Ripley County schools receive awards in National Rube Goldberg contest

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio. — St. Louis School and the Ripley County Engineering Academy, the Division I and Division II winners of the Regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contests, won awards recently at the National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest at the Columbus Ohio Center for Science and Industry.This year’s task was to “Apply a Band-Aid.”In the first ever live Division I National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, the “Rube World Staffers” team from St. Louis School entertained contest officials with their circus-themed machine.The team accomplished the task in 13 steps to capture a second place finish.The Division II Nationals saw intense competition among 14 teams from around the nation.The Ripley County Engineering Academy’s machine, “Operation Sam,” was selected by Rube Goldberg’s Granddaughter, Jennifer George, as her favorite machine due to its whimsical theme and amusing story.George awarded the Rube Goldberg Legacy Award to “Operation Sam” which is a priceless experience. Congratulations to both teams!last_img read more

Parish backs beleaguered Holloway

first_imgCrystal Palace joint-chairman Steve Parish has given his backing to manager Ian Holloway despite the club’s poor start to the season. Press Association “I believe in the manager and I believe in his ability to create a winning team,” the Palace joint-chairman told the South London Press. “We need to keep the ball better. You can’t keep giving it away in this league because, unlike in the Championship, you won’t get it back. “Ian knows that and it was what we were trying to work on over the summer transfer window, bringing people in to try and help us do that. “I’ve got every faith in Ian to sort it out. There are a lot of new players and we’re trying to find both a formation and a way of playing. “We didn’t get what we deserved in the first few games and that puts us where we are. But we’ve got to keep believing. “I know we’re good enough to stay in this league. We just need to find a bit more of a goal threat and believe. “Southampton were the better side on Saturday but we weren’t battered in the second half. “There is a lot to be positive about. We’ve just got to pull together and get some results.” Palace will have to up their game significantly if they are to end their rotten streak this Saturday as they travel to second-place Liverpool. center_img Holloway earned great praise for guiding Palace into the Barclays Premier League last term, but he and his team have found life tough since. Holloway’s position has come under scrutiny after a run of just one win in six games but he retains the backing of Parish. last_img read more

Marine vet Amy McGrath challenging Mitch McConnell for Senate in 2020

first_imgSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a challenger in his 2020 re-election campaign.Democrat Amy McGrath announced her candidacy via Twitter Tuesday, saying she wants to “reset the country’s moral compass.”I’m running to replace Mitch McConnell in the U.S. Senate. Everything that’s wrong with Washington had to start somewhere—it started with him. With your help, we can defeat Mitch and defend democracy. Join us:— Amy McGrath (@AmyMcGrathKY) July 9, 2019 McGrath is the retired fighter pilot who narrowly lost to incumbent Republican Andy Barr in last year’s 6th District congressional race in Kentucky.The McConnell campaign responded with a tweet saying “Welcome to the race, Amy” and a video highlighting McGrath’s liberal views.McGrath hit back almost immediately writing via Twitter that Senator McConnell has ignored her and many other Kentuckians.When I was 13 years old, I wrote my Senator—I wanted to be a fighter pilot, but women weren’t allowed to do that. Mitch McConnell never wrote back, and I know I’m not the only Kentuckian he’s ignored in his years in Washington. Let’s defeat him together:— Amy McGrath (@AmyMcGrathKY) July 9, 2019 McConnell unveiled his re-election campaign in April, citing his ties to President Trump and the confirmation of two conservative Supreme Court justices in two years.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Virat Kohli fined 25% of match fee for excessive appealing during Afghanistan game

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the match against Afghanistan on Saturday, ANI news agency reported. The Indian skipper was found guilty of breaching Article 2.1 of the Code of Conduct, which relates to “excessive appealing during an international match”.During the India vs Afghanistan match, Kohli was desperately looking for early wickets and Mohammed Shami did provide a chance but was ruled out by third umpire as the ball had slightly pitched outside line.With scorecard reading 6/0, Shami almost trapped Hazratullah Zazai in front of the wicket. However, the on-field umpire was not convinced and Kohli had to seek third umpire’s intervention. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. However, the replay showed that the on-field was right not to raise his finger and the ball had pitched slightly outside the leg. The Indian skipper was not happy loosing DRS early in the innings and argued with the umpire for a moment. He was later seen pleading with his folded hands.Kohli admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by the match referee Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, and as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of Kohli, for whom it was the second offence since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016. Kohli now has two demerit points after having got one demerit point during the Pretoria Test against South Africa on 15 January 20. last_img read more

