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SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Masahiro Tanaka has 28 strikeouts through his first three MLB starts, the third-highest total ever behind Stephen Strasburg's 32 in 2010 and J.R. Richard's 29 in 1971. Karl Spooner also had 28 in 1954-55.

posted by rcade at 12:42 PM on April 17

Minnesota State players refuse to practice as coach Todd Hoffner returns

This is sad. If these athletes were truly outstanding community members, they would recognize the wrong that was done to him and embrace Hoffner's return. I hope this ends up being a one-time gesture of support for their other coach.

It is amazing that he gets his old life back. People destroyed by false allegations of that kind usually don't.

I'd wager this protest probably happened because of officials inside the school's athletic department who are resentful of the arbitration decision.

posted by rcade at 10:59 AM on April 17

Escape from Cuba: Yasiel Puig's Untold Journey to the Dodgers

This is a great read. It's hard to believe that baseball stars like Puig could be so vulnerable to organized crime -- Mexican drug cartels, even -- and nothing could be done about it. Could it really be possible that 20% of his money is being siphoned off by people involved in his defection?

One more pleasant anecdote from the story:

One evening last October, unplanned and unannounced, Puig dropped by the Northeast Los Angeles Little League field, in the hills right across from Dodger Stadium, and after nearly an hour of autographs and photos, insisted on throwing batting practice.

"It was just mind-blowing," said John Vergara, whose nine-year-old son, Daniel, got to smack a meatball off Puig. "I've been coaching at Northeast Little League for about 14 years, and there's never been a current Dodger player, let alone a star, who's come up to the field and just done that."

posted by rcade at 07:22 PM on April 16

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 1

Colorado in 5

St. Louis in 7

Dallas in 7

Los Angeles in 5

Boston in 5

Tampa Bay in 7

Pittsburgh in 4

New York in 6

posted by rcade at 05:04 PM on April 16

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 1

Picks will be accepted for a series until the puck drops in the first game.

posted by rcade at 04:57 PM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Top prospect George Springer is getting his call up today.

posted by rcade at 10:11 AM on April 16

MLB Admits Error in Calling Gwynn Out at Home

Replay is working well, says Bud Selig.

posted by rcade at 09:33 AM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Mike Napoli suffered a gruesome looking finger dislocation sliding into second last night. But X-rays showed no fracture.

posted by rcade at 09:02 AM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Diamondbacks have matched their worst start in team history at 4-14.

posted by rcade at 08:52 AM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I don't see much flopping in the Premiership. When it is flagrant the announcers make a big deal out of it and it seems like the refs are more likely to ignore it or book the flopper for simulation than to reward it.

As for the World Cup, how can you not watch the group stage? I'm going to watch as much as I can, work and family permitting.

posted by rcade at 06:36 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

"You have to attend the World Cup to [understand] what it means. It's the most unusual sporting event I've ever attended, and I've attended thousands. It's in the air, it's a palpable sense of energy that I've never quite experienced. It's the most consequential sporting event in the world. We have our Super Bowl, we have our World Series, the NBA Finals, March Madness, but my Lord, there is nothing quite like the World Cup." -- Vice President Joe Biden, a former soccer player at Yale

posted by rcade at 04:32 PM on April 15

MLB Admits Error in Calling Gwynn Out at Home

I think in the long run catchers will adjust to the rule and stand in the field of play directly in front of home plate, as some have been doing thus far this season.

The point, to me, is that Mathis' leg being where it was had no role in the development or outcome of the play.

I think it plays a definite role in the outcome. Mathis is able to plant and ready himself in a plate-blocking position before the ball arrives. Gwynn slides into his leg instead of the plate. If Mathis couldn't put the leg there until the ball was caught, Gwynn likely reaches home before it could block him, or lacks the leverage to block him.

posted by rcade at 03:53 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Hmm. I guess the ERA in box scores is season ERA, not game ERA. Anthony Varvaro had no earned runs the same game and the box score reports an ERA of 2.70.

posted by rcade at 03:20 PM on April 15

MLB Admits Error in Calling Gwynn Out at Home

Yes, Mathis' leg is in the baseline before the ball gets to him, but it's while he's in the process of making the catch.

Mathis' left leg is clearly in the base line before the catch.

The new rules for home plate plays bring two obligations: The runner must not leave a direct line towards home to collide with the catcher and the catcher must not block the plate before the ball arrives.

I think this is fair, given the need to reduce concussions and injuries on these plays. A catcher is supposed to catch and sweep tag and a runner is supposed to stop impersonating Brian Urlacher.

nice little non-chalant dance there, btw, Gwynn

That seemed like a third base coach screwup to me.

posted by rcade at 02:10 PM on April 15

"The unofficial king of sports paperbacks", Zander Hollander,

Cool story. His role in helping Howard Cosell get his start in sports broadcasting would once have been met with the question "why the hell did you do that?"

posted by rcade at 10:58 AM on April 15

MLB Admits Error in Calling Gwynn Out at Home

I don't remember a season having this many rules changes to absorb in a while. The replay system, home plate rules and transfer-to-hand rule for fielders are all a challenge to get right.

