Mike Oz

  • Jackie Bradley Jr. extends hit streak to 28, halfway to Joe DiMaggio

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 16 hrs ago

    That means Bradley has now hit safely in 28 consecutive games, which is an impressive feat. But it's merely halfway to Joe DiMaggio's famous record of 56 straight games, which interestingly enough was also going right now 75 years ago. (You can relive it day-by-day on Big League Stew's Tumblr.)

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    Hitting 28 is significant not just because it's halfway to DiMaggio, but because it ties the 28-game streak from Nolan Arenado in 2014. Bradley will next be aiming to tie Denard Span, who went for 29 straight games in 2013. So he's chasing down all the recent-year bests.

    Point being: Bradley Jr. still has a lot of hitting ahead of him if he's going to challenge DiMaggio.

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  • San Diego Gay Men's Chorus wants Padres to rehire ousted DJ

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 17 hrs ago

    There's been a change in tone from the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, which on Tuesday said publicly that it wants the San Diego Padres to rehire the DJ fired for his role in the national anthem controversy that's had people talking since Saturday night.

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    On Tuesday, it sounded like all sides were aiming for a positive resolution. The chorus posted a message on its Facebook page commending Padres CEO Mike Dee and asking the team to give DJ ArtForm his job back:

    "We also would like to publicly accept the sincere apology of DJ ARTFORM and recognize his support for the LGBT community and equality for all people. We do not wish to see him lose his job with the San Diego Padres and kindly ask the Padres to reinstate him. Everyone deserves a second chance."

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  • The Internet gives Bartolo Colon the birthday tribute he deserves

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 19 hrs ago

    When a regular Internet person has a birthday, he or she get hundreds of Facebook wall posts with some version of "Happy Birthday." But when baseball folk hero Bartolo Colon has a birthday, the Internet births the fantastic musical tribute you see above. (Because the Internet is a magical place. Never forget that).

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    Colon turned 43 on Tuesday, giving us all a reason to swing so hard our helmets fall off our head. Or, just sing-along with this catchy little ditty from YouTuber Jason Juran. The song and video tells Colon's whole story — coming from the Dominican Republic, playing 19 seasons (and counting!) in MLB and eventually becoming a full-blown Internet sensation when he joined the New York Mets.

    If Mets fans at Citi Field aren't doing sing-alongs to "Bartolo" by his next home start, we're going to be sorely disappointed. 

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  • A new low? Marlins suing ex-season ticket holders, stadium vendors

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 21 hrs ago

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    It's not something you see often in sports, particularly not in the case of a pro sports team suing its fans, but this is the Marlins we're talking about, so nothing should be too surprising. Remember, the Marlins are the team that promised Miami taxpayers a winner so they would pay for the team's fancy new stadium, only to dismantle the team mid-way through the first season in that new stadium to cut costs.

    There have been a series of Marlins controveries since then, some of which include owner Jeffrey Loria meddling in on-field decisions or other promises the team made and didn't keep.

    The Marlins declined comment for the New Times' story.

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  • Fired Padres DJ defends himself after national anthem controversy

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    The ex-San Diego Padres DJ at the centerof the national anthem controversy that humiliated the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus is now speaking publicly — apologizing for what he calls an "unfortunate mistake" and defending himself against allegations that the mix-up could possibly be a hate crime.

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    This all stems from Saturday's Padres game at which the chorus was slated to sing the national anthem. The group was on the field and ready to sing, when a recording of a woman singing the anthem played instead.

    [Elsewhere: The Padres find an embarrassing new way to lose]

  • The Padres find an embarrassing new way to lose

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

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    Let's set the scene: It's 0-0 in the bottom of the ninth at AT&T Park, where the Padres were hanging tough against the first-place San Francisco Giants. The Giants, hoping for a walk-off win, had Brandon Belt on first base with two outs. Hunter Pence came in to pinch hit and looped a fly ball to right field. 

    As it hung in the air and right fielder Matt Kemp and second baseman Alexi Amarista tried to get into position, what was about to happen became obvious: The Padres were totally going to blow this. And they did. Neither Kemp nor Amarista could make the catch. Kemp got turned around, eventually letting the ball drop and kicking it around the outfield. Belt, meanwhile, just kept on running and scored all the way from first.

    It wasn't pretty at all for the Padres and after the game Kemp took the blame:

    Matt Kemp: "It should’ve been caught. That’s my fault. There’s really not much to say other than it should’ve been caught."

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  • The Walk Off: Clayton Kershaw is so good right now it's ridiculous

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Stop us if you've heard this one before: Clayton Kershaw is good. Like, really, really good. Like, he threw his third shutout of the month Monday night. Of the month!

    Kershaw's so good and we're so spoiled by his dominance that what he did against the Cincinnati Reds in the Dodgers' 1-0 win actually had fans joking that he was only ho-hum. Kershaw gave up two hits, only struck out seven and actually walked someone. Yep, Kershaw's so good these days that seven Ks and a walk is actually an off night.

    Enjoy this ridiculous stat from Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times:

    Clayton Kershaw has more shutouts (3) than walks (2) this month. #Dodgers

    His numbers in May: 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA, which is three earned runs in 33 innings. He's surrendered just 18 hits in that time and struck out 48 hitters. He K'd 12 in a May 12 shutout against the Mets and 14 in a May 1 shutout against the Padres.

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  • Tony Gwynn's family files wrongful death suit against tobacco industry

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

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    So, the Gwynn family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Monday saying he was manipulated into a lifelong battle with chewing tobacco through free samples handled out to him when he was a student at San Diego State in the late '70s and marketing materials from that era that misled the public about the harm of chewing tobacco. Writes Tyler Kepner of the New York Times:

    The suit was filed in Superior Court in San Diego against Altria Group Inc., the tobacco giant formerly known as Philip Morris, and several other defendants who are accused of inducing Gwynn to begin using smokeless tobacco, or dip, at San Diego State University, which he attended from 1977 to 1981 and where he later coached after a 20-year career with the San Diego Padres.

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  • Baseball just got more stylish by taking a fashion cue from the NBA

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    When you think of Major League Baseball, you don't necessarily think of a sports league that's fashion forward. Baseball fashion, like the game itself, is often steeped in tradition. Anything that's new and different is often looked at with skepticism by baseball fans. The Arizona Diamondbacks andtheir new boundary-pushing uniforms can tell you that.

    That's why it's both surprising and encouraging that baseball has taken a cue from the NBA and added stylish sock-maker Stance as the official sock of MLB. The league announced the partnership on Monday, unveiling new-look socks that will be worn during the Home Run Derby and All-Star game this July in San Diego.

    [Elsewhere: This kid's home-run celebration will make baseball purists cringe]

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  • May can't be over quick enough for Rangers pitcher Derek Holland

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

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    Holland's May has been so bad that he entered the month with a 2.48 ERA for the season and currently sits at 5.63, which if your math isn't great is more than twice what it was when the calendar flipped. He makes his fourth start of the month on Monday when the Rangers face the Los Angeles Angels and you can watch the game live on Yahoo Sports to see whether Holland turns things around or digs himself deeper into a May despair.

    Rangers-Angels is the Free Game of the Day right here and you can stream it free on  Yahoo's  Sports HomeMLB index  and  video home . First pitch is at 8:05 p.m. ET. Local blackouts apply, according to MLB rules.

    His current May stat line looks like this: 0-2 in 11 innings, 22 hits, 18 runs, 17 of them earned with five walks and only three strikeouts.

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