- David Brown at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Yasiel Puig has shown himself to be capable of many amazing feats on a baseball field. Athletic catches. Powerful throws. Distant home runs. Artful bat flips. Soulful singing. But what happens when he tries to throw his helmet?
It comes back at him like a boomerang — and he catches the rebound anyway, like Mad Max. This might be the most Puig Thing ever.
He also did this later in the game:
[GIF] Yasiel Puig cuts ball in gap between his legs: http://t.co/pqJqINeXRT
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- David Brown at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
If, someday in the future, a literal million of Derek Jeter enthusiasts claim to have been at the game(s) when he tied or surpassed Hall of Fame shortstop Honus Wagner on Major League Baseball's all-time hit list, it might not be much of an exaggeration. Because of a scoring change 11 days after the fact, Jeter's infield single against right-hander Trevor Bauer and the Cleveland Indians on Aug. 8 is now an error.
Objectively, it was an error all of the way on Carlos Santana and should have been called as such. Bizarre scoring decision, originally. It's also bizarre that the issue took so long to resolve. Twenty four hours should have been long enough to make it just and official. In the end, Jeter's place in history on the all-time hit list is secure, but how this moment in his final season was recorded also has been messed up forever.Thu, Aug 2110:10 AM PDTCleveland at MinnesotaPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
Kole Calhoun went to the bullpen to give the Los Angeles Angels some much-needed relief Tuesday night — though he is neither pitcher nor manager.
Playing right field at Fenway Park in the second inning, Calhoun drifted back, jumped high, reached into the bullpen and came down on top of the fence to make a great catch, robing Brock Holt of the Boston Red Sox of a three-run home run. Aside from the grab, the best part of the video might be the reaction of the Angels players in the bullpen, jumping for joy in response. And why not? If Calhoun doesn't catch the ball, the Red Sox would have taken a four-run lead.
Instead, the Angels won 4-3 and continue to pace the Oakland Athletics in the American League West.
As reporter Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register points out, Calhoun is "charitably listed" as being 5-foot-10 inches tall. That means he leaped approximately 14 feet in the air* in order to save right-hander Jered Weaver's bacon. (*exaggeration)Thu, Aug 214:10 PM PDTLA Angels at BostonPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling, in remission from mouth cancer, told WEEI radio in Boston on Wednesday morning that he'll "go to his grave" believing he got sick because he chewed smokeless tobacco for 30 years.
Schilling, who turns 48 in November, lost 75 pounds during his treatment, and also has lost his senses of taste and smell. Schilling announced in June that he was in remission after saying in February he had cancer, though he had offered few other details until now. Grateful for being given time to heal and reflect, Schilling expanded on his personal story on the radio during a fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund, the juvenile charity with whom the Boston Red Sox partner.
Schilling used chewing tobacco for three decades, something he now greatly regrets.
- David Brown at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
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Rather than waiting for their last at-bat again, the Washington Nationals won their eighth straight game because of a big third inning at the plate and another dominant outing by right-hander Stephen Strasburg. Removing the late-inning drama seemed OK with them after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-1 on Tuesday night.
The Nats scored six times in the third, keyed by a three-run double by Asdrubal Cabrera. Strasburg struck our four in a season-high eight innings, surpassing his career high for K's in a season. All of that meant Washington didn't have to win in the final moment, as it had for three straight games previously.
''I guess it's what the doctor ordered,'' Strasburg said.
It's Washington's longest winning streak in two years and, at 71-53, the Nats have the best record in the National League.
THREE-RUN 11TH GETS TIGERS PAST RAYS:Thu, Aug 211:05 PM PDTArizona at WashingtonPreview Game
After a quick rain storm apparently took them by surprise Tuesday night, the Wrigley Field grounds crew sadly and hilariously struggled for six or seven minutes to get a soaked tarp to fully cover the infield during the fifth inning. In true Chicago form, many in the crowd booed the grounds crew's feeble execution. "Pull, pull, pull!" others shouted.
The problematic coverage didn't take as long to play out as a similar debacle at Yankee Stadium that lasted 14 minutes in July, or a nine-minute affair happening in the Bronx a season before, but it seemed even more absurd. And even though it rained on Chicago's North Side only for about 15 minutes, the ensuing delay because of unplayable conditions lasted 4 hours, 34 minutes. Umpires finally called the game at 1:16 a.m. and, because five innings had been played, the Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0.
Surprise and sadness lasted only a while, and no hard feelings linger for slugger Yoenis Cespedes now that nearly three weeks have passed since he was traded to the Boston Red Sox. He won't be part of a World Series winner this season in Boston, which is unlikely to finish with a .500 record, but that doesn't mean Cespedes can't pick a team to root for this October.
Speaking through a Spanish translator via an interview with reporter Jane Lee of MLB.com, Cespedes said he'll be rooting for the Oakland Athletics, who have a chance without him:
Cespedes will miss "everything" about Oakland, he says, "from the guys in the clubhouse to the coaching staff to the fans, who always treated me extraordinary, to the friends I made there," and counts the final day of the 2012 season, when the Cinderella A's claimed the American League West title, as his favorite memory in green and gold.
The Cincinnati Reds hang by a string in the National League playoff race, and part of that string might be inside of the "achy" shoulder of closer Aroldis Chapman.
Chapman was not available to pitch Monday, one day after his worst performance of the season in a tough loss to the Colorado Rockies, because of soreness in his left shoulder. Chapman threw 28 pitches and walked all four batters he faced in Game 2 of a doubleheader that the Reds lost 10-9. Reds manager Bryan Price said afterward that there was nothing physically wrong with Chapman — but that was a fib. The Reds lost another tough game against St. Louis on Monday, and did not use Chapman.
Price said, via MLB.com:
"He's just a little achy, and it just doesn't make sense at all for us to keep running him out there," Price said after a 6-5 loss to St. Louis in 10 innings. "He was a little achy [Sunday]. I didn't want to say anything, but he was. By the time we knew there might be an issue, the damage was done yesterday.
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The "rally cap" is a well-meaning but horrible idea in which baseball players on the bench or fans in the stands literally turn their hats inside out and wear them in order to change a team's luck. It's an OK thought because it's a way to show team unity, but it's terrible in practice because it wrecks your cap!
Enter: Right-hander Doug Fister of the Washington Nationals. As his team was engaged with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the late innings Monday night, Fister felt the club needed a little something extra to get over the hump. Say hello to his little friend!
Rather than turning all of his clothes inside out, Fister placed a Jayson Werth garden gnome in the collar of his fleece sweatshirt so it could watch the game with him. The gnomes were given away to fans earlier this month — and demand was night. They're like bobblehead dolls, but different!
Pretty much the worst news the Kansas City Royals could hear would be that "Salvador Perez is coming out of the game." However, with catcher Erik Kratz available to come off the bench, the Royals aren't doomed without Perez, who otherwise comes close to being irreplaceable.
Kratz came though with two home runs against the Minnesota Twins on Monday night after Perez came out because of a right knee injury, helping the Royals win 6-4 and increase their first-place lead in the American League Central. Kansas City's 69-55 record is the same as it was in 1985, also the most recent time the Royals made the playoffs and won the World Series.
It's also not often players come off the bench and hit two home runs:
Erik Kratz hit 2 HR in game he didn't start. Only other AL players to do that in last 4 seasons: Matt Joyce 9/29/12 & Raul Ibanez 9/22/12