Benny Kauff191424IND0.98188.82 Ted Williams193920BOS1.045316.91 Albert Pujols200121STL1.013376.89 Tony Oliva196425MIN0.916326.50 Al Rosen195026CLE0.948376.39 Corey Seager201622LAD0.877266.77 Donie Bush190921DET0.69406.43 PLAYERYEARAGETEAMOPSHRWAR Ichiro Suzuki200127SEA0.83886.85 Mike Piazza199324LAD0.931357.21 WAR is an average of Baseball-Reference.com’s and FanGraphs’ versions. Rookie status is determined using current eligibility rules.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs Kenny Lofton199225CLE0.72756.20 Billy Grabarkewitz197024LAD0.853176.30 Tommie Agee196623CHW0.773226.40 Kris Bryant201523CHC0.857266.21 Remember when New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was mired in the slump to end all slumps? Or before that, when it appeared no park could contain his titanic blasts? The larger-than-life Judge has a tendency to take us to the extremes, for good and for bad — and sometimes both at once.1Even in kinda-sorta breaking out of his skid earlier this month, the guy had a .939 on-base plus slugging … while hitting just .200.So it was against the backdrop of all that on Monday when Judge reminded us just how insane his rookie season has been, through all the peaks and valleys. Facing the Kansas City Royals, Judge teed off for home runs No. 49 and 50 on the year, breaking Mark McGwire’s 3-decade-old MLB record for the most homers by a rookie. The record is symbolic — a nice, round number to cap off a historically great campaign — but also functional, since few players have hit half as many home runs as rookies and not gone on to turn in pretty good careers. As far as anyone can tell, Judge’s future still looks very bright, weird as this season was.Back when we wrote about Judge’s rookie performance at midseason, he’d easily compiled the best first half to a first season of any player in recent memory. Of course, that was before the month-and-a-half stretch immediately following the All-Star Game, during which Judge hit .179, struck out in 37 consecutive games and generally saw his once-amazing numbers reduced to mere indicators of just how strange things can get in today’s era of Three True Outcomes baseball. (Despite the ridiculously low average, Judge still walked enough for a decent OBP, making it difficult to say quite how poorly he was playing.)But by the time of Monday’s record-breaking outburst, Judge had long since dug himself out of that slump. In September, he has a 1.338 OPS — better than any of his early-season months, even — and has poured it on especially in the last two weeks and change, with four multi-homer games since Sept. 10. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Judge’s turnaround has coincided with a significant reduction in chased pitches (18 percent since Sept. 3 versus 28 percent between the All-Star break and Sept. 2) and a big hike in hard-hit balls (27 percent of at-bats versus 16 percent).The result has been to recover one of the greatest rookie seasons by a position player in major-league history. According to Wins Above Replacement,2Averaging together the versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com. Judge’s recent heroics have helped him edge out Mike Piazza’s 1993 and Fred Lynn’s 1975 campaigns for fifth place on the all-time list of rookie performances. Although he probably won’t catch Dick Allen’s stunning debut from 1964, which ranks fourth, Judge has still cemented his place among the top rookies ever. (As always, Mike Trout is No. 1, because of course he is.) N. Garciaparra199723BOS0.876306.50 Dick Allen196422PHI0.939298.50 Judge’s place in the rookie pantheonThe best rookie seasons since 1901, according to wins above replacement Fred Lynn197523BOS0.967217.25 Aaron Judge201725NYY1.038507.61 Joe Jackson191123CLE1.05879.23 Carlton Fisk197224BOS0.908226.95 Mike Trout201220LAA0.9633010.53 But forget the fancy stats. Just taken by themselves, 50 homers for a rookie is absurd; even 30 is relatively unheard of, having been done just 28 times in MLB history (including twice this season — more on that later). And the rookie 30-plus homer club makes for pretty good company. Among members who’ve had at least 10 years to bash more homers after their rookie seasons, the average career total is 286 home runs, ranging from Albert Pujols’s 614 on the high side to Jimmie Hall’s 121 on the low. Most didn’t approach Pujols territory, but they did tend to settle in around 200 to 300 career homers: Some names on the list, such as Ron Kittle, Matt Nokes and even current Red Sox left fielder Chris Young, are a little odd. If Judge follows their trajectories, he’ll finish with a career on the journeyman side, far from the halls of Cooperstown. But many more in this cohort ended up being very good ballplayers, including a handful of Hall of Fame-caliber legends — such as Pujols, Ted Williams, Frank Robinson, Piazza and our good friend Mike Trout — sprinkled in. Plus there’s Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers, the likely National League rookie of the year, who also joined the club this season with 39 homers as a rookie, his final story as unwritten as Judge’s.Judge is such a fascinating player partly because of all the highs and lows: How can one hitter be capable of so wide a range of performance? Despite his struggles after the All-Star break, though, Judge’s entire 2017 season was historic. Nobody knows exactly what’s next for the towering slugger — particularly with the ahead-of-schedule Yankees bound for the playoffs — but we’ve already seen enough to know Judge is worth geeking out over for seasons to come.
