Recent Comments by grum@work

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Since he didn't actually swing a bat even ONCE during any of his plate appearances (20 pitches in all), this may be a "record" that is entirely NOT the product of the person now holding the "record". I could have set this record by just standing at the plate, and walking/running on command.

It's like Biggio holding the hit-by-pitch record. All he did was get hit. The record should be held by the pitchers that plunked him.

posted by grum@work at 04:06 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

but in a boneheaded move only allowed them for women.


Never mind the discussion about "gender equality", how do you not implement it for the group of players that are REQUIRED to play more tennis (best of 5 vs best of 3)?

posted by grum@work at 01:30 PM on September 04

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

That pretty much has to be the end of the line for Goodell, right?

This has got to be the last in a line of public embarrassments for his office/league. Maybe he'll make it through the season, but surely the owners will look at this final straw and give him the boot. They'll want to find someone fresh, that doesn't have the scent of "bumbling/ineptitude" all over him/her....

posted by grum@work at 10:47 AM on September 03

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Nope, but I found an illegal version of the video by searching for their names.

I expect Interpol to arrest me at any moment...

posted by grum@work at 08:44 PM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

When you're hot, you're hot.

Josh Donaldson tagged up and scored...on a pop-out to the second baseman.

posted by grum@work at 08:24 PM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Well, it's over for me as that video isn't available in my country.

posted by grum@work at 08:24 AM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Dodgers think they got one hit off Jake Arrieta.

Looking at this replay, it looks like a hit to me.

If the opposing team's scorer calls it an error, then I'll tend to lean in that direction as well.

posted by grum@work at 06:44 PM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

who can sign a pre-contract in January to move next summer for zero dollars down and zero in add-ons

You crazy Europeans and your wacky sports transaction rules.

posted by grum@work at 02:36 PM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

MLB commissioner rules against reinstatement for famous player banned from the game for gambling incident...just not the one you were expecting.

posted by grum@work at 10:13 AM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Vin Scully has announced that he's coming back to broadcast another season of Dodger baseball (his 67th).

The next night, he waxed poetically about the sun and the moon.

If there is one announcer I want to be immortal, it's Mr. Scully.

posted by grum@work at 08:55 PM on August 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

... makes them look like frilly black knickers ...

I did not expect to be aroused by a discussion of men's soccer kits...

posted by grum@work at 01:38 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Just your regular 1-3-1 kick-and-blind-toss putout.

posted by grum@work at 10:24 AM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Oh, look. I have to throw someone out at third.


posted by grum@work at 01:15 PM on August 27

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Every MLB logo change throughout the years.

posted by grum@work at 10:42 AM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Jose Bautista vs Sportsnet TV

That's an awkward situation as Rogers owns the station (Sportsnet) and the team (Blue Jays), so it is an internal struggle during a recent high point for both of them.

I'm in Bautista's corner as that was pretty much a promotional spot for the clothier, so why would the kid be the one paying for the suit.

posted by grum@work at 09:55 AM on August 26

IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson Dies After Debris Hit to Helmet

I've always wondered why there was open-cockpit racing in this day and age. Is there a reason why you want to have the head of the driver exposed like that? I understand it would be warm to fully enclose the cockpit, but you could put in air vents to allow air to move around, and easily install a quick-release mechanism for opening the cockpit.

It would protect the drive from flukes like this, and for when the car flips over.

Obviously, this is wonderful hindsight commentary, but I can't be the first person that has considered it.

posted by grum@work at 10:04 PM on August 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

In lighter news....

Adrian Beltre attempted to secretly kick the ball foul, and would have gotten away with it if every single person and camera wasn't watching him do it...

posted by grum@work at 09:39 PM on August 23

Gotta give a shout out

Still since Ryan was at the game, and I'm not sure he ever had a no-hitter with so few pitches thrown

Only his last two no-hitters (in 1991, and 1990) were in the time period since they started recording the number of pitches thrown.

In both cases, he threw it in less than 134 pitches.
In 1990, it was 130 pitches.
In 1991, it was 122 pitches.

Only four 9-inning no-hitters (in the pitch-count era) have taken more than 134 pitches.

posted by grum@work at 01:09 AM on August 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

You're team is getting creamed.
You've just given up a grand slam home run.
It's an absolute blast to dead center field.

How should you react?

If you're a Little League player who just enjoys playing baseball, there is nothing you can do but admire that blast with a smile on your face.

Good for you, kid. That's how baseball should be played at that level.

posted by grum@work at 08:36 PM on August 22

Gotta give a shout out

Mike Fiers took 134 pitches to throw his no hitter.

The last pitcher to throw a no-hitter with exactly 134 pitches was...Johan Santana. His career went completely off the rails after that game.

The pitcher before that to throw a no-hitter with exactly 134 pitches was...Bud Smith. His career went completely off the rails after that game.

The pitcher before that to throw a no-hitter with exactly 134 pitches was...Doc Gooden. His career...well, it was pretty much off the rails the season before that, but it's not like it got much better...

posted by grum@work at 08:28 PM on August 22

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

That Norris at-bat was insane; the stroke was so sweet, he looked like he was barely swinging, and it goes right over the dead-center wall. And first ever professional at-bat? That's remarkable.

He was sort of pulling away from the plate, but otherwise it reminded me of another Toronto sweet swinger...

posted by grum@work at 12:22 AM on August 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Denard Span learns something new.

posted by grum@work at 09:29 PM on August 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

In his first professional plate appearance (majors or minors), Detroit Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris hit a home run to dead center at Wrigley Field, becoming the first American League pitcher to EVER hit a home run in that ballpark.

posted by grum@work at 08:58 AM on August 20

Little League Team Throws Game at World Series

Back in 1992, in order for Jack Morris to get his 20th win of the season for the Blue Jays, the team needed to get through the 5th inning before the torrential rain would cause a stoppage in play. If it did, then Morris would have to sit on the bench and may not be able to come out to finish enough innings to get the win (as the Jays led the Yankees 9-0 at the time) if the delay went on too long.

So the instructions to the Jays hitters were to hurry up and get the required outs.

This led to the memorable plate appearance by Alfredo Griffin where he was attempting to strike out.

His final swing for strike three was so silly as the ball had slipped out of the pitcher's hand and went 10 feet wide and high, that the umpire decided that it was becoming a travesty and stopped the game for the rain delay.

Morris did come out after a brief delay and finished the 5th and 6th innings to get the win.

posted by grum@work at 03:47 PM on August 19

Little League Team Throws Game at World Series

Yeah, I'd feel bad for the Red Sox if they had won their game and still didn't make the post-season because the Yankees (potentially) laid down for the Rays.

But they controlled their own destiny for that entire month and simply choked it away on their own (including that last game). When you go 7-20 for the month of September (and 3-12 for the last two weeks), 99% of the blame for missing the playoffs rests on your own shoulders.

posted by grum@work at 08:39 AM on August 19

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Nice article in the USA Today about the Toronto Blue Jays.

posted by grum@work at 10:07 PM on August 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I am old enough to remember the entire 80s decade, and I watched copious amounts of MTV, and I don't remember videos being that horrendous...

There was something about the 80s that really impacted the thought process of some artistic people.

posted by grum@work at 08:55 AM on August 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Jon Lester is having a nightmare of an inning because of his inability to hold the runners on base with a simple pick-off (or field his position properly).

He attempts to pick-off a runner at first. It's the first time he's tried that since April. It does not go well, and he throws it wildly past the first baseman. The runner goes to second.

Then, while just wandering around the mound holding the ball a few moments later, the runner on second essentially walks over to third without a throw.

After that debacle, he gets a strikeout (for the second out of the inning). Then a ground ball is hit to the first baseman, and Lester forgets to cover the bag, allowing the batter to reach safely and the runner to score, and extending the inning.

That baserunner on first then steals second.

Then he steals third.

Then Lester walks the next batter.

The new baserunner on first then steals second.

Mercifully for the Cubs, the next batter flies out to end the inning.

It's only one run, but everyone now knows that he still hasn't solved his pick-off issues, so expect everyone to run on him for the rest of the year.

posted by grum@work at 03:30 PM on August 13

All 15 MLB Home Teams Won Last Night -- Setting a Record

The hype train in Toronto is an unstoppable locomotion right now.

posted by grum@work at 11:48 AM on August 13

All 15 MLB Home Teams Won Last Night -- Setting a Record

The home team has a slight advantage in baseball by batting last (plus the usual "home team advantage" in most sports).
Last year, the home team won 52.5% of the games.
So using that as the odds, it's more like 1 in 15,762.

