Big Trades Within The Division Have Always Been Part Of Baseball

As the trade deadline approaches, most broadcasters are naturally discussing completed as well as possible transactions in Major League Baseball. During a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins, the announcers had just received the news of a huge trade that had been completed.

The Orioles had traded Zack Britton to the New York Yankees, which prompted the TV analyst to criticize the deal. He complained that the Orioles, who are deeply buried in the East side of the American League, had violated some unwritten rule about never trading within your own division.

I was doubtful that such a rule existed, for any club planning to trade a player would make a deal yielding the best return. When you are wanting to do what is best for your organization, geography would not trump your own interests.

The very next day reinforced my doubts as to that so-called unwritten rule to which the announcer had alluded, for another huge inner division trade had been completed. The Tampa Bay Rays shipped starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to the Boston Red Sox, who are currently on top in the A. L. East.

Giving the benefit of a doubt to the broadcaster, I wondered if the rule had once existed but had disappeared like complete games and sacrifice bunts from today’s state of the game. Recalling some notable transactions over the last fifty years, however, I realized that there had not been an unwritten rule that suggested teams not trade within their own divisions.

Here are eight cases since the Seventies in which well-known players were traded from one team to a rival in its own division.

San Francisco traded future Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey to a team not only in the same row in the standings, but also in the same state. The San Diego Padres acquired Stretch from the Giants way back in 1973.

Early in the next decade the Houston Astros traded All-Star outfielder Cesar Cedeno to West rival Cincinnati, which in turn sent third baseman Ray Knight from the Reds.

The year immortalized by George Orwell’s futuristic novel, 1984, saw a notable inner division trade. The Philadelphia Phillies shipped popular outfielder Garry Matthews to the Cubs, and he helped Chicago to the playoffs soon after that.

Two years later future Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter was traded by the Montreal Expos to Eastern Division rival New York, where Carter helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series Championship against the Boston Red Sox. Apparently the Expos, like the Astros and Giants before them, had been oblivious to the rule not to trade to rival clubs.

All Star slugger Carlos Delgado, less than a year removed from winning a World Series Championship with the Marlins, was sent from Florida to the New York Mets back in 2005. Three years later on July 29, 2008 the Texas Rangers traded first baseman Mark Texiera to the Angels.

In 2010 the Milwaukee Brewers swapped All Star center fielder Jim Edmonds to N. L. Central rival Cincinnati, who felt Edmonds would help the Reds reach the postseason for the first time since the end of the twentieth century. Again, if such a rule existed, it continued to be ignored by most clubs.

In a more recent transaction the Minnesota Twins in 2011 agreed to send designated hitter Jim Thome to the Cleveland Indians, the club with which he started his illustrious baseball career. Thome was contemplating retirement, and he wanted to end his playing days as a member of the Tribe.

Fight Off Enemies by Becoming More Successful

If you have a great reputation in your community how can you protect it from those who wish to defame you? Success is hard to get and the last thing you want is for some person to take it from you. If someone attacks you with a negative statement to make you look bad how do you fight back? There is a simple solution to this problem.

What you can do is wait for the attacker to stop attacking. Then go on the offensive. This works very well when something bad happens to the person who attacked you. This is when you let them have it. However there is a better solution to this problem.

Instead of attacking the person back directly or indirectly what you can do is simply become more successful at what you do. You have to be better than
the competition. You have to be bigger than the enemies who wish to destroy you. If your reputation is larger than your rivals then their voice does not matter as much as yours. You have to defeat your enemies by becoming more successful at what you do than your enemies are at what they do.

You have to push yourself out there so far ahead of your enemies that they cannot catch up with you. By becoming more successful a large number of people know about you as a highly successful person. Your enemies cannot keep up with you because they are way too small to persuade the public against you. When you grow bigger your enemies will look small and petty.

There is board game called go. It is different from the game chess. In the game go the objective is to dominate the board by taking up the most space on the game board. In life successful people dominate the public perception of them. The more success a person has and the more well-known the successful person is the more protected this person is from their enemies.

Have you noticed how hard it is to criticize a highly successful and popular person and get away with it. Some people have such a good reputation that you would look like a fool criticizing this person. That’s The Power of success and a big reputation. Superstars are more well-known than critics. A critic tries to make a name for himself by attacking someone who is highly successful.

Like the old saying goes, there has never been a statute erected to a critic. So keep on pushing and keep on striving for higher Heights. That way you will leave your enemies in the dust.

