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grum@work has posted 184 links and 7962 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

MLB All-Star Rosters (and "Final Vote") announced:
Only four Royals made the squad, averting the doomsday scenario of an "all-Royals" squad from earlier voting.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 09:36 AM on July 07 - 8 comments

This is Vin Scully's 66th season broadcasting Dodger games. Seriously.:
A goddman national treasure, I will turn on any Dodger games I am awake for on the east coast, and go to sleep listening to him call a game.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:27 PM on June 29 - 4 comments

The stories of Lonnie Smith.:
SBNation's Jon Bois has produced a third episode of his "Pretty Good" videos, and this one is about (possibly) the most interesting athlete of the 1980s, Lonnie Smith.
(Warning: There be some cursing in this here video.)

posted by grum@work to baseball at 05:23 PM on June 19 - 1 comment

Recent Comments

MLB All-Star Rosters (and "Final Vote") announced

Alex Rodriguez as a late game pinch hitter

Fielder and Cruz are definitely more deserving, and it's hard to justify a THIRD DH on the roster, but I was REALLY hoping that he'd go on a tear and force their hand.

posted by grum@work at 04:06 PM on July 07

MLB All-Star Rosters (and "Final Vote") announced

If you want to make it about fan voting, then go ahead an do it. Just don't saddle the game with the silliness of "This time it counts!" for the home field advantage in the World Series.

Either it's a silly exhibition for the fans, or it's serious business. It can't be both.

posted by grum@work at 03:46 PM on July 07

MLB All-Star Rosters (and "Final Vote") announced

Final note:

I wonder how crazy the odds would have been at the start of the year that Mark Teixeira would be at the All-Star game, but Clayton Kershaw might not make it.

posted by grum@work at 09:44 AM on July 07

MLB All-Star Rosters (and "Final Vote") announced

The fact that Brock Holt made the squad as a reserve, but his MUCH more talented teammate Mookie Betts didn't is definitely a mistake.

posted by grum@work at 09:42 AM on July 07

MLB All-Star Rosters (and "Final Vote") announced

From the "One team's trash is another team's treasure" department...

2015 All-Stars Who Have Been Released Or Let Go For Nothing Earlier In Their Careers

1. Jose Bautista (by the Pirates in 2003, the Orioles in 2004, and the Rays in 2004)
2. Darren O'Day (by the Angels in 2008, then by the Mets in 2009, and then again by the Rangers in 2011)
3. Stephen Vogt (by the Rays in 2013)
4. J.D. Martinez (by the Astros in 2014)

(from Baseball Think Factory)

posted by grum@work at 09:40 AM on July 07

MLB All-Star Rosters (and "Final Vote") announced

Cain and Gordon are perfectly acceptable choices.

Perez is fine if you over-value his endurance and remember him from the playoff run last year, and decide to penalize Vogt for his defense. It doesn't explain overlooking Martin, however. That said, they both made the squad as reserves, so no real harm.

Escobar is pretty hard to defend, but the AL shortstop position is pretty weak (historically) and I can understand if you might overlook Iglesias and Bogaerts. Since Iglesias made it as a reserve, and Bogaerts is in the "final vote", it still might turn out okay.

posted by grum@work at 09:39 AM on July 07

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

"This is an incredible battle of two incredible athletes." - commentator from the video.

Okay, then.

posted by grum@work at 12:42 AM on July 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Somehow, in some way, the English women's national team has come up with an even more ENGLISH (heartbreaking) way to lose a World Cup match than their male counterparts could have imagined.

posted by grum@work at 10:37 PM on July 01

This is Vin Scully's 66th season broadcasting Dodger games. Seriously.

He first started broadcasting Dodger games in 1950.

  • There were only 48 states in the union at the time.

  • All five best picture nominees at the Oscars that year were in black & white, the last year that ever happened.

  • St. Louis was the western-most team in MLB. There are now 12 teams further west.

  • Since broadcasting his first Dodger game, Ken Griffey was born, grew up, played 19 seasons in MLB, retired, and his son also played 22 seasons in MLB, and retired 5 years ago.

  • He's also broadcasted the entire careers of Gus Bell (1950-1964), his son Buddy Bell (1972-1989), and his sons David Bell (1995-2006) and Mike Bell (2000).

  • There have been twelve different presidents during that time.

  • One of the players he did play-by-play about was born more than 106 years ago.

  • It was the last season that Connie Mack was a manager in MLB. He was born almost 153 years ago.

posted by grum@work at 10:55 PM on June 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The best part is how Ehlo falls down on the side lines in perfect timing with Jordan's transformation, like he was felled by the energy wave.

posted by grum@work at 03:21 PM on June 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Baseball is a pretty easy sport to play.

Except for these guys:

posted by grum@work at 08:49 PM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Um, there's this guy named Mike Trout ...

Do you have a specific play he's made this season that tops those two?

(I said "Play of the Year", not "Player of the Year".)

posted by grum@work at 12:36 AM on June 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Josh Donaldson actually does what everyone THINKS Derek Jeter did.

So now you have to ask...

Which Blue Jays player will win the "Play of the Year" award?

Donaldson for the above catch, or Kevin Pillar?

posted by grum@work at 04:22 PM on June 24

Pete Rose bet on MLB games while an active player in those games.

When Rose says he started gambling "when I became a manager," do you think he meant "when I became a manager exclusively and was no longer a player-manager"? That seems like a strained interpretation to me -- but it's the one all over the media today. If anyone finds a contemporary media account that acknowledges Rose has said in the past he gambled as a player-manager, I'd love to see the link.

The problem is that Rose has a history of changing his story to fit the information that has come out. Maybe he did mean "player-manager" and shortened it to "manager", but given his extensive history of lying, I definitely won't be giving him the benefit of the doubt.

chasing the all-time hit record until getting 4,192 on Sept. 11, 1985. I imagine that pursuit was his major preoccupation -- it certainly was mine during the season.

Ah. This would help explain your point of view.

I was only 14 at the time, and more interested in the Blue Jays pursuit of their first playoff appearance. I was barely paying attention to the NL at the time, and Rose's run would have been a secondary/tertiary thing in my mind.

To me, Rose is an overrated historical figure for his records, and a creep because of his self-promotion (playing himself in pursuit of the records) and breaking "the cardinal rule". In fact, his appearances at WWE events and being an Arrested Development visual gag have a stronger positive resonance with me now.

posted by grum@work at 03:59 PM on June 24

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Kid jaws with Miggy Cabrera, and gets a surprise.

posted by grum@work at 09:55 AM on June 24