- Mike Oz at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
On Sunday, six legends of MLB will be enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown — Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre.
There will be much pomp and circumstance from both media members and fans. Baseball lovers from all over the country are coming to visit. Heck, The Stew is even road-tripping in.
You think some people would be disappointed to show up and not see the actual players, but instead Lego-like likenesses? Probably. Those types of shenanigans totally fly on the Internet, though, which is why we'll recommend this video from OYO Sportstoys and The Four Monkeys.
The MLB Players Association has officially scorned the Houston Astros after last week's draft-pick debacle, in which Houston failed to sign No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken, plus fifth-round selection Jacob Nix and 21st-rounder Mac Marshall.
The players union has reportedly filed a grievance against the Astros, following up on its promise to explore legal options. Not signing all your draft picks isn't a problem, of course, but the union has alleged that the Astros operated unethically in its failure to sign Aiken and Nix, specifically.
Teams get a set amount of money to sign draft picks. High picks have predetermined values, but if teams can save money on one player, they can use it elsewhere. However, if they go over their draft-pick budget, teams are penalized and lose future draft picks.
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards has been one of the breakout pitchers of the 2014 season, but as his matchup Thursday night against Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers showed us, there's a reason Scherzer is the reigning Cy Young winner and every pitcher in the AL is trying to dethrone him.
Scherzer bested Richards in a pitcher's duel between two of the AL's top teams. The Tigers beat the Angels 6-4, as Scherzer struck out 11 batters in seven innings. He allowed six hits and three runs, but when you're backed by the Tigers offense, that's often OK. His record improved to 12-3.
Richards wasn't bad, but he wasn't as good as he has been this season. He gave up seven hits and four runs, as his record fell to 11-3. Richards hadn't given up four runs in a start since May.
Scherzer definitely knew he needed to step up with Richards on the mound:Sat, Jul 266:05 PM PDTDetroit at LA AngelsPreview Game
Look at what Brandon Phillips has started!
Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel responded to a heckling fan in Oakland not with his mouth, but with a baseball. Keuchel tossed this to the heckler:
Well played, Dallas, well played.
Phillips, the Cincinnati Reds second baseman, gave a signed ball to a drunken heckler in Pittsburgh last month, telling him to "shut up." Keuchel's ball probably isn't as cool as Phillips' (there's no signature), but it's still a clever retort that's turned into a cool piece of memorabilia.Sat, Jul 261:05 PM PDTWashington at CincinnatiPreview Game
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Mark Reynolds was doing an interview for MLB Network's "Intentional Talk" on Thursday when someone in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume appeared behind him and started dancing.
Leonardo the Videobomber, eh?
The guy in the Ninja Turtle costume eventually revealed himself. It was All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez. While showing up in a teammate's nationally televised interview is amusing, the costume actually had a better purpose.
Gomez told Tom Haurdicourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
“That cartoon is my son’s favorite,” said Gomez, referring to 4-year-old Yandel. “He’s crazy about it. I ordered (the costume) and I will go home tonight dressed like a Ninja Turtle. I ordered it online like 20 days ago. That thing came from China."
Now there's a pretty cool dad. And it would be cool whether Gomez were a pro baseball player or a plumber. As it turned out, there was just one complication.
The Stew's Trade Talk Tracker follows the juiciest rumors in MLB until the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. We'll give you the day's most important links about who may (or may not) be changing teams soon.
DONE DEAL: The Yankees acquired lefty Chris Capuano from the Rockies. [Yahoo Sports]
TAKE HIM, PLEASE: The Phillies are working hard to move Ryan Howard, and are even willing to pay "most or much of" his $70 million salary. [CBS Sports]
ICYMI: The Mariners traded for Kendrys Morales, who they had last year. [Yahoo Sports]
ALSO: The Mariners are pursuing Drew Stubbs from the Rockies. [@jonmorosi]Sat, Jul 261:10 PM PDTBaltimore at SeattlePreview Game
One Bash Brother wants to make amends. The other Bash Brother wants to bash that idea entirely.
Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, two sluggers baseball history will link forever, aren't any closer to reconciling, despite recent attempts by Canseco. The two of them were the Bash Brothers for the Oakland Athletics in the late '80s, hitting homer after homer and bashing forearms as they crossed home plate. They also became the faces of baseball's steroid era. When Canseco named McGwire as a PED user in his 2005 book "Juiced," their friendship ended.
Canseco, high off the nostalgia from last weekend's 25th anniversary reunion of the 1989 A's World Series team, has been trying to apologize to McGwire. But McGwire, now the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is not hearing it. He told ESPN Los Angeles:
Ex-MLB All-Star Chuck Knoblauch was arrested Wednesday at his home near Houston for allegedly assaulting his wife, Cheri Knoblauch, who once appeared on the reality TV show "Baseball Wives."
There are obviously graver stakes involved in a case like this, but the upshot in the baseball world is that Knoblauch's former team, the Minnesota Twins, has canceled his scheduled induction into its Hall of Fameon Aug. 23.
News92FM in Houston reports that Knoblauch — a four-time All-Star and former Rookie of the Year — is out of jail on $10,000 bond and is due back in court on July 30. The station had more details on the arrest and Knoblauch's other legal troubles:Sat, Jul 264:10 PM PDTChi White Sox at MinnesotaPreview Game
Hope the Seattle Mariners kept Kendrys Morales' jerseys handy. He's on his way back.
Morales' weird 2014 just got weirder, as he's been traded from the Minnesota Twins back to the Mariners for pitcher Stephen Pryor. So ends Morales' oh-so-memorable 39-game stint with the Twins. He hit .234/.259/.325 in Minnesota with one homer and 18 RBIs after signing there on June 8. Twins fans will remember every single swing, obviously.
If you haven't followed the odd Kendrys Morales saga the past nine months:
• He rejected a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Mariners, for whom he played in 2013 and hit .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBIs in 2013.
• Morales didn't immediately sign with another team. He was linked to a number of teams, including the Mariners, but a deal didn't get by spring training, nor by season's start.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 days ago
The Oakland Athletics brought Jim Johnson into the game Wednesday night against the Houston Astros with a seven-run lead in the top of the eighth inning. He had six outs to get and everybody could go home happy. Everybody, including the A's fans who had grown to despise him.
Six outs. Seven-run lead. Easy enough, right?
Well, nothing's been easy this season for Johnson, the reigning AL saves leader who was traded to Oakland last winter from the Baltimore Orioles and paid $10 million by the usually payroll-stingy A's. Oakland fans booed him his very first game. He lost his closer job soon after. Heck, fans have even booed his wife this season.Sat, Jul 265:05 PM PDTOakland at TexasPreview Game