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April 04, 2014

SportsFilter: The Friday 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 - 9 comments

Matt Adams pushes Reds fan with his glove

posted by BornIcon at 07:38 AM on April 04

Yankees-Astros: "A replay was initiated by umpires on the field to check the count on an at-bat by [Yangervis] Solarte with two outs in the ninth, and it was confirmed it was a 3-1 count."

posted by rcade at 09:52 AM on April 04

Paul Goldschmidt has six home runs in 21 at bats against Tim Lincecum, including one yesterday. "I'm going to start throwing underhand to him," Lincecum said.

posted by rcade at 10:15 AM on April 04

Matt Adams pushes Reds fan with his glove

As a Reds fan, I vastly prefer the longer version of the Adams incident.

Also, it is probably time that I learned how to embed a .gif in my post. Amyone?

posted by tahoemoj at 11:22 AM on April 04

Here's the HTML to embed a graphic:

<img src="http://web-address-goes-here" />

Sometimes I like to shrink the graphic by adding a width attribute, and that HTML looks like this:

<img src="http://web-address-goes-here" width="400" />

Change 400 to any other number. You can see in preview what it will turn out like.

posted by rcade at 11:56 AM on April 04

Does anyone else think the Adams shoulder-tap to the fan meant "you got the better of me there, dude"?

posted by rcade at 12:33 PM on April 04

A replay was initiated by umpires on the field to check the count on an at-bat

My first reaction is that's awful. My second reaction is they should keep it up. After a couple of years they'll be hard-pressed to explain why we need an ump calling balls and strikes.

posted by yerfatma at 02:28 PM on April 04

After a couple of years they'll be hard-pressed to explain why we need an ump calling balls and strikes.

You will see umpires occasionally checking the count or number of outs with each other, especially when there has been some sort of interruption immediately after a pitch. Scoreboard operators can be very inaccurate, and I would guess they are incorrect much more often than the umpires. In the meantime, the broadcasters are busy figuring which promo comes next, discussing the best choice for their post-game meal, or doing something other than paying full attention to the game on the field. In youth baseball you are often working a field that has no scoreboard or an inoperable scoreboard. We had a set of signs we used to query each other for count and outs, so the interchange was quite unnoticeable. The only scenario for using replay, thus making it quite obvious that the umpires had lost the count, was for the plate umpire to be unsure and none of the other umpires carrying an indicator. Of course, to have the field umpires carrying an indicator is actually rare at the higher levels.

posted by Howard_T at 04:04 PM on April 04

The Nationals want Palm Beach County to give them a deal on a new spring training home, so they've asked Mark Foley to get it done.

Yes, that Mark Foley.

posted by rcade at 04:41 PM on April 04

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