Recent Comments by grum@work

Rangers Close to Trade with Angels for Josh Hamilton

This is one of the most bizarre deals in baseball history. The Angels are trading Hamilton to the Rangers for no player. They will pay him $68 million. The Rangers will pay him $6 million over three years. He will forego $6 million.

WOAH! What a minute!

Back in 2003, the MLBPA stepped up and killed the deal that would have sent ARod to Boston because he was going to forego some money on his contract in order to play for the Red Sox.

But now, this is acceptable?!

This whole thing reeks.

posted by grum@work at 01:29 AM on April 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

One for grum: NESN clearly has a stats problem. They're correctly reporting Mookie Betts's average as .206 but reporting his slugging percentage at 1.000. That's well into One Weird Trick territory.

For the record, the greatest discrepancy between AVG and SLG in history was Barry Bonds in 2001.
He had a .328 AVG and an .863 SLG (2.63 times the AVG, or an ISO of .536).

posted by grum@work at 01:02 AM on April 25

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Something is wrong with Ventura. That's TWO times he's jawed at a player who has hit a ball up the middle. Trout's went for a single, Eaton's was just a ground ball he fielded.

I'm wondering if the rest of the Royals are going to be quick to back him up any more, as he seems to be mentally unstable on the mound.

posted by grum@work at 09:03 AM on April 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Rivera may have been the greatest relief pitcher ever (though I don't have the stats to prove that).

It's either Rivera or Hoyt Wilhelm, but you have to give a LOT of extra credit to Wilhelm for throwing more than just 1 inning in a game. Wilhelm pitched in fewer games, but has almost twice as many innings as Rivera.

That said, being "the greatest relief pitcher ever" isn't necessarily a strong case. Anibal Sanchez, David Price, Max Scherzer, and Johnny Cueto have almost the same number of innings pitched as Rivera, and they are all 31 and under. They're probably only halfway through their careers.

Being the best relief pitcher is like saying you're the best RH-platoon DH in history. You are really limiting your impact on the game.

posted by grum@work at 08:53 AM on April 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The early leaders in the "Franchise Four" (and more) voting in MLB.

Begin complaining....now!

posted by grum@work at 03:59 PM on April 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Canada, Brazil, and Germany being among the few countries that are represented in all 4 sports.

Of course, the USA should be on the MLS list, but I simply forgot to type them in.

So Canada, Brazil, Germany, USA are the four nations with representation in all four sports.

I wondered who the Brunean (?) hockey player was, and it's getting by on a technicality

I am assuming Brazil is on the NHL list because of Robyn Regehr

It counts! It counts!

posted by grum@work at 03:01 PM on April 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Just something that came to mind last night.

posted by grum@work at 10:05 AM on April 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Player nationalities in the four North American sports with international drafts/signings:

NHL (2014-2015)           MLB (2014)          NBA (2014-2015)         MLS (2014)
Austria                   Aruba               Argentina               Algeria
Belarus                   Australia           Autstralia              Argentina
Brazil                    Bahamas             Bosnia & Herzegovina    Australia
Brunei                    Brazil              Brazil                  Bermuda
Canada                    Canada              Cameroon                Brazil
Croatia                   Colombia            Canada                  Cameroon
Czech Republic            Cuba                Croatia                 Canada
Denmark                   Curacao             Czech Republic          Chile
Estonia                   Dominican Republic  Dominican Republic      Colombia
Finland                   Germany             DR Congo                Costa Rica
France                    Jamaica             England                 Cuba
Germany                   Japan               France                  Denmakr
Italy                     Mexico              Georgia                 DR Congo
Kazakhstan                Netherlands         Germany                 Ecuador
Latvia                    Nicaragua           Greece                  El Salvador
Lithuania                 Panama              Isreal                  England
Norway                    Puerto Rico         Italy                   Estonia
Russia                    Saudi Arabia        Jamaica                 France
Slovakia                  South Korea         Lithuania               Gambia
Slovenia                  Taiwan              Macedonia               Germany
Sweden                    USA                 Mexico                  Ghana
Switzerland               Venezuela           Montenegro              Grenada
USA                                           New Zealand             Guam
                                              Nigeria                 Guatemala
                                              Philippines             Haiti
                                              Poland                  Honduras
                                              Puerto Rico             Hungary
                                              Russia                  Indonesia
                                              Senegal                 Ireland
                                              Serbia                  Italy
                                              Slovenia                Jamaica
                                              Spain                   Japan
                                              Sweden                  Kenya
                                              Switzerland             Liberia
                                              Turkey                  Mali
                                              Ukraine                 Mexico
                                              USA                     Morocco
                                              Venezuela               New Zealand
                                                                      Nigeria
                                                                      Panama
                                                                      Peru
                                                                      Poland
                                                                      Portugal
                                                                      Puerto Rico
                                                                      Romania
                                                                      Scotland
                                                                      Serbia
                                                                      Slovakia
                                                                      Spain
                                                                      St. Kitts & Nevis
                                                                      Sweden
                                                                      Switzerland
                                                                      Trinidad & Tobago
                                                                      Uruguay
                                                                      Venezuala
                                                                      Wales

posted by grum@work at 10:04 AM on April 23

Remaining conviction against Barry Bonds is overturned.

Sadly, one board is about to collapse under its own weight, so a LOT of good things better happen real soon before that happens...

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

Remaining conviction against Barry Bonds is overturned.

Ahem.

(I'm off by four years, however.)

posted by grum@work at 10:34 PM on April 22

Remaining conviction against Barry Bonds is overturned.

If anyone's keeping track, that means the government is 0 for 2 in perjury trials related to the MLB steroid witch hunts (or 0 for 10 if you're counting total charges laid against the defendants).

posted by grum@work at 10:29 PM on April 22

Fan Hit in Head by Foul Ball Through Home-Plate Netting

I have been in some seating areas at some ballparks where the ushers do not let you return to your seat before other than in between batters or in between innings.

They don't let you down the aisle from the concourse until the end of the at-bat. However, it's a long walk to the bottom of some of the aisle (having to pass people and vendors), so it's not unusual to still be walking through the seats when the first pitch is thrown.

posted by grum@work at 02:50 PM on April 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

You think the Baltimore Orioles would learn their lesson.

April 12th:
Darren O'Day throws a pitch over/behind Blue Jays star Jose Bautista.
Later in the at-bat, Bautista hits a home run.

April 21st:
Jason Garcia throws a pitch behind Bautista.
Later in the at-bat, Bautista hits a home run.

Will they be stupid enough to throw at him tonight?

If they do, and he hits ANOTHER home run, I hope he flips his bat 20 feet into the air and slowly walks around the bases while waving and smiling at all the Orioles players on the field and in the dugout.

posted by grum@work at 12:12 PM on April 22

Fan Hit in Head by Foul Ball Through Home-Plate Netting

Wait a minute to get in there,

You mean, stand in the aisle and wait for the play to end? What about the people whose view you are blocking by standing in the aisle?

posted by grum@work at 11:47 AM on April 22

Fan Hit in Head by Foul Ball Through Home-Plate Netting

she's tight up against a mesh net with her back turned while someone throws fastballs at it.

Like BoKnows says, this isn't her fault. The only method for getting to her seat is to walk/shuffle/slide like that in front of people.

I don't know how you get to your seats, but unless you expected her to body surf on that row over their heads, she has to pass in front of the seated patrons (and next to the mesh). Regardless of which direction she was facing, she was going to get hit in the head.

posted by grum@work at 10:03 PM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

for reporting all the things he finds out about the Reds - particularly, players who are either being sent down and/or called up and haven't been notified by the team yet.

I'm pretty sure that the management's fault, not the reporter. Why would the reporter assume that they'd be tipped about this demotion before the player himself even knew about it?

Also, Lee Elia, Tommy Lasorda, Hal McRae, and Earl Weaver welcome Mr. Price to their club.

posted by grum@work at 02:55 PM on April 21

Fan Hit in Head by Foul Ball Through Home-Plate Netting

I want to jump 30 years in the future when drone technology, 3D-visualization technology, and miniature motor technology have reached the point where small "catcher" drones will hover over the fans at games. They'll be programmed to react with the speed to intercept the ball as it approaches the crowd, catching it in a small net that hangs below the drone. The drone would then lower itself slowly to the nearest child (indicated by the specially marked ticket with the RFID indicator that the drone can read with the blanket-wifi in the stadium) and give them the ball.

It's either that, or netting down the baselines.

posted by grum@work at 02:49 PM on April 21

Fan Hit in Head by Foul Ball Through Home-Plate Netting

Tim Kirkjian responded on ESPN that fans who don't watch the ball during a game are in serious danger

This isn't a case where someone was negligent with their attention. She was shuffling to her seat while passing in front of someone in the front row. Regardless of which direction she was facing when the ball was struck, she was going to be hit in the head.

She (rightly) assumed that the netting provided would protect her from a foul ball, but for some reason the net was very loose. If they put seats that close to the net, and people have to walk to their seats and pass that close to the netting while doing so, it's the Pirate's/stadium's fault for not properly protecting them with a stronger/firmer net.

posted by grum@work at 11:40 AM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That's some good eatin'!

posted by grum@work at 11:24 AM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The funny part about the return of Tim Tebow is that I was planning to post a fake story about the Bears signing Tebow on April Fools' Day, but work got in the way.

Instead, the Eagles turn a prank into reality for me...

posted by grum@work at 11:23 AM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'm BAAA-aack!

posted by grum@work at 09:35 AM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

This whole meme that the Oilers ruin their prospects is just complete Bullshit.

I didn't say they ruined the prospects.

I'm just saying that the Oilers, as a franchise, is a sinkhole for talent. This will be the 4th #1 overall pick in 6 drafts, with a #3 and #7 included as well.

The players might be great, but the results seem to be the same every year. They can't win. Every year, people who follow hockey like to say "This is the year that the Oilers' talent finally starts to show.", and every year it seems to be a smoldering wreck.

The Senators had three #1 picks in four years (none of them the quality that Edmonton has had), and made the playoffs in year five. Other than being Toronto/Buffalo's bitch in the playoffs for the first 7 years, Ottawa put together a good run.

The Oilers have had more and better picks, and they've shown zero improvement.

That's what I meant by "tire fire". You keep feeding stuff into it, and it keeps burning.

posted by grum@work at 09:23 PM on April 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Younger SpoFites go scrambling to google Barbie Benton

It's "Barbi".

You know, so they can search Google properly. She's a bit before my time but I know who she is because of, uh, historical print records.

posted by grum@work at 09:45 PM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Oh, great.

Another wonderful hockey prospect thrown onto the endless tire fire that is the Edmonton Oilers, to be forgotten by the rest of the NHL.

Maybe Hall, Eberle, Yakupov, and Nugent-Hopkins can give him some pointers.

At least in Toronto McDavid would have gotten some publicity...

posted by grum@work at 09:38 PM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Pennsylvania, California, New York, Ohio, and Alabama would be the favourites, I believe.

posted by grum@work at 01:57 PM on April 17

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

ATL in 5
CLE in 4
CHI in 6
TOR in 7

GSW in 4
HOU in 5
SAS in 7
MEM in 7

East scorer: L.James (CLE) - 27.5
West Scorer: J.Harden (HOU) 28.3
Ejected: J.R. Smith (CLE)
Highest Scoring Avg: 28.3

posted by grum@work at 01:29 PM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

There's a cryptic comment in my link that suggests the Bruins got rid of Seguin because he slept with Nathan Horton's wife,

/Google: who is Nathan Horton's wife?

Goodness, gracious!

These "slept with team-mates wife" are almost like a meme now. I wouldn't put a lot of weight on it.

That's the feeling I get when I hear these things.
It's been around for as long as I've been a hockey fan.
Just on the Maple Leafs alone...

Gary Leeman supposedly slept with Al Iafrate's wife.
Shane Corson supposedly slept with Alex Mogilny's wife.
Joffrey Lupul supposedly slept with Dion Phaneuf's wife.

posted by grum@work at 04:10 PM on April 15

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Canadiens in 5
Islanders in 7
Blackhawks in 6
Vancouver in 6
Rangers in 5
Red Wings in 7
Blues in 5
Ducks in 6

Goal scorer: Tavares (Islanders)

posted by grum@work at 12:43 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I love it when runners burn teams that use the shift.

