Need For LA:Middle Infielders More Need Than Half A Season To Work Together Into A Championship Team

All throughout the world of baseball, writers and pundits are applauding the acquisitions of the Dodgers. At the trade deadline Los Angeles landed two veteran All-Stars to improve their middle infield, hoping that this duo would lead last year’s National League Champs to their first World Series title since 1986.

Brian Dozier, who recently set a record for home runs by a second baseman, came to the West Coast in a deal with the Minnesota Twins. Just the day before, Los Angeles made a transaction to get slugging shortstop Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles.

Most likely those acquisitions will help the offense of the Dodgers, but they could very well negatively affect what happens on the diamond. Both Machado and Dozier have more than proven their defensive skills, having won several Gold Gloves between them.

However, baseball history seems to indicate that middle infielders need a lot of time playing together before they can win it all. A look back at the most recent Novembers provides insight into just how important it is that the second baseman and shortstop spend more than simply a few months together.

Last year Houston had the phenomenal pair of Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, who have been playing side by side for an extended period. Twelve months before the Cubs had youngsters Javier Baez and Addison Russell, who had become acclimated to one another the previous season.

The year before veterans Omar Infante and Alcides Escobar looked after the middle of the diamond for a second straight season, helping the Kansas City Royals to their first World Series title in thirty years. The connected middle infield, combined with a superb and deep bullpen, took the Series from the New York Mets.

That tandem had come close in 2014, when the Royals won the pennant but lost to the Giants in the Fall Classic. San Francisco’s middle infielders had only been together since just before the All Star break, rookie Joe Panik getting called up to the Big Leagues to take over second base in late June.

Fortunately for the Giants, they had a veteran Gold Glove winner at shortstop to help his young double play partner get acclimated. Brandon Crawford more than fulfilled that role, having already played on San Francisco championship teams in 2010 and 2012.

For additional evidence of the importance of a well -connected shortstop and second baseman, one can look back even further. In the Nineties the Yankees dominated the baseball postseason, anchored by shortstop Derek Jeter and his double play partner Chuck Knoblauch.

How about the decade before that? The Detroit Tigers teams of the Reagan Era enjoyed the luxury of having Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker playing side by side, highlighted by a World Series title in 1984. In the Seventies the Big Red Machine was driven by having shortstop Dave Concepcion and second baseman Joe Morgan for extended seasons, culminating in back to back championships in 1975 and 1976.

You can find many more examples in the annals of baseball, but do you know what is much harder to find? The answer is a single team that has gone on to win the World Series after having replaced both shortstop and second base in the middle of the season, which is what the Dodgers are hoping to accomplish this year.

Dozier did hit a home run in each of his first two games with Los Angeles, and Machado collected four hits. Baseball history, however, seems to suggest that the newcomers will need more than two months together to carry their team to the ultimate goal.

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Nissan Football Lab: UEFA Champions League GOTW – Last 16 (2nd Leg)



These were the best goals from the UEFA Champions League’ Last 16 (2nd leg), with Sadio Mane’s goal against FC Bayern Munich named the #UCL Goal of the Week.

The other contenders included:
FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (vs Olympique Lyonnais)
AFC Ajax’s Lasse Schone & Dusan Tadic (vs Real Madrid CF)

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Formula 1 Racing – An Introduction to F1

Formula 1 racing, frequently called Grand Prix, is the top class of motor sports around the globe. Most often it’s abbreviated as F1 racing. The title Formula one lable indicates the rules, or «formula» that cars and participants in Formula 1 have to comply with. It is these strict guidelines make Formula 1 probably the most competitive of all motor sports.

Formula 1 racing grew from the early 1900s European Grand Prix. Early Grand Prix race had a «formula» of rules for vehicles and drivers. Following the second world war, an even more strict formula was created. This new set of rules was known as Formula One, indicating that it was most challenging set of rules. The very first Formula 1 Championship race was held in England in 1950. Giuseppe Farina from Italy holds the title of 1st World Champion Formula One driver. He drove a winning Alfa Romeo. F1 Championships are now divided into two divisions, 1 for the driver and 1 for the builder of the car.

Normally Formula 1 racing circuits consist of at least 1 straight length of road. This stretch is the starting grid for the race. The rest of the course consists of a series of turns and curves. Multiple laps are necessary to finish the race. The 305-kilometer Formula One race takes up to 2 hours to finish. Presently Grand Prix Formula 1 races are held on courses designed specifically for that purpose. Formula 1 races continue to be held on street circuits in Montreal and Melbourne as well as the Circuit de Monaco. Street courses are well-liked but aren’t considered to meet all of the safety standards necessary for F1 racing.

Fans from around the world watch Formula 1 racing. Television broadcasting reaches over two hundred countries and millions of fans. This tremendous increase in race fans has made Formula One racing preferred with sponsors who use racing to advertise their products.

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Nissan Football Lab: UEFA Champions League GOTW – Semi-Finals



These were the best goals from the UEFA Champions League’ Semi-Finals, with Lionel Messi’s goal against Liverpool FC named the #UCL Goal of the Week.

The other contenders included:
Tottenham Hotspur FC’s Lucas (vs AFC Ajax)
AFC Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech (vs Tottenham Hotspur FC)
Liverpool FC’s Divock Origi (vs FC Barcelona)

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NC Soccer Forum – Live Standings on NYCSA Championship

NC Soccer Forum is a website created for the purpose of allowing its members to contribute essential soccer related information. Basically, the forum focuses mainly on issues and information regarding soccer teams and leagues based in North Carolina.

Any individual wanting to participate in the forum must first register to have full access in posting messages in any of the forums. The site is open for any soccer aficionado irregardless of political, race or religious affiliations.

Majority of members joining the forum are high school and college soccer players and fans. Main focus of discussions are regarding news updates, schedules of tournaments, scoreboards, general information of different teams and leagues in the North Carolina area.

Besides discussions on matters regarding soccer, an interesting feature of the site is the Player Lounge wherein fellow players can talk and share their experiences and strategies in the sport. This aims to build camaraderie among players of different schools.

There is an exclusive forum dedicated for the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) wherein a Live Standing on the results of on going championship games is being regularly updated by its members. This is being constantly monitored by the site administration to ensure the accuracy of the results posted. There are certain set of rules set forth for this purpose.

The forum is a good way to share common interest among its members while providing pertinent information on issues regarding the sport soccer wherein others can learn from it. It helps people involved with the sport to have the latest updates whenever they need it.

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Qualifier 3 in St. Petersburg: SAILING Champions League and Nord Stream Race #Connecting



The end of Day 2 at Qualifier 3 of SAILING Champions League is also the end of Nord Stream Race 2019! This year’s sailing season is all about #Connecting! 🤝 Now the #WorldsBest sailing clubs are looking forward to two days of racing on Neva River and are still fighting for the last six spots for the grand final in August! 🤞
You find the leaderboard on scl2019-qualifier3.sapsailing.com
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