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rcade
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Name: Rogers Cadenhead
Homepage URL: http://workbench.cadenhead.org/
Member since: January 23, 2002
Last visit: April 17, 2014
Status: editor

rcade has posted 2021 links and 9810 comments to SportsFilter and 85 links and 682 comments to the Locker Room and 8 columns.

Sports Bio

I follow the teams from Dallas-Fort Worth because I grew up with them, but I've adopted the Jacksonville Jaguars, the only pro team my new hometown is ever likely to get. The most memorable sporting event I attended live was game 6 of the NBA Western Conference finals in 1988 at Reunion Arena -- Mavericks vs. Lakers -- when Mark Aguirre and his prodigious caboose received half the game MVP award, and the 17,007 fans in attendance received the other half.

Recent Links

Secret Service Once Threatened to Kill Mr. Met: "We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen. Like I said, do whatever it is you normally do. Nobody will bother you. But approach the president, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?" -- Secret Service agent in 1997 to Mr. Met, as related in Yes, It's Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots

posted by rcade to baseball at 05:08 PM on April 17 - 0 comments

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 1: Pick the eight teams that will advance out of the first round: Colorado vs. Minnesota, St. Louis vs. Chicago, Anaheim vs. Dallas, San Jose vs. Los Angeles, Boston vs. Detroit, Tampa Bay vs. Montreal, Pittsburgh vs. Columbus, New York vs. Philadelphia. The playoffs begin tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right.

posted by rcade to hockey at 04:53 PM on April 16 - 12 comments

Steinbrenner: We Don't Need Stephen Drew: New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said the team's infield injuries have not changed his mind about signing free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, who's looking for a multi-year deal at $14 million per year. "I'm pretty content with our infield right now," he said. "I think guys like Anna and Solarte have been pleasant surprises." David Lennon of Newsday writes, "The Yankees are playing a dangerous game with their lack of infield depth. "But it's only mid-April, and the Yankees seem to be banking on the best-case scenario for their hurting infield."

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:42 AM on April 16 - 3 comments

Rays' Matt Moore to Have Tommy John Surgery: Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore has scheduled Tommy John surgery for next week, ending his 2014 season and making it a challenge for him to be ready by the start of 2015. Moore, 24, has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. He left the game April 7 with elbow soreness. He was a 17-game winner and All Star for the team last year.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:44 AM on April 15 - 0 comments

MLB Admits Error in Calling Gwynn Out at Home: A play at the plate in Sunday's Philadelphia Phillies-Miami Marlins game was decided incorrectly, Major League Baseball officials said. Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis illegally blocked the plate before he had the ball on a Tony Gwynn Jr. slide home Sunday (see the video). Gwynn was called out and it was upheld by replay. The Phillies won 4-3. The new rule states, "unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score."

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:12 AM on April 15 - 9 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Masahiro Tanaka has 28 strikeouts through his first three MLB starts, the third-highest total ever behind Stephen Strasburg's 32 in 2010 and J.R. Richard's 29 in 1971. Karl Spooner also had 28 in 1954-55.

posted by rcade at 12:42 PM on April 17

Minnesota State players refuse to practice as coach Todd Hoffner returns

This is sad. If these athletes were truly outstanding community members, they would recognize the wrong that was done to him and embrace Hoffner's return. I hope this ends up being a one-time gesture of support for their other coach.

It is amazing that he gets his old life back. People destroyed by false allegations of that kind usually don't.

I'd wager this protest probably happened because of officials inside the school's athletic department who are resentful of the arbitration decision.

posted by rcade at 10:59 AM on April 17

Escape from Cuba: Yasiel Puig's Untold Journey to the Dodgers

This is a great read. It's hard to believe that baseball stars like Puig could be so vulnerable to organized crime -- Mexican drug cartels, even -- and nothing could be done about it. Could it really be possible that 20% of his money is being siphoned off by people involved in his defection?

One more pleasant anecdote from the story:

One evening last October, unplanned and unannounced, Puig dropped by the Northeast Los Angeles Little League field, in the hills right across from Dodger Stadium, and after nearly an hour of autographs and photos, insisted on throwing batting practice.

"It was just mind-blowing," said John Vergara, whose nine-year-old son, Daniel, got to smack a meatball off Puig. "I've been coaching at Northeast Little League for about 14 years, and there's never been a current Dodger player, let alone a star, who's come up to the field and just done that."

posted by rcade at 07:22 PM on April 16

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 1

Colorado in 5

St. Louis in 7

Dallas in 7

Los Angeles in 5

Boston in 5

Tampa Bay in 7

Pittsburgh in 4

New York in 6

posted by rcade at 05:04 PM on April 16

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 1

Picks will be accepted for a series until the puck drops in the first game.

posted by rcade at 04:57 PM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Top prospect George Springer is getting his call up today.

posted by rcade at 10:11 AM on April 16

MLB Admits Error in Calling Gwynn Out at Home

Replay is working well, says Bud Selig.

posted by rcade at 09:33 AM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Mike Napoli suffered a gruesome looking finger dislocation sliding into second last night. But X-rays showed no fracture.

posted by rcade at 09:02 AM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Diamondbacks have matched their worst start in team history at 4-14.

posted by rcade at 08:52 AM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I don't see much flopping in the Premiership. When it is flagrant the announcers make a big deal out of it and it seems like the refs are more likely to ignore it or book the flopper for simulation than to reward it.

As for the World Cup, how can you not watch the group stage? I'm going to watch as much as I can, work and family permitting.

posted by rcade at 06:36 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

"You have to attend the World Cup to [understand] what it means. It's the most unusual sporting event I've ever attended, and I've attended thousands. It's in the air, it's a palpable sense of energy that I've never quite experienced. It's the most consequential sporting event in the world. We have our Super Bowl, we have our World Series, the NBA Finals, March Madness, but my Lord, there is nothing quite like the World Cup." -- Vice President Joe Biden, a former soccer player at Yale

posted by rcade at 04:32 PM on April 15

MLB Admits Error in Calling Gwynn Out at Home

I think in the long run catchers will adjust to the rule and stand in the field of play directly in front of home plate, as some have been doing thus far this season.

The point, to me, is that Mathis' leg being where it was had no role in the development or outcome of the play.

I think it plays a definite role in the outcome. Mathis is able to plant and ready himself in a plate-blocking position before the ball arrives. Gwynn slides into his leg instead of the plate. If Mathis couldn't put the leg there until the ball was caught, Gwynn likely reaches home before it could block him, or lacks the leverage to block him.

posted by rcade at 03:53 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Hmm. I guess the ERA in box scores is season ERA, not game ERA. Anthony Varvaro had no earned runs the same game and the box score reports an ERA of 2.70.

posted by rcade at 03:20 PM on April 15

MLB Admits Error in Calling Gwynn Out at Home

Yes, Mathis' leg is in the baseline before the ball gets to him, but it's while he's in the process of making the catch.

Mathis' left leg is clearly in the base line before the catch.

The new rules for home plate plays bring two obligations: The runner must not leave a direct line towards home to collide with the catcher and the catcher must not block the plate before the ball arrives.

I think this is fair, given the need to reduce concussions and injuries on these plays. A catcher is supposed to catch and sweep tag and a runner is supposed to stop impersonating Brian Urlacher.

nice little non-chalant dance there, btw, Gwynn

That seemed like a third base coach screwup to me.

posted by rcade at 02:10 PM on April 15

"The unofficial king of sports paperbacks", Zander Hollander,

Cool story. His role in helping Howard Cosell get his start in sports broadcasting would once have been met with the question "why the hell did you do that?"

posted by rcade at 10:58 AM on April 15