- Mike Oz at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Dodgers were found to be partially negligent in the brutal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury announced Wednesday, awarding roughly $18 million in damages to Stow and his family.
Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, also named in Stow's lawsuit, was found to not be personally negligent in the beating. The jury ruled the Dodgers' responsibility in the incident was 25 percent. The L.A. Times breaks down how that works financially:
Based on the verdict, the Dodgers will have to pay about $13.9 million, said team attorney Dana Fox.
The team is on the hook to shoulder all of his past and future medical expenses and lost earnings, but 25% of the sum jurors found Stow should receive for his pain and suffering. Sanchez and Norwood each will be responsible for 37.5% of that sum.
Fox said the team had not yet decided whether to appeal, saying they would “wait and consider the options.”Thu, Jul 107:10 PM PDTSan Diego at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Out with the old, in with the prospects.
That's the tenor in Boston at the moment, as the defending champion Red Sox have decided to designate veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment and call up 23-year-old Christian Vazquez. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal was first to report the news.
Pierzynski, one of the more interesting characters in baseball, signed a one-year, $8.25 million contract with the Red Sox last December. He's hitting .254/.286/.348 with four homers and 31 RBIs. That's not a stunning decline for Pierzynski, 37. He averages 16 homers a year and has a career batting average of .282.Thu, Jul 101:05 PM PDTChi White Sox at BostonPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
The Texas Rangers have become the MLB kings of extreme eats in recent years and they have yet another mammoth new product that will challenge your gastrointestinal fortitude.
The Rangers introduced a two-foot long taco called the Tanaco, which sells for $26. It's built like a taco, with a crispy shell holding the beef, chicken and toppings, but logically it's more like a big ol' plate of nachos. At least it makes more sense to eat it like you'd eat nachos.
Texas Rangers now selling the "Tanaco," a 2-foot long taco for $26 pic.twitter.com/KqVYM2kHAGThu, Jul 105:05 PM PDTLA Angels at TexasPreview Game
Congratulations to Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier who accomplished the rare baseball feat Tuesday night of hitting a line drive through another player's glove.
That other player being Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer. And we're not talking about a ball that went under Hosmer's glove or ricocheted off the side. It literally went through the webbing of Hosmer's glove as he stood firmly ready to catch the ball. In other words: Kiermaier hit a baseball so hard that the normal instrument used to catch baseballs could not contain it.
Forget mashing four homers in one game, this is a true sign of baseball brute force. All opposing players should now beware of Kevin Kiermaier and know that when he comes to the plate their trusty gloves may not be able to help them. His swing contains some sort of glove kryptonite.Thu, Jul 105:10 PM PDTDetroit at Kansas CityPreview Game
Kolten Wong watched teammate Matt Adams celebrate a walk-off home run on Monday night, and Tuesday he duplicated the feat as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in dramatic fashion for the second straight night.
Wong's blast to right field gave the Cards a 5-4 win and pulled them within three games of first place in the NL Central. It also made Wong an unlikely hero, as he hit just his third homer of the season.
"I'm definitely not the kind of guy to hit a home run,'' Wong said. ''Usually, I'm always that guy they're getting ready to jump on someone coming home. For me to be switches places with someone, that was awesome.''
Awesome, sure, but Wong — a 5-foot-9 rookie who's 23 — also admitted he was a bit uneasy being at the center of the celebration.
''It was a little scary, I saw those big guys and I didn't know if I was going to get beat-up or what,'' Wong said. ''It was awesome, seeing those guys and how excited they were. This is a huge win for us.''Thu, Jul 104:15 PM PDTPittsburgh at St. LouisPreview Game
Once again, the latest news out of Oakland reminds us that the proposed 10-year leasethat would keep the Oakland Athletics at O.Co Coliseum isn't a 100% done deal.
The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority signed off on the new deal after a power play by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, but the Oakland City Council still isn't 100% on board. And the council will have to give its approval to a new lease too.
You'll recall that city council members who also serve on the Coliseum Authority board no-showed at a vote a few weeks ago, and now there are reports that the Oakland City Council itself is quite divided.Thu, Jul 1012:45 PM PDTOakland at San FranciscoPreview Game
The 2014 MLB Home Run Derby has the game's most potent slugger, the most interesting player in baseball and the defending champ who put on quite a show last year.
That's Giancarlo Stanton, Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes, respectively, the three names that top the list of derby participants picked by captains Troy Tulowitzki and Jose Bautista. Most of the 10-hitter field was officially announced Tuesday — three each for the AL and NL, with the final selection for each league to be named Thursday.
They'll compete at 8 p.m. ET Monday at Target Field. This year there's a new bracket format that's bound to make MLB's annual long-ball competition more interesting. Here's the list of competitors and the lowdown on the new format:
AMERICAN LEAGUE • Jose Bautista (captain): 17 homers in 2014, 17.2 career AB/HR.
• Yoenis Cespedes (defending champion): 14 homers in 2014, 21.4 career AB/HR.
• Adam Jones: 16 homers in 2014, 25.0 career AB/HR.
• Brian Dozier: 16 homer in 2014, 30.2 career AB/HR.
NATIONAL LEAGUE • Troy Tulowitzki (captain): 18 homers in 2014, 20.5 career AB/HR.
• Giancarlo Stanton: 21 homers in 2014, 15.1 career AB/HR.
Fifty-nine players in the major and minor leagues have had Tommy John surgery since February and Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Bronson Arroyo wasn't trying to be No. 60.
Arroyo, 37, says he tried to "gut through" a torn ulnar collateral ligament, the injury that causes baseball players to succumb to Tommy John surgery. Arroyo says he made six starts with a full UCL tear, but knew he couldn't do it any longer. So he announced Monday that he would, in fact, be No. 60 and have elbow surgery.
This is a guy who had never been on the disabled list in his 15-year MLB career before mid-June, when right elbow tendinitis put him there. You have to respect his resolve.
Arroyo told reporters, including Tyler Lockman of Fox Sports Arizona:
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 days ago
This year's issue of ESPN The Magazine's annual Body Issue is out this week, and it features Texas Rangers star Prince Fielder boldly showing off and defending his naked body.
While some of the athletes in this year's Body Issue might fit the stereotypical view of who we like to see nude — head over to Puck Daddy for Hilary Knight of the U.S. women's hockey team — Fielder was certainly one of the most talked-about appearances because of his 275-pound frame. Also posing tastefully nude: tennis player Venus Williams, swimmer Michael Phelps, NFL running back Marshawn Lynch, Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson, among others. Head to ESPN.com for lots more pics.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 days ago
A New York Yankees fan is hoping that a mid-game nap could net him $10 million.
Andrew Rector, 26, fell asleep during the April 13 game between the Yankees and the rival Boston Red Sox. It was nationally televised on ESPN, and Rector was noticed by cameras and talked about by commentators John Kruk and Dan Shulman.
Video of Rector — titled "Tired fan naps in the stands" — was then published to MLB.com and YouTube. People on the Internet made fun of Rector (shocking, right?) and now he's filed a defamation lawsuit against the Yankees, MLB, ESPN, Kruk and Shulman. Rector is seeking $10 million in damages after the "unending verbal crusade."
The lawsuit is a doozy. The Smoking Gun has a copy, if you'd like to read it. It alleges: