- Big League Stew2 hrs ago
A swinging Mike Trout. A diving Yasiel Puig. A man speeding around the bases. A defense desperately trying to recover. The most exciting play in baseball — a triple — nearly becomes an inside-the-park home run Thursday in the first inning of Cactus League play between the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers. And after a close play at the plate, the runner is called out — pending a reversal by umpires after checking video replay. But they don't reverse it: Trout is out and Puig gets a reprieve.
"Just not the right play," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Puig's dive.
That was so much fun, let's see it again:
- Big League Stew5 hrs ago
There's an old story about actress Shelley Winters, when she was in her 60s, showing up to a reading with a director who wanted her to audition for the part. Instead of talking, she sat down, reached into her purse and pulled out one of the Oscars she had won, and plopped it on a desk. Then she pulled out the other Oscar statue and set it down.
"You still think I need to audition?" it is said Winters famously asked.
Earlier this spring, slugger Albert Pujols alleged to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, another reporter came to him at Los Angeles Angels camp and asked the following question:
Are you motivated to put up the same numbers as Mike Trout?
Pujols stares ahead in disbelief.
- Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Left-hander Rich Hill reported to spring training Wednesday feeling what must have been an incomparable kind of emotional pain. Hill told reporters at Boston Red Sox camp that his infant son Brooks Hill, who was born with "multiple health issues" the day after Christmas, had died.
Via ESPN Boston, Hill was quoted as saying:
"He taught us a lot of things, and unfortunately things didn't work out," Hill said.
Hill's wife and 2 1/2-year-old son are with him in Florida to support Hill in his attempt to continue his livelihood. Hill called his wife, Caitlin, "extremely strong." Former high-school sweethearts, they were married in 2007.
Hill, who turns 34 next week, has a career 4.74 ERA in 465 2/3 innings since breaking in with the Cubs in 2005. This is his second stint with the Red Sox after posting a 6.38 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings with the Indians a season ago. Hill also pitched with Boston from 2010-2012, posting the best numbers of his career, really, in short relief.LiveBoston0 - 0MiamiFollow Game
- Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Reporter Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area sensed hijinks were afoot with the San Francisco Giants once he stepped into their spring clubhouse at Scottsdale, Ariz., on Thursday morning. Whisper-thin pitcher Sergio Romo was wearing husky Pablo Sandoval's jersey and Sandoval was wearing Romo's. Now that's tight. Moments later, Baggarly saw:
I sense a theme. Lincecum (5-foot-10) is swimming in Kameron Loe's pants and Loe (6-foot-8) squeezed into Lincecum's.
Mike Murphy walked by Loe in Lincecum's pants and did a double-take. "I think you're running the dryer too hot, Murph," Loe said.
Mike Murphy is the Giants longtime equipment man. As you could see from the side-by-side photos above that Baggarly took, Loe and Lincecum decided to go the Full Monty and switch up their jerseys, too, and not just for clubhouse lounging. Lincecum flopped around the ballpark with extra yards of material and Loe strutted around looking ready for a night on the town at a godforsaken discotheque 40 years ago.
- Big League Stew11 hrs ago
When they're not talking about the weather causing mudslides in the state of Washington, they're probably talking about the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. When they're not talking Hawks, they're talking about how the NBA let someone steal the Sonics. And when they're not talking about that, they're talking Major League Baseball. Or possibly the NHL. But probably baseball.
Q13 Fox weatherman Tom Yawzinski was caught on camera Tuesday morning during what he thought was an unbroadcasted moment. Oh, how wrong he was. Yawzinski didn't swear or tell an off-color joke, but he did mention give some baseball commentary:
“I’d be happy, man. Rangers to me are a sinking ship.”
- Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Baseball's back! As we get closer to the regular season, stop by The Stew each morning for a daily helping of spring story lines.
Right-hander Luke Hochevar might need Tommy John ligament replacement surgery after sustaining a sprained UCL in his right elbow, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reported Wednesday. As it stands, Hochevar will miss at least two months.
Hochevar was a key member of the Kansas City Royals bullpen in 2013 and was competing this spring for a spot in the starting rotation. After feeling a twinge up his right arm, Hochevar threw one more pitch and finished his outing for the Royals on Monday afternoon. But an MRI revealed the sprain, along with strained muscle tissue around the joint. He's going to see Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the Dodgers' team physician, for a second opinion Tuesday.
- Big League Stew1 day ago
Tommy Lasorda answered his calling to be Los Angeles Dodgers manager nearly 40 years ago. He was the right man, at the right time, for the job. But even now, at 86 years old and pushing 20 years since he was a skipper in the big leagues, he's still got it — no matter the sport.
Lasorda shared his gifts with the Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix on Tuesday night, and it helped them beat the Suns 104-96 after turning the game around with a 37-18 third quarter.
The Dodgers train in nearby Glendale, Ariz., so Lasorda and others — such as players Matt Kemp and Joc Pederson — went to the game at U.S. Airways Arena. During a timeout shortly after halftime, Lasorda made his way from his courtside seat to where the Clippers were huddled near their bench. Emboldened by the friendship he has with Clippers guard Chris Paul, who sits near him at Dodger Stadium for baseball games, Lasorda broke into an impromptu pep talk.Thu, Mar 67:30 PM PSTLA Clippers at LA LakersPreview Game
- Big League Stew1 day ago
Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers complained about context after ESPN the Magazine published an interview with him Tuesday in which he called Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels "a sleazeball," and that he hoped his old pals would go "0-162."
When approached by reporters at Tigers spring training, Kinsler said his quotes about the GM "were taken a little out of context" and that the post was "written for drama."
On Wednesday, reporter Robert Sanchez appeared as a guest on a podcast with Buster Olney and they played relevant parts of the audio record of the interview with Kinsler. Not that you probably fell for it before, but don't buy Kinsler's remorseful pleas of being taken out of context, especially after hearing from the man himself.
Listen at the 6:05 mark for Kinsler discussing Daniels.
- Big League Stew1 day ago
Rick Ankiel, a one-time phenom as a pitcher who made the rare transition to outfield after losing control of his fastball and getting hurt, announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Wednesday. Ankiel played 11 years in the majors, mostly with the St. Louis Cardinals. He broke in with them in 1999 as a 19-year-old pitcher and was Baseball America's top-ranked prospect in 2000.
Ankiel was a rarity because he managed to fashion two distinct careers as an MLB player. By 2005, after it was obvious he could no longer sustain himself as a pitcher, Ankiel went back to the minors and became a respectable outfielder with the Cardinals. After stints with the Royals, Braves, Nationals and Astros, he last played in 2013 with the New York Mets.
- Big League Stew1 day ago
Matt Harvey continued to build himself up in a recovery program following Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery by throwing for back-to-back days at New York Mets camp for the first time Tuesday. That's great news for Harvey, the Mets and fans who want him to be 100 percent for the 2015 season after pitching with a torn UCL at the end of '13. It's likely that Harvey won't be ready to pitch in September as he has hoped, but that doesn't mean he can't enjoy the fruits of his early career success.
Because of clauses in his Mets contract that kicked in once Harvey hit certain markers, he will make $60,000 in bonuses in 2014 even if he doesn't see the field in a game.
Matt Ehalt of the Amazin' Stories blog in the Bergen County Record has the why: