Kyle Ringo

  • Coppin State basketball loses recruits in wake of Baltimore riots

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 6 days ago

    The unrest that gripped Baltimore last month led several Coppin State basketball recruits to withdraw their commitments to the program. 

    Coppin State coach Michael Grant told the Baltimore Sun that the rioting and violence that followed the funeral of Freddie Gray, who suffered a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody and later died, scared away two members of his eight-man recruiting class. 

    Grant said he tried to reassure parents that the tensions in the city were a temporary problem and not a regular part of the atmosphere, but he ultimately chose not to push too hard because parents should feel comfortable about the environment to which they are sending their kids. 

    "The parents were very, very concerned," Grant told the Sun. "Some dealt with it pretty well, and a couple of kids we ended up losing because of the activity going on. They said that they didn't want their kids in that type of environment."

     

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  • Polanco's pratfall leads to Cubs' fifth consecutive victory

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 11 days ago

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    The Chicago Cubs are enjoying a charmed week, or maybe they're just taking advantage of opponents' mistakes and doing what it takes to win. 

    Regardless, they have won five straight, including three times in the final at-bat. Chicago has won on a walk-off walk, a passed ball and an outfielder losing his footing this week.

    That latest unlikely ending came Friday afternoon in the 12th inning when Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco slipped and fell in shallow right field at Wrigley allowing Matt Szczur's flyball to drop for the game-winning hit in a 11-10 victory. 

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    Pittsburgh rallied to score five runs combined in the eighth and ninth innings and forced the game to extra innings. 

    Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle had visited the mount just before the play unfolded and shifted to a five-player infield. The move worked perfectly for the Pirates and frustrated the Cubs. 

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  • Padres grounds crew member goes dancing in the rain

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 11 days ago

    Rain delays at Padres games in San Diego are few and far between, but the way the grounds crew handled the 1 hour, 56 minute delay Thursday night makes you wish they happened a little more often.

    One member of the crew covering the infield with a tarp began dancing to entertain fans waiting out the delay. He eventually used the tarp as a Slip N Slide to the delight o f many. 

    It was just the fifth rain delay in 12-year-old Petco Park. The Padres also once experienced a delay because of bees. That could have folks doing a decidedly different kind of dancing. Rain is expected again Friday in San Diego for the second game of the four-game set. Perhaps we'll see a second act. 

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    [Kyle Ringo is a contributing writer to Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at kyle.ringo@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KyleRingo

  • 2015 MLB All-Star game uniforms and Pillbox caps apparently revealed

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 12 days ago

    The 2015 MLB All-Star game will be played July 14 in Cincinnati and we now know what the teams will be wearing thanks to Phil Hecken of Uni Watch. 

    New MLB ASG hats have leaked! http://t.co/S9VHwoIL2x (h/t @WallendaNik) pic.twitter.com/olClVyhixJ

    @metspolice @METS_BRO NL jersey front and back pic.twitter.com/iFamLfVeSp

    @metspolice @METS_BRO AL jersey front and back pic.twitter.com/FoHogEgBiS

    We first saw team-specific caps at last year's game in Minneapolis. Those were inspired by the Twins batting helmets of the 1970s. The 'pillbox' caps this year are a throwback to the 19th century. It's a reminder of how long baseball has thrived in Cincinnati.

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  • MLB tells Dodgers it made incorrect call on replay challenge Wednesday

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 12 days ago

    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was ejected from Wednesday's game against Miami when he became frustrated by a replay review that ruled a Howie Kendrick hit to right field was caught by Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. 

    After further review of the play and the incident, MLB called the Dodgers on Thursday to say it had blown the call and Kendrick should have been safe at first to start the fourth inning. While we'll never know how the call ultimately might have changed things in the 5-4 Marlins win, it certainly seems reasonable to consider that it could have made the difference between a win and a loss in a game that was ultimately decided by one run. 

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    We do know this much, if Kendrick was awarded the hit and didn't get himself picked off, he would have scored later in the inning on a triple by Alex Guerrero.

    Mattingly said Dodgers got a call from NY that the replay officials missed last night's call.

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  • Man dressed in ivy watches Cubs and Mets in Wrigley Field

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 12 days ago

    Baseball needs more fans dressed up in weird costumes celebrating their love for their favorite teams. You just don't see that as much in ballparks in the summer as you do in football stadiums in the fall. 

