Mike Oz

  • Five things we loved about Juan Uribe's first day with the Braves

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 hrs ago

    Juan Uribe suited up for the Atlanta Braves for the first time Wednesday and was in the unusual situation of playing his old team in his old home stadium the day after he was traded. Yep, the Los Angeles Dodgers traded Uribe, a clubhouse and fan favorite, to Atlanta while the Braves were in L.A., so Uribe just moved to the visitor's clubhouse.

    And while we appreciate that aspect of Uribe's transition to the Braves, it wasn't close to the best part of Uribe changing teams. Here are five things we totally loved about Uribe's first day with Atlanta

    1. THE OVATION This is what happened when Uribe came to the plate for the first time against the Dodgers. The bases were loaded and Uribe struck out, so the Dodgers fans were happy at the end of the at-bat too.

    2. HIS FAREWELL TO DODGERS FANS Remember: Papi loves you.

    Juan Uribe has a message for you, Dodger fans. pic.twitter.com/a7xuNPX2BM

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  • Cardinals get unlikely walk-off win after D-backs throwing error

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 hrs ago

    In the end, something went right for the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

    On a day they lost their first baseman Matt Adams for at least for three months (maybe even longer) because of a quad tear, the Cards left Busch Stadium with an unlikely walk-off win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. St. Louis' 4-3 win wasn't without controversy, though.

    Let's rewind to the first batter of the bottom of the ninth. Jason Heyward hit a solo homer to erase a 3-2 Arizona lead. The Cards then loaded the bases for Jhonny Peralta, who hit a one-out grounder to third. The D-backs tried for the 5-2-3 double play to end the inning.

    They forced out the speedy Peter Bourjos at the plate, but as he slid in, Bourjos clipped the leg of D-backs catcher Jordan Pacheco. That caused Pacheco's throw to first base to sail into the outfield. Matt Carpenter came around to score the winning run. It wasn't your average walk-off win, but it counts just the same.

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  • Jon Lester sets record for futility at the plate by starting career 0-for-58

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 4 hrs ago

    Not quite. But this did have something to do with zeroes.

    Lester, hitting in the second inning against Scherzer, set an MLB record by starting his career 0-for-58 at the plate. Lester hit a deep fly out to Denard Span that looked like it might just break his streak of futility. Alas, Span caught it and Lester moved past former San Diego Padres pitcher Joey Hamilton, who started his career 0-for-57 before getting a hit in 1995.

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    Following the deep fly out, Lester struck out in his second at-bat of the game, increasing his "record" to 0-for-59.

    Here's Jon Lester's laughable spray chart... Only one deep fly ball ever. pic.twitter.com/Jkejsx1ooF

    The Cubs didn't pay Lester $155 million for his bat, so this isn't a huge disappointment in Wrigleyville. In fact, fans in Chicago are much happier with Lester these days, after he rebounded from his slow start to the season.

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  • Fan captures best view of Kris Bryant's monster homer off Wrigley video board

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 16 hrs ago

    After hitting his first dinger on May 9, Bryant has blasted six more, the most impressive of which came Tuesday night in the Cubs' 3-2 win over the Nats. Bryant's homer tied the game in the eighth inning and hit Wrigley Field's new video board in left field. Not bad at all, Kris.

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    MLB.com's Statcast measured the homer at 477 feet, making it the fourth longest of the season. ESPN's Hit Tracker Online estimated the distance at 463 feet. Either way, it was an impressive blast. 

    Even more impressive: The fan video below capturing Bryant's blast. It's homer porn. The slo-mo makes it look even more majestic. 

    Sure, you don't actually see the ball hitting the Wrigley video board in this one, but the fact that it disappears into the Chicago sky is just as cool.

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  • Bryce Harper gets angry after long fly out ... no, wait, that's a homer

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 18 hrs ago

    Watch the video above to see Harper get mad at himself for not getting all of a Kyle Hendricks offering, only to realize a few seconds later that a home-run trot was in order. Suppose it beats the opposite scenario: A slugger celebrating a home run that's actually a fly out to the warning track.

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    Harper has been obscene in May. He's hit a staggering .377/.495/.922 with 12 homers and 27 RBIs. Hot streaks don't come without a little bit of assistance. Wind, in this case.

    The ball was certainly flying out of the Wrigley on Tuesday night, as four runs in the Cubs' 3-2 win game on solo homers. The run that mattered most, however, wasn't a homer — Addison Russell's walk-off double.

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  • The first batch of All-Star vote tallies are out and the Royals are dominating

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Fans of the Kansas City Royals spent the early part of the season defending their team — either because they weren't getting enough respect after their 2014 World Series run or because they were being painted as villains after they made the benches clear a few times.

    Now, it appears Royals fans have focused their energy on another plight: making sure they dominate All-Star game voting. MLB released the first batch of AL vote tallies Tuesday and the Royals fans proved themselves the king and queen keyboard clackers, as five Royals would be starters if voting ended right now.

    The first leaderboard for AL All-Star voting is out and the #Royals are dominating. Also: A-Rod has 351K votes. pic.twitter.com/41pj3dGhym

    The biggest snubs at the moment: Prince Fielder, who leads the AL in batting average and is second in RBIs, plus Jason Kipnis, whose .337 average is best among second baseman.

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  • Dodgers TV mess should be helped by Charter buying Time Warner Cable

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Charter Communications has agreedto acquire Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion, a mammoth move that has real-world ramifications outside of baseball. But since baseball is our biz here on The Stew, this news means one thing to us: the messy situation involving the Los Angeles Dodgers and Time Warner might finally get cleaned up.

    Time Warner launched SportsNetLA in 2014, a cable network dedicated to the Dodgers, but other cable providers in the area haven't picked it up, saying it's too expensive. That has left about 70 percent of the L.A. area without access to SportsNetLA and, thus, without access to the Dodgers on TV.

    "We are going to get the Dodgers on," Charter Communications Chief Executive Tom Rutledge said Tuesday morning in an interview with the L.A. Times. "We want the Dodgers on every outlet and we are committed to making that happen," Rutledge said.

  • Report: Braves infielder Alberto Callaspo blocks trade to Dodgers

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    In what seemed like a match made of expendable players, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves were reportedly near a swap Tuesday morning that would have sent Juan Uribe to the ATL and Alberto Callaspo back to L.A.

    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal was first with the news, saying that Uribe-for-Callaspo was the headline, but six players were expected to change teams in the deal. Ah yes, some good ol' hot stove-type dealing in May. But then, as quickly as the rumors warmed our baseball-less morning, they were squashed.

    Callaspo blocked the trade, according to Rosenthal, seemingly happier to stay with the .500 Braves or test free agency again should he get designated for assignment, as many expect, and hit the open market: 

    Sources: Callaspo rejected trade. Had right under CBA to say no to any deal before June 15 as a free agent who signed last off-season.

    And, of course, they still have to figure out what to do with Callaspo.

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  • Albert Pujols delivers walk-off win after Angels give Padres tough choice

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    The Los Angeles Angels gave the San Diego Padres a choice not many teams would like: Mike Trout or Albert Pujols? Spoiler alert: The Padres didn't choose correctly.

    With the score tied at three Monday night and two out in the ninth inning, the Padres could have pitched to Mike Trout with runners at first and third base. But they chose to walk him to load the bases and take their chances with Albert Pujols. Can't blame the decision. No need to risk it with the best player in the game.

    But Pujols made them pay just the same, slapping a broken-bat, walk-off single into left field off Padres' closer Craig Kimbrel. The Angelswere the victors, 4-3. Pujols notched his 17th career walk-off hit and, according to ESPN Stats & Info, that's the second most among active players. David Ortiz is No. 1.

    Pujols appeared to get chirpy with the Padres dugout right after his single, as evidenced here:

    Albert said after the game that he would have walked Trout too, so that must not be what made him angry.

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  • Watch this fan in an American flag jacket snag a foul ball and dance ridiculously

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    Behold as a fan at Monday's Seattle Mariners-Tampa Bay Rays game grabs a foul ball, then proceeds to dance the most ridiculous dance you'll see this week — it's somewhere between hyped-up 4-year-old and Pauly Shore performing as a rodeo clown.

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    He stops to tilt his hat and picks up a sign at the end. The moment was there and he embraced every bit of it. Don't fight the feeling!

    We haven't even gotten to his wardrobe yet, but now seems like a good time. Our foul-ball snagging friend had on a stars-and-stripes jacket — kudos for coming to the ballpark on brand. He's also wearing a Vietnam memorial T-shirt and a military hat. He completed the ensemble with shutter shades, like he's Kanye West or something.

    This man clearly does not care what anyone thinks. And for that reason, we know he loves freedom.

     

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