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MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

IBB can some times fail.

Yes it can.

posted by grum@work at 09:28 PM on October 01

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

It certainly was an exciting game


The one-game wild card is weird, but that one was a classic.


An incredible game

All this praise about a game that took 4 hours and 45 minutes to play.

posted by grum@work at 09:24 PM on October 01

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

This season, through last Sunday's games, it was 3 hours 2 minutes 47 seconds, which would be the longest on record."

That would still be 7 minutes and 47 seconds FASTER than an average NFL game, but nobody is complaining about the length of football games.

posted by grum@work at 09:17 PM on October 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Sadly, I'll be working at that time.

I had my MS Dhoni jersey on when I was in Toronto this weekend, and got a couple of acknowledging smiles from those of Indian heritage who recognized it.

The most important thing I learned from that article is that there are numerous other T20 leagues from which to acquire snazzy looking jerseys for my collection.

posted by grum@work at 03:42 PM on October 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I read the first few comments after that article.

posted by grum@work at 10:57 AM on September 30

Jose Altuve Asks to Play, Risks Batting Title

I think you should commission a Jose Altuve thermos to celebrate.

It could be life-sized and still fit in your lunch box.

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Fixed link

posted by grum@work at 12:05 AM on September 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

On June 17th*, the following teams led their divisions:

Toronto (3.5 games ahead of NY)
Kansas City (0.5 games ahead of Detroit)
Oakland (4.5 games ahead of LA)

Atlanta (tied with Washington)
Milwaukee (3.5 games ahead of St. Louis)
San Francisco (5.5 games ahead of LA)

None of them finished the season as division champs.

*for about 20 minutes, between the end of the KC game and the end of the Washington game.

posted by grum@work at 10:31 PM on September 28

Jose Altuve Asks to Play, Risks Batting Title

In contrast, Justin Morneau sat out the last two games of the season to preserve his NL batting title.

posted by grum@work at 04:26 PM on September 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I guess this clears the way for ARod to play shortstop for the next 3 seasons

It might be 11 years to late, but Jeter finally did leave the shortstop position for ARod!

In all seriousness, there isn't a chance ARod plays anything but DH next year. His fielding at 3B was beginning to unravel the last couple of years, and being another year older after sitting out for an entire season means he's going to be...well...Jeteriffic at shortstop.

As a DH, he might still have something left in the tank, but I wouldn't be terribly surprised to see him be...well...Jeteriffic (2013-2014) at the plate in 2015.

posted by grum@work at 11:27 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle


posted by grum@work at 11:03 PM on September 25

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4

This is the second week in a row that I forgot there was a game on Thursday, and I didn't submit a damn pick.

posted by grum@work at 10:33 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

After everything I just posted, Derek Jeter went ahead and wrote his storybook ending tonight.

I feel bad for the Yankee/Red Sox fans who shelled out thousands of dollars for tickets to this weekend's games, cuz I don't think Jeter is going to play in any of them after tonight.

posted by grum@work at 10:32 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

So he's better than 99.9999999 percent of the population of the world. That's pretty good.

If the Earth's population is 7.125billion, your suggestion is that he's better than everyone but 7 people on Earth. Obviously that isn't true. Based on OPS+ (min 100 games), there are 227 players in this league that are better than him (out of 247 that meet the requirement).

A better statement would be that ~92% of MLB players were better than him (min 100 games played in 2014).

posted by grum@work at 09:30 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I think he'd come pretty close to leading the Padres all those months, if not doing so outright.

Jeter OPS: .661
Rank if compared to Padres (min 80 AB): 3rd behind Chris Denorfia (.775) & Everth Cabrera (.691)

Jeter OPS: .670
Rank if compared to Padres (min 80 AB): 3rd behind Seth Smith (1.142) & Yonder Alonso (.779)

Jeter OPS: .639
Rank if compared to Padres (min 80 AB): 1st (only one qualifier Everth Cabrera .344)

Jeter OPS: .660
Rank if compared to Padres (min 80 AB): 2nd behind only other qualifier, Alexi Amarista (.669)

Only one player qualified for the batting title in San Diego this year, Seth Smith, and his OPS is .814 (compared to Jeter's .611).
If you drop the requirements to only 100 games played, then Seth Smith, Yasmani Grandal (.706), and Tommy Medica (.705) beat him.

If you use OPS+ (therefore equalizing by factoring in park effects, as Petco is a pitcher's park), then Jeter (74) would finish behind those three and Alexi Amarista (78), Jedd Gyorko (77), and Wil Venerable (77).

