Chroma Technology Corp,Inc. magazine today ranked Chroma Technology No. 4615 on its third annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. According to Inc.the list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy America s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Savvy trend spotters and those who invest in private companies know that the Inc. 5000 is the best place to find out about young companies that are achieving success through a wide variety of unprecedented business models, as well as older private companies that are still expanding at an impressive rate, said Inc. 5000 project manager Jim Melloan. That s why our list is so eagerly anticipated every year.In response to this designation, Chroma President Paul Millman said, It s really great when employee-owned companies achieve status in the world of traditional businesses. Last year Vermont s King Arthur Flour was recognized and this year, in addition to Chroma, our friends at employee-owned Namaste Solar rose to position 56.The 2009 Inc. 5000, unveiled today on Inc.com, serves as a unique report card on the U.S. economy. Despite the ongoing recession, aggregate revenue among the companies on the list actually increased to $214 billion, up $29 billion from last year, with a median three-year growth rate of 126 percent. The Inc. 5000 are responsible for creating more than 1 million jobs since their founding, making the list perhaps the best example of the impact private, fast-growing companies can have on the economy. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found on Inc.com.About Inc. MagazineFounded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today s innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 712,961, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology. Visit them online at www.inc.com(link is external).About Chroma TechnologyFounded in 1991 and 100% employee-owned, Chroma Technology Corp manufactures precision optical filters and components for the life sciences. A member of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Vermont Employee Ownership Center, Chroma has also been recognized by Worldblu List of Most Democractic Workplaces 2009. Learn more about Chroma at www.chroma.com(link is external).Source: Chroma. NEW YORK, August 12, 2009
77SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com/partner/nafcu Details The problem with decisions is knowing when to pull the trigger.We live in a world where there’s always another article to read. Another chart to decipher. Another piece of data to analyze. What if we make a bad decision because we didn’t wait for that missing piece of data?A recent article (Inc.com) I read argues that we over-analyze things far too often. Fact finding and due diligence suffers from the laws of diminishing returns. The article points to the 80/20 rule.The 80/20 Rule is pervasive in our world:80% of traffic jams occur on 20% of roads.80% of beer is consumed by 20% of drinkers.80% of classroom participation comes from 20% of students.80% of profits come from 20% of customers.Applying the 80/20 Rule to your thinking can help you make smarter, faster, more intuitive decisions.In most situations, you can gather 80 percent of the relevant information in the first 20 percent of the time available. Generally, the remaining 20 percent of the data (which would take the remaining 80 percent of your time to obtain) would not substantially improve the quality of your decision… If this sounds familiar, I’ve written about this before. I’ve referenced Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Blink,” which sings the praises of trusting your gut instincts. And it is “rule number 7” in my 10 irrefutable laws of management. A well-delivered, imperfect decision often beats an additional week of deliberation. Management involves making decisions. We all want a piece of data that says “You Shall Do This, And Nothing Bad Shall Happen.” But that data rarely exists. And if it did, why do you think an additional week of research would uncover it? Perhaps. But my experience says that the decision often isn’t the key to success. It is the effective execution of that decision. So make up your mind, but spend some extra time to make sure your decision comes to life. And if you don’t like decisions as a manager, you’re dining at the wrong restaurant. For ye shall dine on decisions as long as ye sit where ye sit. So go ahead. Pull the trigger. Make the decision.
Officials in Homestead have arrested a bus driver after he reportedly attacked a passenger with a metal rod when the passenger took off his face mask while on the bus.The incident occurred on Wednesday at a bus stop in Key Largo just after 7:00 pm.Deputies with the Monroe County Sheriff’s office said the victim told them he initially entered the bus wearing the required protective gear, however, he removed his face mask to take a phone call and did not put it back on. The victim says when he stop arrived, he exited the bus and that’s when the bus driver Denys Santos, used a metal rod to point at a sign about face mask requirements.At that point, Santos and the victim got into an argument. The victim then exited the bus but Santos followed him and took a swing at the victim with the metal rod.Santos then got back on the bus and drove off but pulled over a short while where he was arrested.Santos is now facing aggravated assault charges.The Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works has since released the following statement about the incident:“The safety of our staff and passengers is always our number one priority and we take this type of incident very seriously. For this reason, we have asked Safeguard America Transportation, the private transportation company that runs our bus route from Miami-Dade to Monroe County, to remove Mr. Denys Santos from the contract while this incident is under investigation.”“We do not condone the alleged actions by Santos, and we will continue to work closely with our contractors to ensure they are implementing the highest safety and operational standards while under contract for Miami-Dade County.”
