Journalist Manuel Vázquez Portal released

first_img Manuel Vázquez Portal said on 24 June that he had been released from prison without receiving any official notification of the reason. The authorities had simply told him he was free without specifying that he had been given a temporary permission. He added that two State Security agents had suggested to him that he leave the country. Portal said he had not taken a decision. He wanted “to see the end of the film” and told AFP that he hoped to continue working as a journalist.He rejected the possibility that he had been freed for health reasons and believed the real reason was for the “Cuban government to send a veiled message to the international community.” He said was “physically healthy” and felt that other journalists like Raúl Rivero and Oscar Espinosa Chepe were in a more fragile state of health than he was and “should have been released before me.”————————————————————————24.06.2004 – Manuel Vázquez Portal released Reporters Without Borders has welcomed the 23 June release of freelance journalist Manuel Vázquez Portal in Cuba but warned that it did not mean any improvement in the situation of press freedom under President Fidel Castro.”This may be good news for Manuel Vázquez and his family, but it isn’t yet for press freedom,” the organisation said. “Firstly, because Vázquez is threatened with being reimprisoned if he resumes his journalistic activities. Secondly, and above all, because 26 of his fellow journalists are still in prison in Cuba and the government still has a monopoly of the press.”With Vázquez, a total of 10 dissidents – three of them journalists – have been released since the start of the year. Six of them were part of the group of 75 dissidents who were rounded up in a dramatic crackdown in March 2003. Castro is on the Reporters Without Borders list of 37 predators of press freedom around the world.”It would be a mistake to suggest that this represents any relaxation in repression in Cuba when, according to the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), between 20 and 30 dissidents have been arrested since the start of this year,” the organisation added.Vázquez was released yesterday morning from “Boniato” prison in Santiago de Cuba province and reached his home in Havana, more than 1,000 km to the west, in the evening. For health reasons, he was given a special authorisation to return to his home that is the legal equivalent of house arrest. It is not unconditional.The head of the CCDHRN, Elizardo Sánchez, pointed out that, under the criminal code, this special leave ends when the detainee’s health improves. Vázquez could also be reimprisoned if he went back to working as an independent journalist.Vázquez suffers from pulmonary emphysema (a narrowing of the respiratory passages causing a lack of oxygen in the blood). He had on several occasions described his prison conditions as inhumane. The CCDHRN said the condition of his health, and that of the other released dissidents, had been considered serious since last year..Trial and biographyManuel Vázquez Portal had been arrested on 19 March 2003 during the Cuban “black spring” crackdown that saw 75 opposition figures arrested then sentenced to jail terms ranging from six to 28 years. He had been sentenced on 4 April 2004 to 18 years in prison by the division for state security crimes of the Havana provincial court. Vázquez Portal was accused of endangering Cuba’s independence under law 88 for writing articles for the cubanet.org website, contributing to Radio Martí, the US government radio station that beams programmes to Cuba, receiving frequent dollar transfers from the United States as payment for his articles, and meeting regularly with officials of the US interests section in Havana.A philology graduate of Villa Clara university, a former teacher, a former literary adviser at the ministry of culture, a former journalist with the government news media (including the magazine Caimán Barbudo), Vázquez is a poet and writer who won three official prizes between 1984 and 1993 before being expelled from the National Union of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) in 1995 because of his dissident views. Co-founder in 1995 of Cuba Press and in 1997 of the Independent Journalists Cooperative, in 1998 he set up the Grupo de Trabajo Decoro, a news agency dedicated to literary and cultural news.Vázquez Portal had been granted a political refugee visa by the United States, but the Cuban authorities did not give him an exit permit until 18 October 2002, after the US authorities had suspected “freedom flights” between Cuba and the mainland as part of the security measures adopted in the wake of 11 September 2001. Now that he has been released, Vázquez intends to set about once again taking all the necessary steps to get permission to leave the country. more information RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Follow the news on Cuba News CubaAmericas News Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet News Help by sharing this information May 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further RSF_en CubaAmericas News Reporters Without Borders welcomed the 23 June release of journalist Manuel Vázquez Portal. The organisation declined to refer to it as good news for press freedom as long as the government maintains its monopoly on news. The journalist himself described his release as “a veiled message to the international community”. Organisation New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council June 25, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist Manuel Vázquez Portal released October 15, 2020 Find out more October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

John Medeski’s Mad Skillet Adds West Coast Tour Dates

first_imgJohn Medeski is a busy man. The prolific pianist is one of the most renowned players in the live music scene, with countless projects under his belt spanning from Medeski, Martin & Wood–his long-running and critically acclaimed jazz-funk group with Billy Martin and Chris Wood–to Hudson, a relatively new project featuring iconic jazz artists including drummer Jack DeJohnette, guitarist John Scofield, and bassist Larry Grenadier.John Medeski’s most recent project, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, embarked on their first tour earlier this month throughout the Northeast. Featuring guitarist Will Bernard, sousaphonist Kirk Joseph, and drummer Terence Higgins, Mad Skillet was born out of the collaborative musical marathon that is New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Coming together during a late-night in 2015, the quartet has appeared multiple times at Jazz Fest in addition to touring across Europe in 2017.Following a previously announced run of shows with stops in Jackson, WY; Salt Lake City, UT; Frisco, CO; Denver, CO; and Fort Collins, CO; John Medeski’s Mad Skillet will embark on a west coast run, mixing headlining slots with opening support gigs for The Motet in February.Mad Skillet will open for The Motet at Seattle, WA’s Showbox Theatre (2/15); Portland, OR’s Roseland Theater (2/16); Bend, OR’s The Midtown (2/17); and Berkeley, CA’s UC Theatre on February 22nd. Mad Skillet will headline shows at Chico, CA’s The Big Room (2/19);  Crystal Bay, NV’s Crystal Bay Club Crown Room (2/20); Sacramento, CA’s Harlow’s (2/21); and a final performance at Los Angeles, CA’s Lodge Room on February 23rd.Tickets for John Medeski’s Mad Skillet’s upcoming February tour dates go on sale this Friday, November 30th. For more information on ticketing and all of John Medeski’s upcoming tour dates, head to his website here.last_img read more

New off-campus housing opens

first_imgTwo new off-campus housing developments are offering increased and more luxurious amenities to students in the market for a home beyond the dome. University Edge, an apartment complex to the northwest of campus, includes a fitness center, business center, pool, outdoor grills and a TV and game room, property manager Nicole Woody said. “It’s more resort-style life,” Woody said. “It’s really all-inclusive … It’s very common in student housing now to have these types of amenities and it’s just not something that’s ever been brought to South Bend before. We really just want to change the way off-campus housing is perceived.” “For the space and the amenities it was definitely the best value of the [apartments] that I looked at,” senior Emma Buckley said. “The only bad thing was that it was a lot farther from Eddy Street, but if you have a car it wasn’t bad.” Buckley signed a lease at University Edge after returning from studying abroad in London last fall. Apartments at the Belfry, a new Holladay Properties complex located at 700 Notre Dame Avenue, are fully furnished for competitively low prices, according to their website. “They come with granite countertops, top-of-the-line appliances and include washers and dryers in each unit,” property manager Kahli Anthony said. “And they’re walking distance to Notre Dame.” Anthony, who is also the property manager of neighboring Holladay property Darby Village, said the Belfry offers two-bedroom units with a personal bathroom for each bedroom. She said the close proximity to Notre Dame and Eddy Street Commons makes the location ideal for students. “We feel that with Darby and Belfry, students are getting a place that’s larger than the other options out there and for a lesser price,” Anthony said. Dublin Village, a townhouse community close to Saint Mary’s College, offers townhouses and a neighborhood unlike that of the typical apartment complex, Erin Nanovic, a Saint Mary’s senior, said. Nanovic’s house was constructed in 2005 and was renovated last year after smoke from a fire next door damaged the building. “[Dublin Village is] a lot like Eddy Street in the sense that there’s normal families there too,” Nanovic said. “The community is awesome.” Currently the Office of Housing has no set relationship with property managers or off-campus students. Assistant Director Bill McKenney said the department was open to expanding its resources for off-campus students, but remained completely committed to on-campus housing.   “The experience in our residence halls is something that we firmly believe in,” McKenney said. “If you look at the renovations that we’ve got, we’ve really tried to improve the quality of life … We believe that it is an opportunity for someone to stay for four years.” McKenney said the new options for off-campus apartments and townhouses did not affect residences on campus. “I can say that our numbers for on-campus housing are about the same as last year, so we’re seeing the exact same number living in our residence halls, and our graduate communities are hovering around the same as well.” Senior off-campus president Erin Killmurray said the new complexes did not impact her and the Off-Campus Council either. “The only relationship is that we now serve more students and we need to plan around that,” Killmurray said. “One effect I am hoping this increase in options will have is that students will feel less pressure to sign leases two years in advance.” Killmurray said the Off-Campus Council was planning new initiatives to keep off-campus students more connected with the University, including reliable access to dorm listservs and information about campus events. “Personally I feel like moving off campus does not take away from the Notre Dame experience in any way,” Killmurray said. “It’s a great combination of being part of both the Notre Dame and the South Bend communities.”last_img read more

