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Search on for missing Limerick teen

first_imgGardai wish to seek the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 16 year old Darnell Price who is missing from Limerick.Darnell was last seen on the afternoon of January 26 on O’Connell Street, Limerick. He is described as being 5′ 6″ tall, of slight build and with brown hair. When last seen he was wearing a green Jacket, navy blue track suit and blue runners.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Anyone who has seen Darnell or who can assist in locating him is asked to contact Henry Street Garda Station on 061-212400, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. Linkedin Advertisement Previous articleMaking Capital on centuries of AdventureNext article€12.5 million to be spent on Limerick city Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email TAGSfeatured NewsBreaking newsSearch on for missing Limerick teenBy Staff Reporter – January 30, 2016 779 Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended WhatsAppcenter_img Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Twitter First Irish death from Coronavirus RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Facebook No vaccines in Limerick yet last_img read more

L&R to remodel leases at Park Royal scheme

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National League MVP voter explains his ballot

first_img4. Joey Votto5. Anthony Rizzo6. Nolan Arenado7. A.J. Pollock8. Buster Posey This was my MVP ballot:1. Bryce Harper2. Paul Goldschmidt3. Zack Greinke 9. Kris Bryant10. Andrew McCutchen(To see how the voting actually went, with Harper winning unanimously, see the end of this story.)This is the one time of year when the game of baseball asks writers for their opinions, so here’s mine. Each player’s stats are widely available. If you have 10 minutes and you want to know the thought process behind those 10 names, read on.‘Best player’ vs. ‘Most valuable player’The best player is the most valuable. That should be obvious, right? The best players eventually get the biggest contracts, health permitting. The biggest endorsements. The most pats on the back from the manager.Sure, there are many things out of an individual’s control that we might attribute to one player’s performance — a team’s win/loss record, attendance, TV ratings. Those should count for something. But the farther removed anything was from a player’s control, the less it counted toward that player’s value on my ballot.Pitchers vs. hittersClayton Kershaw won the National League MVP award in 2014. I didn’t have a vote then and it’s probably not fair to say how I would have voted in retrospect. Too much baseball has been played in the meantime. Suffice it to say, no National League hitter had a season like Harper’s in 2014, which made Kershaw a clearer choice.So, how does one weigh the best pitchers in 2015 against Harper?Begin by putting starting pitchers and position players who play a full season on equal ground. Batters made 749 plate appearances against Kershaw last year (even though Kershaw spent a month on the DL). No National League hitter had more than 709 plate appearances last year.Let’s also take a pitcher’s hitting and fielding into consideration. Greinke made 77 plate appearances and batted .224. That’s not a lot of PAs, but his average was better than or equal to two qualified NL hitters (coincidentally, both were Dodgers: Jimmy Rollins and Joc Pederson). His .343 slugging percentage was better than or equal to six qualified NL hitters. He wasn’t the worst hitter in the league. Compared to other starting pitchers who spent all season in the majors, only Tyson Ross and Madison Bumgarner had a higher slugging percentage than Greinke. What’s more, Greinke won the Gold Glove Award at his position. Kershaw and Jake Arrieta were the other finalists. None of the three did enough, based on things other than pitching, to disqualify himself from winning an MVP award. On my ballot Greinke even helped himself — a little.Clutch stats vs. compiling statsOK, so the best player is the most valuable. But how good is a player who shrinks in the clutch?Let’s compare two players who were candidates for the bottom of my ballot: Jason Heyward and Carlos Gonzalez.Gonzalez had a very good OPS (.864) and excellent traditional stats — 40 home runs and 97 RBIs — but scored a bit lower on wRC+ (114), which adjusts for ballpark factors. His defense and baserunning skills are strengths, but not special.Heyward had a modest .797 OPS. He hit .293 and was an impressive 23-for-26 in stolen base attempts. Going back