- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
It's not just those glasses that make Joe Maddon the coolest manager in MLB. The Tampa Rays skipper also has himself a great sense of humor, as illustrated by his commentary on the Michael Pineda/pine tar controversy.
This is a touchy subject for a couple reasons: The usage of pine tar and other foreign substances by pitchers is far more common in MLB than suspensions for it suggest. And, the Rays play in the same division as the New York Yankees, so it might be a bit uncouth to comment on another team's business. But Maddon's take? It's pretty great.
I'm in favor of legalizing pine tar, but it's usage may have to begin with the Rockies and Mariners.
A pot reference, eh? Not only is it timely, but there's actually some truth in comparing baseball's battle against pine tar with America's ongoing debate about marijuana legalization.LiveNY Yankees1 - 0BostonFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
You know that mammoth cake version of Wrigley Field the Chicago Cubs had made for the stadium's 100th birthday party? Well, it'ssitting in the trash somewhere right now and the Cubs aren't happy about it.
A Reddit user named ChewysDingleberrys spied the cake waiting to be disposed of after Wednesday's celebratory events and posted pics online of the battered, uneaten cake, prompting the Cubs to issue a statement of disappointment.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
No surprise here: New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended 10 games by Major League Baseball for "possessing a foreign substance on his person," which is the proper way of saying he slathered pine tar all over his neck and figured nobody would notice.
Pineda was ejected from Wednesday's game between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox after home-plate umpire Gerry Davis inspected Pineda's neck at the urging of Red Sox manager John Farrell.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Nick Young, the Los Angeles Lakers' sometimes-good, sometimes-hilarious shooting guard, threw out the first pitch before Wednesday night's Los Angeles Dodgers game. And much like the Lakers' season, it didn't go too well.
Young — nicknamed Swaggy P — seemed to think he was heaving up a half-court shot, not throwing a baseball 60 feet. He launched the ball high above the catcher, so high the catcher didn't even bother to try to grab it. Not Young's first air ball, and probably not his last.
The pitch was bad. It was for-the-ages bad. Especially considering he's a professional athlete and not a pop star or an actor, the types of people who usually bungle these things. Young didn't seem particularly embarrassed, though.
How y'all like my pitch lol
He warmed up and got pointers before the game. It looked like he could handle it.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Dude, no. No, no, no, no.
We can debate very many things in baseball — whether Pete Rose belongs in the Hall of Fame, if WAR is a worthwhile stat, whether pine tar should be against the rules for pitchers — but here is one thing that we all should agree on: If a player at a baseball game tosses a ball to a kid, no adult should take it.
Never. Ever. Ever, ever, ever, ever.
Obviously the adult fan above at Thursday's Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees game at Fenway Park didn't get that memo. Because when Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox tossed a ball to a young kid in the third inning, the "grown up" swooped in and snatched it. Booooooo!
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
John Farrell and the Boston Red Sox weren't going to let Michael Pineda get away with apparently doctoring the ball against them twice. In the second inning of Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees, Farrell asked umpire Gerry Davis to check Pineda's neck, which appeared to have a foreign substance — later confirmed as pine tar — slathered on it.
Aye yi yi, Michael Pineda again?
Michael Pineda caught slippin’ this time. Ejected for pine tar on the neck. pic.twitter.com/Ji182KTggJ
You had to figure it would end this way.
The Chicago Cubs can't have nice things, they've shown this over and over again. So on Wednesday when the team was celebrating Wrigley Field's 100th birthday, when everything was going well, when they took a 5-2 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks into the ninth inning, you had to figure something would go awry, that the collapse might be looming.
And collapse the Cubs did: there were two walks, an error, then a grounder that bounced off second base and into the outfield to bring in two runs. Even the bases were plotting against the Cubs! Then came the game-tying single and finally the two-out, two-run, go-ahead double to right field that Justin Ruggiano almost caught.
When the San Diego Padres signed oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson to an $8 million contract for the 2014 season, they were hoping they'd get a bounce-back season from the pitcher who had shown moments of brilliance in his MLB career.
Instead, they're getting a whole season of Johnson on the shelf.
Johnson will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday, according to MLB.com's Corey Brock, ending his season with the Padres before it even began. It will be Johnson's second Tommy John surgery, and another chapter of rehab for a player who hasn't made 20 starts in four of his eight full MLB seasons.
Not only will it be another Tommy John surgery for Johnson, but it will also be his second elbow surgery in six months. He had offseason surgery to remove bone spurs.LiveSan Diego0 - 0WashingtonFollow Game
The Baseball Hall of Fame isn't the only place where Sammy Sosa isn't welcome apparently. The former Chicago Cubs slugger, the face of the franchise for a decade, wasn't invited Wednesday as the team celebrated 100 years of Wrigley Field.
The Cubs' pre-game ceremony included appearances from a number of Chicago sports icons — from Cubs legends Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams and Andre Dawson to Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus of the NFL.
Bud Selig was there. Heck, even ex-Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster was there showing off his 2013 World Series ring won with the Boston Red Sox.
Sosa was not there.
And according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, the Cubs didn't even invite Sosa, who hit a team-record 545 homers for the North Siders from 1992-2004.
For Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary, celebrated Wednesday by the Chicago Cubs, it probably wasn't a huge surprise that the team chose to wear throwback jerseys. But the specific jerseys that the Cubs and the opposing Arizona Diamondbacks donned weren't your average MLB throwbacks.
The Cubs didn't wear Cubs jerseys at all and the D-backs didn't represent Arizona, rather Kansas City. The teams honored the first major-league game played at Wrigley Field, back on April 23, 1914. It was actually called Weeghman Field back then, and the Chicago Federals played the Kansas City Packers in the first game. Both teams were from the Federal League.
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