Recent Comments by grum@work

Red Sox Sign Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez

His story is that the ownership wants to move into radio by buying a station, and that they would need "attractive" players to help sell it.

"Move into radio"?

Is this the 1920s?!

posted by grum@work at 10:35 AM on November 25

2015 Hall of Fame ballot released

The true home run champion is still Roger Maris.

You can believe that all you want, but you'd still be wrong.

posted by grum@work at 08:38 AM on November 25

2015 Hall of Fame ballot released

My ballot:

P.Martinez - obvious
R.Johnson - obvious
R.Clemens - obvious, but tragically a wasted vote I'm thinking
B.Bonds - obvious, but tragically a wasted vote I'm thinking
T.Raines - I'm pushing for him to keep climbing before he gets forgotten
C.Biggio - get him in now, to clear room.
M.McGwire - I'm beating my head against the wall, but it's the principle of the thing
M.Piazza - he should be in there before the 10 years are up
J.Smoltz - I'd like to see him join Maddux and Glavine
J.Bagwell - he should be in there before the 10 years are up...I think.

If I had room:
M.Mussina - ballot size issues
C.Schilling - ballot size issues
A.Trammell - he's a hopeless cause like McGwire/Clemens/Bonds, but not as good
E.Martinez - overlooked star
S.Sosa - unfairly tainted, but I still like others more than him

On the cusp:
G.Sheffield - probably going to be 5%'ed off the ballot, which is a shame (just like Kevin Brown)
L.Walker - Oh Canada!

posted by grum@work at 08:28 PM on November 24

Red Sox Sign Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez

They really don't give themselves much of a "down cycle" in Boston.

posted by grum@work at 08:06 PM on November 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Canadian goalie makes the save of the year.

posted by grum@work at 12:57 PM on November 24

Former NHL player, coach and executive Pat Quinn dies at age 71

Quinn and Tikhonov in the same day?

The hockey afterlife just got a little more hard-ass than yesterday.

posted by grum@work at 12:56 PM on November 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Stupid choking Chiefs ruining (early) my chance for a perfect NFL pick-em week.

posted by grum@work at 08:38 AM on November 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Is "stick-um" allowed again in the NFL?

No?

Then Mr. Beckham Jr. is straight up amazing.

posted by grum@work at 10:37 PM on November 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Raptors fall behind the Cavaliers by 18 points in the first quarter, but then win the game by 17. They are now tops in the Eastern Conference, and have already beaten the top team in the Western Conference (Grizzlies).

Huh.

posted by grum@work at 10:41 PM on November 22

Blind-sided: Blue Jackets’ Jack Johnson is bankrupt; who led him there is biggest shocker

I think it's also deserving of a main post.

It's amazing that large sums of money can so drastically change how family members see each other.

posted by grum@work at 02:05 PM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Ha! I tried something similar with NHL teams. I wasn't looking for the longest link on a specific team, but the longest chain I could find in the NHL. Is there a player in the NHL right now that can be linked through trades/traded picks all the way back to the 70s? Or further?

It's tough to do because hockey-reference.com doesn't have complete transaction history, especially for things like expansion drafts and supplemental picks.

Example:

I know that Guy Lafleur* was picked in an Sharks/North Stars expansion draft by the Minnesota North Stars in 1991, and then traded back to Quebec by the Stars for Alan Haworth. Except, Haworth's page doesn't make any mention of that deal, so what else might be missing?

