Mark Townsend

  • Ken Griffey Jr. puts cap on backward to close Hall of Fame speech

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    If we could only hold on to one image from Ken Griffey Jr.’s emotional Hall of Fame speech on Sunday, it would definitely be the final one.

    “The Kid” was back, if only for a brief moment, as Griffey turned back the clock to relive his greatest fashion statement: the backward cap.

    For those who hoped Griffey’s likeness would be sporting a backwards cap on his Hall of Fame plaque, this is a pretty strong consolation. It’s the Hall of Fame equivalent of a mic drop, of which Griffey’s impact on baseball and pop culture is most certainly worthy.

    The backward cap — the origin of which might surprise you — was Griffey’s signature look. It defined his persona and the spirit he brought to the ballpark every day. Now, it serves as the exclamation point on a career that was second to none.

    Job well done, Kid.  And thank you.

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  • Johnny Cueto annoyed with Royals after White House snub

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Jonny Gomes wasn’t the only notable snub from the Kansas City Royals visit to the White House on Thursday.

    According to the San Jose Mercury News, Johnny Cueto, who pitched a shutout for Kansas City in Game 2 of the World Series before joining the San Francisco Giants in the offseason, was also not extended an invitation to the event. And, like Gomes, he’s not happy about it.

    Cueto on the KC White House snub: "I feel they should have had the courtesy to invite me."

    — Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) July 24, 2016

    More Cueto: "I did something for the team to win the World Series, so yes, I was expecting it. Nobody has called me or anything."

    — Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) July 24, 2016

    Regarding Johnny Cueto not getting a White House invite, a Royals official says club didn't invite any players now with other clubs.

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  • Chris Sale suspended five days after bizarre clubhouse incident

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    The other shoe has dropped on the bizarre clubhouse incident involving Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale.

    General manager Rick Hahn announced Sunday that Sale has been suspended five days for “violating team rules, insubordination and destroying team equipment.” He’s also been fined an undisclosed amount.

    Here’s the White Sox statement in full:

    The #WhiteSox have suspended pitcher Chris Sale for five days after yesterday's clubhouse incident: pic.twitter.com/xmMNTRSI19

    — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 24, 2016

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  • Watch Live: Ichiro's quest for 3,000 hits continues in Free Game of the Day

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day 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. The 42-year-old outfielder will enter Sunday’s game against the New York Mets with 2,996 hits, meaning Ichiro could easily reach the milestone this week.

    Unfortunately, Ichiro is not in the Marlins lineup on Sunday, but his pursuit of 3,000 still 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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  • Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza's Hall of Fame stage is set

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

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    On Sunday, two remarkable legacies forged on different paths will converge in Cooperstown, New York when Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza are officially inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

    The long-anticipated induction ceremony will air exclusively on MLB Network, with coverage beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET and the ceremony itself starting at 1:30 p.m. ET. If for some reason you’re not excited to watch the ceremony, check out the video which was produced by MLB Network and narrated by actor J.K. Simmons. It might just give you chills.

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    Not that there’s any pressure or anything.

    The day isn’t exclusively about speeches, smiles and handshakes though. It’s about truly taking their place among baseball’s immortal legends. It’s about the moment when their legacies are truly cemented: when their Hall of Fame plaque becomes an official part of the Hall of Fame museum.

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

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days 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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  • Carlos Correa and Trevor Story set records that will blow your mind

    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.

    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 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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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