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Your guide to baseball’s opening day 2017 and what happened this spring

To the old adage that spring training statistics don’t mean anything – well, it’s pretty much true. They can signal great things to come. Last spring, Nolan Arenado hit .542 before turning in an MVP-type season. They also can tease with impish delight. See: Maikel Franco, 2016 spring training home run leader. And then come the times they’re just dead wrong. Before an oblique injury, Matt Carpenter’s OPS was nearly double the .507 he put up in Florida.

Point is, trying to turn a month’s worth of statistics from exhibition games in which the quality of pitching ranges from the best in the world to guys who will be unemployed before March ends is, at best, inexact. So understand, the following is not as much a prediction of Major League Baseball’s 2017 season as it is an accounting of this last month and where some of baseball’s best and brightest slot in.

Getting boldfaced, of course, necessitates a sway in one direction or the other, and …

1. Bryce Harper finds himself on the right side of the ledger after his disappointing 2016 season. It’s crazy to think Harper is still only 24 years old, still full of so much more after hitting .330/.460/.649 in his MVP-winning 2015 season. And yet chasing that with a .243/.373/.441 line was like following a shot of Bailey’s with some lime juice.

Bryce Harper hit .243 with 24 home runs last season. (AP) More

This spring has offered something closer to the 2015 version of Harper. His eight home runs lead baseball, and they came in just 56 at-bats, the sort of ratio that would make Babe Ruth jealous. Know what else would make him jealous? Getting to hit off Sean Gilmartin, Cy Sneed, Stephen Fife, Mike Leake, Reymin Guduan, Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Paul Sewald. Those were the eight pitchers who surrendered Harper’s octet.

Sorry to be all Debbie Downer. It’s just that no one needs a great show of spring power to say that, if healthy, Bryce Harper’s going to be phenomenal. It’s like saying …

2. Mike Trout should win another American League MVP award. Some truths are just obvious.

In Trout’s five major league seasons, he has won the MVP twice and finished second the other three times, the first two of which he deserved to win and the third of which was more or less a coin flip. Perhaps the most amazing part of Trout’s run is his consistency. His batting average always leveled between .287 and .326, his on-base percentage between .377 and .441, his slugging percentage between .550 and .590. He is who he is, even in spring training, where his line this year is a positively Troutian .309/.424/.527.

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Trout’s kung-fu-grip hold on best-player-in-baseball status isn’t primed to relent anytime soon, not with his prime fully blossoming. Age 25 is a special season. It was Babe Ruth’s finest. Same with Mickey Mantle. Derek Jeter deserved the MVP at 25. Harmon Killebrew never hit better. Vladimir Guerrero, too.

All of which is to say what we know already: Baseball is Mike Trout’s world, and everyone else is subletting. That includes …

3. Greg Bird, he of the spring training-leading 1.582 OPS. It’s easy to forget that coming into the spring, the plan for Bird was a first-base platoon with Tyler Austin. Bird had missed all of last season with a torn labrum in his shoulder. Concerns about his ability to hit left-handed pitching dogged him. A month of crushing mediocre pitching, and all the whispers about Eric Hosmer wearing pinstripes in 2018 seem to have died down.

The Yankees featured the best pitcher this spring as well, with Masahiro Tanaka doing the sort of things New York expected when it guaranteed him $155 million on top of the $20 million it spent on his rights. One earned run across 23 2/3 innings will play. He’ll start the first game of the season Sunday afternoon, as MLB goes to a staggered opening day, with Yankees-Rays at 1 p.m. ET, Giants-Diamondbacks at 4 and Cubs-Cardinals at 8:30, before the remaining 24 teams play Monday. In the meantime, here are that first slate of games’ pitching matchups, worst to best:
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The Best Islands You’ve Never Heard Of

We all come here by water.

Five thousand years ago, it was Coast Salish peoples. Three hundred years ago, explorers from faraway ports in Spain and England followed. One hundred and fifty years ago, African Americans escaping oppression, gold miners seeking riches, and Hawaiian islanders offering labor arrived. Some stayed, carving out small habitations between the rocky shores and dense stands of red-barked Douglas fir.

And on a glowing afternoon in the 21st century, I come, too.

While our vessels differ, our journeys are the same: navigating sheltered waters to seek ports in inlets, coves, and bays. For those who came before me, that exploration was born of necessity. For me, it is born of delight. Having learned of 14 little islands held tightly between the west coast of British Columbia and the rugged eastern shores of Vancouver Island, I venture into Canada’s Gulf Islands to ferry around, literally, in search of riches.

And they provide. In five days of making dotted maritime lines among three islands-Salt Spring, Galiano, and Pender-I discover an English manor that’s now a luxury inn, a compound of restored Airstream trailers, and a farmhouse in which a young chef is creating a culinary buzz that has Vancouverites aflutter. I find wines that stand with Washington’s best, and organic produce that would send a Californian reeling in jealousy. I find art that a Carmel gallery would die for, kayaking to make coastal Maine blush, and a food truck that may be the best merging of great food and goodwill, ever.

Plus eagles, ospreys, and orcas.

My surprise at these discoveries comes as no surprise to Gulf Islanders. They know they inhabit Canada’s sweet little secret, and conduct themselves with a gracious hospitality about it all-particularly on Salt Spring, the archipelago’s largest island in both land mass and population (a little more than 10,000), which has oriented itself toward art and tourism alongside its historic legacy of small-scale farming.

The most emblematic example of this is the island’s Saturday Market, a harborfront maze of high-end arts and crafts, gorgeous produce, sophisticated foodstuffs, and crinkly-eyed, grayponytailed hippies selling tie-dye like the “60s never passed us by. I wander in a happy, shopaholic daze for hours-eating, buying, and eating some more.

