Big Trades Within The Division Have Always Been Part Of Baseball

As the trade deadline approaches, most broadcasters are naturally discussing completed as well as possible transactions in Major League Baseball. During a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins, the announcers had just received the news of a huge trade that had been completed.

The Orioles had traded Zack Britton to the New York Yankees, which prompted the TV analyst to criticize the deal. He complained that the Orioles, who are deeply buried in the East side of the American League, had violated some unwritten rule about never trading within your own division.

I was doubtful that such a rule existed, for any club planning to trade a player would make a deal yielding the best return. When you are wanting to do what is best for your organization, geography would not trump your own interests.

The very next day reinforced my doubts as to that so-called unwritten rule to which the announcer had alluded, for another huge inner division trade had been completed. The Tampa Bay Rays shipped starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to the Boston Red Sox, who are currently on top in the A. L. East.

Giving the benefit of a doubt to the broadcaster, I wondered if the rule had once existed but had disappeared like complete games and sacrifice bunts from today’s state of the game. Recalling some notable transactions over the last fifty years, however, I realized that there had not been an unwritten rule that suggested teams not trade within their own divisions.

Here are eight cases since the Seventies in which well-known players were traded from one team to a rival in its own division.

San Francisco traded future Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey to a team not only in the same row in the standings, but also in the same state. The San Diego Padres acquired Stretch from the Giants way back in 1973.

Early in the next decade the Houston Astros traded All-Star outfielder Cesar Cedeno to West rival Cincinnati, which in turn sent third baseman Ray Knight from the Reds.

The year immortalized by George Orwell’s futuristic novel, 1984, saw a notable inner division trade. The Philadelphia Phillies shipped popular outfielder Garry Matthews to the Cubs, and he helped Chicago to the playoffs soon after that.

Two years later future Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter was traded by the Montreal Expos to Eastern Division rival New York, where Carter helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series Championship against the Boston Red Sox. Apparently the Expos, like the Astros and Giants before them, had been oblivious to the rule not to trade to rival clubs.

All Star slugger Carlos Delgado, less than a year removed from winning a World Series Championship with the Marlins, was sent from Florida to the New York Mets back in 2005. Three years later on July 29, 2008 the Texas Rangers traded first baseman Mark Texiera to the Angels.

In 2010 the Milwaukee Brewers swapped All Star center fielder Jim Edmonds to N. L. Central rival Cincinnati, who felt Edmonds would help the Reds reach the postseason for the first time since the end of the twentieth century. Again, if such a rule existed, it continued to be ignored by most clubs.

In a more recent transaction the Minnesota Twins in 2011 agreed to send designated hitter Jim Thome to the Cleveland Indians, the club with which he started his illustrious baseball career. Thome was contemplating retirement, and he wanted to end his playing days as a member of the Tribe.

How Do True Leaders Get It DONE?

The best of intentions, superior skills and well – developed aptitude, and/ or, even the most positive, can – do, attitude, alone, or even, in combination, does not, automatically, create/ cause/ develop, the best leadership, and/ or successful leaders! In the final analysis, we can only measure the ultimate success and impact, of a potential leader, by, whether or not, someone, achieves what is needed and necessary, and does, everything possible, to get it DONE! With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, what this means, why it’s so very important, and necessary, using the mnemonic approach.

1. Delve deeply; discover; develop; deliver: The first thing, any leader should/ must do, is take the time, to objectively, thoroughly, impartially, delve deeply, in order to discover, what is needed by the organization, how constituents perceive the group, as well as their needs, requirements, etc, and proceed, forward, in order to develop the best course of action. This should create an ability to thoroughly, strategically plan, and create a well – considered, relevant, sustainable, action plan! However, unless, one maintains the strength, consistency, and focus, to deliver on a combination of his promises, rhetoric, etc, in a way, which prioritizes, the best, most relevant, sustainable plan!

2. Options; opportunities; organized, opinions: Leaders never let their egos, personal opinions, personal/ political agenda, and/ or self – interest, get in the way of quality service! This means fully considering the options, and being ready, willing, able, and prepared to recognize opportunities, which might present themselves, or creating their own opportunity, and doing so, in an organized, quality manner!

3. Needs; nerve; nuances: Since every organization has some unique characteristics, heritage/ history, mission/ vision, and/ or nature of their constituency, the best leader must be capable of adapting, and proceeding, in a way, which takes advantage of, and serves these nuances! This, often, means, a real leader must have the nerve, to overcome, and expand the limitations of his personal, comfort zone, and place the needs of the group, and stakeholders, ahead of his own, self – interest, and/ or agenda.

4. Empathy; emphasis; endurance; excellence: Great leaders must be disciplined, enough, to listen, more than they speak, and consistently, proceed, with the utmost degree of genuine empathy! This must direct their emphasis, and focus! It’s important to recognize, quality results, often, don’t proceed, properly/ effectively, with no challenges, and, thus, true leaders need the endurance to go on, and do what’s right, regardless of the challenges, involved! There must be an absolute commitment to personal excellence, all the time!

3 Great Benefits of Using an Electric Skateboard

The electric skateboard is very versatile, portable, and easy to ride with minimal effort. Also, they are an environmentally friendly way to travel. Let’s take a look at a few of the positives of having an electric skateboard:

Use less effort

With no need to constantly push, you are less likely to get worn out after traveling across town. The travel distance for a single charge of the battery can vary with the different models, but they do have the potential go as far as 25 miles or more. Also, they are just as easy to charge between each use as a smartphone or similar device. Because there is no need to use a lot of effort, you won’t feel worn out even after making a relatively long trip.

A further great thing is the fact they are built with rubberized, wide wheels that give a very reliable grip that leads to a smooth and comfortable ride.

Control the speed

It is possible to have a lot of control over the speed of the electric skateboard. For instance, the conventional model has the potential to go extremely fast downhill, while its flat speed over a sidewalk is only as fast as your leg power. The majority of the electric models give the option to travel at a steady speed, which can be in the region of 11 MPH. There speed will stay consistent on both a flat road and a hill with an incline that has an angle of about 15 degrees. Also, with the ability to travel at a consist speed it will be easy to arrive at a planned destination on time. Similar to having more control over the speed of the skateboard, there is also the option to slow it down and even use a reliable braking system.

Electric or manual

The electric skateboard is a highly versatile product and often gives the option to switch between an electric and manual unit. For instance, the ability to perform tricks at a skate park is likely to be a lot easier with the manual push style mode. After the fun action at the park, the electric feature can be reactivated to make the trip home faster and easier.

Overall, the electric skateboard is a lot of fun and is a great way to really embrace the future of this activity. Also, with the more leisurely way to travel, there is a greater opportunity to appreciate a journey and take in the local surroundings.

10 Ways to Declutter Your Home Like KonMari

There is a Japanese way of decluttering that boils down to finding a specific place “for the leftover” stuff once you’ve completed all other home decluttering methods. This is a tried-and-proven method according to the Japanese cleaning professional, Marie Kondo. It’s named after her and is called the KonMari Method.

The KonMari method of decluttering homes is one of the simplest, yet unique, ways to eliminate messes and organize an individual’s life by way of decluttering their home. There are so many areas that can be decluttered, whether it’s a room, the bathroom, or even the kitchen. In fact, there are many other places, such as the closet, and the garage, where you can follow these steps on decluttering and tidying up. It doesn’t matter if you have an apartment, or a home, you can follow these steps fairly easily with a little patience and time. Yes, even you can learn them quickly once you get the hang of it.

Detach yourself from objects

The philosophy focuses on detaching ourselves from specific possessions which we tie ourselves to mentally. There are certain ways an individual may want to clean their house or apartment, but it’s when we “bump” into those things that we find difficulty in throwing them away, even if we don’t use, or need them! Maybe it’s because it becomes a painstaking task and that keeps us from wanting to clean after we have accumulated so much. The step to take is to detach ourselves from these mental attachments we seem to have with various things. This, in fact, can be very difficult, mainly because we’ve convinced ourselves we need to have these things. Also, the best approach in decluttering your home is to start with one room at a time.

Main rule applies to everything

KonMari has one rule that she applies to everything. Some of the easiest rules can also help you with the tedious tasks you must do around the house. When you collect all your stuff, or tidy up each room, you will have a lot of extra things that you didn’t realize you had, such as: papers, pencils, books, plates, cups, clothes,… etc..

These things seem to multiply in amount so, KonMari devised a simple way to “tidy up” any place regardless of which room it is in the house. You’ll be able to do it too with a “yes, or no” answer to this question, “Does it spark joy for me?” This simple rule can be applied to everything!

The answer to KonMari’s question

KonMari’s simple rule applies to anything you either keep or get rid of. In fact, if you answer “yes” to every single item while you are tidying up, you’ll be able to sort out everything easier.

On the other hand, if you answer “no,” then you throw it out. Gone are those days of asking yourself, “Have I used this in a year?”

Here’s KonMari’s way as a step-by-step implementing of cleaning, while you declutter.

You should start right away to clean, or tidy up your home or apartment.