That last one seems particularly capricious. A player catches the ball, takes a step or two, fumbles the ball and it's no longer a force out?

posted by rcade at 10:52 AM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The agent for Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Archie Bradley is pushing hard for him to be called up -- the team has a league worst 5.96 ERA -- and said he's being kept down in Triple A to delay his future timetable for free agency and arbitration.

posted by rcade at 10:48 AM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Atlanta Braves pitcher Luis Avilan's line yesterday:

IPHRERERA
1.045513.50

"He became the first pitcher to be credited with a win despite allowing at least five earned runs while pitching an inning or fewer since Jack Knott of the 1934 St. Louis Browns against the Philadelphia Athletics." -- ESPN

posted by rcade at 10:38 AM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Pirates and Reds hit 10 homers yesterday in only six innings. The game was suspended and resumes today.

posted by rcade at 09:53 AM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Thanks, Bismarck. I wish all the games were broadcast online, like NBC Sports is doing with the Premiership.

posted by rcade at 09:34 AM on April 15

Red Sox Manager Rips Replay After Ejection

I don't know what you're disagreeing with, Justgary. I was just pointing out that it would be worse than the old way to have replay that makes obvious mistakes, since it takes longer.

Ron Washington got tossed yesterday for arguing a replay. I was listening on radio so I'm certain the Rangers were robbed.

posted by rcade at 08:13 AM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I adopted Tottenham when I began following the Premier League in 2006.

But this year I got tired of the constant stream of big-money imports, which changed the personality and play of the team each year.

So I committed an act of sacrilege and began following West Ham instead.

The team I want to follow at the Premier level is Sheffield Wednesday. I listen to their matches and catch the occasional game on Bein Sport.

posted by rcade at 09:58 PM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I switched ad sizes and am looking around for formatting issues.

When I add a mobile version they'll get smaller there.

posted by rcade at 06:29 PM on April 14

Red Sox Manager Rips Replay After Ejection

If you have a system that is is correct 'most' of the time, you're back to square one.

Back to square one ... after two minutes and 50 seconds.

posted by rcade at 03:22 PM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Fans in San Francisco got their money's worth yesterday: play 1, play 2.

posted by rcade at 11:37 AM on April 14

Video: Ball Girl Saves Run in Baltimore

Fixed the link (I think). MLB.Com doesn't make it easy to link to its highlight videos.

posted by rcade at 11:10 AM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

How much did you like playing an infield position (first base) for the first time in your 16-year career, Carlos Beltran? "I hope I don't have to do it again. Thank God nobody hit the baseball to me."

posted by rcade at 11:09 AM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Angels hit back to back to back home runs off their nemesis Bartolo Colon Sunday. Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Raul Ibanez did it in the first.

posted by rcade at 11:00 AM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Yankees infield Saturday was Kelly Johnson at first, Brian Roberts at second, Dean Anna at short and Yangervis Solarte at third. Their combined number of games in New York pinstripes: 38.

posted by rcade at 09:33 AM on April 14

Shanahan to Toronto

He's a brave man. Toronto has driven others to drugs.

posted by rcade at 07:15 PM on April 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Pitcher Madison Bumgarner hit a 415-foot grand slam Friday and had a sacrifice fly RBI in his 6-5 win over the Colorado Rockies.

posted by rcade at 07:01 PM on April 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made an unusual move Friday against the Cubs. It's the bottom of the 10th and the Cards had runners on first and second with two outs. Closer Trevor Rosenthal was due to bat after pitching the ninth. Matheny let him bat. He struck out looking, then gave up a deciding three-run homer in the 11th.

posted by rcade at 06:44 PM on April 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Friday night's Mets-Angels game was decided in extra innings by a walk off HBP.

posted by rcade at 06:16 PM on April 12

Abby Wambach: Players Didn't Get Coach Fired

Women's international soccer is a success. Women's pro soccer recently failed and is a longshot now that it has returned as the WPSL.

I want the WPSL to succeed, but I wouldn't want to see U.S. Soccer put any USWNT development on hold to focus on the fledgling league.

posted by rcade at 12:48 PM on April 12

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is out for the season after suffering a torn labrum in his shoulder attempting a diving catch against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday.

posted by rcade at 04:32 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Justin Upton hit a 477-foot homer last night, the third longest in the MLB since the start of last season.

posted by rcade at 04:20 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

That running display makes me want to watch Reds games. Fans are going to have some fun every time he's on base.

Meanwhile, here's two words you don't want to hear your closer use to describe himself: dead arm.

posted by rcade at 06:43 PM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

That running display makes me want to watch Reds games. Fans are going to have some fun every time he's on base.

Meanwhile, here's two words you don't want to hear your closer use to describe himself: dead arm.

posted by rcade at 06:43 PM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Billy Hamilton scores from third on a pop fly so shallow the second baseman almost took it.

posted by rcade at 05:38 PM on April 10

Exceptionally Small Crowds Greet New Baseball Season

Reported attendance is based on ticket sales.

Which raises the question of why people are buying tickets and not going. I'd love me some Major League Baseball closer than 210 miles away.

posted by rcade at 02:48 PM on April 10

Exceptionally Small Crowds Greet New Baseball Season

In related news, Monday's Astros game on Comcast Sports Houston drew a 0.0 rating.

posted by rcade at 02:02 PM on April 10

Abby Wambach: Players Didn't Get Coach Fired

I would have favored a constitutional amendment that forbid Pia Sundhage from ever leaving the job.

posted by rcade at 12:32 PM on April 10

Josh Hamilton Needs Thumb Surgery

Another victim of the foolish head-first slide. April and May seem like a make-or-break time for these underachieving Angels. Hamilton was starting out hot, too.

posted by rcade at 08:12 PM on April 09

UMass Basketball Player Says He's Gay

Maybe, but being out to a group small enough to keep it secret isn't generally what people think of as out. What you're describing is the "people who know me have known this for years" manuever.

posted by rcade at 07:09 PM on April 09

UMass Basketball Player Says He's Gay

I'd like to see us reach the Officer and a Gentleman slow clap phase of this trend, where each athlete coming out prompts a couple more, which prompts more, until it's a thunderous ovation and then there's a nice party where all the proud gay athletes make like it's Olympic village after their events are all completed.

posted by rcade at 03:14 PM on April 09

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

BatKid threw out the first pitch at the Giants game yesterday.

posted by rcade at 11:26 AM on April 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Will Leitch thought he needed a 376-word prelude and another 2,495 words to review the videogame RBI Baseball 14.

posted by rcade at 08:32 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'm convinced the Andrus beard made him drop the ball on a relay last night. It's off balance.

Adrian Beltre reached first yesterday and pulled Napoli's beard. He got an elbow in response.

posted by rcade at 02:46 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Hank Aaron's record-breaking home run was 40 years ago today. I was six. I think it might be the last major American sports milestone I don't remember being aware of at the time.

posted by rcade at 12:09 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I hadn't heard this Reggie Jackson quote before:

Reggie Jackson ... once responded to a question about Nolan Ryan by conceding that he's fond of fastballs in the same way that he enjoys ice cream. "But you don't like it when someone's stuffing it into you by the gallon."

posted by rcade at 09:22 AM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Cardinals home opener yesterday drew 47,492, the largest crowd in Busch Stadium's nine years. The stat box says that attendence is "108% full."

posted by rcade at 09:14 AM on April 08

UConn Wins National Championship

Yahoo bracket contestant fails to pick winner, costs himself $100,000. And he's a UConn fan.

posted by rcade at 08:11 AM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I remember Rogers more for pushing around Simon Gonzalez, Texas Rangers beat writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1994. I was working with Simon's wife at the Telegram's online newspaper when it happened.

posted by rcade at 07:18 AM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I'd rather be known for perfection than for being robbed of it by an umpire's mistake. We experienced Armando Galarraga's cruel fate as it happened and it registered with us, but in time a lot of fans will only know of it secondhand, and it likely won't make as much of an impression.

In 20 years, will Galarraga still be as well-remembered like Mike Witt and Kenny Rogers? I don't think so.

posted by rcade at 06:30 PM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Armando Galarraga (sigh) has signed with the Brother Elephants in Taiwan.

posted by rcade at 12:22 PM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

All-time hits leaders
1Pete Rose4256
2Ty Cobb4189
3Hank Aaron3771
4Stan Musial3630
5Tris Speaker3514
6Cap Anson3435
7Honus Wagner3420
8Carl Yastrzemski3419
9Derek Jeter3320
10Paul Molitor3319

An 150-hit season puts him in sixth place and is 56 hits below his career average. How high will he go?

posted by rcade at 10:28 AM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It's crazy how fast that flips. If it happened in a videogame I'd think it was unrealistic.

Yu Darvish got to 500 strikeouts faster than any other pitcher in Major League history. He did it in 401 2/3 innings, three below Kerry Wood's record.

posted by rcade at 09:21 AM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Can anyone explain this? It's the background to the Paddypower account on Twitter.

posted by rcade at 08:19 PM on April 06

New Home Plate Rule Confuses Yankees

There was a play in a Giants game a few days ago where the runner didn't even try to score for fear of colliding with the catcher. If he had slid, he likely would have touched the plate before the catcher tagged him. I need some more examples of these new rules in practice to understand them.

posted by rcade at 07:29 PM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I don't think that was a penalty on the keeper. Contact was incidental.

Changing gears, the Diamondbacks are off to their worst start ever at 1-7.

posted by rcade at 06:16 PM on April 06