Top 6 Pitchers of 2017

Another year of baseball has come to pass. Another year in the books means another year of evaluation. The closing of 2017 has amped up the lists and opinions of who the top players were for all positions for the year. A more critical position, the pitcher, is a difficult category to break down to claim who the best was. Here is a list of pitchers that I believe were the top ten in Major League Baseball in 2017.

Clayton Kershaw – Dodgers

A popular name among best pitchers of the year and rightfully so. Kershaw suffered a short back injury but was back at it with the same enthusiasm he had before. He is projected to enter the Hall of Fame later in his career and continually shows that he is worth the consideration.

Max Scherzer – Nationals

Scherzer played an amazing year with the Nationals keeping a 31.5 percent strikeout rate. His strikeout rate was a career high for him and also ranked as the highest strikeout record pitched in 150 innings besides Jose Fernandez.

Noah Syndergaard – Mets

Syndergaard throws an impressive fastball at a speed of 98.2 MPH. That kind of speed has led him to some problems with his throwing arm that required surgery. The surgery did not affect his pitching skills, and we see constant improvement from the newbie each year.

Chris Sale – Red Sox

Sale, known for his funky delivery when pitching comes in at number four. Some skeptics say that his delivery won’t last him over the long haul, but his massive stack of games pitched at Chicago say otherwise. He recently moved to Boston where he will be getting better pitching and fielding advice to further his career.

Corey Kluber – Indians

Pitching over 200 innings in a season should be impressive enough to have a pitcher on the top 6 list. Critics talk about Kulber’s “off” year in 2016, but he still accomplishes some impressive feats. His curve/slider is a killer for players and is a promising prospect for upcoming seasons.

Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants

Bumgarner pitched a four-hit shutout against the Mets in the NL Wild Card game which is one example of the skill he has to an all-time great. Bumgarner, now 28, is reaching the peak of his career and serves as a trustworthy pitcher for the Giants.

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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.