JD Martinez Doesnt Need The Green Monster

Mookie Betts413995.1 For a righty power hitter on the Red Sox, it’s pretty unheard of for only 22 percent of his Fenway home runs to sail over the Green Monster. Going back to 2009,1The earliest season of statistics available in ESPN’s Stats & Information Group’s database. 385 of the 456 homers hit by right-handed Red Sox hitters were sent over the Monster, good for a rate of 84 percent. That number was slightly lower (81 percent) for visiting righty hitters at Fenway, which perhaps speaks to the aforementioned strategy of Boston seeking out pull-happy right-handed sluggers. But it’s also much higher than the 75 percent rate of righty homers to the same left and left-center area at every other park, which is further evidence that the Monster attracts long balls from pretty much all righty hitters — except, apparently, J.D. Martinez.And some of Boston’s most prolific home run hitters went to left even more than the overall Red Sox average. Adrian Beltre hit 11 of his 13 Fenway homers (85 percent) toward the Green Monster during his sole season in Boston. Dustin Pedroia, who’s hit more homers at Fenway than any other righty since 2009, launched 88 percent of his Fenway homers to left in that span. (Incidentally, Martinez already has as many non-Monster home runs at Fenway as Pedroia has tallied there since ’09.) Betts and fellow righty Xander Bogaerts have combined for 72 career home runs at Fenway, and only four of those blasts (two apiece) weren’t over the Monster.Even David Ortiz, a lefty with such a reputation for pulling the ball that he faced constant infield shifts, hit 21 percent of his Fenway homers from 2009 to 2016 over the Green Monster. In that context, Martinez’s 22 percent figure is downright stupefying. Adrian Beltre131184.6 Home runs Bill Hall8787.5 Jonny Gomes9888.9 Mike Lowell151493.3 Marco Scutaro99100.0 Kevin Youkilis322681.3 Xander Bogaerts312993.5 Mike Napoli261869.2 Hanley Ramirez392769.2 Martinez isn’t making much use of the Monster yetShare of right-handed Red Sox batters’ home runs that went over the Green Monster at Fenway Park, 2009-18 PlayerTotalOver Green MonsterShare of Total All Red Sox RHBs45638584.4 Dustin Pedroia605388.3% Obviously, it’s still quite early in Martinez’s Boston career; he’s only logged 22 games at Fenway Park as a member of the home team thus far. (And he didn’t hit any home runs at Fenway in the seven games he played as a member of the visiting Detroit Tigers.) It probably won’t be long before he finds himself crushing a ball or two out onto Lansdowne Street.But by the same token, Martinez will probably never rival Betts or Pedroia in terms of his tendency to go over the Green Monster. Even before this season, Martinez was the game’s pre-eminent opposite-field power hitter; from 2014 to 2017, he led all MLB batters (righty or lefty) in home runs hit the other way, with 37 opposite-field shots. (No. 2 was fellow righty Miguel Cabrera, at 30; no lefty had more than Chris Davis’s 20.) And that represents a pretty big change in the archetype for a right-handed Red Sox slugger — one who’ll make use of the entirety of Fenway’s peculiar dimensions, rather than always just taking aim at the enticingly close wall in left field.Going to right will, no doubt, ultimately cost him some home runs, as Boston features one of the majors’ deepest right-field power alleys. But it hasn’t seemed to matter yet, at least not the way Martinez is swinging the bat right now. More so than perhaps any other team, the Red Sox have always coveted righty power bats who pull the ball; it’s about time they had one who spreads his souvenirs around to the rest of the park. When the Boston Red Sox signed free agent slugger J.D. Martinez this past offseason, it looked like a match made in baseball heaven. As a right-handed power hitter who’d recently embraced MLB’s fly-ball revolution — to great effect — Martinez fit perfectly into one of the Sox’s longest-standing narratives for building around the quirks of Fenway Park: that the team needs righty mashers to take advantage of the short 310-foot distance to the Green Monster in left field. It’s a strategy that, at times, Boston has been guilty of obsessing over too much — but it still holds a certain logic, given that about half of all home runs at Fenway are hit to left field by right-handed batters.So with Martinez currently sitting one home run behind teammate (and fellow righty) Mookie Betts for the major league lead in dingers, you might think it’s just another case of marital bliss between a right-handed slugger and his favorite 37-foot-tall green fence. Except Martinez has barely taken advantage of Fenway’s looming left-field wall so far. He’s only hit three of his 15 total homers this season to left, period, and only two have been at home. Compare that with the seven dingers he’s hit to the other sectors of Fenway Park, including this one he tucked around the Pesky Pole in right field on Sunday: Mike Aviles9888.9 Jason Bay151173.3 Cody Ross131292.3 Batters listed by name had a minimum of eight home runs at Fenway. Totals for all right-handed Red Sox batters include players not listed here.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group J.D. Martinez9222.2 Will Middlebrooks141285.7 Darnell McDonald8787.5 Jason Varitek9888.9 read more

Chula Vista Learning Community Charter makes list of nations Best Public High

first_imgChula Vista Learning Community Charter makes list of nation’s ‘Best Public High Schools’ CHULA VISTA (KUSI) — Chula Vista Learning Community Charter School (CVLCC), a TK-12 system, was ranked among the top three of public schools in San Diego County, and among the top 50 in California in the recently released U.S. News and World Report annual ranking.“It is a great honor to be ranked among the top three in all of San Diego, and among the top tiers of schools in California and the nation,” said Dr. Jorge Ramirez Delgado, the charter’s Executive Director. “I thank and credit our students, teachers, parents and school leaders who together make our school an amazing learning community.”Established in 1998 as a district-dependent charter, CVLCC initially served students in kindergarten through sixth grade, adding grades 7 and 8 over the years. In 2012, in response to parent interest and demand, CVLCC High opened on a site adjacent to Silver Wing Elementary in the Otay Mesa community of San Diego. CVLCC High serves over 380 students in grades 9-12. CVLCC has distinct elementary, middle and high school campuses.“I take an immense amount of pride in knowing we are driven by, and dedicated to, making experiences like world travel, hands-on professional experience, and college a reality for our students. Watching these amazing kids grow and learn beyond the walls of a classroom is something I truly value and respect about this incredible organization,” said April Hernandez, English teacher and founding member of CVLCC High.U.S. News and World Report evaluated more than 28,500 public schools across the country, using data on graduation rates and state test scores. It recognized 5,948 top-performing schools with numeric rankings, and awards of gold, silver or bronze, depending on their level of college readiness. CVLCC High was ranked number 38 in California and number 245 in the nation.Of particular note is that CVLCC High was ranked higher than schools in Coronado, Poway and much of the North County.CVLCC offers a school-wide Dual Language Immersion program. Students spend half of their instructional day in English and the other half in Spanish. Its string of academic success has prompted a stream of visitors, from educators in other countries to ranking elected officials. In 2009, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger toured classrooms and held a press conference at the school, holding it up as a model for academic gains that could be replicated across the state. “What a success story, I have to say,” Schwarzenegger said of CVLCC, during the visit.The California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) honored founding Principal and now Executive Director Dr. Ramirez Delgado with its Vision Award for outstanding leadership in bilingual education. Its success prompted scores of parents to ‘Camp Out for Kinder’ — a chance at CVLCC’s lottery at the time for kindergarten admission.With the support of the Chula Vista Elementary School District, CVLCC has been able to plan and implement educational programs that support students acquiring a second language, as well as deepening academic understanding in all content areas.  With its strong parent engagement and teacher commitment, the school has been able to provide a unique educational experience for all students. Posted: May 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom May 17, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday May 1 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, May 1, 2019:#1) 3rd Annual Wilmington Special Olympics School Day GamesThe Wilmington and Burlington communities are invited to fill the stands of Wilmington High School Athletic Complex from 9am-1pm for Wilmington’s 3rd Annual Unified School Day Games. This joyful event will feature students from the Wilmington and Burlington school districts in a Unified Sports event – which allows for both students with and without intellectual disabilities to participate side by side in a truly inclusive setting.#2) DEADLINE: Write A Thank You Note To Mrs. FenneyAfter nearly 47 years of teaching in the Wilmington Public School system, Joan (Walsh) Feeney will be retiring in June.Some of her co-workers are looking for comments, short notes or an update from students and families from the past 47 years.If you have a quick note, memory, or an update to share with Ms. Walsh/Feeney, please email either Michelle.LeVesque@wpsk12.com or Lisa.Murphy@wps12k.com  by May 1, 2019. Please put Joan Feeney in the subject line of the email. All of these stories and notes will be put into a keepsake journal for Ms. Walsh/Feeney.Please spread the word, but DO NOT share this info with Ms. Walsh/Feeney.#3) Wilmington Yardwaste Center OpenThe Wilmington Yardwaste Center on Old Main Street will be open from 8am to 2pm during selected dates for the drop-off of leaves and brush.Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the yardwaste center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.#4) Wilmington Conservation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Conservation Commission meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Wilmington High School’s School Advisory Council MeetingThe Wilmington High School’s School Advisory Council meets from 3:15pm to 4:15pm in the High School’s Main Office Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, September 7In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Latif Siddiqui denied bail

first_imgHigh CourtFormer textiles and jute minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui will have to remain in jail as the High Court on Sunday denied bail to him in a corruption case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), reports UNB.The HC bench of justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order when Latif’s lawyer filed a petition seeking bail for him.Senior lawyer Yusuf Hossain Humayun stood for Latif Siddiqui while deputy attorney general AKM Amin Uddin Manik and assistant attorney general Helena Begum China represented the state and lawyer Omar Faruk argued for the ACC.On 20 June, a Bogura court sent Latif Siddiqui to jail rejecting his bail plea in the case.On 18 February last, ACC assistant director Md Aminul Islam submitted the charge-sheet against him in the corruption case.According to the case statement, Latif Siddiqui sold 2.38 acres of land of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation at Dariapur village in Adamdighi upazila to Begum Jahanara without any tender for just Tk 2.3 million, which was just over one-thirds of its market value said to have been Tk 6.4 million at the time.A corruption case was filed with Adamdighi police station accusing Siddiqui and Jahanara on 17 October, 2017 for incurring a loss of over Tk 4 million to the public exchequer.last_img read more

Mamata pens poem words echo plight of 40 lakh Assam citizens

first_imgKolkata: After coming down heavily on BJP for omitting the names of 40 lakh people from the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written a poem to express her solidarity with the helpless citizens who have fallen victims to the move.Banerjee had sent eight MLAs and MPs to meet the people on last Thursday. But the Assam government did not allow them to go out of the Silchar Airport by promulgating prohibitory order under Section 144 CrPC. Banerjee, who was in Delhi at the time, did not hide her feelings and on reaching Kolkata Airport last Friday, had told newsmen that “Super Emergency” was going on in the country. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee, with a natural flair for poetry, has always believed that the pen is mightier than the sword and through her poem, has vehemently criticised the divisive and anti people policy of BJP.The arrogance of BJP leaders and their tendency to brand those who do not corroborate their views as “anti-national”, is the central theme of the poem. From the Prime Minister’s Mann Ki Baat to forcible introduction of Aadhar card, every aspect of BJP’s rule has appeared in the poem. She has also mentioned the “action” against the section of media which writes against the ruling party. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Do you listen to Mann Ki Baat? Do you write against the ruler? Does your phone have Aadhar? Are you a member of the Pay B-Team? Have you registered all documents? Are you against the oppressor? Then there is no place for you. Then you are an extremist…” are a few lines from the Chief Minister’s poem.BJP’s divisive policy on the food habits and religion of citizens which have even led to the death of people in different parts in the country, has also been highlighted by Banerjee.”What kind of food do you take? Where all do you go? Do you belong to different religion? Are you a Dalit? Are you a Christian? Are you a minority? You don’t support Ravana? Then you go to solitude,” reads the poem.last_img read more

For a warm and bubbly winter brunch

first_imgWith an array of seasonal vegetables and festive flavoured cuisine, Sorrento – Shangri-La Eros Hotel’s fine dining Italian restaurant is all set to enthrall foodies this winter. Winter Brunch and Bubbly at the restaurant has loads to offer to satiate your tummy over a leisurely brunch with your friends and family. The massive buffet spread would win anybody’s heart with the colourful display of all the salad ingredients, different cheeses and marinated olives, the mains laid out in large cooking pots, the fluffy sandwiches and inviting pizzas laid out on the station, and the unmistakable sweet aromatic dessert area. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfChoose from the wide range of tropical cheese and marinated olives, while you also pile up your plate with lip smacking shrimp salad, Caesar salad, goat cheese stuffed zucchini rolls, and Bruschettas – the winner of the range. As the goat cheese in the zucchini rolls melts in your mouth and you decide to grab some more, it is advisable to try out the bruschettas with your choice of topping. If you are looking for a variety of Italian delights, stick to the plan of trying every dish without binging onto any specific one. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA favourite for chicken lovers would be the Chicken cacciatore, hot from the cooking pot. As you cut through the large and juicy chicken breast, you can inhale the olive oil, tomatoes, garlic and basil leaves which have been enriching the braised chicken, and the accompanied peppers. If grilled meat defines your idea of a perfect brunch, their medium grilled lamb chops and salmon steaks with potatoes, broccoli and baby carrots will win your heart right away. Hovering over to the main course, it is wise to stuff your face with their homemade pasta, pizzas and sandwiches, fresh off the oven. Linguine with baby spinach, chili, garlic and prawns can lighten up the mood of any prawn lover, as you swoop in the pasta and much on to the al-dente prawns enjoying the sea-salty flavoured combination. Unlike several food festivals and seasonal menus which lack options for vegetarians, Sorrento presents a healthy variety of options for their vegetarian patrons. The Eggplant parmigiana is one such vegetarian masterpiece. It is a unique Italian baked dish which provides a well-blended taste of eggplant, cheese and tomatoes. The swell of cheese on the baked eggplant and the thickened tomato sauce produces an overwhelming aroma igniting all your olfactory nerves. What happens to be a befuddling decision is to stand over the desserts table wondering how you can gorge on all the delicious looking pastries. With over 10 different types of desserts, sweet-tooths will have a tough time picking their favourite mouthfulls. The winter menu has the classic Tiramisu, strawberry panna cotta, Chocolate decadence, Cannoli. But the stars of the afters would be strawberries and rich Belgian chocolate, used generously in the cakes, puddings and tarts. The menu is balanced with an exciting selection of in-house beverages like Ti Amo Prosecco, Grappa’s Signature Negronis, Red/ White Wine Popsicles, and Aperol Spritzers. Celebrate this winter with the finest bubbly and widest brunch spread over some quality conversation with your loved ones.last_img read more