Mike Oz

  • Video: Baseball fans, quit your complaining about camo uniforms

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    For some, Memorial Day is a day to remember the soldiers who gave their lives for our country. For others, it's a day to barbecue, have fun and welcome summer. For baseball fans, it's a day to get angry about camo uniforms.

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    Seriously, there's an entire subsection of baseball fans who HATE when baseball drapes itself in camo for Memorial Day. Trust me, they're all over my Twitter feed every year. This year, MLB has, once again, unveiled new camo jerseys by Majestic and caps by New Era. So get ready for the camo hate coming your way Monday.

    Let me hit you with a few truths about baseball's marriage with camo:

    • A lot of Americans actually like camo in a fashion sense. I'm not one of them, but I ain't mad at them either.

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  • Report: Rougned Odor's suspension reduced after appeal

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

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    Odor propelled the ugly brawl between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers on May 15 when he connected a punch to Bautista's face after a take-out slide at second base. The bad blood between these two teams had been brewing since last season's ALDS when Bautista homered to put the Blue Jays ahead and unleashed the most famous bat flip in the history of baseball.

    Now that his appeal has been heard, Odor's suspension must begin by Friday. During Odor's absence, the Rangers are expected to call up former top prospect Jurickson Profar from Triple-A. 

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  • College baseball player enjoys unusual snack while on third base

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    No one would be surprised to see a baseball player dig into his pocket while on base and pull out a few sunflower seeds. They are, after all, a ballplayer's favorite snack. But the snack Buddy Reed of the University of Florida pulled out of his pocket Wednesday night might have caused a double take.

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    Reed was standing on third base during Florida's SEC Tournament game against LSU, when he dug out a bag of Sour Patch Kids. Never seen that one before.

    rpmsports18: Florida's Buddy Reed eats Sour Patch Kids on base. T… SEC Netwo… College Baseb… https://t.co/8vCY5YiYQT pic.twitter.com/f4CKU8l3XD

    Perhaps it was a wise strategy by Reed. His team's game against LSU last until 1:48 a.m. local time in Alabama, then they were back at it playing their next game Thursday at 12:55 p.m. local time.

    Hope Buddy brought enough Sour Patch Kids to share with the team. They might all need a pick-me-up.

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  • MLB concludes Padres national anthem fiasco wasn't malicious

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    MLB launched its own investigation into the controversy after it hit the mainstream news cycle earlier this week. On Saturday, members of chorus were ready to sing the national anthem at Petco Park when a recorded version of the song played with a woman's voice. The chorus left the field embarrassed and said later they were being taunted with homophobic slurs by fans.

    Afterward, the group called for an investigation to find out whether this was discriminatory or a "hate crime." The Padres and eventually MLB obliged, with separate investigations. Here's MLB's full statement on its findings, which indicate that some Padres employees were ill-prepared for the national anthem mix-up but there was no malice involved.

    The San Diego Gay Men's Chorus issued this statement Thursday afternoon:

    We look forward to working together in partnership with the San Diego Padres.

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  • Is Wade Boggs throwing shade at Red Sox with Yankees ring?

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    We know Wade Boggs isn't necessarily the type of guy to do things for the sake of keeping up appearances. The guy who supposedly drinks 107 beers in one day doesn't care too much about what people think, ya know?

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    So there was Boggs on Wednesday, reassembled with members of the 1986 Boston Red Sox team at Fenway Park. The Red Sox were celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the '86 squad that won the AL pennant but famously lost to the New York Mets in the World Series. Boggs was there, as were Roger Clemens, Jim Rice, Dwight Evans and many others. Even Bill Buckner.

    It was all fun and nostalgia, but then the Internet noticed something peculiar. Boggs was wearing the World Series ring he won with the rival New York Yankees.

    There are three answers that could explain all this:

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  • Jackie Bradley Jr. extends hit streak to 28, halfway to Joe DiMaggio

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 4 days ago

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    Jackie Bradley Jr. didn't give us much time for drama Tuesday night. The Boston Red Sox outfielder extended his hit streak in the second inning, with a double off the Green Monster.

    That means Bradley has now hit safely in 28 consecutive games, which is an impressive feat. But it's merely halfway to Joe DiMaggio's famous record of 56 straight games, which interestingly enough was also going right now 75 years ago. (You can relive it day-by-day on Big League Stew's Tumblr.)

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    Hitting 28 is significant not just because it's halfway to DiMaggio, but because it ties the 28-game streak from Nolan Arenado in 2014. Bradley will next be aiming to tie Denard Span, who went for 29 straight games in 2013. So he's chasing down all the recent-year bests.

    Point being: Bradley Jr. still has a lot of hitting ahead of him if he's going to challenge DiMaggio.

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  • San Diego Gay Men's Chorus wants Padres to rehire ousted DJ

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 4 days ago

    There's been a change in tone from the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, which on Tuesday said publicly that it wants the San Diego Padres to rehire the DJ fired for his role in the national anthem controversy that's had people talking since Saturday night.

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    On Tuesday, it sounded like all sides were aiming for a positive resolution. The chorus posted a message on its Facebook page commending Padres CEO Mike Dee and asking the team to give DJ ArtForm his job back:

    "We also would like to publicly accept the sincere apology of DJ ARTFORM and recognize his support for the LGBT community and equality for all people. We do not wish to see him lose his job with the San Diego Padres and kindly ask the Padres to reinstate him. Everyone deserves a second chance."

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  • The Internet gives Bartolo Colon the birthday tribute he deserves

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 4 days ago

    When a regular Internet person has a birthday, he or she get hundreds of Facebook wall posts with some version of "Happy Birthday." But when baseball folk hero Bartolo Colon has a birthday, the Internet births the fantastic musical tribute you see above. (Because the Internet is a magical place. Never forget that).

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    Colon turned 43 on Tuesday, giving us all a reason to swing so hard our helmets fall off our head. Or, just sing-along with this catchy little ditty from YouTuber Jason Juran. The song and video tells Colon's whole story — coming from the Dominican Republic, playing 19 seasons (and counting!) in MLB and eventually becoming a full-blown Internet sensation when he joined the New York Mets.

    If Mets fans at Citi Field aren't doing sing-alongs to "Bartolo" by his next home start, we're going to be sorely disappointed. 

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  • A new low? Marlins suing ex-season ticket holders, stadium vendors

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 4 days ago

    The Miami Marlins have found yet another new way to make themselves look like the laughingstock of Major League Baseball. According to a report from the Miami New Times, the club is suing a number of ex-season ticket holders and stadium vendors who say they either grew tired of the club's unkept promises or were driven out of business when the Marlins didn't meet their projected attendance figures.

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    It's not something you see often in sports, particularly not in the case of a pro sports team suing its fans, but this is the Marlins we're talking about, so nothing should be too surprising. Remember, the Marlins are the team that promised Miami taxpayers a winner so they would pay for the team's fancy new stadium, only to dismantle the team mid-way through the first season in that new stadium to cut costs.

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  • Fired Padres DJ defends himself after national anthem controversy

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 5 days ago

    The ex-San Diego Padres DJ at the centerof the national anthem controversy that humiliated the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus is now speaking publicly — apologizing for what he calls an "unfortunate mistake" and defending himself against allegations that the mix-up could possibly be a hate crime.

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    This all stems from Saturday's Padres game at which the chorus was slated to sing the national anthem. The group was on the field and ready to sing, when a recording of a woman singing the anthem played instead.

    [Elsewhere: The Padres find an embarrassing new way to lose]