# Month: July 2014

## Be a Mathematics Coach to Your Children (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this blog, I talked about the role games play in exciting children about math. In his NYT article, Professor Ellenberg states. “The new games are difficult, but also, for many kids, kind of addictive. Which means they also teach sitzfleisch, the ability to focus on a complicated skill for the length …

## Be a Mathematics Coach to Your Children (Part 1)

The ideas in this Blog came from an article written on 07/25/2014 for the NYT by Jordan Ellenberg, a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, and the author of the book “How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking.” Professor Ellenberg began his article by asking the question many parents have …

## Two New York Teams Going in Opposite Directions (Part 4)

In Part 3 of this 4-part blog we looked at the impressive Mets young pitching staff. We  now look at the future Mets positional players. We begin with the infielders. At first base the much improved 28-year-old Lucas Duda has14 HR and 49 RBI at the break. It looks like the Mets made the right …

## Two New York Teams Going in Opposite Directions (Part 3)

The strength of the Mets is their young pitching staff. Assuming their young pitchers can stay healthy, the Mets will have one of the best and youngest starting rotations in baseball over the next 5 years. Here is the way I see the future Mets starting rotation beginning in 2015. Returning from TJ surgery, the …

## Two New York Teams Going in Opposite Directions (Part 2)

Having just finished analyzing the Yankee’s pitchers and infielders, we now turn our attention to the Yankee outfielders and catchers. In the off season the Yankee acquired Carlos Beltran to play right field. He has already broken down at the age of 37. The starting outfield now consists of Ichiro Suzuki, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Brett …

## Two New York Teams Going in Opposite Directions

The All-Star game represents the symbolic half-way point in the MLB season. The half-time break is always a good time to evaluate your baseball team’s future. In a previous posting I declared there would be no baseball in October in New York. Nothing has changed my mind. But, what I would like to talk about …

## The Statistics for Baseball’s Instant Replay

The data for instant replay presented below was obtained from the MLB. This data includes the first 381 instant replay reviews that occurred in the first 759 games played this season which represents about one-third of a season. Below are the 381 initial calls that were challenged, classified by type.     Unlike the NFL …

## Lou Gehrig’s Speech for the Ages

The two greatest sports’ speeches were given by two men dying of hideous diseases. Jim Valvano was awarded the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award at the first annual ESPY Awards. The last line of his speech was “Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch …