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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: January 22, 2017

grum@work has posted 204 links and 8711 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

Baggy, The Rock, and Pudge make the cut.:
Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:58 PM on January 18 - 9 comments

Shohei Ohtani hits a ball out of a domed stadium.:
Man hit ball hard. Ball leaves domed stadium. World is stunned.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:46 PM on November 13 - 10 comments

CFL player Mylan Hicks (age 23) killed in night club shooting.:
It was a game worth celebrating for the Calgary Stampeders. Not only had they beaten the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers on a late and dramatic field goal, the victory had assured the Stampeders a berth in Novemberís Grey Cup run. So several Calgary players, including practice roster defensive back Mylan Hicks, met at the Marquee Beer Market. Hours later, police would find Mr. Hicks sprawled outside the nightclub, a gunshot victim who was rushed to Foothills hospital, where he died. He was 23.

posted by grum@work to football at 09:20 PM on September 25 - 2 comments

A Q&A with Ichiro Suzuki:
I really hope he plays forever...
When I first came, I had a three-year deal. At that point all I thought was that I want to do the best I can in those three years. But in my first game, there was a play I made that was pretty good. I came in and Lou [Piniella, Seattle's manager from 1993 to 2002] gave me a kiss. So I thought, "Three years is too long! If I am going to get kissed every day, I don't want to be here!"

posted by grum@work to baseball at 07:33 AM on July 31 - 1 comment

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Someone's gonna get an early scholarship...

posted by grum@work at 08:18 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Doing it once is cool. Doing it every Sunday home game is like your friend who celebrates a "birthday week."

Sort of like singing "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch?

But I do like that they look like Roughned.

Well, it is nice to honour the player that helped the Jays get to the ALCS again.

posted by grum@work at 08:15 PM on January 20

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Edition

Atlanta by 6 *LOCK*

New England by 9 *LOCK*

1. Quarterback with most passing yards - Matt Ryan

2. Player with most rushing yards - LeVeon Bell

3. Player with most receiving yards - Antonio Brown

4. Player with an interception. - Deion Jones

posted by grum@work at 04:36 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It's to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.

They do something similarly on/around July 1st each year, and "Baseball Day in Canada" (in August).

My only complaint is that the bird is all red. If they left it the original colours, I'd have no problem with the jerseys.

posted by grum@work at 04:33 PM on January 20

Baggy, The Rock, and Pudge make the cut.

If Rolen is that far from Chipper it would be a shame.

Rolen suffers from the same thing that Raines did. He happened to play at the same time as a clear first ballot player at the same position. Jones is better than him in almost every stat (both traditional and SABRmetric), except for fielding (which never gets much play unless you are acknowledged as a legend at it). Jones also has an much better MVP voting history and post-season resume, and has the bonus of being a single-team legend.

When Jones goes in, Rolen will move up the charts. I think that he'll become the new SABR push candidate after Mussina & Martinez get in (or drop off).

posted by grum@work at 06:29 PM on January 19

Baggy, The Rock, and Pudge make the cut.

On the 2018 ballot (and my guess at their vote percentages), newcomers in bold:


Chipper Jones (91%)
Vladimir Guerrero (81%)
Jim Thome (79)
Trevor Hoffman (79%)

Getting close but falling short:

Edgar Martinez 69%
Mike Mussina (65%)
Rogers Clemens (63%)
Barry Bonds (61%)
Curt Schilling (53%)
Omar Vizquel (41%)
Scott Rolen (36%)
Larry Walker (34%)
Manny Ramirez (33%)
Jamie Moyer (29%)
Fred McGriff (26%)
Andruw Jones (25%)

Players that will probably get at least one vote but no more than 5:

Kerry Wood
Livan Hernandez
Hideki Matsui
Brad Lidge

posted by grum@work at 09:45 AM on January 19

Baggy, The Rock, and Pudge make the cut.

Hoffman and Guerrero are pretty much locks to make it into the HOF on the 2018 ballot.

Martinez has two years left on the ballot. At 58.6%, he's actually in better shape than Raines was with two years left on the ballot (55.0%). He's expected to become the player to receive the "SABR push" (like Raines and Blyleven received before him) to get him in the hall of fame.

The jump by Bonds and Clemens to above 50% seems to signal to a lot of people that they might make it into the HOF on the BBWAA ballot (and not the Veteran's Committee) in the next 5 years.

Mussina's climb above 50% gives him 6 seasons to make to the promised land. He has Halladay, Pettitte, Moyer, Buehrle, and Hudson joining him on the ballot in the next five seasons, so he'll probably fair very well in comparison to those guys.

