Mike Oz

  • Dodgers get swept by Giants, score exactly zero runs in three games

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 17 hrs ago

    When the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers tangle, the baseball is usually a little bit different, a little more intense. They're the biggest rivals on the West Coast and they manage to give even early-season games a September feel.

    What happened to the Dodgers this week was another type of different: They were swept by the Giants in three games and didn't score a single run. Oof. The sweep concluded Thursday, with the Giants winning 4-0 in a battle of the aces — Madison Bumgarner vs. Clayton Kershaw.

    An example of how right things were going for the Giants and how wrong they were for the Dodgers: Bumgarner put the Giants on the board with a solo homer off Kershaw in the third inning. It was the first time another pitcher has ever homered off Kershaw.

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  • How a baseball team combined pizza and hot dogs to make the Frankenslice

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 20 hrs ago

    Sam Hansen walks into a convenience store around the corner from a minor-league baseball stadium, grabs a Mountain Dew and a Red Bull out of the fridge then walks to the counter and asks for a large styrofoam cup full of ice.

    He takes the cup, then pours in Tapatio hot sauce and lemon juice.

    “What are you doing?” asks the guy behind the counter, puzzled.

    Hansen opens the Mountain Dew, pours that into the cup and then does the same with the Red Bull. He mixes it all up and looks back at the cashier.

    “Needed something extra today,” he says, before walking back to the ballpark.

    Is it any surprise that this is the man who dreamt up the Frankenslice, the latest outlandish food mash-up to come from the minor leagues? The name says it all — it’s a slice of pizza with a hot dog stuffed in the crust, a frank in a slice.

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    The Frankenslice, though, is actually a ballpark food when you think about it. Pizza and hot dogs are too popular concession items, this just combines them.

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  • StewPod #1: Me and you, Bryce Harper, A-Rod and your mama too

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Welcome, fine readers and listeners, to the inaugural Big League Stew podcast, hosted by Mike Oz and Chris Cwik. We're calling it The StewPod for short and it's a half-hour of talk about baseball news, culture with a few shenanigans mixed in.

    On our first episode, we discuss:

    • Whether the Houston Astros are for real

    • What if all the MLB GMs became managers tomorrow? Who would be good?

    • Ichiro vs. Pete Rose

    • Can Bartolo Colon be the last Expo standing?

    • The intersecting storylines of Bryce Harper and A-Rod

    • And we finish with a fun "OR" game involving A-Rod, Harper, going to the movies, Monopoly and dating Chris' mom.

    Thanks for checking out the first installment of The StewPod. It'll be on iTunes soon and we'll have a new episode next week with special guest Evan Longoria.

    [Featured music: Urban Cone ft. Tove Lo - "Come Back to Me"]

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  • Hyun-Jin Ryu will have shoulder surgery, could miss 2015 season

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    The Los Angeles Dodgers pitching rotation took a big — but not unexpected — blow Wednesday when it was announced lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu needs arthroscopic shoulder surgery.

    The Dodgers had been bracing for Ryu to go on the surgeon's table because of the shoulder issues that began in spring training and have lingered ever since. He hasn't pitched in 2015 and could join Brandon McCarthy on the shelf for the entire season.

    The Dodgers didn't say yet that Ryu is out for the year, his exact timetable will depend on what's found during surgery Thursday. But conventional wisdom says Ryu probably won't be back until 2016. Thus, the Dodgers are preparing themselves for life without another starting pitcher.

    Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told the media Tuesday — even before surgery was confirmed — that the team was preparing for the worst: 

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  • Even A-Rod is gushing about Bryce Harper these days

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    Any baseball fan being honest with him or herself has to acknowledge that Bryce Harper has been a joy to watch the past few weeks. He's captured back-to-back NL player of the week honors and he's hitting .411/.529/.982 with nine homers and 22 RBIs since May 1. That's ridiculously good.

    We've covered the whole Bryce Harper is not overrated/not a bust thing before — he's not a bust, people! — but Harper is doing so well right now that even A-Rod is gushing about him. Talk about a pair of polarizing baseball players.

    “I like how relentless and how aggressive he is; you don’t see that often these days,” Rodriguez said. “Most people want to play it safe, but he goes for it every time. That’s very admirable. Hopefully not the next two days, though.”