    A fan in Wrigley Field provided a great example Thursday as the Cubs went for the four-game sweep of the Mets. During a Kris Bryant at-bat in the bottom of the first inning, television cameras followed a foul ball down the third-base line and found Ivy Man sitting in the front row. 

    There's a man sitting down the left field line wearing ivy. Incognito. #Cubs #CubsTalk pic.twitter.com/kpY5gtAotT

    The Cubs went into Thursday's game three games above .500, a mark they never achieved in 2014, and in second place behind St. Louis. Hey, winning is fun and it's likely to lead to more whimsical goings on on the north side.

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  • Cubs beat Mets again when Chris Coghlan draws walk-off walk

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 13 days ago

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    The Chicago Cubs won for the sixth time this season in the final at-bat on Wednesday and the Mets didn't even make them put the ball in play in scoring the final run.

    Carlos Torres gave up a single to Anthony Rizzo to start the inning and Chicago manager Joe Maddon inserted Matt Szczur to pinch run. Starlin Castor singled to left allowing Szczur to go from first to third with a head-first slide. New York intentionally walked Miguel Montero to load the bases and then brought in Jeurys Familia to pitch.

    Familia got free swinging rookie Jorge Soler to strikeout on balls in the dirt but then couldn't find the strike zone when Chris Coghlan came to the plate. Coghlan drew a walk to force in the winning run, giving the Cubs a 2-1 victory. 

    Chicago has won the first three games in the series and will go for the sweep over New York on Thursday. 

    Chicago starter Jason Hammel provided his third quality start in his past four outings. He went eight innings and struck out six, allowing one earned run. Hammel has a 3.11 ERA. 

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  • Jeff Francoeur's stellar throw helps Jonathan Papelbon set Phillies save mark

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 13 days ago

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    Some of Jeff Francoeur's skills have diminished at 31, but he still has a gun for a right arm and that strength played a pivotal role in Philadelphia beating Pittsburgh 3-2 on Wednesday. 

    It also helped closer Jonathan Papelbon set Philadelphia's new career saves mark at 113. 

    With one out in the ninth inning, Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer came to the plate and lifted a foul ball down the right field line. Francoeur ran it down in foul territory near where the stands jut out toward the field and fired the ball home to catcher Carlos Ruiz. 

    The throw easily beat pinch runner Steve Lombardozzi who was just getting into his slide when Ruiz turned to tag him for the final out of the game. 

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    Francoeur ranks first among active rightfielders in career assists and third among active outfielders, which makes Pittsburgh's decision to try to run on him a bit surprising. Others will think twice this season after seeing Francoeur prove he still has plenty of arm. 

     

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  • Alfredo Simon gets Torii Hunter out with a pair of eephus pitches

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 14 days ago

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    The goal of every pitcher is to get inside a hitter's head and have him questioning himself and what is coming next. 

    Detroit starter Alfredo Simon executed that with mastery in the third inning Tuesday night when facing Minnesota's Torii Hunter with two outs. Simon threw an eephus pitch to Hunter who began chuckling at Simon's slow offering that was called a ball to start the at-bat.

    An eephus pitch is one thrown purposely slow sort of like a knuckleball but without the deceptive action that comes with the knuckleball.  

    The pitch was clocked at 61 mph and Hunter even looked at Simon and asked, 'Really?'

    Two pitches later, Simon came back with a second eephus pitch that Hunter seemed to be waiting on. But the veteran outfielder just missed clobbering it and instead popped it foul down the third baseline where it was caught for the third out by catcher James McCann. Detroit went on to win 2-1 in 10 innings when Ian Kinsler drove in Anthony Gose with a single up the middle. 

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  • Sean O'Sullivan makes bare-handed catch look easy against Pirates

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 14 days ago

    Philadelphia starter Sean O'Sullivan won't get a much easier out on a ball hit to him the rest of the season than the one he fielded with a bare hand to end the second inning Tuesday night at home against Pittsburgh. 

    With a runner on second and two outs in a scoreless game, O'Sullivan fooled opposing starting pitcher A.J. Burnett who checked his swing but still made contact knocking a soft liner right back at O'Sullivan. He calmly reached out and snagged it with his bare hand and shared a broad smile with teammates as he headed to the dugout. 

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    O'Sullivan gave up a three-run home run to Josh Harrison in the top of the fourth inning and left the game after throwing 95 pitches in five innings. It wasn't a particularly memorable outing in a good or bad way for the 27-year-old right-hander, but years from now he's likely to remember the bare-handed catch. 

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