Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Tim Anderson is balling


Unwritten rules of baseball violator Tim Anderson just homered against the Pirates, giving him seven in 34 games now this season. His average currently stands at .260, and his OPS at .776. The dude also has 10 stolen bases in 11 tries, but maybe most impressive, he only has five errors in the field this season. I say only because he committed 28 last year, eight more than the next most, erm, adventurous fielders. Anderson finished just 94 errors shy of the single-season record, set in 1889 by Herman Long and matched by Billy Shindle in 1890. Honestly, what the hell were they doing back then?

Part of Anderson’s high error totals – as well as Long’s and Shindles’, for all I know – is his incredible range. Perhaps another, more important factor is that he throws the ball away or mishandles it more often than a major league shortstop should. Or, should I say, he used to throw the ball away or mishandle it far too often, because Anderson hasn’t made an error since April 27. If today’s game ends without him booting a ball, he will have played 11 straight error-free games.

The White Sox are bad anyway, but this season is all about beginning to determine who will be a part of the 2022 World Series champion Chicago White Sox. Allow me to declare, here and now, that if Tim Anderson hits more home runs than he commits errors this season, he will be a World Series winning shortstop in four years time.

Before we go, let’s check out the tentative lineup for that team, taking into account this season’s tryouts to this point:

C: ???
1B: Jose Abreu
2B: Yoan Moncada
3B: ???
SS: Tim Anderson
LF: ???
CF: ???
RF: ???
DH: Matt Davidson

SP: Reynaldo Lopez
SP: ???
SP: ???
SP: ???
SP: ???
CP: ???

Rebuilding is fun.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

There's no shame in being wrong occasionally


Previously on The Loser Point, I made the claim that the NBA is the only professional sports league that does its regular season awards correct, in that they hand them out during the playoffs, when the regular season is still somewhat fresh in our minds, and not after the playoffs have been concluded and a champion has been crowned and the entry draft is approaching, when the regular season is the last thing on anyone’s mind. Well, I was wrong.

Apparently, last year the NBA held its first-ever awards show, hosted by Drake, which I completely missed because the Warriors had locked up their NBA Finals win over the Cavs two weeks prior, and the NBA Draft had taken place four days before the regular season awards ceremony. The regular season had wrapped more than two months before the awards ceremony took place.

I regret my error, and let the record show that no pro sports league hands out its regular season awards in a timely, sensible fashion. The 2018 NBA awards will be handed out this year on June 25. At the risk of being wrong again, it will likely be hosted this time by Kevin Hart. He’s been around sports a lot lately. Unless the NBA has Drake do it again and makes him their Billy Crystal. Which kind of sounds fitting for Drake: the NBA’s Billy Crystal.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Report: Someone took the time to scroll through 6 years of Josh Allen's Twitter feed


On the eve on the NFL draft, offensive tweets from a potential No. 1 pick, Josh Allen, surfaced on social media.

And:
The tweets cited by Yahoo! Sports were sent in 2012 and 2013, when Allen was in high school.
Okay. (For fuck's sake.) Tweets from six years ago don't just surface on social media. Tweets from six years ago stay buried beneath six years of more recent inconsequential, unnecessary garbage. That's the platform. It's hundreds of millions of people making the same joke at the same time, while Donald Trump posts every stupid thought that pops into his head and George R.R. Martin logs the different ways he's procrastinating instead of writing The Winds of Winter. Here he is trying on a fun new hat:

The world would be better off without Twitter, and you know who would probably agree with me is the poor soul at Yahoo! who was forced to scroll through six goddamn years of Josh Allen tweets to generate news, if that's how this went down. If this was someone acting solo  – George R.R. Martin finding another method of procrastinating, perhaps – then this is just evidence that the five-day, 40-hour workweek is an outdated concept.

What I'm wondering is not how this will affect Allen's draft stock, but exactly why this news broke on the eve of the draft. Was this something Yahoo! was sitting on for a while, waiting for the moment that would make the biggest splash? Or was this simply how long it took their poor intern to sift through more than 9,000 tweets?
Here's some advice for anyone famous who joined Twitter before they were in the public eye: Just go ahead and delete your account and start anew. This happens to everybody, from Allen to Mitch Trubisky to Trevor Noah, and when you're going on this idiot thing posting all the nonsense that pops into your head over the span of years and years and years, there's no telling what you've said and when someone is going to take the time to find it. Or, you know, just delete it for good, because the world doesn't need any of it.