EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 16 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment HerbeautyThat Sale Made Kim A BillionaireHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWho Was The Hollywood ‘It Girl’ The Year You Were Born?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Community News More Cool Stuff Top of the News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Community News center column 5 The Langham Huntington, Pasadena Promotes Two Members within its Sales Team From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 12:24 pm The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is pleased to announce the promotion of Ms. Kathy Winterrowd to Travel Industry Sales Manager and Ms. Angel Romero to Catering Sales Manager. Both have excelled in their former roles within the hotelâ€™s sales team and look forward to equally excelling in their new positions.Kathy Winterrowd has been with The Langham Huntington, Pasadena since 2010 in the role of Catering Sales and Service Manager. Last year, Ms. Winterrowd set the record for the highest number of meetings and events booked in one month at the hotel â€“ an impressive 31 events! Her extensive experience in the hospitality industry includes The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, The Athenaeum at The California Institute of Technology and The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa, among others. In her new role as Travel Industry Sales Manager, Ms. Winterrowd will continue to apply her wealth of industry knowledge as she works to bring travel agencies, tour operators, individual travelers and leisure guests to the property.Angel Romero began her career at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena in 2007 where she served as a Front Desk Agent. Ms. Romero was promoted to Front Office Supervisor in 2009 and has served as Catering Sales Administrative Assistant since 2010. In her most recent role, she displayed excellent client services skills while working diligently with our wedding clients and our couples who come back to visit the property on their one year anniversary, flawlessly arranging their stay details. Over the past year, Ms. Romero has been training to become a Catering Sales and Service Manager. Ms. Romeroâ€™s exemplary client service skills will continue to be an asset to the sales team as she works to bring meetings and events to the property.â€œI couldnâ€™t be happier with Kathy and Angelâ€™s performance over these past couple of years,â€ said Rebecca Huetter, Director of Sales and Marketing. â€œThey have been superstars in their positions and their promotions within the sales team are well deserved. I have every confidence that they will succeed in their new roles and bring increased and diversified business to the hotel.â€For more information about The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, please dial (626) 568-3900. The hotel is located at 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena.About The Langham Huntington, PasadenaCapturing the grace and elegance of classic Southern California, The Langham Huntington is an iconic landmark hotel located at the base of the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains, just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles in beautiful Pasadena. Originally constructed in 1907, the property was recently named the #1 Hotel in Los Angeles by U.S. News & World Report. Situated on 23 acres with grand historic ballrooms and gardens, the hotel features world-class dining, an award-winning spa with Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments, elegant guest rooms and recreational choices such as tennis, walking and bicycle routes and a nearby Nicklaus-designed golf course. For more information, visit http://pasadena.langhamhotels.com Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
Mayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,As we look toward 2021, I have asked our Community Services Department to reach out to people throughout the community to determine what the city can do to help.Even before COVID-19 upended our lives, our world was changing rapidly.I want to know what services, recreational opportunities, support systems, programs and facilities we can provide to keep everybody healthy and happy in “America’s Greatest Family Resort.”I believe it’s vitally important to focus on all aspects of life in this place we all love.As we look back on 2020, I also want to pay tribute to the people we lost this year and ask you to keep their families in our prayers.I’m sad to note the passing this week of Dr. Robert Mohr and Ron Grunstra.Dr. Mohr was a local dentist, Navy veteran, active member of St. Peter’s United Methodist and past president of the Rotary Club. Ron was a beloved educator, Music Pier usher, and well-respected member of our community.Please join me in extending deepest condolences to the family and many friends of these two gentlemen.City Council on Monday authorized a contract to design new flood mitigation measures for Merion Park and the area near the Four Seasons condominiums at 35 Street and Bay Avenue.This is one of the priority areas we identified in our virtual town hall meeting in December. As we enter the new year, I want to reassure you that the city remains