Mike Oz

  • Wins by the dozen: Mets, Giants, Cards all score 12-run routs

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 16 hrs ago

    If you were hoping the NL wild-card race would shake up Tuesday night, that didn’t happen. What did happen was three beatdowns handed out by teams looking to lock down those two playoff spots.

    If you like symmetry, you probably like this: The New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants each scored 12 runs in their victories. Nothing too deep. Just the wild-card standings not changing at all.

    • The Mets got big homers from Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes plus eight strikeouts from starter Noah Syndergaard to beat the Miami Marlins by the count of 12-1.

    • In St. Louis, the Cardinals knocked four homers, including Aledmys Diaz’s emotional grand slam (more on that in a bit) and a two-run jack by Jhonny Peralta. Both Diaz and Peralta finished with four RBIs in the Cardinals’ 12-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

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  • This guy tried to propose at the Yankees game but he dropped the ring

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 18 hrs ago

    There aren’t many things in life a man plans more meticulously than proposing marriage. It’s a moment you definitely don’t want to fumble.

    Which is why everyone watching Tuesday night’s New York Yankees game against the Boston Red Sox had to feel for 29-year-old Andrew Fox, who dropped to his knee during to the game, planning to propose to his girlfriend Heather Terwilliger, also 29.

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    Fox opened up the ring box — and he totally dropped the ring. This is how you feel when that happens in front of 35,000 people at the stadium and thousands more on TV.

    Here’s the good news: After a search of about five minutes, aided by fans nearby, the ring was found. Fox did it right the second time. Terwilliger said yes. And they have quite a proposal story ‘til death do them part.

    Added his new fiancé: “I didn’t know what to think. It was all a shock, it came so quickly. I felt really bad. It was good that we found it.”

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  • Jose Fernandez's best friend gives us another incredible on-field tribute

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 20 hrs ago

    Aledmys Diaz returned to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, his heart still full of grief, but with one swing in the fourth inning, he gave us another incredible tribute to Jose Fernandez.

    On Sunday, Diaz got the horrible news: Fernandez — who lived a few doors down when they were kids in their native Cuba, a friend so close he called him brother — had died in a boating accident.

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    Outside of Fernandez’s teammates with the Miami Marlins, the news didn’t hit anyone in baseball harder than Diaz. He couldn’t play Sunday, then Monday he left the Cardinals to attend a private memorial in Miami with Fernandez’s mother and grandmother, who Diaz says look at him like a son.

    — St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) September 28, 2016

    Mission accomplished.

  • Jose Fernandez gets high praise from Donald Trump at Florida campaign stop

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 22 hrs ago

    It’s not just the baseball world that’s still thinking about Jose Fernandez, the 24-year-old star Miami Marlins pitcherkilled in a boating accident early Sunday morning.

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    He’s also on the mind of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, who mentioned Fernandez during a Tuesday campaign stop in Melbourne, Fla., a good 180 miles from where the Marlins play in Miami.

    We don’t know which pitching stats Trump values — our guess: he likes both wins and WAR — but we do know that he thinks Fernandez is one of the best pitchers ever, apparently.

    In Florida, Trump pays tribute to Jose Fernandez: "Just about as good a pitcher as ever was at that age."

    — Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) September 27, 2016

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  • The Blue Jays' fight with the Yankees just cost them two key players

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees got a little testy with each other Monday. The benches cleared and a shoving match ensued following a series of back-and-forth beanballs.

    Now, the Blue Jays are paying for it. And the price could severely impact their postseason prospects.

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    The club announced Tuesday afternoon that relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit, one of the key arms out of their bullpen, is out indefinitely after tearing his calf muscle in the dust-up. He was seen limping off the field after things calmed down. There’s no timetable for Benoit’s return, but it’s hard to imagine Benoit returning from a torn calf muscle in the final six days of the regular season.

    And the Jays just did — because of a fight.

