Mark Townsend

  • Chris Sale sidelined three weeks with avulsion fracture of right foot

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 32 mins ago

    The news isn't ideal for the Chicago White Sox, but apparently they feared much worse when ace left-hander Chris Sale hobbled into their spring training complex on Saturday morning. 

    According to a team press release, Sale suffered an avulsion fracture of his right foot in an accident at his home in Arizona on Friday. Initial reports suggest the injury will keep him sidelined for three weeks, which all things considered is far from a worst case scenario, but will put him in a race against the clock to be ready for opening day. 

    Sale underwent x-rays this am & will undergo further tests once swelling subsides. His status for Opening Day will be better determined then

    General manager Rick Hahn indicated the injury occurred while Sale was unloading something off the back of his truck. Sale himself did not confirm or deny how it happened, but was apparently in good spirits while meeting the media. 

    Chris Sale joked he was fighting off an intruder. No other details. Doesn't seem concerned about long term injury. #WhiteSox

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  • Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to debut funnel cake cheeseburger

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 hr ago

    As a whole, minor league baseball continues setting a very high standard when it comes to unique ballpark promotions. But let us not overlook another area of strength for many of its clubs: The concession stand menu.

    Somewhere below the standard baseball items, you're bound to find a few creative and ridiculously appealing items that wlll test your will and lighten your wallet. For example, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers — the Midwest League Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers — and team chef Tim Hansen unveiled a pair of new burgers this week that will instantly make you consider a trip to Appleton.

    First, we have all the makings of a delicious bacon cheeseburger packed inside a funnel cake bun, which naturally gives us the Big Mother Funnel Burger.

    Big Mother Funnel Burger @TimberRattlers Summer 2015 pic.twitter.com/1dOaxdxfgs

    Don't try saying that ten times fast, but do order it at least once if you're headed to a Timber Rattlers game this spring. It'll only set you back $20.

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  • Scooter Gennett helps stray dog at Brewers spring training

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 12 hrs ago

    On Thursday, Milwaukee Brewers infielder Scooter Gennett was going about his business after the Milwaukee Brewers wrapped up workouts at their spring complex in Maryvale, Ariz. when he discovered a stray dachshund wondering the area. According to Gennett via his Twitter account, he was able to make friends with the dog, or at least made him comfortable enough to ride along to the local vet, and that's where Gennett says the the dog will be cared for.

    Just brought this poor guy to the vet..they assured me Dachshund Only Rescue would help him out!! #hank2? #stray pic.twitter.com/i84LEeyK0m

    If the story sounds familiar, that's because it is familiar. 

    You humans are all crazy. Obviously #TheDress is #blueandblack. pic.twitter.com/mwzl5bMcYR

    Or maybe not.

    The dress, Hank? Really?

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  • Juan Pierre officially retires after 14 MLB seasons

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 15 hrs ago

    Veteran outfielder Juan Pierre has officially announced his retirement after 14 seasons in Major League Baseball, confirming a report from Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

    Thanks for all the tweets keep them coming it's true today I'm officially retiring today.Blessed and grateful to have played the game I love

    The announcement comes as a mere formality, rather than a major surprise. The writing was on the wall for Pierre following a difficult year in 2013, which saw him hit just .247/.284/.305 across the board in 330 plate appearances. In fact, he seemed to be resigned to his fate in baseball following that season, understanding there wasn't much demand for aging outfielders with limited offensive upside.

    "They can come and take away my jersey right now, and I'll be fine. I'll be OK with it either way."

    Without a major league offer in hand, Pierre ended up sitting out the entire 2014 season. He didn't appear on anybody's radar this past winter either, so at 37 he's officially ending his journey after appearing in 1,994 MLB games and winning one World Series championship with the then Florida Marlins in 2003.

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  • A-Rod working out at first base in Yankees camp

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 18 hrs ago

    The New York Yankees still aren't sure what to expect from Alex Rodriguez this season, but it would appear they're going to exhaust all options to find playing time just in case he proves capable of contributing.

    Well, that, or maybe they're just putting him through the wringer and trying to exhaust him outright. Either way, Rodriguez was spotted taking infield practice at first base on Friday, which would be an entirely new position for the 20-year veteran.

    In fact, A-Rod wasn't even equipped with a first baseman's glove when he walked on the practice field at Steinbrenner Field, but Girardi still had him taking grounders and practicing fielding bunts from the position that's opposite his regular spot at third base. 

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  • Adam Lind says Blue Jays will smile more without Colby Rasmus

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    Last week current broadcaster and former major league catcher Gregg Zaun weighed in on the atmosphere in the Toronto Blue Jays clubhouse last season. In particular, Zaun was critical of Brett Lawrie, who appeared to be a future franchise player but fell short of expectations before being traded to Oakland last November. 

    Unfortunately, that conversation took a turn toward hazing and other controversial opinions that caused a stir and ended up overshadowing the clubhouse issues. But now Adam Lind, who was traded from Toronto to Milwaukee in November, is weighing in as well to give us his perspective.

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  • Dodgers' employee stung by scorpion in Arizona

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    If you're a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers or Chicago White Sox and you're headed to spring training at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz over the next few weeks, you might want to take note of this story. Scorpions are invading the complex.

    Scorpion invasion at the White Sox's spring training complex. So there's that. pic.twitter.com/y8WaTbagnw

    Not that this was a completely unexpected development when we first learned about it over the weekend. When you set up shop in the middle of the desert, you're bound to have some uninvited predatory arthropods show up. However, it needs to be pointed out that these scorpions aren't just there for the atmosphere, they mean business.

    Dodgers official Jon Chapper can attest to that, as he was stung by a scorpion twice on Tuesday.

    Scorpion that stung Dodgers official Jon Chapper. pic.twitter.com/of9Y2mdo8e

    As for Chapper's condition. Well...

    "We're gonna miss Chapper," manager Don Mattingly told the media on Tuesday.

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  • Dustin Ackley's trip to spring training interrupted by birth of first child

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    As obsessed baseball fans, we can't hide our anticipation for the beginning of spring training. It's something that consumes our thoughts all winter, and although we know baseball games that count are still too far away, we drive others crazy reminding them when spring training begins. It's just in our nature, and we feel no shame.

    Well, apparently this also describes the newborn son of Seattle Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley, because he simply couldn't wait for spring training to make his first official appearance.

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    Fortunately, the couple was able to race to a hospital in Oklahoma City, which worked out very well considering they easily could have been in the middle of nowhere as opposed to near a major city. It's also somewhat ironic given the sports connection between Seattle and Oklahoma City and a certain NBA franchise that moved. But regardless of that, Parson Bennett Ackley was born Thursday, Feb. 19, without any complications. 

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    Here's a good shot of Parson.

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  • Bryce Harper asked, 'Where's my ring?' after Nats signed Max Scherzer

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

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    According to Las Vegas oddmakers, the Washington Nationals immediately became World Series favorites after signing free-agent pitcher Max Scherzer to a seven-year, $210 million contract in January. But they certainly weren't alone in that belief. We here at Big League Stew agreed as well, and so does Las Vegas native — and current Nationals outfielder — Bryce Harper, who not surprisingly wasn't shy about expressing his confidence. 

    "I mean, that's unbelievable. So to be able to have a guy like Scherzer come in, I just started laughing. I was like: 'Where's my ring?' Cause it's just stupid," he said to CSN's Mark Zuckerman and other reporters.

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  • Report: Josh Hamilton confesses relapse to MLB officials

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    We're learning some new information about the circumstances surrounding Josh Hamilton's visit to MLB headquarters Wednesday regarding a "disciplinary issue" that was reportedly worse than a possible "PED" violation.

    According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the circumstances are what we feared most, as he's hearing that Hamilton willingly confessed to suffering a relapse in his battle with drug addiction.

    Hear hamilton had relapse. Believe occurred a couple months back. Involved at least cocaine. Honorably, he confessed.

    There's no word of a failed test. Word is, Hamilton told mlb about relapse. He'd be put in program as 1st time offender.

    Forbes writer Maury Brown tweeted a similar report just prior to Heyman's, citing Hamilton's father-in-law.

    Josh Hamilton has "hit a bump in the road" according to father-in-law. Hearing this is (yet again) drug of abuse. Prior prob w/coke, alcohol

    For what it's worth, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times disagrees with Heyman's take. 

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