By Joshua Schneyer and M.B. Pell NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, with one Fresno locale showing rates nearly three times higher, blood testing data obtained by Reuters shows. The dataRead More »
You have to be a really dedicated Astros fan to show up to a minor league spring training game. Surely such a fan would be able to recognize the team’s most famous player, right? There's a fan watching the Astros minor league game wearing a Nolan Ryan
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ryan Blaney have made up without coming to blows like some of their fellow drivers. Were they seriously fighting? It’s hard to say, but after Blaney called Junior an explicit, four-letter word on the radio scanner while struggling to pass him during the Camping World 500 on Sunday, Blaney explained how he has to make it up to Earnhardt in beer. In a frustrated moment, Blaney reportedly said, “(Expletive) tires are gone, because the (expletive) 88 car is a (expletive).” He then apologized after the race. The language on the race-day scanners is seldom family friendly, but drivers aren’t usually name-calling. So naturally, the NASCAR world is talking about Blaney’s choice
Here are some hitters who stand out as very savvy draft picks based on current Yahoo ADPs. Hanley Ramirez (1B, ADP 74): According to MLB stat-provider Inside Edge, HanRam aced all the top metrics, including well-hit rate of at bats (.184 vs. MLB average .138) and quality at-bat rate (44% vs. MLB average o 39%, note this includes getting on base or hitting the ball hard or having a seven-plus-pitch at bat). Forget about the predictive aspect of second-half splits, which I reject with vets like Ramirez, but instead note that the 22 homers after the All-Star break show he can be a vital championship cog for long stretches.