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grum@work has posted 220 links and 9,138 comments to SportsFilter and 15 links and 920 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

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The Trophy Room

First of all, a trivia question. What are the 11 different ways for a baseball player to reach 1st base safely? Answer at bottom of page. I'm the saddest fan of them all: Toronto Maple Leafs Buffalo Bills (but not so much since the Holy Trinity retired...Kelly, Thomas, Reed) It could be worse...I could be a Boston or Chicago baseball fan. The most memorable sporting event was a hockey game back in the late 80's (not sure exactly when). A friend of the family got me really nice Leaf tickets during the Xmas holidays. They were playing the Bruins, so I took my friend Joe who was a big Boston fan. After two periods, the Leafs were getting killed, 5-1. My friend was really laying on the taunting thick, and I was contemplating how I could kill him on the way home. Then, to start the 3rd period, Wendel Clark scored a quick goal. Hey, at least they'll make it respectable, is what I figured. And then another goal is scored. And another. Well, lo and behold, the Leafs tie it up and send the game into overtime (the last goal was scored with an extra attacker, by Wendel again). Then, with about a minute left in the overtime, Wendel Clark blows one past the goalie and the place EXPLODES with noise. I must have gone hoarse from the shouting. The stunned/saddened look on Joe's face the entire ride home was like icing on the cake. ... Trivia Answer: 1. Hit 2. Base on balls 3. Hit by pitch 4. Catcher interference 5. Dropped third strike 6. Error 7. Fielder's choice 8. Hitting a baserunner with the batted ball 9. A ball, pitched to the batter or thrown by the pitcher from his position on the pitcher's plate to a base to catch a runner, goes into a stand, or player's bench, or over or through a field fence or backstop, or is touched by a spectator. (Obscure rule 7.05(h)) 10. The third strike becomes lodged in the umpires equipment (not touched by the catcher). (Obscure rule 7.05(i)) 11. Pinch Runner

Recent Links

Barry Trotz just Zidane'd the Washington Capitals.:
Barry Trotz informed the organization today of his decision to resign as head coach of the Washington Capitals. We are obviously disappointed by Barry's decision, but would like to thank Barry for all his efforts the past four years and for helping bring the Stanley Cup to Washington. Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise

posted by grum@work to hockey at 04:07 PM on June 18, 2018 - 5 comments

Seattle Mariners' star second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended 80 games for drug violation.:
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that second baseman Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Furosemide, a Diuretic, in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 02:38 PM on May 15, 2018 - 1 comment

It's finally happened! Emergency back-up goalie (Blackhawks' Scott Foster) plays in an NHL game.:
The 36-year-old accountant comes into the game with 14 minutes left in the game. And he makes a big save!

posted by grum@work to hockey at 12:55 AM on March 30, 2018 - 11 comments

Recent Comments

Gilbert Arenas vs. Javaris Crittenton

Great story, and the card game sounds like a fun one to play...on slightly lower stakes, of course.

posted by grum@work at 03:38 PM on August 10, 2018

How the Delmon Young Draft Pick Worked out for Tampa Bay

Hak-ju Lee, who never made it to the majors as a Ray and left as a FA

Man, I remember wasting a couple of years of control on him for my perpetual fantasy baseball team. I was so sure he was going to make it.

Somewhat related to this article, there is a Blue Jays analysis web site that has an interesting tree design to show you how all the players currently on the 40-man roster for the Blue Jays.

posted by grum@work at 09:23 AM on August 10, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

On a night with a full moon, the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox played a ball game with some crazy stuff happening (and most of it involving the home plate umpire CB Bucknor).

1) Everyone except the graphics department on the Blue Jays broadcast lost track of how many balls/strikes there were on Lourdes Gurriel Jr.'s plate appearance. What should have been a 6-pitch walk turned into a 12-pitch double.

2) What should have been a strike'em-out/throw'em-out double play for the White Sox as Kendrys Morales clearly didn't check his swing (making it no one on and two outs) ended up being called a walk (making it two on and no outs). The White Sox manager and pitching coach got tossed by the umps for complaining about the call.

3) A wild pitch by the White Sox led to an invocation of a rule not often called in MLB.:

5.06(c)(7) from the Official Baseball Rules:

The ball becomes dead and runners advance one base, or return to their bases, without liability to be put out, when a pitched ball lodges in the umpire's or catcher's mask or paraphernalia, and remains out of play, runners advance one base.

posted by grum@work at 02:24 AM on July 28, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

To be fair, he didn't do anything really exciting, and that's pretty much how he won the tournament. No bogeys in the final two rounds, and 16 holes at par in the final round is simple, boring, and effective play.

I don't blame the media for getting excited early on, as there were a lot of potential story lines to play up:

"Tiger roars back!"

"Spieth goes back-to-back!"

"Rory returns!"

"England's Rose in bloom!"

"Steady Eddie sets the standard!"

posted by grum@work at 03:36 PM on July 23, 2018

TBT Announces Elam Ending to Be Used in All TBT2018 Games

Prior to last year's tournament, Nick Elam blindly emailed TBT a 67-page document outlining his research, which came from examining more than 2,000 NBA and NCAA games.

