Mark Townsend

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

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 5 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 6 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 9 hrs 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 12 hrs 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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  • Summer league sluggers launch homers into Lake Michigan

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    It’s a new era for home run-hitting contests, and we’re not just talking about the faster paced and infinitely more exciting Home Run Derby format in Major League Baseball.

    We’re talking about a pitcher not only entering the Japanese League’s annual Home Run Derby, but actually winning it. Perhaps that’s a sign of things to come in MLB?

    Beyond that though, we’re talking about contests being taken to unique locations, such as the California League holding its derby on the U.S.S. Midway in San Diego. That decision may have inspired another league to take its Home Run Derby from the conventional surroundings of a baseball stadium to the lakefront in Wisconsin.

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  • Mariners are making history with last at-bat magic

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days 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.

    On the day Felix Hernandez returned to the hill, the Seattle Mariners offense stole the spotlight again with another dramatic walkoff victory.

    With the game tied in the 11th inning, Leonys Martin connected for his second home run of the game to give Seattle a much-needed 6-5 victory against the Chicago White Sox.

    The walkoff home run was the third of Martin’s career and his second this season. As for Seattle, that’s two walk-off home runs in their last three games and six already this season, which ties the franchise record.

    .@Mariners lead MLB with 6 walk-off HR. Their 6 ties franchise record set in 1986




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  • Hanley Ramirez recreates iconic Red Sox moment on memorable night

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    Boston Red Sox slugger Hanley Ramirez was on the cusp of joining elite company on Wednesday night.

    In the Red Sox 11-7 win against the Giants, Ramirez connected for three two-run home runs. He then had one opportunity to become just the 17th major-league player to hit four home runs in a single game, but grounded out in the eighth inning.

    Ramirez’s big game featured home runs to all three fields, and was highlighted by a home run into Boston’s bullpen that was reminiscent of one of Boston’s most iconic postseason moments. That would be David Ortiz’s grand slam during Game 2 of the 2013 ALCS, which propelled them to a memorable victory in that game and in that series.

    Those elements put together added up to one of the most memorable moments not only in Red Sox history, but baseball history.

    That brings us back to Wednesday, where all those elements somehow came together again.

  • Dodgers acknowledge Clayton Kershaw's season could be over

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    Clayton Kershaw’s recovery from a herniated disc in his back is becoming more complicated and concerning with each passing day.

    On Tuesday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced that Kershaw’s timetable for a return was now “uncertain” after he reportedly felt discomfort following a simulated game this weekend. On Wednesday, things got a little more ominous with Roberts admitting that season-ending surgery is now more likely based on how Kershaw’s back is reacting.

    Dave Roberts does not sound optimistic about Kershaw's recovery. Says surgery is a real possibility, and no guarantee he returns this year.

    — Alex Putterman (@AlexPutterman) July 20, 2016

    “With the way it flared up, it’s more of an indication that surgery is more of a possibility,” were Roberts’ exact words before the Dodgers took on the Nationals Wednesday night.

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  • Kelsie Whitmore records first professional hit in Independent League

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    When Kelsie Whitmore signed with the Sonoma Stompers on June 28, she did so with full intentions of making a career in baseball. On Wednesday, she took a huge step toward furthering her dream by collecting her first professional hit in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs independent league.

    Whitmore’s big moment came during Sonoma’s 4-2 loss to San Rafael. With two outs and two runners on base in the fourth inning, Whitmore smacked a clean single through the right side of the infield that nearly got Sonoma on the scoreboard.

    Here's a look at Kelsie Whitmore's first hit as a professional. #history #trailblazer

    — Sonoma Stompers (@SonomaStompers) July 20, 2016

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  • Mike Trout is baseball's most notable Pokémon Go enthusiast

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 5 days ago

    In news that shouldn’t shock anyone, Mike Trout is obsessed with Pokémon Go.

    The Los Angeles Angels superstar admitted as much this weekend, adding his name to the millions upon millions of people who scour the earth looking to capture digital “pocket monsters.”

    Pokemon Go has hit Major League Baseball. Mike Trout bounded into the clubhouse today asking, "Are there any Pokemon in here?"

    — Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) July 15, 2016

    Probably not, Mike. Otherwise general manager Billy Eppler would be trying to sign them to help fill out a struggling lineup.

    For those not familiar with the Pokémon Go, it’s a new free app for iPhones and Androids that takes you into an alternate universe that overlays reality. As for the gameplay, I’ll turn that over to Forbes:

    Chances are there’s a Pokémon lurking behind you right now. If you don’t have the app though, you’re missing out on an opportunity to throw poke balls at it.

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