Especially when they do it on a big stage.

posted by grum@work at 02:27 PM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

One more time!

He's the NHL version of Rickey Henderson. One of the all-time greats who just wants to keep playing, and really doesn't care who/what/where he plays. If he hadn't played those three years in the KHL, but had stayed and had "average" years (based on the season before he left and the season after he returned), he'd be standing all by himself in 2nd place in career points.

posted by grum@work at 02:35 PM on April 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Tuuka Rask, Tyler Seguin, Alex Steen, and Dougie Hamilton

The Seguin pick would have been the same, but I still don't hate them going after Kessel. There is obvious scoring talent in Kessel, and he's shown that he can be dominating when necessary, and he was young when they got him. Nobody expected the Leafs to crater the year they actually dealt away their #1 pick....

The Hamilton pick might have been anyone, since it wasn't #1 or #2 overall. Who knows who the Leafs would have grabbed with that spot.

I HATED that they traded Steen away when they did, as I had this fantasy of him being the next Maple Leafs captain, almost from the beginning. That's because his dad was the model of a classy solid NHL professional/almost-star and I suspected that his son would be a chip off the old block.

Rask? He was the fourth goalie on the depth charts (behind the two they had in the NHL and Pogge), so I don't really blame them on dealing him. It's just that they then dealt him for a goalie that everyone should have known was going to be bad. Ugh.

They just need to stay the course, accept another horrifically bad season

Shanahan needs to say the hockey equivalent of "Rome wasn't built in a day", threaten to punch any reporter that even looks at him funny, and leave the press conference immediately. Anything else, and the media/fanbase are going to froth at the mouth next season.

posted by grum@work at 02:27 PM on April 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Leafs fire GM Nonis, interim head coach Horachek, 3 assistant coaches, Director of Scouting Kasper, 18 scouts

There hasn't been a house cleaning like this in a LONG time. It is interesting to note that the whiz kid assistant GM (Kyle Dubas) was spared and is, at this point, the interim GM.

It's now all in Shanahan's...uh...hands.

The Toronto/Canadian sports media is in full feeding frenzy mode now, with speculation about all of the available positions to be filled.

My long shot speculation for coach: Dale Hunter. His brother is the director of player personnel for the Leafs, and Hunter would essentially be given the job with a clean slate of players (assuming the house cleaning in the dressing room that is expected is going to happen). He's got a hell of a track record for working magic with young players, which I suspect the Leafs will be filled with after this summer...

posted by grum@work at 08:37 PM on April 12

Who are the "Franchise Four"?

Tony Fernandez could make the list (with Alomar, Stieb and Halladay) because he was a longtime favourite who kept coming back to the team after leaving. I think that Delgado will squeeze him out, but then never underestimate the power of a TV moment to push Carter into that list. I would be very disappointed if Stieb was the one that got bumped. He was the best pitcher in the 1980s in the AL, and he pretty much carried the team right up to their first World Series Championship (when he got injured).

posted by grum@work at 10:10 AM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

So, the Winnipeg Jets make the NHL playoffs

That's awesome. I hope they do that for every win in the playoffs as well. Create the "White Mile" to go along with the "Whiteout".

posted by grum@work at 07:16 PM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Well, that one hits you right in the feels.

It's reminds me of this picture, spiritually:

posted by grum@work at 01:22 PM on April 09

Who are the "Franchise Four"?

Other discussion points:

Who do you pick as your #4 Boston player (behind Young, Yaz, and Williams)? Ortiz or Martinez?

The top 5 players in career WAR not listed any where on any ballot:
1) Roger Clemens (8th in WAR)
2) Alex Rodriguez (17th)
3) Phil Niekro (34th)
4) Wade Boggs (42nd)
5) Gaylord Perry (43rd)

The lowest player in career WAR (in the top 1000) who appears on a ballot: Rollie Fingers (983rd in WAR). There are some active players who currently have less WAR (Melvin Upton, for example).