*I use Guy Lafleur as an example because he was picked by Montreal with a traded draft pick in 1971, played for a long time (retired, came back), was in a deal for a player (Sergei Zubov) that played for a while (until 2009). So I have a link of 1971-2009 (38 years).

posted by grum@work at 03:35 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

At least something good came out of the thrashing the Leafs took on Tuesday night:

posted by grum@work at 11:37 AM on November 20

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Finals Edition

Montreal by 13

Calgary by 3

Crompton

Calgary

posted by grum@work at 04:31 PM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Yeah, I want to turn the lights down low, throw on some Barry White, and get comfortable with those MLB Statcast Player Tracking videos. If I were to somehow get access to the raw data, I'd probably quit my job and just waste away in front of the computer while playing with the info.

posted by grum@work at 03:11 PM on November 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Martin has had two great years, but 5 years for a pair of knees that have caught more than 8,000 innings seems like a lot. You have to go back to 2007/ 2008 for another pair of years where Martin performed like he has the last two seasons.

As a Jays fan, I can only respond with:


"Nahnahnah I CAN'T HEAR YOU!"

posted by grum@work at 08:42 AM on November 18

Penny-pinching, no more!

The big worry is injury, but I'm sure there are injury clauses built into these contracts, and insurance is available.

There is always insurance, but I'm not hearing any talk about "milestones" for any of the money he is getting, so it's probably just "get paid for living", and if he doesn't play because of injury, then the insurance covers some of it.

posted by grum@work at 03:32 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That is crazy money for a over-30 catcher, but if the Jays know their window of opportunity is about 3 years at most, they might as well throw some more money into the fire and hope that works.

Martin being Canadian probably helped their case a bit.

posted by grum@work at 03:15 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Holy crap, Sunday was a slaughter for my NFL pick'em selections. If I had really Costanza'd, I would have won the week walking away...

posted by grum@work at 10:42 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Yeah, the Faroe Islands one was the big shock to me. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the score with only minutes remaining. That's the kind of loss that gets the manager/national team president fired.

posted by grum@work at 03:47 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Bryan Murray's ultimate battle

Just another reminder that everyone should get tested on a regular basis. Murray's always been a good guy, even when he was running the show for my team's arch-rival (for a while).

posted by grum@work at 09:59 AM on November 14

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees

The most famous one of those is the Van Persie header. It's probably the one that made me leap out of my chair the furthest during the World Cup.

The most mind-blowing one is the Zlatan body-twisting back-heel one. I really don't understand how his brain can figure out the physical requirements for half of the highlight reel goals he scores.

The most technically amazing one is the Stephanie Roche goal, which is also the furthest away from even getting noticed if it wasn't for YouTube. Three touches without it hitting the ground, and putting it inside the post? That's some serious skill.

Just a reminder of the insanity that is Zlatan's 2013 winner.

posted by grum@work at 09:52 AM on November 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

NL MVP: Kershaw
NL Cy Young: Kershaw
NL ROY: Kershaw DeGrom
NL Manager: Kershaw Williams

AL MVP: Trout
AL Cy Young: Hernandez
AL ROY: Abreu
AL Manager: Showalter

I got 7 out of 8 right. If I had gone with my gut and picked Kluber for the AL Cy Young, instead of caving to the nagging feeling that the voters would go with the "name brand" in King Felix, I would have run the table.

posted by grum@work at 07:23 PM on November 13

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Montreal by 6
Saskatchewan by 3
Milo
Under

posted by grum@work at 10:09 AM on November 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Today is the birthday of the most famous major league baseball player to do nothing of note on the playing field.

posted by grum@work at 10:51 AM on November 12

Joe Hart prevented a goal

When I saw it happen live, I knew exactly what had happened and I was glad the ref disallowed the goal (even though I was cheering for the minnow).

That said, I don't think the ref should have allowed the re-kick: (from the wiki link)

Free kick taken by the goalkeeper

If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper touches the ball again (except with his hands), before it has touched another player:

An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred.

QPR should have had an indirect free kick from the spot of the original kick (near the penalty spot, it seems). That would have been exciting to watch

posted by grum@work at 10:31 AM on November 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That's "play of the year" material, right there.

posted by grum@work at 11:02 AM on November 10

Despite Vehement Public Claims of Innocence, A-Rod Admitted to DEA He Used Steroids

I don't think McGwire was using PEDs during his rookie year:

He admitted using them during his 70 HR season:

posted by grum@work at 08:13 AM on November 07

Despite Vehement Public Claims of Innocence, A-Rod Admitted to DEA He Used Steroids

Never liked him, was only good at power which was brought on by steroid use (or base on balls which were in large part due to his steroid power)

His power has always been there, before there was any hints that he was using PEDs.
He holds the MLB record for home runs by a rookie (49), in 1987. He also had an incredible batting eye in the minors, drawing a large number of walks before his power developed.

Just a reminder that PEDs don't mean guaranteed power, as this guy was one of the first players to test positive for PEDs.

posted by grum@work at 01:14 AM on November 07

Despite Vehement Public Claims of Innocence, A-Rod Admitted to DEA He Used Steroids

McGwire has already admitted he used PEDs.

posted by grum@work at 11:03 PM on November 06

Despite Vehement Public Claims of Innocence, A-Rod Admitted to DEA He Used Steroids

They do have some leverage here, presuming A-Rod is dying to play in the MLB again. They could threaten to cut him unless he reaches a deal to play somewhere else at a rate much lower than that contract.

MLBPA won't let him take a pay cut to get traded, and there is precedent for this...involving Alex Rodriguez.

When the Texas Rangers tried to trade ARod to the Red Sox back in 2003/2004, one of the ways that ARod was going to make it easier was to take a pay cut to play for Boston, but the deal was immediately rejected by the MLBPA.

posted by grum@work at 03:01 PM on November 06

Despite Vehement Public Claims of Innocence, A-Rod Admitted to DEA He Used Steroids

I'd love to see the Yanks take a hard-line stance and kick him to the curb, or try outrighting him to the minors.

He's been in the majors for more than 5 years, so any attempt to send him to the minors without his permission would be the same as releasing him (and still paying him). He'd simply refuse to go.

Even with a year off, I still think he hits much better than Jeter did this season.

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

Despite Vehement Public Claims of Innocence, A-Rod Admitted to DEA He Used Steroids

The Yankees can cut him any time they want. They'll still be on the hook for the $60million in guaranteed money. If they were worried that ARod has reverted into a HR hitting machine, it might be in their best interest to cut him to save any future milestone incentives.

posted by grum@work at 10:52 AM on November 06

MVP, ROY and Cy Young finalist announced

NL MVP: Kershaw
NL Cy Young: Kershaw
NL ROY: Kershaw DeGrom
NL Manager: Kershaw Williams

AL MVP: Trout
AL Cy Young: Hernandez
AL ROY: Abreu
AL Manager: Showalter

posted by grum@work at 09:04 PM on November 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Hmmm...

Maybe this "Making next week's NFL picks before this week's Monday Night game has started" thing is not a bad idea.

I don't trust myself to remember to make the picks before Thursdays games (I've missed two Thursday games already), so now I forced myself to make the picks when I see the ad on TV for Monday's game.

The two weeks I've done it, I've gone 11-4 and 11-2.

posted by grum@work at 10:59 AM on November 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Forsberg!

posted by grum@work at 08:39 AM on November 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This was certainly an impressive drive by Seattle, even against the Raiders.

Pfft. That's nothing.

I've see Bo Jackson run a single play for 160 yards.

posted by grum@work at 10:34 PM on November 02

Annotated list

I can't think of too many other athletes that have been so well photographed so often in their careers.

posted by grum@work at 11:55 AM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Cubs release statement about firing Renteria to hire Maddon as manager.

I would recommend reading the statement as it is one of the most detailed and honest ones about a personnel move that I've seen from a major sports franchise.

posted by grum@work at 02:59 PM on October 31

Giants Win World Series

bender: My comment about not fixing their reputation or being remembered for only that was a bit of satire, considering who it was that got caught stealing in 1926...

I get the feeling that if they had sent Gordon home, he might have made it because of the crazy KC karma that had carried them from not making the playoffs to making them to coming from behind in the wild-card game to getting them past "better" teams like the Angels and Orioles, to pushing it to Game 7...