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  • Hyun-Jin Ryu may need shoulder surgery, Dodgers may need a trade

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    The news is getting worse for The Los Angeles Dodgers and starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, who may need shoulder surgery and, in the worst case, could miss all of 2015. That's certainly not ideal for a team with World Series aspirations that's already missing one of its starting pitchers for the season.

    Our man Jeff Passan has the news:

    Source: Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu considering surgery on shoulder. Korean report says happening this week. Source says still not determined.

    As Passan notes, there are reports out of Korea, Ryu's home country, that say surgery is happening. (But have your favorite Korean-to-English translator handy). Ryu hasn't pitched this season after encountering shoulder issues in spring training, and he experienced some shoulder problems last season too. He hasn't thrown since May 1.

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    First, though, we await the official word on Ryu. 

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  • Jeffrey Loria defends Marlins manager change: 'We shouldn't be the Flounders'

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    Jeffrey Loria, the meddlesome owner of the Miami Marlins, who has a knack for changing managers like he would the oil in his car, went on record Monday defending the bizarre hiring of general manager Dan Jennings as the team's new field manager. 

    It's a head-scratcher to baseball fans across the country and in the other MLB front offices, according to the reports out there. Jennings has only coached high-school baseball, and that was 30 years ago. He's been a scout and front-office guy throughout his MLB career. He's liked and respected in that role, but as a manager?! This is already being called a "crazy decision," but the club has a history of those.

    "You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see the team wasn't performing,'' Loria said. "Everybody in baseball can see it. A lot of players lost accountability, and structure was lacking.

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  • Carlos Gomez back in lineup a day after taking 97 mph fastball to the head

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    We've seen some pretty scary stuff happen on the baseball field when fastballs meet human heads, so consider Carlos Gomez one of the lucky ones.

    The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder was hit in the head Sunday by a 97 mph fastballfrom New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard. Gomez fell to the ground immediately and eventually left the game. The picture of his face after the game wasn't pretty, but it also wasn't nearly as bad as others we've seen.

    Here's the earflap-shaped bruise on Carlos Gomez's face. "I got lucky," he said. pic.twitter.com/lbWCiWKa04

    Speaking of blame: Gomez didn't hold anything against Syndergaard either. The 22-year-old rookie was making his second career start. Gomez tweeted at Syndergaard after the game, showing more kindness than most people would in the same situation:

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  • Barack Obama joins Twitter, follows every Chicago sports team except Cubs

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    The president of this fine nation started his own Twitter account Monday — @POTUS, which is different from the staff-run @BarackObama account. Given his first tweet, we're expecting to see more of his personality shine through, as opposed to just campaign/bureaucratic stuff:

    Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account.

    And given Obama's follow list, we're definitely seeing more of his own personal preferences. Take a gander at this chunk of the 65 accounts he initially followed.

    See what's missing? Yep, he followed all the Chicago pro sports teams except for one — the Chicago Cubs. As we all know, Obama is a big sports fan and his baseball allegiances belong to the Chicago White Sox.

    He didn't even play it politically correct and follow the Cubs. That's ice cold. Of course the Cubs noticed:

    @POTUS We're big fans of America. Just saying. #YouMissedATeam

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  • Alex Cobb elects to have Tommy John surgery, ending his season

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 13 days ago

    Alex Cobb made the prudent decision, electing Friday to have Tommy John surgery and ending his 2015 season before it even started.

    Cobb, 27, was expected to become the Tampa Bay Rays ace this season, but was been sidelined with forearm troubles, which eventually became a partially torn elbow ligament. Earlier this week, Cobb indicated he would try to rehab the injury, but the club announced Friday he'd decided on surgery, a decision made easier when it was revealed Thursday that he had a full ligament tear.

    UPDATE: #Rays RHP Alex Cobb will undergo Tommy John surgery, which will be performed by Dr. James Andrews.

    As it stands now, Cobb would return to the Rays midway through the 2016 season if everything goes well. Chris Archer has become the Rays' ace in Cobb's absence. He's a fine replacement, and Matt Moore should be re-joining the team in mid-June after his own Tommy John surgery. They'll miss Cobb, but things could be worse.

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