Mark Townsend

  • Red Sox announcer shaken up after being hit by wind-blown monitor

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 hrs ago

    Crazy wind gusts wreaked havoc at Fenway Park on Saturday night and even sent announcer Jerry Remy home early with a bump on his head.

    According to reports, Remy was struck on the head by a television monitor that blew off a shelf in the NESN booth. Fortunately, it sounds like Remy has avoided a serious injury, but he was still checked by doctors and then sent home to rest.

    For those wondering about Jerry Remy. @NESN #RedSox

    — kris moody (@krismoody) July 24, 2016

    There was at least one report of a 43-mph wind gust during the first inning as a storm front approached the Boston area. Strong winds continued throughout the early innings, causing chaos for fielders as they attempted to gauge fly balls.

    I've never seen a baseball game played in the middle of a hurricane before. This should be fun.

    — Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) July 23, 2016

    Yeah, we didn’t think so.

  • Chris Sale scratched from start after destroying throwback uniforms

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 3 hrs ago

    The relationship between the Chicago White Sox and ace Chris Sale took a bizarre turn on Saturday.

    In a statement released before Saturday’s game against the Detroit Tigers, the White Sox announced that Sale had been scratched from his scheduled start after he was involved in what the team says was a “non-physical clubhouse incident.”

    The White Sox did not offer any further details, other than to say the incident was under investigation and that Sale had been sent home.

    Here’s the team’s full statement.

    Official: Chris Sale has been scratched from tonight’s scheduled start.


    — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 23, 2016

    Well, Yahoo Sports’ own Jeff Passan has been doing some investigating as well, and he now confirms that Sale was sent home after refusing to wear and later destroying the team’s throwback uniforms.

    Yup, it's true. Chris Sale got sent home by White Sox for cutting up a jersey he didn't want to wear. Source confirms @StokkeTommy report.

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  • Chris Bassitt's dog goes surfing during Bark at the Park event

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 5 hrs ago

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    We interrupt your regularly scheduled baseball reading to bring you images of very good dogs doing some very good surfing.

    On Friday, the Oakland A’s hosted Bark at the Park Night at the Coliseum. That meant fans could bring their precious canines to the ballpark to watch some baseball and chow down, perhaps on some hot dogs.

    The A’s though, they don’t do things halfway. If it’s Bark at the Park Night, they’re going to make sure the new four-legged customers get their money’s worth. In this case, that meant installing a tank full of water in the parking lot where some dog surfing commenced.

    .@C_Bass419 and his dog Ansley ride a wave to Bark at the Park night. ????????

    — Oakland A's (@Athletics) July 23, 2016

    Yes, even the player’s dogs got involved. That’s Chris Bassitt’s dog Ansley in the video above.

    Here are a couple other cool customers riding some waves.

    And here are a few more who were just happy to hang out in the sun.

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  • Mike Piazza reflects on memorable post-9/11 home run

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 7 hrs ago

    We’re all looking forward to the many great stories Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will share during Sunday’s Hall of Fame ceremony in Cooperstown. Before we get there though, the two soon-to-be Hall of Famers addressed the media on Saturday during the annual press conference.

    While they may not have revealed the talking points for their anticipated speeches, they did give us a taste of the emotion we should expect to see and feel once they hit the stage. That was especially true of Mike Piazza, who has already gone on record saying he expects to cry during his speech.

    His emotions nearly started flowing one day early as he spent a moment reflecting on his memorable home run hit 10 days after terrorist attacks rocked New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania on Sept 11. 2001.

    Mike Piazza talking about his 9/21/01 home run…

    — Breanna N Morello (@BreannaMorello) July 23, 2016

    Piazza also added:

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  • Matt Adams ends 16-inning marathon with homer, ferocious bat flip

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 9 hrs ago

    As soon as Matt Adams connected, the remaining fans at Busch Stadium erupted.

