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Last visit: September 30, 2014

grum@work has posted 165 links and 7524 comments to SportsFilter and 15 links and 920 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

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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 everyones 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

Jose Altuve Asks to Play, Risks Batting Title

I think you should commission a Jose Altuve thermos to celebrate.

It could be life-sized and still fit in your lunch box.

posted by grum@work at 11:06 AM on September 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Fixed link

posted by grum@work at 12:05 AM on September 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

On June 17th*, the following teams led their divisions:

Toronto (3.5 games ahead of NY)
Kansas City (0.5 games ahead of Detroit)
Oakland (4.5 games ahead of LA)

Atlanta (tied with Washington)
Milwaukee (3.5 games ahead of St. Louis)
San Francisco (5.5 games ahead of LA)

None of them finished the season as division champs.

*for about 20 minutes, between the end of the KC game and the end of the Washington game.

posted by grum@work at 10:31 PM on September 28

Jose Altuve Asks to Play, Risks Batting Title

In contrast, Justin Morneau sat out the last two games of the season to preserve his NL batting title.

posted by grum@work at 04:26 PM on September 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I guess this clears the way for ARod to play shortstop for the next 3 seasons

It might be 11 years to late, but Jeter finally did leave the shortstop position for ARod!

In all seriousness, there isn't a chance ARod plays anything but DH next year. His fielding at 3B was beginning to unravel the last couple of years, and being another year older after sitting out for an entire season means he's going to be...well...Jeteriffic at shortstop.

As a DH, he might still have something left in the tank, but I wouldn't be terribly surprised to see him be...well...Jeteriffic (2013-2014) at the plate in 2015.

posted by grum@work at 11:27 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle


posted by grum@work at 11:03 PM on September 25

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4

This is the second week in a row that I forgot there was a game on Thursday, and I didn't submit a damn pick.

posted by grum@work at 10:33 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

After everything I just posted, Derek Jeter went ahead and wrote his storybook ending tonight.

I feel bad for the Yankee/Red Sox fans who shelled out thousands of dollars for tickets to this weekend's games, cuz I don't think Jeter is going to play in any of them after tonight.

posted by grum@work at 10:32 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

So he's better than 99.9999999 percent of the population of the world. That's pretty good.

If the Earth's population is 7.125billion, your suggestion is that he's better than everyone but 7 people on Earth. Obviously that isn't true. Based on OPS+ (min 100 games), there are 227 players in this league that are better than him (out of 247 that meet the requirement).

A better statement would be that ~92% of MLB players were better than him (min 100 games played in 2014).

posted by grum@work at 09:30 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I think he'd come pretty close to leading the Padres all those months, if not doing so outright.

Jeter OPS: .661
Rank if compared to Padres (min 80 AB): 3rd behind Chris Denorfia (.775) & Everth Cabrera (.691)

Jeter OPS: .670
Rank if compared to Padres (min 80 AB): 3rd behind Seth Smith (1.142) & Yonder Alonso (.779)

Jeter OPS: .639
Rank if compared to Padres (min 80 AB): 1st (only one qualifier Everth Cabrera .344)

Jeter OPS: .660
Rank if compared to Padres (min 80 AB): 2nd behind only other qualifier, Alexi Amarista (.669)

Only one player qualified for the batting title in San Diego this year, Seth Smith, and his OPS is .814 (compared to Jeter's .611).
If you drop the requirements to only 100 games played, then Seth Smith, Yasmani Grandal (.706), and Tommy Medica (.705) beat him.

If you use OPS+ (therefore equalizing by factoring in park effects, as Petco is a pitcher's park), then Jeter (74) would finish behind those three and Alexi Amarista (78), Jedd Gyorko (77), and Wil Venerable (77).

As well, the Padres team OPS (.634) and OPS (85) are higher than Jeter.

posted by grum@work at 09:24 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

From Bonker's article:

"There's been so much talk about this during the course of the season, and I've said, you look at Derek, he had a slow April. He had a pretty good May, a pretty good June and pretty good July.

Presented without comment:

April: .272/.352/.309 - 127th out of 171 players with at least 80 AB that month
May: .275/.327/.343 - 126th out of 175 players with at least 80 AB that month
June: .272/.309/.330 - 127th out of 165 players with at least 80 AB that month
July: .289/.340/.320 - 105th out 137 players with at least 80 AB that month

posted by grum@work at 04:21 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Mark Buerhle finished his 14th consecutive +200IP season, and did so in under two hours. If younger pitchers can learn only one thing from watching him, I hope it's how to pitch as quickly as he does.

posted by grum@work at 12:00 AM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

A top Fifa official announced today that he does not think that the 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar because of the scorching temperatures in the Middle East country.

"The FIFA selection committee was unaware that the temperatures could go that high, as their Qatar climate information package was buried under a giant pile of money."

posted by grum@work at 11:57 PM on September 24

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Phil Hughes, a pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, will get a $500,000 bonus if he throws 210 innings this year.

Coming into today's game, Hughes needed to pitch 8.1 innings to reach the milestone and trigger the bonus.

He threw 8 innings today (giving up only one run) before the rain arrived and put the game into delay. His team is ahead 2-1, and if it keeps raining for the too much longer, the umpires might declare it an official game. If they do, then he will fall one out short of the milestone, and won't get the bonus. He needs his team to bat in the bottom of the 8th, and then get one guy out in the 9th.

posted by grum@work at 04:21 PM on September 24

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

"There's some things you can cover up. And there's some things you can't."

I can't believe Ray Lewis said that,

Sometimes it's really hard to keep your mouth shut about certain things...

posted by grum@work at 11:11 PM on September 23