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grum@work
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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: April 23, 2014

grum@work has posted 157 links and 7177 comments to SportsFilter and 15 links and 918 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

Chris Resop - The Most Interesting Reliever in the World.:
I went looking for these videos in search of a pattern; maybe a pattern of pitch location, or pitch type. What I found was something far more fascinating.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 11:43 PM on April 17 - 9 comments

Baseline Cherrypicker: lets you find out who led what stat for which time period in baseball history, so you can win those very important internet arguments. For example: Greg Maddux led all pitchers in wins between 1947 and 2013.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:52 AM on January 10 - 6 comments

Three managers unanimously elected to Baseball Hall of Fame:
At the end of the 1981 season, these three managers had a combined career managing record of 705-912, with only two winning seasons (out of 11+ seasons managing) between them. Fast forward 32 years, and a 6853-5159 record with 63 winnings seasons (out of 78+) between them, and Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, and Tony LaRussa were inducted into the HOF by the Veteran's Committee.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 01:33 PM on December 09 - 7 comments

Baseball Hall of Fame ballot released.:
With a maximum of 10 spots allowed on a ballot (and an average of only 6.6 spots used per ballot in last year's voting), the baseball HOF logjam begins in earnest.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 09:23 AM on November 27 - 31 comments

Six Degrees of Kevin Garnett: Linking baseball, football, and basketball players across sports in a "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" format.

posted by grum@work to other at 07:44 AM on October 24 - 14 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It looks like the "bad Fleury" is back in the Pittsburgh net. That OT goal was just brutal.

posted by grum@work at 10:07 PM on April 23

Bench-Clearing Brawl Between Pirates, Brewers

I think Cole was well within his rights to go over and give him a little verbal jabbing for blowing what should have been an inside-the-park home run.

"You idiot! Why didn't you run harder and score a run against me!"

No, I'm pretty sure Cole was a moron for going over to complain to someone that helped his team.

posted by grum@work at 08:28 AM on April 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

STATS says it was the first three-error play since 2007. THANKS OBAMA

How the hell is the now-legendary play by the Astros not at least 3 errors?

Error #1: Collision gives the runner 1st base.
Error #2: Overthrow at 1st base gives the runner second base.
Error #3: Overthrow at home gives the runner home base and allows batter to go to third.

posted by grum@work at 12:09 PM on April 21

Brewers' Maldanado Knocks Cover Off the Ball

Life imitates art...almost.

posted by grum@work at 12:01 AM on April 19

Yankees Go Around the Horn for Triple Play

For those three triple plays, only Robinson Cano was involved in more than one of them.

First one
Alex Rodriguez
Robinson Cano
Nick Johnson

Second one
Robinson Cano
Jason Nix
Kevin Youkilis
Lyle Overbay

Tonight
Yangervis Solarte
Brian Roberts
Scott Sizemore

One name is suspiciously absent from all this defensive wizardry by the Yankees over the past 3 years... ;)

Yup, when I think about the Yankees, the names Solarte, Roberts, Sizemore, Overbay, Youkilis, and Nix jump to mind immediately.

posted by grum@work at 11:38 PM on April 17

Steinbrenner: We Don't Need Stephen Drew

When the restriction of having to give up a draft pick to sign him in disappears (the June amateur draft), then I think you'll see teams line up to sign Drew.

posted by grum@work at 12:18 PM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The NBA has plenty of flopping and they're doing all right.

There is a difference between flopping (implying contact when there isn't any) and faking an injury (when there couldn't possibly be any).

(Besides, the NBA at least hands out fines to floppers, and they get roundly mocked on the broadcasts for doing so.)

I have to admit that watching this weekend's Liverpool match and seeing Suarez hit the ground no less than five times in a three minute span (and each time implying an injury to the leg) does tend to drain my enthusiasm for the sport.

If I had my druthers, I would be telling the EPL/FIFA refs to call simulation at a far higher rate than they currently do. Basically, if an attacking player hits the ground in a dramatic fashion (and fakes injury), and you don't feel the need to call for a foul on the defender (because it was (co)incidental contact or fair play), then you should be issuing a yellow card to the attacker.

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

"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

Can we finally all agree that "wins" are a completely useless statistic for evaluating the ability of a pitcher? As in, never reference it again for things like Cy Young awards, HOF nominations, or contract negotiations...

Please?

posted by grum@work at 10:55 AM on April 15

MLB Admits Error in Calling Gwynn Out at Home

Yup, he's blocking it all right.

posted by grum@work at 10:46 AM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

This is probably #2 on the top 5 list of reasons why soccer/football isn't bigger in North America. Faking injuries is so antithetical to people who cheer for hockey players who play after losing 6 teeth, or football players who finish a game with a separated shoulder.

posted by grum@work at 09:02 AM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The team I want to follow at the Premier level is Sheffield Wednesday.

I actually saw them play live when I went to England with my wife back in 2007. While we were in London, we decided to see if we could catch a professional football match. Unfortunately, we chose the weekend when there were a slew of big matches and couldn't land any tickets for the local London teams. So we dropped down a level and went to watch Charlton Athletic host Sheffield Wednesday over in Greenwich.

A quick subway and bus ride, a walk across the prime meridian, and then following the crowd through a suburb and OH there's the stadium. The Valley seats about 27,000, and it looks a bit on the old/worn side. A fair sized (and friendly) crowd helped us get to our seats.

SW score two goals in the first half, but CA came roaring back to score three in the second half, including a late one just before injury time. The stadium went bananas. I still wear my red Addicks jersey (which I picked up in the team store outside the stadium on the way out) on the weekends.

posted by grum@work at 11:38 PM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Heartwarming "overcoming-the-odds" teams like Manchester City in the EPL

Seriously, what's heartwarming about a group of mercenaries backed by Middle East oil money?

Aren't most major teams in the EPL just a "group of mercenaries" backed by foreign money?
ManU is American owned.
Liverpool is American owned.
Chelsea is Russian owned.
Arsenal's biggest shareholder is American.

I would think waiting 40+ years while watching their immediate/hated rivals win 11 times in between, and then winning it on what many consider the most exciting day in English football history in the greatest season of the EPL might qualify as "heart-warming".

The last 5 minutes of that game alone would probably be considered "overcoming-the-odds".

posted by grum@work at 04:32 PM 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."

Obligatory movie quote pertinent to the story.

posted by grum@work at 12:45 PM on April 14

Video: Ball Girl Saves Run in Baltimore

She has better range than Jeter.

posted by grum@work at 12:43 PM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm getting really excited, first title since I started actively following them in the late '90s seems a real possibility after today's wonderful result.

The last 20 years of sports has been dream-making times, it seems:

NHL
1994 - New York Rangers win their first title in over 50 years.
1997 - Detroit Red Wings win their first title in over 50 years.
2010 - Chicago Blackhawks win their first title in almost 50 years.
2011 - Boston Bruins win their first title in almost 40 years.
2012 - Los Angeles Kings win their first title in history (over 40 years).

MLB
1995 - Atlanta Braves win their first title in over 45 years.
2002 - Anaheim Angels win their first title in history (over 40 years).
2004 - Boston Red Sox win their first title in over 85 years.
2005 - Chicago White Sox win their first title in over 85 years.
2010 - San Francisco Giants win their first title in over 55 years.

Then there is perennial cellar-dwellers/losers winning the Super Bowl, like New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Heartwarming "overcoming-the-odds" teams like Manchester City in the EPL, Dallas Mavericks in the NBA, and Deportivo winning in La Liga.

posted by grum@work at 10:22 PM on April 13