- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
Let the speculation begin.
Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki — yes, he's still with the Rockies — is currently on the disabled list nursing a thigh injury, but he was still turning heads on Sunday afternoon. Not on the field, of course, but for making a rather curious appearance at Yankee Stadium to watch New York take on the Toronto Blue Jays.
Troy Tulowitzki at the Yankees game today in an Arrested Development shirt (original was deleted) pic.twitter.com/lBwZNrCseb
On Saturday, the Denver Post reported that Tulowitzki was headed to Philadelphia to visit with Dr. William Meyers, a surgeon who specializes in sports injuries. That explains why he's on the east coast. But the fact that he made time to visit New York, and, more specifically, Yankee Stadium, is notable.Mon, Jul 285:05 PM PDTNY Yankees at TexasPreview Game
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In one of the stranger baseball stories we've heard this season, several Houston Astros players have anonymously expressed displeasure to the media over the fact that Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi on Saturday despite posting a 9.74 ERA and 1.92 WHIP in 44 1/3 innings at High-A Lancaster.
Apparently, there's also some discontent over Appel being in the clubhouse on Sunday morning after he was invited to Minute Maid Park to throw a bullpen session in front of Astros coaches and front office personnel.
Jose de Jesus Ortiz of Ultimate Astros provided more details on Twitter.
Mark Appel was brought into the clubhouse early, leaving long before most of the players arrived. A few saw him, though.
"It's (expletive) unbelievable," an Astros player just said out of the blue about Mark Appel being allowed throw a bullpen.
Let's just put it this way, folks, the fact that Appel was brought here has upset more than a few players.Mon, Jul 285:10 PM PDTOakland at HoustonPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
Lost in the craziness that has been Major League Baseball this weekend was a monumental occurrence for New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. Well, monumental relative to his recent production anyway.
The 40-year-old veteran actually entered play on Friday homerless in his first 244 plate appearances this season and 324 overall. But that changed during his third inning at-bat against Toronto Blue Jays starter Mark Buerhle. On a 1-1 pitch, Ichiro got on the board, lining a three-run homer to the short porch in right field to give New York its first lead and decisive blow in a 6-4 victory.
A big moment and meaningful hit that worked the Yankee Stadium crowd into frenzy. However, the best reaction in the house belonged to Derek Jeter, who feigned a stunned look and then gave Ichiro the silent treatment upon his entry the dugout, only to bust out a huge smile.
So very well played, Mr. Jeter.
It goes to show that the old guys don't just pick on the rookies, although that's always entertaining too. Just check out how Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and the other Los Angeles Angels greeted Efren Navarro following his first career home run on Saturday night. Off Justin Verlander no less.
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The day has finally arrived. The star-studded class of 2014 is about to take its rightful place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre comprise one of the most well-rounded and talented groups we've seen together in recent years. If you were to compare the class lineup to a boxing card, you'd be hard pressed to call any of them undercard fighters. They're all main eventers, and each speech should be meaningful and entertaining in its own way.
With that in mind, check out the awesome introductory video that welcomed MLB Network viewers to their on-going coverage of the ceremony and set the stage for what will be a memorable Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown.
If you love baseball, it will give you chills.
Also, follow along with our own Kevin Kaduk as he documents his Cooperstown experience live on Big League Stew!
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks were involved in baseball's biggest bench-clearing altercation during the 2013 season. On Saturday, their Triple-A teams took things to a whole new level of crazy, engaging in a wild brawl that at one point spilled into the first row of seats behind home plate.
It happened in the top of the second inning with Albuquerque Isotopes (Dodgers affiliate) shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena at the plate and Reno Aces (Diamondbacks affiliate) pitcher Mike Bolsinger on the hill. Arruebarrena, whom the Dodgers signed to a five-year, $25 million contract during spring training after he defected from Cuba, didn't take kindly to be being brushed back by Bolsinger and allowed the anger to stew a bit.
The purpose pitch likely stemmed from Arruebarrena's home run on Friday, in which he took nearly 35 seconds to round the bases.
The Stew's Trade Talk Tracker follows the juiciest rumors in MLB until the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. We'll give you the day's most important links about who may (or may not) be changing teams soon.
MATT KEMP UPDATE: The Dodgers aren't close to any significant deal and might be wary of moving Matt Kemp's right-handed bat before Thursday's deadline. [@Ken_Rosenthal]
FALSE ALARM: Dodgers prospect Corey Seager was removed from his Double-A game on Saturday but is not on the move. He's dealing with a stomach ailment. [Jeff Passan]
DONE DEAL: The Giants acquired Jake Peavy from the Red Sox. [Big League Stew]
MORE MONEY: Despite the Peavy deal, the Giants still have money to add another piece. [@Alex Pavlovic]Mon, Jul 284:10 PM PDTToronto at BostonPreview Game
The Toronto Blue Jays losing at Yankee Stadium was nearing a death and taxes level inevitability until they finally snapped their 17-game losing streak in New York with a 6-4 victory over the Yankees on Saturday afternoon.
Had they lost the final two games of the series, they would have tied a franchise record in futility. From 1978-81, they lost 19 straight to the Baltimore Orioles.
That's no longer a worry now thanks largely to Dan Johnson. Toronto's designated hitter knocked in four runs, including a seventy-foot bloop hit that gave them the lead in the seventh and a three-run ninth inning homer off Jeff Francis that extended their lead to 6-2. A literal bloop and a blast, though rarely do they ever come from the same hitter.
''When you lose 17 in a row, you deserve something like that,'' Manager John Gibbons said.
Johnson at first thought the ball might be caught or even called an infield fly.
The Colorado Rockies attempted to do something nice for their fans on Saturday.
Based on their recent history, we shouldn't be a bit surprised that they failed.
Those are the shirt jerseys (aka, shirseys) the team was giving away to fans prior to their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It's supposed to be a Troy Tulowitzki No. 2 jersey. Instead, it says Tulowizki, which is pretty much the saddest thing we've seen all season in MLB.Mon, Jul 285:05 PM PDTColorado at Chi CubsPreview Game
File this one under amazing transformations. Former major leaguer Dmitri Young made a rare appearance at The Great American Ballpark on Friday night to visit two of his former teams — the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals — and had everyone talking about his slimmed down new look.
During his playing days, Young was listed at 6-foot-2, 295 pounds, which according to MLB.com tied him for the third-heaviest player in MLB history. Only Walter Young (320) and Jumbo Diaz (315, now 278) weighed more. Current Red Jonathan Broxton is listed at the same weight as Young.
He's obviously nowhere near that weight now.
Dmitri Young, former National (2007-08, '07 All-Star), is at GABP. He is literally half the man he used to be ... pic.twitter.com/RO9cc8mhPO
Amazing.Mon, Jul 284:10 PM PDTWashington at MiamiPreview Game
The Colorado Rockies came as close to turning their second triple play this season as humanly possible without actually completing the job on Friday night. In fact, upon further review, it looked like Colorado actually pulled off the unusual 5-6-3 around the horn triple-killing, but the call was ultimately upheld after a manager's challenge by Walt Weiss.
It happened in the fifth inning of Colorado's 8-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. After Neil Walker singled — Pittsburgh's first hit of the night off Brett Anderson — and Russell Martin drew a walk, Jordy Mercer, hit a chopper to third baseman Charlie Culberson, who had just entered the game for Gold Glove winner Nolan Arenado, who was benched for not hustling. Culberson fielded it cleanly and raced to third for one out. He then fired a little high and wide to shortstop Josh Rutledge, who was covering second due to Colorado's defensive alignment.