Mark Townsend

  • The Walk Off: White Sox lose despite record-tying homer barrage

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 7 hrs ago

    If you missed the MLB Free Game of the Day on Yahoo Sports on Saturday afternoon, you missed a wild one.

    The Toronto Blue Jays "outslugged" the Chicago White Sox by a final of 10-8. Though if you look at the stats closer, you'll actually find that Chicago did most of the slugging. 

    The White Sox actually tied a team record by hitting seven home runs. Unfortunately for them, all seven were of the solo variety, meaning they couldn't keep up with Toronto's more well-rounded attack.

    Chicago started its barrage in the most unusual manner. With two outs in the second inning, Brett Lawrie hit a long fly ball that bounced off the top of the wall and stayed in the park. There was some confusion on the field about whether or not it cleared the wall, but Lawrie removed all doubt by rounding the bases for an inside-the-park home run.

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  • Crazy fan runs on field, nearly disrupts play at Safeco Field

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 7 hrs ago

    In what may be the weirdest moment we've seen all season, a fan not only ran on the field during the Mariners 5-4 win against the Cardinals at Safeco Field, he nearly disrupted a live play in the outfield.  

    For all the countless times a fan has run on the field during a baseball game, rarely, if ever, do we even see them on television, let alone getting this close to the live action.

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    This time though, the fan was literally ten feet from Mariners left fielder Seth Smith as he camped out under the fly ball. It's almost a shock to the system to watch it the first time because it's such an awkward and unexpected sight. Thankfully though, the fan kept on running and eventually ended up in handcuffs. That's the best possible outcome under the circumstances. 

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  • Joe Blanton gives up homer, hits finishing move on Gatorade jug

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 9 hrs ago

    In the history of baseball, there have been several one-sided battles between players and inanimate dugout objects.

    From David Ortiz absolutely destroying a Camden Yards bullpen phone with his bat, to Carlos Zambrano dismantling a Gatorade cooler in a fit of rage, to Sean Rodriguez going all Mike Tyson's Punchout on a Gatorade jug cooler last October, these meltdowns are usually epic. But again, they're always one-sided. 

    To the play-by-play. 

    First, that was a total cheap shot.  I'm not even sure the jug heard the bell ring.  

    Second, that is one nightmarish look on Blanton's face. Yikes. 

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  • Reds honor Pete Rose with induction into team Hall of Fame

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 12 hrs ago

    In doing so, the Reds actually bypassed their usual election process, which until Rose's selection had adhered to the rules and standards of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. That makes it an even more notable gesture on their part, as they obviously feel it's time to put Rose's past in the past and move forward with his on-field legacy being celebrated.  

    Of course, it's well known that Rose's path to enshrinement in Cooperstown remains blocked as he remains permanently ineligible for having bet on baseball. Rose had hoped new commissioner Rob Manfred would consider lifting his lifetime ban. Manfred ultimately denied Rose's request in December, citing that Rose had not taken full responsibility for his actions or proven that he'd changed his gambling habits.

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  • Minor league teams involved in wild brawl after purpose pitch

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 14 hrs ago

    That's where we turn right now, as this California League disagreement between the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers) and High Desert Mavericks (Rangers), went from dust up to fist-a-cuffs in under 30 seconds.

    According to the Los Angeles Times, the fight unfolded when Quakes reliever Luis De Paula hit Travis Demeritte with the first pitch of the sixth inning. A half-inning earlier, the Mavericks had also hit a batter, so this was taken as retaliation. 

    Adding more fuel to the fire is the fact that Demeritte leads the California League with 19 homers. That makes him an important player and prospect. He'd also hit a home run one inning earlier, so there were a lot of bad memories fresh in some player's minds and perhaps some bad intentions in other's minds.

    Whatever the case, it all boiled over.

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  • How social media forced Mets' hand in calling up top prospect

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 16 hrs ago

    It's tough to keep a secret in today's technologically advanced world. All it takes is one click of a button to send information — true or false, good or bad — soaring into cyberspace, where it's there to be consumed and dissected by the entire world.

    The New York Mets were reminded of that reality on Saturday, and it actually forced them to change their plans surrounding top outfield prospect Brandon Nimmo. 

    While the baseball world awaited official news of Jose Reyes' return to the Mets, this tweet by a reporter in Nimmo's home state of Wyoming managed to capture some attention.

    Brandon Nimmo expected to start in LF for Mets at Atlanta tonight. #wyosports

    Typically when a notable prospect is nearing a call up there's a palpable buzz. That wasn't the case with Nimmo. Instead, this report basically came out of nowhere, which left fans puzzled.

    In fact, Nimmo wasn't even in Atlanta three hours before first pitch. 

  • Jose Reyes makes reunion with Mets official

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 18 hrs ago

    A reunion that didn't seem possible as recently as eight months ago is now official. According to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, veteran shortstop Jose Reyes is returning to the New York Mets on a minor-league contract, though it's fully expected he'll join the major league team soon. 

    Reyes will reportedly suit up for the Brooklyn Cyclones on Saturday, officially beginning his journey back to Citi Field. 

    The signing brings Reyes' tumultuous career full circle after four-plus years of uncertainty that were further complicated by a rapid physical decline and an arrest last October in Hawaii for an alleged domestic assault

    Colorado is where it appeared Reyes would flounder until his contract expired following the 2017 season. That all changed though when Reyes was arrested for allegedly grabbing his wife and shoving her into a sliding glass door at a hotel in Maui last Halloween.

  • White Sox and Blue Jays meet in Free Game of the Day

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 19 hrs ago

    There's no one specific area where they've been great, good or even decent during that stretch. That's in spite of 12-game winner Chris Sale doing his thing every five days. He's been the one constant, and that's not to discount guys like Jose Quintana or Todd Frazier either, who have also been very good.

    A baseball team needs more than that to create a strong foundation. They need a core of steady and reliable players who will pull their assigned weight more often than not. That's what makes the early results for rookie shortstop Tim Anderson so exciting. Two weeks in, he looks like a guy capable of pulling his own weight and then some. 

    We'll get a chance to see Anderson's skills on display Saturday, when the White Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays in the MLB Free Game of the Day on Yahoo Sports. You can stream the game at Yahoo's Sports Home, MLB index and video home beginning at 2:10 p.m. ET.

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  • Adam Jones had two great responses to being robbed of a home run

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 19 hrs ago

    As the owner of 210 home runs himself, he's obviously hit a few that won ballgames for Baltimore or at least lit up the crowd at Camden Yards. He's also seen plenty sail over his head, both home and away, and on occasion he's even gone above the wall to take a home run away.

    All of those moments definitely stir emotions, but we've never seen Jones react quite the way he did after being robbed himself during Friday's 6-3 win against the Rays.

    With Baltimore trailing 3-0 in the fourth inning, Jones launched a fastball from Matt Moore to deep left-center field. The smash had home run distance, but it didn't have home run height, allowing Tampa's Taylor Motter to reach up and pull it back. That led to the first of what we'd say were two great, if not perfect responses to having that home run taken away.

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  • The Walk Off: Edinson Volquez's nightmare start among worst ever

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Friday's 15-game slate didn't feature a single marquee pitching matchup. With that in mind, it should come as no real surprise that the night was dominated by offense, with all 30 teams combining to score 173 total runs on 293 totals hits. 

    Yeah, it was a rough night for a lot of pitcher's ERA. None more so though than Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez, who may have turned in the worst start of baseball's modern era in Kansas City's 13-4 loss to the Astros.

    The numbers are downright awful. Volquez was knocked around for nine runs (eight earned) on seven hits in the first inning alone.

    .@astros 9-run 1st inning vs Royals: Triple RBI single Single Out RBI single RBI single BB Error, run scores RBI single Grand Slam Out Out

    Ouch.

    If that wasn't bad enough, Royals' manager Ned Yost rolled with Volquez again in the second inning, where he allowed three more runners to reach without recording an out. As you can probably guess, all three of those runners came around to score, putting Volquez's outing in uncharted territory.