Ian Denomme

  • Good idea or bad idea? Cubs fan wants to send Steve Bartman to wild-card game

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 7 days ago

    Hey, Cubs fans. Remember this?

    Probably not, eh. So let me quickly refresh your memory. October 14, 2003. Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. Marlins vs. Cubs. The Cubs are leading 3-0 and are five outs away from going to the World Series. Then on a routine-looking fly ball to left some poor fellow named Steve Bartman sitting in the stands reaches for the ball, deflects it, and prevents Moises Alou from catching it. Long story short, the Marlins score eight runs in the inning, win Games 6 and 7, and the Cubs’ drought continued.

    Anyway, a lot of people in Chicago were pretty mad at that Bartman guy. But it’s been 12 years, so time to forgive and forget, right? Time to bring Bartman back into the fold? At least one fan thinks so.

    A fan named Keque Escobedo has started a GoFundMe account to raise money to send Bartman to the NL wild-card game against the Pirates next week. Here’s his plan:

    But given that, very admirable, last line about donating the money to charity, we think this is a sincere offer.

  • Blue Jays' unsung heroes deserve credit for ending 22-year postseason drought

    Ian Denomme at Eh Game 8 days ago

    TORONTO – Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson will be named American League MVP. Pitcher David Price has a strong case to be the AL Cy Young winner. Both players, along with other superstars like Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, were crucial to the best Blue Jays season in a generation, and a long-awaited postseason appearance.

    But baseball is a team game, and over a grueling 162-game season a winning team needs contributions from everyone on the roster. Case in point, in Wednesday's AL East-clinching win over the Orioles while Bautista was hitting his 40th home run of the season, infielder Ryan Goins quiettly became the first Blue Jays shorstop to ever get five hits in a game.

    The Blue Jays have a lineup with several household names who, deservedly, are getting a lot of credit for this team’s success. Here are five other players who flew slightly under the radar, but were vital to the team’s first division title since 1993.

    Marco Estrada, SP

    Key stat : 3.30 ERA as a starter

    Kevin Pillar, CF

    Key stat : 15.7 defensive fWAR, second best in the American League .

    2015 highlight : The Catch – Pillar had some big at-bats in August and September, but nothing tops this:


  • Twins furious at Indians’ Jose Ramirez for home run celebration, hint at retribution

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 8 days ago

    It wasn’t just the home run – which put a dent in the Twins’ wild-card aspirations – it was the way Ramirez celebrated it. After Twins reliever Ricky Nolasco intentionally walked Jason Kipnis, Ramirez came to the plate and belted a three-run home to right field – and stood at the plate admiring it before flipping his bat in front of the Twins dugout. The Twins did not like it.

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    Manager Paul Molitor and catcher Kurt Suzuki went to top step of the dugout to give Ramirez an earful. Courtesy of Deadspin comes this GIF of the incident, which perhaps is not safe for work, if you’re a skilled lip-reader.

    And because it’s baseball and you’re not supposed to really do stuff like that, there’s almost certainly going to be some retaliation during the series finale on Thursday. Nolasco himself hinted at it:

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  • Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully sets another Guinness World Record

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 14 days ago

    By now everyone knows about Vin Scully’s longevity with the Dodgers. The 87-year-old broadcaster has been calling games for both the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers since April 1, 1950.

    On Wednesday night, the National Baseball Hall of Fame award winner was recognized as having the longest career as a sports broadcaster for a single team by Guinness World Records. And it came on Vin Scully bobblehead night at Dodger Stadium, too.

    LA @Dodgers sports broadcasting legend Vin Scully scores record for career longevity http://t.co/4sGdeZuGRs #MLB pic.twitter.com/9GIhKMxSaG

    His official tally with the Dodgers when he became the record holder was 65 years, five months and 22 days.

    It’s actually Scully’s second entry into the Guinness book of records. He’s also recognized as the youngest broadcaster to ever call a World Series game. He was just 25 years old when was in the booth for the 1953 World Series between the Dodgers and Yankees.

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  • Marcus Stroman already providing boost to Blue Jays postseason hopes

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 15 days ago

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    It might be fair to say that Marcus Stroman has already been better than expected for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015. The 24-year-old pitcher is exceeding expectations on the mound just six months after surgery to repair a torn ACL, and the Blue Jays are reaping the rewards.

    On Wednesday night, Stroman had one of the best starts of his young career in leading the Blue Jays to a 4-0 win over the Yankees, taking the three-game series and extending their lead atop the AL East to 3.5 games with 10 to play.

    After three September starts Stroman is now 3-0 and has only given up four earned runs in 19 innings while striking out 10 and walking four. And he’s almost unbeatable at the Rogers Centre:

    Dating back to last season, Marcus Stroman has an ERA of just 0.82 (3ER/32.2IP) over his last 5 games at Rogers Centre.

    On Thursday morning, on a Toronto radio station, manager John Gibbons said even he is surprised at how well Stroman has pitched.

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  • Robinson Cano gets milestone 2,000th hit, and quickly

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 15 days ago

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    As a mostly disappointing season winds down for Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners, Cano can take solace in an important personal milestone.

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    On Wednesday night, Cano hit an eighth-inning single in a 4-3 loss to the Royals for his 2,000th career hit. He did it in a hurry, too. He became just the 14th player in history to get 2,000 hits in his first 11 seasons. He joins some pretty elite company in that group, players like Pete Rose, Hank Aaron, Wade Boggs, Stan Musial, and Ichiro Suzuki.

    Cano told MLB.com he was happy to reach the milestone despite another loss.

    "It means a lot, being in the same category as Pete Rose and Musial, and those guys that are legends, heroes, guys that are examples," Cano said. "To be in with those kinds of names, as a person and player, you should be proud of yourself."

    Cano is 12th among active players in hits.

  • Michael Carter-Williams plunks camera man with ceremonial first pitch

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 21 days ago

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    The Milwaukee Brewers can’t seem to get anything to go right in their forgettable 2015 season. They are on their way to a 90-loss season, a four-year playoff drought, they traded superstar outfielder Carlos Gomez, and now even the ceremonial first pitches are going awry.

    On Thursday night, the Brewers welcomed Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams to Miller Park for the first pitch. The 2014 NBA rookie of the year, with a career .401 shooting percentage, was just a bit outside and plunked the camera man behind home plate.

    See it again and again:

    Sneaky the best part? How about the reaction from assistant coach Joe Crawford who was out to catch it? That’s the biggest fist pump we’ve seen in Milwaukee all year.

    At least Carter-Williams was able to laugh at himself:

    I clearly need a warm up 😂😂😂😂

    It’s not quite 50 Cent bad, but odds are we will be seeing this highlight for years to come.

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  • Dodgers send deadline pickup Mat Latos packing after just five starts

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 21 days ago

    Just weeks after being acquired in a blockbuster deadline-day trade, Los Angeles Dodgers starter Mat Latos has been designated for assignment. Don’t expect to see him a Dodgers uniform again this season.

    Sources: Dodgers have designated Mat Latos for assignment.

    Latos’ stint with the Dodgers was short and forgettable. He was acquired on July 30 as part of a three-team, 13-player trade between the Dodgers, Marlins, and Braves. He made five starts and one relief appearance piling up a 0-3 record with a 6.66 ERA, and a .323 opponent batting average. The Dodgers were 2-4 in his six appearances.

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    Latos now finds his career at a crossroads. He is eligible for free agency this offseason after signing a one-year, $9.4 million deal with the Marlins last year in his final year of arbitration. The Dodgers are on the hook for what’s left of his salary in 2015. Latos will hit the free-agent market this year after pitching just 215 innings over the last two seasons and with a 4.14 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.

  • Adam Wainwright will find out Monday if he can return this season

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 22 days ago

    Here’s a scary thought for National League postseason hopefuls – the St. Louis Cardinals, with Adam Wainwright back in the starting rotation.

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    The Cardinals ace has been sidelined since April 25 with a torn Achilles, but he is healing quickly and will find out on Monday if he can return this season.

    “Wainwright will meet with doctors to determine the strength of his leg and its readiness for baseball activity. He said after that appointment he and the team will have a better sense of what’s realistic.”

    It’s only been five months since Wainwright was sidelined, while the normal recovery time for an Achilles injury is 10-12 months. It seems most likely he will be shutdown for the year.

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  • Rafael Palmeiro returning to pro baseball to play with son

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 22 days ago

    Ten years after last playing in the major leagues, Rafael Palmeiro is returning to professional baseball for at least one weekend. The former Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles first baseman will suit up for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League on Friday night.

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    It’s more than just your average minor-league gimmick though. Palmeiro, 50, will get to play with his son, Patrick, a third baseman for the Skeeters. If Palmeiro takes his usual spot at first base, 50 percent of the Skeeters infield would be Palmeiros. Skeeters manager Gary Gaetti, himself a former major-league All-Star, isn’t yet sure where the elder Palmeiro will play. From CBS Houston:

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