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April 17

Chris Resop - The Most Interesting Reliever in the World.:
I went looking for these videos in search of a pattern; maybe a pattern of pitch location, or pitch type. What I found was something far more fascinating.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 11:43 PM - 2 comments

Yankees Go Around the Horn for Triple Play: In the second inning of Thursday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the New York Yankees completed an around-the-horn triple play -- third baseman Yangervis Solarte to second baseman Brian Roberts to first baseman Scott Sizemore. Rays batter Sean Rodriguez, who hit the grounder, also hit into a triple play against the Boston Red Sox in 2011.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:36 PM - 2 comments

Secret Service Once Threatened to Kill Mr. Met: "We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen. Like I said, do whatever it is you normally do. Nobody will bother you. But approach the president, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?" -- Secret Service agent in 1997 to Mr. Met, as related in Yes, It's Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots

posted by rcade to baseball at 05:08 PM - 2 comments

Minnesota State players refuse to practice as coach Todd Hoffner returns: Football players at Minnesota State Mankato refused to practice for their former head coach Wednesday, greeting his reinstatement by an arbitrator by demanding that the interim coach keep the top job.

posted by BornIcon to football at 08:27 AM - 5 comments

April 16

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 1: Pick the eight teams that will advance out of the first round: Colorado vs. Minnesota, St. Louis vs. Chicago, Anaheim vs. Dallas, San Jose vs. Los Angeles, Boston vs. Detroit, Tampa Bay vs. Montreal, Pittsburgh vs. Columbus, New York vs. Philadelphia. The playoffs begin tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right.

posted by rcade to hockey at 04:53 PM - 12 comments

Escape from Cuba: Yasiel Puig's Untold Journey to the Dodgers: What was this gladiator-size man, with the Popeye forearms and the XXL chest, actually worth—to the people bankrolling his defection from Cuba

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 09:43 AM - 2 comments

Steinbrenner: We Don't Need Stephen Drew: New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said the team's infield injuries have not changed his mind about signing free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, who's looking for a multi-year deal at $14 million per year. "I'm pretty content with our infield right now," he said. "I think guys like Anna and Solarte have been pleasant surprises." David Lennon of Newsday writes, "The Yankees are playing a dangerous game with their lack of infield depth. "But it's only mid-April, and the Yankees seem to be banking on the best-case scenario for their hurting infield."

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:42 AM - 5 comments

April 15

Rays' Matt Moore to Have Tommy John Surgery: Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore has scheduled Tommy John surgery for next week, ending his 2014 season and making it a challenge for him to be ready by the start of 2015. Moore, 24, has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. He left the game April 7 with elbow soreness. He was a 17-game winner and All Star for the team last year.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:44 AM - 0 comments

MLB Admits Error in Calling Gwynn Out at Home: A play at the plate in Sunday's Philadelphia Phillies-Miami Marlins game was decided incorrectly, Major League Baseball officials said. Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis illegally blocked the plate before he had the ball on a Tony Gwynn Jr. slide home Sunday (see the video). Gwynn was called out and it was upheld by replay. The Phillies won 4-3. The new rule states, "unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score."

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:12 AM - 9 comments

"The unofficial king of sports paperbacks", Zander Hollander,: died at 91.

Before televised sports were pervasive and the Internet a nonstop gusher of sports trivia, Mr. Hollander found a niche in the market by annually providing statistics, team rosters, records, schedules and predictions for the coming season in the form of brick-size tomes he titled "Complete Handbooks."

posted by yerfatma to culture at 09:48 AM - 1 comment

April 14

Red Sox Manager Rips Replay After Ejection: Boston Red Sox skipper John Farrell has become the first to be ejected for arguing a replay decision. A day after Major League Baseball announced that a replay call against the Red Sox was decided incorrectly, Farrell watched an inning-ending double play be reversed, putting a Yankees run on the board. He thought the replay of a close play at first against Yankees runner Francisco Cervelli was inconclusive. "It's hard to have any faith in the system," Farrell said.

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:51 AM - 7 comments

Video: Ball Girl Saves Run in Baltimore: A Baltimore Orioles ball girl made a terrific play on a sharp drive down the line by Edwin Encarnacion of the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday. Unfortunately, it was a fair ball, resulting in a ground rule double that put runners on second and third. Toronto won 11-3.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:39 AM - 6 comments

Bubba Watson Wins Second Masters in Three Years: Bubba Watson birdied the 8th and 9th holes to separate himself from playing partner Jordan Spieth, birdied the par-5 13th hole after his drive ruffled the leaves of a tree and landed in the fairway, and signed for a final-round 69 to win his second Masters in three years. "A small-town guy named Bubba now has two green jackets," Watson said after he donned the iconic coat in Butler Cabin. "It's pretty wild."

posted by rcade to golf at 08:51 AM - 1 comment

April 13

April 12

20-Year-Old Tied for Lead at Masters: Jordan Spieth, a 20-year-old from Dallas competing in his first Masters, is tied for first with Bubba Watson at 5 under after three rounds. Spieth became just the third Masters rookie ever to shoot under par in each of his first three rounds at Augusta. If he wins, he'll be the youngest Masters winner ever, besting Tiger Woods by five months.

posted by rcade to golf at 08:10 PM - 1 comment

Chicago Cubs Decide to Start Seeing Other Closers: Two blown saves from Jose Veras were all the Chicago Cubs needed to see. Headline 17 hours ago: Cubs' Renteria stands by Veras. Headline 5 hours ago: Veras loses closer role.

posted by rcade to baseball at 07:12 PM - 0 comments

Granderson Touched by Fan While Making Play: New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson angrily confronted a fan who touched him on the back as he was making a play during Friday night's loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Granderson made a catch in the right field corner, then was throwing the ball back as the incident occurred. "Say whatever you want to say. Boo, cheer, clap, cheer for your team, cheer for the other team. But just don't physically touch the players," he said.

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:40 AM - 1 comment

Shanahan to Toronto: Homeward bound. Shanny takes a top job with Maple Leafs.

posted by roberts to hockey at 08:42 AM - 2 comments

April 11

Was Michael Pineda caught cheating: It looked brown and sticky and it was all over Michael Pineda's right throwing hand at some point during Thursday's game against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. But what, exactly, was it?

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 09:13 AM - 6 comments

April 10

A's Demote Closer Jim Johnson After 8 Games: Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jim Johnson, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles to be the A's closer this season, has been demoted from the job. Manager Bob Melvin said Thursday morning he's "going to give Jim a break." ESPN's David Schoenfeld notes, "Johnson has faced 26 batters so far and 16 of them have reached base.

posted by rcade to baseball at 05:15 PM - 1 comment

Exceptionally Small Crowds Greet New Baseball Season: The New York Times has a 10-photo slideshow today with tens of thousands of fans disguised as empty seats at Major League ballparks in Kansas City, Cleveland, Toronto, Miami and New York City. The paper calls the attendance, even for the spring when colder weather keeps some fans at home, "especially bleak."

posted by rcade to baseball at 01:28 PM - 12 comments

Abby Wambach: Players Didn't Get Coach Fired: The surprise firing of U.S. women's national team coach Tom Sermanni was not orchestrated by the players, star Abby Wambach said. "Everybody out there who may think the players made this happen, none of it's true," she said. The team finished seventh in the Algarve Cup last month.

posted by rcade to soccer at 10:06 AM - 5 comments

Oops: Atlanta Braves Set Fire to U.S. Flag: The Braves home opener doubled as William Tecumseh Sherman Night.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 09:13 AM - 7 comments

April 09

Josh Hamilton Needs Thumb Surgery: Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton needs thumb surgery for an injury that occurred in Tuesday night's game, the MLB Network reported Wednesday afternoon. During a head-first slide, Hamilton suffered a torn capsule and partially torn UCL and will be out an anticipated 6-8 weeks.

posted by rcade to baseball at 06:22 PM - 4 comments

UMass Basketball Player Says He's Gay: "I am the first Division 1 male basketball player to come out and not the last. I AM gay. I'm not afraid. I'm not alone. -- sophomore Derrick Gordon of the University of Massachusetts on Twitter today

posted by rcade to basketball at 12:10 PM - 7 comments

April 08

Tigers Pitcher Evan Reed Investigated in Alleged Sexual Assault: Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Evan Reed, who just made his first Opening Day roster since being a third-round draft pick in 2007, is being investigated in connection with an alleged sexual assault March 30, the Detroit Free Press reports. A 45-year-old woman seen on surveillance video entering Motor City Casino with Reed alleges that he drugged and sexually assaulted her, a "source familiar with the investigation" told the newspaper.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:21 AM - 0 comments

UConn Wins National Championship: Led by 22 points from Shabazz Napier, 14 points from Ryan Boatright and strong defensive games from both, the Connecticut Huskies defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in the NCAA college basketball championship. UConn entered the tournament as a seventh seed but left with the school's fourth national title since 1999. They never trailed in the game, but Kentucky narrowed the lead to one point with 8:13 left. They are the highest seed to win it all since eight seed Villanova in 1985.

posted by rcade to basketball at 07:10 AM - 7 comments

April 07

Can the Major League Snuff Out Its Smokeless Tobacco Habit?: "I made it through the whole game without dip, so that was a bigger victory than beating the Braves." -- Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond on Sunday. A presentation to the Smokeless Tobacco Summit describes the long history of its use in baseball and the health consequences. The first restrictions on smokeless tobacco were put in Major League Baseball two seasons ago, but it's still permitted for players to do it during games. The use of chewing tobacco among high school boys has been rising since 2003, up to 15 percent.

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:20 AM - 0 comments

American recruit scores first goal for the Swans: Patrick Mitchell, a college basketball player from Iowa, signed for AFL's Sydney Swans last year.

posted by owlhouse to other at 02:43 AM - 2 comments