Mark Townsend

  • Dodgers fan Bobby Crosby films himself catching home run

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 58 mins ago

    Everyone in Hollywood wants to be a star on some level. Otherwise, how else could you explain the unusual but entertaining — and potentially star-making — moment that played out during Saturday's Dodgers-Diamondbacks game at Dodger Stadium.

    When Arizona's Aaron Hill stepped to the plate in the fourth inning, Dodgers' fan Bobby Crosby positioned himself in the left field bleachers His mission was two-fold. First and foremost, he wanted to catch a home run ball. But beyond that, he also wanted to catch the moment for his own personal film collection, because simply being on TV catching a home run wouldn't be enough. 

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    Of course, as things turned out, Crosby ended up receiving quite a bit of TV time anyway.

    In fact, he already put together a special video in celebration.

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  • Jake Marisnick makes remarkable catch running up Tal's Hill in Houston

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 hrs ago

    If you're not paying attention to the Houston Astros, you're missing quite a show.

    On Saturday night, baseball's hottest team hit five home runs against the Seattle Mariners to extend their winning streak to nine.

    We repeat, NINE. There are still five teams in baseball that don't have nine wins all season, but the Astros have won nine straight and 17 overall.

    It's an amazing story that may or may not have staying power. We'll sort that out as the season moves along, but if they keep making plays like Jake Marisnick's running catch on Tal's Hill on Saturday, the galaxy might just be the limit.

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    The play happened in the sixth inning with Houston holding a 9-4 lead. Logan Morrison squared up a Collin McHugh pitch and sent it soaring toward Tal's Hill in center field.

    We'd hope so, and we know for a fact his pitcher appreciated it.

    "Play of the year," said starter Collin McHugh.

    We think he's joking.

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  • Carlos Quentin is retiring at age 32

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 11 hrs ago

    After a roller coaster few weeks professionally, veteran outfielder Carlos Quentin has elected to walk away from baseball all together, according to FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal.

    Quentin, who’s been playing at Triple-A for the Seattle Mariners after being traded from the San Diego Padres to the Atlanta Braves in the stunning Craig Kimbrel trade on April 5, and then subsquently released by the Braves, has decided to retire at age 32.

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    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported that Quentin left his team in Tacoma on Thursday after going 3-for-17 in five games. He was signed to the Seattle Mariners on a minor league deal and was immediately granted his release after making his request following Thursday's game. He's now in the process of making his retirement official. 

    Quentin confirmed as much in a statement released on Friday. 

    We certainly wish him well in the next phase of his life. 

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  • Deja Vu: Like Angels, D-Backs lose when runner struck by batted ball

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 13 hrs ago

    Baseball is a strange game sometimes. You can go for what seems like forever without seeing a specific unusual ending, and then you can see it twice in one day.

    For example, earlier on Saturday we wrote about the Los Angeles Angels painful loss in San Francisco, which ended when baserunner Taylor Featherston was struck by Matt Joyce's batted ball. Late Saturday night, the same finish happened in Los Angeles, where the Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4.

    There was a little more drama in San Francisco, where Joyce's ball would have tied the game had it advanced cleanly into the outfield. Here, it was still dramatic in Los Angeles as David Peralta represented the tying run. However, his smash ticketed for center field bounced off runner Jordan Pacheco to end the game.

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  • Torii Hunter posts controversial tweet supporting Floyd Mayweather

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 15 hrs ago

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter has been known to share his opinion on a wide range of topics over the years — controversial, sensitive or otherwise — with little consideration for those who might be offended and hurt by their meaning. 

    Most notably, Hunter was quoted in late 2012 stating that it would be "difficult and uncomfortable" accepting a gay teammate into the clubhouse due to his religious beliefs. But there have been other instances as well involving race and sexuality, and many of those comments have struck nerves and stirred emotions that leave people uncomfortable.

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    Unfortunately, Hunter entered that delicate territory again on Saturday night prior to the highly anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

    I got Money Mayweather tonight.!👊🏾

    Think about that and read it a few times.

  • Look out! Angels lose as runner Taylor Featherston is hit by batted ball

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 18 hrs ago

    They are painful ways to lose baseball games, and then there are strange ways to lose baseball games that are literally quite painful.

    We'd say both apply to the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, especially for pinch-runner Taylor Featherston, who was on the receiving end of teammate Matt Joyce's "walkoff" single.

    As the rules state, if a runner is hit by a fair batted ball while he is on fair territory, he is immediately called out. There's no judgment in play, no intent to consider. The only exceptions come down to if the baseball was deflected or had already passed all infielders.

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    Unfortunately for Featherston, neither exception applied on Saturday. He was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when Matt Joyce's line drive clipped him on the leg. He was called out, Joyce was credited with an unusual single, and the game was over on the spot.

    Oh, the agony.

    And then just that quick, it was over.

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  • Logan Schafer races around the bases as Cubs defense falls apart

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 20 hrs ago

    What does it take to turn a harmless ground ball to shortstop into a free run for the opponents?

    Never fear, baseball fans, the Chicago Cubs have the answer.

    During Saturday's 6-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, shortstop Starlin Castro, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and third baseman Kris Bryant teamed up for one of the most mind-boggling defensive sequences you'll ever see. The result of which saw Logan Schafer circle the bases without his batted ball actually leaving the infield.

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    It happened in the ninth inning with the game already well in hand for Milwaukee. Schafter hit a chopper to short, that should have been an easy second out. Only it wasn't, because Castro short-armed the throw and skipped it past Rizzo, who's usually pretty adept at covering for those mistakes. 

    As the ball sailed over everybody's head, Schafter collided with the umpire and his third base coach, but still managed to trot home with a most unusual and embarrassing Little League home run. 

  • Humberto Quintero drills opponent in stomach with bizarre throwing attempt

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 21 hrs ago

    Former major leaguer Humberto Quintero, who's now catching for the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket, made a strange and uncomfortable attempt to draw an interference call on Luke Maile of the Durham Bulls on Friday night.

    At least we hope that's what he was trying to do.

    With Maile in the batter's box, Quintero received the pitch and then turned toward third base in an apparent attempt to throw out Mikie Mahtook, who was attempting to steal the bag. However, instead of stepping around Maile to make his throw, Quintero fired it right at Maile's midsection, nailing him in the abdomen.

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    As seen in the video, Quintero immediately pleads his case for interference. Home plate umpire Chad Whitson disagreed, ruling that Maile held his ground and didn't attempt to interfere. It's a judgment call for the umpire to determine what the batter's intentions were, and here it's clear that Maile stayed put.

    Here's a look. 

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  • Brian Cashman reiterates Yankees won't pay A-Rod's $6 million bonus

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 23 hrs ago

    As we expected all along, things are about to get very interesting between Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees on the heels of his 660th career home run. 

    A-Rod offiicially reached that mark in Friday's 3-2 win against the Boston Red Sox, which tied him with Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time home run list. Once that ball landed in the hands of Mike Shuster, who was seated third row above Fenway Park's Green Monster, we officially moved on to perhaps the most interesting phase in the process, and that's whether or not he'll receive the $6 million "milestone" bonus included in the contract he signed in 2007.

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    The Yankees have said all along they don't intend to pay the bonus because his achievements lost their value once he was suspended for his connection to Biogensis. What would have been a major marketing tool for the ballclub had A-Rod stayed clean, was reduced to background fodder as the Yankees focus on competing in the AL East.

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  • Red Sox lose Ryan Hanigan after unlucky ricochet breaks his finger

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan had some pretty terrible luck on Friday night. The nine-year MLB veteran was forced to leave Friday's 3-2 loss to the Yankees after being on the wrong end of an unfortunate ricochet.

    It happened on a sixth-inning pitch from Tommy Layne. The pitch actually hit Yankees' first baseman Mark Teixeira on his right hand and wrist area, and then ricocheted right off Hanigan's exposed throwing hand. Amazingly it still had enough force to break one of Hanigan's fingers, which according to the Red Sox will require surgery.

    The team says he's expected to miss a substantial amount of time as a result, which will open up the door for an interesting debut in Boston.

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    First, here's a look at the injury.

    Quite the unusual scene with two guys reacting to the same pitch the same way.

    A lot of concern within the BOS organization that the Ryan Hanigan injury is significant, beyond the usual length of time for broken bone.

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