committed to completing all of the projects outlined in our plans.Other projects – such as the bayside corridor between Ninth Street and 18th Street – are already under design and tentatively scheduled for construction in the fall.At the same time, we’re taking measures to provide immediate relief to neighborhoods scheduled for work at later dates.A temporary pump was placed at 25th Street and Haven Avenue and has already proven effective in reducing the severity of flooding at that location.We have accelerated our maintenance program for the citywide storm drainage system, resulting in immediate improvements in several locations where obstructions were removed.Council also approved going out to bid on the construction of a permanent restroom facility on the boardwalk at 11th Street and on bulkhead improvements at Eighth Street, Walton Place, Tonga Harbor and Clubhouse Lagoon.I’d like to thank Council for working together with the administration to address all of our infrastructure needs.The Cape May County wastewater main replacement project on Bay Avenue is entering its final stages. The county’s contractor will finish laying pipe in the next few weeks, and the roadway will be temporarily restored as the refilled trenches settle over the winter.Final paving will take place in the spring. I know this has been an incredibly long inconvenience, and I want to thank you all for your patience and understanding.Christmas trees can be placed at the curb for pickup on the regular trash schedule throughout the month of January.Please remember to make sure they are free of decorations. Because of the holiday, trash and recycling collection on the routes normally scheduled for Friday will be pushed back by one day.The year 2020 had its challenges and gave us all an opportunity to realize what’s most important in life. In 2021, I hope we can take what we’ve experienced, unplug our electronics, enjoy the little things, and be extra thankful for our families and friends.Michele and I would like to wish everybody the Happiest New Year. Please remember to mask up, wash hands, avoid large gatherings and look after your neighbors.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian
The holidays are just around the corner and shoppers are beginning to search for those perfect gifts. If home gardeners are on the list, consider these ideas from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts.UGA Extension county agents and horticulture specialists spend their workdays teaching home and professional gardeners the latest research-based information. In their off time, many of these experts love to dig in the soil in their own home gardens and landscapes.When asked what they’d like to find under their Christmas trees this year, here’s what they said:Stephen Pettis, the UGA Extension Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) agent in Rockdale County, Georgia, has a long wish list that includes a gift card to Johnny’s Selected Seeds, a pair of garden gloves, safety sunglasses, a sun hat, a bonsai pot and “a nice, big flower pot for the front porch.”He also has several tools on his wish list. He wants a telescoping pole pruner – without a saw, just the lopper on a pole – Gerber multi-tool pruners, a Japanese gardening knife, a bulb auger that attaches to a cordless drill, a garden cart or wagon and a two-wheeled wheelbarrow. “I think a valuable tool would also be a good Adirondack chair for resting after the workday is done,” Pettis said.Trey Gafnea, ANR agent in Jasper County, Georgia, hopes to find a gas-powered tiller, a push broadcast spreader, work gloves and pruners, with both short hand grips and long hand grips, under his holiday tree. He also wants some traditional hand tools, like a round-pointed shovel, a steel rake and a hoe.Apparently, pruning shears are in high demand. Wade Hutcheson, ANR agent in Spalding County, Georgia, also wants a pair. He prefers the FELCO brand, but said there are several good brands available. He also wants a spading fork, a gift certificate for a tree to put in his landscape and a big load (500 or 1,000 pounds) of soil amendment or compost.Hutcheson has been gardening at home and at work for decades, but he recommends giving a copy of Walter Reeves’ “Guide to Georgia Vegetable Gardening” for new vegetable gardeners.Hutcheson’s ultimate gift would be one free tree removal by a professional tree service or a coupon good for four to eight hours of free labor. Brenda Jackson, ANR agent in Murray County, Georgia, has a unique request. “My ideal Christmas gift would be for my husband to pull weeds while I ride around on the mower for a change,” she said.UGA Extension Community Garden Coordinator Becky Griffin wants a “load of really good compost,” a pair of pruners and a container for gathering her vegetables.Sam Ingram, ANR agent in Effingham County, Georgia, wants a gift that will make his gardening tasks easier. “I want an extender to pick up pine cones and such. It will really save my back,” he said.After spending her days working outside in the soil, Fayette County, Georgia, ANR Agent Kim Toal wants a few indoor plants to enjoy. She prefers orchids.Take a tip from these UGA Extension gardeners when selecting a holiday gift for the gardener, and maybe the gardener will share a little of their harvest in return.
continue reading » Community banks and credit unions have special appeal for cyber criminals. Why? Smaller financial institutions maintain large amounts of financial and personal data, but are perceived to lack the same well-fortified defenses that big banks use.In 2017, 58 percent of data breaches targeted small businesses, up from 53 percent in 2016, according to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. One reason for the spike is that criminals have become more organized and sophisticated, leveraging dark web chat forums and government-grade software tools. Even financial institutions with strong security protocols can be tripped up through spearfishing and social engineering threats that target an individual employee’s credentials.The good news? Financial firms of all sizes may be able to sharply reduce their exposure with the following proactive measures:Combine Multiple Layers of Monitoring and Response ProtectionSingle solutions, such as a strong firewall or antivirus measures, can’t protect against every threat. Comprehensive, around-the-clock protection requires advanced end-point detection, ransomware and malware blocking, network defense, threat intelligence, and an orchestrated real-time response. While it would be costly for the typical community bank or credit union to acquire the technology and specialized talent to maintain that level of coverage, managed service options exist today that offer equivalent or better support for less than the cost of hiring one experienced full-time cybersecurity professional. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Derek Stepan’s decision to forego his junior season at UW surprised even head coach Mike Eaves, but a spot on the Rangers’ roster called his name.[/media-credit]When Derek Stepan decided to forego his final two years of college eligibility, it came as a surprise to many – including his coach.A second-round pick of the New York Rangers, Stepan said he would stay for his junior season after a sophomore campaign where he led the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team in scoring with 54 points. In addition to helping the Badgers to the 2010 national title game, he captained Team USA to the gold medal in the World Junior Championships at the beginning of the year, leading all scorers in the tournament with 14 points.But following the buzz from the WJC, he said he was going to stay, admitting his age – he didn’t turn 20 until last June – and size would factor into him continuing to play for the Badgers.Then the summer rolled around, and after attending a prospects camp held by the Rangers, things changed.“I called because I was hearing things, I said, ‘Derek, what’s going on?’” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “He says, ‘Coach, I’m just meeting with my family, I’m coming back.’ And then when he called … I was taken off guard because it was like, ‘Coach, I’m coming back. Coach, I’m coming back.’ And all of sudden he’s gone.”Eaves said Stepan told him the Rangers wanted him and that he had a chance to make the team out of camp – an offer that’s hard to refuse, regardless of how legitimate is.“And sometimes that’s true and sometimes it’s not. But in this case it was,” Eaves said.As part of a youth movement the Rangers wanted to begin, Stepan was given an opportunity. Of the four UW underclassmen that turned pro following the 2009-2010 season, Stepan might have been the least NHL-ready in terms of physical size. But of those four, he was the only one to start the season in the NHL, rather than in the minor leagues.“A lot of this world has to do with opportunity and openings. Obviously the Rangers had openings and I had a good opportunity to make the team,” Stepan said in a phone interview.And in a debut you couldn’t script better, Stepan became only the fourth rookie to score a hat trick in his NHL debut. He finished the regular season fifth among rookies in scoring, with 21 goals and 24 assists.“When you dream as a kid, in your NHL debut [to] score a hat trick, it’s something that I’ll never forget,” he said.But while Stepan’s move to the NHL ranks is relatively common, his immediate success at that level is the exception to the rule. While NFL and NBA first- and second-round picks may be expected to contribute right away, that’s not usually the case for NHL picks. Former Badger Jamie McBain was drafted in the second round, played three years at Wisconsin and still spent almost his whole first full season as a pro playing for Carolina’s top minor league affiliate before getting called up for 14 games in 2010. He finally began the 2010-2011 season as a regular with the Hurricanes.But depending on need and where a player was drafted, an NHL team may put more pressure on a kid to sign sooner. Kyle Turris, the third overall pick in the 2007 draft, joined the Badgers that fall with high expectations and delivered by leading the team in scoring his first season with 35 points.Predictably, Phoenix drafted Turris with the intent of calling him up soon. Turris and the Coyotes agreed he would turn pro when they asked him to, which ended up being after his freshman season.