Mark Townsend

  • John Axford watched historic boxing match through apartment window

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Did you spend $100 on the boxing match of the century between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night?

    That's great if you did. Hopefully you came away more satisfied than most customers seemed. But we think Colorado Rockies reliever and Oscar's aficionado John Axford got one up on you thanks to his resourcefulness.

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    With the Rockies on the road in San Diego, Axford's viewing options were actually pretty limited considering he didn't have his own home to return to. It didn't help that Colorado's 4-2 loss to the Padres didn't end until just before the fight started, either. By that point, the bars were likely packed, and going to the team hotel may have cost him valuable time.

    Seriously. We're not making this up. They peeped through a window to catch the action.

    Oh, the humanity. 

    Shameless, but awesome.

  • Torii Hunter offers apology, explanation for tweet about Floyd Mayweather

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter created an unexpected — at least in his mind — uproar on Saturday night when he tweeted that what Floyd Mayweather does in the ring is strictly business, and what he does outside the ring is non- essential or should have no impact on how Mayweather the fighter is viewed.

    Understandably, this rubbed some people the wrong way, as it came across that Hunter was willing to ignore or dismiss Mayweather's history of alleged domestic violence. 

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    Here's the tweet in question.

    Not surprisingly, that tweet disappeared from Hunter's feed quickly on Saturday night.

    Even less surprising, he offered an apology and an explanation on Sunday, stating that he wasn't taking Mayweather's history of domestic violence into consideration when tweeting, and he was purely focused on Mayweather the fighter.

  • Dodgers fan Bobby Crosby films himself catching home run

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Everyone in Hollywood wants to be a star on some level. Otherwise, how else could you explain the unusual but entertaining — and potentially star-making — moment that played out during Saturday's Dodgers-Diamondbacks game at Dodger Stadium.

    When Arizona's Aaron Hill stepped to the plate in the fourth inning, Dodgers' fan Bobby Crosby positioned himself in the left field bleachers His mission was two-fold. First and foremost, he wanted to catch a home run ball. But beyond that, he also wanted to catch the moment for his own personal film collection, because simply being on TV catching a home run wouldn't be enough. 

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    Of course, as things turned out, Crosby ended up receiving quite a bit of TV time anyway.

    In fact, he already put together a special video in celebration.

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  • Jake Marisnick makes remarkable catch running up Tal's Hill in Houston

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    If you're not paying attention to the Houston Astros, you're missing quite a show.

    On Saturday night, baseball's hottest team hit five home runs against the Seattle Mariners to extend their winning streak to nine.

    We repeat, NINE. There are still five teams in baseball that don't have nine wins all season, but the Astros have won nine straight and 17 overall.

    It's an amazing story that may or may not have staying power. We'll sort that out as the season moves along, but if they keep making plays like Jake Marisnick's running catch on Tal's Hill on Saturday, the galaxy might just be the limit.

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    The play happened in the sixth inning with Houston holding a 9-4 lead. Logan Morrison squared up a Collin McHugh pitch and sent it soaring toward Tal's Hill in center field.

    We'd hope so, and we know for a fact his pitcher appreciated it.

    "Play of the year," said starter Collin McHugh.

    We think he's joking.

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  • Carlos Quentin is retiring at age 32

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    After a roller coaster few weeks professionally, veteran outfielder Carlos Quentin has elected to walk away from baseball all together, according to FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal.

    Quentin, who’s been playing at Triple-A for the Seattle Mariners after being traded from the San Diego Padres to the Atlanta Braves in the stunning Craig Kimbrel trade on April 5, and then subsquently released by the Braves, has decided to retire at age 32.

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    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported that Quentin left his team in Tacoma on Thursday after going 3-for-17 in five games. He was signed to the Seattle Mariners on a minor league deal and was immediately granted his release after making his request following Thursday's game. He's now in the process of making his retirement official. 

    Quentin confirmed as much in a statement released on Friday. 

    We certainly wish him well in the next phase of his life. 

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  • Deja Vu: Like Angels, D-Backs lose when runner struck by batted ball

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    Baseball is a strange game sometimes. You can go for what seems like forever without seeing a specific unusual ending, and then you can see it twice in one day.

    For example, earlier on Saturday we wrote about the Los Angeles Angels painful loss in San Francisco, which ended when baserunner Taylor Featherston was struck by Matt Joyce's batted ball. Late Saturday night, the same finish happened in Los Angeles, where the Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4.

    There was a little more drama in San Francisco, where Joyce's ball would have tied the game had it advanced cleanly into the outfield. Here, it was still dramatic in Los Angeles as David Peralta represented the tying run. However, his smash ticketed for center field bounced off runner Jordan Pacheco to end the game.

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  • Torii Hunter posts controversial tweet supporting Floyd Mayweather

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter has been known to share his opinion on a wide range of topics over the years — controversial, sensitive or otherwise — with little consideration for those who might be offended and hurt by their meaning. 

    Most notably, Hunter was quoted in late 2012 stating that it would be "difficult and uncomfortable" accepting a gay teammate into the clubhouse due to his religious beliefs. But there have been other instances as well involving race and sexuality, and many of those comments have struck nerves and stirred emotions that leave people uncomfortable.

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    Unfortunately, Hunter entered that delicate territory again on Saturday night prior to the highly anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

    I got Money Mayweather tonight.!👊🏾

    Think about that and read it a few times.

  • Look out! Angels lose as runner Taylor Featherston is hit by batted ball

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    They are painful ways to lose baseball games, and then there are strange ways to lose baseball games that are literally quite painful.

    We'd say both apply to the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, especially for pinch-runner Taylor Featherston, who was on the receiving end of teammate Matt Joyce's "walkoff" single.

    As the rules state, if a runner is hit by a fair batted ball while he is on fair territory, he is immediately called out. There's no judgment in play, no intent to consider. The only exceptions come down to if the baseball was deflected or had already passed all infielders.

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    Unfortunately for Featherston, neither exception applied on Saturday. He was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when Matt Joyce's line drive clipped him on the leg. He was called out, Joyce was credited with an unusual single, and the game was over on the spot.

    Oh, the agony.

    And then just that quick, it was over.

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  • Logan Schafer races around the bases as Cubs defense falls apart

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    What does it take to turn a harmless ground ball to shortstop into a free run for the opponents?

    Never fear, baseball fans, the Chicago Cubs have the answer.

    During Saturday's 6-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, shortstop Starlin Castro, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and third baseman Kris Bryant teamed up for one of the most mind-boggling defensive sequences you'll ever see. The result of which saw Logan Schafer circle the bases without his batted ball actually leaving the infield.

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    It happened in the ninth inning with the game already well in hand for Milwaukee. Schafter hit a chopper to short, that should have been an easy second out. Only it wasn't, because Castro short-armed the throw and skipped it past Rizzo, who's usually pretty adept at covering for those mistakes. 

    As the ball sailed over everybody's head, Schafter collided with the umpire and his third base coach, but still managed to trot home with a most unusual and embarrassing Little League home run. 

  • Humberto Quintero drills opponent in stomach with bizarre throwing attempt

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    Former major leaguer Humberto Quintero, who's now catching for the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket, made a strange and uncomfortable attempt to draw an interference call on Luke Maile of the Durham Bulls on Friday night.

    At least we hope that's what he was trying to do.

    With Maile in the batter's box, Quintero received the pitch and then turned toward third base in an apparent attempt to throw out Mikie Mahtook, who was attempting to steal the bag. However, instead of stepping around Maile to make his throw, Quintero fired it right at Maile's midsection, nailing him in the abdomen.

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    As seen in the video, Quintero immediately pleads his case for interference. Home plate umpire Chad Whitson disagreed, ruling that Maile held his ground and didn't attempt to interfere. It's a judgment call for the umpire to determine what the batter's intentions were, and here it's clear that Maile stayed put.

    Here's a look. 

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