I don't know where the "once every 80 years" comes from, or how it was calculated.
There haven't always been 30 teams (only for the last 17 years), and not everyone plays every day of the week (only guaranteed full schedule on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays).

The Sports Illustrated article about this has more info:

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the official statistician for MLB, the previous record for most games on a single day in which every home team won was 12, set on May 23, 1914. Home teams have gone 11-0 six times, the last being on Sept. 16, 1989, according to STATS.

The last time all home teams went undefeated when there was more than one game on the schedule was Aug. 28, 2008 when the home teams went 8-0, according to STATS.

I can't find any record of the last "all-visitor-wins" day, but based on the home advantage % from above, the inverse (47.5% win percentage for the visitors) would mean a 15-visitor-win-day would happen about 1 in 70,729 times.

posted by grum@work at 10:38 PM on August 12

All 15 MLB Home Teams Won Last Night -- Setting a Record

I'm bad at stats, but even I could puzzle that one out.

I can tell you that a LARGE percentage of the people who are reading ESPN (or any website) do not have even a basic statistical understanding of odds/statistics/probability.

They'll be the kind of people that mock someone for choosing 1-2-3-4-5-6 as their Powerball numbers because "what are the chances THOSE numbers will come up".

posted by grum@work at 12:11 PM on August 12

All 15 MLB Home Teams Won Last Night -- Setting a Record

Viewing every game as a 50-50 proposition independent of all others, STATS figured the odds of a home sweep on a night with a full 15-game major league schedule at 1 in 32,768 -- or about once every 80 years, according to Louis Mittel, a a doctoral candidate in statistics at Columbia University.

I like that they didn't get a professor, or an actual "doctor" of statistics, but a "doctoral candidate". Here is his page on the Columbia University website.

How does this guy get picked for the citation? I wonder if he's buddies with someone on the ESPN writing staff.

posted by grum@work at 12:05 PM on August 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Frank Kaminsky, show me how excited you are to play for the Charlotte Hornets!

Alright, then.

posted by grum@work at 11:47 AM on August 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Does it come in hot dog stand?

Ah, yes. The colour theme that blows out your cones and rods.

posted by grum@work at 10:16 AM on August 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

A Goalkeeper dares to Zlatan.

That's bloody audacious!

posted by grum@work at 10:50 PM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It's like someone has messed up the colour settings on my monitor.

posted by grum@work at 10:46 PM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Well, sometimes when a hat is nervous about being with another hat for the first time, the logo might not be ready to perform...

posted by grum@work at 08:43 AM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Are you a Yankees fan?

Are you looking for a new hat to wear?

Something a little...different?

Well, let's peruse the selection that's available, like this lovely specimen:

There are many more wonderful horrific examples (and snarky commentary) through that link.

Personally, I think #8 is the worst of the bunch.

posted by grum@work at 08:26 AM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

To be really specific, the security guard touching the ball should be considered spectator interference, and the umpires will award bases as their judgement determines where everyone should end up.

The only issue I have with that is then you allow the home team employees to interfere with the play in a way that helps their team.

posted by grum@work at 08:54 PM on August 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Adding injury to insult...

Brett Gardner gets beaned by a fan throwing back a Bautista home run.

posted by grum@work at 12:19 PM on August 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

So let's walk this through the events in order.

1) Ball in play.
2a) Runner touches home.
2b) Batter reaches 1B.
2c) Runner going to 3B abandons the base path to join the celebration.
3) Runner going to 2B turns around and hugs batter, and eventually switches places (putting batter in front of him).
4) Arizona players mob the batter.
5) At least one Reds player (Phillips) does not leave the infield.
6) Security guard throw the ball back to Phillips.
7) Phillips touches 2B.
8) Phillips throws the ball to 1B, where they touch the bag.
9) 1Bman throws the ball to 3B, where they touch the bag.

The best I can see is that step 3, the batter is now out. (Out #2 in the inning)
Therefore, there is no force play at 2B, meaning the act in step 7 is wasted.
Therefore, there is no force play at 3B, meaning the act in step 9 is wasted.

I don't see a third out anywhere, UNLESS they decided step 2c is an automatic out (abandoning the basepaths).

Based on what I typed above, the batter passing the runner would be the third out of the inning (if 2c is an out), but it wouldn't be a force out, so the run should still count.

So, I reverse my decision. The RESULT is correct (run scores, Diamonbacks win), but the explanation seems to be incorrect.

posted by grum@work at 11:04 AM on August 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

In case anyone missed it, there was an absolute clusterfuck ending for the Reds/Diamondbacks game.

MLB Tonight analyzes it (incorrectly).

How many things could go wrong?

1) The Arizona base runners at 1st and 2nd abandon the base paths to join the celebration, without actually touching the next base. They both committed "Merkle's Boner".

2) The Reds outfielder is too lazy to go retrieve the ball, so he asks a security guard to throw it to him from the outfield wall. By doing so, it immediately becomes a dead ball, so anything that happens afterwards is negated.

3) Even if the umpires don't recognize that fact, the Reds screw up the order for the force plays, by touching 2nd base first. This means that the "force" at 3rd base is no longer there, so the second out wouldn't be recorded at that point. Of course because of the events in 2), these aren't force plays anymore, but appeal plays, so it shouldn't matter about the order.

4) Except, the umpires incorrectly invoke a rule to declare the game over. They say that 5.08(b) indicates the game is over:

When the winning run is scored in the last half-inning of a regulation game, or in the last half of an extra inning, as the result of a base on balls, hit batter or any other play with the bases full which forces the runner on third to advance, the umpire shall not declare the game ended until the runner forced to advance from third has touched home base and the batter-runner has touched first base.

The umpires misinterpret the minimum requirements for ending the game (safe at first, safe at home) with ONLY requirements. Obviously, a double-play at 3B and 2B should be enough to negate the winning run (or appeals on touching 3B/2B).

In the end, Diamondbacks win, Reds lose, and someone needs to clean up those rules.

posted by grum@work at 10:50 AM on August 10

Drone footage

The extent of my bravery now is that I might go 2 days without running back-ups on my PC, or I'll try a potato chip from a bowl without asking what flavour it is.

posted by grum@work at 12:51 PM on August 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I am not authorized to view those cricket highlights, as I live in Canada.

posted by grum@work at 12:47 PM on August 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle


Another day, another insane catch by Kevin Pillar.




posted by grum@work at 10:07 AM on August 07

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

In the background of LaTroy Hawkins' instagram update (which suffers from hashtag overload), please note Josh Donaldson.

Josh has seen some shit.

posted by grum@work at 11:05 AM on August 06

9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Struck by Bat

The problem with hiding the next batter is that he doesn't get to see the pitcher throw to the previous batter. As well, it will add extra time to have the next batter come all the way from the bowels of the dugout each time. If you assume an extra 10 seconds...

In the American League so far this season, there is an average of 37.5 plate appearances for each team, meaning that there are 57 times (37.5 times 2 teams, minus the first batter for each team in each inning) a player would walk from the hidden on-deck circle. That's another 9 minutes and 30 seconds of extra time added onto each game.

People complain about the length of games already...

posted by grum@work at 09:00 PM on August 04

9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Struck by Bat

If you believe the player is 100% blameless, isn't that an argument for not allowing young children like Carlile to be bat boys? It's not responsible to expect a nine-year-old to assure his own safety in that job.

Yeah. Which is pretty much what I said in my first post.

Blame the league, blame the team, blame the parents, but don't blame the batter in the on-deck circle.

posted by grum@work at 11:51 PM on August 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The onside punt TD, three downs, the rouge (single-point kicks through the endzone), the anyone-can-kick-the-ball mayhem of last-second rouge defenses in tie-game, the running starts for wide receivers on snaps, and (of course) touchdown celebrations....the CFL has a lot to offer for bored NFL fans.

posted by grum@work at 11:48 PM on August 03

9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Struck by Bat

Bat boys are on the field retrieving the bat if necessary and bringing balls to the ump.

Yes, and they are usually old enough to know that you don't go anywhere near the on-deck circle when a batter is warming up.

I feel bad for the kid and it is a tragedy, but the batter should take zero blame for what happened if all he was doing was his normal warm-up swings in the on-deck circle.

