Recent Comments by rcade

The Borders of Baseball

I think a team in North Carolina would be to the Carolinas what the Rockies were to Colorado.

I was surprised my area didn't show up as Atlanta Braves country. That's the only team the local sports radio hosts talk about as their own.

How is it possible that Oakland's favorite team is the Giants?

posted by rcade at 05:53 PM on April 24

Yankees' Pineda Ejected for Pine Tar on Neck

Pineda got a 10-day suspension for playing doctor.

posted by rcade at 05:09 PM on April 24

The Borders of Baseball

One thing this map shows is that a team in North Carolina would grab a huge chunk of ground really quickly.

posted by rcade at 02:05 PM on April 24

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That Yzerman video is great. I miss Gary Thorne and Bill Clement calling Stanley Cup playoff games.

posted by rcade at 11:23 AM on April 24

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

posted by rcade at 08:52 AM on April 24

Yankees' Pineda Ejected for Pine Tar on Neck

Chris Resop would hide it in a place no umpire would check.

posted by rcade at 10:27 PM on April 23

Canadiens Complete 4-Game Sweep of Lightning

I updated the Playoff Pick 'Em. Not a lot of love for the Habs.

posted by rcade at 10:09 AM on April 23

Bench-Clearing Brawl Between Pirates, Brewers

Running his mouth is all a pitcher should do. One of his hands is worth millions.

posted by rcade at 05:11 PM on April 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Be careful asking Giants punter Steve Weatherford to do anything.

posted by rcade at 04:52 PM on April 22

Bench-Clearing Brawl Between Pirates, Brewers

Cole said he told Gomez this: "If you're going to hit a home run, watch it. If you're going to hit a fly ball to center field, don't watch it."

Gomez: "I'm not flipping my bat because I think it's going to be a home run. I thought it was an out."

posted by rcade at 04:31 PM on April 22

Manchester United Fires David Moyes

Have you looked at the managerial changes in Argentina, Brazil and Italy?

I don't know much about South American club soccer. I know the Italian, Spanish and French top sides have a quick hook too, but it seems like the Premiership has them beat.

posted by rcade at 12:18 PM on April 22

Manchester United Fires David Moyes

Is there a quicker hook in sports than being manager of a top Premiership side? I figured until recent days that Moyes would get a second season.

posted by rcade at 09:37 AM on April 22

"That makes two of us, doesn’t it Steve?"

That was an epic burn.

posted by rcade at 09:24 PM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Tigers have released shortstop Alex Gonzalez and the immediate replacement options aren't good, writes Christina Karhl of ESPN.

posted by rcade at 10:48 AM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Angels need to practice better fundamental baseball if they want to be taken out for ice cream after the game.

posted by rcade at 08:00 AM on April 21

Craig Sager Has Leukemia, According To His Son

TNT's hosts paid tribute to Sager by dressing like him.

posted by rcade at 07:47 PM on April 20

Bench-Clearing Brawl Between Pirates, Brewers

Bench clearing scrums are entertaining -- watch some of those old coaches totter out -- but it's weird that baseball lets players enter the field for stuff like this. A guy in a windbreaker shouldn't get to incite a riot.

posted by rcade at 04:22 PM on April 20

Brewers' Maldanado Knocks Cover Off the Ball

Would you believe he was traded?

posted by rcade at 09:57 PM on April 19

Braves' Aaron Harang Has No-Hitter Through 7

David Wright breaks it up against Luis Avilan with four outs remaining. Boo.

posted by rcade at 09:47 PM on April 18

Braves' Aaron Harang Has No-Hitter Through 7

MLB.Com had TV of the bottom of the seventh for free.

posted by rcade at 09:40 PM on April 18

Yankees Go Around the Horn for Triple Play

Thanks. I regard it as a great literary achievement that I didn't need the word "cripple."

posted by rcade at 03:06 PM on April 18

Chris Resop - The Most Interesting Reliever in the World.

McFarlane Toys needs to do a Chris Resop action figure with kung fu grip.

posted by rcade at 02:46 PM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Your wish was granted in the final 10 minutes.

posted by rcade at 11:58 AM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It just happened again, but not for a goal: "This time a substitution made the fans stand up and took us off the air. ... The substitution was made, we just could not bring it to you. Ryan Fraser replaces Matt Ritchie."

posted by rcade at 11:27 AM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I'm listening to Sheffield Wednesday play at Bournemouth this morning. Whenever Bournemouth scores it knocks the audio broadcast offline while the crowd is roaring. (Announcer: "Everytime Bournemouth scores and fans stand up, it knocks us off. Our set up is not ideal.")

posted by rcade at 11:20 AM on April 18

Yankees Go Around the Horn for Triple Play

These are the gladdest of possible sounds:
"Solarte to Roberts to Sizemore."
Trio of fill ins, of no great renoun,
Solarte to Roberts to Sizemore.
Becalming rough seas to nary a ripple
Making a Tampa hit into a triple --
Sending our enemy straight to the tipple:
"Solarte to Roberts to Sizemore."

posted by rcade at 09:48 AM on April 18

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