Angels deal C.J. Cron to Rays for player to be named

first_imgNow, the Angels are planning to have Albert Pujols play more first base, likely splitting the job with Valbuena. Barring injury, that didn’t leave much opportunity for Cron.Cron is also out of options, so the Angels would not have been able to send him to the minors. Had they kept him on the bench, they would have had three first basemen, and likely no utility middle infielder besides the starters. Expected to carry 13 pitchers, the Angels are facing the prospect of a three-man bench, which means versatility is important from the bench players.“With the construction of our roster and the personnel we have in place for this upcoming season, we have to place a premium on flexibility and maneuverability within our position player group,” General Manager Billy Eppler said. “C.J. has been nothing but professional and the consummate team player here. He cares about the game and his teammates. We wish him well as he embarks on the rest of his career.”In parts of four seasons with the Angels, Cron hit .262 with 59 homers and a .756 OPS. He hit exactly 16 homers in each of the past three seasons, even though he never had more than 407 at-bats.One of the knocks against Cron was his plate discipline. His career on-base percentage is just .307. He struck out a career-high 96 times last season. Eppler clearly stated at the end of last season that one of his primary goals was improving the team’s on-base percentage. TEMPE, Ariz. — After a couple years of moves that seemingly marginalized C.J. Cron’s role on the team, the Angels finally traded him on Saturday.The Angels dealt Cron to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named.Cron, 28, was the Angels’ first-round pick in 2011, and he had moved through the system looking like he might one day be a middle-of-the-order hitter.In January 2017, though, the Angels acquired Luis Valbuena, which seemingly left Cron with a lesser role. He ended up still playing 100 games in 2017 when both Valbuena and third baseman Yunel Escobar were hurt. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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As baseball grapples with the definition of value, one MVP voter does the same

first_imgAs a study in how the game’s incentives have shifted, one evaluator pointed to the case of Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson. A center fielder with range, Pederson possessed the speed to steal 20 or more bases in each of his four minor league seasons. In the majors, Pederson became a completely different hitter. He re-oriented his approach toward power, and has never stolen more than six bases in a season. Eventually he became a platoon player, then a corner outfielder, and ever so briefly a first baseman.Pederson’s next home run will be his 25th. That’s how many home runs Kirk Gibson hit in 1988, when he was voted National League MVP. Through Tuesday, 22 NL players had 25 or more home runs.What if the most valuable player is not someone who conforms to the modern prototype? What if a player derives value by forcing others to redefine the game on his terms? There is no bat-wielding outlier in 2019 who falls into that category.There is, however, Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu.With an earned-run average of 1.45, Ryu is 66 percent better than the league average. That has never been done by a qualified pitcher in a full season. Greg Maddux came the closest, in 1994, with a 1.56 ERA for the Atlanta Braves. Unlike other elite pitchers today Ryu does not possess an exceptional strikeout rate. He allows batters to make contact like Maddox did, yet he is elite at stifling home runs.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut In 2015, when Bryce Harper won the National League Most Valuable Player award, his isolated power was an otherworldly 113 percent above the league average. That was better than the best season of Albert Pujols’ career, or Manny Ramirez’s, or Duke Snider’s. Harper hit 42 home runs, batted .330, and was the unanimous choice among BBWAA voters.Isolated power isn’t a statistic in every baseball fan’s lexicon. It isn’t printed in box scores. It isn’t even found on the stats tables of Major League Baseball’s official website. (The formula for isolated power is as simple as it is anonymous: slugging percentage minus batting average.) Without it, however, we would have no context for what we saw then, and what we are seeing now.Three players – Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich and Mike Trout – began the day with 39 home runs, three fewer than Harper’s 2015 total. They could each match Harper by the end of August, or the end of this week, or in a single night. Trout has the highest isolated slugging percentage of the three, 96 percent above the league average. Impressive as that is, it’s only a shade above Yelich (95), and a sequoia in the shadow of Harper’s 2015 redwood.Harper was an easy choice in 2015. I filed the first MVP ballot of my life that October. The Nationals were not a playoff team, and the thought that a star warranted demerit if his team didn’t make the playoffs still permeated MVP debates. One National League player generously volunteered to assist me in my thought process. He asked me how I defined “most valuable” player. “The best player is the most valuable,” I said. As the words left my mouth that sounded sensible, even trite. Truthfully I’ve been wrestling with what it means ever since. After one May game in which Ryu shut out the Mets for seven innings, I asked Manager Dave Roberts whether Ryu’s success was a byproduct of our era. Does mastering the ability to pitch to contact, relying on pinpoint command rather than elite velocity, allow a pitcher to succeed in a game that emphasizes strikeouts and home runs?“I think that with his stuff, he can survive in any era,” Roberts said of Ryu. “It’s always a good thing to be able to command the baseball and to use different pitches. I think now, when you’re talking about the ability to strike guys out, which he has, and the ability to put the ball on the ground – now you’re talking about shifting and defensive metrics and putting guys in the right spots, depending on the tendencies of the hitter – and you look at Hyun-Jin’s balls in play, they’re converted into outs more than any of our pitchers.“Right now, probably as an outlier, with the defensive metrics, gives him even a better opportunity for me.”I have my doubts that Ryu is truly more valuable to the Dodgers than Bellinger, or than Yelich is to the Brewers. I have no doubt that, if he keeps this up, Ryu is more than a mere “hipster pick” for MVP. He isn’t just redefining the game on his terms every time he pitches. He is the best practitioner of a kind of baseball that dominated for a century, only to be rejected in an era of home runs and strikeouts. In so doing Ryu just happens to lead the world in ERA, that most traditional of statistics, by a comical margin. I’m not sure what that means. There’s a bigger picture than the traditional stats are painting in 2019.center_img BBWAA awards ballots were distributed this week. I have a National League MVP ballot, so I’ll be wrestling with the definition of “value” again. The game has changed in the last four years, enough to force voters to re-frame what something as simple as a home run means.Before a recent game, I talked to a group of pro scouts who were grappling with the same problem. They didn’t have MVP votes. Their task was taller: to evaluate players for their major league readiness in strange places. The average Pacific Coast League game features 12 runs, the average International League game more than 10. A Triple-A pitcher with a 5.00 earned-run average is faring well. Hitting a home run means relatively little at that level – even less than in the big leagues, where the league-wide home run record is on pace to fall with two weeks left in the season.The ability to swat home runs, the historical gold standard of hitting prowess, is not the prized quality it once was. Scouts must train their eyes on each batter’s swing, looking for holes in his bat path. Any pitch not thrown to that hole is liable to leave a Triple-A ballpark. Anything inside the hole is exploitable by a pitcher with command. And if a swing can be exploited at Triple-A – even if the hitter is slugging 1.000 – it can and will be exploited even more at the major league level. The hitter with the fewest holes in his swing is the best; now the ball supplies his power. For a pitcher, the inverse is true: The ability to get hitters to swing and miss is king.The net effect of how evaluators grade players in 2019 speaks directly to the definition of “most valuable.” He who can master a game of home runs and strikeouts is deemed the best player. But how valuable is a 40-home run hitter in 2019? Or even a 50-home run hitter?“Hitters have no idea of what to do in situational hitting spots,” one scout told me. “Over 162 (games), the numbers are entertaining, but to win those last 11, you have to hit, get on base, take extra bases, and play some defense.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Lakers-Clippers on Christmas Day: Live NBA updates

