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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: December 01, 2015

grum@work has posted 190 links and 8218 comments to SportsFilter and 15 links and 920 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

Sports Bio

The Trophy Room

First of all, a trivia question. What are the 11 different ways for a baseball player to reach 1st base safely? Answer at bottom of page. I'm the saddest fan of them all: Toronto Maple Leafs Buffalo Bills (but not so much since the Holy Trinity retired...Kelly, Thomas, Reed) It could be worse...I could be a Boston or Chicago baseball fan. The most memorable sporting event was a hockey game back in the late 80's (not sure exactly when). A friend of the family got me really nice Leaf tickets during the Xmas holidays. They were playing the Bruins, so I took my friend Joe who was a big Boston fan. After two periods, the Leafs were getting killed, 5-1. My friend was really laying on the taunting thick, and I was contemplating how I could kill him on the way home. Then, to start the 3rd period, Wendel Clark scored a quick goal. Hey, at least they'll make it respectable, is what I figured. And then another goal is scored. And another. Well, lo and behold, the Leafs tie it up and send the game into overtime (the last goal was scored with an extra attacker, by Wendel again). Then, with about a minute left in the overtime, Wendel Clark blows one past the goalie and the place EXPLODES with noise. I must have gone hoarse from the shouting. The stunned/saddened look on Joe's face the entire ride home was like icing on the cake. ... Trivia Answer: 1. Hit 2. Base on balls 3. Hit by pitch 4. Catcher interference 5. Dropped third strike 6. Error 7. Fielder's choice 8. Hitting a baserunner with the batted ball 9. A ball, pitched to the batter or thrown by the pitcher from his position on the pitcher's plate to a base to catch a runner, goes into a stand, or player's bench, or over or through a field fence or backstop, or is touched by a spectator. (Obscure rule 7.05(h)) 10. The third strike becomes lodged in the umpires equipment (not touched by the catcher). (Obscure rule 7.05(i)) 11. Pinch Runner

Recent Links

David Price signs largest pitching contract in MLB history.:
The Boston Red Sox needed an ace, so they went out and got the best free agent on the market. David Price has reportedly come to terms with the Red Sox on a seven-year contract worth $217 million, according to The Boston Globe.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 08:12 PM on December 01 - 4 comments

Big league baseball beneath Big Ben?:
MLB is investigating the idea of playing regular season games in London, England.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:53 AM on November 26 - 3 comments

GM Alex Anthopolous leaving Blue Jays after rejecting extension.:
According to sources, the new president of the team (Mark Shapiro) scolded AA and his staff for trading away so many prospects this season.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 08:57 AM on October 29 - 7 comments

Dear Roberto,:
This is the refusal Roberto Clemente got when he asked for a raise [in 1960].

posted by grum@work to baseball at 03:48 PM on July 31 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

The Natural

I'm not suggesting in any way that this is the case, but if you told me some previously unknown athlete was suddenly producing at an Olympic/elite level with just a year or two of training, how can I not think that something...untoward...has been done.

posted by grum@work at 08:26 PM on December 01

David Price signs largest pitching contract in MLB history.

As a Jays fan, it hurts that Price is going to pitch for an arch-rival in the AL East, especially since it sounds like Toronto didn't even make an offer to him.

However, I then read what former Blue Jays teammate and fellow pitcher Marcus Stroman posted on his Instagram page:

"Even though our time together was limited, you took every opportunity to take me under your wing and teach me your ways. For that, I am forever thankful. Watching and critiquing my bullpens. Treating everyone with class and respect. Putting your teammates first. Showing up early, and staying late. Forming a bond with every single guy on the team. I could go on forever. Thank you @davidprice14. Thankful and lucky to have been your teammate and to call you a friend. You deserve every single penny. More than deserving. Going to miss you at the top step after every inning. With that being said, I can't wait to compete against you. Excited already thinking about it. Thank you for everything CHAMP. Look forward to beating you every chance I get for many years to come! #TylenolPM"

You can have Price, Boston, as long as we can keep Stroman for the rest of his career.


posted by grum@work at 08:21 PM on December 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It's an 8-team system, and they are ranked #4.

It's a 24-team playoff, with the top 8 receiving byes.

Ah, good catch.

I didn't realize there was a round before this week.

And yes, Harvard didn't have to participate in the FCS playoffs, but they were still undefeated and their win chain still worked.

posted by grum@work at 03:16 PM on December 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It should be pointed out that McNeese State still needs to navigate the FCS playoffs undefeated in order for this to work. It's an 8-team system, and they are ranked #4. It could all be for naught if they don't pull it off.

The key to this whole thing is Portland State, an FCS team that beat TWO FBS teams (Washington State & North Texas) this year.

posted by grum@work at 01:20 PM on December 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Time for another round of "Hidden NCAA Football champion silliness"!

Last year, I showed that Harvard should have been crowned the NCAA champion because they were undefeated AND they had a definite path of "Harvard beats X, X beats Y...A beats Ohio State".

This year, if Alabama wins the football playoffs, then it's possible that McNeese State could be the hidden champ. They are the only undefeated team left in the FCS division, and...

Alabama lost to Ole Miss
Ole Miss lost to Memphis
Memphis lost to Navy
Navy lost to Notre Dame
Notre Dame lost to Stanford
Stanford lost to Oregon
Oregon lost to Washington State
Washington State lost to Portland State
Portland State lost to Northern Colorado
Northern Colorado lost to Southern Utah
Southern Utah lost to Sam Houston State
Sam Houston State lost to Nicholls State
Nicholls State lost to McNeese State

Just something to watch...

posted by grum@work at 11:58 AM on December 01

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Xmas is cancelled.

posted by grum@work at 06:35 PM on November 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Philadelphia Phillies finished the season with a .389 win percentage (63-99) for 2015.
They were the worst team in baseball.

Philadelphia 76'ers :
15-37 in the 2015 portion of last season.
0-16 to start this season.
18 games remaining in this calendar year.
Even if they won all of them, they'd finish the calendar year with a .384 winning percentage.

posted by grum@work at 08:46 AM on November 27

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

You couldn't do that if you tried again a thousand times.

posted by grum@work at 08:10 AM on November 27

Big league baseball beneath Big Ben?

In case you are wondering what MLB would sound like when broadcast by the British... (NSFTF*)

*Not Safe For Texas Fans

posted by grum@work at 10:56 AM on November 26

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: Inadvertent Whistle Edition

Detroit by 3
Dallas by 6
Green Bay by 14 - The Turducken Lock
Minnesota by 7
Cincinnati by 6
Tennessee by 3
Tampa Bay by 6
Buffalo by 7
N.Y. Jets by 4
N.Y. Giants by 4
Jacksonville by 3
New Orleans by 7
Arizona by 14
Seattle by 9
New England by 10
Cleveland by 1

posted by grum@work at 09:50 PM on November 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Ugly baseball Xmas sweaters.

A personal favourite...

posted by grum@work at 03:58 PM on November 25

Tiger Woods to be a Ryder Cup vice captain in 2016

why would Davis Love III want someone in the team room who hasn't played on a winning US team since 1999?

Tiger is 4-1-2 in singles play in the Ryder Cup, and 9-16-1 in a team format. His partners in those team-ups are a combined 22-20-10 in singles play.

posted by grum@work at 11:13 AM on November 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It's good to be the MVP.

posted by grum@work at 02:19 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Side note: How long has that image been around? I swear I remember it from almost 10 years ago.

posted by grum@work at 01:29 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

To be fair, they couldn't afford me. :)

(It's well known in the business of baseball that they WAY underpay positions that are comparable to others in the non-baseball world. Data analysts, techies, etc. The reason is that everyone wants to be part of a sports team, and will take a pay cut to get the job.)

I'd need to play with the PitchFx data for a month or two before I could even think of a job like that.

Also, my programming skills in C have atrophied since I started using a proprietary language in the insurance industry.

posted by grum@work at 01:28 PM on November 20