If you could have accessed the thought balloons above the 62,462 Bears fans at Soldier Field on Sunday as kicker Cody Parkey double-doinked the potential game-winning field goal, here’s guessing the No. 1 (printable) sentiment would have been: “I wish Robbie Gould was here.”Bite the bullet, Bears fans, this is going to hurt: Gould (pronounced “Gold”) was there.Teaching these boys the history of da @bears #WPMOYCHALLENGEGOULD pic.twitter.com/r7OdoczB7S— Robbie Gould (@RobbieGould09) January …
TagsMLS NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say FC Cincinnati seeks investors for MLS moveby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFC Cincinnati is looking for equity investors to help finance its move to Major League Soccer, reports SportBusiness.The club is looking to raise the capital necessary to fund its ongoing construction plans, which are an estimated $280m (€245m) for a stadium and a new training ground.According to Forbes, the club has hired Raine Group – which has also helped DC United, New York City FC and the upcoming MLS team in Miami – to advise on the transaction. No bids have yet been made but a deal is expected by the end of 2019.”It’s an opportunity to be a part of arguably the most popular team in the market,” says FC Cincinnati president and general manager Jeff Berding.FC Cincinnati broke ground on its new soccer-specific stadium in the West End community this week. It is expected to be finished by the start of the 2021 MLS season.
TORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Co. says shareholders representing almost two-thirds of its outstanding common shares have confirmed their support for the company’s deal with Rhone Capital.Land and Buildings Investment Management has criticized the deal and sought to have shareholders vote on the investment in the retailer by the private equity firm.The Toronto Stock Exchange has conditionally approved Rhone’s investment, however Land and Buildings is seeking to appeal that decision at the Ontario Securities Commission.A hearing is scheduled to be held on Dec. 8 and 11.Under the deal, Rhone has agreed to invest C$632 million in the form of eight-year mandatory convertible preferred shares in HBC (TSX:HBC).The investment was announced last month as part of a deal that included the sale of HBC’s Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue building to WeWork Property Advisors, a joint venture between WeWork and Rhone, for nearly $1.1 billion.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In addition to approving a resolution to allow construction to begin on the new off-leash dog area in Toboggan Hill Park and passing second reading on the City’s Official Community Plan bylaw, a number of other things happened at Monday’s Fort St. John council meeting.Britney Carlstrom was honoured with a long service award after having celebrated her fifth year working for the City. Carlstrom began her career with the City of Fort St. John on July 29, 2013, as an Engineering Technologist with the Planning and Engineering Department, and now works as an Engineer.Mayor Lori Ackerman proclaimed the week of August 27th – 31st as Overdose Awareness Week in Fort St. John. Julianna Kucheran with Urban Matters and Amanda Trotter with the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society gave a presentation to council about the importance of overdose awareness as both Canada and the United States grapple with the ongoing drug overdose crisis. Council passed a zoning amendment bylaw and another bylaw amending the current Official Community Plan to rezone a parcel of land next to the existing RCMP detachment in order to accommodate construction of the new RCMP detachment building. The City held a public meeting about the two proposed bylaws at 6:00 p.m. on Monday evening.Council approved a resolution from staff to direct the three remaining members of the Tourism Fort St. John Board to solicit nominations for six new members since five current members of the Board will be departing in the near future. The terms of board members Andy Ackerman, Adam Reaburn, and Cheryl Erickson are due to expire on November 1st, meanwhile, members Heather Sjoblom and Christina Seguin also announced their resignations recently.Council approved a recommendation for City staff to proceed with an Application for Lane Closure of the lane located east of 90th Stree between 77th and 79th Avenues. The lane closure is being done to facilitate the consolidation of the surrounding lots for the development of the Fire Department’s new Fire Training Grounds, the tender for the first phase of which was awarded at the previous council meeting on July 23rd.Council also authorized Mayor Ackerman to attend the On the Move Symposium from November 18th – 21st in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador after the symposium’s organizers specifically requested her to attend as a guest speaker. The cost of the trip, $1,450, was approved to be allocated from the Council travel budget.Council also adopted four bylaws at the meeting on Monday, including the Municipal Ticket Bylaw, the Property Standards Bylaw, A Building Amendment bylaw, and a Local Area Service bylaw for the installation of pavement, curbs, gutters, storm main, catch basins, streetlights, driveway and boulevard restoration on 87 Avenue west of 107 Street.