The Fear of Falling: In Life and On The Wall

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be suspended above ground? Probably not. But if you get to, it’s the most liberating and freeing experience you’ll ever have. Rock climbing is the ultimate sport for humans that involves defying gravity and physics in all its splendor. From athletes to normal folk that just enjoy the sport, it’s one of the most physically demanding and technical sports on the face of the planet. I’m not here to sell you on the lifestyle, or even convince you that climbing will be for you. But what I will share is my personal experience of how overcoming your fear of falling, relates not only to climbing but also in our daily lives.

I started climbing last year in October 2016 and has it been a whirlwind of ups and downs, with the realization of where my weakness and also where my strengths lie as a climber. I am by no means a professional. There several different styles of climbing out there, but I’ll be focusing more on sports climbing and bouldering. Sport climbing is the practice of climbing where there are pre-drilled anchors on the wall that allow the climber to ascend the wall by a route set. This allows them to clip their gear on the wall for safety. With bouldering, climbers are on walls that are no more than 20 feet tall with crash pads down below for protection. I haven’t found any other method to learn efficiently without repetition and maintaining muscle memory. Forget the training at first, and just learn to climb. When you learn to trust your body, climbing becomes a part of you and becomes less of a fight to reach the top.

I know I mentioned the physical demands of rock climbing, but haven’t dived into what it’s like for your mind. As for someone who has an overwhelming fear of heights and recurring anxiety, consider it the mental Olympics. My first-day climbing involved barely making up ten feet up a wall in the gym. It wasn’t the physical strength that deterred me from finishing, but more of what was going on in my head, move after move. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned so far in my climbing is continuing to be present on the wall. I had so much trouble with that first step that falling was just impossible to comprehend. What will happen? Will my harness break loose and fall to the ground? Is my partner watching me? Some of these thoughts may come to mind. And just like in our day-to-day, The “What if’s” just overtake the conscious ability to acknowledge that predicament we are in. We become so afraid of what we cannot control in our lives, that it hinders our growth and ability to see a different view of things. The physical act of falling remains uncontrollable but we can always be ready for.

Breathing is really important. I think we take it for granted daily. In a stressful situation, we all have the tendency to tense up and lose focus. It’s important to recognize their stress factors and take in where your climbing skills are. Breathing through your motions not only help prevent injury but can many times offer us to have a clearer mindset in our decision-making skills when things get a bit iffy or outside of our comfort zone. We all have our limitations and also are aware of what feels good, and also what doesn’t. Climbing requires that intuitive mindset. How can you overcome falling, if you don’t understand what it feels like? As practitioners in life, we have to give it our best and take risks in order to improve ourselves. When we learn to feel sensations instead of stepping back to our comforts, it allows the practice of awareness become alive.

Writing Resources You NEED to Know About

Many aspiring authors spend hours and hours, alone behind their computers tap, tap, tapping away. Then those hours turn into months, and of course, the months slip into years.

This is admirable. If I’m confident of anything, it’s that to be an author you have to be willing to spend hours of your life equivalent to entire years out of your life slaving away writing. I’m just for sure that you need to read at least just as much.

One thing that gets unfortunately overlooked by many is that you also have to be willing to leave your books and your computer behind sometimes. To engage others.

Not that you can’t be an introvert. Thousands of widely regarded successful authors were introverts. That’s is because in some way or another they were able to overcome, albeit sometimes only briefly, their restrictions and step outside of their comfort zones.

That’s because while writing can take many forms; journaling, hobbies writing, personal letter writing. Authorship is a profession, and that means that it falls within a business structure. No matter how sincerely you believe that Jack Kerouac went from nothing to a fantastic book within two weeks of boozing (which FYI, in reality, he didn’t). If you want to move books from shelves, you will need to approach the task earnestly. With a humble attitude that is open to working with others.

The business of writing, designing, editing, publishing, marketing, and selling your books requires a multitude of strangers. Regardless of whether you have a small budget, or you’re JK Rowling.

In fact, the small your budget, the approach is better suited to involving a large number of people each with small, potentially volunteer style task. For instance, having friends complete a narrative edit before giving it to a professional editor, to reduce the amount of paid time the editor has to spend on the manuscript.

For your first book, I highly suggest having a strong group of people who can offer various products, services, and insights to help you stay focused, motivated, and up-to-speed on the ever-changing self-publishing landscape.

Being a successful author requires a lot more than just writing a great book. You have to get into the weeds, be willing to change out of your writer’s cap and into a variety of other hats depending on where you are in the process.

You may not have the skills or willingness to tackle everything with your own two hands, and that’s why it’s so important to develop your own file of go-to resources along the way.

Here are 30 more resources to tap into along the way!

While this list is mostly self-publishing focused, if you’re going the traditional publishing route, you should still have a rigorous shift through them to make sure you are familiar with what is out there.