Total number of active players on the lists: 33
Ortiz, Crawford*, Kazmir*, Longoria, Price*, Shields*, M.Upton*, Zobrist*, Bautista, Mi.Cabrera, Verlander, Gordon, Mauer, Trout, F.Hernandez, I.Suzuki*, A.Beltre, Hamilton*, Stanton, Wright, Rollins*, Utley, Zimmerman, Braun, Fielder*, Pujols*, Goldschmidt, C.Gonzalez, Holliday*, Tulowitzki, A.Gonzalez*, Peavy*, Posey

*indicates not playing for the team where he's listed on the ballot

posted by grum@work at 08:46 AM on April 09

Who are the "Franchise Four"?

Let's get some silliness out of the way:

1) Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens, and Manny Ramirez do not appear on any of the lists. Pete Rose, however, appears on the Reds list.

2) Multiple franchise appearances (not including the 3 other categories) for Barry Bonds, Frank Robinson, Gary Carter, Vlad Guerrero, Randy Johnson, Steve Garvey, and Nolan Ryan.

3) The Negro Leagues, Pioneers, and Living Legends lists are probably the toughest votes. With the Living Legends, I could easily vote for the four OF, but then it would be criminal to leave out the two pitchers.

4) If Jeter or Rivera gets one of those four Yankee spots, I'll lose my mind. They are up against Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Berra, and Ford. The first 5 in that list are leagues ahead of the modern stars.

posted by grum@work at 12:27 AM on April 09

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

So you'd support an NBA team drafting a 16-year-old?

16-year-olds are not adults. If the NBA wants to have a "legal adult" requirement, then there isn't anything wrong with that.

posted by grum@work at 02:52 PM on April 08

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

From the NBA's perspective there isn't much reason to be drafting 18 year olds.

I
think
that
there
might
be.

If drafting 18-year-olds is a bad idea and the NBA wants to stop teams from doing it, simply let them keep drafting those players and learn that it's a bad idea. The market will correct itself pretty quickly.

What the NBA/NCAA should do is allow a player to declare for the NBA draft, and if they are not picked/signed, still allow them to attend college without ruining their NCAA eligibility.
That should apply for high school students and active college students.

The draft: players are forced to move wherever they are drafted with no real recourse.

Rookie scale contracts: players make far less than they are worth on the open market.

Max contracts: players make far less than they are worth on the open market.

Restricted free agency: team controlling where you work and your only recourse is to take a one year deal (risky and cheap) or continue to live/play where you don't want to.

The first two screw the incoming players without them having any say, while the last two are at least negotiated by the people they are affecting.

posted by grum@work at 01:04 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Liked this tweet about a pitcher I'd never heard of, John Hiller "one of two pitchers with an 8 WAR year without starting a game". That's is quite a 1973 season and a pretty nifty career.

I couldn't guess the other guy, so I looked it up.

posted by grum@work at 12:37 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

One of the new rules in MLB this year is that a batter must keep one foot in the batter's box between pitches (if no contact is made on the previous pitch).

Veteran Texas Ranger Adrian Beltre forgot about that rule...and then remembered it.

posted by grum@work at 12:34 PM on April 08

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

A newspaper could require a college degree as a hiring requirement even though some applicants would be fully capable of doing the job without one.

Sure.

But the NBA doesn't require a degree or work experience.

All players must be at least 19 years of age during the calendar year of the draft, and a player who completed basketball eligibility at an American high school must also be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class.

That's it. There isn't anything that says they have to go to college or play in Europe. There is nothing except an age requirement.

I'm pretty sure that's codified age discrimination, agreed upon by a union that is determining employment for adults who aren't even part of their union.

posted by grum@work at 10:44 AM on April 08

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

That just sounds like a job qualification to me. I can't operate on patients until I earn a degree from medical school either.

Like holden says, that would mean something if the best "doctor" in the world hadn't skipped "medical school", so trying to equate the professions is a bit silly.

posted by grum@work at 11:07 PM on April 07

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

I'll bet Coach K would rather have four years to shape a player and person and not have to constantly and frantically reload to keep up with the Kentuckys.

Then pay the players some share of the immense wealth Duke/NCAA make off of them, and maybe they'll stay there for longer and finish their degree.

posted by grum@work at 02:56 PM on April 07

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

There is no argument for it, really,

"Removing unnecessary restrictions for employment" seems like a good reason.

