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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew27 mins ago
As a person who looks for the positive in most situations, I think we all owe Billy Butler a “thank you” this week. For one, we got to talk about the transgressions of an athlete not named Ryan Lochte. And beyond that, he reminded us all of a very important lesson that’s often worth a refresher.
Mind your own business.
The clash of Butler and Danny Valencia — baseball’s best teammate fight since Jonathan Papelbon choked Bryce Harper — happened simply because Butler didn’t know when to shut his mouth.
I tackle the life lessons that Billy Butler has taught us in this week’s installment of my Open Mike video series. While this certainly applies to MLB clubhouses, it’s also good practice for everyday actions like posting on Facebook.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew38 mins ago
When Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich clobbered a curveball from Edinson Volquez to deep center in the first inning of Thursday’s contest, he probably felt pretty good about its chances of leaving the yard.
The shot may not have been a no-doubt, sure-fire home run, but Yelich had history on his side. Since Marlins Park opened in 2012, no player has been able to rob a home run there. That’s the type of stat that seems insane, but apparently it’s true.
Or … well … it was true. You see, Kansas City Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson isn’t a big fan of history. Dyson tracked Yelich’s ball to the deepest part of center field, timed his jump perfectly and made a fantastic grab to rob Yelich of a home run.
With that, fans experienced the first ever robbed home run in the history of Marlins Park.
Jarrod Dyson (@Royals) robs Miami’s Christian Yelich of a HR in the 1st inning.
It is the first HR robbery in Marlins Park history.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 25, 2016LiveKansas City4 - 2MiamiFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
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When Clayton Kershaw went on the disabled list in late June, the Los Angeles Dodgers season was supposed to get a lot more stressful. Sure, the team had a slim grasp on the top National League wild card spot at the time, but that lead could easily crumble without the best pitcher in baseball.
Instead of faltering, Los Angeles has played it’s best baseball of the season. The team went 15-9 during July, posting a season-high .625 winning percentage for the month. That success has continued in August, pushing the club to the top of the NL West. After trailing the San Francisco Giants by six games at the start of July, the Dodgers now lead the division by three games.Thu, Aug 2510:10 PM EDTSan Francisco at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
When Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is able to return from the disabled list, he might find an unfamiliar face behind the plate. The Dodgers decided to swap backup catchers with the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, acquiring Carlos Ruiz in exchange for A.J. Ellis.
From an on-field standpoint, the deal isn’t all that interesting. Ruiz should be an upgrade over Ellis at the plate. The 37-year-old Ruiz has hit .261/.368/.352 over 193 plate appearances this season. That’s a significant upgrade over Ellis’ .194/.285/.161 slash line. It’s assumed Ruiz will slot in behind Yasmani Grandal on the depth chart in L.A. Ellis will likely assume a backup role behind Cameron Rupp.
In this case, the off-the-field ramifications of the deal are far more intriguing. While Ellis wasn’t a strong contributor over the past few seasons, he was viewed as a clubhouse leader in Los Angeles.
Couldn’t ask for a better teammate or person in general than @AJEllis17. I’m genuinely happy to have had the opportunity to play with him.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Not even the red-hot Kansas City Royals could beat strikeout machine Jose Fernandez on Wednesday night, and thus Kansas City’s nine-game winning streak endedwith a 3-0 loss to the Miami Marlins.
While there are surely some people in K.C. bummed that the win streak didn’t reach double digits, the bigger picture is far more favorable: The Royals are back in it.
The Royals are now 65-61, a solid third place in the AL Central, within reasonable reach of a wild-card spot (five games) and maybe even the division lead (7.5 games) if they get right back to their winning ways. Before the winning streak, the Royals were 56-60, tied with the White Sox, 11 back in the division and 7.5 back for the wild card.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Just two days after making what could be the catch of the season, Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi suffered a gruesome knee injury that could end his season. In the top of the seventh inning of Wednesday night’s Red Sox game, Benintendi was at second base and started running to third when Dustin Pedroia hit a grounder to the shortstop. But the runner at third base, Travis Shaw, didn’t advance, so Benintendi had to scamper back to second. That’s when he took a very bad step and went down to the ground, clearly in a lot of pain.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
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There are some minor league outfielders doing work out there this week. This catch from Arkansas Travelers right fielder Zach Welz is phenomenal, insane, and hilarious all at the same time.
It was the bottom of the eighth inning in Wednesday’s game, and the Travelers had an 8-4 lead over the Tulsa Drillers. But Drillers first baseman Cody Bellinger wanted to change that. With a man on first, he, uh, drilled the ball to deep right field. Off the bat, Bellinger thought it was gone and he’d singlehandedly cut his team’s deficit by two.
That ball would have been a home run. It should have been a home run. Bellinger should feel robbed, becuase Zach Welz is a straight-up thief. He ran toward the outfield wall with his eye on the ball the entire time, jumped up, an was simultaneously rewarded and punished: he made the catch, but he ran right into the short outfield wall.
His jump was so high that instead of thwumping into the wall, he flipped over it, his legs pinwheeling in the air. If someone was staging a catch in a baseball comedy movie, that is exactly what it would look like.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew19 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.
There were many notable moments on a wild Wednesday night around Major League Baseball. However, we’d say the three biggest belonged to three legends who at some point down the road will likely rent space in Cooperstown.
Those men are Albert Pujols, David Ortiz and Adrian Beltre.
In one night, all three reached a milestone worthy of its own headline. That they did it on the same night though seems pretty significant in its own right, so we’ll honor them together.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
The New York Yankees were going about their business in impressive fashion on Wednesday when an unexpected and unwelcomed visitor dropped into their dugout.
According to New York Daily News, a fan tumbled into the Yankees dugout during the eighth inning of their 5-0 win against the Mariners. Fortunately, the Yankees were in the field at the time of the incident. Otherwise there would have been a greater chance of the fan landing on and perhaps injuring a player or coach.
Instead, it seems he only rung his own bell.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
In one of the most shocking moments this season, Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish did something that no other Japanese-born pitcher had ever done while wearing the uniform of an American League team.
In his second plate appearance of the game, which was only the 14th of his MLB career, the 30-year-old hurler launched his first career home run.
#Rangers Yu Darvish is the first ever Japanese-born pitcher to homer for an American League team.
— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) August 25, 2016
That alone is pretty cool.
There’s also this tidbit.
#Rangers Yu Darvish is the first pitcher born in the eastern hemisphere to homer for an AL team since Moe Drabowsky on Aug 14, 1963.LiveCleveland0 - 3TexasFollow Game