Useful Blogs and Sites

1. The Write Life

This workhorse blog is a one-stop-shop offering all you need to figure out how to work with clients, navigate the changing landscape of publishing, learn the ins and outs of social media, grow a following for your blog and find a community that will support you along the way. You’ll always find something useful for your book business here. Try not to get lost in the rabbit hole though. There is so much helpful information here I try to time my visits to make sure I’m not eating into my writing time!

2. Kindlepreneur

If you want to dig deep into the goulash of marketing your books, Dave Chesson of Kindlepreneur is your man. His strategies are groundbreaking. Every successful author has to wear many hats, and Dave shares his years of marketing experience and success to show you how to promote the heck out of your books.

3. The Book Designer

Joel Friedlander, the creator of The Book Designer, says “Writers change the world one reader at a time. But you can’t change the world with a book that’s still on your hard drive or in a box under your bed.” This embodies the Community Writer mentality. Joel gives you everything you need to get your book out of the box with a variety of self-publishing guides, advice, templates, and toolkits. With his experience in book design and advertising, Joel has the creds to help you produce and sell a great-looking book.

4. The Creative Penn

The Creative Penn is run by Joanna Penn, who has been wildly successful with fiction and nonfiction. In her blog and podcast, she covers every aspect of what it takes to start and run a successful author business. She also has a grab bag of books on various self-publishing topics if you can’t get enough on her blog.

5. Jane Friedman’s website

Jane has more than 20 years of experience in the book and magazine publishing industry, with expertise in digital media and the future of authorship. Her site is full of actionable content and detailed strategies for the aspiring author from someone who’s been there and done that many times over.

Podcasts Worth Your Time

6. Podcast – Neuralle (Uncommon)

Please forgive the shameless self-promotion here, but aside from the fact that I will be most likely appearing on this podcast at some point, Neuralle is a fantastic self-development podcast and in my humble opinion a must for any aspiring author or entrepreneur.

Past guests have included Venture Capitalists, Entrepreneurs, Chefs, Restaurant Owners, Body Builders, Strength Coaches, Activists, Winemakers, Filmmakers and many, many more.

7. Tim Ferris Podcast

This show is the first publishing-related podcast that I followed, and it’s still an all-time favourite. It’s hosted by Tim Ferris an American best-selling author, entrepreneur, self-proclaimed “human guinea pig”, and public speaker.

8. Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Every green writer should bookmark this podcast. With helpful and insightful tips on grammar and storytelling, Mignon Fogarty’s podcast is sure to help you improve your narrative and technical writing skills.

9. The Writer Files

Hosted by Kelton Reid, The Writer Files is a long-running podcast that delves deep into habits and habitats of famed writers. Reid interviews writers from a broad spectrum, giving each listener a chance to see into the mind of an accomplished wordsmith within their genre or interest.

Forums

10. Neil Gaiman Board

Neil Gaiman’s Official Message Board. Enough said.

11. Goodreads Groups

Goodreads is the mega-site (with over 20 million members) for authors and readers. They have more specific groups than you can count, and if you can’t find an answer or inspiration here, then it doesn’t exist. You might feel a bit overwhelmed, but here’s a smart article on using Goodreads to support your author business.

12. Scribophile

There are tons of writing forums out there to choose from, so I suggest you have a play with a few of them. This one works a bit differently which is why I like it though. Scribophile provides detailed and helpful critiques from a member exchange. The analyses you’ll get are so much more than just a pat on the back – you’ll get actionable ways to improve your writing.

Writing Tools

13. Scrivener

Scrivener is a powerful writing tool for authors that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring your documents. Get a free 30-day trial and watch some brief YouTube tutorials to get acquainted with the system quickly.

14. Grammarly

This proofreading application is an improved version of your standard spellchecking program. Just copy and paste blocks of text into Grammarly, and it will check your writing for common mistakes. The reason it’s better than most spellcheckers is that it provides useful feedback that will improve the overall quality of your book. You will learn a lot very quickly by taking heed of the side bar suggestions and explanations.

15. Hemingway Editor

Excellent writing is quite often straightforward writing, and Hemingway was the master at that. Whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, your narrative should get to the point with simple language. With the Hemingway software, you will learn how to simplify your writing.

Book Publishing and Freelance Help

16. Archangel Ink

Archangel Ink is a one-stop solution for getting your book ready to publish. Archangel offers a range of services to help you with cover design, editing, formatting, audiobook production and much more. I feel that if you haven’t published before you learn a lot by manually going through the process of completing your manuscript via Scrivner, finding editors/cover creators via say Reedsy/Freelancer and then uploading it to KDP/Createspace. However it can be frustrating, so I completely understand throwing down some cash and handing of some or all of this to someone else. I’m currently considering using Archangel Ink to produce and audiobook for me.

17. 99 Designs

This is a service where you post a design project, like your book cover, and dozens of freelancers submit mock-up examples. You then select finalists based on the submissions and choose the winner to work with you to create a finalised version. 99Designs can be pricey, but it’s a great option if you want a professional cover design for your book.

18. Grammarly

I won’t rant on this too much as already do that frequently enough if you don’t have the free version of this you need to get it now. What some of you might not know, is that via the paid version they have an option to connect you with a professional proof reader. I haven’t used this before but considering the calibre of everything else they do I think it’s worth investigating.

19. Freelancer

One the most significant websites for hiring freelance talent. If you want to find the largest pool of people, then this is a great place to look. The app makes chatting with prospective freelancers seamless so you can manage your project and selection of the perfect candidate on the go.

20. Reedsy

Reedsy offers a boutique experience in editing and cover design. Most freelancers here have worked in the publishing industry, so they have a thorough understanding of what will work for your books. But you should also expect to pay more for the freelancers you find here. If you’re going the self-publishing route within fiction, a professional editor is a must, an absolute necessity, seriously. Reedsy is a great way to find one, with almost every budget available. If you can’t afford the lower tier, I suggest saving your pennies or going the traditional publishing route, where a publisher will provide you a professional editor to work with.

Getting Feedback

21. Survey Monkey

Is an easy to use survey builder; ask multiple choice questions and get demographic information about your audiences, like age, sex, or occupation. You can use it for your current email list, or post a survey with a lead magnet somewhere your target audience will see it (forums, pay-per-click ad etc.)

22. PickFu

PickFu allows authors to get instant feedback on your book before you publish using audience polls. This is a more advanced option for those who already have income streams, again I don’t suggest paying for a resource unless you’ve used a free version and had equitable success with it.

Email Marketing

23. AWeber

With a drag and drop email builder, unlimited image storage and an easy to use interface, AWeber is a great option to manage your email marketing communication.

24. MailChimp

MailChimp offers 12,000 emails to 2,000 subscribers – free. That’s what MailChimp can do for you. A great email marketing resource if you’re just getting started. MailChimp is easy to set up, easy to manage and offers an easy to scale pricing plan as your list grows. As the Wix email option ‘Shoutout’ has a capped number of emails you can send but an exportable email list. You can use MailChimp to send additional emails if you are pushing the boundaries of the free Wix option.

25. Constant Contact

You can’t call yourself constant contact and then not be available to your customers. And that’s just what makes this email automation company shine. They offer round the clock support 7 days a week. They also offer 60-day FREE trial.

26. SpyFU

Search for any domain and see every place they’ve shown up on Google: every keyword they’ve bought on AdWords, every organic rank, and every ad variation in the last 11 years. This combined with Wix’s seamless SEO makes key words unbelievably easy. You don’t need to have some ten years long.

Learn how to connect with these domains, too. Find online and traditional leads methods — social media, email, phone, and address — you can’t find anywhere else. So you can look at other authors within your niche and find out exactly where readers are going to find them.

Staying Organized

27. Google Keep

Keep is an excellent organisation tool. It stores every idea, research plan and content structure. Which can quickly be dumped into Scrivner later.

28. Evernote

Another option this is with a few more features is Evernote, you can save snippets of content you find online and go back to all of it in a searchable, taggable easy to find notebooks on Evernote. It also connects to my Google Home via IFTTT which frustratingly Google Keep doesn’t seem to, so I can handsfree keep notes easily.

29. Google Drive

Accessible from anywhere with internet, Google Drive is a great collaborative tool for teams to use when you’re working with content, files, or images in tandem. Google Sheets and Google Docs makes group work seamless, and all work can easily be shared with hyperlinks.

30. Tomato Timer

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management strategy preferred by many authors. It’s not always easy to keep track of the non-writing tasks related to your book projects. With Brain Focus Productivity Timer, an excel sheet (or just pen and paper) and Scrivner’s session tracking you can keep motivated with tangible evidence of how hard you’re working. Not only time associated with the project. Team Viz is another excellent paid alternative to this method, and you can’t forget the simple Tomato Timer (tomato-timer.com)

31. Slack

It’s like super chat. Instant communication. Instant file transfer. Indexed and Searchable. It is fantastic for collaboration if you have a specific project you are working on. Again, use wisely, if you are co-authoring for example. Not if you’re just working with a freelancer for a short time, instead use the platform’s chat for content protection!

Team Spirit – What Causes It?

