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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

Former NY Mets VP sues baseball team for discrimination.:
According to the lawsuit, Wilpon "became fixated on the idea that Castergine would have a child without being married. He frequently humiliated Castergine in front of others by, among other things, pretending to see if she had an engagement ring on her finger and openly stating in a meeting of the team's all-male senior executives that he is 'morally opposed' to Castergine 'having this baby without being married,' " the lawsuit said.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:04 AM on September 11 - 0 comments

Yours Truly, Dr. Z.:
NFL Films Presents gives the legendary Paul Zimmerman (who has been around pro football for over 50 years) a voice about why no one has heard from him since 2008.

posted by grum@work to football at 01:26 PM on August 17 - 3 comments

Dangerous Experiment : A Roster of 25 Adam Dunns:
Thus I began this mad, stupid experiment. The premise is simple: using everyone’s favorite realistic baseball simulation, Out of the Park 2015, I created teams of baseball players by cloning a single player until they filled the active roster, and set them against each other in 162 games of gory combat. The results exceeded my wildest expectations.

posted by grum@work to fantasy at 09:15 PM on August 13 - 5 comments

Hunter Pence signs are going viral.:
After starting in New York, the trend to bring silly Hunter Pence signs has spread to Milwaukee.
It's all in good fun, and the subject of the signs is getting into the act as well on Twitter.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 09:00 AM on August 07 - 1 comment

Recent Comments

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The reality was the A's were a fantastic team top to bottom and had a closer on perhaps the best run in history (which The Eck punctuated in perfect Eck style by remarking at the end of the year, "Let's see some other motherfucker do that!"1).

His 1990 season is definitely the contender for "best season by a modern closer".
The only other ones that I would put up there would be:

  • Fernando Rodney (2012) - higher ERA+ but more walks
  • Craig Kimbrel (2012) - less innings, but the lowest opposition OPS I've ever seen (.358) at that level of production.
  • Eric Gagne (2003) - more innings, insane opOPS (.374)*
  • Koji Uehara (2013) - same innings, lower WHIP, great opOPS (.400), but more HR



* My choice for the greatest "modern closer" season of all time, as those 14 extra appearances and 10 more innings are pretty important. Plus, he's Canadian. :)

posted by grum@work at 10:21 AM on October 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The team's "closer" only seems to be used in a save situation. Is it something to do with the coach and the player trying to pad the closer's save stats?

It seems to be a "push-button managing" mentality where it is better to stick to some pattern and fail, than it is to try something new (or smart) and fail.

Since Tony LaRussa popularized the 9th inning "closer", who only comes in when the team is ahead by 1/2/3 runs to "close" the game, it seems that every manager needs to have a "closer" on their roster that they use the same way.

I'm sure the player likes having the stupid "save" stat padded (as they can then use it in arbitration negotiations or free agent contract talks), but other than moping about not being used for a save, the player really shouldn't have any say in it.

You would think that a manager/GM would break this cycle by utilizing their best pitchers in high leverage situations (tied in the bottom of the 9th is MUCH more important than ahead by 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th) and say to hell with the "save" stat. It would give them a better chance at winning more games AND would help reduce payroll costs because they don't feel the need to saddle themselves with an expensive "closer".

Here are a list of relief pitchers from just this season who could have easily played the role of a "closer" (> 20 saves) but were not used that way and were amazingly effective:

                                                
Rk              Player ERA+ SV   IP Age  Tm  ERA
1           Wade Davis  403  3 72.0  28 KCR 1.00
2        Aaron Sanchez  361  3 33.0  21 TOR 1.09
3          Drew Storen  340 11 56.1  26 WSN 1.12
4            Ken Giles  316  1 45.2  23 PHI 1.18
5         Dan Jennings  287  0 40.1  27 MIA 1.34
6       Kelvin Herrera  285  0 70.0  24 KCR 1.41
7      Dellin Betances  277  1 90.0  26 NYY 1.40
8         Neil Ramirez  266  3 43.2  25 CHC 1.44
9        Buddy Carlyle  243  0 31.0  36 NYM 1.45
10       Fernando Abad  238  0 57.1  28 OAK 1.57
11      Joaquin Benoit  225 11 54.1  36 SDP 1.49
12       Matt Thornton  224  0 36.0  37 TOT 1.75
13         Darren ODay  223  4 68.2  31 BAL 1.70
14         Tony Watson  219  2 77.1  29 PIT 1.63
15        Bryan Morris  207  0 64.1  27 TOT 1.82
16       Kyle Crockett  207  0 30.0  22 CLE 1.80
17    Santiago Casilla  204 19 58.1  33 SFG 1.70
18           Joe Smith  202 15 74.2  30 LAA 1.81
19       Neftali Feliz  198 13 31.2  26 TEX 1.99
20          Pat Neshek  197  6 67.1  33 STL 1.87
21          Jake McGee  197 19 71.1  27 TBR 1.89
22         Zach Putnam  197  6 54.2  26 CHW 1.98
23       Andrew Miller  192  1 62.1  29 TOT 2.02
24        Jared Hughes  183  0 64.1  28 PIT 1.96
25          A.J. Ramos  182  0 64.0  27 MIA 2.11
Rk              Player ERA+ SV   IP Age  Tm  ERA
26        Roman Mendez  181  0 33.0  23 TEX 2.18
27           Sam Dyson  179  0 42.0  26 MIA 2.14
28      Luke Gregerson  176  3 72.1  30 OAK 2.12
29      Tyler Clippard  174  1 70.1  29 WSN 2.18
30         Pedro Strop  173  2 61.0  29 CHC 2.21
31      Burke Badenhop  169  1 70.2  31 BOS 2.29
32       Dominic Leone  168  0 66.1  22 SEA 2.17
33          Joe Beimel  166  0 45.0  37 SEA 2.20
34           Dan Otero  163  1 86.2  29 OAK 2.28
35      Tom Wilhelmsen  161  1 79.1  30 SEA 2.27
36    Jonathan Broxton  160  7 58.2  30 TOT 2.30
37     Al Alburquerque  159  1 57.1  28 DET 2.51
38      Jeurys Familia  158  5 77.1  24 NYM 2.21
39        Blaine Hardy  158  0 39.0  27 DET 2.54
40      Brad Boxberger  158  2 64.2  26 TBR 2.37
41    Justin De Fratus  156  0 52.2  26 PHI 2.39
42           Zach Duke  155  0 58.2  31 MIL 2.45
43        Chad Jenkins  154  0 31.2  26 TOR 2.56
44      Jeremy Affeldt  152  0 55.1  35 SFG 2.28
45        Jason Frasor  150  0 47.1  36 TOT 2.66
46         J.P. Howell  147  0 49.0  31 LAD 2.39
47         Brett Cecil  145  5 53.1  27 TOR 2.70
48       Aaron Barrett  143  0 40.2  26 WSN 2.66
49         Dale Thayer  143  0 65.1  33 SDP 2.34
50         Cory Rasmus  142  0 56.0  26 LAA 2.57
Rk              Player ERA+ SV   IP Age  Tm  ERA
51         Sam Freeman  142  0 38.0  27 STL 2.61
52          Bryan Shaw  142  2 76.1  26 CLE 2.59
53      Shawn Tolleson  142  0 71.2  26 TEX 2.76
54       Evan Marshall  139  0 49.1  24 ARI 2.74
55        Kevin Jepsen  139  2 65.0  29 LAA 2.63
56     Jeremy Jeffress  138  0 32.0  26 TOT 2.81
57      T.J. McFarland  138  0 58.2  25 BAL 2.76
58     Anthony Varvaro  137  0 54.2  29 ATL 2.63
59      Danny Farquhar  137  1 71.0  27 SEA 2.66
60      Brandon League  136  0 63.0  31 LAD 2.57
61      Yoervis Medina  136  0 57.0  25 SEA 2.68
62      Junichi Tazawa  136  0 63.0  28 BOS 2.86
63           Vic Black  136  0 34.2  26 NYM 2.60
64   Kevin Quackenbush  135  6 54.1  25 SDP 2.48
65    Marc Rzepczynski  135  1 46.0  28 CLE 2.74
66          Jean Machi  134  2 66.1  32 SFG 2.58
67      Scott Atchison  134  2 72.0  38 CLE 2.75
68         Javy Guerra  134  1 46.1  28 CHW 2.91
69       Jake Petricka  131 14 73.0  26 CHW 2.96
70         Adam Warren  130  3 78.2  26 NYY 2.97
71        Oliver Perez  130  0 58.2  32 ARI 2.91
72     Eury De La Rosa  130  0 36.2  24 ARI 2.95
73        Tommy Hunter  128 11 60.2  27 BAL 2.97
74       James Russell  127  1 57.2  28 TOT 2.97
75         Seth Maness  126  3 80.1  25 STL 2.91
Rk              Player ERA+ SV   IP Age  Tm  ERA
76          Mike Morin  126  0 59.0  23 LAA 2.90
77       Jordan Walden  126  3 50.0  26 ATL 2.88
78       George Kontos  125  0 32.1  29 SFG 2.78