Seung-hwan OhSTL1944+1.3 Dario AlvarezTEX201+0.3 Robby ScottBOS228-0.4 Tanner ScheppersTEX101+0.2 Hansel RoblesNYM422-0.2 Tony WatsonPIT1664+0.1 Jason GrilliTOR332-0.6 Alex Colome23259105 Alex ColomeTB2352+1.7 Anthony SwarzakCHW1000+1.5 Mychal GivensBAL1223+1.2 Gabriel YnoaBAL001+0.0 Rubby De La RosaARI011-0.4 Addison Reed2115568 Source: Baseball-REFERENCE.COM Neftali FelizMIL850-0.7 Daniel CoulombeOAK123-0.6 Sergio RomoLAD230-0.8 Boone LoganCLE003+0.0 Greg Hollland1828141 Casey LawrenceTOR010-0.4 Wade DavisCHC1501+2.2 Johnny BarbatoPIT010-0.4 Brandon KintzlerMIN1932+1.8 Tony CingraniCIN423-0.2 Raisel Iglesias21161065 Asher WojciechowskiCIN100+0.1 Brad PeacockHOU101+0.2 Darren O’DayBAL832+0.2 Brandon Maurer1519246 James PazosSEA924+0.6 Brad Hand232131510 Chad QuallsCOL210+0.0 Rafael MonteroNYM131-1.0 Miguel CastroBAL101+0.2 Will HarrisHOU1630+1.3 Tyler PillNYM010-0.4 Cody AllenCLE1242+0.5 Domingo GermanNYY010-0.4 Edwin Diaz2113668 Jumbo DiazTB643-0.6 Ryne StanekTB013-0.4 Chad BellDET001+0.0 Jorge De La RosaARI1041+0.1 Hector RondonCHC721+0.3 Stefan CrichtonBAL010-0.4 Yusmeiro PetitLAA1012+1.2 Aroldis ChapmanNYY602+1.0 Brett CecilSTL1322+1.1 Joakim SoriaKC1942+1.5 Peter MoylanKC403+0.6 Ryan DullOAK422-0.1 Jonathan BroxtonSTL120-0.6 Mike MontgomeryCHC1211+1.4 Jeurys FamiliaNYM412+0.2 Keone KelaTEX831+0.2 Jacob BarnesMIL1843+1.2 Blaine HardyDET121-0.6 Adam ConleyMIA010-0.4 Erasmo RamirezTB712+0.7 Source: Baseball-REFERENCE.COM Jose AlvarezLAA553-1.1 Alex ClaudioTEX625+0.2 Chris DevenskiHOU1663+0.2 Craig KimbrelBOS1920+2.3 Trevor RosenthalSTL1661+0.1 Luke GregersonHOU632-0.2 Nick WittgrenMIA611+0.5 Jandel GustaveHOU010-0.4 Warwick SaupoldDET012-0.4 Austin BriceCIN300+0.4 Juan NicasioPIT846-0.3 Justin GrimmCHC201+0.3 Scott ObergCOL613+0.6 Roberto Osuna1622033 Emilio PaganSEA110-0.2 Felipe RiveroPIT2722+3.2 J. C. RamirezLAA020-0.7 Enny RomeroWSH1336+0.8 Kirby YatesLAA/SD321-0.3 Fernando SalasNYM554-1.2 Daniel HudsonPIT444-0.9 Nick VincentSEA1214+1.5 Kenley Jansen25211089 Scott AlexanderKC320-0.3 Ryan MadsonOAK1231+0.7 Frankie MontasOAK110-0.2 Andrew MillerCLE2531+3.0 Taylor RogersMIN1323+1.3 Marc RzepczynskiSEA404+0.6 Craig Kimbrel1923566 Brad BrachBAL2130+2.2 Pedro StropCHC1113+1.2 Bryan ShawCLE1122+1.1 Casey FienSEA/PHI320-0.3 J. J. HooverARI622+0.2 Vidal NunoBAL010-0.4 Oliver DrakeMIL421-0.2 Tommy KahnleCHW1171-0.9 Grant DaytonLAD112-0.2 Joe SmithTOR1411+1.8 Fernando RodneyARI1943+1.4 Cam BedrosianLAA613+0.5 Shane GreeneDET1033+0.4 Blake ParkerLAA1031+0.4 Matt AlbersWSH924+0.6 Luke JacksonATL100+0.1 Ryan BuchterSD1252-0.1 Felipe Rivero276111312 Danny FarquharTB832+0.1 Derek LawSF1131+0.5 Chase WhitleyTB641-0.6 Chasen ShreveNYY622+0.2 Bryan MorrisSF300+0.4 Greg HollandCOL1820+2.2 Brandon MaurerSD1570-0.5 Kevin SiegristSTL811+0.8 Chris RusinCOL823+0.6 Ben HellerNYY001+0.0 Josh CollmenterATL020-0.7 FIREMAN APPEARANCES Jake McGeeCOL832+0.2 Matt BarnesBOS1053-0.2 Steve CishekSEA211-0.1 Sam DysonTEX/SF1271-0.8 Richard BleierBAL311+0.1 Wade LeBlancPIT132-1.0 Zach PutnamCHW200+0.3 Jhan