Mike Oz

  • Mike Trout pays tribute to David Ortiz with gold chain, sunglasses

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 10 hrs ago

    If David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox hadn’t been in town, you might have looked at Mike Trout’s pre-game garb Thursday night and wondered if he was wearing some sort of Run-DMC costume.

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    The gold chain. The sunglasses. All he needed to do was start chanting, “I’m the king of rock, there is none higher … I won’t stop rockin’ til I retire.”

    Ahh, but this was about retirement — specifically Ortiz’s. With Big Papi in Anaheim for the final time in his playing career, the Angels joined the retirement-tour party and gave Ortiz a nice send-off. Aside from a present (a cool portrait that had “Big Papi” scrawled across it), Trout and Angels coach Alfredo Griffin put on sunglasses and gold chains to mimic Ortiz’s flamboyant style.

    For someone like Trout, who is usually as plain as it gets, this was both a surprising and entertaining turn.

    If you honor Big Papi, you dress like Big Papi. pic.twitter.com/8k4DqOCP5V

  • Hanley Ramirez literally throws away a Red Sox win

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 12 hrs ago

    Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we’ll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.

    Hanley Ramirez, come on down, you’re the next contestant on “How to lose an MLB game in the most embarrassing way possible.”

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    In the bottom of the ninth of Thursday’s game between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels, Ramirez absolutely blew it on defense, allowing the Angels to escape with a 2-1 walk-off win after David Price had thrown eight scoreless innings for the Red Sox.

    Ramirez airmailed his throw home, and the tying run and winning run both raced around to score. After the game, Ramirez owned the mistake, but that makes it no less frustrating for Red Sox fans.

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  • Chris Sale has a new plan for those throwback jerseys he cut up

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 13 hrs ago

    Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale returned from his five-game suspension Thursday night, pitching six solid innings against the Cubs. But after the game, the throwback jerseys he destroyed in a fit Saturday were still a topic of discussion.

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    And, really, why wouldn’t they be? A baseball controversy this silly and this amusing doesn’t just go away after a suspension and a 3-1 Cubs win.

    Per MLB.com’s Scott Merkin:

    Sale, who has all the jerseys he discarded Saturday, is hoping to do something charitable with the situation.

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  • MLB Trade Deadline Digest: Giants get Eduardo Nunez from Twins

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 14 hrs ago

    The Stew’s Trade Deadline Digest recaps the day in news and rumors as MLB gets closer to the non-waiver trade deadline on Aug. 1. If you missed any of Thursday’s action, we’re here to help you catch up with all the important links and tidbits .

    DONE DEAL: The San Francisco Giants acquired All-Star infielder Eduardo Nunez from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night, striking the only significant trade of the day. In return the Twins get Adalberto Mejia, a 23-year-old pitcher who has been among San Francisco’s top-10 prospects for the last few years. [Yahoo Sports]

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    CASHNER RULES EVERYTHING AROUND ME: Andrew Cashner was the most talked-about trade chip of the day, with the Marlins and Rangers the current leaders to land him from the Padres. [@Ken Rosenthal]

  • Podcast: Breaking down the trade deadline with Jeff Passan

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 18 hrs ago

    This is The StewPod, our baseball podcast with a dash of pop culture. If you dig the show, please subscribe and review us on iTunes.

    It’s that time of the baseball season whereJeff Passan’s phone is buzzing with information. Yes, the trade deadline is coming on Aug. 1, which means teams are making moves and our pal Jeff is trying to wade through the rumors and find the truth.

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    He took a few minutes out of his busy day — well, like 30, actually — to talk about the trade deadline for this week’s StewPod. We discuss which players he thinks will and won’t get traded, why the trade deadline has actually been more active than you might think and which teams will make a move that has them racing toward the postseason.

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  • Video: Four important rules for fans at MLB's trade deadline

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 20 hrs ago

    Baseball’s trade deadline is creeping up on us. Teams have until 4 p.m. ET Monday to make whatever swaps will help them either get in position for the postseason or rebuild for next year, the year after or … one of these years.

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    We’re already watching keenly to see where players such as Jay Bruce, Jonathan Lucroy and Andrew Cashner will end by up Aug. 1 and see which other players might be on the move.

    The thirst for trade-deadline news and gossip is so real in 2016, though, that there are many pitfalls that fans need to consider as they refresh their Twitter feed in hopes of seeing a deal from their favorite team.

    So in this week’s installment of my Open Mike video series, I’m here to help. I’m giving you four important rules to live by until Monday’s deadline rolls around. Follow these and you won’t get duped, you’ll know what #hugwatch is and you won’t get too excited about a deal that may not happen.

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  • Opening 25-year-old baseball cards with super agent Scott Boras

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    What you’re about to watch is the most wheeling-and-dealing episode of “Opening 25-Year-Old Baseball Cards,” which is just about perfect for trade-deadline week.

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    The guest is a great one: Baseball super agent Scott Boras, who knows a thing or 17 about negotiating deals. As he proves in the video, he also has an encyclopedic brain when it comes to baseball players.

    I’m not going to spoil everything for you, but Boras essentially takes our wax-pack busting and turns it into something else entirely, by installing his own grading system on a moment’s notice. As you watch this, just know you’re watching a genius at work.

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    Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

  • Roger Maris belt worth estimated $140,000 stolen from Fargo mall

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    In a caper that has rocked Fargo, N.D., a thief broke into the Roger Maris Museum early Tuesday morning and made off with Maris’ 1960 MVP plaque and a gold-and-diamond belt awarded to Maris that could be worth as much as $140,000.

    The crime happened around 2 a.m. at the West Acres Mall in Fargo, Maris’ hometown. According to authorities, it was a rather efficient heist, with the thief in and out of the museum in about a minute.

    “We feel violated this morning,” said Chris Heaton, the property manager for the mall, which according to The Forum newspaper in Fargo. He also said: “I’m deeply disturbed. I’m appalled.”

    The belt is an interesting item, as it was an annual award given to the best professional athlete in any sport by Hickok Manufacturing Company. It’s known as the Hickok Belt, and was given away from 1950-1976, then revived in 2012. Maris won in 1961, the year he broke the MLB home-run record.

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  • Watch the Rangers and A's in Free MLB Game of the Day

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    For about 30 seconds on Saturday, before the wild news broke about Chris Sale throwing a fit and cutting up his throwback jersey, some baseball fans thought he had been traded to the Texas Rangers.

    Imagine that rotation: Sale, Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels. Wowzer.

    The trade was fake, of course, another product of a fake Twitter account in the rush of trade-deadline week. But this isn’t fake: The Rangers will be an intriguing team to watch as baseball teams try to upgrade their rosters this week for possible postseason berths.

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    As it stands, the Rangers are a good team, owning a 57-42 record and looking, at times in the first half, like one of the best clubs in the American League. But the Houston Astros are coming, they’ve knocked the Rangers’ AL West lead down to 2.5 games and that means the Rangers can’t just rest until October.

  • Aroldis Chapman trade proves Cubs will do anything to win World Series

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    Let it be known now if it weren’t already: The Chicago Cubs will do just about anything to finally win a World Series.

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    On Monday, that meant consummating a blockbuster trade with the New York Yankees that will bring Aroldis Chapman to town, along with his 105 mph fastball and all the baggage his name carries these days, in exchange for four players who are now going to the Yankees.

    The message is clear: This is about winning. Now. Nevermind that Chapman is a free agent at season’s end. Don’t worry that he probably won’t pitch more than a couple dozen times for the Cubs. And try not to dwell on the uneasiness some Cubs fans will feel watching Chapman — the man in the highest-profile domestic violence case of baseball’s offseason — close out games in a Cubs cap.

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