*wipes away tear*

That's beautiful, man.

posted by grum@work at 08:13 AM on July 23, 2018

The Single Worst Recorded Umpire Call in Organized Baseball History

I think it's the swing AND the fact that the 1B umpire ALSO called it a no-swing that makes this so much worse than a simple missed pitch.

posted by grum@work at 12:22 AM on July 20, 2018

Toronto Raptors trade DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard

The Raptors basically pushed all their chips in for this season, instead of trying to hold on for two seasons (when Lowry's contract ends).

This is the window of opportunity for the Raptors with LeBron gone and MAYBE one more year before Celtics/76ers passed them in rising talent.

I love Derozan for his dedication to the city and I wish he could have stayed, but a chance to pick up at top 5 player to add to your 60 win team in a conference without LeBron? You can't pass that up.

I'm fine with this deal (as it feels like the Blue Jays 2015 deadline deal bonanza) because sometimes you just have throw caution to the wind and take a chance.

The fact that they gave up Poeltl and a protected 1st and also got back Danny Green (defense!) makes this deal much easier to swallow. If they had to give up Anunoby or Siakam (as originally thought), that would have made things much more difficult to accept.

posted by grum@work at 02:19 PM on July 18, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

2018 NCCA College Football Championship: Long shot Georgia* loses to powerhouse Alabama in the finals.

2018 Olympics Men's Hockey: Long shot Germany loses to powerhouse Not-Russia in the finals.

2018 World Hockey Championships: Long shot Switzerland loses to powerhouse Sweden in the finals.

2018 Stanley Cup Finals: Long shot Vegas loses to powerhouse Washington in the finals.

2018 NBA Finals: Long shot Cavaliers** loses to powerhouse Golden State in the finals.

2018 World Cup: Long shot Croatia loses to powerhouse France in the finals.

*ranked 15th in pre-season polls

**4th seed in weaker conference...just go with it

I should put money down on the long-shot Philadelphia Phillies losing to the powerhouse Houston Astros in the 2018 World Series...

posted by grum@work at 12:19 AM on July 17, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Orioles are 39.5 games back of the division and 30 games back of the wild card. The Royals are 25.0 games back of the division and also 30 games back of the wild card.

The Orioles/Royals will get worse in the second half because they are actively shopping/trading their best remaining players (like Manny Machado and Mike Moustakas) and they will most definitely NOT be getting back any players that could make an immediate impact on their team.

The real problem is that both teams really don't have much to look forward to with prospects in the minors. They haven't drafted well and they had traded some prospects away during their playoff runs from a few years ago.

posted by grum@work at 03:57 PM on July 16, 2018

SportsFilter World Cup Pickem Final: Make Your Picks

Whoops.

That's what I get for rushing ahead.

1. Croatia

2. CRO 2 - FRA 1

3. Rakitic

4. Lovren

5. Mbappe

6. 37 minutes, 11 minutes of extra time

posted by grum@work at 07:31 PM on July 14, 2018

SportsFilter World Cup Pickem Final: Make Your Picks

1. Croatia

2. CRO 2 - FRA 1

3. Rakitic, Mbappe

4. Lovren, Varane

5. Mbappe

6. 37 minutes, 11 minutes of extra time

posted by grum@work at 03:20 PM on July 14, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

John Isner is an attention hog. He'll do whatever he can to make sure the cameras stay on his matches for as long as possible.

The best part is that he can legitimately tell his opponent "I can do this ALL day, if you want." and he'll be right.

posted by grum@work at 02:37 PM on July 13, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Tim Duncan, Mike Trout, Sidney Crosby...is there an NFL player that is still active (or recently retired) that has been HOF level great but absolutely boring in every other way? Larry Fitzgerald, maybe?

posted by grum@work at 01:15 PM on July 12, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

1) He's not flashy or demonstrative in any way, except for celebrating the occasional home-run-stealing-catch.

2) The most exciting thing about his personal life is that he's a weather nut. It's hard to find an elite American athlete with virtually no social impact like Mike Trout (either positive or negative).

3) As the article points out, he doesn't lead/dominate in any of the traditional statistics that casual fans know about. It would be like someone pointing out to you that the most valuable player in the NFL since 2012 was Russell Wilson, based on the AV stat (Approximate Value). It's hard to reconcile that information based on all the traditional stats that NFL fans use to measure players.

4) He hasn't had enough opportunity to shine when the world is watching. A lack of playoff appearances and starting most of his regular season games after 9pm for 3/4 of the nation definitely kills his chance to grow.


There was a similar player who won multiple MVP awards and was not as appreciated during his time of traditional stats as much as he should have: Joe Morgan. He never led the league in the triple crown stats (HR, RBI, AVG), but viewing all of his stats in through the lens of modern statistics shows that he was one of the greatest position players since integration.

posted by grum@work at 12:22 PM on July 12, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Oh no, Carlos...

posted by grum@work at 12:57 AM on July 12, 2018