first_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates A source confirmed to Southern California News Group that the Lakers had a Tuesday morning walkthrough, and that both James and Davis were improving. James missed Sunday’s loss to the Nuggets, his first absence of the season, while Davis tweaked his knee in the third quarter of the game.SCNG’s NBA columnist Mark Heisler shares his thoughts on the league’s Christmas Day offerings.Live updates:Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers PreviousThe Clippers’ Maurice Harkless #8 fouls the Lakers’ Anthony Davis #3 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard spins for a shot in front of the Lakers’ Danny Green during Tuesday’s season opener at Staples Center. Leonard was his typical dominant self in his Clippers debut with 30 points, six rebounds and five assists in a 112-102 victory. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Clippers Shai Gilgeous-Alexander , #2, eyes a two point shot as Lakers Alex Caruso, #4, defends during second half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 113-105. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Lakers’ Anthony Davis, left, and the Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard are among the new additions to their respective rosters this season, and both teams have plenty of reasons to be happy with how their seasons have gone so far. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller, Getty Images)Clippers Shai Gilgeous-Alexander , #2, eyes a two point shot as Lakers Alex Caruso, #4, defends during second half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 113-105. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)After Clippers forward Paul George scored only five points in 32 minutes in Friday’s loss to the Spurs, he’ll have an opportunity to get going again Sunday against the Washington Wizards, who were blown out 125-103 by the Lakers on Friday at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Paul George is expected to make his Clippers debut this week, reportedly Thursday against in New Orleans against the Pelicans. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Lakers’ LeBron James, right, chases down the Clippers’ Landry Shamet and blocks his shot from behind during the season opener last month at Staples Center. James’ effort on defense early in the season is one reason the Lakers rank among the league’s best in several defensive metrics. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers practices before the LA Clippers season home opener against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green (14) reacts after making a three-point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Clippers’ Patrick Beverley celebrates a basket (and foul drawn) by teammate Montrezl Harrell during the second half of their 112-102 victory over the Lakers in Tuesday’s season opener at Staples Center. The scrappy Beverley had 10 rebounds in the win, helping set up second-chance baskets like the one by Harrell. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) reacts to a foul call against him during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, passes next to Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)“I have a list of (injuries) and I just try to play, fight through them and do what I’ve gotta do to help the team,” Lakers big man Anthony Davis said of playing through shoulder pain in Tuesday’s win. “I’m here to be one of the leaders of the team and it’s tough for me to do that on the sideline. So I’d rather just see how I feel, go play and try leading that way.” (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) talks to assistant Jason Kidd during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green (14) reacts after making a three-point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green (14) reacts after making a three-point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) argues a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, right, is defended by Los Angeles Lakers’ Jared Dudley during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks up at the scoreboard during the fourth quarter in a 112-102 LA Clippers win in the Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass as Maurice Harkless #8 and Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers defend during a 112-102 Clipper win in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Maurice Harkless #8 of the LA Clippers attempts a layup between Anthony Davis #3 and Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 112-102 Clipper win in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, right, steals the ball from Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, top, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, center, drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis, top, dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers shoots a jumper over Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 112-102 Clipper win in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard (39) reacts after scoring, next to Los Angeles Clippers’ JaMychal Green (4) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, is defended by Los Angeles Lakers’ Quinn Cook (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) blocks a shot from Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel yells out instructions during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers reacts for a foul during a 112-102 Clipper win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: (L-R) Ivica Zubac #40, Paul George #13 and Patrick Patterson #54 of the LA Clippers celebrate play during a 112-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as they trail the LA Clippers during the fourth quarter in a 112-102 Clippers win during the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers and Danny Green #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers laugh after a 112-102 Clippers win during the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard #2 attempts to distract the Lakers’ Troy Daniels #30 as he shoots during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers laughs with Kawhi Leonard #2 leading the Los Angeles Lakers during the fourth quarter in a 112-102 Clippers win in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his foul on Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers during the fourth quarter in a 112-102 Clipper win in the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard #2 shoots as Lakers LeBron James #23, Anthony Davis #3 and Danny Green #14 defend during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers Anthony Davis #3 battles for the ball with the Clippers’ Maurice Harkless #8 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers Dwight Howard #39 reacts after being called for a foul on the Clippers’ Lou Williams #23 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell #5 and the Lakers Anthony Davis #3 battle for the ball during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Lou Williams #23 lays the ball up as the Lakers Dwight Howard #39 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Anthony Davis #3 is called for a charging foul on the Clippers’ Patrick Beverley #21 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard #2 defends the Lakers LeBron James #23 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell #5 drives to the hoop through a host of Lakers defenders during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers Anthony Davis #3 lays the ball up during their NBA game against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell #5 drives to the hoop as the Lakers LeBron James #23 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Maurice Harkless (8) and Montrezl Harrell, right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Clippers’ Maurice Harkless #8 fouls the Lakers’ Anthony Davis #3 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, October 212, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard spins for a shot in front of the Lakers’ Danny Green during Tuesday’s season opener at Staples Center. Leonard was his typical dominant self in his Clippers debut with 30 points, six rebounds and five assists in a 112-102 victory. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 52The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard spins for a shot in front of the Lakers’ Danny Green during Tuesday’s season opener at Staples Center. Leonard was his typical dominant self in his Clippers debut with 30 points, six rebounds and five assists in a 112-102 victory. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Expand The Battle for Los Angeles, between the Lakers and Clippers, headlines the NBA’s slate of Christmas Day games with each team’s best players expected to play.By the end of the summer, both teams in L.A. transformed into superteams. The Clippers topped the Lakers 112-102 in the season opener without Paul George.The second meeting between the two teams will have a playoff-like atmosphere with George and Kawhi Leonard on the court for the Clippers. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are also expected to play for the Lakers, despite being ruled questionable earlier in the week. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Lauren Springsteen and Mark Smith

first_imgLauren Ashley Springsteen and Mark David Smith were married on June 30, 2012 at Central Baptist Church, Atlantic Highlands. Reverend George Hancock-Stefan performed the ceremony. Jennifer Capriotti and Stephanie Fischer were the matrons of honor, and Nicholas Hlinka and Christopher Esposito were best men. The wedding was followed by a reception at Beacon Hill Country Club, Atlantic Highlands.Lauren is the daughter of David and Patricia Springsteen, Rumson. She graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.S. in math, science and technology education and a master’s degree in English as a second language education. She is a 5th grade math and science teacher at Montgomery Township Lower Middle School.Mark is the son of Jean Smith, Atlantic Highlands and David Smith, Eatontown. He graduated from Montclair University with a B.A. in history and is currently pursuing a master’s in Education Leadership at The College of New Jersey. He is a history teacher at Neptune High School.After a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple will reside in Middletown.last_img read more

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Little Silver Police Officer Found Guilty of Four Counts of Official…

first_imgFREEHOLD – A Monmouth County jury found Little Silver Police Officer Steven Solari guilty on Thursday of four counts of second-degree official misconduct, third-degree hindering the apprehension of oneself and assault in connection with a 2009 incident in the borough, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia presided over the five-week trial culminating with the conviction of Solari.Solari is scheduled to be sentenced by Vernoia on Jan. 17. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, with a mandatory five-year period of parole ineligibility on each of the four official misconduct counts; five years on the hindering apprehension count; and six months on the assault count.“No one is above the law, especially not members of the law enforcement community who hold the public trust, and who are sworn to uphold the law by protecting and serving the general public,” Gramiccioni said.Little Silver Police Chief Daniel Shaffery said, “As police officers we are held to a higher standard and we must maintain those high standards to deserve the trust the public provides us on a daily basis.”Evidence presented during the trial revealed Solari performed a welfare check on an adult male at a private residence in Little Silver on Dec. 20, 2009 at the request of the individual’s mother – but the event ended with Solari arresting the man and placing him in handcuffs. During the course of the arrest, the man suffered a head injury, severe bleeding and eye irritation after being sprayed by Solari with pepper spray.An ambulance on scene was ready to transport the victim to a nearby hospital but, in violation of departmental procedure, Solari transported the victim to police headquarters for processing. During processing, Solari attempted to take booking photographs of the victim, but the victim did not cooperate during the taking of a side-profile photograph. An agitated Solari responded by punching the handcuffed victim multiple times in the head, knocking him into a metal filing cabinet where the victim struck his head. The injured man was eventually transported to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, where he was treated and released the following day.Within days of the incident, Solari submitted a police report that contained numerous false statements in an effort to conceal his crimes, including a claim the man “began to lunge” at one of the first-aid responders who was in the room at the time of the assault. However, both first-aid responders and the victim testified there was no “lunge,” but rather that an angry Solari assaulted the victim because he would not pose for the booking photograph.In a further effort to conceal his crimes, Solari also approached one of the first-aid responders on three separate occasions – twice while in police uniform – instructing the witness to tell anyone asking about the incident to “just remember he lunged.”The charges resulted from an investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office in conjunction with the Little Silver Police Department.The case was prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Melanie Falco of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office’s Financial Crimes & Public Corruption Unit.last_img read more

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Nadal accounts to recover the number 1 of the ATP

first_imgThe struggle for number one in Indian Wells Djokovic10,18510,20010,22010,26510,35510,53510,77511,175 Rafa Nadal couldn’t recover the number 1 of the ATP rating regardless of successful the title at the Mexican Open Telcel de Acapulco (500 factors, which have to be eliminated 45 that defended 2019), since Novak Djokovic additionally scored 500 factors along with his triumph in the Dubai Responsibility Free Tennis Championship. This fashion Djokovic seems this week in the standings with 10,220 factors for the 9,850 of Nadal.The subsequent event for Nadal to assault the number 1 will happen in the 1,000 Masters of Indian Wells, the place a priori Djokovic begins with a bonus since Nadal defends 360 factors as a semifinalist final 12 months, whereas Djokovic solely defends 45 after falling in the third spherical.To return to occupy the number 1 in the world, Nadal needs to be champion sure or sure, which might add 10,490 factors. Something apart from successful the title would imply one other week of Djokovic main the rating. If Nadal wins the title, the Balearic should look ahead to Djokovic to fall earlier than the Indian Wells semifinals to return to the high of the rating. Nadal9,5009,5159,5359,5809,6709,85010,09010,490center_img 1st Spherical2nd sphericalthird SphericalEighthRoomsSemifinalsFinalistChampion In the case of not having the ability to attain number one, Nadal could have one other new alternative in the Miami Masters 1,000, the place he’ll search for one of the 1,000 Masters who nonetheless resist him in his medal winners, and the place he doesn’t defend factors by not competing final 12 months for the 90s that Djokovic defends in Miami.last_img read more

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No regrets for Perez, Lyceum after finals loss: ‘It was a good experience for us’

first_imgBut this season was when everything materialized for Lyceum, completing one of the biggest turns in the local collegiate scene after sweeping the eliminations and establishing itself as a legitimate title contender.Perez was also a key cog in making that shift a reality, matching his hype with a Season Most Valuable Player after averaging 19.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.9 steals.The Pangasinense forward continued that tear in the Finals, where he anchored the surprise top-seed Pirates in the tussle against the Red Lions and averaged 23.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals.Unfortunately, Lyceum settled for second place.However, the 23-year-old Perez argued that the Pirates have nothing to be ashamed about with how they fared this year.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson “When we’re winning, we didn’t let go of each other. The change started in all of us and that culture will not change. Even though our season is over, we won’t leave each other,” he said.And rather than be down, Perez noted that these hardships will just make the Lyceum bond stronger as it seeks to bounce back strong next season.“We won’t promise anything, but we’ll just continue playing our game. After this, tomorrow will be the start of Season 94 for all of us,” he said. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “We’re happy because we gave it our best,” said Perez said in Filipino after the Pirates ended their perfect 18-0 season with a runner up finish, losing to San Beda, 82-92 in Game 2.Failing to cap off the historic eliminations romp with a title seems like a disappointment, but Perez said Lyceum can still hold its head high knowing that the result of coach Topex Robinson’s culture change exceeded everyone’s expectations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“We don’t regret anything. Even though we lost, at least we gave it our all. We failed, but it was a good experience for us,” said PerezJoining the NCAA in 2011, the Pirates paid their dues going from cellar-dwellers to dark horses. Even up until last year, their 6-12 finish came with the ignominy of being the lone squad to lose to erstwhile-winless St. Benilde. Tankoua wins NCAA Finals MVP in comeback season Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt may come as a surprise, but CJ Perez still had a smile on his face as he exited Smart Araneta Coliseum Thursday nightAnd he had every reason to still feel happy despite the Finals loss, seeing how big of a turnaround Lyceum pulled off this NCAA Season 93.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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Tricks of the trade? Hamilton worried by Ferrari extra speed

first_imgCrew work on the car of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (Srdjan Suki, Pool Photo via AP)SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium — Moments after the end of Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton walked alongside the Ferrari of winning driver Sebastian Vettel and peered inside the car.It was only a quick glance, but comments made by Hamilton shortly afterward revealed his concern at where Formula One rival Ferrari’s extra speed on the straights is coming from.ADVERTISEMENT “They have got a few trick things going on in the car,” the British driver said in a trackside interview.Asked later to clarify his comments, Hamilton was keen to distance himself from sounding suspicious, or suggesting Ferrari has infringed the rules in any way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I’m not saying it’s anything illegal. Trick is just something that helps you bring that extra performance … Please don’t twist my words,” Hamilton said. “We all have trick things on our cars. Trick is just a word for something special, I guess. I don’t know what’s on their car, so I couldn’t say (if it is illegal or legal) either way.”Although Hamilton finished 12 seconds behind Vettel in second place, that margin was made larger by the fact Hamilton eased up in the closing laps because he knew he could not catch Vettel and was saving the engine for races ahead, starting next weekend at the Italian GP in Monza. Following that, Ferrari has another fast track well suited to it at Singapore. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We might struggle to match them there (in Singapore),” said Hamilton, who leads Vettel by 17 points with eight races left. They are both chasing a fifth F1 title to move level with Argentine great Juan Manuel Fangio.Heading into this weekend’s race at Spa, nestled in the Ardennes forest, both Ferrari and Mercedes had brought upgrades to their cars. But Hamilton sounded confused why Mercedes is slower than Ferrari.“We came here with a pretty good upgrade, and I mean generally every time we do bring an upgrade they bring a bigger one,” Hamilton said. “We knew they were quicker on the straights. We’ve known for the last four races so they’ve had some things in their car to enable them to be quicker on the straights. We’ve got to work harder, I guess.”Although Hamilton seemed to distance himself from his initial “trick” comment, he continued to query where the power comes from.“In both stints he had a little more pace than me,” Hamilton said. “They deploy (more) power somehow than us. Not really sure how, but that’s how they are.”ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Thai tennis player out of US Open because of travel woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES Vettel, who was sat next to Hamilton in the post-race news conference, responded calmly when asked if his car has extra power.“I hope so. I hope we have more power. That’s what we’re working for. We’ve been making progress the last two years (so that’s) good news,” the German driver said. “I wouldn’t disagree in terms of power this year we are closer (than last year) … It’s good to see we are making progress.”Charlie Whiting, motorsport governing body FIA’s race director, was asked about Hamilton’s “trick” comment.“I’m quite amused by it, really, because we know quite a lot about the Ferrari car and there’s no way Lewis would know anything about the Ferrari car,” Whiting said. “They’re doing a good job at the moment and Mercedes have got to try and counter that, haven’t they?”Whiting does not see any problem with Ferrari’s car.He added: “If he (Hamilton) says they’ve got a few tricks going on in that car, well, clearly they have got some things going on in that car which are giving it performance which we’re all aware of (in FIA) and obviously we’re happy with.”Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff praised Ferrari’s performance.“Lewis was pretty powerless on lap one. He got swallowed up by Vettel on the straight,” Wolff said. “(Ferrari) were deserved winners today. “last_img read more

