Stadium Central – Rogers Centre

This edition of Stadium Central is Rogers Centre in Toronto. I have been to the Rogers Centre and it is one of the best stadiums in the MLB. In this post, I will tell you some cool things about this stadium.

Seating and History

The seating of this stadium is 49,282 for baseball games and 47,107 for football games. Roger Centre was formerly known as the SkyDome and has been open since 1989.

Fun Facts

The entire development is 12.7 acres. There are 5 levels in the Rogers Centre. A 31 story office building can fit inside the Rogers Centre. And finally, the main video board is 110 feet by 33 feet!

The Rogers Centre is a great place to watch a game and one of the unique stadiums in the country.

Birthday of the Day – Adrian Peterson

Today’s Birthday of the Day is Adrian Peterson, a running back for the Minnesota Vikings. He played for the University of Oklahoma from 2004 to 2006. He was selected with the 7th pick in the draft. He has played for the Vikings from 2007 to present.

Stat of the Week – WAR

This week’s Stat of the Week is WAR in baseball. WAR stands for “Wins Above Replacement” In this article, I will tell you about how WAR is effective in figuring out the value and performance of a player.

Purpose

The purpose of WAR is best explained by the website FanGraphs:

WAR is trying to answer the time-honored question: How valuable is each player to his team? Baseball is the sum of many different parts and players can help their teams win through hitting, base running, defensive play, or pitching. Comparing two players offensively is useful, but it discounts the potential contribution a player can make by saving runs on defense. WAR is a simple attempt to combine a player’s total contribution into a single value.

In other words, WAR is the number of wins you would lose if a specific player is replaced by a bench player.

Equation

WAR is different for position players and pitchers. For position players, WAR is calculated as follows:

To calculate WAR for position players you want to take their Batting Runs, Base Running Runs, and Fielding Runs above average and then add in a positional adjustment, a small adjustment for their league, and then add in replacement runs so that we are comparing their performance to replacement level rather than the average player. After that, you simply take that sum and divide it by the runs per win value of that season to find WAR.

For pitchers, the equation is much more complicated. It takes into account how the pitcher would perform independently of bad fielding.

Players With Best WARs in the 2016 Season

The following position players had the best WAR:

  1. Mike Trout, LAA, 10.6
  2. Mookie Betts, BOS, 9.6
  3. (tie) Kris Bryant, CHC, 7.7; Jose Altuve, HOU, 7.7

The following pitchers had the best WAR:

  1. Justin Verlander, DET, 6.6
  2. Corey Kluber, CLE, 6.5
  3. Max Scherzer, WSH, 6.2

Sources: FanGraphs: http://www.fangraphs.com; Baseball Reference: http://www.baseball-reference.com

Birthday of the Day – Jamal Crawford

Today’s Birthday of the Day is Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers. He played college basketball for one year at Michigan. Jamal was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers but was traded to the Chicago Bulls on draft day. After that, he played for the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, and currently, he is playing for the Los Angeles Clippers. He has been named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year 3 times. He is turning 37.

Kansas Wins

Kansas just knocked off Michigan State to clinch a spot to the Sweet 16. The final score was 90-70. Leading the scoring for the Jayhawks was Josh Jackson with 23. The Spartans leading scorer was Miles Bridges with 22.

LeBron vs. Durant: The Biggest Traitor

We all know the stories of these players. These two men left their teams to win a championship. These are the stories of LeBron James and Kevin Durant and how they abandoned their fans, teammates, coaches, and homes just to win a championship. At the end of this post, I will be telling you who I think was a bigger traitor to their team.

LeBron James

Coming out of high school, James was already considered to be the next big basketball player. He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated when he was still in high school, and he was sure to be the number 1 pick in the draft. He was the number 1 pick in the draft, and the team who selected him just so happened to be his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. He played with the Cavs from 2003- 2010, and then he decided that he wanted to win a championship. LeBron had made it to an NBA Finals series with the Cavs, but the Cavs lost to the San Antonio Spurs. So James went to the Miami Heat, and in 4 seasons with the Heat, he made it to the Finals in all four years and won 2 championships. The nice thing about this story is that James returned to the Cavaliers, and in 2 seasons he has made it to 2 Finals and won a championship for his hometown Cleveland.

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant was a player at the University of Texas for just one year before entering the NBA Draft. He was selected with the second pick by the Seattle SuperSonics, who went on to relocate and become the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played for the Thunder from 2008-2016, leading them to one NBA Finals appearance, a loss to the Miami Heat. In the 2016 free agency period, Kevin announced that he was signing with the Golden State Warriors. In his first season, the Warriors have the best record in the NBA and have already won their division and clinched a playoff spot, even though it is only March.

My Opinion

I believe that Kevin Durant is a bigger traitor because he left his team knowing he was joining a team that already had many stars like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Also, LeBron returned to his former team and won a championship. I doubt Kevin Durant will ever do that.

Vote in my poll, and comment about who you think is a bigger traitor.

Good Matchups in the NCAA Tournament Today

In case you are going to be watching basketball all day today, this post highlights 3 of the best games on.

3. Baylor vs. USC

Baylor has always struggled in NCAA Tournament games, and USC has been overlooked this year in the Pac-12, with observers focusing on Oregon, UCLA, and Arizona. Look for a close game

Ben’s Pick: Baylor

2. Michigan vs. Louisville

Hopefully, everyone saw the last time these teams met in the tournament when they played each other in the 2013 title game. This time, Michigan is riding a hot streak with wins in 10 of their last 12, while Louisville is a 2 seed that lost in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. Look for an upset!

Ben’s Pick: Michigan

1. UCLA vs. Cincinnati 

This matchup features the high-scoring UCLA team that earned itself a three seed in this tournament and the 30-5 Bearcats of Cincy. UCLA will have to play a good game if they want to find themselves in the Sweet 16.

Ben’s Pick: UCLA

Schedule

I will be posting 2 articles tomorrow: the first one at 8:00 am and the second at 9:00. On weekdays I will be posting at 6:00 pm and on weekends 10:00 am.

Villanova Defeated

In case you have not heard, Villanova has just been upset in the NCAA Tournament by Wisconsin 65-62. Leading the scoring for the Badgers was Nigel Hayes with 19, while the leading scorer for the Wildcats was Josh Hart with 19 as well. Surely this will bust a lot of brackets, including mine.

Who Is The Best College Basketball Coach

March Madness is already underway, so I thought that it would be a good idea to tell you  who I think is the best coach in college basketball right now.  First, I have a couple of honorable mentions for this topic. I have one honorable mention from a mid-major team and one from a Power 5 team.

Mid-Major

First up is Kermit Davis from Middle Tennessee State University. This experienced coach has been at Middle Tennessee for 15 seasons, and not only has he led them to two straight NCAA Tournament appearances, his teams have upset 2 seed Michigan State and 5 seed Minnesota in the last 2 seasons. Atop that they were the Conference USA champions in 2017

Power 5

The coach in Power 5 is Rick Pitino from Louisville. Rick has been the coach at Louisville since 2001 and won a championship in 2013. Before Rick’s time at Louisville, he was the head coach at Kentucky, where he won a championship in 1996.

Overall Best Coach

And now for the best coach in all of college basketball. My choice for this award is Mike Krzyzewski. This legendary coach has been at Duke since 1980. He has led them to 12 Final Fours and 5 National Championships. He has also coached  USA Basketball  to 3 gold medals. He is surely going to be inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame when he retires.