MarinezMIL/PIT320-0.3 The Dodgers have managed Jansen’s opportunities smartly, but he also deserves credit for making the most of every one of them — literally. Jansen has 25 goose eggs on the season, but no broken eggs, our term for when a pitcher enters the game with an opportunity to earn a goose egg but is charged with at least one earned run instead.1Jansen does have one “meh,” which is when a pitcher enters the game in a goose situation but is awarded neither a goose egg nor a broken egg because a run was scored yet not charged to the reliever. The record for most goose eggs in a season without a broken egg is held by Brad Lidge, who had 34 goose eggs and no broken eggs in 2008.As a result of this perfect conversion rate, Jansen leads baseball with 3.6 goose wins above replacement (GWAR) and is on pace for 6.5 GWAR, which would make for one of the top half-dozen relief pitching seasons of all time. Rivero and Miller are second and third in GWAR this season. You can find goose-egg statistics for these and all other relief pitchers in the sortable table below. Wandy PeraltaCIN1020+0.7 Dustin McGowanMIA201+0.3 AJ RamosMIA1132+0.4 Cory GearrinSF721+0.3 Corey Knebel2614698 Addison ReedNYM2143+1.5 Chase De JongSEA010-0.4 Deolis GuerraLAA720+0.3 Mike DunnCOL602+1.0 Arodys VizcainoATL1652+0.5 Tony ZychSEA432-0.5 Jose TorresSD231-0.8 John BrebbiaSTL001+0.0 Luis GarciaPHI611+0.5 Steven OkertSF637-0.3 Tyler ClippardNYY486-2.3 Austin PruittTB300+0.5 Liam HendriksOAK731+0.0 Kyle BarracloughMIA1031+0.3 Oliver PerezWSH514+0.4 Joe BiaginiTOR432-0.5 Shawn KelleyWSH620+0.1 Josh OsichSF224-0.5 Pat NeshekPHI1613+2.0 Jordan LylesCOL210+0.0 Brandon Kintzler1924222 Josh SmokerNYM722+0.3 Tom WilhelmsenARI112-0.2 Ross StriplingLAD641-0.6 George KontosSF743-0.5 Randall DelgadoARI500+0.8 Dominic LeoneTOR323-0.3 Brian DuensingCHC300+0.4 Fernando Rodney1922035 Junichi TazawaMIA220-0.5 Adam WarrenNYY521+0.1 Joely RodriguezPHI524+0.0 PITCHERGOOSE EGGSSAVESMULTI-INNINGRUNNERS ONTIE GAMES Rob ScahillMIL110-0.2 Roberto OsunaTOR1641+1.1 Danny BarnesTOR621+0.2 Evan ScribnerSEA020-0.7 Justin WilsonDET1940+1.5 Diego MorenoTB010-0.4 Parker BridwellLAA001+0.0 FIREMAN APPEARANCES Mike MinorKC1621+1.8 Matt GraceWSH112-0.2 Drew StorenCIN322-0.3 Joaquin BenoitPHI1370-0.7 Aaron LoupTOR326-0.3 Jerry BlevinsNYM1246+0.2 Jared HughesMIL811+0.8 Tyler DuffeyMIN811+0.9 Dellin BetancesNYY1341+0.6 Fernando AbadBOS500+0.8 Carlos EstevezCOL100+0.2 John AxfordOAK120-0.6 Sammy SolisWSH120-0.6 Sean DoolittleOAK823+0.5 Corey KnebelMIL2652+2.0 Ryan TeperaTOR1420+1.5 Blaine BoyerBOS310+0.1 Edwin DiazSEA2141+1.7 Andrew Miller25214128 Donnie HartBAL313+0.1 Jeremy JeffressTEX131-0.9 Tyler WilsonBAL111-0.2 Jose AlvaradoTB743-0.4 Nate JonesCHW410+0.2 Brad ZieglerMIA412+0.2 Save leaders avoid many clutch pitching opportunitiesTop save pitchers through 2017 All-Star break Blake WoodCIN231-0.8 J. P. HowellTOR010-0.4 Joe BlantonWSH320-0.3 Bud NorrisLAA1160-0.5 Josh FieldsLAD321-0.3 Travis WoodKC331-0.6 We shouldn’t get too carried away here. With the possible exception of the Astros’ Chris Devenski — who leads the majors with 52.2 relief innings but whose effectiveness has diminished as the season has worn on — none of these pitchers are being used in the Goose Gossage mold of the 1970s, when star relievers often threw 100 or more innings in a season. This is particularly true for Jansen, whose workload has always been managed carefully. (He’s on pace for only 68 innings this year.) But if teams are still using pitchers such as Jansen, Rivero and the Indians’ Andrew Miller for only 60 to 80 innings a season, they’re increasingly picking the right innings for them to pitch. By contrast, closers such as the Rockies’ Greg Holland and the Twins’ Brandon Kintzler have rarely made fireman appearances but have often been used to close out big, relatively safe leads. Although they have more saves than pitchers like Jansen and Rivero, Holland and Kintzler have fewer goose eggs and have provided less overall value to their clubs. Dan AltavillaSEA331-0.6 Francisco RodriguezDET382-2.5 Jonathan HolderNYY311+0.1 Michael FelizHOU110-0.2 Dan JenningsCHW024-0.7 Koda GloverWSH822+0.4 Edubray RamosPHI2110-3.8 Miguel DiazSD010-0.4 Tyler LyonsSTL011-0.4 Jarlin GarciaMIA002+0.0 Santiago CasillaOAK1452+0.3 Kyle RyanDET210-0.1 Craig BreslowMIN010-0.4 Raisel IglesiasCIN2110+2.7 Eric O’FlahertyATL211-0.1 David RobertsonCHW1631+1.3 Daniel StumpfDET212-0.1 Justin HaleyMIN110-0.2 Josh EdginNYM525+0.0 Bryan MitchellNYY010-0.4 Tony SippHOU100+0.2 Phil MatonSD211-0.1 Kenley JansenLAD2501+3.6 Matt StrahmKC231-0.8 Miguel SocolovichSTL101+0.1 Matthew BowmanSTL1544+0.7 Carlos TorresMIL642-0.6 Andrew ChafinARI146-1.3 Jayson AquinoBAL010-0.4 Robbie RossBOS100+0.2 Brock StewartLAD200+0.3 Jason MotteATL212-0.1 Chris YoungKC100+0.2 Blake TreinenWSH441-0.9 Jeff BeliveauTOR100+0.2 Ty BlachSF101+0.1 Jacob TurnerWSH520+0.0 Logan VerrettBAL400+0.6 Brooks PoundersLAA100+0.2 Dodger closer Kenley Jansen has had a lights-out first half with a 4-0 record, a 0.96 ERA, 57 strikeouts and just two walks allowed in 37.2 innings pitched.He also has only 21 saves, which ranks seventh in the league through the All-Star break. But Jansen has been considerably more valuable to the Dodgers than those save numbers imply. That’s because Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has been deploying Jansen in high-leverage situations that other managers often shield their closers from. Jansen has made 10 multi-inning appearances so far this year. He’s been brought into the game with runners on base nine times. And he’s entered in tied games in eight appearances. l call all of these “firemen appearances” because they resemble how teams used their top relievers in the era a few decades ago when the best relievers were referred to as “firemen” instead of closers.These firemen appearances have not necessarily helped Jansen earn saves; a pitcher can’t earn a save when he enters in a tied game, for instance. But they do provide opportunities for him to earn goose eggs, the new relief-pitcher statistic