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Ramjattan displaying double standards

first_img…opens party to criticism over constitutional breach−Dr HindsAlliance For Change (AFC) Leader Khemraj Ramjattan has decided to accept a third term at the helm of his party, if so nominated by delegates at his party’s upcoming convention.This move, however, will inevitably lead to criticism of the AFC’s previous stance on issues like a possible third term for former President Bharrat Jagdeo.This is the view of political activist Dr David Hinds, who noted the contradiction in the two stances. Ramjattan has been leader of the AFC since 2012. According to Article 19 (1) of the AFC’s constitution, no leader would be allowed to serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office, in the interest of “a broader activism in leadership positions by the membership”.“The one big problem for the AFC leaders is that they would be open to criticism that they opposed a third term for Jagdeo, while they went against their own constitution in wanting third terms for themselves. There is some inconsistency there,” Dr Hinds stated.He notes that there is the letter of the constitution and then there is the spirit of the constitution and sometimes the two are at odds. Dr Hinds observed that in the case of the AFC constitution, the spirit seems to be against more than two terms, while the letter is vague.The academic said that if the AFC membership did indeed want its leaders to run again, it would be advisable to amend their constitution beforehand.In 2015, it was ruled by former acting Chief Justice Ian Chang that former President Jagdeo could run for a third term. This ruling is expected to be challenged in February by the Government, through its Solicitor General.The AFC has been staunchly against a third term for Jagdeo and had made its sentiments known, even while the former Head of State was in his final term as President.When questioned on Monday about the Article 19 (1) provision, Ramjattan, who is the Public Security Minister, had stated that the provision was not exclusionary.Since Ramjattan was elected as AFC Leader in 2012, his stint has lasted for four years, or the equivalent of two terms. According to Article 7 of the party’s constitution, “A national convention shall be held every two years at a place and time decided by the National Executive Committee.”It is here that elections for the positions of the party Leader, Chairman, Vice Chairman, General Secretary and 12 National Executive Members will be held.Although Ramjattan will be looking to be re-elected to serve in the leadership capacity, he is expected to face stiff competition for the post at the upcoming elections, which will be held at the party’s National Executive Conference (NEC) later this month.In addition to Ramjattan, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes are seen as contenders for the post.The AFC’s NEC will be hosted on January 28 at the Vreed-en-Hoop Secondary School in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) – the party’s first NEC outside of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica).last_img read more

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Dawson Creek man accused of drunk driving

first_imgA Dawson Creek man is facing three charges after he was stopped for impaired driving near Fox Creek, Alta.Fox Creek RCMP say an officer was heading north on Highway 43 into the town when a vehicle travelling in the same lane nearly hit the officer’s car.- Advertisement -Police say the officer moved his car to the side and away from the other vehicle. However, the driver of the other vehicle followed him. The officer then pulled his car off the road, barely avoiding a collision.The officer then pulled over the other vehicle and arrested Jason Lemaitre.The 37 year-old man is facing one count of impaired driving, one count of dangerous driving and one count of operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over 80mgs per cent.Lemaitre will have a court appearance in Fox Creek Provincial Court on Jan. 24.Advertisementlast_img read more

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