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Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: July 28, 2014

grum@work has posted 160 links and 7427 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

Baseball Hall of Fame Announces Changes to Voting Process for Recently Retired Players:
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museumís 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

MLB Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn has died at age 54.:
The 15-time all-star passed away from cancer. Known for his hitting (8-time NL batting champ), his greatest season (1994) was shortened by the player's strike.

He played 20 seasons with the Padres, and always had an OPS over 100+, and never struck out more than 40 times in a season.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 11:56 AM on June 16 - 17 comments

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

Recent Comments

Baseball Hall of Fame Announces Changes to Voting Process for Recently Retired Players

It's probably their (incorrect) method of stopping future log jams. What they should do is allow for an unlimited ballot size, and to not count blank ballots as "votes" (for computing voting percentages).

All this is going to do is punt the ball further down the street until the VC has to handle it.

posted by grum@work at 03:33 PM on July 26

Baseball Hall of Fame Announces Changes to Voting Process for Recently Retired Players

Three candidates presently on the BBWAA ballot in years 10-15 will be grandfathered into this system and remain under consideration by the BBWAA for up to the full 15 years. Don Mattingly (15th year in 2015), Alan Trammell (14th year in 2015) and Lee Smith (13th year in 2015) will be eligible to remain on the BBWAA ballot for a maximum of 15 years of consideration.

Here are players most likely to be affected by this ruling:

Years on ballot next time around
McGwire - 9
Raines - 8
E. Martinez - 6
McGriff - 6
Bagwell - 5
Walker - 5

This is going to clear up some of the log jam, but at the same time it's going to pretty much finish off any hope that those players (except maybe Bagwell) will have of getting elected (outside of the Veterans Committee).

Piazza and Biggio should have more than enough time to get in (even with new guys getting added to the ballot), but I think Raines is going to fall short. I also think this reduces the chances for Clemens/Bonds/Sosa as they were going to need time for some log jams to clear out (and minds to change), and that might happen too late (especially with guys like Martinez, Johnson, Moyer, Smoltz, Edmonds, Jeter, Ichiro, Hoffman, Rivera, Griffey, Ramirez, I.Rodriguez, Guerrero still coming down the pipe).

posted by grum@work at 12:55 PM on July 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

A called fake punt end-around on 3rd and 9 from your own 6 yard line with 50 seconds left in the half? That kind of shit has only ever worked in video games.

If you are EVER going to have the element of surprise, that would seem to be the time to have it. Nobody would expect them to run that play, at that time, with that field position. The main complaint is that the play they ran took WAY too long to develop. If they had the runner intercept the snap, or the kicker run it himself, maybe it has a chance. Maybe even a fake punting motion might have frozen the defense....

posted by grum@work at 03:28 PM on July 25

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

So how does the NFL justify the mentality that smoking pot is worse than beating on a woman?

Drugs are bad, m'kay?

posted by grum@work at 03:03 PM on July 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Talk about home-field advantage! The Yankees won last night's game because their home grounds crew was unable to get the tarp on to the field during a rainstorm, and the field was rendered unplayable. The Yankees had the lead after 5 innings, so the umpires called the game after the rain stopped and they were unable to get the field dried out.

posted by grum@work at 08:26 AM on July 24

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Reading about the Champions Hockey League makes me realize that my dream of a "Hockey Champions Cup" tournament in September (instead of watching meaningless pre-season games on TV) will never happen.

In my dream, the following teams qualify for this one-month tournament:
- the playoff winners
- the regular season winners (or the playoff runners-up if the playoff winners were also the regular season winners

from the following leagues:

Finnish Elite League
Swedish Hockey League
Czech Extraliga
Swiss National League A
German Ice Hockey League
and two more teams that qualify from the other European leagues (to be determined later)

The 16 teams would be entered into a single-elimination tournament, played in 2-to-4 cities of the host country. The teams would be seeded so that teams from each league can not play each other until the finals, and the KHL/NHL teams wouldn't face each other until the final four.

The tournament would alternate between a North American host and a European host each year.

posted by grum@work at 10:44 AM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Monaco vice-chairman Vadim Vasilyev said his club had no plans to sell Rodriguez, but were proud to be part of "one of the most significant transfers in football history". Vasilyev said: "The time came when the solution of a transfer was considered to be the most beneficial solution for all parties."


posted by grum@work at 01:10 PM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Our previous discussion about the possibility of Rodriguez moving on from Monaco.

posted by grum@work at 01:07 PM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) connection to the existing New York Yankees franchise has been officially severed by the guys behind Baseball Reference (to line up with every other reference, and the Yankees/MLB themselves).

posted by grum@work at 11:33 AM on July 22

Pitcher Freaks Out Because of Bunt in 2-Run Game

The Rangers currently have 16 players on the DL. They've used 51 different players this season.

In comparison, the AL East leading Orioles have 7 players on the DL. They've used 35 different players this season.

posted by grum@work at 04:18 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

And after the game, at two in the morning, he took our players away. The very talented ones: Teixeira, Douglas, Fred. The rest are not so important.


posted by grum@work at 01:54 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I had never heard about her before, but holy cow she won the looks lottery. Some company in Belgium/Europe is going to sign her for sure, regardless of the photo.

posted by grum@work at 12:11 PM on July 20

Pitcher Freaks Out Because of Bunt in 2-Run Game

The shift is designed ONLY to thwart singles. Rasmus countered by hitting a single in a different way because of the defensive shift.

Someone should make sure Lewis gets his diaper changed before he talks to the media next time.

posted by grum@work at 11:10 AM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

We have a new front runner for the worst use of "unwritten rules" whining in MLB history:

"I told [Rasmus] I didn't appreciate it," Lewis said. "You're up by two runs with two outs and you lay down a bunt. I don't think that's the way the game should be played."

In summary: "Waaaaaaaaah!"

posted by grum@work at 10:14 PM on July 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

No way. That Toronto lineup is ridiculously overstocked in talent. You have two of the top three goal scorers over the last 4 seasons (Stamkos, Perry), you have the #7 goal scorer (Tavares), and then you arguably have the best two defensemen in the NHL. As long as the goalie isn't you or me, that lineup smokes all the other Canadian ones.

The only one that comes close is Winnipeg, and Salvador is a big drop-off from the Leafs defensemen, and you already know my feelings about James Reimer...

posted by grum@work at 06:08 PM on July 18