Trojans able to hold off Huskies this time around

first_imgLike it was four weeks ago, the Trojans held a double-digit lead in the second half over Washington. And again, the Huskies made a push to trim the Trojans’ advantage.But unlike January 3rd in Seattle, the Men of Troy were able to weather the Huskies’ push and come away with a 98-88 victory at Galen Center Saturday afternoon.Junior forward Nikola Jovanovic led the way with 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting while sophomore guard Jordan McLaughlin chipped in 21 points, making 5-of-10 shots.The Huskies made a run to cut into the Trojans’ lead to start the second half, cutting the 11-point lead down to three after a couple of transition baskets.But USC answered with a run of its own, scoring on eight of its next nine possessions. Jovanovic continued to score inside and a 3-pointer by McLaughlin helped regain a double-digit advantage for the Trojans at 72-61 midway through the second half.“We just remained poised,” McLaughlin said. “We understood what we went through when we were up there [at Washington]. Yesterday in practice we worked on our press break, coming back to the ball and helping out whoever was getting pressed. We really emphasized all the mistakes we had up there.”After Washington trimmed the lead down to two possessions with under four minutes to play, USC clamped down on defense, holding the Huskies to just two field goals the rest of the way. Jovanovic’s putback layup gave USC a 93-82 lead with just over a minute to play.The junior’s 28 points was a season-high and he did most of his damage in the paint against a Washington team that struggles with defensive rebounds. The Trojans had 18 offensive rebounds to the Huskies’ 12.“We knew we could attack the defensive glass and hurt them over there, and that’s what we did,” Jovanovic said.Head coach Andy Enfield noted that he did not do anything special to call attention to Jovanovic.“Nikola is extremely talented and skilled,” Enfield said. “He played within himself tonight. Made some moves, and was able to get to the rim and finish. There’s nothing we did to say, ‘Go out and score 28 points.’ We just said, ‘Go play your game and have some fun.’”The Trojans used a 17-5 run to pull ahead late in the first half, as they were prolific from 3-point range. It took USC nearly 12 minutes to knock down its first triple when sophomore guard Elijah Stewart put the Trojans up 23-20. But the Men of Troy made three of their next four shots from distance, and freshman forward Bennie Boatwright’s connection at the 4:39 mark of the first half gave USC its first double-digit lead of the afternoon at 36-24.Jovanovic finished off the half with two pretty layups – one in traffic after a series of pump fakes and the second on a controlled take to the rim with the shot clock winding down.The Huskies, meanwhile, were held to just three field goals in the final eight minutes of the first half as the Trojans took a 44-33 lead into halftime.Washington’s star senior guard Andrew Andrews, who leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 21.3 points per game, had a subpar afternoon with just 15 points on 3-of-14 shooting as the Trojans were able to limit his driving ability.“It helped a lot,” McLaughlin said on the strategy against Andrews. “Without him being as effective and getting to the rack, it helped us in a major way.”Boatwright scored five quick points early on for USC, which jumped out to a 9-6 four minutes into the game. Boatwright, who finished with 15 points, was one of five Trojans who scored in double figures along with Katin Reinhardt, Jovanovic, McLaughlin, Reinhardt and Stewart.“We’ve been able to pick each other up,” Enfield said on the scoring balance. “If [certain] players have off nights, their teammates have been able to carry the scoring load and make plays. We don’t have anyone [like Andrew Andrews] who’s going to score 20 or 25 points a night. We have extremely talented offensive players. They share the ball. They bought in to making the extra pass. We lead the [Pac-12] in assists because we’re sharing the basketball.”The Men of Troy surely entered the game with the Jan. 3 loss at Washington on their minds. USC fell 87-85 to the Huskies on the road after blowing a 22-point second half lead.“It was a big learning experience for us,” Jovanovic said. “We were excited for this matchup. We prepared really well.”The Trojans improve to 17-5 and 6-3 in conference play, and are now just a half game out of first in the Pac-12. They also remain undefeated at home with a 13-0 record at Galen Center.Both teams entered Saturday on hot streaks; USC had won four of its last six games while Washington had won three of four, including a comeback win at UCLA Thursday.The Trojans were coming off a comfortable 81-71 win over Washington State Thursday night following a pair of losses in Oregon last weekend.They have four days off before taking on UCLA at Galen Center in a crosstown showdown next Thursday.last_img read more

