October 07, 2013

SportsFilter: The Monday 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

That didn't take long.

posted by tommytrump at 11:36 AM on October 07

A special of Hall of Fame ballot.

It took me about 15 minutes to put together my ballot, and I STILL don't feel good about it.

Now remember that the average HOF ballot is only 5 to 6 players long (even though they can vote for up to 10).

My ballot is below: simply highlight the area below this text to see it.

1. Bonds
2. Maddux
3. Clemens
4. Thomas
5. Piazza
6. McGwire
7. Glavine
8. Bagwell
9. Biggio
10. Raines

posted by grum@work at 01:05 PM on October 07

An update to the Hall of Stats tracking who improved their Hall of Fame chances this baseball season (as best I understand it, it ranks players by baseball-reference.com's Hall meters).

posted by yerfatma at 01:11 PM on October 07

Oh, I love lists like that.

posted by grum@work at 01:33 PM on October 07

Frank Thomas? He had a nice career with a few outstanding ones on the South Side, but Hall of Fame?

/looks up career stats

Holy crap, he really had a great career. Funny how quickly we (OK, *I*) forget such great players.

posted by NoMich at 01:54 PM on October 07

Holy crap, he really had a great career.

He was Pujols before Pujols came around.

His first 10 full seasons included two MVP awards and three other top-3 finishes. He averaged 34HR, .320/.439/.581, and 168 OPS+.

Most people remember the player that was old, injured, and hanging on at age 40, but the beast of the 90s in the American League was him, not Ken Griffey Jr.

posted by grum@work at 02:20 PM on October 07

There are some octogenarians in Orleans who are still driving their dented roof Oldsmobiles that Thomas personalized for them when he was in the Cape Cod League. You did not want to get caught at the traffic light near the left field foul line at Eldredge Park when he was up to bat.

posted by beaverboard at 02:39 PM on October 07

Hitters shouldn't look at Grant Balfour when he's pitching, apparently.

posted by rcade at 05:40 PM on October 07

The Tigers two home games for the ALDS were scheduled for 1:07 and 5:07. That's wrong and unfair to fans.

I may be slightly bitter about not being able to go tomorrow.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 11:39 PM on October 07

The whole postseason scheduling has been a bit ridiculous (unless you are a Red Sox or Rays fan). Cardinals-Bucs games have all been afternoon games. Only game of that series I have been able to watch was Sunday's.

And TBS' coverage has been absolutely awful -- missing action so they can let the talking heads talk, etc.

posted by holden at 11:50 PM on October 07

Lively set of moose-on-the-loose game balls the league provided for tonight's Jets-Falcons clash.

posted by beaverboard at 12:17 AM on October 08

Okay -- so looks like the Cards-Bucs get a game in prime time after all, in light of the other NL series wrapping tonight. But still.

posted by holden at 01:00 AM on October 08

Hitters shouldn't look at Grant Balfour when he's pitching, apparently.

You can take the boy out of Kellyville...

posted by owlhouse at 01:48 AM on October 08

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