    The St. Louis Cardinals slugger blasted a majestic walkoff home run in the 16th inning on Friday to give St. Louis a much-needed 4-3 victory over the wild card-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Adams’ big fly came against Bud Norris, a starting pitcher who was needed in emergency extra-inning duty, and it traveled an estimated 444 feet. Indeed, it was a no-doubter, and Adams drove that point home with a scream and a ferocious bat flip unlike any seen since Jose Bautista’s in the 2015 postseason.

    THAT BAT FLIP!!! #STLCards

    — St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) July 23, 2016

    Yes, it was that epic.

    From there, both teams exhausted their options, leading to a matchup that one Dodgers writer wasn’t looking forward to.

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  • Danny Duffy draws inspiration from boy who died of cancer

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 11 hrs ago

    As baseball observers, we often speculate what goes through the mind of a player in the midst of a brilliant performance.

    After pitching 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in the Royals’ 3-1 win against the Rangers on Friday night, Kansas City left-hander Danny Duffy didn’t hesitate to clue us in.

    According to Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star, Duffy’s focus and motivation was a young fan named Liam Charles Shipley, whom he’d met months earlier at a charity calendar shoot. Recently, Duffy learned that Shipley had died at only 8 years old following a battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

    After the game, Duffy made it clear he was determined to honor Liam’s fight and his legacy with a memorable performance, which he most certainly delivered.

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  • Jeurys Familia joins elite company by converting 50th consecutive save

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 21 hrs ago

    Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we’ll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.

    It hasn’t necessarily been pretty this week, but New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia continues getting the job done at a remarkable rate.

    In Friday’s 5-3 win against the Marlins, the first-time All-Star recorded his 50th consecutive regular season save dating back to July 30 of last season. That put him in some pretty elite company among closers, as he became just the fourth ever to convert 50 straight save chances.

    Jeurys Familia (@Mets) 4th pitcher in MLB history to convert 50 straight save chances (Eric Gagne, Tom Gordon, José Valverde)

    — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 23, 2016


    #Cubs in 2016

    Dexter Fowler starts: 43-18 (.705) Fowler does not start: 14-19 (.424)


  • Sonoma Stompers make history again with all-female battery

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 22 hrs ago

    The Sonoma Stompers history-making season continued on Friday as they featured the first all-female pitcher-catcher combination in a professional baseball game since the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League folded in 1954.

    Kelsie Whitmore, who made history on her own earlier this week when she collected her first professional hit, served as the pitcher, while newly-signed Anna Kimbrell called the signals from behind home plate.

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    Here’s a look at the historic lineup card.

    — Sonoma Stompers (@SonomaStompers) July 22, 2016

    Kelsie Whitmore's first pitch was put into play for an out. Whitmore retired the side in order in the first.

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  • Create and share your own Hall of Fame baseball card

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Before Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, you too can put a Hall of Fame stamp on your baseball fandom.

    Beginning on Wednesday, fans that downloaded the free Rookies app from the Apple App Store can create a branded and personalized “Future Hall of Famer” baseball card. Those cards can then be shared on social media using the hashtag #HOFWKND.

    There’s an advantage to doing that too, as a few lucky winners will receive a free pack of cards of their own creation.

    Create & share your “Future Hall of Fame” @BaseballHall card using #HOFWKND and you could win a free pack of cards!

    — Rookies App (@RookiesApp) July 22, 2016

    Here’s one example.


    Modern technology is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?

    Fans can also have their created card printed and shipped to their homes to have as a keepsake or show off to their non-Hall of Fame friends.

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  • Russell Martin falls, tweaks knee after relaxing too long in sauna

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    It’s never good news when an off day leads to a new injury.

    Unfortunately for Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin, that’s the situation he’s in after suffering a knee tweak on Thursday.

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    Even more troubling is the manner in which Martin suffered the injury. What was supposed to be a relaxing afternoon in the sauna, nearly turned disastrous.

    Gibbons on Martin:Russ was in sauna yesterday, was in too long, got lightheaded, fell in shower & hurt knee. Needs couple days off #BlueJays

    — Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) July 22, 2016

    That sounds quite painful. Fortunately though, Martin appears to have avoided a major injury.

    Russell Martin had MRI today and shows no "structural damage" to his left knee. #Jays

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