- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 mth ago
No surprises in this year's MLB Cy Young voting: Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers ran away with the awards, much like they rolled over their competition in 2013.
Kershaw — 16-9 with a 1.83 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 236 innings — earned 29 of 30 first-place votes. He's the 17th pitcher to win multiple Cy Youngs, with a 2011 award already to his name. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals and Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins finished second and third, respectively. Wainwright got the other first-place vote (Read about the voter behind that choice here).
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 mths ago
The Boston Red Sox marched into the postseason with baseball's best record, the most runs scored in the regular season and the highest on-base and slugging percentages in the league. Boston then dispatched of the Tampa Bay Rays rather soundly in the ALDS, hitting .286 as a team and scoring 26 runs.
Somewhere between the end of the ALDS and the start of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers, the Red Sox offense disappeared. Boston's batting average has dipped an even 100 points through four games in the ALCS. It's .186.
They've scored only 10 runs in four games, but managed to win two of them. Their victories were a 6-5 walk-off in Game 2 (which included that instant-classic David Ortiz grand slam) and a 1-0 thriller in Game 3(in which Mike Napoli hit that well-timed go-ahead dinger).
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 mths ago
On the last scheduled day of the hearing to appeal his 211-game suspension, embattled New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and his legal team escalated their fight against Major League Baseball to a new level. A-Rod's camp's filed a lawsuit against MLB, naming Commissioner Bud Selig a co-defendant and calling the entire Biogenesis saga a "witch hunt" and a "scorched earth investigation."
Among the claims in the suit: MLB paid an investigator $150,000 for stolen records and paid Biogenesis clinic owner Anthony Bosch $5 million to "buy his cooperation." All of it is deemed “tortious interference" in the suit, which says MLB's goal was taking down A-Rod, evading baseball's collectively-bargained agreements and making Selig look like the "savior" of baseball.
The New York Times broke the news of the lawsuit and its story had this statement from A-Rod:
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 mths ago
Editor's note: We're saying goodbye to teams mathematically eliminated from the 2013 MLB season with a toast. Want to contribute? Follow @BigLeagueStew on Twitter and await our call for submissions. Next up, the San Diego Padres.
Let's not pretend the San Diego Padres ever really had a chance to win the NL West. They had a nice little run in June, when they got close enough to wave at first place, but that was really about it. We're not trying to be mean to the Padres. They're just in the same division as the team with the highest payroll in baseball, plus the defending champs.
But you know what? The Padres (71-81 right now) did OK this season. As of this writing, they're in third place in the West. Barely. But, hey, it's third place. Not finishing the season in fourth or fifth would be huge for them. So let's have a toast to the Padres.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 mths ago
The Washington Nationals are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now, in the middle of an unlikely postseason charge after months of disappointment. The Nats are still long shots for that second NL Wild Card but have their fingers crossed that they can pull off a made-for-the-movies comeback. That requires more than just being good. It requires luck.
And Tuesday, facing the division-leading Atlanta Braves at a time when every loss closes their coffin door a bit, the Nats seized an improbable bit of luck in a stunning 6-5 win.
Washington was down 5-3 going into the bottom of the ninth facing Craig Kimbrel, the best closer in baseball. He had a 1.04 ERA coming into Tuesday's game and had only given up seven runs all season. Further, he hadn't blown a save since May 7 and had only given up two runs since the start of July.
[Yahoo Sports Minute: Announcer badly botches A-Rod call]
- Mike Oz at Shutdown Corner3 mths ago
Among the things we learned about the Philadelphia Eagles early in Monday night's game against the Washington Redskins: Speedy wide receiver DeSean Jackson is apparently a big fan of "Cousin Terio" and his dance moves.
Just watch Jackson doing his best impression of the 7-year-old Internet sensation after catching a 25-yard touchdown from Michael Vick in the first quarter and celebrating in the end zone. It put the Eagles up 10-7 and gave a different type of audience to Terio.
The youngster has achieved viral Internet fame for his "Ohh, Kill 'Em" dance (called that because of the narration by his cousin who films him dancing). Terio's dance moves, originally posted on Vine, have been compiled by Mashable and Complex among others. The YouTube video below is the definitive look at Terio's hilarious (wonderful? inspirational?) dance steps:Sun, Dec 225:30 PM PSTChicago at PhiladelphiaPreview Game
We don't know why a man fell from the upper deck of Turner Field before Monday night's Atlanta Braves game and we don't who the man is, but we do know the tragic ending — he was dead a few hours later in a nearby hospital.
According to an MLB.com report, the man fell 65 feet from an upper-level platform into the private players' parking lot. He was rushed to Atlanta Medical Center where first reports had him in critical condition. He was pronounced dead later in the evening.
From The Associated Press:
"At this time there's no indication of foul play and the fall appears accidental," said Atlanta police spokesman John Chafee. "It appears he fell from an upper-level platform to a secured lot below" ...
Chafee said the fall occurred on the stadium's back side. He said witnesses described the fall as accidental, but that police were not releasing other details of what they said. He said he did not know if wet conditions or alcohol were factors.
These are all instances that will cause Rose's fans to prop him up as a victim, to make the case that baseball's all-time hit king is getting a bum rap and deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame.
The logic goes like this: If a guy who uses PEDs gets caught and only gets a 50-game suspension (not even a third of a season), then should Rose be banned for life for gambling?
Astute watchers of Monday's Oakland Athletics-Toronto Blue Jays game might have noticed three guys sitting behind home plate who looked like they could run out on the field and play some ball. That's because they could.
A trio of Boston Red Sox — Dustin Pedroia, Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia — were spotted watching the Jays and A's, from two row behind home plate, proving that some ballplayers can't stay away from the game, even on their day off.
The Red Sox just finished a stretch of 17 games in 17 days on Sunday, then flew from Kansas City to Toronto, where they'd have an off day before starting a series with the Blue Jays on Tuesday. It was their first day off since July 25.
What to do with that free time? Sleep in? Go to the mall and buy some new underwear? Get a haircut? (Saltalamacchia more than Pedroia). Well, maybe — but these three Red Sox took in some matinee baseball first. How often do you see that?
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 mths ago
Major League Baseball has suspended Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun for the remainder of 2013. Braun, embattled by PED accusations related to the Biogenesis case, is suspended immediately and without pay, according to the commissioner's office.
MLB announced Braun was in violation of baseball's joint drug prevention and treatment program, but didn't offer specifics about Braun's violations. The suspension amounts to 65 games for the 2011 NL MVP, who successfully appealed a PED suspension in 2012. This makes him the first star connected to Biogenesis to fall, though as many as 20 suspensions are reportedly on the way.