If You Are Not Asking, You Are Not Selling

first_imgIf you are not “asking,” you are not selling.It sounds nice to say things like, “I am facilitating a buying decision, and I will wait until my prospect tells me that they are ready to take the next step.” It sounds nice, but it isn’t. It’s abdicating your responsibility.Not asking doesn’t make you consultative. First let’s dispatch with the idea that not asking for commitments makes you consultative. It doesn’t. Consultants make recommendations on next steps as a matter of course. Consultants also help organizations change. The very nature of helping a company change not only requires asking for commitments, but it also requires asking for massive commitments of time, energy, money, and political capital.By not asking, you do not establish yourself as a peer. If you want to serve your dream client as a trusted advisor and a peer, you ask for the things that you know you need to make a difference. If you need access to and other stakeholders, you ask for that access. If you need information, you ask for the information. If you need your dream client to take a run through your proposal and presentation before you present, you book time on their calendar. A subservient, non-value creating salesperson who fears damaging relationships by asking for what they need will never be considered a peer.Not asking cedes the process to your prospective client, and it presupposes that you are not necessary beyond whatever point it is where you stop asking for commitments. Let’s say you make a discovery call and your dream client tells you that they will get back to you in the next few weeks. By not asking for a future commitment, you have agreed that you are irrelevant in the process of decision-making that they will engage in during those few weeks. If you make a proposal without asking for the business, you leave open the idea that your prospective client should consider this on their own, potentially looking at other partners. You need to ask for agreement on the process.By not asking, you don’t demonstrate your serious interest in helping your dream client make changes. Asking your dream client for their business shows your serious interest in working with them. Not asking demonstrates your apathy. There is nothing attractive or sexy about someone who is dispassionate about what they sell. People want to work with people who are all in on helping them get the results they need. You cannot be ambivalent. Therefore, you have to ask.Just ask.last_img read more

Paul George leads charge vs former team as Thunder trounce Pacers

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Devin Booker scores 50 in back-to-back games but Suns lose again Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “That was the game,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “We knew they were going to come out aggressive. Paul and Westbrook came out aggressive, attacking the basket, scoring. They made their run and were able to get the momentum and just really take control of the game.”It was a critical win for the Thunder, who had lost five of six.Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points and Domantas Sabonis added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers.Indiana led 54-45 at the break behind 14 points from Bogdanovic. Adams scored 14 points in the first half for the Thunder.The Thunder closed the gap early in the third quarter. A floater by Adams cut Indiana’s lead to one, then a 3-pointer by Jerami Grant finally put the Thunder ahead midway through the period. George and Westbrook followed with 3s to put Oklahoma City up 66-58. By the end of the run, the Thunder led 72-58.ADVERTISEMENT The Thunder slogged through the first half and trailed by nine at the break. By the end of the third quarter, they led 76-69.“We knew it wasn’t enough coming into the half,” George said. “We needed to change things and we came out and executed.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSteven Adams had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder and Russell Westbrook added 17 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for his 29th triple-double of the season.It was a reversal of the previous matchup, when Indiana rallied to stun Oklahoma City 108-106 on March 14. This time, the Pacers scored at 10:48 of the third quarter and didn’t score again until the 3:57 mark. They missed 14 consecutive shots during that stretch. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Westbrook clinched his triple-double on a lob to Terrance Ferguson for a dunk that put the Thunder up 88-79.George made a high floater and was fouled. He made the free throw with just under four minutes remaining to put the Thunder up 10.The Pacers made one last surge, but a layup and a 3-pointer by Grant kept the Pacers at a safe distance heading into the final minute.The Thunder felt they got good shots in the first half but were not converting. That changed in the third quarter.“Keep shooting,” Ferguson said. “It’s as simple as that. First half got to us. We have a 48-minute game. We stuck together and stayed confident in each other and we came out with the win and had fun with it.”TIP-INSPacers: G Darren Collison returned to the starting lineup after missing three games with a right quad contusion. … G Wesley Matthews was called for a technical in the third quarter. … Bogdanovic scored 35 points in his previous game, a win over Denver on Sunday.Thunder: Shot just 39 percent in the first half. … Held the Pacers to 8-for-25 shooting in the third quarter. … Westbrook has 133 triple-doubles in his career. … Grant scored 19 points.HE SAID ITGeorge on the defense during the 24-0 run: “Honestly, I notice the stops more than us scoring. I noticed we were getting stops and we were getting out. I felt the pace was on our side and I felt the momentum was on our side.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) fights for position while defended by Indiana Pacers guard Wesley Matthews (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Rob Ferguson)OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George wasn’t interested in losing to his former team again.Oklahoma City’s All-Star forward scored seven of his 31 points during a decisive 24-0 run, and the Thunder beat the Indiana Pacers 107-99 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT ADAMS’ DOMINANCEAdams made 11 of 14 shots and fell two points short of his career high.“I just think they were taking what the defense gave them,” McMillan said. “When you have a lot of attention on Westbrook and Paul, sometimes, you’re leaving that big open. They do a good job of playing the two-man game, hitting him in the paint. Weak side wasn’t connected tonight, and they did a good job of executing.”UP NEXTPacers: At the Boston Celtics on Friday.Thunder: Host the Denver Nuggets on Friday. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View commentslast_img read more

Facebook broke Canadas privacy laws watchdogs say

first_imgThe federal commissioner says he will be bringing this Facebook matter to federal court #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 25, 2019The report released today says about 300,000 Facebook users worldwide added the app, leading to the potential disclosure of the personal information of approximately 87 million others, including more than 600,000 Canadians.The investigation took a year to conduct.The federal commissioner says his office is ending its presence on facebook because he doesn’t want to have an association with a company that he has found to be irresponsible with user information #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 25, 2019In a statement, Facebook says it is disappointed by the findings, there is no evidence Canadians’ data was shared with Cambridge Analytica, and the company has made dramatic improvements to protect people’s personal information. OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Facebook is facing more heat for failing to safeguard your privacy.The federal and B.C. privacy commissioners say the social media giant broke the law, exposing the personal information of hundreds of thousands of Canadians.Here is the full statement from the federal and BC privacy commissioners. First line “Facebook committed serious contraventions of Canadian privacy laws”1 of 2… #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/rTWFdkYOxM— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 25, 2019This bombshell report finds that Facebook failed to protect users’ personal information, leading to unauthorized access on data that was later used for political purposes.The report finds major shortcomings in Facebook’s practices, and highlights the need for legislative reform to protect Canadians.The complaint that prompted the probe followed reports that Facebook had let an outside organization use an app to access users’ personal information, and that some of the data was then shared with others, including the firm Cambridge Analytica, which was involved in U.S. political campaigns.The app, at one point known as “This is Your Digital Life,” encouraged users to complete a personality quiz.It collected much more information about users who installed the app as well as data about their Facebook friends.Federal Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien says he is concerned that not only does facebook deny it broke the law, but it is refusing to follow recommendations to fix the problem.“My office plans to take the matter to federal court to force Facebook to correct its privacy practices,” he added. “Its refusal to address the serious problems that we have identified or even acknowledge that it broke the law”last_img read more

Frustration continues to build as more mills announce closures

first_imgWith these announcements, the B.C. Liberals say Premier John Horgan has been ignoring their calls for his Government to take action on this growing issue.According to the Liberals, Finance Minister Carole James announced that the Government would not be providing any new funding to the forest sector but only offer their sympathies to the affected workers.The Liberals blame the NDP for the closures because of the new Forest Amendment Act, Bill-22.Local Conservative M.P., Bob Zimmer, says he, along with other Conservative M.P.’s from B.C., has been briefed on the situation.Zimmer adds that the federal Liberal and provincial NDP governments are not doing enough when it comes to supporting the industry and its workers.“In these uncertain times, it looks as though this may just be the beginning, which is why I, along with other Conservative Members of Parliament from British Columbia, have been briefed on these closures and curtailments and possible next steps. It is clear that both the federal Liberal government and provincial NDP government are simply not doing enough to support this important industry and its workers.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Frustration continues to build within the B.C. Forest industry as more mills announce closures and curtailments.To date, there have been about 50 sawmills and plants that have announced curtailments or closures this year.Most recently, the Peace Valley OSB Plant announced that it will be closing this summer and the Taylor Pulp Mill has issued more production curtailments. Last week, Minister of Forests, Doug Donaldson, said his Government will be sending a Community Response Transition Team to assist those affected by the closure.last_img read more

DK’s career-best 97* propels KKR to 175/6

first_imgKolkata: Under-fire skipper Dinesh Karthik silenced his critics with a career-best 97 not out as Kolkata Knight Riders recovered from an atrocious start to post a competitive 175 for six against Rajasthan Royals in their must-win IPL fixture here on Thursday. Under pressure to perform after a string of five straight defeats, the World Cup-bound Karthik promoted himself to No. 4, shrugging off criticism, and smashed nine sixes and seven fours in his 50-ball unbeaten knock, as KKR hit top gear in the back end of the innings, scoring 126 from the last 10 overs and 75 off the last five overs. On a day their impact player Andre Russell looked lacklustre in his run-a-ball 14, in which he was dropped twice, it was a one-man show from Karthik who went berserk against the likes of Jaydev Unadkat and Shreyas Gopal. Karthik seized the momentum in the 11th over when he hit Shreyas Gopal for a six followed by three boundaries in an over that yielded 25 runs and KKR did not look back since then. Karthik completed his fifty from 35 balls and smashed Jofra Archer for successive sixes in the penultimate over before bettering his previous best of 86 when he went berserk against Unadkat by hitting him for two sixes and one four in the final over. Unadkat conceded 50 runs for his one wicket and was the most expensive of the lot as he undid all the good work done by Varun Aaron (2/20) who had a fine new ball spell of 3-1-10-2. Put in to bat, KKR got off to an atrocious start to be 32/2 in powerplay overs against an all out pace attack from Rajasthan Royals. Playing his only second match this season, Aaron extracted pace and swing from the fast-paced Eden track and removed both the openers Chris Lynn (0) and Shubman Gill (14) cheaply. Aaron set up Lynn brilliantly with his first two balls before bowling a delivery that sharply came back as the Australian played it on to his stumps in a wicket-maiden first over. Then the talented Gill had no answer to negotiate an inswinger as he was completely beaten by pace to see the ball clip his bails. Archer capped a superb powerplay for Royals with another maiden as the dispirited KKR found themselves going nowhere and seemed to be losing the plot before skipper Karthik revived them at the back end of the innings. Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 175/6 in 20 overs (Dinesh Karthik 97, Varun Aaron 2/20) vs Rajasthan Royals.last_img read more

Air India earmarks Rs 500 cr to get grounded aircraft operational

first_imgMumbai: To meet high demand and raise its market, national carrier Air India has earmarked Rs 500 crore to get 19 of its grounded passenger jets back into operations. Currently, the national passenger carrier has 19 aircraft grounded due to various reasons most prominent amongst them being expensive spare parts and engine overhauls. However, an increase in demand due to the peak travel season along with industry’s capacity constraint has led the airline to earmark at least Rs 500 crore for the grounded fleet. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”This is an opportune time to raise our market share and meet the healthy demand. All our assets (aircraft) have been deployed strategically. But we still have more aircraft which are grounded,” a senior Air India official told IANS from Mumbai. “We expect at least two aircraft to join the fleet within days. Addition of other aircraft will aide us to augment our market share.” Notwithstanding the fresh funds, the official said that all grounded aircraft are unlikely to become operational before August. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysOver 10 Airbus A320s and the rest Boeing 787-800s Dreamliner and a few Boeing 777s have been grounded. Air India’s fleet augmentation is also in line with the government’s request to airlines to advance their aircraft induction plans. As of 2019, Air India Group — Air India, Air India Express, Alliance Air — have a combined fleet of over 160 aircraft which fly to 122 destinations, including 78 domestic and 44 international destinations. Additionally, the airline plans to hire more cabin crew and pilots. The plan envisages the airline to hire over 200 cabin crew from the now grounded Jet Airways. “We have already finalised 150 crew from Jet Airways,” the official added.last_img read more

