Mark Townsend

  • Salvador Perez's baserunning error confuses umpires, proves costly for Royals

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew19 hrs ago

    This weekend's Tigers-Royals series definitely has a postseason feel to it. And really, what's a postseason series without something bizarre or controversial happening?

    We definitely saw one of the strangest, most confusing plays of the season in Saturday's game. With the game tied at one in the sixth inning and Kansas City threatening with runners on second and third and one out, Omar Infante hit a soft liner that second baseman Ian Kinsler snatched with relative ease for the second out. 

    It was a routine play, and that should have been the end of it. However, Kinsler got a little greedy and attempted to double off Eric Hosmer at second base.

    There was never a real play to be made, and Kinsler's odd decision appeared disastrous as the throw sailed past a seemingly unprepared shortstop Eugenio Suarez. After Hosmer tagged up at second base, he moved to third safely. Meanwhile, Salvador Perez, who was running at third, took off for home and appeared to score the go-ahead run.

    One problem. Unlike Hosmer, he never retagged the base.

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  • Braves fan catches Lucas Duda's home run in popcorn bucket

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago

    If players are given the Gold Glove Award as recognition for their superior defensive skills, perhaps fans should be rewarded with golden buckets of popcorn when they make the highlight reels. That seems to be the most commonly used prop — well, aside from an actual glove — used to make spectacular catches in the stands.

    To be perfectly honest, it's also the most visually appealing, especially when the bucket happens to be full and its contents explode from within.  

    That would be the exact scene that played out on Friday night in Atlanta. As one Braves fan in the right-field bleachers attempted to enjoy his mid-game snack, Lucas Duda of the Mets took aim and launched a mammoth two-run homer right in his direction. It appeared like the fan was still enjoying his last bite as it unfolded, yet without thinking twice he lined himself up and moved his bucket into position to make a fantastic catch. 

    He even used two hands to steady the bucket.

    Strong fundamentals on display at Turner Field! From that fans, that is. The big league club would go on to lose 5-0. 

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  • Derek Jeter honored with bronze cap, new ad from MLB featuring Mo'ne Davis

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago

    As the end of Derek Jeter's fantastic career nears, the race to honor his legacy has accelerated. On Friday, the folks at New Era added its contribution to the farewell tour, and we must admit it's among the coolest items Jeter has received all season. 

    Prior to Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays,  New Era CEO Chris Koch presented Derek Jeter with a one-of-a-kind bronzed version of the New Era 59FIFTY Yankees cap.

    Here's another look at it. 

    As you can see, the bronze version also includes the Jeter sidepatch that the team is currently wearing.

    That attention to detail is certainly appreciated. As is New Era's generous $22,222 donation to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation. 

    That honor came on the heels of Major League Baseball releasing its official tribute ad to Jeter, which included notable appearances from Mo'ne Davis and Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout. 

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