January 30, 2013

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 13 comments

My updated/modified "Last Man Standing" spreadsheet.

It's a Google spreadsheet that lists all of the defunct or moved MLB franchises, and the last man to play in the majors from that franchise/team, and the last man living from that franchise/team.

For example:
Baltimore Orioles (AL) - 1901-1902
(Became New York Yankees)
Last man playing in the majors from that franchise/team: Roger Bresnahan (1915)
Last man alive from that franchise/team: Andy Oyler (1970)

New York Giants (NL) - 1883-1957
(Became San Francisco Giants)
Last man playing in the majors from that franchise/team: Willie Mays (1973)
Last man alive from that franchise/team: There are 38 players still alive (and a separate sheet lists their names)

At the bottom I also list the last man playing and/or alive from the defunct leagues (NA, UA, PL, AA, FL).

(This is what happens when you are laid off and you have pay continuance for another 12 months.)

posted by grum@work at 10:18 AM on January 30

Some team should snap you up Mr. Analytics I mean @grum.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:23 AM on January 30

O how I wish I had your motivation, Sir Gru of the Ums.

posted by NoMich at 10:55 AM on January 30

Need to update the list of remaining 'spos.

posted by yerfatma at 10:56 AM on January 30

I'm going to wait until the 2013 season is up and running before I remove anyone from the list. I'm sure there will be other players from the Expos that won't make the majors in 2013, and there are a couple of them still in the minors (Brendan Harris, Claudio Vargas, etc.) that might make it back.

posted by grum@work at 11:58 AM on January 30

The Raptors are close to dealing Jose Calderon, Ed Davis and a future 1st round pick to Memphis for Rudy Gay. I'm not sure what Bryan Colangelo thinks this will solve (they're hardly a playoff team, so not sure what taking on a $17 million wing will do in the next two years) but it does show his continued lack of value for interior players.

Ed Davis was one of the only marginally efficient rebounders the team had (averaging 13 and 8 the last month) and now this lineup can feature both Rudy Gay and Andrea Bargnani shooting low percentage jump shots 15 feet from the basket with nobody to collect boards.

Colangelo must have state secrets to have sucked this long without getting his ass canned.

posted by dfleming at 05:44 PM on January 30

Colangelo must have state secrets to have sucked this long without getting his ass canned.

When MLSE fired Brian Burke earlier this month, it must have scared the crap out of Colangelo. Maybe this is a last ditch attempt to save his job.

I would have thought any deal would have shipped Bargnani out the door. Everytime a Raptor fan sees him on the floor, they get all mopey.

posted by grum@work at 06:52 PM on January 30

If you still don't have plans for the big game, good news.

posted by yerfatma at 06:58 PM on January 30

The Pistons are rumored to be involved in that trade, as well. Supposedly, the Pistons get Calderon, Raptors get Gay, and Grizz gets Austin Daye, Tayshaun Prince, and Davis. There were no picks involved in the report I heard...

posted by MeatSaber at 07:22 PM on January 30

Holy fucking shit.

posted by owlhouse at 08:13 PM on January 30

It ended up being a second rounder and they sent "cash considerations" to Memphis - it seems to me though, that if improving on the wing was a priority, they could've just flipped Calderon to Detroit for Prince and Daye and done that without taking on a huge financial risk like Gay. They have a ton of money now locked up in players with that same skillset playing either 2 or 3.

posted by dfleming at 06:39 AM on January 31

Whoa! owlhouse! That had to have been a wild ride! But for them it might have been "Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!"

posted by steelergirl at 04:43 PM on January 31

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