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  • Dee Gordon hits leadoff homer in tribute to Jose Fernandez, breaks down in tears

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Of all the tributes we’ve seen to Jose Fernandez over the past two days, the best one came from Miami Marlins teammate Dee Gordon, bat in hand, blasting an unlikely home run to lead off Monday’s emotionally charged game in Miami.

    It was Gordon who was seen kneeling in grief in front of the No. 16 the Marlins painted on the field Sunday, in an image shared all around the internet. It was Gordon who before Monday’s game was wearing a custom made T-shirt honoring Fernandez and “JDF16 4EVER” scrawled across his baseball cap.

    And it was Gordon — without a homer all season — who came up and knocked the third pitch he saw from the New York Mets’ Bartolo Colon over the fence. If you need any more proof that Fernandez was on Gordon’s mind, he started his at-bat from the right side of the plate, like Fernandez, then switched to hitting lefty after the first pitch.

    It was more subdued than normal, of course, but TV cameras caught Stanton telling his teammates: “We’re going to find a way to do this.”

  • Jose Fernandez's No. 16 will be retired by the Marlins

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    Every Miami Marlins player will wear No. 16 in honor of Jose Fernandez on Monday night. And then no one else will, ever again.

    Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria told reporters Monday before the Marlins’ game with the New York Mets that the club would be retiring Fernandez’s number:

    I asked #Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria if he's put thought into retiring No. 16. "Nobody else is wearing that number. I can tell you that."

    — James Walker (@JamesWalkerNFL) September 26, 2016

    If the Marlins go through with an official number retirement, Fernandez would be the first player from the franchise to have his number retired. Like every MLB team, they’ve retired No. 42 for Jackie Robinson.

    He won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2013 and this season will be at least a Cy Young runner-up. He was 16-8 with a 2.58 ERA and 253 strikeouts, which is the second highest total in MLB.

  • The White Sox still need to figure out their James Shields problem

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    When the Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays meet Monday night in the Windy City, let’s be honest, there aren’t too many postseason implications. Strike that, there are zero postseason implications.

    The White Sox prevented the Indians from clinching the AL Central on Sunday, and that might be their final meaningful contribution to the 2016 season. They finish with four games against the Rays, then three against the Minnesota Twins, both whom are also mathematically eliminated from postseason play.

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    That’s not to say the White Sox don’t have things to pay attention to in these final games. There are question marks headed into 2017 and one of the big ones is on the mound Monday night.

    Shields’ entire line for 2016 looks bad: 5-18 with a 5.98 ERA. His line in Chicago looks even worse: 3-8 with a 7.11 ERA. Yep, that ERA will inspire a big gulp.

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  • The Twins are about to hire a 33-year-old as their new president

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    When the Minnesota Twins fired general manager and executive vice president Terry Ryan in July, after more than 30 years with the club, there was little doubt that their front office was going to get younger.

    As we’re learning now, it’s going to get much, much younger.

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    Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan is reporting the Twins are about to hire 33-year-old Derek Falvey from the Cleveland Indians as their new president of baseball operations. Other industry sources are saying the same thing, but there’s been no official announcement from the Twins.

    Sources: Indians assistant GM Derek Falvey is the distinct favorite to be named new president of the Minnesota Twins. Could happen soon.

    — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 26, 2016

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  • The Marlins will all wear No. 16 to honor Jose Fernandez

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    When the Miami Marlins take the field Monday night, their first game since the death of star pitcher Jose Fernandez, they’ll have his No. 16 with them.

    That’s because the Marlins have coordinated a team-wide tribute to Fernandez for their game against the New York Mets  — they’ll all wear his No. 16 jersey. That’s according to Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald. That tribute is, in a word, perfect.

    The team gathered Sunday after the news of Fernandez’s death, at the all-too-young age of 24, shook the sports world. They mourned as a team, stood unified at a tearful team press conference and took turns remembering Fernandez in front of the No. 16 the Marlins had painted on the pitcher’s mound.

    A photo posted by Giancarlo Stanton (@giancarlo818) on Sep 25, 2016 at 10:16am PDT