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Pasadena Museum of History Welcomes Stephen Acker and Richard A. McDonald as Trustees

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Make a comment 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 Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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. Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty Stephen Acker (l) and Richard McDonald (r). Photo courtesy Pasadena Museum of HistoryPasadena attorneys Stephen Acker and Richard A. McDonald have been elected to the Board of Trustees of Pasadena Museum of History.As the governing body of Pasadena Museum of History, the volunteer Board of Trustees acts collectively to guide the Museum and further its mission to collect, preserve, and share the rich history of Pasadena and the West San Gabriel Valley. Its individual members are among PMH’s most accomplished and active supporters.Stephen Acker is a member of Acker & Whipple, a sixteen attorney defense law firm in Los Angeles. Before joining his current firm, he was Diplomatic Secretary and Consular Officer of the U.S. Department of State at the American Embassy in Buenos Aires (1986-1988) and in private practice in Pasadena (1975-1985). Acker is a past treasurer of the Pasadena Bar Association. He currently serves as Chair of the Law Practice Management Committee of Defense Research Institute, is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has tried sixty-two cases to verdict in California courts.Acker re-joins the PMH Board, having served from 2008-2013. Within the community, he has also been a member of the Pasadena City Council (1979-1983) and has served terms on the Pasadena Housing Advisory & Appeals Board; the Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena Airport Authority; Pasadena Design Commission; and the Pasadena Transportation Advisory Commission. A Pasadena native, Acker attended Pasadena City Schools before earning degrees at UC Santa Barbara and the UC Hastings College of Law.Richard A. McDonald specializes in complex business litigation, land-use, real estate, environmental, and administrative law. He has represented property owners, developers, and neighborhood associations throughout Southern California. Local projects include the restoration of the Constance Hotel and the YWCA Julia Morgan Building, among others. As an experienced trial attorney, McDonald has successfully appeared as lead trial and appellate counsel on behalf of companies throughout the United States. He joined the Pasadena firm Carlson & Nicholas as Of Counsel in 2014.In the Pasadena community, McDonald has a longstanding record of participation and leadership. His numerous activities include serving on the Board of the Pasadena Center Operating Company (2013-present); South Lake Avenue Business District; City of Pasadena’s Planning Commission, Transportation Advisory Commission, and Redistricting Task Force: WPRA Board; and the Flintridge Foundation Planning Committee, among many others. He is a graduate of Loyola Law School, earned a Master’s in Public Administration from USC, and received a B.A. from UC Berkeley. He also studied at Worcester College, Oxford University, England.For additional information, please visit the Museum’s website at www.pasadenahistory.org. More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News People Pasadena Museum of History Welcomes Stephen Acker and Richard A. McDonald as Trustees From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | 11:56 am Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Blue Ridge Parkway announces increased access to historic motor route