Simply focus on the “discarding phase,” which KonMari calls the “tidy marathon.” You can make it a special event with music in the background, take-out food, and soft drinks to make it an enjoyable experience as you complete your “tidy marathon.”
Miscellaneous items can be done first, since these are the most tedious. These include: books, papers, clips, miscellaneous things, knick-knacks, and whatever else you have on your shelves, in your drawers, and on your countertops.
The next step is called the “sentimental” step which applies to those things that, for some reason or another, you can’t depart from. These can be stuffed animals, roses, or gifts from exes, specific clothes… etc.
Do not store these items at your friends, partner’s or parent’s home. Why burden them when you can simply throw them out, or keep them, if you are going to need or use them.
Empty your closet. Take out everything including hangers and all miscellaneous things (i.e. caps, scarves, belts, and hanging accessories,… )
Dump ALL this stuff (clothes, knick- knacks, and junk you may have collected throughout the years), in the center of the floor, or on top of your bed.
For shelving ideas, you can add 2 or 3 pieces of art deco such as vases, framed photos, a lamp, a plant, but that is it! No need to clutter your shelves with things that will ultimately collect dust.
Canisters in the kitchen may hold your basics, such as: flour, sugar, and blended coffee. You can simply place this set of basics near the counter after you’ve cleaned the counter space by wiping it down. If you put this simple set of canisters near the kitchen sink, you’ll benefit by having them close-at-hand. This is going back to the KISS (Keep It Short and Simple) technique.
Simplify your life by keeping each category of things in the same place instead of scattering them all over the place. For example, you can keep all your cleaning products in the same spot in the kitchen and the same goes for all your shoes which are best stored in the same spot in your closet.
Use a cheat sheet and itemize categories. While you are going through the pile of stuff, mark off what category you’ve worked on so that it is eliminated from your list.

Go through the extra stuff, and throw it out

These steps tell you to “go through every item” you have. When you do go through everything, you’re probably going to have some things that you simply can’t answer yes or no to. Simply put those items in their own box with a question mark label on it, and then, when you have finished sorting everything out, you can come back to this box and try again. This box of stuff is representative of the “extra stuff” you have accumulated throughout the years. Somehow, you must mentally detach yourself from these items. When in doubt, throw it out!

Finally, just try to answer truthfully the main question that the KonMari method suggests. “Does it bring joy or spark joy to me?” Decide if you feel any type of “spark” or enthusiasm when you have it in your hands. This is the KonMari method at its finest. The core of her method in cleaning and tidying up is just this. You’ll see, over time, that your place will look a lot neater.

Also, when you feel you need to clean up your home you can also declutter by adding shelves if you do not have any. Shelves work wonders for homeowners and those living in small apartments. You can utilize the KonMari method with shelving while at the same time decluttering your living space. Tidying up everything initially is the first step in the KonMari method.

For most of us, clutter accumulates over time, and with these methods, or steps, as suggested by KonMari, you will be better organized. Time and patience are two of the main things that people should have when they start this type of project. After successfully completing this project, you’ll find that you can do it quicker and much better the next time around. Every time you work at it, you’ll find your place that much more organized and neater.

Fight Off Enemies by Becoming More Successful

If you have a great reputation in your community how can you protect it from those who wish to defame you? Success is hard to get and the last thing you want is for some person to take it from you. If someone attacks you with a negative statement to make you look bad how do you fight back? There is a simple solution to this problem.

What you can do is wait for the attacker to stop attacking. Then go on the offensive. This works very well when something bad happens to the person who attacked you. This is when you let them have it. However there is a better solution to this problem.

Instead of attacking the person back directly or indirectly what you can do is simply become more successful at what you do. You have to be better than
the competition. You have to be bigger than the enemies who wish to destroy you. If your reputation is larger than your rivals then their voice does not matter as much as yours. You have to defeat your enemies by becoming more successful at what you do than your enemies are at what they do.

You have to push yourself out there so far ahead of your enemies that they cannot catch up with you. By becoming more successful a large number of people know about you as a highly successful person. Your enemies cannot keep up with you because they are way too small to persuade the public against you. When you grow bigger your enemies will look small and petty.

There is board game called go. It is different from the game chess. In the game go the objective is to dominate the board by taking up the most space on the game board. In life successful people dominate the public perception of them. The more success a person has and the more well-known the successful person is the more protected this person is from their enemies.

Have you noticed how hard it is to criticize a highly successful and popular person and get away with it. Some people have such a good reputation that you would look like a fool criticizing this person. That’s The Power of success and a big reputation. Superstars are more well-known than critics. A critic tries to make a name for himself by attacking someone who is highly successful.

Like the old saying goes, there has never been a statute erected to a critic. So keep on pushing and keep on striving for higher Heights. That way you will leave your enemies in the dust.