David Brown

  • Mike Napoli unimpressed with 451 foot homer he hit to fifth deck at Rogers Centre

    David Brown at Big League Stew1 hr ago

    Boston Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli has seen one home run. Therefore, he has seen them all.

    Napoli, staying on message, said he was not impressed with the distance and height of his 451 foot home run that landed in the fifth deck at Rogers Centre on Tuesday night. Napoli probably was more into, emotionally, that his three-run shot was part of a seven-run 11th inning that keyed an 11-7 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays. 

    The Associated Press reports that Napoli's home run was the first hit into the fifth deck in more than three years, and the 17th in the stadium's 25-year history. To him, it was "just another homer."

    ''I was just trying to hit the ball hard somewhere, trying to get a single with a runner in scoring position,'' Napoli said. ''I guess it's pretty cool.''

    I guess this is how Napoli usually is, as Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe tweeted:

    Say this for Napoli, he’s never impressed with how far he hits one. “Same as if it went in the first row,” he said.


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    Wed, Aug 27
    4:07 PM PDT
    Boston at Toronto
    Preview Game
  • Alex Gordon makes like Superman and rescues Royals with walk-off homer

    David Brown at Big League Stew9 hrs ago

    The Kansas City Royals seemed bound to be shut out by the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night until the bat boy spoke up with Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon coming to bat in the bottom of the ninth. Manager Ned Yost explains, viathe Associated Press:

    ''The bat boy who never says anything turns around and says, 'Esky is going to get a hit and Gordo's taking him in the fountain,''' Yost said. ''I said, 'OK. Sounds like a pretty good plan.'''

    One that worked out perfectly, too.

    As if by request, Escobar blooped a single and Gordon connected for a rare Royals home run, a two-run shot against Twins closer Glen Perkins that gave Kansas City an exhilarating 2-1 victory. It was reason enough for Salvador Perez to drench Gordon in golden splendor:


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    Wed, Aug 27
    5:10 PM PDT
    Minnesota at Kansas City
    Preview Game
  • Minor league manager removes shoes at home plate during argument with umpire

    David Brown at Big League Stew23 hrs ago


    To get any attention as a minor league manager while having an argument with an umpire these days, you apparently must remove some of your clothing. With the Class A Carolina League season in its final week, managers stripping (to a degree) is becoming a trend. Earlier this month, the manager of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans put on an entertaining-if-childish show that included removing his jersey and shoes and placing them at home plate in order to express outrage at the umpires.


    Following the form of Joe Mikulik, skipper Tommy Thompson of the Winston-Salem Dash placed his shoes and cap at home plate to highlight an argument with the umpires Monday night. The Stew has reached out to the Dash for some context, but has yet to hear back.

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  • Blue Jays manager admonishes Jose Bautista for ejection

    David Brown at Big League Stew1 day ago

    Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista has acknowledged that he has issues arguing about balls and strikes with umpires. Bautista also has said that he's "trying to get better" at not letting his emotions get the best of him. 

    Jays manager John Gibbons wants Bautista to try harder. 

    Gibbons expressed disappointment that Bautista argued with umpire Bill Welke on Sunday after striking out, and was ejected in the sixth inning of a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Not having Toronto's top slugger in the lineup couldn't have helped — and a team that's 5 1/2 games out of a playoff spot with just over a month to go in the season needs every bit of help it can get.

    Via the Toronto Star:

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