I kind of wish they had tried. There have been many amazing "rolling the dice" chances that have created epic playoff moments:

posted by grum@work at 12:23 PM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

I'm not sure that you could even fault the 3rd base coach for making the wrong call (given the likelihood of an out) and sending Gordon

If he's safe, or out on a bang-bang play, then it's a good call by the 3rd base coach/player.

If he's out by 10+ feet, then you wear the goat horns on your head for the rest of your life, just like this idiot did when he made the final out in the World Series by getting caught stealing 2nd base! Nobody can ever fix their reputation after something like that happens. Seriously, it's all he'll ever be remembered for...

posted by grum@work at 10:49 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Here is the statcast of Gordon running around the bases in the 9th inning. From this, you can pretty much tell that he didn't really have an option of trying to score on the play, despite the misplay by Blanco and the bobble by Juan Perez. Even if he's running full out from 2nd to 3rd, Crawford's throw would have beaten him by 20 feet or so.

Given how Bumgarner was pitching, and how Sal Perez was hitting, maybe you take that chance anyways and hope for a bad throw/catch....

posted by grum@work at 08:36 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

If, you're like me, you wonder to yourself....

"What was Barry Bonds doing after SF won the World Series?"

Well, here is your answer.

posted by grum@work at 08:28 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

While Bumgarner was easily the World Series MVP, this poor Chevy executive is the World Series LVP (Least Valuable Pitchman):

That was just about as bad a TV appearance as you can get.

posted by grum@work at 08:20 AM on October 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

This Bumgarner kid...he's pretty amazing.

posted by grum@work at 10:54 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"A woman's place is in the kitchen and not on a football field."

posted by grum@work at 12:04 PM on October 29

What's in a shirt?

FFP my a55! That difference is enough to have four or five next level of quality higher players, and makes me wonder how any club can hope to break into the top six other than one of the big boys falling down (such as ManU last season and Liverpool the season before).

I have to believe that Manchester United has a much bigger operating budget (outside of player contracts) than a lot of those teams. Not enough to make up the difference, but it'll eat a large chunk.

posted by grum@work at 11:15 AM on October 29

What's in a shirt?

Oh, that's a REALLY pretty web presentation of the information. I, too, would like a nice breakdown of the data in a table.

They have a link to buy a kit at an online store at the start of the article, but not on each screen where they show the kits themselves. That should have been an obvious design decision.

Notes about the kits themselves:

  • Liverpool's third jersey is far too busy/confusing with the criss-crossing stripes and colours.
  • Southhampton manufacture their own kits, and have a different sponsor for home/away? That's...interesting.
  • I like that Swansea away jersey with the black/red contrast.
  • I'm surprised every team doesn't have a "third jersey", just for the possibility of added sales.
  • Raised collars you can pop? Pass. Just the simple v-neck collar, thanks.

I would like to see this done for all of the teams in all of the sports in all of the countries. It'll make hunting for my next jersey in my collection much easier.

posted by grum@work at 11:13 AM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Prediction:

Top of 9th inning, Hunter Pence hits a game-tying hit with two out.
Top of 11th inning, Hunter Pence hits a home run to give the Giants the lead.
Bottom of 11th inning, Hunter Pence dives to catch a two-out, bases loaded, sinking liner to save the game.

Hunter Pence, the living legend, begins tonight.

posted by grum@work at 08:15 AM on October 29

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

That's messed up.

Did he fall down some unused maintenance shaft? Kidnapped? Ran away to a second life?

posted by grum@work at 10:11 PM on October 27

Top Cardinals Prospect Oscar Tavares Killed in Car Accident

For some, this was Tavares' first introduction to MLB fans (during a pre-season game).

And here is probably the highlight of his career, just this month:

posted by grum@work at 08:39 AM on October 27

Top Cardinals Prospect Oscar Tavares Killed in Car Accident

If the Cardinals make it to the World Series, he isn't in the Dominican Republic for this to happen.

In the minors, he had all the makings of a star outfielder, like a lite version of Andrew McCutchen. If he filled up his frame with a bit more muscle (which he had a lot of time to do, being only 22 years old), then he would have been one of the stars of the (inevitable) next NLCS Cardinals team.

posted by grum@work at 08:11 AM on October 27

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

That's the second NFL player to go down with a leaping celebration. You'd think they'd learn...

posted by grum@work at 04:26 PM on October 26

Steve Nash’s transcendent career has come to a close

Obviously the best Canadian basketball player of all time, and the primary reason* that we've seen an influx of Canadian players in March Madness (and then in the NBA).

It's interesting that Steve Nash's career ends just as Nik Stauskas' career is about to begin.

*Along with the introduction of the Toronto Raptors.

posted by grum@work at 12:37 PM on October 24

9 reasons Hunter Pence is the most interesting man in the World (Series).

Okay, I give up. I'm officially a fan of Hunter Pence. I'm cheering for the Royals, but I'd probably be just as happy to see Pence hold up the trophy...and then drop it on his foot.

posted by grum@work at 01:02 AM on October 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The danger of small sample size can be found in Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland.

Regular season:
9 games, 7 innings pitched, 5 singles given up, 0.00 ERA

Result: "This dude is awesome! He's gonna anchor our bullpen in the playoffs!"

Post season:
6 games, 5.1 innings pitched, 5 home runs given up, 10.13 ERA

Result: "This dude is Narveson-esque! He's dragged down our bullpen like an anchor in these playoffs!"

posted by grum@work at 01:34 PM on October 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Peyton Manning just keeps on rolling, and the St. Louis Rams bust out some "EA Madden" plays.

posted by grum@work at 12:54 AM on October 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

So the Dolphins beat the Patriots and folks said they were clearly in decline. The Dolphins beat the Raiders and they fired their coach. The Dolphins beat the Bears and there was apparently a fight in the Bears locker room.

I'm not sure how to feel about this.

It reminds me of a few years ago where (I think) three teams fired their coaches after losing to the Maple Leafs. (I think it was also the same season where the Leafs played against an inordinate number of backup goalies.)

posted by grum@work at 12:36 AM on October 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I think Hoffy was especially bad in games played in Arizona under a waxing moon and where his brother was a base coach.

Sorry, I was out of the house most of yesterday night and this morning.

Glenn Hoffman was a base coach for the San Diego Padres from 2006-present.
Trevor Hoffman played for the Padres during that time (1993-2008), so there is a three season window we have to examine (2006-2008).
Here are all the games in Arizona during that time where Hoffman pitched.
It's not that hard to find the state of the moon at any time in history.

Games in Arizona under a waxing moon while his brother was a base coach:
August 30, 2006
September 30, 2006
October 1, 2006
April 24, 2007
April 25, 2007
July 5, 2008

6 games, 5.0 innings pitched, 9.00 ERA, 5 saves, 1 blown save, 1 loss.

*drops mic*

posted by grum@work at 02:21 PM on October 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Howard_T: You'll like the video at the top of this article.

posted by grum@work at 08:31 AM on October 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

don't bother looking, grum

"Look, mister tiger, there is a big juicy antelope flank just hanging from that hook over there. But don't you dare take it, you silly cat!"

Trevor Hoffman
Behind: .633 OPS
Tie game: .656 OPS
Ahead: .589 OPS

Career: .609 OPS

So, he definitely did worse in tie game scenarios, but not so much it was worrisome.

Comparisons:

Mariano Rivera
Behind: .595 OPS
Tie game: .655 OPS
Ahead: .528 OPS

Billy Wagner
Behind: .543 OPS
Tie game: .540 OPS
Ahead: .565 OPS

posted by grum@work at 03:15 PM on October 17