“There is, just from a standpoint of if you’re a first- or second-rounder, the whole point of picking you that early is the idea that you’re going to be ready to play at the NHL level faster than the later round picks,” McBain said.Going one-and-done isn’t especially common in hockey and also begs the question: Why bother?“It was never a question in my mind that I would play college hockey. Just everything about it, from getting your education while you’re playing, to the level of play – playing against 23, 24-year-olds, being able to be coached by Mike Eaves,” Turris said in a phone interview.But organizational pressure aside, a player has to consider if he is physically and mentally ready for the leap to the NHL.In Justin Schultz’s case, being 6-foot-1 and generously listed as 185 pounds, he simply isn’t physically big enough to deal with NHL forwards, something he’s very aware of.“[Former Badger Jake Gardiner] said it’s not much the speed of the game or anything, but the guys are so much bigger and stronger than you’re used to in college,” Schultz said. “I think that is the biggest reason, I need to be stronger to be ready for that next level.”Gardiner left this past season after completing his junior year, signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs and playing for their minor league affiliate. And in Gardiner’s case, Eaves was 100-percent behind the decision.“You watch him play at this level and he can control the pace, he can be successful most of the time doing the things he wants,” Eaves said. “He needs to get up there and play against men and find that next level.”But not everybody is ready to make the leap when they think they are. Sometimes that means getting familiar with the AHL for a while before ever skating in an NHL game.Organizations are encouraging their draft picks to sign, but more often than not, they’re playing a year or two in the minor leagues before ever being called up to the NHL – a point with which Eaves has some contention.“Our kids [are] leaving and going to play in the minor leagues,” Eaves said. “Our kids [are] leaving as sophomores and now they’ve got to try and come back and finish school, that doesn’t make any sense.”Brendan Smith, a 2007 first-round pick of Detroit, hasn’t been called up yet after leaving in 2010, playing his first pro season for the Grand Rapids Griffins. However, he was the first Griffin to be named to the AHL All-Star team and was named to the AHL all-rookie team after a season where he went 12-20-32 and finished a plus-7.Classmate Cody Goloubef also gave up his final year of eligibility, and has spent the entire season with the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’ minor league team.Wisconsin’s other underclassman to leave in 2010, junior Ryan McDonagh, was considered the most NHL-ready of the four, a physically gifted skater who, at 6-foot-1 and 213 pounds, had the body for the game. Drafted 12th overall by Montreal in the 2007 draft, his rights were traded to the Rangers in 2009.After a difficult decision-making process, he left UW, but played 38 games in the AHL before being called up to the Rangers. Since then, he’s become one of the team’s top defensemen, and in Eaves’ words, looks like he belongs.All this goes to show, it’s difficult to predict how that decision will turn out.While Gardiner is so far the only Badger to officially leave this offseason, it was rumored Schultz and fellow junior-to-be Craig Smith could follow, and senior-to-be Jordy Murray is reportedly going to Switzerland to play professionally. But Schultz and Smith reaffirmed their decisions to stay in the end-of-the-year player-coaches meetings.“I just think coming back here another year and getting stronger, perfecting my game with Coach Eaves and the rest of the coaches really played a huge role in it,” Schultz said. “I think another year here is not going to hurt me at all.”“Both guys feel that they can get better in some form of their game by coming back. That’s huge, they feel they can develop and they commit themselves to the academic part,” Eaves said. “Because in one play, they could blow their knee out. In one play they could do something to their body that doesn’t allow them to continue. So this becomes their insurance mark, in terms of them being able to decide what they want to do with their life once the hockey is over.”Check back tomorrow for the third part in this five-part series, and check badgerherald.com/blogs/sports for additional quotes and notes.
