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Member since: December 05, 2005
Last visit: October 27, 2007

BullpenPro has posted 29 links and 878 comments to SportsFilter and 4 links and 253 comments to the Locker Room and 2 columns.

Recent Links

Uh, I was promised I would have 3 minutes to rebut myself.: It appears that perhaps the 3-minute clock on making changes to posts starts on "Preview" rather than "Post." Has this always been the case? I've noticed on occasion that when I hit "Post" I get no opportunity to edit afterwards. (As a side note, I am hitting "Preview" earlier than I used to because I'm still having that problem where the box goes all the way off to the right side of the screen until I hit "Preview," and then it repairs itself.)

posted by BullpenPro to bugs at 05:04 AM on January 22, 2007 - 14 comments

Ripken, check. Gwynn, check. McGwire, not so much.: A landmark Hall of Fame election, with a message for the steroid era but no real surprises.

posted by BullpenPro to baseball at 01:15 PM on January 09, 2007 - 91 comments

The Better Part of Pete: The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame is planning an 11-month, 2000 square foot exhibit celebrating the playing career of Pete Rose. Notoriously banned from consideration by the National Baseball Hall of Fame, he is not a member of the club's Hall either. There is no formal statement regarding Rose's eligibility on their list of inductees page, but it does say that there was no induction from 1989 until 1998, and after that the election process was handed over to the Baseball Writers Association of America. Are the writers executing their own ban of Charlie Hustle?

posted by BullpenPro to baseball at 03:21 PM on December 19, 2006 - 79 comments

Morneau is your AL MVP: What makes this even more impressive is that he was splitting votes with a teammate, Joe Mauer. That has hurt past candidates, including David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez. Morneau is the second Canadian-born player to win the MVP.

posted by BullpenPro to baseball at 01:45 PM on November 21, 2006 - 66 comments

The "Cancer Sucks" Ball Park Tour: Jeffrey Newbauer, Jr. succumbed on Wednesday to recurrent Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. His battle was chronicled by his mother, and the family has vowed to continue the fight with ""NEWBEginnings," dedicated to taking children with cancer and their families out to the ballpark.

posted by BullpenPro to baseball at 01:06 PM on October 27, 2006 - 6 comments

Recent Comments

Grand Slam fantasy game French Open champions

Is this the line for new fantasy tennis teams?

posted by BullpenPro at 10:24 AM on June 12, 2007

Joe Buck and Jim Nantz, Sportscasters or corporate shills?

Vin Scully is so good, and almost worth the investment in XM Radio by himself. His broadcast style has many strengths, but I think his greatest is his awareness of his medium and his ability to sustain the drama that is occurring on the field of play without manipulating it to any great degree. He is equally good on TV and radio with regard to his timing. His dramatic pauses give the audience a chance to react to what is happening on the field without making you feel like your missing anything by his silence, and he jumps back in as though he can sense when the listener has stopped screaming (or crying) and brings us back up to speed. It's not a teachable talent, I suspect, or I would think we'd have more of it. To yerfatma's list, I would add these: Bill White Tony Kubek Jim Kaat Jon Miller Bob Uecker

posted by BullpenPro at 09:37 PM on February 01, 2007

Joe Buck and Jim Nantz, Sportscasters or corporate shills?

Eh. I'll take bland over vibrantly irritating any day of the week. I don't get the point of trashing these guys for not being exciting enough, or for staying in line with their employers. I would so much rather have a bland broadcast than have to hit the mute button -- at least I still get the nat sound. If the game isn't holding my interest, I don't want or need a broadcaster to compensate on the entertainment scale. I don't remember a time when I thought either of these guys was the worst broadcaster in the booth.

posted by BullpenPro at 05:21 PM on February 01, 2007

Joe Buck and Jim Nantz, Sportscasters or corporate shills?

I couldn't get past the first sentence. The October-to-April stretch is the prime rib on the sports menu. On the schedule for those seven months: the World Series, the Super Bowl, March Madness, and the Masters. Of course, three of those seven months have absolutely none of those events. That's a lot of gristle.

posted by BullpenPro at 04:01 PM on February 01, 2007

Happy slightly belated fifth birthday!