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 10/17/2014.

posted by grum@work at 08:12 AM on October 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

What makes it even crazier is that if St. Louis had a one-run lead going into the bottom of the 9th, they would have brought in Rosenthal/Maness/not-Wacha to pitch. Why do managers save better pitchers for when they have a 1/2/3 run lead in the 9th, instead of using them when they have absolutely no room for error (tied in the 9th)?

posted by grum@work at 11:41 PM on October 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Huh.

I didn't think a manager would do something stupider than what Mattingly did these playoffs (benching Puig, and then using him as a pinch-runner instead of a pinch-hitter), but St. Louis' manager Matheny has managed to pull it off.

He decided to use a pitcher who hasn't thrown a competitive pitch in 20 days in the bottom of the 9th, and then left him in there after watching him give up a hit, a hard hit out, and a four-pitch walk. It was completely unsurprising that he threw two more balls, and then grooved one for a walk-off hit (which happened to be a home run, but it really didn't matter).

As one person said BEFORE the game-winning hit on another site:
Matheny should have to walk back to St. Louis.

At least Rosenthal/Maness is rested and ready for the next inning/game that never happened.

posted by grum@work at 11:20 PM on October 16

Royals Advance to First World Series Since 1985

Like Time, who say the Royals are leading a movement with their one truly successful year in 20 years.

They were a wild card team that didn't even win 90 games. This isn't a "movement". It's a 14 day hot streak. If they win the World Series, they deserve it.

But as Jays fan I hope a lot of other AL teams try to mimic their impatient (dead last in walks) noodle bats (last in ISO).

posted by grum@work at 04:20 PM on October 16

Concussions last longer than they used to

posted by grum@work at 01:42 PM on October 16

Royals Advance to First World Series Since 1985

The Royals have a terrible GM, a terrible manager, and terrible plate discipline.

Yet, they are going to the World Series and I'm hoping they sweep the NL team that faces them.

posted by grum@work at 10:42 PM on October 15

"How Rebounds Work"

I want to bathe in the data.

posted by grum@work at 04:08 PM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Say hello to your (probable) 2015-16 Quebec Nordiques!

(Obviously, I'm extrapolating and prognosticating, but come on...)

posted by grum@work at 12:10 PM on October 14

Infamous College Tackler Tommy Lewis Dies

I wonder if Jeffrey Maier will be similarly honoured at a Yankees game in 2056.

posted by grum@work at 09:53 AM on October 14