lauren orsini The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Between advertisements you never asked to see and unnecessarily hidden status updates from your closest friends, it’s no wonder that Facebook has come under pressure from users to explain itself. Today on the Facebook business blog, the company outlined how it decides what to show you in a News Feed FYI that is itself a rare display of transparency. According to News Feed engineer Lars Backstrom, “every time someone visits News Feed there are on average 1,500 potential stories from friends, people they follow and Pages for them to see, and most people don’t have enough time to see them all.” That figure comes from an internal study of 7,000 active users over one week in July 2013. Pay No Attention To That Algorithm Behind The CurtainWithout exposing any company secrets, Backstrom described the key components underlying the most recent update, and why you’re seeing the status updates you see at any given point in time. Basically, your likes and comments serve as big signals to the Facebook algorithm that you’d like to see more of the same. And yes, the algorithm also puts a high ranking on stories you hide because you don’t want to see them anymore.Why not just keep your feed primarily unfiltered, the way Twitter does? Apparently, we the users have vetoed that alternative. “Our ranking isn’t perfect, but in our tests, when we stop ranking and instead show posts in chronological order, the number of stories people read and the likes and comments they make decrease,” Backstrom wrote. Facebook’s goal is to encourage as many likes, comments, and other indications of activity as possible from users. Not only does it demonstrate that users are enjoying the site, but it offers sparkling statistics to share with advertisers and brands. So it makes sense that today’s update is about giving the news feed a longer tail.What Comes Around, Stays AroundAs changes are rolled out onto users’ news feeds, they’ll notice that if they forget to read earlier stories, those stories won’t disappear. “Previously, people read 57% of the stories in their News Feeds, on average,” Backstrom wrote. “They did not scroll far enough to see the other 43%. When the unread stories were resurfaced, the fraction of stories read increased to 70%.”Facebook is clearly prioritizing ways to keep people on the site for longer. But the big win today isn’t the new feature; it’s the social network’s attempt to show a human side and explain, clearly and transparently, what’s happening behind the scenes. Tags:#Facebook Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
READ: MMA legend Vitor Belfort signs with ONE Championship “We’re in discussions with Roy and I would love to do it,” Sityodtong said during the ONE: A New Era press conference on Thursday at the Ritz-Carlton here. “Roy is one of the best boxers of all time. He is lightning quick and has massive KO power.”“It could be a legend vs legend match.”ONE just signed Belfort, a former light heavyweight champion in the UFC, last month.Both have legendary careers in their respective fields but are also well past their primes.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles WATCH: The legend Vitor Belfort in the flesh! #ONENewEra | @MarkGiongcoINQpic.twitter.com/OWOxrMpVZQ— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) March 28, 2019TOKYO, Japan—MMA icon Vitor Belfort mixing it up with boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. in ONE Championship has the potential to either work or turn out to be a flop.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong said he likes the possibility of the two squaring off.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting READ: MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight weekBelfort, 41, was knocked out by Lyoto Machida in his last fight at UFC 224 in May 2018 while Jones turned 50 two months ago.A potential bout between the two came up after Belfort called out Jones in an interview with mmafighting.com.Jones, who is a four-division world champion, had already accepted Belfort’s challenge but there had been no development since until Sityodtong bared the ongoing talks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event In fact, Sityodtong said ONE is already talking to Jones, who was untouchable in the ring during his prime, about the fight with Belfort. LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Is Rafael dos Anjos willing to fight in ONE Championship? ‘Of course’ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Multiple people sent me this question as Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is once again hitting his pitcher eighth in the batting order. Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell is reportedly considering doing the same, and many other managers have dabbled with the strategy over the years. Maddon picked it up from fabled lineup-tinkerer Tony La Russa, but does it work? Does it even matter?A lot of interesting research has been conducted on the subject. Most notably, co-authors Tom Tango, Mitchel Lichtman and Andrew Dolphin examined the question in their great sabermetric manual “The Book,” where they used a markov chain-based lineup simulator to measure the effect of slotting a pitcher-caliber (i.e., terrible) hitter into various lineup spots. Although it hurts the offense to give more plate appearances to such a poor hitter, Tango and co. found that the damage was offset by the benefit of giving the nine hole to a “second leadoff hitter”: a reasonably competent hitter (often with similar skills to a traditional leadoff man) who would often come up before the top of the order, setting the table for those hitters far more frequently than the pitcher would.One of my longtime favorites, Baseball Prospectus’s Russell