avogadro's profile

Name: Christopher Alvarado
Member since: January 30, 2002
Last visit: August 16, 2009

avogadro has posted 3 links and 133 comments to SportsFilter and 1 link and 5 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

Lifelong Spurs fan, college-indoctrinated Domer, and a Clevelander and Tribe-fan by choice.

Recent Links

"Do you think clubs need to do more in terms of building a more diverse management mix, in terms of race and gender?": - Gary Huckabay

AL Exec: I think that if thereís going to be progress made on that, itís going to take a considered, planned effort, really. We really do try, but as I said earlier, that takes time, and it makes it more likely that youíll make a bad hire, because you wonít necessarily have someone vouching for someone.
In the first of a two-part interview, Baseball Prospectus talks to two front-office executives about what their jobs are like and, most revealingly, how hiring decisions are made.

posted by avogadro to baseball at 09:39 PM on September 25, 2007 - 16 comments

So who's got Mo's back?: I'm not sure the Blazers do, after only levying a 2-game suspension on Darius Miles for verbally assaulting class-act Maurice Cheeks during a film session. Coach Cheeks says he's willing to forgive, but in the end, it may be Mo who's taking the fall.

posted by avogadro to basketball at 09:17 AM on January 30, 2005 - 7 comments

American League Pioneer and Tribe Great Larry Doby passed away Wednesday,: and though he was the first to break the color barrier in the AL, a seven-time All Star, and leader of the Indians during their glory days, he never received anywhere near the adulation of his peers, black or otherwise.

posted by avogadro to baseball at 08:39 AM on June 20, 2003 - 0 comments

Having used Yahoo Fantasy Baseball in the past as a commissioner's service and found it utterly buggy, I'd like to know what other services you SpoFites have used for your fantasy leagues (including pay services) and which you would recommend.

posted by avogadro to navel gazing at 01:35 PM on February 19, 2003 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

Garnett expected to miss entire playoffs

Beating the Cavs will not be nearly as satisfying.

Counting those egg-bounded chickens already, eh? Typical Lakers-sycophant.

posted by avogadro at 12:24 AM on April 17, 2009

Don Sanderson is dead.

Why don't we all agree that comments can only be made by folks who have played the sport being commented on. Sure, that would make those NASCAR and polo conversations a bit brief, but it's all for the good of Sportsfilter, eh?

posted by avogadro at 01:39 PM on January 03, 2009

The Knicks Shed Some Cap

Well, after that beating tonight, the Knicks sure didn't make themselves more attractive. Keep in mind too that Cleveland could also have enough cap space in 2010 to sign their own top free agent to run alongside LeBron.

posted by avogadro at 11:23 PM on November 25, 2008

Navy Beats Notre Dame In Triple Overtime

You can not, in all fairness, expect him to do the ultimate with Willingham's recruits. I think that this is a poor argument. Weiss had more of his recruits and fewer of Willingham's this year than in his two previous years; you can look that up (or use simple logic). Considering the ten year contract that Weis received, it would be extremely costly to fire him. For that reason alone, I don't think that Notre Dame should become rid of him. Then again, I thought that it was an enormous mistake to fire Willingham. Race aside, Notre Dame had a remarkable opportunity to learn the lesson that Nebraska, Miami, and Florida are learning from Connecticut, Boise State, and Hawaii: the era of the perennial football powerhouse is over. Instead, what ND should have been doing was focus on being respectable on the gridiron and exemplary in the classroom. *sigh*

posted by avogadro at 08:30 AM on November 04, 2007

Bombed: New York Yankees Make Another Early Exit from Playoffs

Perhaps some credit ought to be directed towards the Indians. It's understandable why the national media is all "Yankees Yankees Yankees", but the Tribe is a young team that is just getting better.

posted by avogadro at 06:06 AM on October 09, 2007

"Do you think clubs need to do more in terms of building a more diverse management mix, in terms of race and gender?"

Indeed I do, but I wasn't going to call out some of our esteemed posters intentionally. *grin*

posted by avogadro at 04:11 PM on September 26, 2007

"Do you think clubs need to do more in terms of building a more diverse management mix, in terms of race and gender?"

