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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Despite the wishes of millions all over the world, Hank the Ballpark Pup did not receive serious consideration to become the Milwaukee Brewers new manager this week. General manager Doug Melvin and owner Mark Attanasio instead opted to go the traditional route, hiring former major leaguer Craig Counsell.
We hope they know what they're doing. So far, Counsell had led to the Brewers to a 2-1 record against the Los Angeles Dodgers, including a win in a game started by Clayton Kershaw. But it won't always go that smoothly.
With that in mind though, it appears Hank is at least "under consideration" for another promotion at Miller Park.
In the video included below — which is actually an ad for Hank's bobblehead night on May 10 — the Brewers are looking to transition our four-legged friend from official Ballpark pup and mascot to lead security dog in charge of keeping all who visit Miller Park safe.
Your browser does not support iframes.Thu, May 71:40 PM EDTLA Dodgers at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.
One of the primary responsibilities of a major-league ace is to end losing streaks before they get out of hand, and before the team gets buried in the standings.
With that in mind, Jon Lester was exactly what the Cubs signed him to be over the winter, holding the red hot St. Louis Cardinals to four runs (one earned) over seven innings in a Cubs 6-5 victory.
The win snapped the Cubs season-long four-game losing streak. Just as importantly, it also snapped the Cardinals eight-game winning streak, allowing the Cubs to stay within 5 1/2 games of the division leaders.
Offensively, the Cubs jumped on Cardinals' starter Lance Lynn early, plating two runs in the first on RBI singles from Kris Bryant and Starlin Castro. Anthony Rizzo added a solo home run in the third and a two-run double in the fifth to create some separation against the Cardinals relentless attack.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
This is no way to treat a Hall of Famer and his friends.
Legendary Milwaukee Brewers radio voice Bob Uecker, his broadcast partner Joe Block, and several other members of the Brewers radio production crew were temporarily trapped inside their Miller Park radio booth on Wednesday night when the outside handle broke off the door leading in to their booth.
With the door also locked from the inside, that meant no one could get in or out of the booth until the door was taken off its hinges.
The ladder was necessary because the hinges were on the inside of the door, and because we're guessing no one preparing to broadcast a baseball game brings the necessary tools for such circumstances.
Thankfully, help was quick to arrive.
We are getting saved in the booth. pic.twitter.com/3GInvWOm6s
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Memo to MLB pitchers young and old: Whatever you do, don't give the new, young hitters anything to hit in their MLB debuts. They're coming up swinging and they're ready to make an instant impact at your expense.
On Tuesday night, Carlos Perez of the Los Angeles Angels made his instant impact, becoming the first player since Miguel Cabrera in 2003 to hit a walk-off homer in his major-league debut.
On Wednesday, Eddie Rosario of the Minnesota Twins decided he really didn't want to wait that long. Instead, he offered at the first pitch he ever saw in a major-league uniform, depositing Scott Kazmir's 91-mph fastball in the left field bleachers at Target Field for an impressive opposite field home run.
One pitch. One swing. One home run.
We don't need Statcast to tell us that's optimal efficiency for a major-league hitter. But as you can probably surmise, there are numerous historical tidbits worth mentioning in connection to that one swing.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
The Cincinnati Reds should anticipate being without first baseman Joey Votto for a game or two in the not too distant future.
The former National League MVP was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and is very likely to face further disciplinary action after making chest-to-chest contact with home-plate umpire Chris Conroy.
The heated exchange took place after Votto went down swinging against Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole, and after Votto spiked his helmet in clear frustration.
What wasn't immediately clear, however, is whom that frustration was directed at. Earlier in the at-bat, Votto reacted unfavorably to Conroy's called first strike. Votto did one reverse turn in the batter's box and appeared to say something to Conroy, which wasn't forgetton moments later.Thu, May 77:05 PM EDTCincinnati at PittsburghPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Arizona Diamondbacks rookie Archie Bradley and 14-year-old Nicholas Shumaker from Moon Valley High School in Phoenix, Ariz., have something in common that no two baseball players wish to share.
On April 28, both were pitching for their respective teams when disaster struck in the form of vicious line-drive comebackers, which left both of their short-term futures in baseball in question.
However, little did they know that in those moments of anguish and uncertainty, the foundation was laid for a new relationship and a special bond. A bond that sustained them through the early part of their recoveries, and may only grow as they continue with their respective comebacks.
Looking back at that potentially life-altering night, Bradley was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez, which according to statistical data was traveling 115 mph off the bat.
Only 12 balls this year have been clocked at 115 mph or faster off the bat. The 12th hit Archie Bradley in the face today. Amazing he's OK.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Baseball fans might be sick of hearing stories about performance-enhancing drugs, but that's only because they haven't heard this one yet.
In his new autobiography, Pedro Martinez claims his Boston Red Sox teammate Manny Ramirez gave the 2004 Red Sox shots spiked with Viagra during the team's playoff run. Martinez recounted the story on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
The beverage Martinez is referring to is called mamajuana. As he says, it's a drink concocted in the Domincan Republic that typically consists of rum, wine, honey and herbs. In this case, the team substituted gin for rum.
The mixture is mainly used to heal medical ailments, though it's also rumored to be an aphrodisiac.
It was, in this instance, though that was mainly Ramirez's doing. While it was an unusual strategy, it worked out. The Red Sox would battle back against the Yankees in the ALCS before sweeping the Cardinals in the World Series.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Bryce Harper had himself a day Wednesday afternoon against the Miami Marlins. So did his hair.
Harper hit three homers in his first three at-bats, each more impressive than the previous one. He finished the day 3-for-4 with five RBIs after a seventh-inning groundout that ended his quest for the ever-elusive four-homer game.
With the trio of dingers, Harper now has eight on the season and he's celebrating them this season in pretty interesting fashion — with hair flips. A teammate (often Ian Desmond) takes off Harper's helmet and he whips his hair around (Hi, Willow Smith), like so:
That was opening day, and Harper's been flipping his hair ever since, such as this one on April 12:
A couple others:
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
Will Ferrell stole the hearts of baseball-watchers this spring by playing 10 positions during a single day. Now, his athletic feats will be preserved for all eternity.
Topps Company has announced that it will release a line of Will Ferrell collectable baseball cards this summer.
You asked for it. We got it! Will Ferrell autograph cards coming to 2015 Archives Baseball pic.twitter.com/0UFodOnWKF
The card company will release 10 different Ferrell cards, some of which will be autographed, in their 2015 Topps Archives collection. The cards will be available for purchase June 10.
The cards will depict Ferrell with each of the 10 teams he played for in March. While his Chicago White Sox card shows him getting out of his helicopter, his San Diego Padres picture shows him roaming the outfield.
WOW! Will Ferrell autograph cards coming to 2015 Topps Archives Baseball. This is actually happening!
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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper had a tremendous day against the Miami Marlins. The 22-year-old hit a home run in each of his first three at-bats Wednesday. Not bad for a player who was voted the "most overrated" coming into the season.
The first blast came in the bottom of the second inning. Harper took a 92-mph fastball from Tom Koehler out to left field for the solo shot.
His second came the following inning. With Ian Desmond on base, Harper again crushed a fastball from Koehler, this time hammering the ball to the upper deck in right.
He went a step further on his third blast. This time, he belted an 87 mph slider from Koehler even further into the upper deck in right field.