July 29, 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 - 6 comments

Newspapers in his home town of Greenville, MS, are reporting the death of George Scott, former Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers slugger. "The Boomer" is chiefly remembered for his bat, but he played some great defense at 1st base as well. I remember being at Fenway for a game vs Minnesota when he turned a sure RBI double down the line into an easy double play, gloving a hard shot and tagging the bag for the second out on the play. It was a game saver.

posted by Howard_T at 04:30 PM on July 29

posted by yerfatma at 05:18 PM on July 29

That's a perfect ESPN graphic. I'm sure the stats compare just as favorably over the whole season.

posted by feloniousmonk at 06:37 PM on July 29

I'm the first to complain about shoddy stats & ESPN, but the point is the Rays' recent success has been due in large part to the fact their entire starting pitching staff (or maybe it's the whole staff) has given them a season's worth of vintage Pedro Martinez. It's a decent way of summing up their performance.

posted by yerfatma at 08:57 AM on July 30

A bit more on George Scott: Remembering Boomer.

posted by yerfatma at 03:23 PM on July 30

A bit more on George Scott

Thanks for that, fatty. I hadn't read anything by Leigh Montville in quite a while, and I'd forgotten just how well he can write.

posted by Howard_T at 04:09 PM on July 31

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