Speculation is that Schilling's personality was the reason he dropped about 7% from the 2016 ballot. It could be hard for him to make up that ground in the remaining 5 years on the ballot.

Ramirez received pretty much the same percentage of votes that Mark McGwire got in his first season. People think that if Bonds and Clemens get in through the BBWAA, the Ramirez's numbers might start climbing quickly afterwards. Still, he might stall out because of his two positive test for illegal (masking) drugs.

Walker, McGriff, Kent, Sheffield, and Sosa were all considered strong candidates by SABR writers, and all of them look like they have too far to go to make it through the normal voting procedure.

Posada is probably the best player on the ballot to be one-and-done, joining Edmonds (2016), Delgado (2015), and Kenny Lofton (2013) as the most overlooked for the past 5 years of balloting.

posted by grum@work at 11:24 PM on January 18

Baggy, The Rock, and Pudge make the cut.

Full voting results:

Ballots Cast: 442 Needed for Election: 332

Votes Name            Percentage 
381 Jeff Bagwell      86.2% 
380 Tim Raines        86.0% *
336 Ivan Rodriguez    76.0% ^
327 Trevor Hoffman    74.0% 
317 Vladimir Guerrero 71.7% ^
259 Edgar Martinez    58.6% 
239 Roger Clemens     54.1% 
238 Barry Bonds       53.8% 
229 Mike Mussina      51.8% 
199 Curt Schilling    45.0% 
151 Lee Smith         34.2% *
105 Manny Ramirez     23.8% ^
 97 Larry Walker      21.9%  
 96 Fred McGriff      21.7% 
 74 Jeff Kent         16.7% 
 59 Gary Sheffield    13.3% 
 45 Billy Wagner      10.2% 
 38 Sammy Sosa         8.6% 
 17 Jorge Posada       3.8% -
  3 Magglio Ordonez    0.7% -
  2 Edgar Renteria     0.5% -
  2 Jason Varitek      0.5% -
  1 Tim Wakefield      0.2% -
  0 Corey Blake        0.0% -
  0 Pat Burrell        0.0% -
  0 Orlando Cabrera    0.0% -
  0 Mike Cameron       0.0% -
  0 J.D. Drew          0.0% -
  0 Carlos Guillen     0.0% -
  0 Derrek Lee         0.0% -
  0 Melvin Mora        0.0% -
  0 Arthur Rhodes      0.0% -
  0 Freddy Sanchez     0.0% -
  0 Matt Stairs        0.0% -

^ First year on ballot * Last year on ballot - Will be dropped from future ballots for receiving less than 5.0% of the vote

posted by grum@work at 11:07 PM on January 18

The Worst Time to Lose a Scholarship Offer

Yeah, it existed before ESPN.

Before, it was just "signing day".

But after ESPN got their hands on it, the transformation to "Signing Day" happened.

posted by grum@work at 02:20 PM on January 18

The Worst Time to Lose a Scholarship Offer

I suspect there is some reason why Signing Day exists, though I don't know what it is.

Just four words:





posted by grum@work at 08:26 PM on January 17

Packers Hold Off Cowboys in Thriller, Advance to NFC Championship

Uh...good football game, man. I didn't really have a rooting interest in either team (other than the pick'em), and that was a hell of an ending.

posted by grum@work at 12:02 AM on January 16

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round Edition

Seattle by 3
New England by 17 * LOCK *
Kansas City by 6
Dallas by 7

1. Quarterback with most passing yards - Aaron Rodgers
2. Player with most rushing yards - Ezekiel Elliott
3. Player with most receiving yards - Antonio Brown
4. Player with a sack or partial sack - Lawrence Timmons

posted by grum@work at 08:19 PM on January 13

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

Even Canada is going to qualify for the World Cup someday.

Hey! We've done it before!

The question is...will we ever score a goal?

Besides, some people think Canada's best chance of going back to the World Cup would be act as a co-host.

posted by grum@work at 10:21 PM on January 10

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

It's possible for four team groups to end up all square, too. It looks like "drawing of lots" is your answer.

It's harder for four teams to end up in a dead-tie than it is for three teams. The more teams (and intragroup games) you add, the less likely you end up with a "draw lots" possibility (unless every game ends in a 0-0 draw, in which case you declare the group a waste of time and let other teams move on instead).

posted by grum@work at 10:10 PM on January 10

NFL Pick 'Em Champion Crowned

Man, the option to lock as many games as you want was a poison that I just couldn't stop drinking after about week 4. I should have quit after the week where I nailed almost all of them, and just gone back to one or two a week.

Instead, I rode the snake each week, and it kept biting me...

posted by grum@work at 09:38 PM on January 10