The wonder is relentless. I spend an afternoon kayaking waters with such placid heft it feels like paddling through mercury. Another day I bounce around Salt Spring’s narrow, twisting roads with professional guide Jason Griffin, visiting artists, winemakers, and cheesemongers. We take a gentle walk among primeval ferns in a fir-shaded glen and stand together, equally gape-mouthed at the view from Mt. Maxwell Provincial Park, the highest spot on the island. “I come up here every day,” Griffin says, “whether I have a tour or not.” I can see why. From our clifftop perch, I gaze down the verdant spokes of ridges to violet Burgoyne Bay, and across to the peaks of Vancouver Island catching clouds like a Mississippi fencepost catches breeze-borne tufts of cotton.

How could any of the other islands compare to this, I wonder, grabbing the next ferry off Salt Spring to find out. On Galiano, a slender brushstroke that’s practically nestled into the BC mainland, I hit a world-class bookstore and a luxury resort spa with an isolation tub where I bob on highly salted water for 60 transcendent minutes. I also meet Shelley Okepnak, one of those near-mythic women who seem able to do everything. A career chef, she decided eight years ago to open a little food truck just up the main road from the docks. Now, after a series of creative carpentry projects, Okepnak’s Flying Black Dog is an enchanted way station of open-air shelters dotted with community tables. There’s even a little woodstove, which glows red and warm on rainy afternoons, that she installed because a gang of older island women mentioned they were getting chilly. We discuss this over a roasted-vegetable burger she’s stayed open late to make me because I looked hungry.

I consider homesteading in a shingled shack on Galiano (the island practically whispers this idea right into my ear) and eating every meal with Okepnak, but one more port calls. After a meander among a maze of shorelines, I arrive on Pender Island. A smaller but no less picturesque version of Salt Spring, Pender holds a discovery I can barely believe: Among seven acres of woodland, Vancouverite Curtis Redel has carved out an upscale camp of pristinely renovated Airstream trailers and rustic cabins. I take a late-day dip in my cedar hot tub on the deck of my trailer, and saunter down to the bar, where Redel crafts me a killer cocktail from local spirits, plus small plates of cheeses, produce, and proteins.
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Focus Features Celebrates 15 Years with a Retrospective Supercut

The distributor turns 15 this year.

Focus Features has gone through some changes in year since it merged with Universal Pictures, but its credentials as an important distributor over the last 15 years are beyond dispute. The company has released a supercut celebrating the films it’s released since its inception in 2002. Watch below.

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It’s a long list of notable films: “Milk,” “Lost in Translation,” “The Theory of Everything,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “The Place Beyond the Pines,” “Shaun of the Dead,” “Beginners,” “Burn After Reading,” “The Pianist” and many more are all included.

READ MORE: Annapurna Pictures Supercut Celebrates ‘The Master,’ ‘Spring Breakers’ and More Hits — Watch

Annapurna Pictures released a similar supercut earlier today celebrating its own roster, which includes the likes of “Spring Breakers,” “Her” and “20th Century Women.” Focus, which most recently released “A Monster Calls” and “Nocturnal Animals,” will next distribute “The Zookeeper’s Wife.”

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Too early to forecast: Jumping the gun on Monsoon

The reason isn’t simply because El Nino is just one among many factors that influence rains over India during the season. The reason isn’t simply because El Nino is just one among many factors that influence rains over India during the season.

The first official forecast is at least a couple of weeks away, but predictions on the southwest monsoon’s performance — including by a private forecaster that has got it wrong in the past — have already begun.

These are based largely on indications that El Nino-like conditions could develop in the equatorial Pacific Ocean during the second half of the four-month season (June-September) that brings nearly 75 per cent of India’s annual rainfall.

Scientists, however, say that it’s too early to make any reliable claim about this year’s monsoon. The reason isn’t simply because El Nino is just one among many factors that influence rains over India during the season. Right now, it’s even not clear whether at all it would develop and when.

“Some models are indicating that an El Nino may emerge by July, but the confidence in that prediction is not very high at present,” said J Srinivasan of the Divecha Centre for Climate Change at the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore.

El Nino refers to an abnormal warming of sea surface waters in the equatorial Pacific Ocean that is known to impact weather events worldwide. In India, it is associated with a suppressed rainfall during the monsoon season.

The Climate Prediction Centre of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States, in its latest outlook, has said that the current “neutral” conditions were likely to continue till “at least the northern hemisphere spring (of) 2017”, even while there are “increasing chances” of El Nino developing towards the fall season. That would mean an El Nino cannot be expected before August-September or the monsoon’s second half.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology, too, is pointing to only a “50 per cent chance of El Nino developing” this year, “during the second half of 2017”. Its latest outlook says that El Nino may emerge by the “end of autumn” (i.e. around September). The Japan Meteorological Agency also believes there is a 60 per cent chance that the current neutral conditions “will persist during the spring and summer”. That leaves only a 40 per cent probability of El Nino developing by August.

Even if there is an El Nino event, its impact on actual rainfall over India would not be evident till almost the end of the season.

But there are also other reasons why El Nino might not be a very good indicator to use at this point of time. Scientists warn that outlooks for El Nino in March and early April are not very reliable due to what is known as ‘Spring Predictability Barrier’.

It refers to the increased uncertainty in predicting the El Nino phenomenon during this time when sea surface temperatures are in a transitory phase. “Caution must be exercised (in reading El Nino signals), as models have lower accuracy at this time of the year,” says the outlook from the Australian agency.

That apart, establishing a direct one-on-one correlation between El Nino and the monsoon might itself be problematic. In the past, there have been quite a few El Nino years when the country received good monsoon rainfall. The India Meteorological Department, in fact, uses at least five major indicators to forecast the monsoon. El Nino is only one of them, albeit important.

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