UW readies for second chance with Hawkeyes

first_imgSenior forward Jared Berggren posted eight points and five rebounds in Wisconsin’s 70-66 loss to Iowa early this season. Berggren is averaaging a team-high 11.6 ppg as the Badgers look to beat Iowa for the first time in two seasons.[/media-credit]In its last 20 meetings, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team has held a commanding 14-6 advantage over Iowa. But three of those six losses have come over the past two seasons as the Badgers have not taken down the Hawkeyes in nearly two years.So what is it about Iowa (14-8, 3-6 Big Ten), a program that has not landed in the NCAA tournament since 2006, that has given Wisconsin (15-7, 6-3) such unrelenting trouble? It starts with a roster that makes the most of their talent, utilizing a style of play reminiscent of the Badgers themselves.“A thing they do well is they match our intensity,” freshman forward Sam Dekker said. “A lot of times we’re the team that comes out and we hit them in the mouth right away, and just play harder than them, and they match it. And the past three times they’ve played harder than us and they’ve gotten the best of us.”Wednesday night’s rematch at the Kohl Center – when Wisconsin will try to bring that three-game losing streak to a close – will be critical as the Badgers try to stay in the Big Ten title race. Halfway through a brutally tough conference season, Iowa serves as the final prep for an immensely talented Michigan team Saturday, one of four teams that sit ahead of UW in the conference standings.Though the Badgers would need near-perfection over their final nine conference games to capture their first Big Ten regular season crown since 2008, a victory over the pesky Hawkeyes would hand the home team its first pair of consecutive wins in nearly three weeks.UW assistant coach Gary Close says the Hawkeyes are a deceptively talented team, one lost in the mix of a Big Ten that currently boasts five ranked teams.Their top talent arrives in sophomore forward Aaron White, a name that may be familiar to Badger fans after he posted 17 points and made it to the free throw line 15 times in a 70-66 Iowa win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Jan. 19. His name may not yet have secured a spot in the vocabulary of Big Ten basketball fans, but his 13.9 points and six rebounds per game – both team highs – will soon earn him such a place.“Aaron White’s one of the top players in the league,” said Close, who spent 13 years as an assistant coach in Iowa City from 1986-99. “Everybody in this league would love to have him. If he were playing for Michigan or Michigan State or Indiana, the whole country would know about him … he’s a big-time player.”As difficult a task as it will be to control the 6-foot-8 White, defense has generally not been the issue for this Badgers team.Instead, it has been ice-cold shooting that has cost Wisconsin in tight losses. Never were those shooting woes more apparent than when the Badgers found themselves in a 16-point hole at halftime after shooting 23.1 percent in the first half in the first meeting with the Hawkeyes this year.That began a stretch of several poor shooting performances before UW appeared to regain its rhythm in a six-point road victory over Illinois Sunday, when it finished the game shooting 42.9 percent.“I think that kind of got us out of [the shooting slump], getting over the hump there on the offensive end and getting to the line,” Dekker said of the win over Illinois. “Those are just things we need to do to get confident, get us going and carry that into the next few games.”Anchoring that improved offensive effort at Illinois was sophomore forward Frank Kaminsky, who netted a career-high 19 points in his second game back after missing three games with an eye injury, including the loss to Iowa earlier this season. He watched much of that game with his mom and sister – who were in town for his sister’s birthday – from the lobby of a Madison hotel where he admits he drew some startling looks as he yelled at the TV. “It was frustrating to watch, and there’s things we could have done in that game to win the game I think,” Kaminsky said. “They were right there at the end to win the game, just a couple dumb mistakes away from victory.”The Badgers will need all the offensive help they can get from an Iowa squad that, according to Close, is one of the deepest in the Big Ten and carries nine players who average at least 15 minutes per game on the floor.The duo of freshman Mike Gesell and junior Roy Debyn Marble lead a backcourt with 8.9 and 13.4 points per game, respectively. Athletic big man Melsahn Basabe takes pressure off of White in the paint when he comes off the bench with 7.4 points and 4.5 boards per game.Coaches and players understand Wednesday night is a pit stop for the Badgers at the midway point of a taxing Big Ten season, a chance to refuel and gather the momentum for a late-season run.“We’ve just got to refocus, bring that energy again,” Dekker said. “I think a couple of those losses were eye-openers for us because we dug ourselves in another hole, and we’ve got to get out of that. We don’t want to drop any further in the standings than we already are.”last_img read more

Chris Jericho and wife Jessica Lockhart renew wedding vows on New Year’s Eve 2019

first_imgLast Updated: 2nd January, 2020 18:47 IST Chris Jericho And Wife Jessica Lockhart Renew Wedding Vows On New Year’s Eve 2019 There is news that AEW’s Chris Jericho and wife Jessica Lockhart renewed their wedding vows on the New Year evening. Read to know more about their celebration. Congrats to @IAmJericho & Jessica on their lovely vow renewal last night. Cool being 1 of 5 to be at both ceremonies! Also great to meet & hang with @JesseKage & his lovely wife. Oh, and Happy New Year!— David Penzer (@davidpenzer) January 1, 2020 Akhil Nambiar First Published: 2nd January, 2020 18:47 IST Also Read | Chris Jericho: 5 Major Challengers For The AEW Championship TitleChris Jericho is known to keep a tight circle of friends and he believes that people must earn their way into that circle. It was no wonder Penzer was thrilled to be on the invited list. Things are looking good for Chris Jericho ahead of 2020. He is the reigning AEW World Champion and everything is looking good on the home front too. Fans can hope to see a lot more of the Y2K magic this year. Also Read | WWE Star Elias Set To Leave WWE And Join Chris Jericho In AEW In 2020: ReportChris Jericho celebrates with his familyChris Jericho married his wife in 2000. The couple have three children – Ash, SiSi and Chey. Wrestling announcer and a friend of the couple, David Penzer congratulated them on social media on the occasion as they celebrated the renewal of their wedding vows.Also Read | WWE: Chris Jericho Is Now Selling Sparkling Wine; It’s Called ‘A Little Bit Of The Bubbly’ COMMENT Written By Also Read | WWE: Chris Jericho Slams CM Punk’s WWE Backstage Return, Says ‘no One Cares’Penzer tweeted a picture of the happy couple posing with their friends at the ceremony. In his message, he congratulated Chris Jericho and Jessica for renewing their vows. He further added that it was cool to be one of the five people who were invited to both ceremonies – the actual wedding and the renewal of vows. As an afterthought, he also wished the couple a happy New Year.Also Read | Chris Jericho Calls Out WWE NXT For Being “just Another WWE Show”center_img Happy New Year! Are you gonna be having #ALittleBitOfTheBubbly tonight? If so film & post it and we will retweet! @AEWrestling @nockingpoint— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) December 31, 2019 The end of 2019 saw many love stories blossoming in the world of wrestling. As the year closed out, we saw ‘The Queen’ Charlotte Flair announcing her engagement to the current World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) United States Champion Andrade. But it was former WWE and current All Elite Wrestling (AEW) star and Chris Jericho, who grabbed headlines as he and wife, Jessica Lockhart renewed their wedding vows at the break of the New Year.Also Read | Luke Harper May Join AEW After WWE Exit; Chris Jericho Approves LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US That wasn’t the intent at all. I was merely stating that I want @JonMoxley to do more than just join the IC. I want him to be an equal partner in the #InnerCircle with me.— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) January 2, 2020 SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

