Joe Panik hit his first career leadoff homer and doubled twice, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Monday night. Brandon Belt also connected and Ty Blach pitched into the eighth inning in the first meeting between the teams since San Francisco was eliminated by Chicago in the NL Division Series last year. Panik, Belt and Justin Ruggiano each had two RBIs as the streaking Giants won for the eighth time in 10 games. Ruggiano's leadoff drive in the eighth made it 6-0 and gave San Francisco 18 straight solo homers, just three away from matching its major league record of 21 from 2011. More AP baseball: https://www.apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball Jay Cohen can be reached at https://www.twitter.com/jcohenap
I like to take lots and lots of numbers and turn them into proprietary concepts and multi-platform content. Three of my longstanding publishing creations: the valuations of sports teams, ranking actors and movie studios on bang for the buck (ROI) and the Forbes Fab 40 (the most valuable sports brands). My most recent non-sports idea was Names You Need To Know, which broadened my concept of list creation to include direct input from our audience. My latest creation was the "SportsMoney Index," which ranks the most valuable athletes, brands, teams and sports agencies based on a combination of their individual values, and value of the top athletes, brands, teams and agencies they do business with.
Theo Epstein, man. The guy’s awesome. I mean, seriously, when you build a reputation as a literal curse breaker, you deserve all the credit that comes your way. In any case, Epstein took some time late last week to speak at Yale’s “Class Day.” His central message was an uplifting one: The power of teamwork. To illustrate his point, he looked back to last year’s World Series. It was sticking together, the type of intangible asset that Epstein might’ve looked over earlier in his career, that he said was they key to it all. Early in my career I used to think of players as assets, statistics on a spreadsheet which I could use to project future performance and measure precisely how much they were