As well, the Padres team OPS (.634) and OPS (85) are higher than Jeter.

posted by grum@work at 09:24 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

From Bonker's article:

"There's been so much talk about this during the course of the season, and I've said, you look at Derek, he had a slow April. He had a pretty good May, a pretty good June and pretty good July.

Presented without comment:

April: .272/.352/.309 - 127th out of 171 players with at least 80 AB that month
May: .275/.327/.343 - 126th out of 175 players with at least 80 AB that month
June: .272/.309/.330 - 127th out of 165 players with at least 80 AB that month
July: .289/.340/.320 - 105th out 137 players with at least 80 AB that month

posted by grum@work at 04:21 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Mark Buerhle finished his 14th consecutive +200IP season, and did so in under two hours. If younger pitchers can learn only one thing from watching him, I hope it's how to pitch as quickly as he does.

posted by grum@work at 12:00 AM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

A top Fifa official announced today that he does not think that the 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar because of the scorching temperatures in the Middle East country.

"The FIFA selection committee was unaware that the temperatures could go that high, as their Qatar climate information package was buried under a giant pile of money."

posted by grum@work at 11:57 PM on September 24

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Phil Hughes, a pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, will get a $500,000 bonus if he throws 210 innings this year.

Coming into today's game, Hughes needed to pitch 8.1 innings to reach the milestone and trigger the bonus.

He threw 8 innings today (giving up only one run) before the rain arrived and put the game into delay. His team is ahead 2-1, and if it keeps raining for the too much longer, the umpires might declare it an official game. If they do, then he will fall one out short of the milestone, and won't get the bonus. He needs his team to bat in the bottom of the 8th, and then get one guy out in the 9th.

posted by grum@work at 04:21 PM on September 24

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

"There's some things you can cover up. And there's some things you can't."

I can't believe Ray Lewis said that,

Sometimes it's really hard to keep your mouth shut about certain things...

posted by grum@work at 11:11 PM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Jose Altuve (5'6") leaves his feet to hit a high fastball.
(It was probably a hit and run play.)

posted by grum@work at 08:36 AM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It says that video is "private" and won't show for me.

Edit: Found another version.

Edit #2: I'll be wearing my #7 MS Dhoni Super Kings jersey tomorrow for sure.

posted by grum@work at 11:35 PM on September 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It's probably the same injury that took out Bill Gramtica.
(please excuse the potato-level video quality)

posted by grum@work at 04:32 PM on September 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Read a little Deadspin to work up a nice rage, then visit Goodspin to even out.

Or how about "Midspin" which contains stories about bad people doing good things?

I think this would qualify as the first article:

Player Suspended for Drug Use Helps Rescue Man Trapped Under Truck

posted by grum@work at 01:56 PM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

New Gatorade commercial for Derek Jeter's retirement.

I wanted to hate it. I really did. I was going in with cynicism set to "full".
But those scenes interacting with the fans really are sweet.
(The kid almost losing his mind realizing Jeter is going to sign his baseball is my favourite reaction.)

I would like to have seen a longer version of that if they made one.

This commercial is SO much better than that Nike "Tip of the Cap" one with the celebs.

posted by grum@work at 11:01 AM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If the NFL had half a brain, they would have an office that did nothing but overpump any positive league or player related story they could get their hands on.

The FOX pre-game show?

posted by grum@work at 10:42 AM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The lack of true high profile role models in sports over the last few decades is alarming.

Mike Trout
Bryce Harper
Cal Ripken Jr
Derek Jeter
Tony Gwynn
Todd Helton
Doc Halladay
Mariano Rivera
Ken Griffey Jr.

Drew Brees
Nnamdi Asomugha
Tim Tebow
Kurt Warner
Peanut Tillman

Wayne Gretzky
Steve Yzerman
Teemu Selanne
Daniel Alfredsson
Jarome Iginla
Jonathan Toews
Nicklas Lidstrom

Chris Bosh
Chris Paul
Kevin Durant
Tim Duncan
Steve Nash

posted by grum@work at 11:48 PM on September 17

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

It seems capricious that Peterson is being punished for this, absent more evidence that the media has not yet brought to light.

Try as you might, I don't think Peterson is going to score you any points in this week's fantasy games. ;)

I don't see how the injuries rise to the level of being a criminal offense, given that corporal punishment by parents and schools is still widespread in this country. In schools, in the last year of data available, 223,190 students were paddled.

From the quick look I saw of the photos on the news, it seemed to indicate that the skin was broken, bleeding may have occurred, and there may be scarring after the fact. I think that's too much.

posted by grum@work at 01:30 PM on September 17

Bryan Cranston performs one-man show about the MLB playoffs

*standing ovation*

posted by grum@work at 10:48 PM on September 16

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

The lawyer's name is Rusty Hardin. Doesn't that name sound familiar? I don't know about you, but when you get a heavy hitter like Roger Clemens' old mouthpiece, you are loading up for something.

Or, you want a lawyer who knows how to defend his client against (according to the client) spurious charges. I remember how everyone was sure Clemens was going to get nailed for perjury, but walked out of court without a scratch.

That's the kind of lawyer you'd want, and I don't blame Peterson (ignoring the charges against him) for going after the best counsel possible.

posted by grum@work at 08:22 AM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Nope. Same screen telling me to subscribe.

posted by grum@work at 03:32 PM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Atlanta Hawks article won't show for non-subscribers.

posted by grum@work at 11:17 AM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle


Two things about that article.


"I've never seen him in a slump that lasted very long, because he is able to get back to that swing." said Joe Maddon, the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.

He hasn't been watching lately, I guess. Jeter is 1-for-28 right now, and has batted .182/.215/.227 since August 1st.


All. Those. Stats.

posted by grum@work at 10:59 AM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

With Chris Davis getting suspended 25 games for using Adderall/amps, there is a sad, extra twist to this story.

posted by grum@work at 09:57 PM on September 12

NHL Bans the Spin-o-Rama Move from Shootouts

Can we still do the back and forth move from NHL 93 & 94 or is that banned too?

In my games, we banned the "cut to the middle from the boards while holding down the shot button and freezing the goalie" move. If anyone in our group did that, you had to play the rest of the game without a goalie.

posted by grum@work at 02:34 PM on September 12

NHL Bans the Spin-o-Rama Move from Shootouts

If a player performs a spin-o-rama move correctly, then the puck still keeps moving forward. You don't stop the puck, but slow it down to a crawl and move around it. However, like Raymond's attempt above, most of them do stop the puck moving forward (and often slam on the brakes themselves). Those should definitely be disallowed, and I'd say that more than 75% of the attempts were done "incorrectly".

And since its a judgement call the ref has to make, I think it's a good idea to simply stop them from being used altogether. If you want to bust one out on a breakaway, go ahead.

posted by grum@work at 02:29 PM on September 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

In a bizarre moment of umpiring, a Brewers pitcher was awarded a strikeout...after hitting two different Marlins the same at-bat.

posted by grum@work at 12:53 AM on September 12

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2

I really hope picking Buffalo games incorrectly isn't a trend that is going to haunt me like it has done previous years. I finally ignore all of my wishcasting about their talent, and then they actually go ahead and beat the Bears. If I pick them to win this week, they'll lose.


posted by grum@work at 03:41 PM on September 11

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

To review: women with black eyes--2 games. Leagues with black eyes--indefinite. Does it add up now?

Oh, I'm stealing that one for sure.

posted by grum@work at 02:41 PM on September 11

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

If Rice told the truth about what happened as Ozzie Newsome confirmed, how is suspending Rice indefinitely the correct thing to do?

It isn't, unless you look at it through the NFL's "Oh shit! Hit the panic button!" lens of public relations. That's why I'm all for the press roasting Goodell over an open flame for this whole bizarre collection of actions.

posted by grum@work at 02:30 PM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

As the New York Yankees fight for a final wild card spot, their glorious captain is turning into a albatross in their lineup, and someone should seriously consider asking him to "rest" for most of the remaining season if they want to remain competitive.

Of all players that started at least 20 games in MLB in August (201 of them), Jeter has the 9th worst OPS (.487). It's the worst OPS of any player that started that many games for a team with any reasonable hope of a playoff spot.

And it's gotten worse in September, as he's currently hitting even worse (.426 OPS) for September.

If the Yankees don't care about the playoffs, then there isn't any problem with leaving Jeter out there until the end.

posted by grum@work at 11:45 AM on September 11

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

And I wish you wouldn't put words in my mouth, grum; you're better than that. You even stated my key point yourself just above: "many, many years ago the NFL made a HUGE mistake by deciding to apply punishment for actions that occurred outside the game and had nothing to do with the NFL". That was at the heart of my post:

I agreed with you. I don't think the NFL should have to do anything about this, if they hadn't already set a precedent.

Not everyone that responded to your post disagreed with all your points, and you shouldn't assume you are under attack all the time.

For example, we have Hope Solo arrested for attacking her sister and underage nephew back in June, and she's still on the playing field, setting records, while she awaits a November trial. So why is that not more of an outrage?

Does the US Women's Soccer Team have a history of suspending their players for incidents outside the field of play? If not, then I don't see what the double standard is about this. As for "public outrage" about her crimes, this is the first I've heard of it. As was mentioned above, are you expecting people to be outraged about a lower-tier sport that plays only sporadically (and rarely on TV), compared to the most popular sport in all of America that plays 3 nights a week on the highest rated television broadcasts?

Do you think assaults committed by Frontier League baseball players should get the same news headlines and public outcry as those committed by MLB players?

posted by grum@work at 10:14 AM on September 11

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Seriously, what reaction were you hoping for?

Praise for his bravery in stating a contrarian position.

posted by grum@work at 12:06 AM on September 11

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

5. Terribly unpopular opinion: why should the NFL do anything? Here is, I guess, my really unpopular opinion: why, exactly, does the NFL have to do anything here? The law investigated, rendered a verdict, and the involved parties have moved on. So why does the NFL have to revisit the issue, or extend their sentence?

They have to do something because they started "doing something" about it years ago.

My personal opinion is that many, many years ago the NFL made a HUGE mistake by deciding to apply punishment for actions that occurred outside the game and had nothing to do with the NFL.

The smart move when the first player was charged with DUI (or possession of dope or whatever crime) would have been to have the NFL commissioner to release a statement that said, essentially, all external criminal matters are for the courts. If the fans say "But he should be punished!", don't do it. Leave it up to the criminal courts to decide, and let the team decide if they want that player on their roster.

However, the NFL decided to be judge and jury about extra-league matters, and once that boulder started to roll down the hill, it can't be stopped now. Once you punish one player for something outside the game, how do you not punish the next one? Or the one after that?

And at what point will the NFL not punish a player? What if a player gets charged with tax evasion? Or illegal garbage dumping? Or 3rd degree public intoxication?

That said, I'm perfectly happy to see Roger Goodell get lambasted with negative public opinion for his role in all this. He seemed to relish the role of hanging judge, and now he's the one that's looking straight at the guillotine....

posted by grum@work at 12:04 AM on September 11

Area Man Buys Bills for $1B

Anything other than Hockey draws poorly.

The Toronto Raptors finished 10th in NBA attendance this year.

The Blue Jays used to hold the MLB attendance record (and were the first to break 4million for a season), and do better in attendance than lots of other teams (like the Orioles, Braves, Pirates, A's, Mariners, etc.) in better playoff positions.

And the soccer and lacrosse teams draw very well (over 18k and 13k respectively) for being 5th and 6th tier sports in the city.

posted by grum@work at 10:59 AM on September 10

Area Man Buys Bills for $1B

A single game every year that doesn't conflict with NHL regular season or exhibition can't even garner 40K attendance in Toronto, even with cheaper ticket prices than Buffalo and hundreds of freebies.


For 2008 (the first year), the average ticket price in Toronto for the game was $183, while the average ticket price in Buffalo was $51 (in Canadian dollars).

That set the tone for the rest of the series. While they might have slashed ticket prices in later years, that initial cash grab was very poorly received. I didn't even know they slashed tickets for the 2013. I assumed they were still gouging fans.

The final game, which you mention had an attendance of less than 40k, was played between two teams that won a combined 10 games for the year, with an extremely out-of-date half-time show, the year after the Bills got drubbed 50-17 in Toronto, while the Bills were in the midst of a 14-year run of missing the playoffs.

Does the NFL really want to put a team into a non-football city?

The Greater Toronto Area has a population of over 6million.
It's a fairly wealthy city that is still growing.
The NFL should be clamouring to have such a large and untapped market available to them.
The downside of Toronto is that it doesn't count towards the TV deals that the NFL likes to tout all the time. But given the crazy sports-tv-war going on in Canada right now (SportsNet vs TSN), a Toronto team could easily double/triple the TV rights in Canada.

Side note:
Rogers Centre capacity for football: 53,506
Attendance for 2013 game: 38,969 (against terrible non-division team)
Percent of capacity: 72.8%

Ralph Wilson Stadium capacity: 71,857
Attendance for home game after Toronto series: 54,305 (against an historic division rival in a playoff hunt)
Percent of capacity: 75.6%

posted by grum@work at 09:36 AM on September 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I think the link is overstating the chance of a fine. It was clearly an accident and Lanning is laughing it off.

