Mark Townsend

  • Let's help the new Savannah summer league team pick a name

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 7 hrs ago

    Baseball fans unite. The new summer league team based out of Savannah, GA. needs help picking a name and they've called upon us for assistance.

    One can't blame them, either. On the heels of the New Britain Rock Cats relocating to Hartford and rebranding as the Yard Goats with help from the Internet, the new Savannah squad is hoping we'll again have the long-term answers to all of their branding and marketing questions as well.

    After all, not only did the Internet help name Hartford's team the Yard Goats, it motivated them to create this incredible jingle that has been stuck in our head for a week straight. 

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    They are as follows:

    The winning name will be announced on Feb. 25.

    ICYMI: Savannah Baseball Name Announcement will be February 25th! Seagulls 🐦 Bananas 🍌 Party Animals 🎉 Anchors ⚓️ or Ports 🚢

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  • Tim Flannery is fed up with Padres fans, writes lengthy statement

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 8 hrs ago

    Former major league player and coach Tim Flannery always seemed like a pretty laid back guy when he was actively involved in baseball. 

    However, it would appear fans of the San Diego Padres have found a way under his skin during his retirement, which led to a pretty lengthy rant that was written and posted to Twitter on Wednesday night. 

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    For a quick history lesson, Flannery spent the entirety of his 11-year playing career in San Diego, even playing on their first World Series team back in 1984. Flannery was also a part of Bruce Bochy's coaching staff in San Diego from 1996-2002. After Bochy was allowed to leave San Diego for the managerial job in San Francisco, Flannery rejoined him on the coaching staff until his retirement in 2014. 

    Based on Flannery's rant, it's apparent there are some fans who feel he turned his back on San Diego to join the rival Giants. And it's very clear he's tired of hearing from those people. 

    We're sure you know the one. 

  • Former Met-killer Chipper Jones picks Mets to win World Series

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 10 hrs ago

    Former Atlanta Braves superstar Chipper Jones made a career out of knocking around Mets' pitching. In fact, Jones enjoyed so much success against the Mets at their former home, Shea Stadium, he actually named one of his three sons Shea.

    That's some next-level trolling right there. 

    Now though, Jones believes the Mets starting rotation is the most dominant in baseball. Perhaps even dominant enough to shut him down. And even though he's currently serving as a special assistant for the Braves, he's gone on record predicting that pitching will lead their division rivals from New York all the way to a World Series championship.

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    "I think they're my early season pick to probably go all the way," Jones said. "Having made it to the World Series last year, coming up just short, I think they'll probably be the early season favorite to push over the top this year." 

    If so, that's just wrong and selfish, Chipper. 

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  • Hot Stove Digest: Ozzie Guillen returns to managing in Venezuela

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 12 hrs ago

    Welcome to The Stew's Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you'll find a recap of all the day's action and other fun stuff from around the Internet.

    HE'S BACK: Ozzie Guillen will manage Los Tiburones de La Guaira, a team in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, during the 2016 season. [Chicago Tribune]

    GOOD READ: Will Yovani Gallardo   continue producing despite diminishing stuff? [The Stew]

    CONSIDERING: If the Orioles land Gallardo, they may also pursue outfielder Dexter Fowler to complete their lineup. [@Ken_Rosenthal]

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  • Status of Hank Aaron statue in question as Braves prepare to move

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 13 hrs ago

    We know for sure that the Atlanta Braves will be moving to SunTrust Park in Cobb County for the 2017 season. What we don't know for sure is whether or not the bronze statue of Hank Aaron that currently stands in front of Turner Field will be joining them.

    According to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report from early Wednesday, the head of the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority claimed to have uncovered documents proving the statue is owned by the authority, meaning it would remain in the city of Atlanta after the Braves' departure.

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    “We were able to work out an agreement with the Braves. We are very excited about it,” Keisha Lance Bottoms, the executive director of the authority was quoted as saying in that story. 

    Stay tuned to this story. It could be interesting.  

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  • Homer History: Todd Helton's blast ignites Rockies historic run

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    As a fan of the Colorado Rockies even before they debuted in 1993, nothing compares to the historic 21-1 run that led them directly to their first and only World Series appearance in 2007. It was a continuous wave of moments and emotions that only baseball fans in the thick of a pennant race can understand or appreciate and, up until that point, those were moments and emotions I had not truly experienced as a fan.

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    In the final two weeks of the regular season, Colorado went from the brink of postseason afterthoughts, which is where they typically resided once September rolled around, to playing a tiebreaker game for the National League wild card against the San Diego Padres.

    That game is the one everyone remembers, because it was the Rockies ticket to the postseason. You could even argue that the drama both teams squeezed into that single, heart-stopping game at Coors Field started the wheels turning for what is now the wild-card play-in round. It was that good, and that memorable, but the reality is none of that would have been possible without the swing that we're privileged to relive today.

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  • Hot Stove Digest: Orioles are again considering Yovani Gallardo

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    Welcome to The Stew's Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you'll find a recap of all the day's action and other fun stuff from around the Internet.

    STILL A CHANCE: The Orioles have been back and forth on free-agent pitcher Yovani Gallardo. According to Roch Kubatko, It appears they're back in again. [MASN Sports]

    THE END: Freddy Garcia will retire at age 39. Sunday's appearance for Venezuela in the Caribbean Series will mark his final game. [MLB.com]

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    SHOWCASE: Cuban outfielder Yordanis Linares will workout for teams in California on Feb. 16. [@JesseSanchez]

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  • Dusty Baker's baseball journey chronicled on MLB Network Presents

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    With over 50 years in professional baseball, Dusty Baker has experienced every high, every low and every in-between moment imaginable within our beloved game. And he's not done yet. Not after accepting the Washington Nationals managerial job just this past November.

    Baker is a baseball lifer, some might say. And that, in part, is why his story is worth telling. But it's his remarkable journey to the big leagues, where he debuted at age 19, and the impact and relationships he's made before and during his remarkable baseball life that truly define his legacy.

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    On Tuesday, Feb. 9, we'll hear the complete story when "Dusty: A Baseball Journey" premieres on MLB Network Presents at 9:00 p.m. ET.

    Baker is a man of many interests with a group of friends that reads like a who's who in sports and entertainment. Aaron, Tommy Lasorda and Steve Garvey, just to name a few, represent his baseball friends and on-field adversaries in the show.

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  • Brisbane Bandits win ABL title, take home glorious Claxton Shield

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 4 days ago

    Come to think of it though, maybe those sounds were real this time. We're just hearing them on delay as they emanate from the Land Down Under.

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    It's possible, because the Australian Baseball League season has been heating up in recent weeks leading up to its culmination on Saturday.  

    For the first time ever, the Brisbane Bandits reigned supreme in the ABL's championship round, sweeping the Adelaide Bite in a best of three series. Brisbane ran away in the clincher, winning 7-1 behind Donald Lutz's three-run homer, six excellent innings from former major leaguer Travis Blackley and the leadership of Dave Nilsson, who was MLB's first Australian All-Star. 

    And to the victors went all of the spoils, including being presented with the prestigious and equally glorious Claxton Shield.

    The Claxton Shield has quite a history too, which dates all the way back to 1934.

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  • Hot Stove Digest: Cubs, White Sox show interest in Rays starter

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 4 days ago

    Welcome to The Stew's Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you'll find a recap of all the day's action and other fun stuff from around the Internet.

    INQUIRING: Up to ten teams have asked the Rays about acquiring one of their young starters. That list includes both the Cubs and White Sox. [CBS Chicago]

    OFFICIAL: Gavin Floyd's contract with the Blue Jays is a major-league deal worth $1 million. He can earn an additional $1 million in incentives. [@JonHeyman]

    WINNING: The players improved to 3-0 in arbitration cases after Toronto's Jesse Chavez was awarded a $4 million salary. [@SosnickCobbe]

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