Moroccan official recommends grating basic healthcare to sex workers

first_imgCasablanca- The Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) released yesterday the results of a study on the Moroccan healthcare sector. Ostensibly, the results are far from being comforting. The study sheds light on the “deteriorating” health of mothers and children. “50% of newborns from teen mothers risk death,” Hakima Himmich, CESE said according to the Moroccan daily Akhabr Al Youm.The Council described RAMED (the Medical Assistance Plan) as “a failure,” for it does not benefit certain social groups including the homeless and sex workers. The head of the Council, Nizar Baraka, recommends that the government to abolish the marriage of minors and confer RAMED to sex workers.According to the same study, 50,000 teenagers gave birth in 2012. Faced with this alarming situation, the CESE “recommends that the government ban Article 20 of the Mudawana, which grants judges the legitimacy to authorize the marriage of minors.”For its part, daily Al Khabar pinpoints the weaknesses of Morocco’s health sector, among which is the lack of nursing staff. The newspaper also notes that 143 health centers have been closed “due to lack of medical expertise.” For daily Assabah, “the health sector is at an impasse.” According to the same source, the main reasons are “the inability to train enough doctors and nurses, the budget shortage and the emigration of doctors and nurses, especially to Europe.”As to the private sector, the CESE notes “a steady progress.” The sector encompasses nearly 50% of physicians, 90% of pharmacists and dentists and nearly 10% of paramedics. However, cities are where this sector is predominantly present.CESE’s study on the health sector in Morocco rings alarm bells in the kingdom. Its publication comes at a critical phase in Benkirane’s freshly reshuffled government. The Executive has been subject to harsh criticism for “his unstudied measures and lack of vision concerning the management of social projects.The results unveiled by CESE shook the dust off a vital sector that is on the edge of oblivion in Morocco. The results have now been imputed on the government’s current strategies and plans in the realm of healthcare, which seemingly hasten its deterioration rather than decelerate it.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributelast_img read more

Few QBs As Good As Andrew Luck Have Left The Game So

It’s hard to find historical comparisons for Luck’s retirementBest quarterbacks through their age-29 season (according to Approximate Value) who didn’t play again after age 29, 1960-2018 Even in a sport where early retirements are all the rage in recent seasons, this one shocked the NFL world. On Saturday night, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had informed the team he was retiring because he was “mentally worn down”: 5David Woodley1980-8558533711.2 8Joey Harrington2002-078176336.9 32John Hadl1962-69112827815.2 2Cam Newton2011-1812312212216.0 3Fran Tarkenton1961-6912611912116.3 19Randall Cunningham1985-9297858616.2 5Brett Favre1991-9811310910916.0 1Peyton Manning1998-0512812813316.6 30Bert Jones1973-8083777916.4 17Steve McNair1995-02103958814.8 29John Elway1983-89100987912.9 RankQuarterbackSeasonsGamesStartsTotal AVPer 16 Starts 8Russell Wilson2012-17969610016.7 2Andrew Luck2012-1886867914.7 13Ken Anderson1971-78104968914.8 6Matt Ryan2008-1411011010114.7 15Joe Namath1965-7291858916.8 9Tim Couch1999-036259328.7 21Joe Flacco2008-141121128311.9 Luck’s career was off to an all-time great startBest quarterbacks through their age-29 season according to Approximate Value, 1960-2018 And that number might be understating Luck’s value. Because he missed so many games, he averaged 14.7 AV per 16 starts through age 29, the 19th-most of anyone on the list above, and more than contemporaries like Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Brady.Luck shined in other metrics as well. As ProFootballFocus noted after the news of Luck’s retirement, he was a fixture atop their player grades, which try to measure player performance independent of teammate contributions. (Last season, he ranked third in the NFL behind Brees and Patrick Mahomes.) According to ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating, Luck ranked fifth last season; for their part, Football Outsiders ranked him seventh in total value.We’ve seen stars at other positions, like wide receiver Calvin Johnson (who retired after his age-30 season) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (age 29) walk away from the NFL in their primes. But it is exceedingly rare for a quarterback of Luck’s caliber to leave the game before age 30. If we limit our ranking above to quarterbacks who never played another game after their age-29 season, Luck has the second-most career AV, coming in ahead of former 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick — whose exile from the NFL was not by choice — and trailing only ex-Cardinals starter Neil Lomax: 7Vince Young2006-1160503611.5 35Andy Dalton2011-1693937312.6 12Daunte Culpepper1999-0685849117.3 Seasonal age is as of Dec. 31 of the season in question.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 7Matthew Stafford2009-1712512510012.8 16Steve Grogan1975-8299928815.3 26Bob Griese1967-7494908014.2 Seasonal age is as of Dec. 31 of the season in question.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 23Jim Zorn1976-8294928114.1 RankQuarterbackSeasonsGamesStartsTotal AVPer 16 Starts 24Troy Aikman1989-9598988013.1 (And here we were thinking that Antonio Brown was the NFL superstar most likely to retire abruptly this preseason…)Luck, who won’t turn 30 until September, had already compiled one of the greatest-ever starts to a quarterback career. The No. 1 overall pick from the 2012 draft picked up the reins from the recently departed Peyton Manning in Indianapolis and immediately led the Colts to the playoffs in his first three seasons, reaching the AFC Championship in the 2014 season. But injuries soon disrupted his storybook narrative. He missed more than half of the 2015 season with a string of injuries and all of 2017 after undergoing shoulder surgery. Prior to Saturday’s announcement, he had sat out all of preseason due to a lingering leg injury.When he was on the field, though, the numbers spoke for themselves. Through his age-29 season,1All ages in this story will use Pro-Football-Reference.com’s convention of measuring a player’s “seasonal age” as of Dec. 31 of a season. Luck already had the 84th-most yards, 68th-most touchdowns and 95th-most Approximate Value (AV)2Pro-Football-Reference’s rough way of synthesizing a player’s cumulative value into a single number. of any passer in NFL history. Just looking at seasons before age 30, Luck had about the same AV as John Elway, Joe Montana and Tom Brady: 18Aaron Rodgers2005-1285788818.1 4Dan Marino1983-9011911711415.6 25Tom Brady2000-0696948013.6 28Joe Montana1979-85103798016.2 27Donovan McNabb1999-0594888014.5 3Colin Kaepernick2011-1669584913.5 14Boomer Esiason1984-90101938915.3 6Pat Haden1976-8165553610.5 1Neil Lomax1981-881081018213.0 9Drew Brees2001-081071069514.3 22Neil Lomax1981-881081018213.0 4Josh Freeman2009-1562614110.8 20Philip Rivers2004-1084808416.8 10Ben Roethlisberger2004-111141139513.5 34Terry Bradshaw1970-7797877313.4 11Drew Bledsoe1993-011241239111.8 Unlike Kaepernick, who probably still could play if given the chance (hello, Colts?), Lomax was forced to retire young because of an arthritic hip. He’s not a player many remember nowadays, but he was a Pro Bowler twice, and he led the NFL in passing yards in 1987. Beyond him, Luck and Kaepernick, it’s hard to find any other comparable examples of good QBs who never played a down in their 30s. That’s a big part of what makes Luck’s abrupt decision to walk away from the game on the eve of the 2019 season so surprising.Now the Colts will have to move on without one of the best quarterbacks in the league. With Luck — and his +208 QB rating (relative to a replacement-level undrafted rookie) in our new quarterback-adjusted Elo rating system — we had the Colts rated as the ninth-best team in the NFL, with a 1564 rating (which roughly equates to 9.2 wins per 16 games against a typical schedule). Now they’ll be left with Jacoby Brissett, whose Elo value over replacement is +108.3Also worth noting: the Colts went 4-11 with Brissett starting instead of Luck in 2017. That drop-off leaves the Colts rated with a 1479 Elo, which ranks only 21st in the league and carries an expectation of 7.5 wins against an average schedule.But Luck ultimately made his decision, which he called the hardest of his life, because he had lost his love for the game. “I haven’t been able to live the life I want to live,” he said Saturday night. “It’s taken the joy out of this game … the only way forward for me is to remove myself from football.” The result is a huge loss — for the Colts, but also for a league that will be missing one of the most promising young quarterbacks to ever play the game. 10Steve Fuller1979-8690423212.2 31Andrew Luck2012-1886867914.7 33Dan Fouts1973-8096897413.3 read more

