Mark Townsend

  • Hot Stove Digest: Orioles are again considering Yovani Gallardo

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 5 hrs ago

    Welcome to The Stew's Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you'll find a recap of all the day's action and other fun stuff from around the Internet.

    STILL A CHANCE: The Orioles have been back and forth on free-agent pitcher Yovani Gallardo. According to Roch Kubatko, It appears they're back in again. [MASN Sports]

    THE END: Freddy Garcia will retire at age 39. Sunday's appearance for Venezuela in the Caribbean Series will mark his final game. [MLB.com]

    [2016 Yahoo Fantasy Baseball is open for business. Sign up now]

    SHOWCASE: Cuban outfielder Yordanis Linares will workout for teams in California on Feb. 16. [@JesseSanchez]

    More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports:

  • Dusty Baker's baseball journey chronicled on MLB Network Presents

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 6 hrs ago

    With over 50 years in professional baseball, Dusty Baker has experienced every high, every low and every in-between moment imaginable within our beloved game. And he's not done yet. Not after accepting the Washington Nationals managerial job just this past November.

    Baker is a baseball lifer, some might say. And that, in part, is why his story is worth telling. But it's his remarkable journey to the big leagues, where he debuted at age 19, and the impact and relationships he's made before and during his remarkable baseball life that truly define his legacy.

    [2016 Yahoo Fantasy Baseball is open for business. Sign up now]

    On Tuesday, Feb. 9, we'll hear the complete story when "Dusty: A Baseball Journey" premieres on MLB Network Presents at 9:00 p.m. ET.

    Baker is a man of many interests with a group of friends that reads like a who's who in sports and entertainment. Aaron, Tommy Lasorda and Steve Garvey, just to name a few, represent his baseball friends and on-field adversaries in the show.

    More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports:

  • Brisbane Bandits win ABL title, take home glorious Claxton Shield

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 19 hrs ago

    Come to think of it though, maybe those sounds were real this time. We're just hearing them on delay as they emanate from the Land Down Under.

    [2016 Yahoo Fantasy Baseball is open for business. Sign up now]

    It's possible, because the Australian Baseball League season has been heating up in recent weeks leading up to its culmination on Saturday.  

    For the first time ever, the Brisbane Bandits reigned supreme in the ABL's championship round, sweeping the Adelaide Bite in a best of three series. Brisbane ran away in the clincher, winning 7-1 behind Donald Lutz's three-run homer, six excellent innings from former major leaguer Travis Blackley and the leadership of Dave Nilsson, who was MLB's first Australian All-Star. 

    And to the victors went all of the spoils, including being presented with the prestigious and equally glorious Claxton Shield.

    The Claxton Shield has quite a history too, which dates all the way back to 1934.

    More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports:

  • Hot Stove Digest: Cubs, White Sox show interest in Rays starter

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 23 hrs ago

    Welcome to The Stew's Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you'll find a recap of all the day's action and other fun stuff from around the Internet.

    INQUIRING: Up to ten teams have asked the Rays about acquiring one of their young starters. That list includes both the Cubs and White Sox. [CBS Chicago]

    OFFICIAL: Gavin Floyd's contract with the Blue Jays is a major-league deal worth $1 million. He can earn an additional $1 million in incentives. [@JonHeyman]

    WINNING: The players improved to 3-0 in arbitration cases after Toronto's Jesse Chavez was awarded a $4 million salary. [@SosnickCobbe]

    [2016 Yahoo Fantasy Baseball is open for business. Sign up now]

    More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports:

  • Broncos' tackle Ryan Harris had Joe Mauer's back in high school

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Denver Broncos' left tackle Ryan Harris will have a tough assignment during Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. He'll be charged with protecting the blindside of Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning against a ferocious Carolina Panthers' pass rush led by Jared Allen.

    But don't think Harris won't be up to the task. The 30-year-old veteran started all 16 games for the Broncos this past regular season, and has started 70 games overall during his nine-year career. He's experienced, he's savvy, and at 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, he's capable of swallowing up and pushing around defenders all afternoon long.

    [2016 Yahoo Fantasy Baseball is open for business. Sign up now]

    Don't think he's not familiar with the extra pressure that comes with protecting a legend, either. Harris was already doing that during his high school football days, when he was tasked with protecting a prized baseball prospect. That prospect's name was Joe Mauer, who we now know as the face of the Minnesota Twins franchise.

    Join the club on that one, Ryan.

  • Japanese team unveils outstanding plaid jerseys

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    First of all, the team recently unveiled its new catchphrase "Happy and Good," which is simple, effective and undeniably awesome. But it's their new jerseys that will make everyone happy and are most certainly good marketing.

    [2016 Yahoo Fantasy Baseball is open for business. Sign up now]

    Observe and admire, if you so desire.

    These are real life jerseys the Orix Buffaloes will wear in real life games in 2016. pic.twitter.com/NPRkSYcz3L

    Your eyes do not deceive you. Those are, in fact, plaid, button up jerseys they are sporting. The jerseys will be worn in various games throughout the 2016 season, and apparently come in at least two colors.

    It should be noted that the Buffaloes' online shop shows the blue and pink jerseys and pink plaid towel that can be waved at games. Not a bad start, but we're hoping there's potential for several more colors to join them.

    As far as one-night promotions go, the Emeralds uniforms are pretty tough to beat. 

    More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports:

  • Cam Newton can throw a fastball, but he'd rather not face one

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    If you've watched Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton at any point during his phenomenal college and professional football career, you'd honestly believe he was fearless.

    His willingness to step up in the pocket as 300-pound linemen and hard-hitting linebackers bear down certainly gives that impression. His willingness to pull the ball down and run, knowing full well that all 11 defenders want to give him their best shot, is another sign of fearlessness. And let's be honest, his desire to get under an opponents' skin with his in-game celebrations and taunts is the greatest evidence that he's simply not afraid of the consequences.  

    [2016 Yahoo Fantasy Baseball is open for business. Sign up now]

    In fact, he's flat out daring the opponent to make him stop. 

    His fearless nature doesn't define him by any means. His elite talent and flamboyant personality are a big part of him too. But it surely completes him as the ultimate football package. It allows Cam Newton to command the game every time he's on the field.

  • Jake Arrieta gets record arbitration deal, extension next?

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    The Chicago Cubs and defending NL CY Young award winner Jake Arrieta avoided arbitration late Friday night, agreeing to a $10.7 million salary for the 2016 season.

    The Associated Press first reported the agreement, also noting it to be the largest one-year contract for a second-time arbitration eligible pitcher, topping David Price's $10.1 million salary in 2013. 

    [2016 Yahoo Fantasy Baseball is open for business. Sign up now]

    The two sides were scheduled to hold what would have been a high-stakes arbitration hearing on Tuesday had they not reached this agreement. Arrieta filed at  $13 million, while the Cubs countered at $7.5 million.  The $5.5 million difference marked the largest gap among players who did not come to terms with their respective teams by the January deadline. 

    More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports:

  • Pete Rose appears in ad for sports betting app

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    In a local Las Vegas ad scheduled to air during Sunday's Super Bowl, Rose appears to help promote the William Hill mobile sports wagering app, which allows gamblers to place bets from a smart phone or tablet computer. That includes on baseball games, which is driven home at the end of the ad, and even while the games are still going on. 

    [2016 Yahoo Fantasy Baseball is open for business. Sign up now]

    Indeed, no reference to Rose's betting on baseball is left unsaid, which is pretty impressive for a 30-second spot. 

    Starring alongside former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, Rose sits in the dark quietly throughout most of the ad, but he does get to blurt out, "You sure this won't get me in any trouble?"

    Nah, you're good, Pete. The dead horse is dead. 

    To be honest, it's a clever, if not obvious decision to include Rose in such an ad from the William Hill side. Rose's history speaks for itself, and his presence will bring attention to the product ranging far beyond the target audience in Nevada. 

  • Hot Stove Digest: Juan Uribe might be too expensive for Giants

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Welcome to The Stew's Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you'll find a recap of all the day's action and other fun stuff from around the Internet.

    EXPENSIVE: The Giants have talked to Juan Uribe about a reserve role, but his current asking price is out of their range. [@Buster_ESPN]

    EXTENSION TALKS: The Blue Jays will explore extensions for sluggers Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson. [ESPN]

    [2016 Yahoo Fantasy Baseball is open for business. Sign up now]

    SWEET LOU: The Reds have hired Lou Piniella to serve in a consulting capacity as a senior advisor. [@johnfayman]

    More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: