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- Kevin Kaduk at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez was one of three people who died in a boating accident in Miami Beach early Sunday morning.
He was 24.
“The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez,” the team said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”
Sunday’s Marlins-Braves game at Marlins Stadium was canceled following the news, the team statement announced. Fernandez was originally scheduled to pitch on Sunday, but had his start pushed back to Monday.
Multiple sources reported and confirmed the news on Sunday morning including Ken Rosenthal, and Marlins beat writer Clark Spencer. According to WFOR-TV in Miami, authorities were notified of the accident at about 3 a.m.:
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez was one of three people who died in a boating accident in Miami Beach on Sunday morning. He was 24.
As word of his death spread, the sports world took to Twitter to react to the shocking news.
Statement from the Miami Marlins organization: pic.twitter.com/6A4Rv6m2g9
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) September 25, 2016
— MLB (@MLB) September 25, 2016
I dont have the words to describe the pain feel for the loss of my friend Jose. Goodbye, my friend. pic.twitter.com/xvaa5z62RW
— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) September 25, 2016
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
When it comes to playoff scenarios, fans love rooting for chaos. This season has already provided plenty of that, and there’s still time for a lot more over the final week. That’s especially true in the wild card. The AL and NL races could conceivably feature three and even four-way ties, which would be a chaos-loving fans’ dream come true.
Well, unless you’re a fan of a team directly involved in those scenarios. In that instance you’re rooting for the clearest path possible to the wild-card game, because there’s only so much stress the heart can take. Just as there’s only so much energy the players can expend.Sun, Sep 251:10 PM EDTPhiladelphia at NY MetsPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew12 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.
For most of the season it looked like the American League East would be the one division not decided until the season’s final weekend. The Boston Red Sox have all but eliminated that possibility thanks to a winning streak that was extended to 10 games in their come-from-behind 6-4 win against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
With the win, Boston officially clinched a postseason berth. They also lowered their magic number to clinch the AL East to three.Sun, Sep 251:10 PM EDTBoston at Tampa BayPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
The Washington Nationals watched the playoffs from home last season after completely unraveling in the second half. They’re all the way back now after putting together a complete season under new manager Dusty Baker.
On Saturday, Washington clinched its third NL East championship in five years by defeating the Pirates 6-1 at PNC Park. They also received help from the Phillies, who knocked off the Mets 10-8 in a wild game at Citi Field.
The Nationals join the Chicago Cubs as division champions in the NL. That leaves the NL West, which the Los Angeles Dodgers could clinch later on Saturday, and the two team wild card positions open. The Texas Rangers are the only AL team to punch their ticket after winning the West.Sun, Sep 251:35 PM EDTWashington at PittsburghPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
On Friday night, the Texas Rangers clinched their second straight AL West title with a 3-0 win over the A’s. That meant it was celebration time in the visitor’s clubhouse at the Oakland Coliseum.
It also meant Saturday would be a well deserved off day for the team’s veterans. In fact, every regular, save for shortstop Elvis Andrus, was on the bench. And that’s only because Andrus asked to play. Manager Jeff Banister is probably glad he did too, as he delivered a pair of two-run home runs in Texas’ 5-0 win.
Naturally, the Rangers were in good spirits on Saturday. That’s especially true of Adrian Beltre, who spent his rare off day engaging in his always playful antics on the Rangers bench.
Well, that, or he’s considering making a run at one of the Rangers coaching positions.
Carlos Beltran also joined in the fun, at times seemingly contradicting Beltre’s signs.Sun, Sep 254:05 PM EDTTexas at OaklandPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
The American League West championship is officially out of reach for the Houston Astros. Without a strong finish, a potential wild card spot will slip through their fingers too. Fortunately for them, they’re set up to gain ground against an opponent they’ve dominated this season, as five of their eight remaining games come against the Los Angeles Angels.
Through 14 matchups this season, the Astors have posted an 11-3 record against the Angels. They’ll look to make it 12-3 on Saturday, when the teams meet again in the MLB Free Game of the Day at Yahoo Sports. You can stream the game at Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index and video home beginning at 8:10 p.m. ET.Sun, Sep 252:10 PM EDTLA Angels at HoustonPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
The Texas Rangers became the first American League team and the second team overall — joining the Chicago Cubs — to secure a postseason berth after clinching the AL West on Friday night.
The triumph continues a pretty solid run of success for the Rangers. This marks their second straight division title and their fourth dating back to 2010. In fact, the Rangers won it back-to-back in 2010-11 as well, before reaching and losing the World Series in both of those seasons. Texas played in the inaugural wild-card play-in game in 2012, losing to the Baltimore Orioles.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
If Vin Scully’s impending retirement hadn’t sunk in before Friday night, it certainly has after he penned a touching letter and then delivered a moving farewell speech in front of an appreciative Dodger Stadium crowd.
The maestro of the microphone was treated toa spectacular video tribute covering just some of the great moments of his career. Because covering all of them would have taken a month. He was then greeted by a three-minute standing ovation, before hitting his anticipated speech out of the ballpark in a way only Vin Scully could.
Here’s the full speech:Sun, Sep 254:10 PM EDTColorado at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
Now that the postseason party is starting to fill up, it’s time to examine some of the names on the guest list.
The first team to accept its invite was the Chicago Cubs. They officially clinched the NL Central last Thursday thanks to a St. Louis Cardinals loss in San Francisco. Don’t worry though, the Cubs have continued taking care of business since. In fact, on Friday, they locked up home field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.
Their 98 wins entering play on Saturday are the franchise’s most since 1945, which happens to be the last time they reached the World Series. With two more wins, they’ll reach 100 for the first time since 1935.
Needless to say, this team is special. There are definitely more than five reasons why they could (and perhaps should) win their first World Series championship since 1908. It would take us all day and part of Sunday to list them all though, so we’ll limit it to five. That way the other postseason guests shouldn’t feel too overwhelmed.Sun, Sep 258:08 PM EDTSt. Louis at Chi CubsPreview Game