Best Pitchers in The 90’s

The 1990s saw some great pitchers in Major League Baseball. Some of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game pitched in this era. There will always be arguments and discussions as to which pitchers were the best and in what order. However, in the era of the 1990s, these five pitchers stand out.

Dennis Eckersley

Dennis Eckersley began his career as a starting pitcher with the Cleveland Indians before moving to the Boston Red Sox. While a good starting pitcher who pitched a no-hitter, Eckersley achieved his pitching fame as a relief pitcher.

During his time with the Oakland A’s in the late 80 through the mid-90s, Eckersley had great numbers. In 1992, he won the Cy Young Award and League MVP. He was named to the All-Time MLB Team roster.

David Cone

David Cone played his career with several teams most notably with the Kansas City Royals, the New York Mets, and the New York Yankees. He was a dominating pitcher who won 20 games on two occasions. Cone was a Cy Young winner who had a great career ERA.

Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson was an imposing presence on the mound. His nickname was the “Big Unit”. During the 90s, Johnson played for Seattle most of the time. He led the league with the lowest ERA twice in the 90s, and he was the strikeout leader for four years in a row. He won the Cy Young Award twice in the 90s, and he won the award five times in his career.

In the 2000s, Johnson would continue his great career with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He would retire with over 300 wins.

Greg Maddux

Greg Maddux was part of one of the greatest starting pitching rotations ever when he played for the Atlanta Braves. He helped lead the team to multiple playoff appearances.

Greg Maddux won 355 games in his career, and he won the Cy Young Award four times in the 90s. He was a great fielding pitcher winning 18 Gold Glove Awards.

Roger Clemens

Clemens had notable years with the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Yankees. He is a seven-time Cy Young Award winner and five-time strikeout winner.

Roger Clemens finished his career with 354 wins. He was on two World Series Championship teams, and he was voted to the MLB All-Century Team.

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Unbreakable Baseball Records

Some records you just can’t break. Baseball has a wide variety of records that some people consider to be unbreakable. The evolvement of baseball has led to some of these records to be increasingly difficult to break. Listed, are some records and their record holders that baseball professionals and analysts consider to be unbreakable.

 

Career Wins – 511 – Cy Young

 

Cy Young holds the record for most career wins for a single player. His long career spans over twenty seasons with five of them having thirty wins and the other fifteen having twenty. No other player has come relatively close to the record that Cy Young has set with career wins.

 

Completed Games In A Season – 75 – Will White

 

In 1879, before the modern era of baseball Will White set the record for most completed games in a season at 75. Evaluating this record and adjusting the number to begin the live-ball era in 1920, the record is still considered to be unbreakable.

 

Most Consecutive No-Hitters – 2 – Johnny Vander Meer

 

Considered to be the most unbreakable of all baseball records is the consecutive no-hitter record. Set by Johnny Vander Meer on June 11th and June 15th. The thought of throwing three consecutive no-hitters is regarded as almost unfathomable. The closest a pitcher has come to throwing two consecutive no-hitters was Max Scherzer in 2015. Scherzer, unfortunately, was stripped away of the chance in the seventh inning of the second game.

 

Most Career Strikeouts – 5,714 – Nolan Ryan

 

Over Nolan Ryan’s career from 1966-1993, he threw six 300 strikeout seasons and an additional fifteen 200 strikeout seasons. To accomplish this feat, Ryan completed twenty-seven seasons total, setting the record for most seasons played in Major League Baseball. Since 2002 there have only been two pitchers that have surpassed the 300 strikeout season mark. Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale are the only two pitchers to throw 300 strikeout seasons since 2002.

 

Most Career Hits – 4,256 – Pete Rose

 

Pete Rose has led Major League Baseball as most career hits from 1963 to 1986. The only person to have surpassed his record was Ichiro Suzuki with 4,358. Unfortunately, 1,278 of those hits were recorded in the Japanese major leagues which do not count towards the MLB total. One player named Miguel Cabrera has potential to break Rose’s record. Cabrera currently stands at 2,636 hits in his fifteen season career at age 34. If all goes well, Cabrera may be able to break the most career hits record.

