Mike Oz

  • D-backs unveil the Churro Dog, featuring 1,117 calories of sweetness

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 11 hrs ago

    The Arizona Diamondbacks won the title for most ridiculous stadium food in MLB last season with their $25 mega corn dog, the D-bat. Now, they're trying to make sure that title stays in Phoenix.

    The D-backs on Wednesday introduced their Churro Dog, a dessert that takes the shape of a hot dog, but instead is a churro in a donut bun, then topped with frozen yogurt, plus caramel and chocolate sauce. That's 1,117 calories of sweetness.

    D-backs CEO Derrick Hall told ESPN's Darren Rovell:

    "We've found that desserts work really well in the heat we have here," Hall said. So team chef Michael Snoke got together a focus group of eaters and tested out his Churro Dog idea, and it was immediately loved.

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  • A-Rod singles in first spring training at-bat and seems pleased with himself

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 13 hrs ago

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    An MLB star's first spring training at-bat is 100 percent meaningless. If there's anybody in spring training this year whose first at-bat means more than most, it's Alex Rodriguez, who is returning from a yearlong PED suspension. So A-Rod's first spring training at-bat, which happened Wednesday as the DH for the New York Yankees, was just 99 percent meaningless.

    But it's A-Rod, so we simply can't look away — not after all the drama, not after 18 months without playing in a game. So A-Rod stepped to the plate Wednesday, against veteran pitcher Kevin Slowey, who is trying to catch on with the Philadelphia Phillies, and knocked an 0-2 pitch into left field for a single.

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    He at least looked pretty happy afterward. (That's what Happy A-Rod looks like, right?)

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  • Joel Hanrahan needs Tommy John surgery again, so Tigers release him

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 14 hrs ago

    The news was doubly bad Wednesday for Joel Hanrahan, the ex-All Star closer who was trying to prove himself to the Detroit Tigers: He needs another Tommy John, so the Tigers released him.

    Hanrahan had elbow surgery early in the 2013 season when he was with the Boston Red Sox. While he was in the middle of rehabbing, he signed a one-year deal with the Tigers for 2014. They thought Hanrahan would be ready toward the end of the 2014 season, but he wasn't.

    As he prepped for 2015, still with the Tigers on a minor-league deal, Hanrahan never got to point of pitching pain-free, so now he's set for his second Tommy John surgery in less than two years. He knows this swings the odds against him in a major way, telling Jason Beck of MLB.com:

    Hanrahan was an All-Star in 2011 and 2012 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He's 33, so it's not entirely out of the question that he could pitch again, but coming back from two Tommy John surgeries is much more daunting that coming back from one.

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  • Jackie Robinson West whistleblower arrested after odd drunken encounter

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 15 hrs ago

    Chris Janes spent five months worrying about where a team of 12-year-old baseball players lived, so you'd figure he knows where his own house is, but nope.

    Janes, the whistleblower who pushed Little League International for months to strip the U.S. title from Chicago's Jackie Robinson West team, was arrested early Tuesday morning after he drunkenly showed up at the wrong home, banged on the door and swore at the people who lived there.

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    "When they asked what he wanted, he said, 'Just come on out here.' She called the police, and Mr. Janes left the area. We stopped him a couple houses to the north," [Evergreen Park Capt. Pete] Donovan said.

    One of Janes' arms was bleeding, Donovan said, so police called an ambulance and the wound was bandaged. Donovan does not know how Janes cut his arm. Neither does Janes.

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  • Five plays you need to see from the first day of spring training games

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Actual baseball is back, with major-league teams playing against major-league teams. Tuesday was the first day of games in the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues, and while the outcomes ultimately mean very little, it's still nice to see the homers and great defensive plays again.

    So come with us, fair reader, as we show you the five plays you need to see from the first day of spring training games.

    1. YOENIS CESPEDES GOES GRAND SALAMI New Detroit Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes showed that swing that's won the last two Home Run Derbys, connecting for a grand slam in the Tigers' 15-2 win over the Orioles. Ubaldo Jimenez was in midseason form, allowing six runs in 1.1 innings.

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  • David Wright chews out Mets top prospect for eating lunch during game

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    David Wright knows the right time to eat lunch, and it sure as heck isn't during a New York Mets intrasquad scrimmage. 

    In a rather delicious slice of Mets drama, Wright and veteran relief pitcher Bobby Parnell had to teach youngster Noah Syndergaard — the team's No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America — a lesson Tuesday afternoon about when it's OK to eat and when you should be with the team.

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    Wright caught the former first-rounder off guard by demanding that he get back to the dugout immediately. Stunned, Syndergaard did not get up from his chair until the intervention of another veteran leader, Bobby Parnell.

    "If a kid's not playing nice, you take his toys away," Parnell told Newsday.

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  • Matt Garza gives Brewers pitchers personalized robes

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    When baseball players give each other gifts, it's often an exercise in excess — "Here, fellow rich guys, here are $250 headphones for each of you." But when Matt Garza wanted to give his fellow Milwaukee Brewers starting pitchers a spring-training gift, he hit exactly the right note.

    He gave them all these oh-so-comfortable looking personalized robes. It's one of those things you'd absolutely use but might never think to buy for yourself — the sign of a wonderful present.

    .@KyleLohse26 models his personalized robe this AM, a gift from @Gdeuceswild to each of the starters. #CactusCrew pic.twitter.com/cZMPnpGvoq

    Kyle Lohse sporting new bathrobe compliments of teammate Matt Garza who bought one for the whole rotation #Brewers pic.twitter.com/fYByzMKUe2

    BLS H/N: @PhilHecken

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  • Yankees fire employee who harassed Curt Schilling and his daughter

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

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    The next chapter in Curt Schilling vs. Twitter trolls morphed into one of baseball's most familiar clashes: the Boston Red Sox vs. the New York Yankees. And again, Schilling won, dismantling one Yankees employee in particular.

    On Sunday, Schilling penned a 1,700-word blog post exposing some of the Twitter trolls who had been harassing him by sending sexually explicit messages about his 17-year-old daughter, who he had publicly congratulated for getting into college. In many cases, these tweets were far, far over the line, going past your typical locker-room bro bragging and even into unacceptable talk of rape.

    From NJ.com's Erin O'Neill:

    "We have zero tolerance for anything like this," Zillo said. "We've terminated him."

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  • Curt Schilling eviscerates Twitter trolls going after his daughter

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

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    People have called ex-MLB star Curt Schilling a number of things — and they're not always good. But it's hard to deny his tenacity, whether on the mound or in one of the Twitter feuds he often finds himself in.

    Sometimes Schilling gets himself in trouble by never backing down, even from the trolliest of trolls. In his most recent Twitter fight, though, Schilling dealt a KO to the out-of-line bros who'd been harassing him about his 17-year-old daughter. 

    Congrats to Gabby Schilling who will pitch for the Salve Regina Seahawks next year!!

    It all started last week when Schilling congratulated his daughter, Gabby, for getting accepted into college and starting a softball career. A dad proud of his daughter ... that's benign enough, right? Well, no. Not in the say-anything-and-apologize-later world of 2015 social media.

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  • Angels ace Garrett Richards won't be ready for opening day

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    The Los Angeles Angels will have to wait a little bit longer for the return of their ace Garrett Richards.

    Richards, who suffered a torn patella tendon in his left knee last August, had hoped to be ready for opening day, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia admitted Sunday that's not happening. Richards, 26, is preparing as if he'll be ready for opening day, but his skipper and the Angels won't let him rush back into game-action.

    From MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez:

    "He knows it," Scioscia said. "He's not going to be able to rush it because our medical staff is not going to let him. There's a progression. He has to pass every plateau. It's great that he's going to shoot for being ready by Opening Day, he's working very hard to be ready by Opening Day — but he's not going to be ready Opening Day."

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