Both GMs in the article are aware of the situation. You hire those who are recommended by people you know and trust. It's called the "good old boy" network, and while it keeps people comfortable with their hiring practices, it also produces a lot of inbreeding (and not merely with sheep). That was what interested me about the article, especially since this is something that happens at most white-collar (gah, no pun intended) and many blue collar jobs. Nothing wrong with hiring who you know or somebody known by someone else you trust, except that it means you aren't necessarily hiring the best possible person, but rather, hiring the best connected person who meets the qualifications. And, it's why I think that intentionally expanding networks that are diverse would be a better strategy than quotas. (By the bye, I certainly didn't mean to start a teapot tempest with the post. In fact, I thought that the executives provided some really thoughtful insight into hiring practices.)

posted by avogadro at 03:07 PM on September 26, 2007

The top 10 worst sports team names

They aren't "Ham Fighters". They are the "Nippon-Ham" Fighters.

posted by avogadro at 09:09 PM on September 13, 2007

LeBron James is on another level now

This championship series is going to be very, very interesting. Cleveland has definitely modeled itself after S.A. given that both Ferry as the G.M. and Brown as the coach were both brought up in the Spurs system that stresses team defense as the primary goal. I didn't think that the Cavaliers could make it to the Finals this quickly because it usually takes such a long time to teach good defense (with weak-side help, quick double teams, and clogging the passing lanes). And, as much as "chemistry" is a term that lazy sportswriters overuse, there is something to be said about having defenders trust one another enough to not try for ill-conceived blocks or steals and instead just play smart, hard-nosed defense with the moving of the feet and the getting into position and the hey-hey glavin. And, it helps for a team to have unselfish leadership on the court that can play team ball. The Spurs have that in Duncan, and the Cavs do in LeBron. As much as I want my adopted city to get it's first championship since another LBJ was in the White House, I know my first sports love too well to think that the Cavs are really ready for what the Spurs will bring to them. IF Ilgauskas can dominate in the paint and IF Hughes is healthy enough to play tough D and IF Marshall can drop threes at opportune times and IF "Boobie" Gibson can maintain a hot hand then MAYBE Cleveland can win this series. Regardless, this is going to be an entertaining series. I think we're going to see a lot of great defense leading to transition baskets from Ginobili, Parker, or LeBron. We'll see four crisp passes before wide-open shots, hard fouls in the paint, some very creative flopping, and a Spurs win in six. And, we'll see a Cavs team and the nascent Best Player Ever learn how to play championship basketball so that they can win multiple championships over the next decade. As a San Antonian in Cleveland, I could not be happier.

posted by avogadro at 12:03 AM on June 03, 2007

Yankees donate $1,000,000 to Virginia Tech

I think folks are making a bigger deal about a throwaway line than need be, and utterly missed the point of the article (though truth be told, the article was fairly light and was easily summarized by the six words you used in the link).

posted by avogadro at 10:41 PM on May 24, 2007

Yankees donate $1,000,000 to Virginia Tech

So, was I the only person who bothered reading the article? Lighten up, Francises.

posted by avogadro at 10:24 PM on May 24, 2007

Damn, Leroy.

Basil Fawlty unofficially was the Torquay manager for about five minutes, but that was only because the owner's contract was ruined by a clumsy Manuel (he's from Barcelona).

posted by avogadro at 07:43 AM on May 21, 2007

From 0 to 99 and everything in between.

Yeah, I'm biased, but to not even mention Travis Hafner at #48 is a crime against humanity.

posted by avogadro at 06:24 PM on May 11, 2007

Being a Mets fan is a pain in the back

Stop lawyering, yay-yo, and step away from the keyboard. You are making no friends in this thread (or other threads in which you've commented today) and I highly doubt that anybody will support you based on your not-very-nuanced interpretations. However, should you continue your unpleasantness, you ought not be surprised to find yourself booted.

posted by avogadro at 10:58 PM on May 09, 2007

'Dear Mr. Dork ...'

Two points: 1. shouldn't he have signed it "your favourite centre fielder", as he does play in Canada? 2. possibly the best centre fielder in the game. No offense to superstar and all-around class act V. Wells, but he wasn't even the best centerfielder in the stadium.

posted by avogadro at 07:47 PM on May 09, 2007