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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: May 03, 2015

grum@work has posted 180 links and 7847 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

Remaining conviction against Barry Bonds is overturned.: More than 7 years after the original indictment (4 perjury, 1 obstruction of justice), Bonds is found not guilty of all charges.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:26 PM on April 22 - 6 comments

Who are the "Franchise Four"?:
A chance to vote for the four players on each franchise (plus 3 other categories) who have had the biggest impact on those franchises. The winners are to be revealed during the MLB All-Star Game.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 12:07 AM on April 09 - 16 comments

LA Dodgers set MLB payroll record.:
$277,000,000 for this season.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:56 AM on April 06 - 6 comments

SF 49er rookie Chris Borland retires at age 24 due to worries about his future health from concussions.:
"I feel largely the same, as sharp as I've ever been, for me it's wanting to be proactive," said Borland. "I'm concerned that if you wait till you have symptoms, it's too late. ... There are a lot of unknowns. I can't claim that X will happen. I just want to live a long healthy life, and I don't want to have any neurological diseases or die younger than I would otherwise."

posted by grum@work to football at 11:12 PM on March 16 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

I'm...I'm in first?
Yeah, that's kinda unexpected.

Cleveland in 6
Atlanta in 7
Houston in 6
Golden State in 5

East Rebounding: P.Gasol
West Rebounding: D.Howard
Three Pointers made: S.Curry
Assist Average: 9.9

posted by grum@work at 11:56 PM on May 02

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Minnesota in 7 (Toews)
Anaheim in 6 (Perry)
Montreal in 6 (Pacioretty)
New York in 5 (Nash)
GAA: Lundquist

posted by grum@work at 11:41 AM on April 30

What would happen if you played a baseball game and nobody came out to watch?

I wonder if the broadcast of this game will have a delay to allow them to bleep out any inappropriate language you might not hear with a large crowd.

"No [beeeeep] chance that was over the plate."

posted by grum@work at 01:35 PM on April 29

What would happen if you played a baseball game and nobody came out to watch?

Of course, as the Barenaked Ladies have sung, "It's all been done before."

posted by grum@work at 03:53 PM on April 28

What would happen if you played a baseball game and nobody came out to watch?

[insert Miami Marlins attendance joke here]

posted by grum@work at 03:51 PM on April 28

Fan Injured by Airborne Baseball Bat at Wrigley Field

Giving him an autographed helmet might be a better idea.

*golf clap*

posted by grum@work at 12:12 PM on April 28

Rangers Close to Trade with Angels for Josh Hamilton

Why make teams make totally inconsequential moves in order to pretend like players aren't being sold from one team to another?

Because of precedent...

posted by grum@work at 09:38 AM on April 27

Rangers Close to Trade with Angels for Josh Hamilton

This is one of the most bizarre deals in baseball history. The Angels are trading Hamilton to the Rangers for no player. They will pay him $68 million. The Rangers will pay him $6 million over three years. He will forego $6 million.

WOAH! What a minute!

Back in 2003, the MLBPA stepped up and killed the deal that would have sent ARod to Boston because he was going to forego some money on his contract in order to play for the Red Sox.

But now, this is acceptable?!

This whole thing reeks.

posted by grum@work at 01:29 AM on April 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

One for grum: NESN clearly has a stats problem. They're correctly reporting Mookie Betts's average as .206 but reporting his slugging percentage at 1.000. That's well into One Weird Trick territory.

For the record, the greatest discrepancy between AVG and SLG in history was Barry Bonds in 2001.
He had a .328 AVG and an .863 SLG (2.63 times the AVG, or an ISO of .536).

posted by grum@work at 01:02 AM on April 25

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Something is wrong with Ventura. That's TWO times he's jawed at a player who has hit a ball up the middle. Trout's went for a single, Eaton's was just a ground ball he fielded.

I'm wondering if the rest of the Royals are going to be quick to back him up any more, as he seems to be mentally unstable on the mound.

posted by grum@work at 09:03 AM on April 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Rivera may have been the greatest relief pitcher ever (though I don't have the stats to prove that).

It's either Rivera or Hoyt Wilhelm, but you have to give a LOT of extra credit to Wilhelm for throwing more than just 1 inning in a game. Wilhelm pitched in fewer games, but has almost twice as many innings as Rivera.

That said, being "the greatest relief pitcher ever" isn't necessarily a strong case. Anibal Sanchez, David Price, Max Scherzer, and Johnny Cueto have almost the same number of innings pitched as Rivera, and they are all 31 and under. They're probably only halfway through their careers.

Being the best relief pitcher is like saying you're the best RH-platoon DH in history. You are really limiting your impact on the game.

posted by grum@work at 08:53 AM on April 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The early leaders in the "Franchise Four" (and more) voting in MLB.


posted by grum@work at 03:59 PM on April 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Canada, Brazil, and Germany being among the few countries that are represented in all 4 sports.

Of course, the USA should be on the MLS list, but I simply forgot to type them in.

So Canada, Brazil, Germany, USA are the four nations with representation in all four sports.

I wondered who the Brunean (?) hockey player was, and it's getting by on a technicality

I am assuming Brazil is on the NHL list because of Robyn Regehr

It counts! It counts!

posted by grum@work at 03:01 PM on April 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Just something that came to mind last night.

posted by grum@work at 10:05 AM on April 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Player nationalities in the four North American sports with international drafts/signings:

NHL (2014-2015)           MLB (2014)          NBA (2014-2015)         MLS (2014)
Austria                   Aruba               Argentina               Algeria
Belarus                   Australia           Autstralia              Argentina
Brazil                    Bahamas             Bosnia & Herzegovina    Australia
Brunei                    Brazil              Brazil                  Bermuda
Canada                    Canada              Cameroon                Brazil
Croatia                   Colombia            Canada                  Cameroon
Czech Republic            Cuba                Croatia                 Canada
Denmark                   Curacao             Czech Republic          Chile
Estonia                   Dominican Republic  Dominican Republic      Colombia
Finland                   Germany             DR Congo                Costa Rica
France                    Jamaica             England                 Cuba
Germany                   Japan               France                  Denmakr
Italy                     Mexico              Georgia                 DR Congo
Kazakhstan                Netherlands         Germany                 Ecuador
Latvia                    Nicaragua           Greece                  El Salvador
Lithuania                 Panama              Isreal                  England
Norway                    Puerto Rico         Italy                   Estonia
Russia                    Saudi Arabia        Jamaica                 France
Slovakia                  South Korea         Lithuania               Gambia
Slovenia                  Taiwan              Macedonia               Germany
Sweden                    USA                 Mexico                  Ghana
Switzerland               Venezuela           Montenegro              Grenada
USA                                           New Zealand             Guam
                                              Nigeria                 Guatemala
                                              Philippines             Haiti
                                              Poland                  Honduras
                                              Puerto Rico             Hungary
                                              Russia                  Indonesia
                                              Senegal                 Ireland
                                              Serbia                  Italy
                                              Slovenia                Jamaica
                                              Spain                   Japan
                                              Sweden                  Kenya
                                              Switzerland             Liberia
                                              Turkey                  Mali
                                              Ukraine                 Mexico
                                              USA                     Morocco
                                              Venezuela               New Zealand
                                                                      Puerto Rico
                                                                      St. Kitts & Nevis
                                                                      Trinidad & Tobago

posted by grum@work at 10:04 AM on April 23