that we developed this spring. (The short version: A pitcher gets a goose egg for a clutch, scoreless relief inning, including in a tied game.) Jansen has 25 goose eggs, which ties him for third this season. He and his fellow goose-egg leaders — including the Pirates’ Felipe Rivero, who leads MLB with 27 — are routinely making firemen appearances: Chad GreenNYY022-0.7 Ian KrolATL623+0.1 Adam OttavinoCOL1372-0.4 Alex WilsonDET1064-0.7 Matt BushTEX1561+0.2 Kenley Jansen25211089 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ David HernandezLAA811+0.9 Pedro BaezLAD734-0.1 Jose RamirezATL1241+0.3 Kevin QuackenbushSD110-0.2 PITCHERGOOSE EGGSSAVESMULTI-INNINGRUNNERS ONTIE GAMES James HoytHOU110-0.2 Matt BelisleMIN1333+0.9 Robert GsellmanNYM210-0.1 Ernesto FrieriTEX010-0.4 Sam FreemanATL502+0.7 Zach BrittonBAL600+0.9 Josh HaderMIL100+0.1 Jake JunisKC100+0.2 Giovanny GallegosNYY010-0.4 Jim JohnsonATL1761+0.3 Chris HatcherLAD121-0.6 Xavier CedenoTB013-0.4 Paul SewaldNYM122-0.6 Alec AsherBAL311+0.1 Alex WoodLAD301+0.4 Robert StephensonCIN220-0.4 Neil RamirezNYM012-0.4 Kelvin Herrera1619025 Ken Giles919151 Brent SuterMIL001+0.0 Check out our latest MLB predictions. Luis AvilanLAD222-0.5 Chris BeckCHW002+0.0 Mike MorinLAA101+0.2 Sam TuivailalaSTL320-0.3 Jake PetrickaCHW001+0.0 Hector NerisPHI1542+0.7 Jim Johnson1719206 Wily PeraltaMIL120-0.6 Alex Colome23259105 Ronald HerreraNYY010-0.4 Jose LeclercTEX522+0.1 2017 goose stats through All-Star break Al AlburquerqueKC010-0.4 Mark MelanconSF940-0.2 Carl EdwardsCHC1233+0.6 Brad HandSD2345+1.8 Heath HembreeBOS724+0.4 David PhelpsMIA1171-1.1 Kenyan MiddletonLAA210-0.1 Bruce RondonDET210-0.1 Archie BradleyARI2023+2.3 Brad BoxbergerTB100+0.2 T. J. McFarlandARI501+0.8 Hector SantiagoMIN010-0.4 Koji UeharaCHC1443+0.5 Jesse ChavezLAA010-0.4 Adam KolarekTB010-0.4 Goose-egg leaders pitch in clutch situations, but that doesn’t help earn savesTop goose-egg pitchers through 2017 All-Star break PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Brad Brach2115236 Antonio BastardoPIT010-0.4 Tommy HunterTB621+0.2 Tony BarnetteTEX630-0.1 Ben TaylorBOS101+0.2 Michael LorenzenCIN1931+1.7 Ken GilesHOU933+0.2 Brandon MorrowLAD010-0.4 Drew SteckenriderMIA010-0.4 Jeanmar GomezPHI721+0.3 Ryan PresslyMIN420-0.1 Jean MachiSEA101+0.2 Kelvin HerreraKC1642+1.1 Joe KellyBOS724+0.4 Ryan GartonTB030-1.1 Hunter StricklandSF1130+0.5 Source: Seamheads.com
Devin Smith might be the best wide receiver Ohio State has. The sophomore playmaker has looked the part through the first three games of the season, catching 13 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns. He had a one-handed touchdown grab against Miami (Ohio) that will be played on highlight reels for years to come and the game-winning score against California last Saturday. The statistics and big plays might speak for themselves, but they don’t have to anymore. “(Tuesday) at practice, coach Meyer was talking to the team, and he told me that he feels I’m the best receiver in the unit,” Smith said, as he cracked