Mike Oz

  • Q&A: Noah Syndergaard on his elbow, being Thor and his 'idol' Bartolo

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    Tommy John surgery has claimed enough stars in recent years, that when baseball fans hear about elbow issues, they turn into the eye-popping emoji and start expecting the worst. That might be especially true for Mets fans, who have lost Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler to Tommy John in recent years.

    Luckily for everyone involved, Syndergaard’s elbow got a clean bill of health, which means he’ll make his next start and in all likelihood return to what he’s been doing this season — striking people out and becoming one of the hottest new stars in MLB.

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    Odin, may you be pleased on this Day of Father's

    Adios Miami. I think your outfield sculpture burnt a hole in my corneas. pic.twitter.com/hwuSd2TLgv

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  • Video: Could the Cubs end up like the Dubs?

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    Sorry, Cleveland, but if the Chicago Cubs win the World Series this season it will be the best sports story of 2016. Don't get me wrong, the Cleveland Cavaliers bringing a title back to Cleveland after 52 years was fantastic, but as sad a sports town as Cleveland is, the Chicago Cubs have been even sadder the past 108 years.

    Baseball is cruel, though. So even though the Cubs are far and away the best team right now — they've got a 9.5 game lead in the NL Central and that's after getting swept by the second-place St. Louis Cardinals this week —baseball has a way of reality-checking the best regular-season teams when the playoffs roll around.

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    That's tough. Especially in baseball, where the postseason regularly swats away the best regular-season team like LeBron did Andre Iguodala.

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  • This MLB All-Star is upset that he's injured and still getting paid

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    If Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins never did another thing to endear himself to the hometown fans, they'd still love him. How could they not? He's from Minnesota. He grew up a Twins fan and now he's represented them three times in the All-Star game.

    Beyond that, he's one of the most down-to-earth players in the game. He brews his own beer and once bought beer for a group of Twins bloggers during a rain delay. 

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    But then this happened: As he prepared for shoulder surgery that would cut his season short, Perkins penned a note to Twins fans expressing his dismay for getting paid a "ton of money" and not doing anything for the team. "It makes me sick," he wrote. How could you not love that attitude?

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  • Cubs host rival Cardinals in MLB Free Game of the Day

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 5 days ago

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    The Cubs are 47-21. They've got the most wins in baseball, the highest run differential (by a lot) and the biggest gap of any division leader. That lead, actually, should be viewed in historical context rather than against the best teams of 2016. Consider this factoid, which was true before the Cardinals won Monday:

    The @Cubs are the 4th team with division lead of 10+ games through June 19th in divisional era (since 1969) pic.twitter.com/2Ri2DcMXwP

    You can stream Tuesday's game right here on Yahoo Sports. It's our MLB Free Game of the Day with first pitch at 8:05 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on Yahoo's Sports Home, MLB indexvideo home and right here in this very post. Local blackouts apply, per MLB rules.

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  • Vegas, baby! MLB surprisingly open to having a team in Sin City

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 5 days ago

    Major League Baseball, the most gambling-averse of all the major professional sports, is apparently totally cool with the idea of a team playing in Las Vegas.

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    MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to YES Network on Tuesday and called Vegas a "viable option" for a franchise. With the NHL reportedly close to announcing a team in Vegasand both the NFL and NBA flirting with the gambling mecca over the years, pro sports are embracing the potential riches of Vegas like never before.

    "We passed that by a long time ago, right? There are casinos all over the place,” Manfred said. “I see Las Vegas as a viable alternative. I would not disqualify it just because of the gambling issue.”

    Hey, we all have dreams in life.

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  • The Walk Off: Marlins, Rockies set surprising homer record

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 5 days ago

    The Colorado Rockies and Miami Marlins broke a record Monday night that you probably didn't even know existed. But it's an interesting one, so let's talk about.

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    The Rockies beat the Marlins 5-3, a game in which every single run came on a solo homer. Since this is baseball and there are records about everything , there are records on this type of thing. Turns out the previous record for a game in which all the runs came on solo homers was five runs. So this is the quite the level up.

    And get this: They weren't even playing in Colorado!

    Early in the game, it was obvious something odd was happening. The Marlins hit two homers in the bottom of the first, then Rockies came back and hit three of their own in the top of the second. Here's the entire scoring summary:

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  • Angel Pagan can't squeeze crucial homer, punishes his glove

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 5 days ago

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    In the fifth inning of a 0-0 game, Pagan bolted to the left-field corner and leapt toward the wall, perfectly positioning himself to a rob a homer off the bat of Erik Kratz of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pagan did everything right. Great jump. Great timing. Great reach. He had the ball in his glove and when he returned to the ground ... he didn't.

    In those split seconds between the ball hitting his glove and him coming back to the ground, Pagan lost it. When he realized what happened, he raged. The victim? His poor glove. Then he stood there stewing about it afterward. 

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    Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

  • The way the Indians honored LeBron James was absolutely perfect

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 5 days ago

    In the first full day in 52 years on which a professional Cleveland sports team was a champion, nobody from Cleveland was going to let you forget that fact. Least of all the Cleveland Indians.

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    The Indians hosted the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, hours after LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers returned home — J.R. Smith still without a shirt and LeBron pulling a great troll move with the an Ultimate Warrior T-shirt. The Indians pulled off a great move too. Only no trolling here.

    When it came time for the Kiss Cam during Monday's game, they put this on the videoboard.

    Here's an enhanced, Snapped-up version:

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  • Video: The secrets of Buster Posey’s baseball cap

    Mike Oz at Mike Oz for Big League Stew 10 days ago

    SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey won’t name names, but he’s seen grown men in MLB clubhouses showering in their baseball caps.

    Baseball players are funny that way. They’re bound to superstition and they’re ritualistic about the way they do things.  So if that means showering in a cap or doing something strange to break it in, that’s what’s going to happen.

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    I found myself standing next to Posey, the former MVP and star catcher for the San Francisco Giants, at a Lids store last week, ready to learn the secrets of his cap. You didn’t know caps have secrets? Maybe that’s the first secret.

    “It has an Elmer Fudd-ish look on my head,” Posey joked about the more popular, higher-sitting caps.

    I guess a spray bottle is better than a shower, right?

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  • Ichiro surpasses Pete Rose's career-hit mark in true Ichiro fashion

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 11 days ago

    Ichiro's single to tie Rose wasn't the most glorious hit you'll ever seen — far from it, actually — but a single is a single. He then doubled into the gap in the ninth inning, getting a big ovation from the crowd at San Diego's Petco Park.

    There's an important caveat to all this, of course: 1,278 of Ichiro's hits came in Japan, so they don't hold the same weight as Rose's, which all came in MLB. Rose is still the "Hit King." He owns the official record, but Ichiro's pursuit of his own version of 4,256 was nonetheless a noteworthy chase. 

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    As for the hits themselves: Ichiro led off the game by tapping a pitch down the first-base line and beating it out. Not glamorous. Not one of the gappers we've seen so many times over the years. But keep in mind that's a 42-year-old speeding down to first base. Give the credit where it's due.

    “It has something to do with the caliber of personnel.’’

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