Mark Townsend

  • Jenrry Mejia denies knowledge of PED use following lifetime ban

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 hr ago

    Hours after becoming the first player to be permanently suspended by MLBfor a third positive test for PEDs, Jenrry Mejia denied knowledge of his use.

    According to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, Mejia spoke to Dominican sports journalist Hector Gomez on Friday and relayed the following message, which was translated from Spanish:

    "It is not like they say. I am sure that I did not use anything."

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    Not necessarily an emphatic denial, but a denial nonetheless from the 26-year-old pitcher.

    [Related: Mets will survive Jenrry Mejia's banishment from MLB]

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  • Mets will survive Jenrry Mejia's banishment from MLB

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 12 hrs ago

    The baseball world was stunned Friday by the news that Jenrry Mejia had tested positive for PEDs for a third time, resulting in a permanent suspension from the league.

    Mejia earned the dubious distinction as the first player to receive a lifetime ban under MLB’s “three strikes and you’re out” PED policy. He's also sure to earn ridicule from his peers who attempted to support him throughout his ordeal, and from fans who simply can't comprehend the choices he's apparently made.

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    Mejia's career unraveled quickly. At this point last year he was penciled in as the New York Mets closer following a strong showing to end the 2014 campaign. Now he's out of baseball all together, and the Mets will have to make plans without him.

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  • A's acquire Khris Davis in attempt to boost offensive firepower

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 14 hrs ago

    Even as spring training approaches, the trade winds are still blowing around Major League Baseball.

    On Friday, the Oakland A's completed a notable deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, acquiring power-hitting outfielder Khris Davis in exchange for catching prospect Jacob Nottingham and right-handed pitcher Bubba Derby. 

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    This deal fits the mold of a Billy Beane late offseason trade with pretty good value. Though Beane has been promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations, new GM David Forst is showing he's been paying attention and learning from the best. 

    In Davis, Forst has added some much needed firepower to the middle of manager Bob Melvin's lineup. Davis connected for 27 homers in just 121 games last season, while Josh Reddick, the A's home run leader, finished with just 20. As a team, the A's hit just 146 homers last season, good for 20th in MLB and last in their division, 26 behind the next closest team. 

  • Hot Stove Digest: Aroldis Chapman avoids arbitration with Yankees

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 15 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.

    LOCKED IN:  The Yankees and new closer Aroldis Chapman have avoided arbitration, settling on an $11.325 million salary for the 2016 season. Chapman will be a free agent following the 2016 season. [@Ken_Rosenthal]

    ICYMI: Former Mets closer Jenrry Mejia has been permanently suspended from baseball for his third drug policy violation. [The Stew]

    DONE DEAL: The Indians signed veteran reliever Tommy Hunter to a one-year, $2 million deal. [@hoynsie]

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  • Braves will build new Hank Aaron monument at SunTrust Park

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 17 hrs ago

    The Atlanta Braves have announced that they are no longer contesting the  Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority regarding the future location of the bronze Hank Aaron statue outside Turner Field. 

    The team had hoped to bring the statue with them as they prepare to move to SunTrust Park in Cobb County next season, but will now allow it to remain in downtown Atlanta. Instead, the Braves have announced plans to honor Aaron with a new monument at their new ballpark.

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    Here's the Braves' official statement on the statue dispute, courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:  

    In the end, Hank Aaron's legacy wins out, as he'll now be honored by two groups who mean a lot to him. And it's pretty fitting that his words played at least some role in the dispute being settled, as it further cements the respect he's earned both on and off the field. 

  • Glenn Hubbard's snake-draped baseball card is now a bobblehead

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    If you're a casual baseball fan, chances are you have a shoebox or two full of baseball cards packed away somewhere in your home.

    If your fandom goes beyond that casual threshold, then there's a good chance that collection graduated from shoeboxes to regulation boxes a long time ago. And those boxes are probably in a room or closet taking up more space than your family or significant other is comfortable with.

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    For those in the latter category, there are some cards that are cherished more than others. Whether it be a favorite player from their childhood or a rookie card of a future superstar, those valuable cards tend to receive special care. Then there are cards we remember for other reasons, such as a mistake, a funny name or because the card features something truly unique.

    But now, thanks to the Lexington Legends, it's going to reach another new level of notoriety.

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

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 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.

    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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