Woodpecker Heads Absorb Shocks

first_imgPounding a tree with your head 12,000 times a day would tend to give one a headache, but for woodpeckers, it’s all in a day’s work.  How do they manage?  Corey Binns on Live Science interviewed Ivan Schwab (UC Davis) who explained some of the specialized adaptations in a woodpecker head: thick muscles, spring-like bones, a third eyelid, a compressible bone in the skull, a firm outer eyeball, and a rigid brain without cerebrospinal fluid.  “Along with their straight-as-an-arrow strikes at the tree, which safeguards against head trauma, birds” bodies are designed to absorb the impact,” he said.  The whole bird participates in the act.  The third eyelid, for instance, closes a millisecond before impact, preventing the eyeball from popping out as the woodpecker hammers its beak into the wood up to 20 times a second.  Specialized claws hold the bird in the vertical position, and tail feathers brace it against the trunk.  Schwab explained that without these adaptations woodpeckers would not advance.  The excuse, “Not tonight, honey, I’ve got a headache” would quickly bring an end to the woodpecker heritage.  Either they are very tolerant of headaches or the systems work as “designed.”It was nice of Corey and Ivan to spare us evolutionary tales in this short but fun look at a natural wonder.  For a more complete look at the wonders of woodpecker anatomy, learn from Job Martin in the delightful films Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Old Primordial Soup Is Spoiled

first_imgDon’t open it; that can of primordial soup sitting on the shelf for decades is rotten.  PhysOrg announced, “New research rejects 80-year theory of ‘primordial soup’ as the origin of life.”  In its place come new theories about tiny chemical cooking pots in the pores of deep-sea vents.  Pioneered by Michael Russell (02/15/2008) and others, these scenarios picture energy gradients and concentrating mechanisms that might have gotten life cooking deep below the sea.  National Public Radio printed a short synopsis, asking, “Is It Time To Throw Out ‘Primordial Soup’ Theory?”    The article is clear that primordial soup is off the shelf.  “Textbooks have it that life arose from organic soup and that the first cells grew by fermenting these organics to generate energy in the form of ATP,” said team leader Dr Nick lane from University College London.  “We provide a new perspective on why that old and familiar view won’t work at all.”  One problem is that there is no energy gradient in such a view: no driving force for chemical reactions.  “Despite bioenergetic and thermodynamic failings the 80-year-old concept of primordial soup remains central to mainstream thinking on the origin of life,” said senior author, William Martin, an evolutionary biologist [Institute of Botany III in D�sseldorf].  “But soup has no capacity for producing the energy vital for life.”  There goes a ton of expensive soup down the drain.  It sure had a lot of sentimental value.This story should make the righteous angry.  For decades – almost a century (more if you consider Darwin’s “warm little pond” story) – the Primordial Soup Myth filled biology textbooks with fallacies.  The Miller experiment, with its flasks zapped with electricity, lent itself to visualization, exaggeration and power of suggestion.  It became a veritable icon of evolution – a “useful lie” for materialists (05/02/2003).  Lee Strobel was one of countless students swayed by the Primordial Soup Myth, as he recounted in his book and film, The Case for a Creator (watch it on YouTube).  This simplistic mythoid, devoid of factoids, has now been destroyed and should be avoided, but it will take an act of Congress, an executive order and a Supreme Court decision to overcome the Law of Inertia for Falsified Theories (01/15/2010).    With the soup gone, would you trust the same materialists to come up with a better dish?  Would you dare taste their Thicken Plot Pie? (08/22/2005).  Their new story has all the same fallacies as the old one, including the biggest: it doesn’t account for the most important element of all, the origin of genetic information (01/26/2008, and Meyer’s Signature in the Cell).    To dispense with materialistic origin-of-life scenarios, with their “building blocks of lie,” let us propose an alternative experiment that is easily visualized and can even be tested by junior high school students.  (This was suggested by Dr. A. E. Wilder-Smith.)  Take a sardine can.  It has ideal conditions for the origin of life, because the little fishies were once alive.  It has all the molecules and nutrients life could ever want.  Do anything you want with the can, other than puncturing it or breaking its seal.  You can heat it, chill it, tap it, spin it, and expose it to electromagnetic fields.  An alternative experiment was suggested by Dr. Jonathan Wells.  Take a living cell in a test tube of sterile fluid, and puncture it.  Let the cell’s contents ooze out, then cap the tube.*  Again, you have all the ingredients for life right there.  Wait for life to emerge.    These are the best possible conditions for origin-of-life studies.  Let the materialists succeed here before attempting to prove life could have emerged under far less favorable conditions.  We suggest it will be a lot like watching the prophets of Baal.  Give them time to cut themselves, weep and wail for the god of chance to send the fire of life.  Then, send a modern Elijah to show where the true power behind life is to be found.  He can insert a little genetic information, a little E. coli into the can perhaps, and like fire from heaven, the can will burst with life.  The only step left will be to round up the fakes and deal with them.*Actually, a variation on this experiment was done by Louis Pasteur in the late 1800s – the famous swan-necked flask experiment that disproved spontaneous generation.  Some of his flasks, on display in France, remain sterile to this day, after well over a century, even though open to the air (source: Clermont College).  They stand as a testament to the fact that life (containing genetic information), and only life, begets life.  If materialists respect empirical evidence, let them stand in silent humility at one of the longest-running experiments in the history of science.(Visited 95 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

9 months agoTottenham midfielder Dembele travels for Beijing Guoan medical

first_imgTottenham midfielder Dembele travels for Beijing Guoan medicalby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele is travelling to Hong Kong today in order to undergo a medical with Beijing Sinobo Guoan. Spurs accepted an offer from the Chinese Super League club last week, reportedly worth £9m.Dembele, 31, would have become a free agent at the end of the season.The Belgian made 249 appearances in his six-and-a-half year spell in north London. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Shaw Communications execs say growth plans unaffected by Corus dividend cut

first_imgTORONTO – Shaw Communications Inc. reported a third-quarter loss Thursday, after booking a nearly $300-million impairment charge related to its stake in Corus Entertainment Inc., but its senior executives said Shaw’s growth plans and dividends won’t be affected by troubles at Corus.The Calgary-based cable, internet and wireless company, which owns about 38 per cent of Corus equity, said it hasn’t depended on the $90 million a year in dividends it had been receiving from the Toronto-based media company.Corus announced Wednesday that it will reduce its dividends by about 80 per cent for the 2019 financial year starting Sept. 1, and divert the savings to debt reduction.The company also said it was writing down the value of its television assets by $1 billion amid uncertain future earnings due to intense competition for advertising dollars and viewers.The announcements pushed down the Corus share price by about 27 per cent over two days, setting record lows on Wednesday and Thursday. The stock closed at $4.63 on Thursday, down 10 per cent from the previous close.The decline in Shaw stock was less dramatic but the shares were down 98 cents, or about 3.5 per cent, at $26.76 at the close on Thursday — about the mid point of its 52-week price range — after the company announced weaker-than-expected earnings that included a $284-million impairment charge on the Corus assets.Shaw executives declined to comment Thursday on news reports that they may be considering the sale of Corus shares but said the reduction in dividends from Corus won’t affect their communications business.Cash from the sale of Shaw Media to Corus largely funded its purchase of Wind Mobile, now called Freedom Mobile, which is a key component of the company’s strategic growth and investment plans.The Freedom Mobile wireless division added 54,000 postpaid subscribers — ahead of analyst estimates — and ended the quarter with a total of 1.32 million pre-paid and post-paid wireless subscribers as of May 31.Chief executive Brad Shaw said the company is moving ahead with investments in fifth-generation wireless technology — an industry trend that’s expected to enable faster wireless networks capable of powering emerging technologies such as self-driving cars.Shaw said the company looks forward to participating in the consultation process set up by the federal government, which is preparing to auction wireless spectrum for 5G networks in coming years, and said the company has been taking steps to ensure its networks will be ready.“In May, we completed some initial 5G technical trials, and it’s clear that this new technology will transform the industry through faster wireless speeds that will enable future technologies. Both wireline infrastructure and spectrum allocation will play a critical role in 5G deployment.”The company generated $1.3 billion of revenue in the quarter ended May 31, up from $1.22 billion a year earlier, with the growth coming from its wireless, residential internet and business wireline products and services.Shaw’s wireless revenue for the quarter was $237 million, up 54 per cent from a year earlier, due to a combination of equipment sales and service revenue.Revenue from Shaw’s business wireline unit increased six per cent to $141 million.But Shaw’s consumer wireline business — which includes Western Canada’s biggest cable TV network — was down slightly at $923 million, as declines in video and phone services offset a gain in internet.Shaw executives said they weren’t satisfied with wireline sales performance, attributing some softness to price competition from its major rival, which is Telus Corp., and some to seasonal weakness.“Even after considering these factors, we’re not pleased with the overall execution within our wireline business,” Brad Shaw said.Shaw reported a loss of $91 million, or 18 cents per share, for the third quarter ended May 31. That contrasted with a year-earlier profit of $133 million or 27 cents per share and analysts’ expectations for net income of 36 cents per share, according the Thomson Reuters Eikon.Shaw Communications acquired nearly 71.4 million Corus non-voting shares, representing 37 per cent of the Toronto company’s equity, when it sold Shaw Media, but the number had grown to 80.6 million shares or 38 per cent of the total as of May 31 as a result of investing dividends in additional Corus stock.The founding Shaw family controls both companies through class A voting shares but Corus had been completely separate from Shaw Communications from late 1999 until early 2016, when the Shaw Media deal closed.Companies in this story: (TSX:SJR.B, TSX:CJR.B, TSX:T)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version suggested Shaw would take part in a federal auction of 5G spectrum rather than that it would participate in consultations about the auction.last_img read more

China WTO changes must support developing countries

first_imgBEIJING — A Chinese official says Beijing will go along with World Trade Organization reforms meant to update global trade rules but they must protect China’s status as a developing country.The deputy commerce minister, Wang Shouwen, said Friday that any changes must address protectionism, abuse of export controls and security reviews — a reference to Beijing’s clash with U.S. President Donald Trump over technology policy.The Trump administration has criticized the WTO as too slow to deal with complaints about Chinese industry policy. The European Union says the trade referee should focus on subsidies, technology transfers and state industry — all areas in which Beijing faces complaints.Wang said Beijing will “not allow other members to deprive China of the special and differential treatment that developing members deserve.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Morocco Ranks Second in Cyber Security in MENA Region report

first_imgCasablanca – Right behind Oman, Morocco is second in the North African and Middle Eastern region in terms of Cyber security, based on a project that has identified 17 performance indicators in 5 categories.Morocco has been ranked second behind Oman in the Cyber Security Global Index (GCI), on the sidelines of the International Telecommunication Union congress (ITU), held in Bangkok, Thailand, under the theme “A conversation that matters.”With a total score of 0.559 points, Morocco came second after Oman (0.765 points). The kingdom, which has the highest rate of connectivity, comes ahead of its North African neighbors, namely Egypt and Tunisia, whereas Sudan ranks fifth. The ranking takes into account 17 performance indicators in five categories that are legal, technical, organizational, as well as capacity building and cooperation. According to the GCI, the goal is to publish five other regional indexes to eventually constitute an overall index.“The GCI project is a joint effort between ITU and ABI Research, a market intelligence company specializing in global technology markets,” stated representatives of the organizations.As stated in the joint agreement, the Telecommunication Development Bureau (TDB), responsible for supporting developing countries in ITU, ABI Research and Ibra College of Technology (ICT), are developing mechanisms of classification, performing primary research and national reference capacities.The purpose of the GCI is to promote government strategies at the national level and ensure their implementation in all industries and sectors.It is also aimed at integrating security into the base of technological progress and promoting a global culture of cyber security. In this sense, some countries like Morocco have in recent years developed strategies to enhance computer security.According to Daily LaVieEco, only 11 African countries currently have what is called a CERT, Computer Emergency Response Team, an organization that “handles computer security incidents.”Morocco, along with Tunisia, Sudan and Egypt, are the only Arab countries to have a CERT team.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Willie Mays Was Way Better Than Alex Rodriguez