Watching the matches in the FIFA world container, I see that the national line-ups clearly change as to camaraderie. You may ask why this issues. For what reason is cooperation critical? What achieves it? Furthermore, what impedes it?

Sweden’s camaraderie

In the wake of taking out great groups, Holland and Italy in qualifying, Sweden had their impact, in sending protecting heroes Germany home right on time, by garnish Group F. They need individual gifted players, however as a group with an aggregate soul they have heart and confront the test. They do well through assurance and association.

“Alone we can do as pretty much nothing; together we can do as such much.” (Helen Keller, hard of hearing/daze political dissident)

With regards to his no nonsense squad, the supervisor had not picked Sweden’s unsurpassed best scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The player had incensed a considerable lot of his previous fans with what were viewed as distinctively self-fixated remarks.

“As a group, we play as an aggregate, every one of the players together. With Zlatan, as a man, as a player, he’s an independent, and the play circumvents him. Rather, now, we play progressively the group all together.” (goalkeeper, Karl-Johan Johnsson).

Each and every player has gotten tied up with buckling down for one another and having some good times together as a greater gathering outside the pitch.

Leicester City’s cooperation

Winning the English Premier class, Leicester City is another football group whose execution has surpassed what may have been normal from the entirety of its parts.

Leicester had some great players, yet taking a gander at the entire squad and contrasting it with the purported “top” clubs, it’s anything but difficult to perceive any reason why they were such long shots to lift the title.

“You may have the best pack of individual stars on the planet, however on the off chance that they don’t play together, the club won’t be justified regardless of a dime.” – (Babe Ruth, baseball player)

Savants detected the players’ feeling of group way of life as a vital factor in their prosperity. The squad knew the supervisor would be there the accompanying season. He held on with the majority of the main cooperative people he acquired. This coherence based on the inheritance of the club, another foundation of a solid group character.

Camaraderie was additionally helped by the players seeing the goal of the club (i.e. maintain a strategic distance from transfer) as one they were fit for accomplishing. So there was no dread of disappointment.

Numerous specialized sides safeguard by playing heaps of safe passes thus not giving the restriction a chance to have the ball. Be that as it may, ownership makes for a poor indicator of group execution. City were not hesitant to play three lost passes if the forward move prompted an objective. Colleagues felt positive and pleased to be a piece of a gathering playing an effective quick paced counter-assaulting brand of football.

Other football groups

Young men playing football need to figure out how to pass the ball unselfishly as opposed to spill past many opponents until the point when they lose the ball. They should be a cooperative person and not absolutely an independent. Some pizazz grown-up players have been urged to prevail to the detriment of joint effort when it is required.

Proficient football squads in England incorporate exceedingly evaluated players from different nations. These have a tendency to have different dialects, societies, qualities and critical thinking ways to deal with troubles. This can hamper the development of solidarity.

Most football directors understand that solidarity can be ruined by voicing feedback of players in broad daylight. Anyway pioneers fluctuate in their group building aptitudes.

Exchange Unions

With no developing cooperation inside an exchanges association, mechanical question would fizzle. Solidarity is quality. Individuals need to personality with the reason and trust each other to forfeit here and now pay. At that point they have an opportunity to consult from quality and increase better working conditions and pay later on.

Individual administrations

Specialist’s resolve is imperative in varying backgrounds. For instance in numerous associations managing human inconveniences and individual change – like instructive, wellbeing and social administrations, or those to do with otherworldliness – cooperation can be delicate when one is looked with hard to-succeed-with-customers.

A considerable lot of these associations utilize groups of laborers with various kinds of expert preparing who may not see eye to eye. Managing complex and exceedingly close to home issues raises matters of profound rule. This can imply that individuals can be unwilling to change how they approach things, prompting a level of resoluteness. Pioneers can help by group building empowering the giving and getting of help, correspondence and sharing. Without this, blended gatherings tend to demonstrate disharmony and additionally joint effort.

“Collaboration starts by building trust. Furthermore, the best way to do that is to beat our requirement for safety.” (Patrick Lencioni, business administration essayist)

Unpaid volunteers tend to need to complete their obligations all alone terms. With volunteers doing just brief hours, camaraderie endures if individuals have little open door all to get together to determine distinctive perspectives.

Radiant people group soul

When we make companions, we have a tendency to do as such with individuals who share our interests and qualities. With them we regularly feel most at home and liberated to act naturally. It might be difficult to envision such a circle where network soul wins. Emanuel Swedenborg painted such a photo of grand network. In such a situation there are no columns about how things complete. No inner selves needing their own particular manner. Individuals consolidating in the correct soul. Just needing what is best for one another and for the group and network in general.