Bisons manager raves about Guerrero Jr.’s baseball IQ, skills

If you ask Buffalo Bisons manager Bobby Meacham the areas in which Vladimir Guerrero Jr. can improve, you won’t hear him say much.

Guerrero is currently ranked as the best prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline, and he’s performing like it.

The third baseman was recently called up to triple-A where he has made 23 plate appearances through his first six games with the Bisons, slashing .286/.522/.357 and showing off his discipline at the plate by drawing a whopping eight walks.

“That’s just a guy who’s confident in his abilities,” Meacham told Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker on Baseball Central Tuesday. “We always talk about hitters going up to the plate and getting a good pitch to hit. Good hitters go up there and talk about that every day [and] that’s kind of what he does. He just simplifies things, looks like he’s really under control of his own swing, he knows what he wants to go up there and hit and if they don’t give it to him he just lets it go.”

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Meacham mentioned that Guerrero is adjusting quite well to triple-A life and said he has urged Guerrero to not merely blend in at this level, but to stand out.

So far, he’s done that.

Among the next challenges for Guerrero on his path to the majors will be how he adjusts to more talented and cerebral pitchers. Meacham also mentioned he’s curious to see what happens when Guerrero falls into a slump like all players eventually do.

“I think his adjustments to what they’re trying to take advantage of, that’s the key,” Meacham said. “When he starts to go bad, when something goes wrong for a few games we’ll see what adjustments he can make but I don’t think he has to change anything. …read more

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Snap is surging after reporting a smaller-than-expected loss (SNAP)

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Snap Inc reported second quarter earnings on Tuesday that topped Wall Street’s expectations.
Shares jumped more than 9% after the release.
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Shares of Snap rose more than 9% in after-hours trading Tuesday following the company’s release of second-quarter earnings.

Snap said it lost an adjusted $0.14 per share in the quarter ended June 30, where analysts had expected a loss of $0.18 per share.

Revenues were also better than anticipated, coming in at $262 million where analysts had expected $250 million

Despite the solid financial numbers, Snap reported its first ever decline in sequential daily active users. The company also said its cash burn was up to $234 million from $229 million in the same quarter of 2017.

“We are excited by the progress we have been making and are optimistic about the opportunities ahead as we continue to invest in innovation,” Evan Spiegel, Snap’s founder and chief executive, said in a press release.

Shares of Snap are down 46% from where it first traded following its initial public offering in March 2017.

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John Wall: ‘Guys Don’t Talk About Me Being a Top-5 Point Guard’

John Wall says it provides “extra motivation” not being mentioned among the five best point guards in the NBA.

Wall believes he and the Wizards are being overlooked.

John Wall has noticed a lot less hype for the Wizards this offseason and believes that could be for the best. https://t.co/Wao0mlGIRh

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The All-Star floor general thinks Washington can benefit from lowered expectations heading into next season.

Per NBC Sports Washington:

“It’s just extra motivation for me. It don’t matter to me. A lot of guys don’t talk about me being a top-5 point guard and that’s cool. It’s just more motivation for me and for us as a team,” he said.

Even after they signed Dwight Howard, traded for Austin Rivers and had an overall solid offseason, the Wizards aren’t getting the praise they were receiving a year ago. Many expect Toronto, Philly and Boston to duke it out at the top of the conference, and national media members have become enamored with up-and-coming teams like Milwaukee and Indiana.

“It’s even better. When we were that team that was flying under the radar, we came out and showed people what we was capable of. Then, when we were the team that everyone was talking about and everyone had so much high expectations for, we kind of failed those expectations,” Wall said.

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Video: Police allegedly left a “bait truck” filled with Nike shoes in a black Chicago neighborhood

A community activist questions how residents can trust police after the reported bait truck sighting in Englewood.

A partly open truck loaded with Nike Air Force 1 sneakers and Christian Louboutin shoes reportedly showed up in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago last week. Local activists say it was a “bait truck” placed by law enforcement to lure would-be thieves to their arrest. The truck was parked near a basketball court and traveled to other sites in the predominantly black community on the city’s southwest side, according to Charles Mckenzie of the crime prevention group God’s Gorillas.

An August 2 video Mckenzie shot captures residents confronting officers about the truck has made the rounds on Facebook, Instagram, Lipstick Alley, and the World Star Hip-Hop site.

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Another video, shot by self-described “crime chaser” Martin G. Johnson, reportedly shows the bait truck at a different location the next day. In both videos, community members accuse officers of trying to set residents up to steal.

The Chicago field office of the FBI told Vox it would not comment for this story; the Chicago Police Department has not responded to a request for comment. But over the past decade, law enforcement agencies in the US have increasingly turned to bait devices to reduce crime.

These items, be they unattended vehicles or packages, are intended to be stolen. Police typically leave them in high-crime neighborhoods in spots where thieves are most likely to take them. A parked bait car, for instance, would be left in an area where car theft is a problem. Bait devices are rigged with surveillance equipment and tracking devices so that authorities, usually waiting nearby, can quickly catch offenders who make off with them.

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