When artists come together under one roof with different artworks for display, there is no place better than Lalit Kala Akademi, for art lovers. ‘Sadanga’, a group show by six contemporary artists from Kolkata, was inaugurated on Monday, February 29 at Lalit Kala Akademi, in the presence of art promoter, Manjula Singh, eminent artist Amitava Das and curator Ved Prakash Bhardwaj.The exhibition will continue till March 6. It seems that ‘bissextus’ (February 29, the extra added day in the Julian calendar every four years) was chosen especially to make the event memorable. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The show contains works of Jayosmita De, Mrityunjoy Chatterjee, Nilima Goel, Pratibha Sarkar, Samir K Dutta and Sarbani Sarkar, who work at the Lalit Kala Akademi in Kolkata. All artists, painters, print maker and sculptor represent new wave of art. They have been exploring different shades of life in metro cities, with the theme of cultural and social changes being the main focus in their creation. The one common thing is their deep concern about society even when they have separate medium of work.The artworks on display are a mix of different themes and forms, from paper mache works, to bronze sculptures to colourful paintings, all depicting meaningful connotations individually. Some of the most striking works are, ‘The king can do no wrong’ a wood work by Jayosmita De, ‘Travelogue’ by Mrityunjoy Chatterjee which is a work of pen and ink and ‘Pitcher’, a paper mache work by Nilima Goel.
BALURGHAT: State minister and Trinamool leader Bratya Basu made a scathing attack on the BJP government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Tuesday.Addressing a poll campaign for party candidate Arpita Ghosh, Basu said there was no chance of a terror attack on the Army convoy like the Pulwama incident in the soil of Bengal. He termed the incident as an example of failure of Centre’s intelligence department. “This is my earnest appeal to the terrorists if residing in the district to repeat the Pulwama incident at Farakka Bridge ignoring the security measures of the state government. I am requesting anyone to cross the bridge in a scorpion car with 300 kg of high-intensity explosives just the way it happened in Pulwama,” he said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBasu said the incident was the result of carelessness by the Central government. “It is quite surprising how the terror attack took place when there is at least one army base camp in every 30 feet and one police check-post after every 40 feet approximately,” he said. He further said everyone knew the road had been under security protection and at the same time there had been several restrictions to get entry particularly when a military convoy was crossing the road. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”It is shocking. The military convoy comprising 78 vehicles was crossing the road while an organised terrorist group rammed a scorpion car loaded with more than 300 kg of high-intensity explosives leaving 40 dead,” he said. Bratya said following the attack, the Modi government conducted the Balakot surgical strike but surprisingly neither the Prime Minister nor anyone of his minister came up with what exactly happened following the airstrikes. “We are yet to receive any information regarding the matter. We want to know how many terrorists have been killed in the Balakot surgical strike. In a statement, Amit Shah said 250 terrorists were killed but it was not official and his statement differed with others,” Bratya said. Comparing Narendra Modi with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee, he said: “After the Kargil war in 1999, the Bajpayee government had officially made it clear how many terrorists were killed but this government has failed to provide the answer to the questions of common public after the airstrike. Modi and his followers are only interested to retain power for the second time. All the BJP leaders are eying on Bengal to grab as many as seats for the upcoming polls but I can assure him and his supporters that we will win all 42 seats.” Apart from Basu, former PWD minister and local leader Shankar Chakraborty, outgoing Balurghat municipality chairman Rajen Shill along with many theatre personalities from Kolkata took part in the poll campaign.
Posted by ACV brings back San Juan promo on heels of Puerto Rico’s post-hurricane message Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Puerto Rico SAN JUAN — As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria approaches, Discover Puerto Rico has launched a new initiative to flip the script, from one that focuses on Maria’s devastating impact to a new message about hope and hospitality.#CoverTheProgress aims to encourage travellers and news media to share real-time island imagery and the many milestones that have led the island to achieve one of the “greatest comeback stories in tourism”. This initiative stems from the strong sentiment of the local community paired with the positive reactions from recent travellers to Puerto Rico.“Six months after Hurricane Maria hit, more than 50% of travellers said media coverage negatively impacted their view of Puerto Rico as a destination, and we’re hoping to change that as the one-year anniversary approaches,” said Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico. “Puerto Rico declared itself open for tourism in late December, and the local tourism industry has worked very hard for the past year to come back strong. There’s a lot to celebrate and we don’t want the one-year anniversary to set us back.”Dean also noted that while there’s still progress to be made in some areas of the island, Discover Puerto Rico is “taking this moment to encourage all audiences to help us spotlight our tourism recover and invite travellers to visit us as tourism is a vital contributor to the economy.”As part of #CoverTheProgress, local members of Humacao – one of the island’s hardest hit communities that became well known for its now viral S.O.S. image during Maria’s aftermath – have a new message to share. They teamed up with the local tourism industry to replace the aerial image with a new message that reads: “Bienvenidos!”More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”“We’ve been wanting to clean up that message for a while as we’re past it,” said Janet Gonzalez, resident of Humacao. “We were asked what message we’d want to share with the world and hope our new positive message spreads just as fast.”Here are a few tourism milestones achieved in recent months:• Flight capacity is on the rise with monthly seat capacity surpassing the 420,000 figure. There are currently on average 110 daily flights via 28 different airlines. By Q4, Puerto Rico is poised to be on par with 2017 levels.• There are more cruises on the island than ever before, with 14 vessels (four more than last year). Puerto Rico also has 119 cruise shore excursions currently available.• Cruise tourism in May saw the best results for that month in the last 20 years, with 107,390 cruise passengers received, up 12.9% than May 2017.• For the next cruise season, a record-breaking 1.7 million passengers are expected, which equates to approximately US$250 million in revenue.• There are currently 132 lodging options on the island.• In October 2018, 657 new rooms will be available courtesy of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton and The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort. In December, another 480 rooms will be available from Mélia Coco Beach, while 652 new rooms will open in January from Caribe Hilton.• The islands of Culebra and Vieques are ready to welcome visitors. There are day excursions to the islands from mainland Puerto Rico.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesTo reiterate the fact that Puerto Rico is open for business, Air Canada Vacations is bringing back its popular fly free to San Juan and cruise offer with Royal Caribbean International.Until Aug. 26, cruisers will receive a free roundtrip flight to San Juan when booking a balcony category stateroom or higher on select Freedom of the Seas and Jewel of the Seas cruises sailing from San Juan.The promotion is based on economy class service with a maximum savings of $380 per person from Toronto or Montreal. Guests are responsible for paying the taxes, which are approximately $150 per person.Guests departing from other Canadian gateways will receive a maximum savings of $540 per person when travelling in service class G on connecting flights, and service class F on the main flight segment.New individual bookings for cruise and flight packages must be made between Aug. 20-26, 2018, for select sailings between Oct. 28, 2018 and April 28, 2019.For more information go to aircanadavacations.com. For more information on travel to Puerto Rico go to DiscoverPuertoRico.com. Travelweek Group Tweet Wednesday, August 22, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>