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Aristotle believed that democracy is strengthened by nurturing a strong middle class. He argued that a prosperous middle class was no threat to the wealthy because it was content with its “good life” and at the same time felt compassion for the poor and agreed with policies that helped them. Thus with a strong middle class both ends of society’s spectrum survived, the wealthy and the poor.

A few of Hosmer's offensive metrics are concerning too. In 2017, his hard contact rate dipped below 30 percent for the first time in his career ( percent). Over the past two seasons, his ground-ball percentages of in 2016 and in 2017 were tops in the majors among first basemen. Hosmer was also fourth in baseball among first basemen in grounding into double plays (20) last season, and his exit velocity of mph ranked 52nd in the big leagues.

Was the A's top offensive performer in 2013 as he batted .301 with 24 home runs and 93 RBI in 158 games…became the eighth player in Oakland history to hit at least .300 with 20 or more home runs and 90 or more RBI, the first since Miguel Tejada in 2002 … ranked sixth in the American League in on-base percentage (.384), tied for sixth in times on base (256), tied for seventh in walks (76), ninth in slugging percentage (.499) and total bases (289) and 10th in RBI and pitches seen (2688) … also tied for fourth in the AL with 56 multiple hit games…that was the third highest total in Oakland history and fell one short of the record of 57 (Tejada, 2002; Kotsay, 2004)… finished fourth in AL Most Valuable Player voting behind Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout and Chris Davis…received one first place vote…led the A's in games, batting average, RBI, walks, on-base percentage, total bases and extra base hits (64) and tied for the team lead in hit by pitches (6)…had career highs in every offensive category after appearing in just 89 games over his first three seasons…ranked third in the AL with a .364 batting average with runners on base…it was the fourth best batting average with runners on base in Oakland history…had a .252 average with the bases empty … his career splits are .329 (122-for-371) with runners on, .239 (123-for-514) with the bases empty…ranked third in the AL with a .335 batting average against left-handed pitchers, fifth with a .328 average in the seventh inning or later, sixth with a .316 average at night, seventh with a .309 average on the road and ninth with a .336 average with runners in scoring position…now has a .320 (64-for-200) career average with RISP … went 8-for-12 (.667) with a double, home run and 16 RBI with the bases loaded … the batting average was second best in the AL…it was the best in Oakland history among players with 10 or more plate appearances (Giambi, .636 in 2000)…is now 12-for-22 (.545) in his career with the bases loaded…tied for fourth in the AL with 11 home runs against left-handed pitching … had a .631 slugging percentage against lefties, which ranked second in the AL, compared to .442 against righties…hit 12 of his 24 home runs with runners on base (nine two-run, two three-run, one grand slam)…17 of his 34 career home runs have come with runners on…14 came in the sixth inning or later … ranked second among AL third baseman in doubles (37), RBI (90), walks (76) and on-base percentage (.384), was third in batting (.300) and fourth in home runs (24) and slugging percentage (.502)…the .300 batting average as a third baseman was third best in Oakland history…was hitting .310 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI in 93 games before the All-Star Break…then batted .286 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 65 games after the break…had a .366 average with six home runs and 17 RBI in 20 interleague games…the six home runs tied the Oakland interleague record (Moss, 2012;Tejada, 2000)…also had the third best slugging percentage (.662), tied for the third most runs (16) and hits (26) and had the fourth most RBI…tied for fifth in the majors in interleague home runs in 2013, tied for seventh in RBI and ranked 10th in on-base percentage (.439) and slugging percentage (.662) … now has a .348 (32-for-92) career average against the National League with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 26 games…started 157 games, including 155 at third base at two at designated hitter … his 155 starts ranked third among AL third basemen and tied for fifth in Oakland history…they were the most since Sal Bando also made 155 starts in 1976 … now has 226 career games at third base, which is sixth most in Oakland history … led Major League third baseman and ranked fourth in Oakland history with 143 putouts … they were the most by an A's third baseman since Sal Bando had 158 in 1970…tied for first among AL third basemen with 16 errors and was fourth in total chances (414)…went 3-for-9 (.333) in his two starts at designated hitter…started games at every spot in the order except first and ninth…hit .353 in 38 games batting sixth, .321 in 29 games batting fifth and .220 in 30 games hitting third.

OAKLAND: Was the A's Opening Day starter at third base but went 3-for-25 (.120) over his first seven games…then had a streak of five straight multiple hit games from April 9 to 13 (10-for-22, .455)…had his first career game-ending RBI April 12 against Detroit, a home run in the bottom of the 12th inning… added two more later in the season, a RBI single in the 11th inning July 14 against Boston and a RBI single in the ninth inning Sept. 17 against Los Angeles (AL) … was a perfect 4 for 4 April 27 against Baltimore, matching his career high in hits (August 17, 2012 vs. Cleveland)…also had four-hit games May 14 against Texas and May 25 at Houston … was named American League Player of the Week for the week of April 22-28…it was his first career weekly honor…went 12 for 22 (.545) with four runs, seven doubles (.864 slugging percentage), 10 RBI and seven walks (1 sf, .633 on-base percentage) in seven games…finished April with a .314 batting average, 10 doubles and 20 RBI…tied for fourth in the AL in doubles in April and tied for sixth in RBI…then hit .330 with eight doubles and six home runs in 28 games in May…went 12-for-26 (.462) during a seven-game hitting streak from May 11-18, which was the longest of his career at the time … made his Major League debut at shortstop in the ninth inning May 24 at Houston…had one appearance at shortstop in the minors with Triple-A Sacramento on Aug. 2, 2012 … went 3-for-4 June 5 at Milwaukee to lift his batting average to a season-high .332…then went 6-for-41 (.146) over his next 10 games to fall to .303 at the conclusion of play June 17…hit his first career grand slam in the sixth inning June 7 at Chicago (AL), turning a 3-0 deficit into a 4-3 win…hit .390 (23-for-59) with five home runs and 14 RBI over a 17-game stretch from June 18 to July 7…had a career-high 17-game streak without an RBI from July 19-Aug. 6 … had a career-high tying 0-for-17 streak July 24-29 (third time, last: April 13-May 14, 2012)…went 0-for-3 July 27 against Los Angeles (AL) to fall under .300 (.299) for the first time since May 13…finished July with a .233 batting average and eight RBI in 25 games…his average fell to .291 on Aug. 9 … then hit .323 with seven home runs and 30 RBI over his final 46 games … reached base safely via hit or walk in a career-high 28 consecutive games from Aug. 25-Sept. 23…it was the longest reaching base streak by an Athletic over the last five years…hit .379 with a .472 on-base percentage during the streak…had a career-high 11-game hitting streak from Sept. 3-15…batted .450 (18-for-40) with 12 runs, six doubles, four home runs, 11 RBI, seven walks (1 hbp, .542 on-base percentage) and six multiple hit games during the streak…had his sixth two-double game of the season Sept. 3 against Texas, which tied an Oakland record for most games with two or more doubles in a season (sixth time, last: Bobby Crosby in 2004)…scored a career-high three runs Sept. 6 against Houston…had his batting average up to .307 Sept. 23 before going 0-for-12 over his final four games to finish the year at .301…was named American League Player of the Month for September after batting .337 with 20 runs, eight doubles, five home runs, 16 RBI, 17 walks and 11 multiple hit games in 25 games … ranked third in the AL in runs in September, fourth in walks, tied for seventh in extra base hits (13) and tied for 10th in doubles…he is the first Athletic to win Player of the Month honors since Eric Chavez in Sept., 2001…started all five games at third base in the ALDS against Detroit and went 3-for-21 (.143) with eight strikeouts.

There’s every reason for Los Angeles Angels fans and fantasy managers to be intrigued and excited about Japanese import Shohei Ohtani due to the endless statistical possibilities. The problem is many of these possibilities for the 2018 season seem unrealistic. A Cy Young-caliber starting pitcher and an awesome, middle-of-the-order power hitter all in one player? Where do I sign up?

It’s now been reported/rumored that the Giants have the upper-hand in the Stanton trade. If that is true, one of these first basemen becomes a more realistic and needed option.

Eric was rocketed to Earth from the moon as a baby, and gained his powers because the crescent moon resembles a banana. Bananaman resembles Superman in two respects. Firstly, he has a kryptonite -style weakness to mouldy bananas. Furthermore, he even has a Fortress of Solitude -style building at the North Pole, made out of a giant banana. During early board meetings, the designers thought of the aspect of Bananagirl to accompany the series. The girl would have been called Margaret Wimp, and be the "sister" of Eric. This idea was scrapped later on in production, because the concept of two children being related without parents would be too far-fetched for children to understand, however the idea was revived for a Beano comic strip .

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