Double-duty debate will keep Davison busy at Indianapolis

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 15th August, 2020 11:34 IST Double-duty Debate Will Keep Davison Busy At Indianapolis James Davison would do almost anything to go racing full-time again — even pulling double duty at two of the sport’s most iconic venues with an injured heel. James Davison would do almost anything to go racing full-time again — even pulling double duty at two of the sport’s most iconic venues with an injured heel.This weekend, the 33-year-old Australian just might get his chance.After attempting to qualify Saturday for the Indianapolis 500, Davison plans to sit down with team owners Dale Coyne and Rick Ware, study Sunday’s forecasts and decide whether he should stay in town for practice or go to Daytona and compete in the NASCAR Cup Series race.“We’ll have to make kind of an executive decision,” Davison said. “You know the Indianapolis 500 is the Indianapolis 500 and we’ve got nearly 10 more Cup races left on the schedule. But this is our time to shine, and we want to put ourselves in the best position to win it.”No, it’s not the traditional double the late John Andretti pioneered in 1994 — competing in Indianapolis and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day in May. But in an unprecedented season, which included moving the 500 to August with empty grandstands, Davison’s busy weekend might be the next best thing.The choice sounds simple — focus on race setup for the Aug. 23 IndyCar showcase or chase points on Daytona’s road course.There are complications.Davison suffered second-degree burns on his left heel at New Hampshire during his third start of the Cup season. He finished 30th in his debut with Ware’s NASCAR team but the injury caused enough discomfort that Davison was walking around Gasoline Alley this week in sandals.And, of course, there’s always the weather. Sunday’s forecast is calling for temperatures in the low to mid 80s with a 20% chance of rain.But everyone involved in the decision-making process also understands what a strong Indy performance could mean for their teams, their sponsors, even Davison.“It’s obviously a unique opportunity, where I’m racing in the two major racing series in the U.S., and the way we’re going in NASCAR is not the best way to shine ,” Davison said. “We’re with one of the smaller teams and with COVID-19, we’ve had no practice and we’re running on ovals I’m not familiar with. So I’m trying to go in with the mindset that we’re racing against guys in the same equipment and I need to gain more stock car experience.”Still, Davison acknowledges it’s a better position than he’s been in years.When he finished 2009 as the Indy Lights runner-up, the then-22-year-old looked poised to become one of IndyCar’s most promising young drivers.Instead, he spent the next decade hunting for jobs, chasing sponsors and bouncing from team to team and series to series. The closest he came to a regular ride was 2014 when he started 10 of 15 races in sports cars.So when he was offered 10 races on the Cup side, Davison jumped.“I’d like to think I’d do a full season next year,” he said. “I love IndyCar racing but I’ve been trying to get a full-time ride for 10 years and I’ve never had the sponsorship. So it would most likely be with Rick Ware.”Admittedly, like so many other open-wheel drivers though, Davison isn’t ready to give up on Indy and neither is his team.Davison had made five starts in the 500 since 2014, twice from the 33rd and final spot in the field. Yet his finishing spot has been better than his starting position in four of those races, including a career-best 12th last year with Coyne’s team.Where exactly does Davison fits in this year’s qualifications remains unclear.He was 10th on the speed chart after the first two days of practice with a fast lap of 224.315 mph. Series officials gave each car drivers a horsepower boost Friday and after almost four-plus hours of practice, Davison was 24th with a top speed of 229.776.The good news: He’s using a Honda engine, which held 13 of the top 15 spots midway through Friday’s practice. And if Davison finds enough to make Sunday’s nine-car pole shootout, the decision would be easy.“I think what the weather looks like here Sunday probably will be the thing,” Davison said. “So it’s a little bit TBD. But we don’t want our 500 practice to be compromised, so we’ll need to make an executive decision.” LIVE TV First Published: 15th August, 2020 11:34 IST Written Bycenter_img COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more

ORV Accident

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis A serious crash involving an Off Road Vehicle occurred over the weekend in Presque Isle County.The incident happened on Saturday, May 27th when, the Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Department was called out to an ORV crash in Presque Isle Township.Officials report that a side by side being operated by 25 year old Tyler Steven Elowsky overturned, ejecting himself and his mother, Julie, from the machine. Neither of them wore a helmet. They were transported to MidMichigan Medical Center– Alpena.Alcohol is believed to be a factor, and the case remains under investigation. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Rogers City Memorial Day ParadeNext Spruce Spruces Up Town With Window Clings Unveilinglast_img read more

