Mike Oz

  • Derek Holland now has a Jobu to go with his 'Major League'-inspired haircut

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 13 hrs ago

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    Holland has a little something extra in his corner these days. And if you're a fan of baseball movies, you're sure to love this. The 28-year-old has fully embraced "Major League" and now has a Jobu doll in his locker to go along with the Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn-inspired haircut he's been sporting for the past couple weeks. 

    Why, yes, @Dutch_Oven45 does have a Ricky Vaughn haircut and now a Jobu altar in his locker. http://t.co/69btweVeuX pic.twitter.com/3iOHFhuhpO

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  • The Decade of the No-No: We're seeing the most MLB no-hitters since the '60s

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 15 hrs ago

    Well, there was Mike Fiers nine days earlier against those same Dodgers. Hisashi Iwakuma threw one Aug. 12 for the Seattle Mariners. That's three in August alone. Who else?

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    Oh yeah, Cole Hamels in July, when he was still with the Phillies. Max Scherzer threw one in June. That's five, who are we missing? Oh yeah, San Francisco Giants rookie Chris Heston, the least-known name on this list, who threw the first no-no of 2015 on June 9.

    Point being: There have been so many no-hitters this season, it's getting hard to keep track. If you could name all six pitchers who threw one without looking it up, props to you. The no-hitter in baseball — like the outrageous Miley Cyrus awards-show outfit — just gets more and more common by the year it seems. 

  • MLB announces new domestic violence policy and commish has ultimate power

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 10 days ago

    Major League Baseball on Friday announced its first official policy outlining discipline and treatment plans for players involved in domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse cases. This comes after a year in which NFL players have been in the headlines often for such issues. 

    Under MLB's plan — which is agreed upon by the players' union — the commissioner has the ultimate power. He will hand down discipline with no maximum or minimum and no prior precedents affecting his decisions. Teams will have no say unless the commissioner defers to them. Further, the commissioner may place a player on paid administrative leave for up to seven days before a decision is made, enough time to investigate charges. 

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    Here's the entire policy:

    A.   Treatment and Intervention

    • The Joint Policy Board will refer persons affected by domestic violence to appropriate intervention services.

    B.   Investigations

    C.   Discipline

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  • Nats call up Trea Turner in hopes of boosting their disappointing season

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 10 days ago

    Sitting at 60-60 entering play Friday, it's hard to call the Washington Nationals anything other than a disappointment.

    The once-World Series favorites have a tough road ahead to even make the playoffs at this point. They're four games behind the New York Mets in the NL East and eight and a half back for a wild-card spot.

    With postseason races getting more competitive by the day, the Nats have called up one of their most anticipated young players in hopes of getting a boost. Trea Turner, a 22-year-old shortstop who was picked in the first round of the 2014 draft, got his big league call-up Friday.

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  • Yankees will wear special caps honoring Andy Pettitte for his number retirement

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 10 days ago

    The New York Yankees will immortalize two legends from their Core Four this weekend, as both Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte have their numbers retired at Yankee Stadium. Posada's ceremony is Saturday and Pettitte's day is Sunday. The other half of the Core Four — Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera — their days are guarantees for the future.

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    On Sunday, Pettitte gets a salute that we've seen happening more and more around baseball the past few years. The Yankees will wear a special cap to honor Pettitte for that afternoon's game. Here's the New Era cap with a side patch featuring a menacing Pettitte.

    You better believe a few Yankees fans out there are psyched to complete their collections.

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  • Giants trade for Marlon Byrd to boost their ailing outfield

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 11 days ago

    The San Francisco Giants have needed an outfielder who can hit the ball over the fence all season. With Hunter Pence and Angel Pagan both on the disabled list right now, the Giants needed that even more. Consider the fact that they've used pitcher Madison Bumgarner as a pinch-hitter the last two games.

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    So, the Giants swooped in and made a deal Thursday to acquire veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd in a waiver trade with the Cincinnati Reds. Byrd is a Band-Aid for S.F. and may be a free agent after this season. He's able-bodied and can hit homers, both of which should come in handy for the Giants, particularly while Pence is sidelined with an oblique injury.

    Byrd, 37, has 19 homers this year. He hit 25 last year and 24 in 2013. The rest of his attack at the plate leaves something to be desired, as Byrd is hitting just .237 with a .286 on-base percentage, neither very favorable.

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  • Jason Bourgeois forgot how the infield fly rule works and it was costly for Reds

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 11 days ago

    What happened next, however, wasn't opportune.

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    Jason Bourgeois, the 33-year-old journeyman outfielder, was on third base for the Reds. When Bruce hit a weak pop-up to the right side of the infield, things went haywire . The umps called the infield fly rule, which is a fairly well-known rule despite it not being called very frequently. It's used when there are two or more runners on base in a force situation and less than two outs. 

    The point of the infield fly rule is to prevent fielders from letting the ball drop and turning an easy double play since the baserunners wouldn't be moving on a fly ball. When an infield fly rule is called, the batter is immediately out and the baserunners aren't forced to the next base. 

    That's not how it played out Wednesday night for the Royals. An infield fly was called, Bruce was out, but  Bourgeois took off for home. He was easily thrown out and looked confused and/or disgruntled as he walked back to third base. All bad, man. All bad.

  • StewPod #13: Hector Santiago, the player who signs the most autographs in MLB

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 12 days ago

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

    Hector Santiago thinks he signs more autographs than any player in Major League Baseball. He might also ask for more. So, game recognize game?

    Santiago has an immense autograph collection that he's gathered throughout his time in pro baseball — from Pete Rose all the way to the guy who sits a few to his side in the Los Angeles Angels clubhouse, Albert Pujols. Because of that, Santiago says he's always willing to sign autographs for fans, especially kids.

    On this week's podcast, Santiago joins us to share autograph stories, talk about his interest in the game as a kid, break down his screwball and lots more. 

    Here's a full rundown of this week's show:

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  • Ned Yost's new Apple Watch prompts suspicion from MLB

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 12 days ago

    The black thing on Ned Yost's wrist caught some eyes Sunday night when the Kansas City Royals played on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. Fancy Apple Watch you got there, Ned.

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    The national broadcast audience noticed, which led to a few people asking Royals beat writer Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star to find out about Yost's Apple Watch. Mostly, we assume, because Yost doesn't seem like the type to use an Apple Watch. He's more Royal blue than Bluetooth, ya know?

    Anyhow, here's what McCullough found out:

    MLB called Ned Yost to ensure he didn't use his Apple Watch during games. He said, "When you're away from your phone, all it is is a watch."

    MLB does not allow the usage of cell phones in the dugout. Yost assured them that "it's just a clock."

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  • 'Straight Outta Compton' makes a big blunder with Eazy-E's White Sox cap

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 13 days ago

    N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton" seems to be a winner by most accounts — at the box office, with moviegoers and with hip-hop heads. There's just one problem. And to some sports-minded folks, it's a big one. 

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    Eazy-E is shown wearing a Chicago White Sox cap entirely from the wrong era. The film shows Eazy rocking this Sox cap in 1986. While he did wear that cap — quite famously, in fact — it sure wasn't happening in 1986. The White Sox didn't introduce that logo and that cap until 1991. 

    Since that's a pretty famous cap, many people noticed the gaffe during the film's strong opening weekend and were upset by it. Heck, I asked one of my hip-hop aficionado friends what he thought of the movie overall and the first thing out of his mouth was the hat error. Some other folks had this to say: