Finally Mike Trout Is The MVP

In what’s quickly becoming an annual rite of summer, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels once again led the American League in wins above replacement (WAR), the single-number metric of choice for most sabermetricians when it comes to measuring a player’s all-around value. But this season, Trout’s WAR crown came attached to a more conventionally recognized accolade: The AL MVP award. Trout, 23, was announced Thursday as the unanimous choice for the honor, becoming the youngest to ever achieve the distinction.Trout’s quest for the MVP had become something of a cause célèbre for statheads after two seasons of fiercely battling Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera for the award. As a rookie, Trout bested Cabrera by a landslide in WAR (10.8 to 7.2) but finished as MVP runner-up because Cabrera won the triple crown (leading the league in batting average, home runs and RBIs — a somewhat arbitrary feat derided by new-school writers as an out-of-touch relic of the pre-sabermetrics era). The following year, Trout once again out-WARed Cabrera (8.9 to 7.5) and finished second in the voting.By that time, Trout vs. Cabrera had become what NBC Sports’ Craig Calcaterra called a “proxy battle in a larger cold war” — namely, the religious conflict between baseball’s traditionalists and a still relatively new breed of number crunchers who came of age reading Bill James. You could tell a lot about a fan’s viewpoint on the game from which player they decided to back in the AL’s MVP derby.This year, though, Trout had no such opposition. Once again, a Tiger was his closest competitor — designated hitter Victor Martinez finished second in the voting — but Trout easily topped Martinez (and everyone else in the AL), according to WAR. As for Cabrera, his numbers were down across the board this season, limiting his ability to contend for a three-peat.The irony of Trout finally winning the MVP, of course, is that his 7.9 WAR in 2014 represents the worst full season of his career to date. The WAR edge he had over the AL’s No. 2, Josh Donaldson (who trailed Trout by 0.5 WAR), was lower than the margin by which Trout defeated runners-up Robinson Cano in 2012 (2.4) and Donaldson in 2013 (0.9 WAR). Now that the floodgates have opened, Trout — who has more WAR through age 22 than anyone in baseball history — will probably rake in more MVPs as his career goes on, even though he may have already peaked. read more

The Warriors Chances Of Getting 73 Wins Are Back Up

7343.960.1 The Warriors are just fine.Two nights after a loss to the Boston Celtics dropped Golden State’s odds of breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 regular season wins to 54.6 percent according to our CARM-Elo projections, the Warriors thumped the Portland Trail Blazers 136-111 and those chances are back to 60 percent. Stephen Curry scored 39 points on 21 shots and made nine of 13 3-pointers; Draymond Green had 22 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, three blocks and two steals.The Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard had a good game — 38 points on 27 shots — and Portland kept it tight through two and a half quarters, but the Warriors pulled away late with James Michael McAdoo taking Anderson Varejao’s minutes in the second half. (The Warriors played much of Sunday’s game without a true center, with Andrew Bogut out with a rib injury and Festus Ezeli, back after a 31-game absence, playing just nine minutes.) 7416.216.2 WINSEXACTLY THIS MANY WINSAT LEAST THIS MANY WINS 700.7>99.9 7231.691.7 69<0.1%100.0% The win takes the Warriors to 69-8 with five games to play. Projections for an exact number of wins are volatile as the season winds down, in large part because there are so few games left, and also because the Warriors are such big favorites in most of their games (CARM-Elo said they were an 89-percent favorite to win against the Celtics) that any loss has an outsize effect. Even after the loss to the Celtics, however, the Warriors’ most likely record was still 73-9, one game ahead of the ’95-’96 Bulls.Assuming it can sweep the other games in its schedule, Golden State still needs to win at least one of its two remaining games against the San Antonio Spurs to break the record. As usual, it’s hard to tell what Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will do; with his team already in the playoffs, he has been alternating playing his normal rotations and resting core players. The Spurs’ starters played heavy minutes against Toronto on Saturday, though, so they haven’t closed up shop just yet.Beyond that, CARM-Elo says the Warriors have about a 74.2 percent chance of winning the other three games on the schedule — one against Minnesota (95.6 percent) and two against Memphis (83.0 percent and 93.5 percent) — going by current ratings. Chances the Warriors finish with: 717.699.3 read more

North Carolina man non responsive to CPR

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:beach, cpr, death, North Carolina, ocean, Snorkel, vacation, water Former US President Barack Obama Visits Turks and Caicos Bahamas Govt to pay for residents new notable water supply Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPolice say despite CPR being administered to the 40 year old tourist man yesterday on that lower Bight beach, he died after 4pm; it was pronounced so by the medics at Cheshire Hall Medical Center by minutes to 6pm. The man, reported to Magnetic Media to be from North Carolina, complained of not feeling well to his girlfriend and was brought to shore but lost consciousness. The couple had arrived in Provo on Sunday and was out snorkeling when they abruptly ended their fun. There is no identity released as yet; Police say the man was brought to shore near the Beach House and that autopsy will say for sure how he died. Haitian gov’t official under investigation commits suicidelast_img read more

39th Fiesta del Sol

first_img Posted: May 19, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsMore info: http://fiestadelsol.net/ Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 19, 2018 Updated: 12:20 PM Jason Austell 39th Fiesta del Sol 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsJason Austell interviewed Tina Sharp, Board of Directors, about the weekend event Fiesta del Sol. The event is at Solana Beach and lasts from 9AM to 9PM on Saturday and Sunday, with plenty of food, art, and music for all to enjoy.Featuring music from Hirie, who will be performing Sunday night. Jason Austell, last_img read more

Time Publisher Wants to Capture Readers from Cradle to the Grave

first_imgIt does appear that all the death talk has seeped into McCarrick’s sales pitch. He said that one of the reasons they launched Time for Kids was to capture readers at an early age. “We say ‘from the cradle ‘til when you’re put in the ground.’”More on McCarrick’s keynote here … CHICAGO—During his keynote address during the 2008 FOLIO: Show here, Time magazine president and worldwide publisher Ed McCarrick said he’s been fending off the “death of the news magazine” thing since the early seventies.“Pundits heralding the death of news magazines since I was on my way in the door [in 1973],” he said. “They were wrong then, and they’re wrong now.”But he also appears to be keenly aware of the importance of the Web.Despite the magazine’s Web site (relaunched again a couple weeks ago) accounting for just 11 percent of Time’s revenue, it’s growing—75 percent this year and projected growth of 35 percent in 2009—and McCarrick is quite bullish about it. “We’re at 82 million page views,” he said, responding—tellingly, perhaps, to a question about how large he expects the magazine’s print circulation to grow. “We feel 200 million page views is easily within reach.”last_img read more

Women Bikinis Big Event Bucks for Shape

first_imgWhat’s the key to launching a new face-to-face event in these tough economic times? Women in bikinis isn’t a bad place to start.While other publishers and magazine associations are pulling the plug on their annual conferences, American Media Inc.’s Shape magazine today said it is kicking off a two-stop “Bikini Body Tour.”Each event will feature professional trainers teaching cardio and full body conditioning classes as well as calorie-burning dance instructions. Also on hand will be 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit of the Year cover model Marisa Miller. The first is scheduled for May 16 in Santa Monica, California. The second stop is Miami, Florida on June 13. So, exactly how attractive is a consumer event for bikini clad babes on sun-soaked beaches? The event, which has attracted 15 sponsors including Victoria’s Secret and Pantene, is Shape’s “most successful program event launch,” a spokesperson told FOLIO:.I’m sold. Where can I sign up?last_img read more

Anant Ambani steps out with girlfriend Radhika Merchant gets fatshamed online

first_imgOn a related note, Radhika and Anant are childhood friends and have reportedly been dating each other for a while now. It is being said that Radhika is almost the part of the Ambani family and is often termed as Ambani’s would-be-choti bahu by the media. During Akash-Shloka wedding, Radhika was seen dancing with her Mukesh Ambani and was also accompanying the newly married couple down the aisle. Anant Ambani, Radhika MerchantTwitterIndia’s richest businessman, Mukesh Ambani and wife Nita Ambani’s youngest son Anant Ambani had grabbed the attention of the media when he turned fat to fit by losing a staggering 108 kilos in less than 18 months. He had followed a strict diet and exercised for almost five-six hours in a day which included a 21-km walk followed by yoga, weight training, functional training and high-intensity cardio exercises. But it looks like the younger hier to the Ambani throne seems to have given up his exercise routine and had again started gaining weight.Anant Ambani on Wednesday (April 17) afternoon, was spotted with his rumoured girlfriend Radhika Merchant for a store launch in Bandra, Mumbai but the former wouldn’t have anticipated that his public outing will turn into a nightmare for him online. In a video posted by the paparazzi, Anant looked a bit heavier that before when stepped out of a store with Radhika and was seen aheading towards his car along with their armed security personnels. While Anant was wearing a simple white shirt and pants, Radhika was dressed in traditional salwar suit.There could be many reasons for Anant Ambani’s visible weight gain but a few people on social media started throwing nasty comments on his body weight and mannerism saying that he looks more like a woman than a man.Watch the video here: Anant Ambani gets fat-shamedInstagram Anant Ambani gets fat-shamedInstagramlast_img read more

Muslim scholars plead for Afghan peace

first_imgMohammad Nabi Ayoubi, (2nd R), Peer Mohammad Rohani, (3rd R), Khalifa Naween, (3rd L) Dr. Abdul Shakoor Majoor, (2nd L) attend the international Ulema conference for peace and security in Afghanistan in Jeddah on 10 July 2018. Photo: AFPMore than 100 Muslim scholars from around the world meeting Wednesday in the Saudi holy city of Mecca issued an urgent appeal for peace in Afghanistan as they ended a two-day conference.”The solution to the cause of the Muslim Afghani must particularly go through mutual understanding and direct peaceful negotiations,” read the closing declaration.”Reconciling between battling Muslims is one of the greatest and most honoured acts of worship,” it said.The international gathering, which focused on prospects for peace in Afghanistan, was sponsored by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, based in nearby Jeddah.Yousef al-Othaimeen, the head of the 57-member pan-Islamic organisation, ended the meeting by urging a ceasefire for Afghanistan.”The OIC calls on all parties to observe a truce, respect a ceasefire and enter into direct negotiations,” he told reporters at the close of the conference.The scholars were received on Wednesday by Saudi King Salman, who expressed his country’s committment to a peaceful resolution in Afghanistan, according to state news agency SPA.The Taliban ignored an invitation from the OIC to attend the Mecca conference, Saudi daily Asharq al-Awsat reported Wednesday.Thus far, the Taliban has not responded to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s offers for dialogue, instead demanding to sit down with the United States, which has dismissed this proposal.Attacks occur on a near-daily basis in Afghanistan, where the US toppled the Taliban from power 17 years ago. On Wednesday, an unclaimed attack on an education department facility in eastern Afghanistan left at least 11 people dead.A recent ceasefire between Afghan security forces and the Taliban during the Islamic holiday Eid had raised hopes that an end to hostilities in the war-weary country was possible.But the Taliban refused the government’s request to extend their three-day ceasefire, launching attacks that have seen scores killed or injured.last_img read more

Suicidal mechanic steals empty plane from Seattle airport

first_imgThis frame grab taken from footage filmed by bystander John Wauldron on 10 August 2018 with his Galaxy S8 at Chambers Bay Park and Golf Course in University Place Washington, shows an empty passenger airplane, stolen from the Seattle-Tacoma airport, making an unlikely upside-down aerial loop, then flying low over Puget Sound before crashing into the sparsely populated Ketron Island in the northwestern US state of Washington. Photo: AFPA young mechanic described as suicidal stole an empty passenger plane from Seattle-Tacoma Airport, took it on an hour-long flight that included a hair-raising loop as F-15 fighter jets gave chase, then crashed, killing himself.Officials ruled out any link to terrorism in the incident, which took place late on Friday, and saw the man holding a conversation with an air traffic controller in which he seemed to apologize for what he was doing.Video taken by a bystander showed the 76-seat plane making a big, slow loop-the-loop, then flying low over Puget Sound before crashing into Ketron Island, a sparsely-populated area in the northwestern US state of Washington.The crash sparked a fire in the dense forest. Flames lit up the night as they spread from the burning wreckage to nearby trees. Officials said there were no victims on the ground.The stolen plane was a twin-engine turboprop Q400 belonging to Horizon Air, its parent company Alaska Airlines said on Twitter.The Pierce County Sheriff’s office ruled out terrorism.- Joyrider or suicidal? -“Most terrorists don’t do loops over the water,” said Sheriff Paul Pastor. “This might have been a joyride gone terribly wrong.”But Ed Troyer, who also works at the sheriff’s office, described him as “suicidal.”He was identified as a 29-year-old airline mechanic called Rich or Richard, who lived locally and had acted alone. His full name was not given.The sheriff’s office said the F-15s arrived minutes after the plane was stolen and kept the aircraft “out of harm’s way and people on the ground safe.”The fighter jets flew at supersonic speed, triggering a boom first taken to be an explosion, as they raced to intercept the plane.In a video statement, Horizon Air’s chief operating officer Constance von Muehlen said the plane was taken by one of its employees.”We believe (the plane) was taken by a single Horizon Air employee and no other passengers or crew were on board,” she said.The plane was stolen at around 8:00 pm (0300 GMT Saturday) and crashed 90 minutes later, officials said.President Donald Trump was briefed and the White House praised authorities’ quick response to the crisis.- ‘Bizarre’ -John Waldron, who captured the plane’s loop-the-loop on video, told CNN he was out for an evening stroll when he saw two fighter jets following a turboprop plane, initially thinking they were practicing for an air show.”So I started to capture video, just because I thought it was kind of bizarre,” he said, later realizing that the jets were chasing the plane.Then the plane “did a complete loop… I couldn’t believe he recovered.”He estimated that the plane, at its lowest point, was no more than 100 feet (30 meters) above the water.Then the pilot pulled the plane “pretty much straight up. And kind of at an angle. And almost stalled the aircraft. Somehow he got it leveled back off. And then made his way down toward the island.”Waldron said he had been prepared to “run and take cover.” He briefly turned away, then turned back and saw the explosion as the plane crashed.- ‘A broken guy’ -In a conversation with the control tower, the pilot, who identified himself only as “Rich,” came across as excitable, confused, and even apologetic.”Congratulations, you did it,” the control tower tells him, according to an audio feed aired on CNN.”Let’s turn around the air and land it and not hurt anybody on the ground.””I don’t know, man,” the pilot answers. “I don’t want to. I was kind of hoping that was going to be it, you know.”During the conversation, he says he had put some fuel in the plane “to go check out the Olympics” — the Olympic Mountains which lie about 100 miles (160 kilometers) away.But he later worried he was running low, saying the fuel had burned “quite a bit faster than I expected.”The control tower then pushes him to land at a nearby military base.”I wouldn’t want to do that. They probably have anti-aircraft,” he responds.”This is probably jail time for life, huh?” he later says, according to a recording published by the Seattle Times.”I’ve got a lot of people that care about me. It’s going to disappoint them to hear that I did this,” he said.”I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess. Never really knew it until now.”last_img read more

DeConstructing Uncle Tom Awakens Audiences to Endemic Racial Bias

first_imgDe-Constructing Uncle Tom was performed entirely in blackface minstrelsy by a diverse group of actors during The Atlas Theater’s Intersections Festival. (Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)When The Conciliation Project founder Tawnya Pettiford-Wates decided to explore a deconstruction of the archetype Uncle Tom from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s controversial novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” it’s doubtful she knew the impact her work would have.  Staged entirely in blackface minstrelsy, De-Constructing Uncle Tom provides an historical trajectory of the tall-tale, originally published in 1852.   The hour-long production demonstrates how the racial stereotypes Stowe manufactured continue to adversely position Black families, churches, athletes, and youth, in the white American consciousness.Pettiford-Wates said that the untold history of the nation’s racial past compels audiences to question their own education and knowledge of history.  By presenting such lessons in minstrel character the company strikes at deeply-held belief systems and unrealized prejudices.  Admittedly, the blackface proves overwhelming at first, forcing viewers to look beyond the grotesqueness of saucer eyes and big red lips, against coal-black skin.  The challenge is to see and acknowledge the people beneath the caricature.“I didn’t like the blackface… it made me feel embarrassed, but I understand why.  I’ve read Uncle Tom’s Cabin and it was painful to read Black people described like we were animals.  There was no humanity in [Stowe’s] work.  I brought my son with me to the show because I wanted him to understand that society’s perceptions of you can be a dangerous,” said Jamal Rayford.  “He’s fifteen and looked me dead in the face and said, “White people wear masks too because they’re afraid.”As a part of the performance’s epilogue, the company of actors remove their make-up in the presence of the audience.  The process, called de-masking, is one of the production’s most prolific moments, shared between the actors and audience as a moment of solidarity.  This de-masking is occurring regularly in popular culture – undertaken recently by actresses Viola Davis and CCH Pounder on primetime television shows, How to Get Away with Murder and The Sons of Anarchy.De-Constructing Uncle Tom was performed entirely in blackface minstrelsy by a diverse group of actors during The Atlas Theater’s Intersections Festival. (Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)“The lies live behind the masks.  So when you symbolically wipe off the mask, you expose the lie,” Pettiford-Wates said following a recent performance at The Atlas Theater’s Intersections Festival.  “That’s not to say that people can’t put it right back up again, that’s why I say consciousness has to be intentional.  That’s why you have to intentionally take it off.”Pettiford-Wates said that taking off the blinders and seeing the truth — even though painful and ugly, is necessary to the nation’s healing.Audience member Cheryl Dyson said that this ritualistic removal of make-up and wigs by African- American women in popular television shows and the actors in the play help disabuse Americans of lying about race and establishing new barriers.“De-Constructing Uncle Tom shows that although they’ve been modernized over the years, few white people view African Americans today outside of the characteristics of Uncle Tom, Mammy, and Topsy. Removing the masks symbolizes a refusal to keep up the pretense by Black people.  It is scary for the larger society because it simultaneously exposes whites, and systems of oppression we’ve come to accept as normal,” Dyson said.The Conciliation Project (TCP) has an 11-year history of facilitating difficult conversations around race and racism through the use of theatre.  The Richmond-based social justice theatre company partners with organizations and communities to engage in the long process of healing our nation’s historic past.last_img read more