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SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Not so awesome picture:

Ryan Vogelsong got hit in the face by a pitch today.
Definite broken orbital bone, possible eye injury and concussion.

Warning: Graphic image! I've moved it to a link instead of an inline image.

posted by grum@work at 06:34 PM on May 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I don't understand how that isn't an instant ejection/suspension.

posted by grum@work at 08:32 AM on May 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Pillar doing Pillar things, again.

posted by grum@work at 06:56 PM on May 22

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Adam Silver is going to wake up sweating and screaming tonight, at even the slightest chance of a Thunder/Raptors final...

I'm cheering for the Raptors, and even I don't want that to happen.

Warriors/Cavs - the sequel, except the Cavs have a healthy lineup, except the Warriors are trying to finish off a legendary season...how can Silver not touch himself thinking about that.

Warriors/Raptors - either one team has the greatest upset in NBA history, or one team stomps their way to history.

Thunder/Cavs - Lebron/Love vs Durant/Westbrook, and an NBA championship for a city that has never had one.

Thunder/Raptors - American ratings nightmare, and neither #1 seed makes it to the finals.

posted by grum@work at 11:52 PM on May 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Fraternizing with the enemy!

posted by grum@work at 07:35 PM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Bartolo Colon has a second secret family.

My favourite comments I've seen about this story:

- Triple chin, double life!

- Too much pork for just one fork!

- He couldn't afford to pay child support because he's got his own mouth to feed.

posted by grum@work at 12:54 AM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

i'll just leave this here

Khris Davis grand slam

With that jump shot helmet toss, looks like someone should be on the look out for a Matt Bush fastball in the ribs...

posted by grum@work at 06:04 PM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

As for the suspensions, I have no problem with the ones that were handed out, and the players/coaches that were fined. They are all within the range I would have expected, and I don't think any one player/team has too much to complain about.

I didn't expect Bush to get punished (there is too much precedence of the instigator getting away with it because no warnings had been issued before hand), even though the umpire knew something was up because he actually issued warnings after he hit Bautista.

Side note: I think that's bullshit, by the way. Issuing a warning after the first HBP means that the initiator gets away with it and the other team gets no response (using a pitcher). I'm not saying the second team should be allowed to go headhunting (I never proscribe to that logic) but Chavez's throw into Fielder's enormous ass would have been a perfectly acceptable response to the Bautista plunking (if the rest of the stuff hadn't happened).

posted by grum@work at 08:57 AM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Out of all this, I did find this pretty funny.

Sam Dyson, for aggressive actions during the brawl, was fined by the league. He's the only one that ended up with any visible injuries. It looks like his foray into the brawl was about as successful as his pitch from October.

posted by grum@work at 06:26 AM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Is Bautista's any more dangerous or aggressive than that one (which didn't result in a brawl)?

The Odor slide was the subject of a replay review in New York and it was not deemed an illegal slide. I agree with the call.

That's not the question I asked. I didn't challenge the legality of the slide (since, as I've pointed out in the other picture, it seems to be still in flux), I asked about the dangerous nature or aggressiveness of the slide.

If Bautista had done that to Odor, what do you think Odor's reaction would have been?

posted by grum@work at 06:17 AM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

21-year-veteran play by play broadcaster Tom Grieve seemed to do a pretty good job of that in the video you linked.

The Texas Rangers broadcaster (and former Texas Ranger himself) didn't see anything wrong with the Texas Rangers player's action? I'm shocked!

I mean, the line "He did SLIGHTLY slide to the right of the base." is a howler of a homer line, as is the description that Simmons was "3 feet in front of the bag" and "in the base path".

But you do see the distinct similarities, right? He slid hard into the fielder's legs and took him out, just like Bautista did with Odor. He also slid past the base, but in Odor's case, he made a token reach back to touch the bag after he went by. The difference is that Simmons didn't get up and try to start a fight.

(Also, Bautista went right over the bag, while Odor went to the right of the bag in an attempt to take out Simmons.)

Curious as to how Jays fans feel about this Don Brennan column though. I don't know him from anyone, so if he's a muckity BS peddler, don't worry about it.

He's writing for the Ottawa Sun, so pretty much none of the local fans will have read anything he's written. Besides, the first time one of their sports writers says something positive about a Toronto team (that isn't winning), it'll be a miracle. Also, throw in the "look at me!" page view "hot take" (a phrase I learned today), and it's pretty much expected. I mean, he has one article that says "Slumping Ottawa Senators should not fire coach." and then a month later has an article that says "Senators coaching change would make sense."

Bautista put on quite the whine as well.

No, he didn't. When the play was reviewed and the game ended, he went straight into the dugout. He didn't argue, he didn't yell, he didn't show any emotion about it. When asked about it after the game, he said:

"I feel like I respect the rule, that it was an absolutely clean slide," Bautista said. "And it's just disappointing to lose a major league baseball game, with so much at stake every day here. We put a lot into the game since we were little kids and then to all of a sudden have everything taken away like that is just strange."

That's not "whining".

posted by grum@work at 11:06 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I said Bautista was squaring up, which made his complaint about a sucker punch whiny and ridiculous.

I've never defended the phrase "sucker punch". I've attacked the statement that what Odor did was "self-defense".

posted by grum@work at 09:43 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Wild. Bautista cost the Jays the game with that leg grab.

This is news to people?

It was a big deal when it happened over a month ago. He was the first player to get dinged under the new "Utley Rule". Since then, the enforcement for it has been..suspect, at best.
(For example, this was ruled a legal slide.)

And, as a final statement, I ask rcade to explain to me the difference between Bautista's slide into Odor, and this slide into a short stop three weeks ago. Is Bautista's any more dangerous or aggressive than that one (which didn't result in a brawl)?

Oh, who was that sliding hard into the legs of the fielder, taking him out? Just one guess!

posted by grum@work at 09:42 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

rcade: Maybe you can throw some cash into this GoFundMe. ;)

My favourite comment:

Sally Sampson 2 hours ago
I think I screwed up by donating to this. There's no indication that the money goes to anyone but the creator of the fund, James Ray. The money goes straight to him.

I'd like to think that it's a Blue Jays fan that set this up...

posted by grum@work at 08:10 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Bautista was stepping into him before he got shoved. They were almost chest to chest. That's squaring up.

But he didn't shove him. He didn't punch him. He didn't even make a move to punch him until Odor's fist was half way to connecting.

Homer take you may think, but image evidence says that.

Bautista's hand is neither in a fist, nor drawn back into a punching motion (unless he's doing some weird chest-level jab thing) when Odor's fist is almost ready to connect.

Explain how Odor is "defending himself".

posted by grum@work at 07:34 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

When two people are squared up to each other exchanging words and shoving is involved

Bautista didn't say anything and he didn't shove anyone before the punch. So it was one person squared up, exchanging words, shoving, and then punching.

Odor claims self-defense.

Shoves first and punches first and claims self-defense?

I'll give him credit for not pulling any punches for that whopper of a tale.

posted by grum@work at 04:19 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Do they not make takes this hot up in Canada?

Oh, man. I'm 45 years old, and I don't listen to terrestrial radio. If that's a musical reference, I'm lost.

posted by grum@work at 06:23 AM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

If there ever is an NBA team you'd want to have your brand name associated with, I'm pretty sure these guys are the lowest on the list.

And so the barrier has been broken, and advertising on the North American big 4 sports jerseys is now a thing.

posted by grum@work at 09:36 PM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Bottom line, Odor stood up for himself while Bautista hit and ran ... again.

I have no idea what you are talking about. "Hit and ran again"?

posted by grum@work at 06:38 PM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I kind of like irrational (probably more like less rational) homer grum as a change-of-pace from analytical grum.

I prefer the term "focused emotions".

I'm pretty sure I was this verbose, determined, persistent, and annoying when someone posted something about "pitcher wins" or RBIs.

posted by grum@work at 04:52 PM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Brandon Morrow's take.

posted by grum@work at 04:49 PM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

By the way, inside this humourous article by Baseball Prospectus about the brawl, there is an animated gif of Odor being tagged by Donaldson at third base from a game in Toronto earlier this year.

Please note Odor's reaction as Donaldson walks off the field.

It was a simple tag, and it might have been "high" or "hard" because he was trying to dodge the tag and Donaldson had to make sure it was applied.

Stinky seems to be a cauldron of rage, ready to boil over at any moment.

Or, as the BP writer says:

but thanks to Josh Donaldson's benign tag a few days ago, we can ignore all those hot takes and remember that it's about Rougned Odor really loving to fight. That's all. You can judge or not judge, celebrate it or plead for somebody to think about the children, but at the end of the day, Rougie Odor needs somebody to slug.

posted by grum@work at 04:39 PM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I don't think a player would throw at someone's head from a distance of 0-6 inches to hurt them.

Then why was his arm was at a much lower slot to throw before Bautista got there?

Previous double plays by Odor after receiving a toss from the left side of the infield:

Odor double play throw #1

Odor double play throw #2

Odor double play throw #3

All of his throws are over hand. Guess why? Because he doesn't want to hit the runner coming into the bag when he's making the throw.

The one time he decides to throw side arm just happens to be when Bautista is coming in?

Balance things up and pull my other leg this time.

Does anyone know when the play ended? It looked like the Jays runner at first could have kept on going around the bases (though he'd later be called out on a double play).

The second base umpire called the double-play (because of Bautista's slide) almost instantly.

