- David Brown at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
No other major league slugger combines a reputation for driving in big runs and giving great hugs like Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves. The convivial slugger, who is of Canadian descent and resembles a key supporting player from the movie "Home Alone," likes him some RBIs and some PDA with teammates after a home run.
Also spokesperson for ACE Brand, Freeman is getting the word out about their partnership with Little League so that kids and fans can make their own digital baseball cards. Freeman recently took a few minutes to do an Answer Man session that contained all of these topics and more, including what it's like to have your life saved in an Atlanta snow storm by Chipper Jones.
David Brown: You do the splits a lot to make saving plays at first base. Are you OK down there?
- David Brown at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington tried putting right-hander Colby Lewis in a position to "take one for the team" Thursday night, even though Lewis was more about giving. Lewis gave up hit after hit, and run after run, against the Los Angeles Angels. Lewis couldn't really come through in the longevity department, either, so that the Rangers bullpen might be spared. He managed to get only seven outs (2 1/3 innings) before being replaced.
In doing so, Lewis "took the worst beating in franchise history," the Dallas Morning News reported, allowing a whopping 13 runs (11 earned) and 13 hits in a 15-6 loss to the Angels at Globe Life Park. His ERA jumped from 5.51 to 6.64.Fri, Jul 115:05 PM PDTLA Angels at TexasPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
It's not the worst possible news for the New York Yankees, but it isn't good news, either: After getting an MRI and seeing the team doctor Thursday, right-hander Masahiro Tanaka was diagnosed with a partial tear of the UCL in his right elbow.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says Tanaka won't get surgery yet; instead, he'll rehab for six weeks and see if he can pitch. The injury could be similar to that sustained by Matt Harvey of the New York Mets, who considered rehab before deciding to undergo Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery. If Tanaka, 25, decides later on surgery, he'll miss the rest of this season and a good chunk of 2015 because of the 12-15 month rehab time expected.
Here's a glimpse into Harvey's thinking, via the beat writer for the Bergen (N.J.) County Record:
Harvey on his decision with TJ: "For me personally it was a mental thing and something I didn’t want to continue thinking about.”Fri, Jul 114:05 PM PDTNY Yankees at BaltimorePreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
Information continues to drip out of the Biogenesis scandal and, Thursday afternoon, Gaby Sanchez of the Pittsburgh Pirates was answering questions about a reported link to Tony Bosch and performance-enhancing drugs.
A book except published in the Miami New Times says that Bosch's records show Sanchez in 2011 met several times with Bosch, reputed to be a PED supplier to Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and other major leaguers. The excerpt also says Sanchez, a teammate of Braun's in college at the University of Miami, failed a drug test there in 2004.
#pirates gaby Sanchez on PED allegation: "I've got no comment on that. I'm here to play baseball." Denies using PEDs.
- David Brown at Big League Stew1 day ago
There's an old saying on the Internet: "Don't read the comments." A real-life version might be, if you're a Colorado Rockies fan, "Don't send comments, because the owner might snap at you."
That's precisely what happened to Michael Ferguson of Grand Junction, Colo. after he and his family attended a Rockies game at Coors Field against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the Fourth of July. After spending $288 on tickets alone, the Fergusons watched the Dodgers smoke the Rockies 9-0. The results were extreme, but still kind of typical for the Rockies this season: They're 39-53, which is one of the worst records in Major League Baseball. And they're on pace to finish under .500 for the fourth straight season, and for the 13th time since 1998.Fri, Jul 115:40 PM PDTMinnesota at ColoradoPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew1 day ago
This post by Rob Bradford of WEEI radio makes the Boston Red Sox look much worse collectively than it does A.J. Pierzynski, the person ripped by anonymous sources within the team.
The Red Sox designated Pierzynski for assignment Wednesday, removing him from the 40-man roster after he batted .254 with a .286 on-base percentage and .348 slugging percentage — all career lows — in 274 plate appearances. Boston has 10 days to trade, release or demote Pierzynski to the minors. Release is most likely.Fri, Jul 115:10 PM PDTBoston at HoustonPreview Game
The New York Post reports that New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has left the team to get an MRI on his right arm. An All-Star in his first season after coming from Japan as a free agent and signing for $155 million, Tanaka has performed better than most other pitchers in the majors. Tanaka, 25, dominated from April through June, but his past two starts yielded disappointing results — a combined nine runs and 19 hits — numbers that now appear alarming.
The Yanks put him on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with elbow inflammation. Tanaka's numbers overall: 2.51 ERA with with 135 strikeouts in 129 1/3 innings. He's pitched a league-leading three complete games with one shutout. The Yankees have a 13-5 record in his starts.
Kojii Uehara of the Red Sox reportedly is first on a list of replacements to take Tanaka's spot on the American League's All-Star roster.
The Chicago Cubs organization raised some eyebrows in June when it hired Manny Ramirez to be a player-coach for its Class AAA teamin Iowa. Team president Theo Epstein earnestly believes, with good reason, that Ramirez will be a positive influence on the kids — despite Manny's reputation for being, well, Manny.
But did it ever occur to Epstein that Ramirez might have to act as the team's manager if an unlikely series of events happened? Minor-league coaching staffs are much smaller than those in the majors. Usually, it's a manager, a pitching coach and a batting coach. Iowa having Manny as a coach is a luxury, relatively speaking.
But Manny being manager?! Well, he came darned close to managing on Tuesday night.LiveAtlanta2 - 2Chi CubsFollow Game
No other umpire in the major leagues gets more complaints, or so it seems, than Angel Hernandez. The San Francisco Giants collectively took issue with Hernandez on Tuesday night during a 6-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics. They didn't like how Hernandez called balls and strikes for Madison Bumgarner of the Giants compared to how he called them for Sonny Gray of the A's. Nor did they likethe balk call Hernandez made against San Francisco's Jean Machi in the eighth inning.
The events culminated with Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper of KNBR-AM making this direct and pointed comment after the game:
Duane Kuiper: "Angel Hernandez is not a good umpire and in my opinion, he does not belong in the big leagues."
Duane Kuiper on Angel Hernandez: "And I think Major League Baseball knows this, they just don't know how to get rid of him." (2/2)Fri, Jul 117:15 PM PDTArizona at San FranciscoPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew3 days ago
Graffiti artists are painting a mural on a wall in San Diego to help ensure the remembrance of Hall of Fame ballplayer Tony Gwynn, who died in June at 54 years old after having cancer. The mural is being painted on the Undisputed Downtown gymnasium facing 16th and J streets, and the project requires at least 50 bottles of black spray paint just to prime the 40-foot wall. The gym, run in part by Joel Rocco, is about three blocks from Petco Park in the East Village, a gentrifying neighborhood.
ABC-10 TV in San Diego got a preview of the mural (that's a computer graphic you see in the video) and talked to the creators. The work is personal to the artists belonging to a group called the Wildstyle Technicians because all of them loved Gwynn and are fans of the San Diego Padres. Another is a cancer survivor.Fri, Jul 117:10 PM PDTSan Diego at LA DodgersPreview Game