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University of Minnesota Not Thrilled to Host Slurskins

I'll be very interested to see if this happens.

And "slurskins" is an excellent name.

posted by grum@work at 11:53 PM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

A combined no-hitter by the Phillies today.

posted by grum@work at 11:26 PM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This is like some form of acceptable child abuse.

Chukyo reportedly won the tournament after beating Miura Gakuen 2-0 in the final. Matsui made a relief appearance and threw 77 more pitches, bringing his total to 786 in two games.

posted by grum@work at 04:10 PM on August 31

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

You'd recognize Trout if he was treated like Reggie Jackson was in the '70s, with commercials and TV guest appearances and candy bars and the like.

But back in the 70s there were only three networks. If you were on TV, there is a good chance people saw you because there wasn't much else on TV.

Nowadays, someone could appear on the same number of commercials and TV guest appearances and still be relatively anonymous, because there would be 10-50x as many channels to watch (which is assuming people consume their media through the TV).

The game requires a lot more attention than other sports with its 162-game season and an average game length of 2:58.

It's still shorter than an average NFL game, and there is FAR more action in an MLB game than an NFL game.

posted by grum@work at 01:03 PM on August 31

St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam

Sounds like someone is manzielphobic....

posted by grum@work at 09:37 PM on August 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Because you always wanted to know..."What happens if you try to hit a baseball travelling at 90% of the speed of light?"

posted by grum@work at 06:16 PM on August 30

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

If Mike Trout walked into my neighborhood bar, I probably would not recognize him. I would recognize David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, and several members of the Red Sox.

If the bouncers don't toss him for being a teenager with fake id.

posted by grum@work at 06:15 PM on August 30

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

Of course, the reason that basketball can develop memorable stars is that there are only 5 players on the court for each team, and they play for 80% of the game. In baseball, you have 9 players for each team, for only half the game, and the ones that might be famous sometimes only play every 5th game.

The thing is, Derek Jeter wasn't that "exciting" to talk about when he was early in his career. He didn't do anything that was memorable, and he may be the blandest speaking super star in sports history (with Steve Yzerman coming in a close second).
Even at the end of his career, Jeter's fame is because of the team he plays for, his off field bedding of a bevvy of bombshell beauties, the lack of real scandal, and his health/consistency. He never won a regular season MVP. His "black ink" statistic are shockingly weak (led the league in hits twice, and runs once), so much so they are less than half that of an average HOF.

Mike Trout already matches Jeter's career "black ink" stats in only his fourth season. Trout's biggest problems are that he's been robbed of at least one MVP award, and that he's on the west coast. More than half the fans of baseball don't have a chance to see him play because he doesn't start more than half his games after 9pm/10pm for those people. That's why the Angels are my #2 team I'm cheering for this year, as Trout NEEDS to showcase his ability in the playoffs so people will recognize this once-in-a-generation talent.

By the way, with the retirement of Jeter (and the future retirement of Ortiz, Suzuki), there is still an amazing set of young players that will keep us entertained (and are all under 30 years old):

Yasiel Puig
Jose Abreu
Mike Trout
Giancarlo Stanton
Clayton Kershaw
Jonathan Lucroy
Buster Posey
Andrew McCutchen
Billy Hamilton
Anthony Rizzo
Stephen Strasburg
Bryce Harper
Jose Altuve
Josh Donaldson
Cory Kluber
Felix Hernandez
Max Scherzer
Chris Sale
Yu Darvish
David Price
Adam Jones
Manny Machado
and probably a lot more I can't just name right now.

posted by grum@work at 09:01 PM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I...uh...what?!

/this is a very confusing day for me....

posted by grum@work at 12:56 PM on August 29

Weird Penalty Called on Vanderbilt Jersey

I...uh...what?!

posted by grum@work at 12:54 PM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Wow.

posted by grum@work at 10:34 AM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Michael Sam bails out fan who makes unwise Twitter bet.

Everyone wins in the end.

Except Johnny Football.

posted by grum@work at 04:29 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Professor Helmetcatch Von Reflex

posted by grum@work at 04:05 PM on August 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Giants to protest game after bizarre loss.

they were told the Cubs would do "everything in their power to make the field playable," but the last 90 minutes of the delay involved one man and one rake.

posted by grum@work at 01:58 PM on August 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Awesome post-game speech by a coach to a losing Little League World Series team.

/Don't listen to Jimmy this one time.

posted by grum@work at 12:55 PM on August 19

Yours Truly, Dr. Z.

Dr. Z was known for getting his Super Bowl picks on the cover of Sports Illustrated. His picks were both amazing, and terrible. He was also known for writing the definitive book about pro football.

(a hat tip to the posting on Metafilter about this story)

posted by grum@work at 01:32 PM on August 17

The Premier League Season Kicks Off Tomorrow

I'd love to hear the reasoning behind picking ManUtd in the top four,

I already explained why...

Completely uninformed guesses:

posted by grum@work at 08:04 PM on August 16

The Premier League Season Kicks Off Tomorrow

Completely uninformed guesses:

Title: Manchester City
Top Four: Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal
Best Champions League Showing for an English Team:Liverpool
Relegated: Southhampton, Crystal Palace, Burnley
Top Scorer: Diego Costa
Most Assists: Cesc Fabregas
Most clean sheets (team): Chelsea

posted by grum@work at 12:36 PM on August 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Ouch.

posted by grum@work at 01:27 PM on August 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

*poof*

MeatSaber is right. If you pay for a play-index account at Baseball Reference, you can search their database for just about anything.

Examples:

Since 2000, order of pitchers hitting seasons (by OPS+), minimum 20 PA in the season, at least 80% of their games as a pitcher.

Since 1901, order of pitcher hitting careers (by OPS+), minimum 100 PA, at least 80% of their games as a pitcher.

Since 1901, most HR by a pitcher in their career, minimum 100 PA, at least 80% of their games as a pitcher.

Longest streak of games with at least one PA where there were no hits or walks, by a pitcher, since 1914.

I can't imagine not paying my annual membership to have silly fun like this.

*poof*

posted by grum@work at 08:48 PM on August 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Robin Williams never did a real sports movie, but he had a fantastic sports fan moment in "Good Will Hunting" that I thought was amazing (0:45-2:24 of this scene):

posted by grum@work at 12:19 PM on August 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Does the same concern apply for girls when there's no adult future for them throwing fast pitch?

Well, there is the rest of her childhood pitching career (13->18), and maybe she'll want to play catch with her own children in the future. We tend to write off those kind of elbow injuries because professionals go under the knife (at the expense of the team) to fix them. Who is to say that if she damages her elbow that she'll be able to get that kind of surgery.

posted by grum@work at 02:58 PM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

13-Year-Old Girl Pitches Shutout To Send Team To LLWS

This is wrong, and from what I read in that article, someone should be ashamed for letting her do that.

Oh, I have no problem with a girl pitching on a LL team. That's perfect fine and really shouldn't be that big of a deal nowadays.

The problem I have specifically is that someone is letting her throw a curve ball at age 13. That's how you mess up an elbow/arm at that age. It should be nothing but fastballs and changeups, so there is as little strain on her arm as possible (outside of the generally unnatural pitching motion).

posted by grum@work at 11:41 AM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Derek Jeter's "King of NY" cleats.

posted by grum@work at 12:45 PM on August 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

So Cleveland trades away it's two #1 picks to land Kevin Love?

No pressure, man.

posted by grum@work at 11:42 AM on August 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If it's true, the Tigers just picked up David Price.

That would mean they would have the last three American League Cy Young winners (Scherzer, Price, Verlander) and last year's ERA leader (Sanchez).

If it's an Oakland/Detroit American League championship series, then I'd peg the over/under line for total runs scored per game at something like 4.5

posted by grum@work at 04:05 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

let [Cespedes] go for a pick at the end of 2015.

Nope.

His contract states that he is a free agent at the end of 2015, and no qualifying offer can be made (and therefore no pick if he signs somewhere else).

posted by grum@work at 12:01 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

According to reports, the Red Sox/A's have made a blockbuster deal:

Lester and Gomes for Cespedes

posted by grum@work at 09:58 AM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I kinda dig the Thor-inspired one.

posted by grum@work at 08:08 AM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Probably the rarest of plays, the inning-ending walk-induced double play:

Travis Snider, on 2nd base, thinks there is also someone on 1st base, so he thinks he's forced to third with the walk. He gets caught sleep-walking to third, and for some unknown reason, Gaby Sanchez takes off for home and gets caught in the run down. This is a double-TOOTBLAN.

posted by grum@work at 10:00 PM on July 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Yeah, he got cut a while back. Only a couple of years ago, he was a hot commodity in the fantasy league off-season because of his "potential".

posted by grum@work at 06:08 PM on July 30

The NBPA Makes History With The Hiring Of A Female Executive Director

Roberts steps into her role as NBPA executive director during a period of time where the labor peace between the NBA and NBPA is a mere facade. Some three years ago, the firm she is a partner of helped lead the NBA in collective bargaining negotiations against the NBPA.

She's switched sides?

Roberts notes that she has never worked on cases related to the NBA. Thus, for NBPA members there is arguably no legitimate concern as it relates to Roberts' representation of them and a conflict of interest with the NBA.

Ah, never mind.

posted by grum@work at 02:52 PM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Dirk Hayhurst on minor league sexual depravity that's not so minor league.

Intriguing/disgusting story from Dirk. I wonder if someone will be able to narrow down the list of who "Jimmy Keets" might be...

posted by grum@work at 11:06 AM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Melky Cabrera's home run smashes the windshield of a car in parked outside Fenway.

posted by grum@work at 09:34 AM on July 29

Baseball Hall of Fame Announces Changes to Voting Process for Recently Retired Players

It's probably their (incorrect) method of stopping future log jams. What they should do is allow for an unlimited ballot size, and to not count blank ballots as "votes" (for computing voting percentages).

All this is going to do is punt the ball further down the street until the VC has to handle it.

posted by grum@work at 03:33 PM on July 26

Baseball Hall of Fame Announces Changes to Voting Process for Recently Retired Players

Three candidates presently on the BBWAA ballot in years 10-15 will be grandfathered into this system and remain under consideration by the BBWAA for up to the full 15 years. Don Mattingly (15th year in 2015), Alan Trammell (14th year in 2015) and Lee Smith (13th year in 2015) will be eligible to remain on the BBWAA ballot for a maximum of 15 years of consideration.

Here are players most likely to be affected by this ruling:

Years on ballot next time around
McGwire - 9
Raines - 8
E. Martinez - 6
McGriff - 6
Bagwell - 5
Walker - 5

This is going to clear up some of the log jam, but at the same time it's going to pretty much finish off any hope that those players (except maybe Bagwell) will have of getting elected (outside of the Veterans Committee).

Piazza and Biggio should have more than enough time to get in (even with new guys getting added to the ballot), but I think Raines is going to fall short. I also think this reduces the chances for Clemens/Bonds/Sosa as they were going to need time for some log jams to clear out (and minds to change), and that might happen too late (especially with guys like Martinez, Johnson, Moyer, Smoltz, Edmonds, Jeter, Ichiro, Hoffman, Rivera, Griffey, Ramirez, I.Rodriguez, Guerrero still coming down the pipe).

posted by grum@work at 12:55 PM on July 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

A called fake punt end-around on 3rd and 9 from your own 6 yard line with 50 seconds left in the half? That kind of shit has only ever worked in video games.

If you are EVER going to have the element of surprise, that would seem to be the time to have it. Nobody would expect them to run that play, at that time, with that field position. The main complaint is that the play they ran took WAY too long to develop. If they had the runner intercept the snap, or the kicker run it himself, maybe it has a chance. Maybe even a fake punting motion might have frozen the defense....

posted by grum@work at 03:28 PM on July 25

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

So how does the NFL justify the mentality that smoking pot is worse than beating on a woman?

Drugs are bad, m'kay?

posted by grum@work at 03:03 PM on July 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Talk about home-field advantage! The Yankees won last night's game because their home grounds crew was unable to get the tarp on to the field during a rainstorm, and the field was rendered unplayable. The Yankees had the lead after 5 innings, so the umpires called the game after the rain stopped and they were unable to get the field dried out.

posted by grum@work at 08:26 AM on July 24

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Reading about the Champions Hockey League makes me realize that my dream of a "Hockey Champions Cup" tournament in September (instead of watching meaningless pre-season games on TV) will never happen.

In my dream, the following teams qualify for this one-month tournament:
- the playoff winners
- the regular season winners (or the playoff runners-up if the playoff winners were also the regular season winners

from the following leagues:

NHL
KHL
Finnish Elite League
Swedish Hockey League
Czech Extraliga
Swiss National League A
German Ice Hockey League
and two more teams that qualify from the other European leagues (to be determined later)

The 16 teams would be entered into a single-elimination tournament, played in 2-to-4 cities of the host country. The teams would be seeded so that teams from each league can not play each other until the finals, and the KHL/NHL teams wouldn't face each other until the final four.

The tournament would alternate between a North American host and a European host each year.

posted by grum@work at 10:44 AM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Monaco vice-chairman Vadim Vasilyev said his club had no plans to sell Rodriguez, but were proud to be part of "one of the most significant transfers in football history". Vasilyev said: "The time came when the solution of a transfer was considered to be the most beneficial solution for all parties."

Translation:

posted by grum@work at 01:10 PM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Our previous discussion about the possibility of Rodriguez moving on from Monaco.

posted by grum@work at 01:07 PM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) connection to the existing New York Yankees franchise has been officially severed by the guys behind Baseball Reference (to line up with every other reference, and the Yankees/MLB themselves).

posted by grum@work at 11:33 AM on July 22

Pitcher Freaks Out Because of Bunt in 2-Run Game

The Rangers currently have 16 players on the DL. They've used 51 different players this season.

In comparison, the AL East leading Orioles have 7 players on the DL. They've used 35 different players this season.

posted by grum@work at 04:18 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

And after the game, at two in the morning, he took our players away. The very talented ones: Teixeira, Douglas, Fred. The rest are not so important.

Oof.

posted by grum@work at 01:54 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I had never heard about her before, but holy cow she won the looks lottery. Some company in Belgium/Europe is going to sign her for sure, regardless of the photo.

posted by grum@work at 12:11 PM on July 20

Pitcher Freaks Out Because of Bunt in 2-Run Game

The shift is designed ONLY to thwart singles. Rasmus countered by hitting a single in a different way because of the defensive shift.

Someone should make sure Lewis gets his diaper changed before he talks to the media next time.

posted by grum@work at 11:10 AM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

We have a new front runner for the worst use of "unwritten rules" whining in MLB history:

"I told [Rasmus] I didn't appreciate it," Lewis said. "You're up by two runs with two outs and you lay down a bunt. I don't think that's the way the game should be played."

In summary: "Waaaaaaaaah!"

posted by grum@work at 10:14 PM on July 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

No way. That Toronto lineup is ridiculously overstocked in talent. You have two of the top three goal scorers over the last 4 seasons (Stamkos, Perry), you have the #7 goal scorer (Tavares), and then you arguably have the best two defensemen in the NHL. As long as the goalie isn't you or me, that lineup smokes all the other Canadian ones.

The only one that comes close is Winnipeg, and Salvador is a big drop-off from the Leafs defensemen, and you already know my feelings about James Reimer...

posted by grum@work at 06:08 PM on July 18

How is Qatar building a national team for the 2022 World Cup?

If you really wanted to be restrictive and say only from teams outside the top 100 AND have never made the World Cup at any time, then your list of twenty-three countries would be:

Moldova
Latvia
Lithuania
Bahrain
Tanzania
Luxembourg
Rwanda
Ethiopia
Equatorial Guinea
Namibia
Mozambique
Sudan
Liberia
Central African Republic
Lebanon
Malawi
Aruba
Tajikistan
Dominican Republic
Burundi
Kazakhstan
Philippines
Afghanistan

posted by grum@work at 12:22 PM on July 17

How is Qatar building a national team for the 2022 World Cup?

It's too bad Qatar can't just take the best players from the countries that have zero chance of qualifying and make them citizens for six weeks. That would be an interesting team.

If you were to take the best player from the top 23 ranked teams that haven't competed in the last three World Cups, then you'd have the following nations to choose from (current world rank):

Romania 28
Venezuela 30
Turkey 32
Panama 33
Egypt 36
Hungary 38
Armenia 41
Austria 43
Wales 44
Iceland 47
Guinea 51
Uzbekistan 52
Finland 55
Jordan 57
Burkina Faso 58
Peru 59
Mali 60
Senegal 62
Libya 63
Sierra Leone 64
United Arab Emirates 65
Albania 67
Israel 67

Side note: Holy fuck, Canada! 118th?! I am disappoint.

posted by grum@work at 11:55 AM on July 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

How much more was Derek Jeter mentioned than everyone else in the All-Star Game?

Jeter's mentions outnumber the cumulative mentions of 28 other All-Stars. They match the combined mentions of the game's MVP, the MVP runner-up, the winning pitcher, and the guy who got the save.

posted by grum@work at 11:20 AM on July 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

What are they Espys?

It's Esperanto for "desperate time filler".

posted by grum@work at 10:38 PM on July 16

SportsFilter's World Cup Confidence Pool Winner

I blame Africa.
And the Iberian peninsula.
And me.

posted by grum@work at 10:05 AM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Nike commercial for Derek Jeter's last hurrah.

Respectfully tasteful, but it ended a bit soon. Here is the extended ending as it reflects Jeter's final season.

posted by grum@work at 11:49 PM on July 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Congratulations to @holden for winning the SpoFi World Cup fantasy league, with @goddam a close second and--after a huge gap myself--third. @grum wins the Costanza.

To be honest, I lost the password for that game about two days into the tournament, and I never had a chance to get it reset. I knew I was going to lose when I realized that I never got around to removing Julio Cesar as my keeper...

posted by grum@work at 01:44 PM on July 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I see that I avoided the Costanza for the World Cup confidence pool.

Since the name of the one person below me is "ecade", I'm going to guess that the only person who did worse than me is rcade's progeny.

My hope is that he/she is over the age of 12 so I can at least retain some of my dignity.

posted by grum@work at 10:24 AM on July 14

Germany Wins World Cup

My wife has a nursing degree (and has suffered from a concussion herself), and she was (remotely) livid at the team for letting Kramer stay on the field. She said that watching the replay it was obvious that he had been knocked temporarily unconscious from the contact because he didn't brace himself at all when he fell to the ground. His left arm stays close to his body, and his fingers remained locked in their last gesture as he made contact with the turf:

I said that if anyone on the team's medical staff (with a medical degree) had seen the replay where Kramer gets hit in the head and they still allowed him to stay on the field, then they should have been charged with negligence.

posted by grum@work at 12:14 AM on July 14

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

But he does get beat in big moments by players with less talent and a better mindset. That never happened to Jordan.

That's interesting, because Jordan won titles in less than half the playoffs he participated in when in Chicago. Unless you think Isaiah Thomas or Shaquille O'Neal are players with "more talent", I'm going to say that the same thing happened to Jordan.

posted by grum@work at 08:37 PM on July 13

Germany Wins World Cup

I felt bad for Messi on that final free kick. He knew that this was the time to shine, but he was facing the best keeper in the world, and the keeper knew there is no chance that Messi was going to pass the ball or any trick play.

I don't think anyone beats a world class keeper from that distance, and the extra pressure just meant he was probably too amped up to moderate the balance between touch and power.

He should have had a better result when he shot it wide earlier in the game.

Now he's got four more years of "If he's really one of the best of all time, how come he hasn't carried his nation (team) to a championship?"

It's the "Ted Williams" career curse.

posted by grum@work at 07:56 PM on July 13