History was made Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, when New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez launched his 661st career home run into the left center-field bleachers. The blast moved Rodriguez past Willie Mays into sole possession of fourth place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard.Certainly, we’ve reflected positively upon Rodriguez’s immense talent — steroids notwithstanding — in the past. But we also thought it would be a useful public service to once again point out that passing a legend on a prestigious statistical list doesn’t necessarily mean you’re the better player. In the case of the Say Hey Kid versus A-Rod, it’s Mays in a landslide.An easy way to measure Mays’ dominance over A-Rod is to look at the all-time wins above replacement (WAR) leaderboard1Using Baseball-Reference’s version.. By total WAR, Mays ranks as the fifth most-productive player in major-league history, trailing only Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds and pitchers Cy Young and Walter Johnson. Mays also ranks as the third-best non-pitcher ever, according to JAWS, which attempts to balance a player’s aggregate WAR compilation against the brilliance of his peak. Among position players in the history of baseball, only Ruth had a better prime — as measured by WAR in a player’s best seven seasons — than Mays did when he was at the top of his game.Rodriguez also ranks highly in WAR, but his numbers are nowhere near those of Mays. A-Rod ranks 17th all-time in total WAR, trailing Mays by about 40 wins. At his career rate of WAR per 162 games, Rodriguez would have to play five and a half more seasons of 162 games apiece — that is, until age 44 — to catch Mays. It also bears mentioning that Rodriguez hasn’t even played more than 150 games in a season since 2007; at a more realistic rate of 125 games per year, he’d have to play until age 46 (with no decline in performance) to reach Mays’ total.Since Rodriguez has recently missed big chunks of playing time in which he could have been accumulating raw WAR, his peak ranking fares a bit better than his overall WAR rank. That’s why A-Rod sits at 12th all-time in JAWS. But the difference in JAWS between No. 3 Mays and No. 12 Rodriguez is the same as the difference between Rodriguez and No. 33 Charlie Gehringer.And the gap isn’t likely to close much before Rodriguez retires. While A-Rod is having a resurgent start to the 2015 season, Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA projection system still only predicts about 0.7 more wins above replacement left in his career before his contract runs out (and, coincidentally, he begins to provide negative value) following the 2017 season.So, any way you cut it, Mays provided much more value in his career than A-Rod.From a skills perspective, Mays was also a better ballplayer than Rodriguez in most facets of the game.Using percentile rankings in Fangraphs’ rate statistics for five key skill indicators — plate patience, contact and power hitting, speed, and (position-adjusted) defense — we can measure how good both Mays and Rodriguez have been in each category relative to their peers over the same range of ages2In this case, ages 20 through 39, since Mays didn’t debut until age 20 and Rodriguez hasn’t yet played past age 39.. They’re not exactly the canonical five tools of scouting lore (arm strength is wrapped up inexorably in defense), but they should give us an idea of the raw building blocks that made up Mays’ and Rodriguez’s playing styles:Mays and Rodriguez were both among the pre-eminent power hitters of their eras, and the two are also very close in terms of patience at the plate (in fact, A-Rod has drawn walks at a slightly greater rate than Mays, relative to his era). But Mays separated himself from Rodriguez — and just about everyone else ever — as an all-around ballplayer with his speed, defense and ability to make contact at the plate. Not only did Mays compile a fantastic statistical record, but he did it without any real flaws in his game.And it’s not as though Mays’ playing style was particularly better suited to his era. During Mays’ career, power hitting was more correlated with WAR — and defense less correlated — than during A-Rod’s era,3Relative speed, patience and contact-hitting were of roughly equal importance in both eras so it’s possible Mays’ edge in defense would have produced even more value in the modern game than it did during his playing days.Either way, Rodriguez — while an all-time great — is no Mays. The former’s passing of the latter on the all-time home run leaderboard should not be mistaken to mean that there’s any debate between the two in playing ability or career value. On both counts, Mays soars high above A-Rod. read more