July 17, 2019

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 - 11 comments

Hall of Famer Ron Francis to be hired as general manager of Seattle's new NHL team

If you are looking for a competent, yet overly cautious GM, then Ron Francis is your man.

posted by NoMich at 09:53 AM on July 17

After Jake Marisnick was plunked with a 90-mph pitch a little high for comfort, he took his medicine and then tried to keep the Astros in the dugout after things got heated.

posted by rcade at 12:18 PM on July 17

Huh. I've never seen anything like that happen before. Good for Marisnick

posted by NoMich at 12:40 PM on July 17

I'm not sure if that supports my theory that his hit on Lucroy was unintentional or undermines it. My perception is that it supports it--he injured the other team's catcher on a play that was dangerous, even if unintentional, and now he's sucking it up and taking his medicine. That said, I get the impression that Marisnick now believes his debt to be settled, and any further escalation by the Angels will cause an uproar.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:47 PM on July 17

Not sure why Seattle needs a hockey team with Vancouver so near by and with neither city having a basketball team.

posted by beaverboard at 02:13 PM on July 17

Marisnick now believes his debt to be settled

Under the so-called "Unwritten Rules of Baseball" it would so appear. I still stand by my hard-assed umpire decision that Marisnick's hit was intentional, and his contrition is sincere. Extent of injury to Lucroy notwithstanding, Marisnick has really figured out that he was a dumbass. He got to sit down for a couple of games, the requisite symbolic retaliation has been rendered, so now let it be buried between the foul lines.

posted by Howard_T at 04:01 PM on July 17

From the Dreams Do Come True Dep't.:

LaVar Ball Clearance Sale

posted by beaverboard at 05:04 PM on July 17

I still stand by my hard-assed umpire decision that Marisnick's hit was intentional

...and I stand by my decision to kick dirt on your umping shoes. I mean, you gotta be kidding me. Whaddya got, walleye vision!?

posted by tahoemoj at 05:56 PM on July 17

Marisnick waving his team back to the dugout shows genuine contrition. Reports within baseball that he's a good guy seem to be legit, which to me backs up the idea that the collision was a mistake instead of malice.

But he could be an overall good guy yet he still decided to ring Lucroy up and get the run.

In any case I can't recall seeing a player wave back his team like that. It's an interesting moment in the history of the unwritten rules.

posted by rcade at 06:41 PM on July 17

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