in to a smile. Smith’s quarterback, sophomore Braxton Miller, said he agrees with Meyer. What separates Smith from his teammates, Miller said, is a little bit of everything. “First of all is his speed. He has great hands. I’d say his routes too, the way he gets open, he gets open really fast,” Miller said. Smith’s attributes have certainly been on display during OSU’s first three games this season. What has possibly stood out most, though, has been his ability to go up and pluck balls out of the air. That skill is what allowed Smith to make his one-handed catch against the RedHawks, and it is the cause for one of his two touchdowns last Saturday against the Golden Bears. The skill is not just something Smith possesses; it is something that is preached to all of the OSU wide receivers every day at practice by wide receivers coach Zach Smith, but the sophomore wide receiver probably does it best. “Whenever the ball is in the air, it’s yours. That’s our mentality with this group,” Zach Smith said. “Every time the ball is thrown to us we have to go get it.” Devin Smith has had a few low moments so far this season too, including two dropped passes last Saturday against California. His hands are something he said he works on heavily. “My hands are pretty good. I work on them every single day. Those two drops in the game, it happens. You got to bounce back and my teammates did a great job keeping my head up,” Devin Smith said. While Devin Smith has received a good amount of praise recently from his coaches and teammates, the positive reinforcement has not always been there. Outside of a game-winning catch against Wisconsin, Devin Smith’s 2011 freshman season was fairly unmemorable. He had 14 catches, one more than this year’s total three games into the season, and 294 yards, a mark only 61 yards higher than his current output this season. Meyer said he was not extremely impressed with Devin Smith when he first arrived at OSU. “I did compliment him (Tuesday) because he’s a different guy. He was nothing like this in spring ball,” Meyer said. Devin Smith has come a long way since the spring, and even since the beginning of the season, according to Meyer. “He had a good week. He’s one of … I just hate to say this because they turn backwards sometimes, but he’s really done a nice job. He’s a pleasant guy to be around,” Meyer said. The high praise given to Devin Smith by Meyer this week has made the sophomore wide receiver hungrier for more success. “Ever since (Tuesday), I’ve approached the game differently, now that (Meyer) feels I’m the best receiver on this team,” Devin Smith said. His approach to the game now centers on what he can do to help the team apart from just catching passes. “Just making sure I’m doing everything I can for this football team, no matter what it is – blocking, running routes, whatever it is I can do for this team,” Devin Smith said. Smith’s approach to the game is set to be on display Saturday against Alabama Birmingham. Kickoff is scheduled for noon at Ohio Stadium.