The NBA/Players Union have negotiated away the ability for an 18-year-old basketball player from joining the NBA (like Lebron James) by forcing him to play a year at university (or Europe/Asia) before being drafted (another restriction on employment).

The fact that we let those two entities have control over the rights for a person who isn't yet part of either group is interesting enough, but to suggest that they should be forced to stay out of the NBA for even more time....that's crazy.

posted by grum@work at 02:52 PM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The refs were crafty last night. They waited until the second half to start working their special brand of Blue Devil magic.

Is the assumption that Duke will always get support from refs?
If so, what is the explanation for them losing in the first round in 2012 and 2014?
Sometimes it's hard to keep track of which teams the refs are supposed to be favouring, since it always seems to be the team that wins.

...

I tried to watch the game, but it was tough.
Here in Canada, we had a different broadcast team than what you got in the US.

I LOVE listening to Dan Shulman broadcast any sport. Silky smooth voice, smart, and gets excited when required (but not Gus Johnson-esque*).

I HATE listening to the late-career Dick Vitale, who is simply just shouting catch phrases and bizarre praises at this point (with a voice that sounds like he's on the edge of death).

*Side note: I typed "announcer who shouts a lot during football games" and Google gave me the "Gus Johnson" wikipedia article as the first result.
For fun, I typed the exact same thing into Bing. It gave me some mish-mash of unrelated stuff.
Google still rules the roost.

posted by grum@work at 11:57 AM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Betts was the one player the Red Sox fans were definitely NOT willing to trade for Hamels. Pretty much anyone else in the farm system they would have shipped off (Swihart (before Vazquez got hurt), JBJ, Bogaerts, Brentz, Cecchini, Barnes).

Of course, the Phillies would have demanded that Betts be part of the deal...

posted by grum@work at 12:05 AM on April 07

LA Dodgers set MLB payroll record.

Someone has also pointed out that this does not include the two Cuban players they have signed.

Hector Olivera (6 years, $62.5million) was signed in the last couple of weeks, while fellow teammate Alexander Guerrero (7 years, $32million) was signed last year.

Neither of them will see time in the majors this year unless the current second baseman (Howie Kendrick, $9.5million in his final year under contract) is injured/implodes, as they are both listed at that position.

Move them to shortstop? Sorry, but that position is also taken (Jimmy Rollin, $11million, final year of contract).

So they have approximately $12.25million in contracts for their Cuban signings just wallowing in AAA.

posted by grum@work at 12:39 PM on April 06

LA Dodgers set MLB payroll record.

Unnecessary trivia time!

The combined salaries of the 2014 NL All-Star team was LESS than that for the LA Dodgers in 2015.


Salaries in $millions, rounded to 3rd decimal.
Starters:
Lucroy 2.000
Goldschmidt 1.100
Utley 15.000
Ramirez 16.000
Tulowitzki 16.000
Gomez 7.000
McCutchen 7.250
Puig 3.714
Bench/Pitchers:
Alvarez 0.525
Blackmon 0.501
Baumgarner 3.750
Carpenter 1.000
Castro 5.000
Chapman 5.000
Clippard 5.875
Cueto 10.000
Frazier 0.600
Freeman 5.125
Gordon 0.515
Greinke 26.000
Harrison 0.513
Hudson 11.000
Kershaw 4.000
Kimbrel 7.000
Mesoraco 0.525
Molina 15.000
Montero 10.000
Murphy 5.700
Neshek 1.000
Pence 16.000
Rizzo 1.250
Rodriguez 3.250
Ross 1.980
Samardzija 5.345
Simon 1.500
Stanton 6.500
Street 7.000
Teheran 0.800
Wainwright 19.500
Watson 0.519
Zimmerman 7.500
Total: 257.837

posted by grum@work at 11:34 AM on April 06

LA Dodgers set MLB payroll record.

The Dodgers' payroll, up from $234 million at the start of last season, includes $43.8 million for 2015 to cover the costs of Brian Wilson and Dustin McGowan, who were released; Matt Kemp, Dan Haren and Dee Gordon, who were traded; and Chad Billingsley, who was owed a buyout when his option was declined.

posted by grum@work at 11:19 AM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I remember that Slate piece, and laughing just as hard now as I did then.

posted by grum@work at 10:55 AM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Really bad MLB prediction thread!

AL East: Toronto Blue Jays
AL Central: Chicago White Sox
AL West: Seattle Mariners
Wild Card #1: Detroit Tigers
Wild Card #2: Los Angeles Angels
AL Pennant Winner: Toronto Blue Jays

NL East: Washington Nationals
NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
Wild Card #1: San Francisco Giants
Wild Card #2: Chicago Cubs
NL Pennant Winner: Washington Nationals

World Series Winner: Washington Nationals

AL MVP: Jose Abreu
AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez
AL Rookie of the Year: Aaron Sanchez
AL Manager of the Year: Robin Ventura

NL MVP: Bryce Harper
NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw
NL Rookie of the Year: Kris Bryant
NL Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon

(Can we bookmark this thread some how? I want to see just how bad this prediction is at the end of the year.)

posted by grum@work at 09:42 AM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

MLB announces three rulings in a row today. That's called a Friday News Dump.

Josh Hamilton - No problem!
Jarred Cosart - Small problem!
Ervin Santana - BIG problem!

posted by grum@work at 11:37 PM on April 03

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Yeah, Miller's injury reminds me of another one I remember quite vividly as a kid.

Borje Salming as "Scarface"

posted by grum@work at 04:33 PM on April 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The funny thing is I forgot to add a comment in my weekend round up of my visit to Columbus for the NCAA tournament saying that in the middle of the second game on the first day, I had the epiphany of noticing that nobody on the lineup cards for any of the 8 teams had a 6/7/8/9 in their digits (after frantically scanning the program to confirm it). I made the assumption that it was for the hand signals, and I'm glad I was right.

What the article doesn't mention is that a team can have a "0" or a "00" on their roster, but not both.

posted by grum@work at 09:51 PM on March 31

Australia bowls out New Zealand on 183

18. Rod Marsh & Ian Botham.
In an Ashes match Botham arrived at the wicket to a bit of cheek from the Aussie keeper.
Marsh : "So how's your wife and my kid's?".
Botham: "Wife's fine. Kid's are retarded".

Probably apocryphal, as I've heard that used in movies before, but still awesome.

posted by grum@work at 08:39 AM on March 31

Tiger Woods Falls Out of Top 100 in Golf

It seemed for a while there if you weren't long off the tee and aggressive with your irons you weren't typically in contention very often because the courses were getting longer, and pin placements more ridiculous.

There was a term they used when they changed the courses like that:

"Tiger-proofing"

I think the issue right now is that he simply can't hit the ball properly, regardless of the length of the shot. He's seems to be a physical mess, and he's trying to overcompensate and it's turning him into an emotional mess. It would be like a former-fastball pitcher who now has a minor injury, and then deciding to alter his mechanics so he can still throw the ball hard. More often than not, it's going to lead to more injury and more adjustments and eventually you aren't doing anything right.

posted by grum@work at 09:40 PM on March 30

Tiger Woods Falls Out of Top 100 in Golf

This is like watching the end of Steve Carlton's career. One of the greats of all time struggling mightily with the end of his career, and refusing to go quietly into the night while chipping away at the legacy he built.

I would love for Tiger to be "Tiger" one last time at the Masters (redemption/recovery stories are so hot), but I'm not holding out hope.

posted by grum@work at 12:03 PM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If/when an undefeated elite NCAA men's basketball team loses it's first game of the season, do the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers uncork some champagne and celebrate in the manner of the 1972 Miami Dolphins?

P.T.I. had one of the players from that team on for a brief interview (I forget which one) and asked him just that. He said they don't do any celebration, and in fact it wouldn't diminish their accomplishment one bit if someone else pulled it off. He said the Hoosiers would still be undefeated champions, and he'd be happy to see other kids have a chance to relish that opportunity.

posted by grum@work at 09:56 AM on March 30

Australia bowls out New Zealand on 183

Help this North American figure out what is going on in the article:

"Sending off" usually means a batter has been bowled/run/caught out. What is it that the Aussies were doing that was controversial?

"Sledging"? Can I get a quick definition for that?

posted by grum@work at 09:52 AM on March 30