Mike Oz

  • Troy Tulowitzki sent to Blue Jays in shocking trade

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 45 mins ago

    Based on what's been reported thus far, the return for the Rockies is veteran shortstop Jose Reyes, young fireballer Miguel Castro, top pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman and one more unnamed prospects. Relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins is also heading to the Blue Jays, filling another of their needs as they make a push toward the postseason. 

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    There's a belief that Reyes, 32, could be flipped by the Rockies in another deal. He's owed $22 million in each of the next two seasons and has a rough injury history. Not exactly a player to rebuild around. 

    By joining the Jays, Tulowitzki adds yet another big bat to a daunting lineup that includes Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. The Blue Jays already lead the league in runs, and Tulo is only going to help. Despite the offensive prowess, the Blue Jays are 50-50 and trail the New York Yankees in the AL East by seven games. They rank 23rd in team ERA.

    The latter doesn't seem entirely out of the question.

  • A-Rod homers on his 40th birthday, joins an exclusive club

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 hrs ago

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    The bit of history he grabbed Monday night is different, though. It's a factoid you probably never thought about and a group of players you probably wouldn't expect. But you can definitely use it to impress your friends.

    A-Rod turned 40 on Monday and he homered in the sixth inning of the New York Yankees' 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers. With that, he became just the fourth player in the long history of Major League Baseball to homer before he was 20 and after he turned 40. ESPN Stats & Info has the list:

    HR as teenager, HR as 40-year-old Alex Rodriguez Gary Sheffield Rusty Staub Ty Cobb (via @EliasSports)

    Sounds like one lucky birthday boy is seeing all his wishes come true. 

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  • Yahoo Sports' trade deadline tracker: Follow the latest MLB news and rumors

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 9 hrs ago

    Welcome to MLB trade deadline week. Clubs can complete non-waiver trades until 4 p.m. ET Friday, and as the seconds tick toward that deadline, there will be no shortage of news and rumors.  Some of the big names who could change teams before then include Cole Hamels, Justin Upton, David Price, Jonathan Papelbon, Yoenis Cespedes and James Shields. Never count out surprises either.

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    Follow the Twitter tracker below for every bit of news and gossip from the Yahoo Sports crew and the industry's top reporters. Heck, you might as well keep this open post open in a tab until the trade deadline passes.

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  • Potential Astros playoff run causes Taylor Swift to reschedule Houston concert

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 13 hrs ago

    Last December, when Taylor Swift announced a concert at Houston's Minute Maid Park for her current tour, the Houston Astros put their own asterisk on it, writing, "Note: the date of the Taylor Swift 1989 tour show at MMP is subject to change if it conflicts with an Astros postseason home game."

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    The Astros were widely mocked for this disclaimer. After all, they had lost 92 games that year and 100+ in each of the three previous years. Postseason baseball in Houston? LOLOLOL. Well, guess who's laughing now?

    The Astros are 55-45, a game back in the AL West and they would be a wild-card team if the season ended today. They also spent most of the first half in first place and could very well end up there again, especially after acquiring starting pitcher Scott Kazmir last week.

     

  • Tony Gwynn's beer is finally going to Cooperstown

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    There's a fantastic story about why Tony Gwynn wanted to make his own beer and it goes like this: Every year at the Hall of Fame mixer in Cooperstown, Tom Seaver would bring his own wine, but as the tale goes, he wouldn't share with Gwynn. Or any other hitter who did well against him, for that matter.

    So, Gwynn figured he needed a drink of his own to share with the hitters. He had a meeting with San Diego's AleSmith Brewing Co. and began to formulate a beer. AleSmith and Gwynn went back and forth, finding the right mix of flavors. Like his swing, Gwynn wanted the beer to be perfect.

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  • ESPN nixes Colin Cowherd's show after comments about Dominican MLB players

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    ESPN would rather end its relationship with Colin Cowherd a week early than fight with Major League Baseball, so the network announced Friday afternoon that Cowherd's show would no longer appear on ESPN Radio.