first_imgIn addition, the following areas continue to be accessible: While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders in North Carolina and Virginia, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities. The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. In the coming weeks, the operational approach on the Blue Ridge Parkway will be to examine each facility function and service to ensure operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. Park officials will continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers. In alignment with federal and state public health guidance, the following areas remain closed at this time: The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Park officials will continue to monitor all functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health. Road maintenance projects are underway in some of these areas, visitors may experience delays or one-lane closures and should check the Parkway’s Road Closure page at https://go.nps.gov/roadinfo for more information. Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted at www.nps.gov/blri and the Parkway’s social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Milepost 292-296.5 near Blowing Rock, including Moses Cone Parking Area and Hwy 221 Bass Lake Parking Lot.Milepost 298.6-308 through Grandfather Mountain area, including Rough Ridge and Linn Cove ViaductMilepost 316.4 Linville Falls Spur Road, including parking at Linville Falls trailheadsMilepost 334-342 including Crabtree Falls Area, near Little Switzerland, NCMilepost 355-375.6 from Mt. Mitchell to Ox Creek, including Craggy GardensMilepost 377.4 Parking areas at Craven Gap (Town Mountain Rd) for MST Trail accessMilepost 384.7 Roadside parking at MST Trailheads at US 74A Parkway access rampsMilepost 393-454 from French Broad River Overlook and south to Soco Gap “We are pleased to once again provide motor vehicle access to these popular Blue Ridge Parkway locations. We know the park’s recreation opportunities and scenic beauty provide important ways to connect with our natural environment during this time, and for many a leisurely drive on the Parkway provides solace,” said J.D. Lee, Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway. “Our phased approach to the 2020 visitor season is focused on balancing the enjoyment and protection of this park with the enjoyment and protection of our visitors. I encourage everyone who visits the Parkway in the coming days to recreate responsibly while here, whether that’s social distancing on park trails or driving safely on this beautiful, scenic drive.” Beginning Saturday, May 9, 2020, the Blue Ridge Parkway will reopen gates providing motor vehicle access to the southernmost 14 miles of the park, from Milepost 454 – 469, in coordination with the Qualla Boundary and Great Smoky Mountains National Park planned reopening. Beginning Friday, May 15, 2020, the Parkway will reopen gates providing motor vehicle access at the following locations in North Carolina, once initial seasonal mowing and road preparations are complete: Road closure from Milepost 0 to 13 in Virginia,Milepost 85.9 Peaks of Otter Visitor Center and Sharp Top Parking Areas closed,Milepost 92.5 Sharp Top Parking Widening closed at Appalachian Trail crossing, and all Seasonal visitor service facilities including campgrounds, picnic areas, restrooms and visitor centers. Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Blue Ridge Parkway officials are increasing recreational access to sections of the motor road previously closed to motor vehicle traffic in North Carolina. The National Park Service is working with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access to the Parkway and park sites across the country. All Parkway trails, andAll other sections of the motor route in North Carolina and Virginia previously accessible to motor vehicle traffic. www.nps.gov/blri Photo: morning light spills out on the Lynn Cove viaduct along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Courtesy of Getty Imageslast_img read more

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FHP: Teen Driver Distracted By Phone Causes Fatal Crash

first_imgThe Florida Highway Patrol says a teenager drifted into another lane on I-95 in the central part of the state, and hit a tractor trailer due to being distracted by her phone.According to FHP officials, the 56-year-old truck driver died in the crash early Wednesday morning, which happened in Palm Coast.The teen told troopers that she was distracted by her phone, began to drift into the outside lane and then over-corrected, ending caused her vehicle to spin.The front of her sedan hit the right rear wheels of the semi, which then lost control, ran off the highway and overturned as it hit a guardrail in the median, according to the crash report.Troopers say the sedan continued sliding and struck the semi again before ending up in the grassy shoulder of the highway.Both drivers were wearing seat belts, and the teen suffered minor injuries.last_img read more

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Count Basie Theatre Recipient of Two Grants

first_imgRED BANK – The Count Basie Theatre recently received $15,000 from the OceanFirst Foundation that completes a two-year grant cycle for arts and cultural institutions.The grant will be used for theater operations and necessary renovations.Since 2009, the foundation has granted $60,000 to the Count Basie Theatre. The Basie also received an $8,000 grant from the Mary Owen Borden Foundation for its support of mission-driven programming, in particular the Outreach program within Red Bank Borough’s public schools. In the past three years, the Borden Foundation has granted the Basie in excess of $36,000.“Our vision for the Count Basie Theatre is to continue to expand and amplify our role as a community asset to the county as both a performing arts venue and a leader in arts education,” said Adam Philipson, CEO of Count Basie Theatre. “We are honored by the support of these two organizations for the work we have accomplished and look forward to working with them as our vision unfolds. We are profoundly grateful for their generosity.”Since its founding in 1902, OceanFirst Bank has built a reputation and legacy as a good neighbor and responsible corporate citizen. The foundation provides grants to organizations that meet community needs within the OceanFirst market area.Since its inception, OceanFirst Foundation has contributed more than $23 million to more than 600 local charities in Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex counties.In recent decades, the Mary Owen Borden Founda­tion has limited its funding to New Jersey’s Mercer and Monmouth counties. The primary focus on current giving is to address the needs of disadvantaged youth and their families.“We are happy to continue to support the work of the Count Basie Theatre’s Performing Arts Academy Outreach Program in the Red Bank Schools, “ said Quinn McKean, executive director of the Mary Owen Borden Foundation. “The Mary Owen Borden Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children, particularly those who are economically disadvantaged.”“The Count Basie Theatre is very grateful to both the Mary Owen Borden Founda­tion and OceanFirst Founda­tion for their support of our mission-driven programs. These foundations have been generous donors and community partners in helping the Basie bring the arts and arts education to many individuals throughout the Two River area,” said Tom Widener, chairman of the Count Basie Theatre Foundation Board of Directors.The Count Basie Theatre is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information visit www.countbasietheatre.org.last_img read more

