Mark Townsend

  • There's a reason Rays players don't close the dugout bathroom door

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 4 hrs ago

    As you may or may not have heard, Steve Pearce of the Tampa Bay Rays was nearly caught in an unenviable position on Saturday night.

    As it so often does, nature called in the midst of Tampa’s 4-3 loss to the A’s, and Pearce had no choice but to answer. Conveniently, or so you’d think, there happens to be a bathroom in each of the dugouts at The Coliseum in Oakland. That meant Pearce didn’t have to run down the tunnel or back into the clubhouse.

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    Basically, the Rays are damned if they do and damned if they don’t close the bathroom door, so for now they’re taking their chances on leaving it open.

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  • Ichiro Suzuki's legend grows as he nears 3,000 hits

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 5 hrs ago

    It’s only a matter of time now before Ichiro Suzuki becomes the 30th player to notch 3,000 hits in Major League Baseball. In fact, it could be just a matter of hours. The 42-year-old outfielder will enter Sunday’s game against the New York Mets with 2,996 hits, meaning it’s within reach with a classic Ichiro afternoon.

    That adds a whole new level of intrigue to an already important game, which we’re happy to say will be featured as the 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 1:10 p.m. ET.

    That Ichiro is now on the doorstep of 3,000 hits in MLB only further cements what a remarkable career he’s enjoyed. Ichiro also accrued 1,278 across nine seasons in Japan’s Central League, which in the opinion of some already makes him baseball’s true hit king. His career total surpassed Pete Rose’s 4,256 MLB hits over 24 seasons.

    Simply put, Ichiro is amazing.

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  • Carlos Correa and Trevor Story set records that will blow your mind

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 6 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.

    At 21 years old, Carlos Correa has already accomplished more than most other professional baseball players. For starters, he was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2012. In 2015, he won an American League Rookie of the Year award and also played in the postseason.

    That’s all quite impressive, but would you also believe he’s already the Houston Astros all-time home run leader among shortstops?

    It’s true!

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    In Saturday’s 7-2 win against the Angels, Correa connected for his 15th home run of the season and his 36th as a major leaguer, which moved him atop the Astros list.

    Carlos Correa has hit 36 HR as a shortstop, the most in club history.

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

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 9 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 pic.twitter.com/6osCz1Erpx

    — 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 11 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.

    STATEMENT: pic.twitter.com/wOB8JTsjzu

    — 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 13 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. ???????? pic.twitter.com/MxTX3QQTMW

    — 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 14 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… pic.twitter.com/oXPwSuDOaQ

    — 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 16 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 pic.twitter.com/aEUQKPEj2n

    — 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 19 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 1 day 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

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

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