Originally published on: franklobue.net

How To Be A Good Retail Manager

Retail is a tough business. As a manager, you will have to be on your toes at all times. You will have to listen to aggravated customers complaints and concerns. You will be in charge of hiring and training new staff members. All of these responsibilities can be a bit overwhelming. This article will help break down some of the traits and procedures in becoming a good retail manager.

 

Be The Motivation

 

A good overall manager knows how to get people motivated and keep them motivated. Some parts of the job may be mundane and tedious, but they are essential to keeping the business running smoothly. One tactic you can use to get your employees motivated is to ask them how they like the job. Encourage your team to be honest with you and help you understand their perspective of what they like and don’t like. This will open up a dialogue between you and your employees and establish a form of trust and comfort. Recognize when someone has done a good job and reward them for it. Incentives or rewards can serve as their motivators in any job setting.

 

Set Goals

 

Give your employees something to work towards. One mistake is to over-shoot your goals by a long shot. Consistently over-shooting goals will lead to trust issues and uncertainty. Although drastically over-shooting is never a good thing, do not be conservative about your goals with your team. Make tangible goals that you believe you and your team can reach.

Communication is Key

 

Motivating your employees and working towards a set goal are great ways to be a good manager. But, if you cannot communicate well with your team, then your goal will never be reached, and your team will not stay motivated. All other skills and methods of being a good manager depend on your communication skills. Communication serves as the backbone of being a good manager. Communicate with your team what is expected of them. Always keep your door open for any questions or concerns from your team.

Be Interested

 

Take an interest in your employee’s lives. Don’t make every conversation you have with your employees about business. Be personable with your employees and show that you care about their lives outside of the job. This will help set up a lasting relationship with them and help you understand what their needs are. Be careful not to overstep your boundaries with your employees. Keep conversations workplace appropriate and don’t push a topic that they are uncomfortable to talk about.

Originally posted on: franklobue.com

Retail Predictions In 2018

Was 2017 the retail apocalypse? Some of the biggest retail stores were found closing stores around the country in 2017. Sears, JCPenney, and Macy’s are a few industry leaders who shut down stores in major areas. The results of 2017 have left people hopeful for beneficial outcomes in 2018. Here are some predictions that people have for the retail industry in 2018.

 

Technology Transformation

 

Technology has played an integral part in the way customers interact with retail stores. In 2017, many of the problems that arose with major industry leaders were that customers were shopping more online than in a store. The changing market trends in 2017 have proven that retail stores need to be able to adapt to the market and customer needs.

 

Artificial intelligence (AI) is predicted to play a significant role in retail for 2018. AI is starting to be used to gather information about customers to understand their needs and expectations better. AI can be utilized for post-sale customer service interactions and even manufacturing. In 2018, retailers should look to invest in AI practices to better serve their customer base.

 

Customer Incentives

 

Now, with more and more consumers shopping online for their retail needs, physical retail stores will need to amp up incentives to get customers in. Shopping online is not only convenient for customers but also offers lower prices than in-store purchases. In-store discounts are a great strategy to get customers into stores.

 

Small shop experiences are the next big thing in retail. Customers crave a unique shopping experience online and in store. Larger retail companies should look to personalize their customer experiences to encourage shoppers to visit their stores. The customer experience may even require some experimental marketing to achieve the personal experience customers want.

 

Logistics

 

Consumers today demand quick and efficient service. Amazon has dominated the retail business for some time and offers options for same day delivery. Retailers should offer an easy way for in-store pickup and research ways for quick delivery. This trend is not new and does not necessarily entail a personalized experience, but it is a key point in creating loyal relationships with customers. In 2018 you may see stores re-construct their front of the store to fit these new and aggressive logistic needs. Stores could offer a drive-through pick-up option or a more inviting storefront to draw in customers with the same day pick-up/delivery option. The easier it is for a customer to receive their purchases at the physical store the better.

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Retail Trends of 2017

Frank LoBue

Retail stores have had some major changes since 2017. Over the past year, retail stores have shifted their focus to better fit their customer needs and wants. The progress that has been made has not gone unnoticed. Every year retail seems to be getting more personal and technologically savvy. This article will dive into some of the details about the changes in retail over 2017.

Transparency and Sustainability

Customers have become more socially conscious over the last year. Customers are more interested in where their money is going rather than what they are purchasing. Companies that conduct philanthropic efforts have seen their customer base grow.Customers are concerned with where products are made and how they are made. An increase in environmental awareness across the globe has customers thinking about the efforts put into their purchase.  The internet has served as a great tool for businesses and customers to connect. The internet can provide customers with a thorough background of what a company does, and what it stands for. Transparency has become an important practice in attracting customers.Companies can post more material and extend their outreach with social media profiles and their website. Companies can relay their inner workings of their business through their website.

Mobile Payments

Our smartphones are getting smarter every year. In 2017 the trend of paying with your phone has become a norm. Customers can now access their bank accounts through their mobile device. With their mobile device, they can purchase something with a simple scan of their phone screen. This trend is predicted to continue in 2018. More and more people are picking up smart phones for their new mobile device. It may become impossible for companies to survive without adapting to this mobile paying trend. At some point, there may be a time where no one uses credit cards anymore to pay for things. Wouldn’t that be interesting.

Personalized Experience

Customers crave a personal connection to a business. Personalized experiences for customers has been around since the dawn of business. The old practices of a personalized experience have been outdated. Technology has played a significant role in customer outreach for a customized experience. Companies have sent emails and newsletters tailoring them to what the customer may want. Smaller companies have and the luxury of getting to know their regular customers by their first name. All of these methods are effective in engaging in a personal experience with your customers.

How Retail Has Changed

Frank LoBue

All aspects of the business have changed with the dawn of the internet. Businesses have had to tailor their marketing efforts to fulfill consumer’s rapidly growing needs. The internet can be used as a significant tool in establishing a business and maximizing outreach to customers. This article will explain how recent advancements in technology have changed the way customers view retail and interact with businesses.

 

Convenience

 

In order for businesses to be successful in today’s climate, they need to be convenient. Convenience is essential for buyers, especially millennials. Millennials are making up more and more of the customer base in all businesses. The millennials are accustomed to having virtually everything available to them through a computer or smartphone. An online presence for any business is essential. Social media platforms are being utilized for customer interaction and purchasing. Mobile wallets are a trending topic for consumers. Retail businesses need to be able to develop strategies to make interactions user-friendly and easily accessible.

 

Customer Service

 

Customer service has always been a key factor in driving customers to businesses. Even now, in the digital world of customer interactions, customer service plays an important part in retail and all businesses. Whether it is online or in-store, customers seek personalized experiences when interacting with businesses. Retail businesses should use customer data to continue to deliver personalized experiences. Tracking previous purchases from loyal customers is a good way to develop a “recommended” section for them to attract them to your business again. Overall interest in your customers should be displayed. Invest time into your customers to create new loyal ones. Elicit feedback from customers and consider their thoughts for future improvement.

 

Social Media

 

Social media is being used more than ever before. There are many different social platforms that a retail business could use to reach their market. Retail businesses should look to better themselves on the big ticket social media platforms. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are adapting to needs of customer and businesses alike. Social media platforms recognize that customers and businesses interact with them and have made it easier to do so. Establish your retail brand to better suit the needs of the growing population of social media users. The social media platforms can be used to engage with customers and then for the customers to share their experience with your brand. A well-designed website can also serve as an integral part of your interaction with customers.