to wRC+, which allows for better side-by-side comparison, Heyward actually exceeded Gonzalez (121). He is considered an elite defender and baserunner, among the best in MLB.But a funny thing happens when you put the two players in high-leverage situations: Gonzalez turns into Barry Bonds and Heyward turns into Mario Mendoza.Using FanGraphs’ definition of high-leverage plate appearances, Gonzalez had a 1.600 OPS in such situations, and his 316 wRC+ towered over the NL’s next-best hitter, Rizzo (203 wRC+).Heyward, meanwhile, saw his wRC+ dip to 72 in high-leverage plate appearances. He often shrank in the clutch. Shouldn’t that count for something?In the end, neither player made my ballot. Heyward almost did because of his baserunning and defense. Gonzalez’s inflated numbers in the clutch were probably due to a small sample size: He had only 49 plate appearances (out of 608 total) in high-leverage situations, although that’s not his fault. Either the hitters ahead of him needed to do a better job of getting on base in front of him, or Walt Weiss needed to find a better spot for Gonzalez in the lineup, or both. Those 49 plate appearances just weren’t enough.High-leverage performance did vault one player higher up my ballot than I anticipated: Greinke.Greinke was penalized by some evaluators for his 2.76 FIP (fielding independent pitching) this year. FIP is usually a good indicator of a pitcher’s performance — controlling for luck, ballpark factors, and other things that add statistical “noise” to a pitcher’s ERA. But Greinke led the world in ERA (1.66), and his ERA-plus — which measures ERA relative to the rest of the league — was an unheard-of 225. By comparison, Kershaw had a 197 ERA-plus last year, which broke Sandy Koufax’s franchise record. Greinke shattered that. Only 13 pitchers ever have had a higher ERA-plus in a single season.So, how did Greinke do it? He was clutch. His .444 OPS against in high-leverage situations was the best of any qualified pitcher this year — better than that of Arrieta (.504) or Kershaw (.621), the only other pitchers I considered.Final analysisFor what it’s worth, I think 2014 Kershaw would’ve been third on my ballot this year. Greinke might have been better in 2015 — and therefore more valuable — than 2014 Kershaw.That’s how good Bryce Harper was in 2015. Goldschmidt’s final batting totals were only a couple notches behind Harper, and his defense and baserunning were elite.I couldn’t put Votto ahead of Greinke because, as an all-around player, he just wasn’t on the same plane as Goldschmidt this year. So Greinke snuck in at No. 3. Kershaw and Arrieta weren’t in the top 10 because they simply weren’t elite pitchers for the first two months of the season.From there, I rewarded the position players based on their overall performance, with special attention to clutch performance. Rizzo was great in the clutch, but a notch below Votto overall. Nolan Arenado’s league-leading RBI total counted for something — 130 runs don’t drive themselves in — and his fielding at third base was elite.Pollock did everything at the plate, and was elite on the bases and in the field. He was Dee Gordon with power (and a higher stolen-base percentage).Posey is a great clutch hitter who never strikes out, and has few weaknesses at baseball’s most demanding position. He did everything but steal bases and run fast.Bryant hit for power and average. He drew walks and played defense. The only way you’d know he was a rookie was his 199 strikeouts (in 151 games).McCutchen’s overall batting numbers were better than some on this list, but he shrank in the clutch. Advanced fielding metrics like UZR (ultimate zone rating) and DRS (defensive runs saved) didn’t like him very much. Arrieta, Kershaw and Heyward were the first three names I had to leave off. They made it close.NATIONAL LEAGUE MVP VOTINGBryce Harper, Nationals 420Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks 234Joey Votto, Reds 175Anthony Rizzo, Cubs 162Andrew McCutchen, Pirates 139Jake Arrieta, Cubs 134Zack Greinke, Dodgers 130Nolan Arenado, Rockies 102Buster Posey, Giants 84Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers 49Kris Bryant, Cubs 34Matt Carpenter, Cardinals 26Yoenis Cespedes, Mets 24A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks 21Jason Heyward, Cardinals 15Dee Gordon, Marlins 6Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals 5Curtis Granderson, Mets 4Gerrit Cole, Pirates 3Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers 3* Based on 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring systemcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more