It's like blaming a driver if a kid darts out into traffic from between parked cars and gets hit. All drivers know that there are kids outdoors, but no one thinks they have responsibility to be "situationally aware" when a kid darts out in front of their vehicle 10 feet away when traveling at 25 mph.

If the baserunner coming home in the video I linked to had plowed over Dusty Baker's kid, would you have put blame on him for doing so, because he wasn't "situationally aware" that there was a child who MIGHT wander into a dangerous area where they shouldn't be?

posted by grum@work at 06:25 PM on August 03

9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Struck by Bat

Carlile was retrieving a bat near the on-deck circle.

Even more reason that it isn't the batter's fault.

There is something that batters do in the on-deck circle, and that is swing the bat. It is assumed that you do it in the on-deck circle because there isn't anyone else around, and doing it in the dugout would be dangerous. So you stand out in the on-deck circle to warm up by swinging the bat, knowing that you are away from everyone else.

If someone else approaches you from behind or side (because we assume that the kid didn't run in the batter's field of view), then how is the batter supposed to know?

It would be like blaming someone swinging in a batting cage for hitting someone on a follow through because that person came from the blind-side in the middle of a swing.

posted by grum@work at 03:40 PM on August 03

9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Struck by Bat

but the adult baseball player who wasn't paying attention to his surroundings while swinging a bat was being a reckless idiot

Wait, what?

He was taking practice swings. It's generally considered a bad idea to get near a batter who is doing that, but this poor kid wasn't paying attention and ran into the swing.

The question is why are 9-year-old kids anywhere near the field of play. MLB has at least now figured out that small children aren't always the best arbiter of decision making...

posted by grum@work at 01:08 PM on August 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If anyone wants a lesson on how NOT to umpire a game, Jim Wolf gave a masters class during the Blue Jays/Royals game today.

Second batter of the game, Donaldson, gets plunk in the numbers.

Wolf immediately issues a warning to both benches, which is bad news for the Jays because they have knuckleball pitcher (Dickey) starting the game, and by definition the knuckleball is supposed to be "wild". So if one of them goes off course and lightly plunks a Royal, he's gonna get tossed (as the warning indicates that any hit-by-pitches will result in an immediate ejection for the pitcher and the manager).

The next time Donaldson comes to the plate, the same pitcher then throws the ball at his head. Donaldson dives out the way, and the umpire immediately steps forward and...does nothing.

Fast forward a few innings, and now a Royal relief pitcher is in the game. He's pitching to new Blue Jays player Tulowitzki...and hits him. The home plate umpire leaps into action and...does nothing. Despite the warnings, the umpire decides not to eject the pitcher. Understandably, the Blue Jays (and their manager, John Gibbons, and their fans) go apeshit. After Tulowitzki is examined and goes to first, the next batter up is..Donaldson.

Guess what happens? The pitcher throws another one at his head. Donaldson bails out, hits the dirt, jumps up...but Gibbons has already run out of the dugout to yell at the umpire. He gets tossed.

The very next half-inning, the relief pitcher for the Jays (Aaron Sanchez) throws a pitch down the middle...for a ball. Two pitches later, Sanchez throws a ball at the feet of the batter, hitting him. Jim Wolf, in a sense of fairness not seen this side of Nero, tosses Sanchez from the game. Both benches empty as everyone on the Blue Jays side loses their fucking minds at that decision.

posted by grum@work at 06:00 PM on August 02

Dear Roberto,

It was well-written and not unfair. He did have (at the time) a down season.

posted by grum@work at 08:19 AM on August 01

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

RIP Roddy Piper

One of the first "villains" I ever liked in wrestling, he was always entertaining when he got in front of the mic.

Also, one of my absolute favourite movie quotes of all time:

posted by grum@work at 10:51 PM on July 31

Russell Wilson Finally Cashes In with Seahawks

Imagine how much more he would have been paid if he hadn't thrown an interception on his last pass attempt...

posted by grum@work at 04:53 PM on July 31

There's something in the Olympic water in Rio...and it's not good.

Barcelona seems to have done quite well for themselves after hosting the Olympics.

posted by grum@work at 11:59 AM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Why do you boo Adam Goodes? Is it because ...

Oh, that last part of the cartoon at the bottom (white player celebrations) is gold.

posted by grum@work at 11:29 AM on July 31