ARods Complicated Legacy By The Numbers

In a press conference on Sunday, the New York Yankees announced that Alex Rodriguez would play his final major league game on Friday, against the Tampa Bay Rays, before taking on an advisory role with the club. With that game, one of the greatest — and most complicated — careers in baseball history will come to a close.Certainly, Rodriguez had reached the end of the productive phase of his career this season. One year after a surprising renaissance campaign, Rodriguez is on pace for the worst full-season OPS and fewest wins above replacement (WAR) of his career. Despite ranking among baseball’s highest-paid players, he’s struck out 4.6 times for every walk, is barely hitting over the Mendoza Line and can’t play any position other than designated hitter anymore. As a team, the Yankees are having their worst season since 1992. It was time for Rodriguez to go.But A-Rod in his heyday was a different story. In fact, A-Rod before his prime was better than almost anybody in baseball history. In 1996, at the ripe old age of 20, Rodriguez produced 9.4 WAR — which is still tied for the 87th-best season in MLB history and was, at the time, easily the most WAR produced in one season at that age.1It would be surpassed later by Mike Trout, who happens to be on track for G.O.A.T. status. From there, A-Rod would pile on seven more seasons of 8 or more WAR, and he’d make a strong case for having the best career of any player who ever spent the majority of his prime years at shortstop.Of course, the other prominent player on that — apparently shirt-optional — Mount Rushmore of young shortstops was Derek Jeter, Rodriguez’s longtime frenemy, rival, comparison-point and, eventually, teammate. Jeter had the rings — four by age 26, to be exact — but A-Rod had the numbers. Through 2003, the season before he joined the Yankees, A-Rod had Jeter beat on career WAR (63.5 to 40.4), home runs (345 to 127), OPS (.963 to .851) and walks (559 to 513); A-Rod was also within striking distance of the more contact-oriented Jeter in batting average (.308 vs. Jeter’s .317 mark). And he was miles better than Jeter in one very important (yet misunderstood) department: defense.To the naked eye, Jeter looked like a great defensive shortstop (he’d eventually win five Gold Gloves at the position), but according to the numbers he was the worst. From his 1995 debut until 2003, Jeter cost the Yankees 11.4 runs (i.e., more than one full win) per year compared to an average-fielding shortstop; by contrast, Rodriguez saved his teams 2 runs a year. When Jeter and Rodriguez joined forces, A-Rod deferred and moved from shortstop to third base, but all evidence said it should have been the other way around. The Yankees’ subsequent defensive numbers — they had the majors’ worst shortstop defense from 2004 until Jeter’s retirement in 2014 — agreed.Together, though, Rodriguez and Jeter would win boatloads of games, plus a World Series in 2009. Numbers from his final week pending, A-Rod would end up compiling 696 home runs — fourth-most ever — and he’s currently 12th all-time in WAR. (He even ranks eighth among Yankees!) Judging from the statistics alone, Rodriguez should be concluding his career as one of the greatest handful of position players in baseball history.But things are never so easy with A-Rod.For instance, Rodriguez’s tremendous on-field value was mitigated by the fact that no player made more money over his career. He broke the all-time record for the largest contract in professional sports history twice, surpassed only when Giancarlo Stanton inked a 13-year, $325 million deal before the 2015 season. Like most star players, Rodriguez still earned every cent he was paid and then some; using the common dollars per WAR framework, the value of A-Rod’s career wins sums to about $109 million more than he was paid.2According to Baseball-Reference.com, A-Rod was paid roughly $399 million through 2016, and he recorded about 115 WAR (averaging together the Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs versions). At an average cost of about $4.3 million per WAR, tacking on the $6 million a minimum-salary player would have made in the same number of years and zeroing out seasons where he had negative value, A-Rod’s wins were worth approximately $508 million. But in the minds of many fans, A-Rod personified the ever-upward climb of MLB salaries at a time when the cost of attending a ballgame had never been higher.A-Rod’s massive compensation was a particular point of frustration for Yankee fans, given that the team’s frequency of championships during his tenure (one title in 13 seasons) pales in comparison to what it had been before he arrived (one title every 3.9 seasons). Rodriguez’s postseason numbers aren’t bad — he had an .822 career OPS, pretty good considering the elevated competition of playoff pitching — but unlike Jeter, who raised his lifetime OPS from .817 in the regular season to .838 in the playoffs, Rodriguez’s .930 regular-season OPS suggested the wasted potential for so many more postseason heroics.And then there are the performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez copped to using steroids during the height of the PED era, in the early 2000s, around when he signed his first record-breaking contract, then admitted to better hitting through chemistry again in conjunction with the Biogenesis scandal. Like with his disgraced peer Barry Bonds, A-Rod’s pre-juicing numbers suggest he had the talent to make the Hall of Fame without chemical assistance. But as a confessed two-time offender, Rodriguez’s numbers will always be tainted for countless baseball fans. That’s why his Hall of Fame chances, ironclad without the PED factor, are next to nonexistent in reality.So when Rodriguez leaves baseball on Friday, he’ll go down as one of the greatest talents in the game’s history, and one of its most impressive statistical performers. But by the same token, his more lasting legacy might be as one of its most discredited players. In the end, we’ll probably be left trying to grapple with A-Rod’s impact on the game for decades to come. read more