Carleton, performed some follow-up research several years later. Carleton used a markov simulator similar to the one used in “The Book,” but he also tried to account for the way hitting the pitcher eighth increases the likelihood that a manager will have to make a tough pinch-hitting decision when the starter’s spot comes up in the mid-to-late innings of a close game. And in Carleton’s final analysis, the problems that decision causes cancel out the benefit of the second leadoff man, making it basically a wash. Hitting the pitcher eighth is different, and maybe even a little cool, Carleton wrote, but the research shows it doesn’t add (or subtract) much in the grand scheme of things. POSPLAYERAGE2017 WARPREV. CAREER WAR CFJacoby Ellsbury330.729.7 SPLuis Severino230.61.5 RFAaron Judge252.4-0.4 RPAdam Warren290.53.8 LFAaron Hicks270.81.4 WAR here is an average of the wins above replacement systems found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com. 2017 data current through May 3.Sources: Fangraphs.com, Baseball-Reference.com, Seamheads.com DHMatt Holliday370.747.3 2BStarlin Castro271.012.1 SPMichael Pineda280.610.1 RPAroldis Chapman290.513.9 Weighted by each player’s contributions to New York’s bottom line,4For this, I used WAR but also added in wins generated below the replacement level — yielding a total “wins added” for each player. (This was necessary because some teams — such as the 1979 A’s and 2003 Tigers — nearly finished an entire season with subzero WAR totals, which would have thrown off their averages.) the typical member of the 2017 Yankees went into the season with 13.2 lifetime WAR — a pretty ordinary total, considering the age of their roster. (Since the dawn of the expansion era in 1961, the average WAR for a team with the same age as the Yankees is 12.9.) That makes this group especially abnormal for New York, where there’s always an enormous budget for importing accomplished talent. By this measure, this is the least-pedigreed Yankee team in 25 years: This is also the youngest Yankee squad since the 1992 edition. That team only won 76 games, however, while this year’s version is conservatively on track for 88 wins with a solid chance at the postseason.The Yankees tend to exceed expectations a little anyway, winning about five more games per season on average over the past decade than would be predicted from the ages and credentials of their players alone. (Such are the benefits of a stingy bullpen and good pitching-staff management, along with having the payroll to fill gaps midseason.) But if this year’s team keeps playing to its early-season form, it would find itself punching above its weight class more than any Yankees team since the 1998 version that exploded for 114 wins and kicked off a dynasty.With 18 former or future All-Stars, though, those Yankees weren’t exactly lacking in star power. They’d already won the World Series two seasons before, and 1998 was the third straight year that the team posted 90 or more wins. By contrast, it’s been five years since the current Yankees cracked that threshold. There’s still plenty we don’t know about this year’s team, but it’s safe to say they’re not the reincarnation of the ’98 Yankees.And history tells us that while any team has the potential to catch lightning in a bottle, those that lack the underlying talent to back it up will almost certainly enjoy only fleeting success. Since 1961, the average team who outplayed their track records as much as the Yankees have thus far crashed back to earth the following season.5If the Yankees maintain their current winning percentage for the rest of the season, they’d finish with 106 wins, but we’d expect them to play like a 92-win team next year. And that’s looking at teams who elevated their play over an entire season, whereas the Yanks have only run hot for a month. That’s why projection systems still see New York as playing only a little better than .500 ball the rest of the season, despite the scorching start.All of which is to say, the Yankees still probably haven’t arrived quite yet, but it’s only a matter of time before they do. Even if New York’s less-pedigreed contingent cools off over the rest of the 2017 season, they should get a boost from hard-hitting catcher Gary Sanchez, who is scheduled to return from injury soon. And the team’s combination of the No. 2-ranked farm system and the No. 2-ranked payroll in baseball could easily have the Yankees cracking 90 or even 95 wins within a couple seasons. According to Matt Swartz’s research on the relationship between farm rankings, payroll and wins, the second-ranked farm system is worth four wins above average two years into the future and the second-ranked payroll is worth 11 wins, which would add up to a 96-win season.That Yankee squad will probably be headlined by current pinstripers like Judge and Sanchez, but also prospects like Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier and James Kaprielian, none of whom have made the majors yet. By banking that gaudy April record, though, the Yankees have placed themselves squarely in the early-season playoff discussion, which is a conversation they should be a big part of for the foreseeable future.Too many eggs in the pitching basket?The New York Mets’ ongoing spate of pitching injuries this season — culminating Sunday with Noah Syndergaard’s torn right latissimus muscle, which will keep the flamethrower out indefinitely — had me wondering whether it was possible for a team to lean too heavily on the fragile arms of major league hurlers. (After all, how does a team go from being lauded for its pitching depth to relying on a catcher to chew innings in a month?)In other words: Is building a team around pitching value inherently riskier than banking on hitters? I looked at this a couple of ways. First, I measured the year-to-year