July 12, 2017

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 - 15 comments

O Canada performance at MLB's All-Star Game draws criticism again

Just send Scott Newlands, done & done.

posted by tommytrump at 09:59 AM on July 12

Toronto Blue Jays All-Star first baseman shot her a nasty look when she did it.

posted by grum@work at 10:22 AM on July 12

I had no idea that Scott Newlands was such a popular choice to sing O Canada at sporting events. I've found ten different performances by him on Youtube.

posted by grum@work at 10:26 AM on July 12

This ESPN headline is just terrible.

If only Cano was still playing MLB for some other team...

posted by grum@work at 01:15 PM on July 12

Players like Judge may make the Yankees relevant again and give the likes of ESPN and others something non-ex-Yankee to write about.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:21 PM on July 12

This ESPN headline is just terrible.

I like it. I think from now on, everything in baseball should be named according to how it relates to the Yankees. For instance, the Red Sox, simply enough, could just be the Boston "Archrivals of the Yankees" (you could even delete the "Boston"). The Jays, O's, and Rays can be the "Other Teams in the Yankees Division".

My beloved Cincinnati Reds could be the Cincinnati "Team that Beat the Yankees in the World Series in 1976", but it seems counterintuitive to speak of a relationship to the Yankees that isn't Yankee-favorable. Therefore, they can be the Cincinnati "Team that Lost to the Yankees in 1939 World Series". Likewise with the other NL teams that lost to the Yankees in the Series.

Hell, as a Reds fan, I can be referred to as a "Fan of the Team that is not the Yankees from 636 Miles West of the Bronx."

posted by tahoemoj at 05:39 PM on July 12

Jigger statz request: how many NL teams (current or former) have NOT lost to the Yankees in the World Series?

posted by LionIndex at 06:16 PM on July 12

Answering my own request: They've beaten the Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Phillies, Cardinals, Braves, Padres, Mets, and Pirates. So, they haven't beaten the Brewers, Astros, Marlins, Rockies, Diamondbacks, or the Nationals/Expos, making them 9 for 15 possible teams.

posted by LionIndex at 06:23 PM on July 12

This ESPN headline is just terrible.

...but very understandable. ESPN is a television (well, cable TV anyway), and as such lives on its ratings. I seem to remember something about the New York metropolitan area being the largest TV market in the USA. (or maybe 2nd, I don't know for sure) On the other hand, Seattle, while a really nice place to live, even when it rains, is not a terribly large market. Thus, the headline "Mariners' Star's Walk-Off Wins All Star Game" would not excite a very lareg fan base. One must also understand that the next Sunday Night Baseball game on ESPN happens to be Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees. No matter where these 2 teams are in the standings, ESPN will hype the rivalry every time.

By the way, Judge is worth the price of admission until opposing pitchers and scouts find the holes in his swing.

posted by Howard_T at 06:39 PM on July 12

They've beaten the Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Phillies, Cardinals, Braves, Padres, Mets, and Pirates.

Whaddya got against the Reds?

posted by tahoemoj at 06:49 PM on July 12

Aw, missed one. So, 10 out of 16.

posted by LionIndex at 07:45 PM on July 12

By the way, Judge is worth the price of admission until opposing pitchers and scouts find the holes in his swing.

Then they need to talk to young Roberto Osuna (from "Other Team In Yankees' Division"). He's almost 3 years younger than Judge, and the giant is 0-for-5 against him with 4 strikeouts.

posted by grum@work at 09:50 PM on July 12

So, they haven't beaten the Brewers, Astros, Marlins, Rockies, Diamondbacks, or the Nationals/Expos

  • Brewers have been in the NL for only 20 seasons, and have only made the playoffs twice in that time.
  • Astros are no longer in the NL, so that's never going to happen.
  • The Yankees had their chance against the Marlins and blew it, which is amazing since the Marlins have made the playoffs in only twice in 24 seasons.
  • Rocktober is a rare event (3 times in 24 seasons), but the Yankees actually made it to the World Series in one of those times (2009).
  • They were two outs away with the best closer in history, so it's not like the Yankees didn't have their chance against the Diamondbacks.
  • Making it to the World Series at least once should be a requirement to be on this list. We might have had our matchup in 1994 as the Yankees and Expos were far and away the best teams in their leagues at season's end...

posted by grum@work at 10:00 PM on July 12

Making it to the World Series at least once should be a requirement to be on this list.

Sure, but I just wanted to know how much of the NL, past or current (but only including teams that still exist) has been beaten by the Yankees in the World Series. Roughly 2/3 is pretty amazing, and it's notable that all the teams they haven't beat didn't come into the league until at least the 60s, and include 3 teams (half their misses) that didn't come in until the 90s.

posted by LionIndex at 06:20 AM on July 13

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