Pitchers, catchers and innovation
Today is the day that die-hard Yankee fans have been eagerly looking forward to since October - Pitchers and Catchers Day down in Tampa, Florida. As Spring Training finally kicks off, Yankees pitchers and catchers start arriving today,
preparing for their first formal workout on Thursday. Several long-time Yankee veterans
- such as Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada - have already landed at the Yankee spring training complex, and over the next week or so, more of the big, high-wattage names will start filing in for another run at a World Series championship. (Sorry, Red Sox fans)
This is the first off-season in recent memory that the Yankees have not spent on some big, expensive addition (e.g. Giambi, Matsui, Johnson, A-Rod, Damon) to bolster a championship-quality team. Instead, the Yankees went for a strategy of "addition by subtraction," as they got rid of negative influences like Randy Johnson, Gary Sheffield and Jaret Wright (good guy, but always hurt). The Yankees also are leaning on a brand new crop of youngsters - like Melky Cabrera and a group of new fireball-throwing arms - to make a significant addition this year.
Which all goes to show that organizational DNA matters. It matters in baseball, and it matters within corporations. Simply putting together a bunch of angry all-stars will not win a World Series -- something the Yankees are starting to learn. Likewise, simply putting together a bunch of business all-stars will not make a corporation more innovative. It takes a careful and judicious mix of talent and an appreciation for the types of traits that lead to innovative thinking.
[image: Yankees Spring Training]
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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