    If you've missed the drama the past two days: Cowherd said Thursday on his show that baseball isn't "too complex," then cited the abundance of Dominican Republic-born players in MLB as evidence. He essentially said, if a bunch of Dominicans can play, how complex can it be? As you can imagine, insinuating an entire country is dumb, didn't go over well.

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    Colin Cowherd’s comments over the past two days do not reflect the values of ESPN or our employees. Colin will no longer appear on ESPN.

    Cowherd did finally apologize via Twitter after ESPN announced its decision:

    I did not intend to offend anyone w my comments. I realize my choice of words was poor and not reflective of who I am. I am sorry.

  • Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson gets engaged at a Cubs game

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    Shawn Johnson, the Olympic gold-medalist gymnast and "Dancing With the Stars" competitor," threw out a first pitch at Friday's Chicago Cubs game. While celebrity first pitches can often go awry, Johnson's ended quite memorably. With a proposal.

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    Johnson, 23, was joined by fellow Team USA gymnast Alicia Sacramone for first-pitch duties, and when she walked back toward the dugout, her boyfriend Andrew East, dropped to one knee. East is a football long-snapper who recently signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson, as you see below, said yes.

    Congrats to @ShawnJohnson and @AndrewDEast on their engagement! pic.twitter.com/7AWIAq3Wj9

    Here's some video:

    It's not often we see public proposals involving celebrities. And certainly not at baseball games. We hope the happy couple asks Kris Bryant to officiate the union.

    Try a baseball field, dude.

  • Cardinals bolster bullpen by trading for ex-Marlins closer Steve Cishek

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    The St. Louis Cardinals, seeking bullpen help, have acquired ex-closer Steve Cishek from the Miami Marlins in a buy-low deal that could pay nice dividends for the Cards.

    The trade was first reported by Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald and later verified by the Marlins. The Marlins are getting Double-A pitcher Kyle Barraclough in return for Cishek, who won't be a free agent until 2018. 

    The Cardinals are betting on the fact that they can turn around Cishek and it's not a crazy idea. He's struggled in 2015, losing his closer's job and posting a career-high (by a lot) 4.50 ERA. But he saved 39 games with a 3.17 ERA in 2014 and was even better the previous year, finishing a league-high 62 games with 34 saves and a 2.33 ERA. 

    The Marlins moved Cishek out of the closer role this season after his early struggles and into a late-inning role, where he has improved, as our pal Jeff Passan points out

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  • The evolution of the Baseball Hall of Fame, as seen in one fantastic GIF

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    The National Baseball Hall of Fame is set to induct its next class of members Sunday, as Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio are enshrined in Cooperstown. That brings the count of Hall of Famers to 310 players, managers, executives and umpires.

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    Going to Cooperstown and taking in every plaque and artifact is still your best Hall of Fame experience, but if you can't do that, we have something pretty cool that you might enjoy. This image below — created by Yahoo Sports' GIF master Eric Orvieto using images from BaseballHall.org — shows the evolution of Hall of Famers, from the first class in 1936 to this year's honorees. It's longer than your normal sports GIF, but worth your time:

    On a related note, here are a few interesting Hall of Fame factoids to along with the GIF:

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  • With MLB fuming, ESPN's Colin Cowherd tries to explain his comments about Dominicans

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    With the MLB players' union upset at him and Toronto Blue Jays star Jose Bautista ready to "rip him a new one," ESPN radio's Colin Cowherd tried on Friday to remove the foot that he stuck in his mouth when talking about baseball players from the Dominican Republic. It wasn't enough, though, as MLB issued a statement afterward, condemning Cowherd's "inappropriate, offensive" remarks.

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    Cowherd argued on his show Thursday that baseball isn't "too complex," citing as proof the number of Dominicans who play in MLB. Cowherd, who fancies himself a smart guy, obviously didn't see the fallacy here. Furthermore, this started with him talking about the Miami Marlins manager and then going off on a tangent to insult an entire country. Forget the offensive nature of his comment; it's just not sound logic.

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