- David Brown at Big League Stew59 mins ago
Giancarlo Stanton showed his face Tuesday, and it looked a lot better than it did Thursday after an errant pitch struck him there. Even though the"before" photo is pretty disturbing, the "after" pic shows how much progress Stanton has made since suffering facial lacerations and fractures, along with dental damage, from being hit. The stitches come out today.
Stanton is even hopeful that more tests, which are being conducted Tuesday, will allow him to return to the Miami Marlins lineup this season. That would be a welcome surprise. Miami is 73-76, six games back in the wild card, but having Stanton back this season would lay to rest any offseason worries about him getting back on the horse and playing ball.
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- David Brown at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Major League Baseball players take note: Grabbing your own crotch will bring a bigger penalty than hitting another player with the baseball on purpose.
MLB saw fit to suspend Jonathan Papelbon of the Philadelphia Phillies for seven games for his perceived lewd gesture at fans at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday. Papelbon will not appeal, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, and he began serving his penalty Monday when the Phillies were visiting the San Diego Padres.
No word from MLB came regarding a penalty for umpire Joe West, who grabbed Papelbon by the jersey during their argument over Papelbon's ejection for making the gesture. Joe Torre, the MLB official in charge of discipline, was athis brother Frank Torre's funeral. That West wasn't published immediately didn't sit well with players such as Josh Donaldson of the Oakland Athletics:Tue, Sep 167:10 PM PDTPhiladelphia at San DiegoPreview Game
ESPN televised the Baltimore Orioles' exciting 3-2 victory against the New York Yankees on Sunday night, but did so from the bottom of the fourth inning on without one of its cameras. Baltimore's Adam Jones fouled a pitch off the lens of the "Mid-home Robo Cam," as it was described by broadcaster Dan Shulman, during an at-bat against Hiroki Kuroda.
Jones fought off a 2-1 fastball and knocked silly the camera, which was mounted on the screen behind home plate, and sent bits of glass crashing to the ground.
You can see pieces of glass highlighted below the camera's position. Also, notice the people smiling and clapping at the camera's destruction. It's because we, as a species, like to break stuff!
"Adam Jones inadvertently damaged some pretty expensive equipment," Shulman said.Tue, Sep 164:05 PM PDTToronto at BaltimorePreview Game
Daniel Nava of the Boston Red Sox handed the Kansas City Royals a major setback to their playoff aspirations Sunday. But did the Royals, who haven't reached the postseason since winning the World Series 29 years ago, have to be so darned helpful to him?
With several better options seemingly available, Royals manager Ned Yost used right-hander Aaron Crow to face Nava, a switch-hitter, with the bases loaded and Kansas City leading by a run in the top of the sixth inning. Nava turned on the first pitch, a 93 mph fastball on the inside corner, and crushed it to right for a grand slam. The Royals lost 8-4 and, with the Detroit Tigers beating the Cleveland Indians, fell 1 1/2 games back in the American League Central.
Why was using Crow a bad idea?
• Nava, who hadn't hit a grand slam since his major league debut some 1,400 or so plate appearances ago, came in batting .210 with a .301 slugging percentage for his career against left-handed pitchers.
• Nava was batting .158 with a .193 slugging against lefties this season.
Daniel Nava told reporters he looked out at the bullpen, expecting a lefty to come into the game. He was surprised to face Crow.Tue, Sep 165:10 PM PDTChi White Sox at Kansas CityPreview Game
A reporter asked Kelly Johnson of the Baltimore Orioles what it was like to come through with a game-winning hit Sunday night against the New York Yankees, his former team.
Kelly Johnson on getting GW hit vs former team (Yankees): "I have a lot of former teams now." #orioles
Six former teams in all, including all five from the AL East since 2012, and three in the span of a month after the Yankees dealt Johnson to the Red Sox on July 31, before they turned over Johnson to the Orioles on Aug. 30. It must be nice to be in demand. Johnson was in demand by O's teammates — for celebratory pie — after knocking in Steve Pearce to cap a two-run rally in the ninth against David Robertson to beat the Yankees 3-2 at Camden Yards.
Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians did something Saturday night — well, a few things — a major leaguer probably shouldn't do after a tough loss.
• He went on the internet.
• He checked Twitter.
• He responded emotionally to an emotional message left by fan Tom Horsman that was uncomplimentary toward the Indians.
Kipnis frequently engages fans on Twitter, which is great, but he leaves himself open for moments like this:
To see the tweet uncensored, click here. Kipnis has not deleted it, as others might have.
The fan explained that he had driven all of the way to Comerica Park (from Cleveland, presumably) to watch the Detroit Tigers win 5-4 after Alex Avila hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth. It was the kind of loss that ripped your heart out if you're an Indians fan or — as sometimes we forget — a player.
I get it..You can be frustrated. We got guys underachieving, not playing well, no ones hot and no real mashers, AND WERE STILL IN THIS THINGTue, Sep 165:10 PM PDTCleveland at HoustonPreview Game
Did closer Jonathan Papelbon grab himself in the ninth inning Sunday afternoon in order make an obscene gesture toward booing Philadelphia Phillies fans, or was he merely adjusting his jockstrap and/or protective cup, as ballplayers do, because his equipment had gotten out of alignment?
Is Major League Baseball going to punish umpire Joe West for putting his hands on Papelbon, and grabbing his jersey in order to move him out of the way, after Papelbon confronted West because of the ejection?
MLB won't have a fun time sorting all of it out. If only Papelbon could have pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, instead of blowing the save in a 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins. After allowing four runs, Papelbon walked off the mound and, about midway to the Phillies dugout, grabbed his groin.
The AP photo. Make your own conclusions pic.twitter.com/dLtg51nCuz
- David Brown at Big League Stew3 days ago
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The best news Friday regarding Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is that he's tweeting and says he feels better after getting hit in the face with a pitch by Mike Fiers of the Milwaukee Brewers.
After a frightening moment for all time at Miller Park in the fifth inning Thursday night, Stanton was taken to a local hospital and treated for a laceration, fractures, and dental damage. It's unlikely that he'll play again until next season. Stanton was leading the National League in home runs and RBIs at the time of his injury, which probably also will impact his standing in the NL MVP race.
At least there's this:
The amount of support I have received from you guys has been tremendous & Heartfelt. I'm much better today & deeply appreciate your prayers!
- David Brown at Big League Stew4 days ago
You've got to love Matt Harvey. Unless you're a stodgy New York Mets executive listening to him talk to the media. But even those curmudgeons should love him too.
Harvey, who continues rehab his right elbow following Tommy John ligament replacement surgery, appeared on WFAN radio on Thursday and told "Boomer and Carton" that he can't wait for opening day 2015. By then, Harvey figures, the Mets will let him back on the mound. They have been reticent, for precautionary reasons, to let Harvey pitch in a game this season. And he has clashed with management regarding the process.
- David Brown at Big League Stew4 days ago
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Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins slumped to the ground in a sickening scene after right-hander Mike Fiers of the Milwaukee Brewers hit him in the face with a fastball in the top of the fifth inning Thursday night. After medical staff attended Stanton on the ground for nearly five minutes, they lifted him via stretcher and backboard onto a cart and drove him from Miller Park to a nearby hospital. The Associated Press reported that Stanton's father was attending the game and rode with him.
Joe Frisaro of MLB.com later reported that "Stanton suffered a facial laceration requiring stitches, multiple facial fractures and dental damage."
The Brewers led by four runs at the time of his injury and won 4-2.
Redmond on Stanton injury: "We've lost our MVP." #marlins
Redmond said it "doesn't look good" as far as Stanton returning this season.