You can seem him call the force play at second, and then immediately declare another out while pointing at Bautista and then first base.

posted by grum@work at 10:49 AM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Please baseball gods let Toronto and Texas meet in the playoffs.

I would have thought Rangers fans would have PTSD about the playoffs by now. :)

posted by grum@work at 08:31 AM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Full video of the throw.

Explain to me how he's NOT aiming at Bautista, and that the throw was normal. Look where the ball hits the dirt.

posted by grum@work at 08:29 AM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Anyone know if Bautista and Beltre are friends? Beltre held onto him a long time to keep him out of the fracas.

It was probably a mutual thing.

Beltre: I'll keep you from getting a bigger suspension.
Bautista: Okay. And I'll let you hold on to me to keep you out of the fracas so no one can have a chance to rub your head.

posted by grum@work at 08:28 AM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

When you see the video at the link above, Bautista definitely was going to take a swing at Odor before the punch of the year.

Actually, he only starts to cock his fist because Odor started to swing at him. He's bring his arm up and then as the punch starts to come in, only then does he start to make a fist. If anything, he's getting ready to shove/grab Odor for a typical baseball "fight".

posted by grum@work at 08:24 AM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If Odor was capable of changing the throw to submarine in the split-second after learning Bautista was sliding dirty he is our greatest living ballplayer.

You're kidding, right?

These are elite athletes who make these kind of split-second decisions all the time.
He doesn't have to make a split-second adjustment, he simply keeps making the adjustments as Bautista's head changes position (in a straight line).

These are players that hit 97mph fastballs, 86 mph changeups, and 92 mph sinkers, all without knowing which pitch is coming, and with much less time to adjust than Odor had.

Where was that throw going? If you watched the rest of the throw, it spikes into the ground about 40 feet in front of first base. Since he's already released the throw before Bautista misses him, what explanation do you have for Odor's wild inaccuracy? If he isn't aiming at Bautista's head, why is his arm action so bad?

posted by grum@work at 08:23 AM on May 16

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Finals

Addition:

PTS+REB+AST - James

posted by grum@work at 12:28 AM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

but saying a (barely) 22-year-old has a history of anything is kind of premature.

Two dirty slides and starting a brawl (before today).

That's a lot to do before he turns 23, man.

posted by grum@work at 10:48 PM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Bautista's slide is illegal now because of the potential to injure.

Like I said, the fact that Odor had a problem with the slide is the height of hypocrisy given his history of dirty slides. His spiking of the Angels player was MUCH worse than what Bautista did.

That's okay. I can always watch this again and smile.

posted by grum@work at 09:32 PM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Oh, and one more example of L'il Stinky being a jerk.

Seriously...he's a raving nutcase.

posted by grum@work at 09:11 PM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Bautista turtles once again.

I'm not sure where you get that from. He got punched, he stayed on his feet, and wasn't given a chance to retaliate because Beltre wrapped his arms around him.

Bautista's quote after the game: "He got me pretty good, so I have to give him that, but it takes maybe a bigger man to knock me down"

posted by grum@work at 08:52 PM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Man that was satisfying. Bautista flips bats and takes a punch operatically.

I knew you'd like it.

Just a reminder:

L'il Stinky knows a thing or two about dirty slides, so the fact that he got all upset about it is kind of ironic.

Also, he has a history of escalating things by doing the "shove and punch" maneuver.

It's like he's this generation's Milton Bradley (dirty, unhinged, and quick to temper).

posted by grum@work at 08:49 PM on May 15

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Finals

Cleveland in 5
Golden State in 6
Blocks: Draymond Green
Steals: Lowry
Personal Fouls: Westbrook
Free Throws: James

posted by grum@work at 08:44 PM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

In case I'm not around for the NBA pick'em:

Golden State in 6
Cavaliers in 5 (regardless of opponent)

posted by grum@work at 03:54 PM on May 15

Manchester United Match Cancelled by Bomb Scare

football, fixture, table, match and pitch or soccer, schedule, standings, game and field?

football, schedule, standings, pitch

Fixture and (especially) table aren't used anywhere close to enough in North America.

Football and pitch are perfectly normal terms for sports in NA.

posted by grum@work at 03:53 PM on May 15

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

grum, Elliott/Lightning?

Yeah, that was a brain fart on my part. I meant Elliot (Blues). I typed "Lightning" because of the line above.

posted by grum@work at 10:44 PM on May 13

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

Penguins in 6
Blues in 7

Goal Scorer: Johnson (Lightning)
Goalie: Elliott (Lightning)
PP%: Sharks
Penalty: Letang
GPG: Blues

posted by grum@work at 03:52 PM on May 13

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Bartolo Colon + The Natural

posted by grum@work at 02:43 PM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Bryce Harper reached safely 7 times in yesterday's game, but never swung his bat even once.

3 intentional walks
2 five-pitch walks
1 four-pitch unintentional walk
1 HBP

posted by grum@work at 10:30 AM on May 09

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

There will be a time when there is no Bartolo Colon, no Ichiro Suzuki, and no Adrian Beltre in baseball.

That's not a time I look forward to...

posted by grum@work at 12:27 AM on May 08

Nyquist Favorite to Win Today's Kentucky Derby

I'm not sure how I could misspell Majesto quite so badly and not notice...

posted by grum@work at 06:46 PM on May 07

Nyquist Favorite to Win Today's Kentucky Derby

I'm putting $5 of fake SpoFi cash down on the exactor:

Win: Exaggerator
Place: Nyquist
Show: Majetor

posted by grum@work at 06:01 PM on May 07

Joe Paterno (and Penn State) may have known about the sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky as far back as 1976.

Okay, maybe it was as far back as 1971!

posted by grum@work at 05:10 PM on May 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Giancarlo Stanton...doing Giancarlo Stanton things.

Four. Hundred. Ninety. Feet.

posted by grum@work at 10:42 PM on May 06

Joe Paterno (and Penn State) may have known about the sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky as far back as 1976.

Maybe Paterno thought the first time was a lie (or a mistake, or misunderstanding, or something similar).

Then, every time after that, he realized that it WASN'T a lie/mistake/whatever, and he's then forced to cover his own ass for not stopping it the first time (and every time after that).

It's one of the greatest falls from grace in American history. The man was pretty much revered for his character, and now...

posted by grum@work at 04:19 PM on May 06

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Cavaliers should be ashamed of themselves. Some of those Hawks had families, and now they can't look them in the eye after tonight's game.

posted by grum@work at 11:34 PM on May 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Oh, and a hell of time in Toronto tonight.

At almost EXACTLY the same moment Justin Smoak did this in the bottom of the 9th inning, Kyle Lowry did that with no time on the clock.

Of course, Justin Smoak finished things off right by doing this on the very next pitch he saw in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Sadly, DeMar DeRozan didn't finish things off well for the Raptors.

posted by grum@work at 12:24 AM on May 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I forgot to post this earlier.

Giancarlo Stanton drives a home run off the scoreboard, about 60 above the fence.

Watch it. It's bonkers. They measured it at 462 feet, but that still doesn't seem right.

posted by grum@work at 12:15 AM on May 04

Leicester City One Step Closer to Immortality

Still up to date!

posted by grum@work at 07:13 PM on May 02

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

Raptors in 7.

posted by grum@work at 12:16 AM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Vin Scully talks about the history of beards.

And it's as awesome as you could expect it to be...

I seriously would listen to a collection of Vin Scully audio books of him talking about baseball and related matters.

posted by grum@work at 08:43 AM on May 01

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

Copying my picks from the other thread because I do have a minute here:
Golden State in 6

San Antonio in 7

Cleveland in 4

Technical foul: LeBron James
Three-pointers: Klay Thompson

posted by grum@work at 04:49 PM on April 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Making my picks for the SpoFi basketball contest, as I'm not sure I'll be around later today:

Golden State in 6

San Antonio in 7

Cleveland in 4

I'll reserve my picks for the fourth matchup when we get an idea of who it is....

posted by grum@work at 09:26 AM on April 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

New Marlins manager Don Mattingly had this to say about his star second baseman Dee Gordon as the season started:

Well, here is the explanation!

posted by grum@work at 07:31 AM on April 29

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

When I see the bottom of the 8th inning in the Dodgers/Marlins game, I wonder if it set a record for the longest half-inning with 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 runs scored.

Bottom 8th: Justin Nicolino pitching

  1. A.J. Ellis grounded out, second to first
    • Bryan Morris replaces Jutin Nicolino as pitcher
    • Chase Utley pinch-hits for Trayce Thompson
  2. Chase Utley walked
    • Yasmani Grandal pinch-hits for Pedro Baez
    • Cody Ege replaces Bryan Morris as pitcher
  3. Yasmani Grandal walked, Chase Utley to second
    • David Phelps replaces Cody Edge as pitcher
    • Joc Pederson pinch-hits for Enrique Hernandez
  4. Joc Pederson walked, Chase Utley to third, Yasmani Grandal to second
    • Jos Urena replaces David Phelps as pitcher
  5. Yasiel Puig struck out swinging
  6. Adrin Gonzlez flied out to right

That's five different pitchers to face six batters, with four of the pitchers facing only one batter in the inning. That's also three different pinch-hitters, producing exactly zero hits. Only two balls were put into play for the inning.

posted by grum@work at 11:21 AM on April 28

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

I'm switching my pick from the Ducks to Sharks in 7.

posted by grum@work at 06:49 AM on April 28

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

NHL, NFL, same thing right?

Because there aren't any Canadian teams involved? :)

posted by grum@work at 09:24 AM on April 27