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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: August 21, 2014

grum@work has posted 163 links and 7449 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

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

Baseball Hall of Fame Announces Changes to Voting Process for Recently Retired Players:
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Board of Directors today announced changes to the rules for election for recently retired players, reducing the length of stay on the ballot for players from a maximum of 15 to 10 years...

posted by grum@work to baseball at 12:42 PM on July 26 - 4 comments

This isn't The Onion : Championship League football owner cuts player from team because date of birth is unlucky.:
Cellino is so suspicious of the number 17 that he had the seats at his former club, Cagliari, taken out and replaced with 16B.

posted by grum@work to soccer at 02:39 PM on July 03 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Professor Helmetcatch Von Reflex

posted by grum@work at 04:05 PM on August 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Giants to protest game after bizarre loss.

they were told the Cubs would do "everything in their power to make the field playable," but the last 90 minutes of the delay involved one man and one rake.

posted by grum@work at 01:58 PM on August 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Awesome post-game speech by a coach to a losing Little League World Series team.

/Don't listen to Jimmy this one time.

posted by grum@work at 12:55 PM on August 19

Yours Truly, Dr. Z.

Dr. Z was known for getting his Super Bowl picks on the cover of Sports Illustrated. His picks were both amazing, and terrible. He was also known for writing the definitive book about pro football.

(a hat tip to the posting on Metafilter about this story)

posted by grum@work at 01:32 PM on August 17

The Premier League Season Kicks Off Tomorrow

I'd love to hear the reasoning behind picking ManUtd in the top four,

I already explained why...

Completely uninformed guesses:

posted by grum@work at 08:04 PM on August 16

The Premier League Season Kicks Off Tomorrow

Completely uninformed guesses:

Title: Manchester City
Top Four: Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal
Best Champions League Showing for an English Team:Liverpool
Relegated: Southhampton, Crystal Palace, Burnley
Top Scorer: Diego Costa
Most Assists: Cesc Fabregas
Most clean sheets (team): Chelsea

posted by grum@work at 12:36 PM on August 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle


posted by grum@work at 01:27 PM on August 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle


MeatSaber is right. If you pay for a play-index account at Baseball Reference, you can search their database for just about anything.


Since 2000, order of pitchers hitting seasons (by OPS+), minimum 20 PA in the season, at least 80% of their games as a pitcher.

Since 1901, order of pitcher hitting careers (by OPS+), minimum 100 PA, at least 80% of their games as a pitcher.

Since 1901, most HR by a pitcher in their career, minimum 100 PA, at least 80% of their games as a pitcher.

Longest streak of games with at least one PA where there were no hits or walks, by a pitcher, since 1914.

I can't imagine not paying my annual membership to have silly fun like this.


posted by grum@work at 08:48 PM on August 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Robin Williams never did a real sports movie, but he had a fantastic sports fan moment in "Good Will Hunting" that I thought was amazing (0:45-2:24 of this scene):

posted by grum@work at 12:19 PM on August 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Does the same concern apply for girls when there's no adult future for them throwing fast pitch?

Well, there is the rest of her childhood pitching career (13->18), and maybe she'll want to play catch with her own children in the future. We tend to write off those kind of elbow injuries because professionals go under the knife (at the expense of the team) to fix them. Who is to say that if she damages her elbow that she'll be able to get that kind of surgery.

posted by grum@work at 02:58 PM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

13-Year-Old Girl Pitches Shutout To Send Team To LLWS

This is wrong, and from what I read in that article, someone should be ashamed for letting her do that.

Oh, I have no problem with a girl pitching on a LL team. That's perfect fine and really shouldn't be that big of a deal nowadays.

The problem I have specifically is that someone is letting her throw a curve ball at age 13. That's how you mess up an elbow/arm at that age. It should be nothing but fastballs and changeups, so there is as little strain on her arm as possible (outside of the generally unnatural pitching motion).

posted by grum@work at 11:41 AM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Derek Jeter's "King of NY" cleats.

posted by grum@work at 12:45 PM on August 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

So Cleveland trades away it's two #1 picks to land Kevin Love?

No pressure, man.

posted by grum@work at 11:42 AM on August 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If it's true, the Tigers just picked up David Price.

That would mean they would have the last three American League Cy Young winners (Scherzer, Price, Verlander) and last year's ERA leader (Sanchez).

If it's an Oakland/Detroit American League championship series, then I'd peg the over/under line for total runs scored per game at something like 4.5

posted by grum@work at 04:05 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

let [Cespedes] go for a pick at the end of 2015.


His contract states that he is a free agent at the end of 2015, and no qualifying offer can be made (and therefore no pick if he signs somewhere else).

posted by grum@work at 12:01 PM on July 31