Report Ohio States Noah Spence suspended after testing positive for ecstasy

Sophomore defensive end Noah Spence (8) breaks up a pass during a game against Indiana Nov. 23. OSU won, 42-14. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorInitially reported to have been suspended for the use of a dietary supplement, Ohio State sophomore defensive end Noah Spence’s three-game ban is because he tested positive for ecstasy, according to a Tuesday report by abc27 in Harrisburg, Pa.The report states Spence’s father, Greg Spence, said his son tested positive for “a small amount of ecstasy” prior to the Big Ten Championship game Dec. 7 against Michigan State.Greg Spence also said that the conference originally suspended his son for a year, according to the report, because it considers the substance to be a performance enhancing drug. He also said Noah Spence consumed the drug accidentally after taking an open drink from someone he did not know at a party.The Spence family appealed the year-long ban, and it was ultimately reduced to three games, according to the report, which stated that the NCAA considers ecstasy to be a “street drug,” which carries a lesser penalty. A second appeal was unsuccessful.An OSU spokesman said “we will have no further comment” on the situation in an email to The Lantern Tuesday.Attempts to contact Spence and his family for comment were unsuccessful Tuesday afternoon.The abc27 report also said the Spence family plans to file a lawsuit against the Big Ten.Spence led the Buckeyes with eight sacks in 2013 and finished second on the team with 14.5 tackles for loss. He figures to be a large contributor on the defensive side of the ball next season after serving his suspension. read more