to do your job with diligence because whatever negative you do is against your own people,” she warned.She called on the dispensers to their neighbors with clear conscience by ensuring that they apply the proper medical care.She then urged the trainees not to dispense the wrong drugs to their patients, and not to intentionally dispense counterfeit medicines.Assistant Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah who proxy for Minister Walter Gwenigale at the occasion, said the training offers a unique opportunity for the country.“As a dispenser, if you don’t dispense the right drugs, then you are during more harms than good.”Minister Nyenswah said the training initiative will help bring to an end the issue of giving out wrongful medications, and counteract or illegal drugs peddling on the Liberian market.The LMHRA, he said, is doing a great job since its establishment, thereby ensuring that the country’s health system has quality and affordable drugs.  Dispenser representative who spoke on behalf of her colleagues’ behalf, Barbara Momboe acknowledged that dispensers have now become professional with ethical consciousness.LMHRA Managing Director, Pharmacist David Sumo, urged the trainees to always bear in mind that they have an obligation to do the right things to save the Liberian people lives.According to him, the LMHRA has worked and continue to work and make the country market-free substandard products.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weaver and Colon are almost back

first_imgTempe, Ariz. – There were handshakes and smiles all around Monday in the bullpen behind Diablo Stadium. Bartolo Colon and Jered Weaver, the two injured aces of the Angels pitching staff, inched closer to rejoining the rotation after completing 45-pitch bullpen sessions. Both pitchers are at least a week away from taking the mound in an actual game, and neither is expected to start the season in Anaheim The lanky right-hander hasn’t ruled out making a start on April 6 – his turn in the rotation – but the question now is whether he’ll do it with the Angels or in Tempe, where he’ll remain if he’s not in Anaheim to begin the year. Colon’s status is less certain, but no less encouraging. He’s made significant strides since the opening of camp, surprising the Angels with his progress coming back from the rotator cuff injury that ended his season last June. It’s now very likely that Colon will be pitching with the Angels by the beginning of the summer rather than the end. “He’s made tremendous progress,” Scioscia said. He said, he said Pitcher Joe Saunders said after his start Sunday that he felt some tightness in his left elbow. That was news to Scioscia, who said Monday all his health reports on Saunders were positive. “Who’s your source on that?” Scioscia joked. When told it was Saunders himself, Scioscia didn’t miss a beat, saying, “Jose’s not privy to that information.” Scioscia chalked Saunders discomfort up to the normal pain and irritation of spring training, and Saunders didn’t sound concerned. “I’ll be fine,” he said. Taking the 11th With two weeks left before the start of the season, the battle for the final spot in the bullpen is still an open race. The Angels will carry 11 pitchers, according to Scioscia, and are looking for a durable arm to round out the staff. “Someone who can give us length and multiple innings,” Scioscia said. A lot depends on Weaver, but assuming he returns near the start of the season, Hector Carrasco will move to the bullpen. That leaves seven pitchers vying for one spot. Three of the candidates – Dustin Moseley, Chris Bootcheck and Alex Serrano – fared well Sunday in a combined shutout effort against the Rangers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img But none of that dampened the mood of manager Mike Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher, who are envisioning a full staff intact by the first week of May. “They’re both on course,” said Butcher, who supervised Monday’s session. “This is another big step forward.” last_img read more

Brentford to beat Watford to Leicester defender

first_imgBrentford are hoping to win the race to clinch the loan signing of Leicester defender Liam Moore.The England Under-21 defender has also been strongly linked with a move to Championship rivals Watford, but it appears that the west London club are now in pole position to bring him back to Griffin Park.Moore has fallen down the pecking order at Leicester following the arrival of Robert Huth from Stoke and the return of Matthew Upson to first-team action.But the 22-year-old is keen to get his career back on track and secure regular first-team football until the end of the season so he can keep his place in the England Under-21 side for the European Championship Finals, which take place this summer.Moore is now set to seal a temporary switch to Brentford, where he enjoyed a similar loan spell back in February 2013. 1 Liam Moore in action for Leicester last_img read more