correlation in a team’s batting/fielding WAR and its pitching WAR6Per 162 games. going back to 1961. The verdict: Pitching WAR (with a correlation of 0.48) was slightly less reliable than position-player WAR (0.53) — though it’s a small difference at best.The other thing I did was check to see if pitching-heavy teams were more prone to collapse — which I defined using several thresholds for declining records — in the following season. (Specifically, I ran a series of logit regressions testing whether the percentage of a team’s WAR that came from pitching was associated with an increased risk of declining by at least five, seven or 10 wins the next year.) It turns out there was no significant relationship between how much a team relied on its pitching staff and how likely it was to go down in flames in the future.There are certainly other ways to look at this, but my quick-and-dirty research suggests that the Mets’ policy of relying on pitching wasn’t necessarily a flawed one. They just appear to have picked the wrong group of pitchers to count on.Juiced-ball watchLast year, our own Rob Arthur and Ben Lindbergh noticed that balls had been flying out of ballparks at a ridiculous clip since late in the 2015 season, and they found evidence that changes to the baseball itself could be responsible. Here, Ben notes that we could be in for even more dingers this season: CAustin Romine280.5-0.9 SPMasahiro Tanaka280.410.8 RPDellin Betances290.48.5 SSRonald Torreyes240.40.6 3BChase Headley331.125.9 These aren’t your typical star-studded Yankees Give pitchers a chance (to hit eighth) LFBrett Gardner331.028.4 Welcome to Full Count, our new(!) weekly baseball column. Have anything you want me to write about? Email or tweet me at [email protected] or @Neil_Paine.The summer of 2017 was supposed to be one of the last opportunities for New York Yankees haters to bask in pinstriped mediocrity. Although the Bronx Bombers went into the season with baseball’s second-best farm system and an intriguing mix of veterans and kids at the big-league level, they were also sellers at last year’s trade deadline — for the first time in ages. General manager Brian Cashman had even sold management on the idea of a long-term rebuilding plan (at least, long-term by Yankees standards). New York was going to be dominant again in the near future, the thinking went, but probably not this year.Fast-forward to a month into the season, however, and the next great Yankees team appears to have arrived ahead of schedule. At 17-9, New York has the third-best record in the majors, and its underlying metrics are even more striking — according to wins above replacement,1Using an average of Baseball-Reference.com’s and FanGraphs.com’s WAR metrics. the Yankees have played at a 117-win pace (!) in the early going.2A team WAR of 11.2 in 26 games works out to about 70 over a full season; since the replacement level is set at 47 wins per 162 games (a .294 winning percentage), that adds up to 117 wins.But the fact that the Yankees are winning baseball games is not as fascinating as who they’ve been winning with. The players driving New York’s early run are either middling veterans (Aaron Hicks) or unproven youngsters (Aaron Judge). When you sort the roster by how much each player has contributed so far this season,3According to WAR. only two of their top five players (third baseman Chase Headley and left fielder Brett Gardner) had even a baker’s dozen of career WAR to their names before this year. The Yankees’ lack of pedigree is highly unusual for a franchise that famously seeks out (and overpays for) pedigree. It also suggests that the team probably won’t be able to sustain this breakneck pace. But whether their early 2017 results are real or not, they’re providing a preview of things to come for the franchise — even if that future might eventually involve a different supporting cast.For most teams, you can make a pretty good guess about how they’ll do simply by looking at the track records of the talent on hand. The Detroit Tigers, for instance, are a moderately old team whose WAR have come from moderately accomplished players, so it’s no surprise that they’re hovering around .500. But the Yankees are bucking that trend so far. For every Headley (25.9 career WAR before 2017) and Gardner (28.4 WAR), the Yanks are powered by many more players like Judge, the breakout second-year slugger who had -0.4 WAR while hitting .179 last year. In fairness, Judge was a well-regarded prospect despite his slow career start — he cracked the Baseball America Top 100 list in preseason — but that wasn’t true of other team leaders such as Hicks, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro, Michael Pineda, Austin Romine and Ronald Torreyes. Not old, but not exactly babies either, none had done much to suggest that greatness was around the corner.
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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 SettingsA nationally renowned forensic pathologist testified Monday in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Rebecca Zahau.Zahau is the woman who was found bound, gagged and hanging naked from a balcony of the Spreckels mansion in Coronado in 2011.Dr. Cyril Wecht performed a second autopsy on Zahau’s body, about three months after an initial autopsy by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office.Wecht said that in his opinion, the young woman’s death was not a suicide.KUSI’s Sasha Foo reports on some of the testimony heard in San Diego County Superior Court. March 12, 2018 Sasha Foo, Pathologist testifies that Rebecca Zahau’s death was a homicide Sasha Foo Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Coronado, Dr. Cyril Wecht, Rebecca Zahau FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:27 PM Posted: March 12, 2018