Well, you guys may be prettier than me, smarter, funnier, more popular and socially well-adjusted, with better personalities and nicer cars, but... ...uh... ...well, I guess that pretty much sums it up. Happy Birthday SportsFilter. I wish I could say I knew ye when. Heck, I wish I could say when I knew ye. Who are you, anyway?

posted by BullpenPro at 06:01 PM on January 31, 2007

The Legend of 'One-Hundred-Foot Wednesday'

Nice post, rcade. I would have said that in my previous post, but I accidentally hit "Post" instead of "Preview" when I made a second check that my tags were proper, and I, uh, you know... didn't have any edit time.

posted by BullpenPro at 03:10 PM on January 31, 2007

The Legend of 'One-Hundred-Foot Wednesday'

In a world where both of their jet skis were totally under water...

posted by BullpenPro at 03:06 PM on January 31, 2007

Barbaro Euthanized

There has been a public statement that Barbaro never stood as a stud. Maybe it's the way my brain processes words. Maybe it's the font I use to read SportsFilter (Papyrus -- very cool, but not very practical). Maybe it's my painfully desperate need to be the center of attention. But sometimes when I see "Barbaro," a quick read makes it look like "Bullpenpro." And some of these comments are striking a little close to home.

posted by BullpenPro at 04:35 PM on January 30, 2007

Down with Bettman

He said, "moribund." He meant, "Hartford." The words are interchangable, and it's easy to get confused.

posted by BullpenPro at 08:29 PM on January 29, 2007

Thailand in Olympics-era Hockey Record.

Thailand at least prevented the shutout when Arthit Thamwongsin hit the target after 47.15. I'm pretty sure that exact same sentence is in the "Hitchhikers' Guide to the Universe." Verbatim.

posted by BullpenPro at 08:21 PM on January 29, 2007

Matsuzaka order's the gyroball sandwhich or does he?

wonder if Dice-K might use the myster of the "gyroball" as a way of keeping batters off balance. Throw something that MIGHT look like a gyroball and suddenly batters are going to be flumoxed by the idea that the next pitch COULD be the gyroball. How many gyro-less starts do you think it will take before the league picks up on the fact he doesn't throw the pitch? From what I've read, I don't believe he throws it, and frankly it shouldn't matter. The guy has established himself as a very good pitcher with or without the gyro. He's getting some extra press out of this, which is nice for him right now, but the unfortunate potential fallout from this is, if he starts out 1-4 with no gyro in sight, the Boston media is going to be calling this whole deal the $100 million Scam of the Century, and they'll bury him for lying about the pitch. Maybe then the Sox will deal him to the Mets for erkno, and I can see him pitch in TWO nearby stadiums.

posted by BullpenPro at 08:10 PM on January 29, 2007

Barbaro Euthanized

Maybe there is the potential for a positive outcome in all of this. This was quite a unique solution that brought together what seems to be a reasonably common problem with horses -- a broken leg -- with an ownership group that had the means to provide the highest quality medical care to a horse in that condition and the motive to spare no expense to get the horse well. Perhaps veterinary science gained some insight from this regarding what is and is not possible with a horse in that condition. At worst, maybe the conclusion is that you have to put the horse down -- that we simply are not equipped at this stage to get a horse in that condition back onto four healthy legs -- and in the future destroying the horse can be done with a cleaner conscience, knowing that nothing more can be done even in the best circumstances. At best, perhaps despite this failure the doctors gained some insight into what went wrong and medicine can move toward a place where future horses might be saved. If I'm right, the perceived selfishness of Barbaro's owners may end up serving a greater good. Or maybe this is just a stupid tragedy, and I'm trying to rationalize torturing a poor horse for months.

posted by BullpenPro at 07:00 PM on January 29, 2007

Federer Beats Gonzalez, Wins Aussie Open

Not disputing your excellent point, JJ, but it seems to me that another big difference between golf and tennis, one that gives tennis the edge in difficulty, is that there days in tennis on which you just cannot be off your game. In the 2005 Masters, Tiger Woods and Chris DiMarco ended up in a playoff. Tiger had a bad day on Thursday when he shot a 2-over 74. DiMarco's bad day was Saturday when he shot the same. Obviously, you can't be really terrible on any day, but you can have any combination of a reasonably bad day with three great days and win a tournament. In tennis, you can't make up for your bad day later. If Federer is going to shoot a metaphorical 74, he'd better do it early and be lucky. It's harder to make up for your bad day in tennis because your tourament might be over before you get the chance, and the likelihood of prevailing on an off day in the final two matches of a major, when you're likely to be facing top-10 or top-5 competition, is pretty small.

posted by BullpenPro at 05:29 AM on January 29, 2007

2007 bloggies

I would say, not cool, not funny, and since you pointed me in that direction and I now have gotten some of that on me, you can expect a dry cleaning bill. And maybe a letter from my lawyer about those emotional damages.

posted by BullpenPro at 05:48 PM on January 26, 2007

2007 bloggies

I would like to know why we are giving the smallest modicum of consideration to a pool of nominators that thinks Cute Overload is one of the five best American blogs. Puppies and emoticons. My pancreas is going into shock.

posted by BullpenPro at 04:26 PM on January 26, 2007