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Logging Company Dragged Into PUP US$6M Fraud Trial

first_imgThe ongoing US$6M Private Use Permit (PUP) case involving four former senior managers of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and a senior surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy has taken a dramatic turn, after a logging company, Universal Forest Corporation, was accused of paying a bribe to get the permit.The company is expected to appear before Judge Peter W. Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C’ today to provide the original copy of the receipt allegedly obtained from one of the defendants, John Kantor, former FDA technical manager for commercial service.Kantor, along with other senior management officials  of the FDA, including the  dismissed Managing Director Moses Wogbeh, are on trial for their individual roles in facilitating the wrongful and illegal issuance of sixty-one PUPs that authorized commercial logging operation on the 2.5 million hectares of farm land, in which Universal is implicated for bribery.The decision to cite Universal Forest Corporation came immediately following the testimony by a state witness, James Dorbor Jallah, who chaired the Presidential Special Independent Investigation Body (SIIB).  His testimony linked the logging company for having paid a bribe for the performance of services they were required to do under the PUP.In his testimony, Jallah further alleged, “John Kantor was one of those members of the senior management team of the FDA on whom we found evidence indicating that he (Kantor) had received money from logging companies as was provided in the report.”He further testified, “I do not remember all of the names but their names are listed in the report that was marked in evidence yesterday.”When Jallah was asked by prosecution during his testimony to identify a photocopy of the alleged receipt issued by defendant Kantor to the logging company, he replied, “ I recognized this instrument (receipt) to be the one submitted to us during the investigation by the Universal Forest Corporation, based upon our request for all individuals, companies, communities and organizations to submit any and all documents that were in their possession relating to the issuance and operation of the PUP.”Again asked where was the original?  The state witness said, “The copy that was received by our committee were photocopies of the originals. The company did not submit the original copy of that document.” It was following that testimony that the state lawyers asked Judge Gbeneweleh to mandate the logging company to produce the original copy of the receipt they received from defendant Kantor.In their request to the court, prosecution said, “At this stage counsel for the prosecution requests your Honor for the issuance of an order (subpoena) on the management of Universal Forest Corporation to produce the original copy of the instrument (receipt) same being a cash receipt issued the said company by Mr. John Kantor dated October 20, 2011 on the stationary of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA).”Accepting prosecution’s request, Judge Gbeneweleh declared that “Submission is hereby granted. The clerk of this court is hereby ordered to issue the Subpoena and place same in the hand of sheriff commanding the Subpoena entity to produce the original copy of the instrument (receipt) herein named before this Honorable court on Thursday, April 9, 2014, at 9  a.m.  It is hereby so ordered.” The crimes for which the four former senior managers of the FDA and a senior surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy are being tried include economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, forgery or counterfeiting, obtaining and issuing deceptive writings and obstruction of government functions by public servants.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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MTN expands in Cote d’Ivoire

first_img16 October 2008 MTN has acquired two telecommunications companies, Arobase Telecom and Afnet, in Cote d’Ivoire, enabling the South African based company – the largest cellphone operator in Africa and the Middle East – to expand its footprint in West Africa. “These acquisitions reflect the progress we are making towards consolidating our business,” MTN chief executive Phutuma Nhleko said in a statement earlier this month. SAinfo reporter Arobase Telecom is the second landline operator in Cote d’Ivoire. Created in 2001, Arobase has a concession agreement with the State of Cote d’Ivoire, which allows it to offer data services using fibre-optic, wireless local loop and CDMA technologies. The transaction is being carried out through MTN’s Ivorian subsidiary, MTN Cote d’Ivoire, which won the Best Mobile Operator of West Africa in 2007.center_img “The acquisitions are in line with MTN’s stated strategy to provide integrated communications solutions in all its markets,” the statement read. “They follow similar acquisitions in Nigeria, Cameroon, Cyprus and South Africa.” Launched in 1997, Afnet is one of the leading internet service providers in Cote d’Ivoire, and offers wireless broadband technology and data services to the general public, and the company also benefits from a solid reputation in the corporate market. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “We believe both Afnet and Arobase will add value to MTN and support our strategy to ensure that the group is well positioned to benefit from a rapidly converging technology market.”last_img read more