first_imgThe hilarious signs placed along the Donegal border.Fanatical Daniel O’Donnell fans are erecting signs along the border pleading with his fans in Northern Ireland to vote for their man on Strictly Come Dancing.The professional posters, made up by local company Donegal Signs, have been placed along the border between Donegal and Derry in a bid to pick up votes.Daniel and Kristina.The hilarious signs are written in local Derry lingo in a bid to get votes in for the star on the BBC show. Signs have appeared along the border in villages including Muff and Bridgend.Fans in the Republic cannot vote for the country singing sensation.But the hilarious signs are pleading with fans “Hi Muckers, Gone vote for Daniel O’Donnell.He’s pure sound. We canny vote dune ere.”Daniel himself says he needs the support of his fans across Northern Ireland to keep him in the competition. “I am like the politicians now, as I have to solicit people to vote for me,” he said.“Never before did I have to look for votes, but I am going to have to call on the people in the UK and Northern Ireland to vote for me every week on Strictly.”Many other Daniel fans are already sending money to relatives in the North and the UK to but there man votes.Bookmakers have already slashed the odds on the Kincasslagh man winning the competition because of the power and loyalty of Daniel’s fans.DANIEL FANS NOW STRICTLY ‘BORDERING’ ON THE FANATICAL! was last modified: October 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o’donnellDonegal SignsStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more


first_imgA solicitor representing on-the-run fraudster Francois de Dietrich has been ordered to attend the High Court in Belfast to potentially be questioned about his client’s current whereabouts.Mr Justice Deeny directed that the lawyer must come before him on Monday after describing his absence from court as “completely unacceptable”.In January the judge sentenced de Dietrich (below) to 18 months in jail for failing to fully disclose his worldwide assets. A warrant was also issued for his arrest. De Dietrich is living openly in a village on hour from the French capital of Paris.But the judge was told that his solicitor was unavailable due to involvement in a criminal case in Dublin.Mr Justice Deeny said: “He was directed to attend here this morning in case it was appropriate to put direct questions to him as an officer of the court about the whereabouts of his client.“He will answer orders of this court while he’s an officer of this court. He is to be here at 9.45am on Monday morning.”He added: “I don’t want any nonsense about trials in Dublin. He is a solicitor of the supreme court of Northern Ireland.”Court proceedings launched by the Financial Services Authority led to an injunction banning de Dietrich and his company ETIC Solutions from taking any more deposits.The regulatory body also obtained an initial order freezing more than £20 million in assets linked to the businessman.In court yesterday lawyers for the FSA also set out details of five bank accounts in Northern Ireland covered by the injunction.Two of them are in the name of ETIC in Derry, with one said to be holding £4.3m.The hearing will resume on Monday.De Dietrich is due to appeal his sentence for contempt and insists his business is legitimate. Two hundred people from Donegal lost millions of euro in investments they made in liquidated stock through him.Members of the business community, sporting figures and even Travellers are thought to have handed over money.His con was ended however when a donegaldaily investigation exposed his scam – and his previous convictions for fraud in France.CROOK FRANCOIS: JUDGE ORDERS HIS LAWYER TO APPEAR IN COURT! was last modified: June 11th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballybofeyconmancrookdonegaldaily.comFrancois de Dietrichfraudsterlast_img read more


first_imgCELTIC fans watched in disbelief this evening after the Hoops lost 3-2 to Inverness Caledonian Thistle – blowing the chance to go top and handing the SPL title advantage to Rangers.It was a poor performance from Celtic in the teatime kick-off, missing the chance to go top with their much talked-about game in hand.It leaves the Hoops one point behind Rangers in the title race, with two of their three remaining games away from home. It also means the title could go down to the final day of the season.Rangers play Hearts at Ibrox on Saturday lunchtime in a game they almost always win. Celtic play away to Kilmarnock 24 hours later.Then Rangers play Dundee United at Ibrox next Tuesday before Celtic travel away again – this time to meet Hearts at Tynecastle next Wednesday.The Hoops finally play at home again on the last day of the season on Sunday week against Motherwell while Rangers travel to Kilmarnock on the same day – again Rangers almost always win at Rugby Park. Tonight’s shocker at Inverness got off to an awful start for Celtic.Adam Rooney’s chip on seven minutes gave the hosts the lead, but a superb Kris Commons strike from 18 yards out two minutes later restored the balance.Grant Munro’s screamer restored Caley’s lead on 53 minutes, then Shane Sutherland fired home for the third.Commons converted for Celtic from the spot when Shaun Maloney was felled in stoppage time, but it came too late.Paddy McCourt had a late shout for a penalty waved away by the referee. But it would have been an undeserved point – ICT were the better team.SUPER CALEY GO BALLISTIC, CELTIC WERE ATROCIOUS (PART 2) was last modified: May 5th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:3-2CelticICTlast_img read more