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grum@work has posted 236 links and 9,383 comments to SportsFilter and 15 links and 920 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

Sports Bio

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

Over Two Minutes of MLB Players Cursing in Empty Stadiums:
Language is definitely not safe for work.
It's been a tough month for sound engineers during baseball broadcasts.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 01:42 AM on August 22, 2020 - 6 comments

Body cam and long distance camera footage released showing Masai Ujiri's run-in with Almeda County sheriff deputy.:
In a surprise to no one, the deputy lied about the incident.

posted by grum@work to basketball at 12:16 AM on August 19, 2020 - 6 comments

Okay! Blue Jays! Let's! Play! Ball...somewhere else!:
(song reference)
The Canadian government has turned down the Blue Jays request to play in Toronto this season. The official statement from the Blue Jays front office doesn't state where they will play. The most probable option is Buffalo, but it requires clubhouse and lighting (for television broadcast) updates.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 05:43 PM on July 18, 2020 - 5 comments

Recent Comments

Robinson Cano Suspended for 2021 Season Over PEDs

He's making ~$24million a season until he turns 40, and he still used PEDs?

What a maroon!

Now, if the 2021 season is only 60 games again, does he get off lightly, or do they stretch it into the 2022 season as well?

posted by grum@work at 08:32 PM on November 18, 2020

The Miami Marlins make history with hiring of Kim Ng as general manager

She's been considered a GM candidate for over a decade now, so this was probably long over due.

posted by grum@work at 12:19 AM on November 14, 2020

Chicago White Sox Hire Tony La Russa as Manager

The last "Tony La Russa is old" statistic:

- Currently, the second oldest manager in the majors is now Dusty Baker. When Dusty Baker was a player, the last manager he ever had was...Tony La Russa, in 1986.

posted by grum@work at 10:01 AM on October 30, 2020

Chicago White Sox Hire Tony La Russa as Manager

and a reputation for being player-friendly.

He hasn't always been that way.

In 2016: "I would not, to the best of my ability, I would not sanction somebody taking a knee.
"I think that's disrespectful, and I really question the sincerity of somebody like Kaepernick. I remember when he was on top. I never heard him talk about anything but himself. Now all of a sudden he's struggling for attention and he makes this big pitch. I don't buy it. And even if he was sincere, there are other ways to show your concern. Disrespecting our flag is not the way to do it."

...
And again: "No, sir, I would not allow it. ... If you want to make your statement you make it in the clubhouse, but not out there, you're not going to show it that way publicly and disrespectfully."

In 2020, he's kind of walked it back: "I know in 2016 when the first issue occurred, my initial instincts were all about respecting the flag and the anthem and what America stands for. There's been a lot that's [gone] on in a very healthy way since 2016, and not only do I respect but I applaud the awareness that's come into not just society, but especially in sports. If you talk about specifically baseball, I applaud and would support the fact that they are now addressing [and] identifying the injustices, especially on the racial side."

posted by grum@work at 08:25 PM on October 29, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

So...that was a hell of a finish to Game 4 of the World Series!

Every mistake made on that play that I could see after watching the replays:

  • Dave Roberts put Jansen in/left Jansen in.
  • Jansen threw a bad pitch.
  • Taylor bobbled the ball.
  • Muncy threw the ball to the wrong side (always throw up the line so the catcher can watch the runner while fielding the ball).
  • Umpire/someone did not clear the bat out of the way, and Smith stepped on it.
  • Smith mishandled the throw.
  • Jansen didn't back up the plate.
  • Third base coach waved in Arozarena.
  • Arozarena fell down.
  • Phillips kept running to 3rd (blocking Arozarena's retreat option if he needed it).

posted by grum@work at 01:23 AM on October 25, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Taiwanese baseball highlight:

Outfielder robs a home run, but only reveals he's caught the ball after batter is deep into his home run trot. Stunned looks from everyone!

That's the most cold-blooded thing I've ever seen on a baseball field. I love it.

posted by grum@work at 10:14 AM on October 16, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

In the Log Cabin With My Favorite Player: Appreciating Traditional American Masculinity Through Homoerotic Language in Baseball Fandom

For instance, when the user "jonginator" posted the team pitcher Luis Severino's stats, he titled his baseball stats post, "Get Your Lube and Whip Out Your Dicks Kids, Here is a New Fangraphs Article about Severino."

posted by grum@work at 03:35 PM on October 01, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

33,000 tests, and no positives. The NHL playoff bubble has been a success.

posted by grum@work at 10:07 PM on September 28, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The super-slow-mo of Adebayo's block on Tatum is amazing.

(the sound, however, is nightmare fuel)

posted by grum@work at 10:12 AM on September 16, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

In case you missed the highlight:

Vladdy Guerrero Jr. did a straight steal of second base, and it wasn't even close.

That's a BIG man stealing a base right there.

posted by grum@work at 11:21 PM on September 07, 2020

Milwaukee Bucks Boycott Game 5 of Playoff Series

The Lakers and Clippers have voted to boycott the NBA season. Most other teams voted to continue. LeBron James has exited the meeting.

I have no idea where this is going to end up, but this is historic.

posted by grum@work at 12:30 AM on August 27, 2020

Milwaukee Bucks Boycott Game 5 of Playoff Series

Chris Webber's take reminds everyone it was 4 years ago today when Colin Kaepernick first knelt during an anthem.

posted by grum@work at 07:55 PM on August 26, 2020

Milwaukee Bucks Boycott Game 5 of Playoff Series

Kenny Smith walked off the set of "Inside the NBA" in solidarity with the players.

posted by grum@work at 07:37 PM on August 26, 2020

Milwaukee Bucks Boycott Game 5 of Playoff Series

The Magic have refused the forfeit, and the NBA has canceled all of the games for tonight.

It is suspected that all of the games tomorrow will also be canceled, as the Raptors/Celtics were hinting at striking (since boycott means not buying, and what they are doing is striking) as early as yesterday.

posted by grum@work at 05:53 PM on August 26, 2020

Over Two Minutes of MLB Players Cursing in Empty Stadiums

"Sorry."

posted by grum@work at 01:42 AM on August 22, 2020