I expect that Goodell will fine him $3.50, and then when he actually watches the video of the kick, he'll fine him $200million.

posted by grum@work at 11:15 PM on September 08

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

The NFL also took action, saying on Twitter that commissioner "Roger Goodell has announced that based on new video evidence that became available today he has indefinitely suspended Ray Rice."

What the fuck did they think happened in the elevator that would cause her to be knocked out and allow him to drag her limp body from the elevator?!

Do they think she took a swing at him, missed, and knocked herself out? Do they think he faked a punch, she flinched, bounced her head off the wall, and knocked herself out?

Unless Goodell is the dumbest motherfucker on the planet, he had a good idea what happened in that elevator (in general terms), so this video shouldn't really have changed anything. The only reason Rice has been suspended is because now the NFL looks REALLY bad for that lame two-game suspension after everyone can see exactly how Rice knocked her out.

posted by grum@work at 04:03 PM on September 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Yeah, it's illegal. He got an unnecessary roughness penalty, and I wouldn't be surprised if the NFL commish hits him with a nominal fine as well.

posted by grum@work at 07:52 AM on September 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It's bad enough to be on the Cleveland Browns, but you have to have THIS happen to you as well?

posted by grum@work at 11:58 PM on September 07

Atlanta Hawks to be sold after owner reveals racist email

The email makes me wonder how much he could have talked about the marketing challenges of attracting more white black fans to the Atlanta Hawks Toronto Maple Leafs without it being considered racist.

It's probably going to sound racist regardless of which race was the focus...

Side note: I found this line in the email particularly weird.
Our kiss cam is better done than any in the league.

How does one determine that?

posted by grum@work at 06:42 PM on September 07

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

As much as I've ragged on the over-Jeteriffication of this MLB season, it was still a nice ceremony for him today. I think they went a LITTLE overboard with the guests, but the fans enjoyed it so how can I really complain.

posted by grum@work at 04:53 PM on September 07

Atlanta Hawks to be sold after owner reveals racist email

"I wrote a very bad email, and I should be punished. If I'm forced to sell my team for, oh I don't know, one or two billion dollars, I accept that as a consequence of my actions."

posted by grum@work at 12:54 PM on September 07

Ron Washington Resigns as Texas Rangers Manager

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington resigns to address and "off-field personal matter".

Let's hope it isn't drugs, again.


Billy Beane: It's not that hard to manage a team with that many injuries. Tell'em, Wash.
Ron Washington: It's incredibly hard.

posted by grum@work at 04:19 PM on September 05

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

I also think we should have a year-end "Costanza Trophy" as well. Eligible are those that entered every official SpoFi/Jigger Statz Cup tournament. It is calculated by simply reversing the scoring system (counting bottom 5 qualifiers in each tournament instead of top 5) and awarding the trophy to the highest point scorer.

posted by grum@work at 02:22 PM on September 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Ichiro Suzuki Uncensored en Espanol.

I really hope there is a movie made about his life/times in MLB. There are so many awesome stories about him (his expletive-filled pre-game All-Star speeches, for example) that I'm sure there are dozens more behind the scenes stuff that would be fun to see/hear about.

posted by grum@work at 04:56 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle


It seems that A.J. Pierzynski also had fewer unintentional walks (12) than HBP (15) in 2003. I missed it because I didn't expect someone to be intentionally walked (12) as much as he was unintentionally walked (12), and still have so few total walks (24).

posted by grum@work at 04:49 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

In 2013, Sterling Marte had fewer unintentional walks (23) than times hit by pitch (25).

That's the only time I can find for someone who qualified for a batting title.
Other players have had equal amounts (A.J. Pierzynski in 2004 (15/15) and 2013 (9/9), Lou Johnson 1965 (16/16)) but no one else has ever had more (since they've recorded intentional walks and hbp).

Mike Zunino has 14 of each this year, but he needs to average over 5 PA per game in every remaining Seattle game on the schedule to qualify for the batting title (and still get plunked at least one more time).

posted by grum@work at 02:33 PM on September 04

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

Click on the link in the post title, and it should take you directly to the group.

posted by grum@work at 10:56 AM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Some people really do need a computer to help them with their picks:

Tim Tebow drafted in 1.3% ESPN fantasy football leagues despite being retired for two years and working as an SEC football analyst.

posted by grum@work at 11:21 PM on September 03