Alexander: Troy Percival reflects on new Angels manager Joe Maddon

first_imgThe new manager of the Angels and the baseball coach at UC Riverside have a relationship that goes way back.It includes some, um, unconventional training methods implemented by Joe Maddon, then an Angels minor league instructor, one Troy Percival will never forget.“I was a catcher, and that was kind of his forte, working with the catchers and hitting as well,” Percival recalled of that initial introduction in the summer of 1990. “He had me out there with something called the Lobster (which is actually a tennis ball machine), throwing multi-colored balls at me, and balls with numbers on them. And I’m trying to hit them.“Next thing I know, I’ve got batting gloves that have tubes between ’em, (part of) trying to teach me how to hit. So I worked a lot with Joe when I came up.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield This is the part of the story where we remind you that, for all of his subsequent success as an instructor, coach and ultimately manager, Joe Maddon certainly isn’t infallible. In that 1990 season at Boise of the short-season Northwest League, Percival – a sixth-round draft choice out of UCR as a catcher that June – hit .203, with a slugging percentage of .203 as well, in 101 plate appearances. As a catcher, he wasn’t long for professional baseball.The next season, back at Boise, Percival was a pitcher, and that was the route that eventually got him to the big leagues.“I was fresh out of college at that point, and anybody who had an Angels uniform on and was a coach, I assume they all knew their stuff,” Percival said. “And Joe was just so positive and made you believe in anything.“And that’s one thing he’s good at. He will make you believe in your ability, in your team’s ability. It’s just the way he comes across. He’s a people person, and everybody respects and likes being around him.”Maddon will be introduced to the masses Thursday at Angel Stadium as the franchise’s 18th full-time manager, having agreed to a three-year contract last week. He has already been one of five Angels interim managers during his 31 years in the organization; in his two stints as a fill-in he was 27-24, which already puts him third on the franchise’s all-time list in winning percentage behind Mike Scioscia and Gene Mauch. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img “ … It’s really important to have a good clubhouse. I’ve always believed that. Matter of fact, that’s why Joe brought me into Tampa in the first place, because it damn sure wasn’t (about) what abilities I had left to pitch. I’ve always taken that with me from Joe and Scioscia as well, because they were both really big on clubhouse chemistry.”When Maddon took over the Rays in 2006 they were a forlorn club and organization; they were 61-101 in his first season but won 97 games and a pennant two years later. When the Cubs hired him for the 2015 season, they had a collection of young talent on the cusp of being really good; by year two they were World Series champs for the first time in 108 years.The Angels are somewhere in between, and as Percival noted: “I think Arte (Moreno) is ready to go out and compete again.”Maddon’s replacement of Brad Ausmus – the owner’s call, by all indications – is one sign. Signing Mike Trout to what amounts to a lifetime contract last spring is another.And if two top-of-the-rotation starting pitchers join them in Anaheim next year, there’s your on Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Percival, who will begin his sixth season as UCR’s baseball coach in the spring of 2020, soaked up Maddon’s knowledge and wisdom both in the Angels’ farm system and with the big club; Maddon arrived in Anaheim as a coach in 1993, while Percival reached the big leagues to stay in ’95. And the pitcher received an upper-level baseball education in the season-plus that he spent in the bullpen with Maddon’s Tampa Bay Rays, in 2008 – when the Rays reached the World Series – and the first two months of ’09.“I always went into his office whenever there was anything I didn’t understand, especially baseball-wise,” he recalled. “He’s always five steps ahead on everything. I’m like, ‘Hey, Joe, you did this in the second inning. Why?’ And he’d be like, ‘Well, because if this guy came in to face this guy in the fifth or sixth inning and this happened or this happened, I wanted to have this available.’ And I’m like, ‘Holy crap.’“I mean, this guy thinks so far ahead of the game. And I try to do that sometimes, but to me, it’s a little more convoluted when I try to do it with college players. Big league players, you know that every single guy can do the job you need him to do.”(Mostly, anyway. When the job involves a bunt, for example, it becomes murkier.)A grasp of strategy, leavened with an embrace of analytics and a willingness to be unconventional, is one thing. A grasp of people skills is something else, and that might be Maddon’s true strength. Beyond the dress-up flights, guest speakers and other devices to keep things interesting, he shows players (and non-players) the respect of treating them the way he would want to be treated. The tenor of his clubhouse reflects that.“He knows how to get the most out of his players, and I don’t even think it’s a technique,” Percival said. “You want to go out there and play for the man. You want to play hard.“I had the same thing with (Scioscia). I would literally run in front of a train to get the job done because I respected him so much. When I got to Joe it was like, there’s no way this isn’t going to work. I’m going to make it work for Joe, for the team, because it becomes such a big team effort when you play for Joe.Related Articleslast_img read more