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Sasol to explore SA waters for oil, gas

first_img SAinfo reporter The Petroleum Agency SA has granted petrochemicals group Sasol a three-year permit to explore for oil and gas in the Durban and Zululand basins offshore Kwazulu-Natal province on South Africa’s east coast. “This is Sasol’s first operated exploration right licence in South Africa for at least a decade,” Sasol Petroleum International MD Ebbie Haan said in a statement on Wednesday. The Durban and Zululand basins are of interest because they sit at the southern end of the Mozambique Channel. Significant discoveries have recently been made in the north of Mozambique, notably in the Rovuma basin. In 2011, Sasol was granted a technical cooperation permit to investigate the potential for oil and gas in an area covering 83 000 square kilometres off South Africa’s east coast. The granting of the permit followed the submission of a work programme in September 2012, followed by an environmental impact assessment and environmental management plan completed in February this year. “Sasol has already completed 4 000 kilometres of a 2D seismic survey in terms of a programme covering an area of 5 950 kilometres,” the company said on Wednesday. “The remainder will be acquired in 2014, following which the results will be analysed and interpreted.” Haan said that Sasol would conduct a “robust public consultation programme” during the assessment phase, and that stakeholders’ concerns would be addressed. “Sasol already has an exemplary track record in conducting exploration of this nature,” Haan said. “Offshore Mozambique, Sasol has conducted three separate seismic surveys and drilled three wells with no negative impacts on marine mammals, including the endangered dugong, while maintaining good relationships with artisanal and commercial fisheries, as well as the tourism and conservation sectors.” 14 November 2013last_img read more

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USDA announces changes in Dairy Margin Protection Program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Several important improvements in the new safety net program for dairy farmers were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, following recommendations made to the agency by the National Milk Producers Federation to enhance the value of the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP).“We very much appreciate these steps by USDA to implement administrative changes that will improve the program’s usefulness to dairy farmers,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF.  “USDA is constrained in what it can do to strengthen MPP, but the program must continue to evolve based on the experiences of NMPF’s members and others in the dairy industry.”Since MPP’s enactment in 2014, NMPF has worked with USDA to make the program a more flexible and effective national safety net for all of America’s dairy farmers. Mulhern said the program remains a work in progress, given the challenging farm milk price situation facing dairy farmers in 2015 and this year.“We will continue to work with USDA and the Congress to further improve and strengthen the program’s effectiveness,” he said.One change announced by USDA will ensure that all farms enrolled in the MPP will receive catastrophic coverage at the basic $4 per hundredweight margin level on 90% of their production history — with the ability to purchase buy-up coverage at less than 90% of their history.“Decoupling coverage options under MPP improves the ability of the program to offer effective risk management options to dairy farmers,” Mulhern said.Mulhern anticipates that decoupling the coverage options will increase dairy farmer use of the program by not reducing benefits to farmers who elect to purchase supplemental coverage, and by providing more flexibility in coverage design. For $100 a year, dairy producers receive basic $4 protection that covers 90% of their milk production. At higher premium levels, farmers can protect from 25% to 90% of production history with margin coverage levels from $4.50 to $8, in 50-cent increments.This change is effective for the current 2016 coverage year. While a majority of farmers using the program in 2016 are protected at the $4 level, for those who bought up a higher level of margin, but did not cover 90% of their milk production, this change ensures that they are still receiving catastrophic protection on the maximum level of production allowed by the MPP.The USDA also announced a rule change to allow a farm’s production history to be restructured in order to accommodate new family members joining a particular dairy operation. This will accommodate the intergenerational transfer of production history for children, grandchildren, and their spouses to join a dairy operation. Any dairy operation already enrolled in MPP that had an intergenerational transfer occur will have an opportunity during the 2017 annual coverage election period to increase the operation’s production history up to 4 million pounds per year.The next enrollment period begins on July 1, 2016, and ends on Sept. 30, 2016.  Each participating dairy operation is authorized one intergenerational transfer at any time of its choosing until 2018.“This measure will help younger farmers, as they become part of a multi-generation dairy operation, to more fully use MPP.  That will help families keep their farms into the future,” Mulhern said.The rule released also codifies a policy change made earlier this year giving dairy farmers the opportunity to pay their premium through additional options, such as a periodic milk check deduction handled by their cooperative.last_img read more

