Ian Denomme

  • Ryne Sandberg resigns as Phillies manager

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 4 days ago

    After less than two full seasons at the helm, Ryne Sandberg has resigned as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Sandberg made the announcement at a press conference on Friday. The Phillies said Pete Mackanin will serve as the interim manager.

    Ryne Sandberg has resigned as manager of the Phillies. Pete Mackanin will serve as interim manager.

    Sandberg took over late in the 2013 season after the Phillies fired longtime manager Charlie Manuel. Sandberg was third base coach at the time and also had stints as a minor-league manager with the Cubs and Phillies.

    There was already some speculation that Sandberg would be fired during, or after, this season, though general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. denied that as recently as last week. He said he expected Sandberg to finish out the season. Instead, Sandberg is cutting bait on a team that is on pace to lose more than 100 games. Sandberg had a 119-159 record with the Phillies, who have the worst record in baseball so far this season. Sandberg said the on-field struggles were a major part of his decision:

  • Max Scherzer chasing elusive history in first start following no-hitter

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 4 days ago

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    Call it the understatement of the year, but Max Scherzer is on a roll. The Nationals ace pitcher, of course, is coming off back-to-back starts in which he threw a no-hitter against the Pirates, and a one-hit, 16 strikeout gem against the Brewers.

    Over those two starts his line reads 18 innings, one hit, one walk, one hit batter, and 26 strikeouts. Yeah, he’s been good. So it seems like right now Scherzer is as capable as anyone of accomplishing a feat that’s only been done once in major-league history – throwing back-to-back no hitters.

    But the New York Times suggests history is not on his side:

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  • Four reasons to pay attention to the MLB Futures Game

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 4 days ago

    With all the hype and hoopla surrounding baseball’s annual All-Star Game it can be easy to forget about some of the other big events attached to the Midsummer Classic. The home run derby can be a lot of fun and gets top billing on the Monday, and the annual game between the National League All-Stars and the Kansas City Roya… er, American League All-Stars is the main event on Tuesday.

    One event that is worthy of more attention however is the annual MLB Futures Game. Now in its 17th year, the showcase of young talent brings some of baseball’s top prospects to the All-Star festivities for a game between a roster of American players and a team of international players.

    The 25-man rosters for each team were unveiled on Thursday, so here then are four reasons you should watch the game on Sunday, July 12.

    23 players from MLB’s Top 100 prospects

    Familiar names

    Kyle Schwarber

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    See players of the immediate future

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  • Last place Red Sox lose Hanley Ramirez and Dustin Pedroia to injury

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 5 days ago

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    The Boston Red Sox nightmare season might be about to get even worse. In a win over the Orioles on Wednesday night the Red Sox lost two key players to injury, Hanley Ramirez and Dustin Pedroia.

    Ramirez left with a bruised left hand and Pedroia with right hamstring tightness. Both players are undergoing testing Thursday and it appears the fate is worse for Pedroia, who is headed to the disabled list. Ramirez isn't in the lineup for their Thursday afternoon finale against the Orioles either.

    .@RedSox place 2B Dustin Pedroia (right hamstring strain) on 15-day DL.

    SOX v BAL: Betts CF; Holt 2B; Bogaerts SS; Ortiz DH; Sandoval 3B; Napoli 1B; De Aza LF; Swihart C; Bradley RF; Rodriguez P

    The Red Sox are in last place in the American League East with the second worst record in the AL, though they have won five of their last eight games. Losing two former All-Stars to the middle of their order for any length of time would be a major blow. Though it’s still too early determine how long they might be out.

  • Hard-luck New York Mets are now even losing to hockey teams

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 11 days ago

    But it’s hard to forget about all the losses and mismanagement of the past few years. That’s why when a television station reports that the Mets have lost to a hockey team, it’s still funny.

    A CBS affiliate in New York got their Toronto sports teams mixed up on Thursday night and posted the following graphic:

    The "Ny" Mets are not our favourite squadron. #TMLtalk pic.twitter.com/5Ggusf4of8

    As you can see, the Toronto Maple Leafs Twitter account immediately picked up on it – and also completely nailed it with ‘The Simpsons’ joke. Wins have been hard to come by for the Maple Leafs over the last, oh…decade, so it’s also nice to see them get a big one.

