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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Anyone who considers themselves a New York Mets fan, had a pearl-clutching moment earlier this week when the team announced Noah Syndergaard left Wednesday’s game because his “elbow flared up.”
Tommy John surgery has claimed enough stars in recent years, that when baseball fans hear about elbow issues, they turn into the eye-popping emoji and start expecting the worst. That might be especially true for Mets fans, who have lost Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler to Tommy John in recent years.
Luckily for everyone involved, Syndergaard’s elbow got a clean bill of health, which means he’ll make his next start and in all likelihood return to what he’s been doing this season — striking people out and becoming one of the hottest new stars in MLB.Fri, Jun 247:35 PM EDTNY Mets at AtlantaPreview Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew1 hr ago
While the Colorado Rockies are willing to eat $41 million to part ways with alleged domestic abuser Jose Reyes, the New York Mets might be all-too happy to add the four-time All-Star back into the fold as they attempt to defend their National League pennant.
Multiple reports in recent dayshave suggested that the Mets are seriously considering signing Reyes as soon as Saturday. On Thursday, the Rockies requested waivers on Reyes to grant the 33-year-old shortstop his unconditional release.
Reyes spent the first nine years of his MLB career with the Mets after signing with the organization as an amateur in 1999. He has also played with the Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays and the Rockies since leaving New York following the 2011 season.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Manny Machado returns Friday night to a Baltimore lineup that is pounding home runs and has the surprising Orioles in first place in the American League East Division with the All-Star break just around the corner.
Machado served a four-game suspension for charging the mound earlier this month in a game against Kansas City after being hit by a 99mph pitch by Yordano Ventura. Machado punched Ventura before both players went to the ground and were eventually separated.
Baltimore went 2-2 with Machado out of the lineup and holds a 1.5-game lead over Boston in the division with Tampa Bay, the last-place team in the division, in town for a four-game series.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Umpire Paul Emmel sustained a scary injury on Thursday night while he was working the game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland Athletics.
The Angels' Jefry Marte was pinch hitting with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and took a big swing on the first offering from Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle. On the back-end of the swing, Marte let go of the bat, and it was at just the right angle to nail home plate umpire Paul Emmel right on the top of his head. Emmel hit the deck, and Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt called for the trainers right away.
This wasn't a small injury. As soon as Emmel pulled off his mask you could see he had a large gash on his head that was freely bleeding.
Yikes. After a large, gauzy pad was held to the wound, Emmel was helped off the field and third base umpire Quinn Wolcott came in to call the final out. Thankfully, there was positive news about Emmel after the game.
Just saw the home plate ump Paul Emmel he's up & doing well after getting hit in the head, he's now on his way 2 the hospital 2 get stitchesFri, Jun 2410:05 PM EDTOakland at LA AngelsPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
As we know from the recent conversation about having a Home Run Derby for pitchers, MLB hurlers love to prove they can do more than "just" pitch. (For the record, pitching is pretty impressive on its own.) But Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke didn't need a home run derby to prove that. On Thursday night, he straight up stole second base.
It was the top of the fourth inning of the Diamondbacks game against the Colorado Rockies, and Greinke led off by drawing a walk off Eddie Butler. After Socrates Brito lined out to center field, that's when Greinke got the itch to run. And run he did.Fri, Jun 248:40 PM EDTArizona at ColoradoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew16 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.
The honeymoon period may already be over for Tim Lincecum and the Los Angeles Angels. After a strong first start with his new club, Lincecum struggled his second time around.
Lincecum lasted just three innings against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday. The 32-year-old surrendered four runs on seven hits during the 5-4 loss. He walked two and struck out two in the outing.
After two quick outs to open the game, Lincecum put two men on in the first inning. He was able to get out the jam, striking out Khris Davis to end the frame.
The second inning, however, proved to be difficult. Lincecum gave up two straight singles to open the frame, and then allowed a three-run homer to shortstop Marcus Semien.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
Javier Baez is proving to be one heck of a utility player for the Chicago Cubs. The former top prospect would probably be a full-time starter on most teams, but is relegated to a backup role with Chicago.
Baez's expertise in the field was once again on display during Thursday's contest against the Miami Marlins. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Baez nearly pulled off one of the most incredible diving plays we've ever seen.
With two outs in the inning, Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto hit a ground ball toward the hole between third and short. Baez, who was playing third, ranged to his left and attempted to slide in order to get his glove on the ball.Fri, Jun 247:10 PM EDTChi Cubs at MiamiPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Weird promo nights are fairly common outside of Major League Baseball. Minor-league and independent-league clubs don't have the star power needed to draw in fans, so they have to come up with ways to bring fans out to the ballpark.
With that said, some promotions are better than others. We'll let you be the judge of the latest idea from the Battle Creek Bombers. The Bombers are part of the Northwoods League, which is best described as a collegiate summer league. They are not affiliated with any major-league club.
On June 24, the Bombers will host "Second Amendment Education Night." The event is sponsored by local gun dealer Freedom Firearms. Freedom Firearms is referring to the event as "Second Amendment Appreciation Night," according to Fox 17.
Team general manager Tony Lovieno told Fox 17 that the event will promote gun safety and education.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
The Major League Baseball All-Star game is just a few weeks away. The contest will be held in San Diego and Wil Myers has already been named the All-Star ambassador. Given his performance for the San Diego Padres, this all seems to be hinting at something, right?
Myers came on this week's StewPod to answer that question. He also talks about his breakout, whether he would participate in the Home Run Derby if asked, why he doesn't use batting gloves and arm wrestling.
On top of that Chris and Mike banter about whether the Chicago Cubs are similar to the Golden State Warriors, and Bad News Ramen returns for his usual Three Strikes segment.
Here's the full rundown of the show: • Are the Cubs like the Dubs? • The Expos didn't win the World Series • Wil Myers joins the program to talk about the All-Star game • Bad News Ramen joins the program for his usual Three Strikes segment • Important questions: Chris gets an education
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- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
The Triple-A baseball team in New Orleans, currently called the Zephyrs and affiliated with the Miami Marlins, is looking for a new name for next season that represents the city's great culture. The Zephyrs name was inherited when the team moved from Denver in 1993.
So like any respectable minor-league franchise, they asked fans to submit ideas, and there is a definite theme among the seven finalists released earlier this week:
To recap: that's two potential names with a nod to Mardi Gras cakes, two to a local seafood fare, one for a native Louisiana sandwich, and another that merges the time-honored cooking and eating tradition of tailgating with gators, leaving Night Owls as the only option without a direct connection to food.