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Hungarian Grand Prix: Paul Di Resta impresses after diving into the deep end

first_imgPaul di Resta was thrown into the “deepest of deep ends” at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday and emerged to universal acclaim.A day that had started with the Scot ironing a shirt for his regular television commentary duties veered wildly off course after Williams race driver Felipe Massa fell ill in final practice.Di Resta, who had not previously driven the latest generation of Formula One cars and whose last grand prix was in 2013 with Force India, was rushed in as reserve.He had already been informed of the situation the night before but Massa was then cleared to drive on Saturday morning and it looked like the crisis was over. And then the Brazilian felt dizzy again.”I’m not going to lie, I was scared, nervous, anxious,” di Resta told Sky Sports television.”I’ve not driven one of these cars for three-and-a-half years, apart from 10 laps I did in a 2014 car, and then you get thrown into qualifying which is the deepest of all deep ends — it’s like jumping off a cliff and seeing how you fight for survival.”In the end, he did much more than might have been expected.The 31-year-old’s time of one minute 19.868 was only seven tenths slower than 18-year-old Canadian rookie team mate Lance Stroll and quicker than Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson.He completed five flying laps and went quicker every time, progressing from an initial 1:22.289.”Honestly I felt quite comfortable quite quickly. As soon as I let go of the pit limiter it was kind of there and I was improving by half a second a lap. There is still plenty of potential there,” he said.advertisementBritain’s Damon Hill, the 1996 world champion who also works for Sky, was among those impressed with what he saw.”It’s not quite me leaping in the ring with the heavyweight champion of the world but it’s not far off,” he said. “It’s a huge ask to give a guy no track time and literally half an hour before he’s due to go out, put him in the car.”He didn’t make any mistakes, got faster and faster and he’s not last. It sounds like faint praise but it’s not, it’s a superb effort so well done to him.”Williams technical head Paddy Lowe could only agree with that assessment.”He’s got to be my driver of the day to achieve what he did today,” he said.last_img read more

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Mike Trouts Teammates Dont Deserve Mike Trout

Mike Trout is once again on pace to be the greatest player ever for his age. He currently leads the American League in wins above replacement, ranks second in on-base percentage, fifth in slugging percentage, second in OPS+ and he’s even stealing bases at an elite rate. It’s a season so good, on a team so bad, that there are rumors Trout may not last the season in L.A. If the Angels trade him, they’d be getting rid of a young player unlike anyone we’ve ever seen.To pull ahead of Ty Cobb as the career leader in WAR (among position players) through age 24, Trout needs about 3 more WAR this year. (No matter which version of WAR you use.) And sure enough, FanGraphs’ projection thinks he’ll bag about 3.7 WAR before season’s end. As fluky a game as baseball can be, the one constant seems to be that Trout is the best young player we’ve ever seen.But even with a potential G.O.A.T. in their lineup, the Los Angeles Angels still haven’t been able to win many ballgames. Despite Trout’s efforts, they’re 40-52 this season — tied for last place in the American League West — and they’ve won only 53 percent of their games since Trout made his debut midway through the 2011 campaign. That’s an 86-win pace per season, which sounds OK until you consider exactly how great Trout is: an otherwise-average team who added Trout (and Trout alone) would have won roughly 88 games a year. Trout is such a gift from the baseball gods that averaging 86 wins with him is disappointing.So it’s fair to say Trout’s Angel teammates have not pulled their weight for much of his career, particularly when you consider that L.A. had baseball’s eighth-biggest payroll since 2011 — a number that Trout barely contributed to because of the way MLB underpays its young talent.We can use advanced stats to estimate the degree to which Trout has outplayed his teammates. Trout has generated 43.6 WAR since 2011; his average teammate would have generated only 9.3 WAR in the same number of opportunities. (That’s according to Baseball-Reference’s WAR, which lets us find an individualized record for any player or group of players because it also comes with a “wins above average” component, in addition to wins above replacement.) Add up those records for L.A.’s non-Trout division and calculate a winning percentage, and it comes to .468 — the equivalent of 76 wins in a full season. Scale it to Trout’s playing time, and he’s beaten his teammates by 34.3 wins in an apples-to-apples comparison.That difference between Trout and teammates is the second-biggest disparity for a player age 24 or younger since 1901: Ty CobbDET1905-1146.7.49814.132.6 Christy MathewsonNYG1901-0539.6.51716.323.3 Players must have been age 24 or younger on June 30 of the season in question. Teammate average WAR is calculated as though teammates played as much as the player they’re being compared with.Source: Baseball-Reference.com Mel OttNYG1926-3336.8.52814.322.6 Ken Griffey Jr.SEA1989-9436.9.46010.026.9 Albert PujolsSTL2001-0429.1.5419.919.3 Bob FellerCLE1936-4137.4.50214.023.4 Alex RodriguezSEA1994-0038.0.49811.626.4 Mike TroutLAA2011-1643.6.4689.334.3 Wes FerrellCLE1927-3231.3.49211.020.3 TEAMMATE AVERAGE Walter JohnsonWSH1907-1246.6.42811.235.5 Rogers HornsbySTL1915-2036.1.4004.831.3 Babe RuthBOS1914-1941.0.51016.324.7 Al KalineDET1953-5933.5.49511.222.3 Arky VaughanPIT1932-3634.3.50110.324.0 Rickey HendersonOAK1979-8328.0.4245.622.4 Mickey MantleNYY1951-5640.9.58615.125.8 Frank TananaCAL1973-7831.5.4469.621.9 PLAYERTEAMYEARSWARWIN %WARWINS ABOVE TEAMMATES Bert BlylevenMIN1970-7537.3.48314.323.0 Cesar CedenoHOU1970-7529.2.4729.619.6 Young players who outplayed their teammates the most, 1901-2016 Ted WilliamsBOS1939-4234.3.5048.226.0 Not since the days of Walter Johnson and the Washington Senators has a young star been saddled with teammates as inferior as Trout’s. And while Johnson’s Senators turned things around during his age-24 season, winning 91 games in 1912, Trout’s Angels are on pace for 73 wins, the worst record they’ve had with Trout.Under ordinary circumstances it would be unthinkable to trade a player who is tracking to be the G.O.A.T. And it probably won’t happen — trade talk is fun but often meaningless. But if Trout did move, the return would have to be immense.Let’s say, hypothetically, that the Washington Nationals wanted to add Trout at the trade deadline in two weeks. (It doesn’t have to be the Nationals, but they are a typical contender with a large incentive to load up on World Series-winning talent in the short term.) Our Doyle model of deadline-dealing is designed to tell trade partners what to do in such a circumstance. Doyle analyzes a team’s situation on July 31 — including its existing talent and playoff odds — and calculates the amount of future WAR a team should be willing to part with for one win at the trade deadline.If the Angels were smart, they wouldn’t let Trout go for anything less than two kings’ ransoms. Doyle says Trout’s talent boost1About 8.5 WAR per 162 games, according to FanGraphs. for the end of 2016 alone would be worth 22.5 WAR of future value to the Nationals. (Roughly the value of Kyle Seager’s career thus far.) Multiply that over the remaining five years of Trout’s current deal,2Including 2016. and a Trout trade might need to haul in more than double the value of an entire top-ranked farm system to be equitable. (Let’s hope the two teams who empty their farm systems avoid the Solomon method for splitting one Mike Trout.)That’s why Trout almost certainly won’t be going anywhere this season or anytime soon. And unless the Angels can somehow upgrade the rest of their roster, that means more seasons spent lamenting Trout’s fate as a future inner-circle Hall of Famer stuck with a weak supporting cast. read more

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