    The Mets, of course, actually lost 7-1 to the Blue Jays in the finale of a four-game home-and-home series, which they split after each team won its two home games. Though, the Mets were outscored 15-1 in Toronto after taking the first two games at Citi Field.

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  • Nick Markakis sets record by going 393 outfield games without an error

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 11 days ago

    The honor now belongs to Nick Markakis of the Atlanta Braves. Markakis set the new mark on Thursday night when he completed his 393rd consecutive outfield game without an error. The two-time Gold Glover, in his first season with the Braves, last had an error on Aug. 10, 2012 while with the Orioles, according to MLB.com.

    “Markakis was an American League Gold Glove winner in 2011 and '14, and from '12 until now, he is tied for first with Michael Brantley for the best fielding percentage among qualified outfielders.

    Now in his 10th year in the bigs, Markakis sets this record a bit differently than Lewis, who went the first 392 games of his Major League career with the Athletics and Giants before being charged with an error on July 9, 1994.”

    In 1,408 career games in the outfield Markakis actually has committed 18 errors, but they all came between 2006 and 2012. In 2009 alone he committed six errors, which was the third most in the American League. But since that August game in 2012 he has been letter-perfect.

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  • Ranking the 2015 pitching performances by position players

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 12 days ago

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    Over the last two nights of baseball, six different position players have pitched in a game. Some major blowouts have necessitated this, but it’s weird nonetheless. Position players taking the mound is always an exciting moment for fans who get a kick out of watching something unusual.

    Sometimes it’s fun for the players, too. They get to feel like they’re back in Little League and put a fun end to, usually, a dreadful game. Other times, the poor position player gets rocked and the bad times keep on rolling.

    So far this season 11 different position players have pitched, according to the Baseball-Refence.com Play Index. Since it’s becoming a regular occurrence, we thought it was time to rank the performances of position-players-turned-pitchers so far this year. The good, the bad, and the ugly – it’s all here:

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  • Wil Myers can't catch a break, heads back to the DL

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 12 days ago

    The San Diego Padres, already off to a slower than expected start and three days removed from firing their manager, are going to be without one of their best young players for a significant portion of the season.

    Wil Myers, one of the Padres big name offseason acquisitions, is going to have surgery on his left wrist and is expected to miss eight weeks. The 32-36 Padres don't even really know what they have in the 24-year-old outfielder. He’s already missed 28 games in 2015 and had just returned from a wrist injury, playing only three games before going on the shelf again.

    It's a big blow for new interim manager Pat Murphy who is trying to right the ship after taking over for Bud Black. The Padres have lost four in a row, seven out of 10, and are already six games behind in the NL West. They are in the middle of a tough eight-game road trip that still takes them to Arizona and San Francisco, two division rivals that are ahead of them.

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  • Freddie Freeman's active Iron Man streak about to end

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 12 days ago

    Cal Ripken Jr. need not worry about Freddie Freeman anymore. The Atlanta Braves first baseman, baseball's active consecutive games played leader, will have his Iron Man streak end on Thursday.

    At 234 consecutive games Freeman had about 15 years to go before getting in the discussion with Ripken’s mark of 2,632 consecutive games. But in an era when few players still play every day, Freeman's run is worth acknowledging.

    And he's not going out willingly either. He left Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox due to a wrist injury. He hoped to be able to play through it but instead will be forced to take Thursday off, according to Fox Sports.

    "I'm kind of stubborn in that area," [Freeman] said. "It takes a lot for me to come out of a game and not play in a game. I got an injection after I came out of the game, so I will probably be missing [Thursday] and hopefully be back Friday."

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  • Indians draft ambidextrous pitcher Ryan Perez in 12th round of draft

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 18 days ago

    Pat Venditte may soon have company in his very rare club. Venditte made headlines last week when he was called up by the Oakland Athletics because of his ability to throw with both arms.

    Venditte was only the second player in the modern era to pitch with both arms in the majors, but he could one day be joined by Indians draft pick Ryan Perez.

    The Cleveland Indians selected the ambidextrous pitcher in the 12th round of the draft on Wednesday, 364th overall. According to MLB.com, Indians manager Terry Francona is eager to get a look at the 21-year-old.

    After Cleveland selected the 21-year-old Perez with the Draft's 364th overall pick, Francona was informed by assistant general manager Mike Chernoff that the club had indeed added a switch-pitcher.

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