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  • Yankees welcome back baseball with pair of monster homers

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 hr ago

    Baseball returned to our lives in a big way on Friday. The spring training schedule opened with a handful of games across the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues, and we were even treated to our first television broadcast as the YES Network covered the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees game from Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla.

    We’re thankful they did. Not just because we got to witness some live game action. But mainly because we didn’t have to miss a pair of absolutely monstrous home runs from New York’s Didi Gregorius and Aaron Judge.

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    As you can see in the video above, both home runs were absolutely destroyed.

    Gregorius’ first-inning solo blast against Alec Asher went down as the first official home run of spring training, and we’re not entirely sure its landed yet. The homer appeared to clear the bullpen and the stands, making it one impressive poke.

    Heck, even coach Alex Rodriguez was impressed.

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  • Donald Trump wouldn't be welcomed to Camden Yards by Orioles VP

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 3 hrs ago

    Baltimore Orioles vice president John Angelos says a few things would have to change before he’d ever welcome President Donald Trump to Camden Yards.

    According to the Washington Post, the son of Orioles’ owner Peter Angelos shared his criticism of the Trump administration during a recent appearance on the Baltimore-based podcast “B-More Opinionated.” Angelos most notably stated that divisive rhetoric and actions during Trump’s campaign and presidency would make it impossible to welcome Trump in good conscience.

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    Angelos did leave the door open to reconsider his stance, but says that would require an apology from the administration and an honest effort to embrace all members of the community.

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  • Mitt Romney's son Tagg reportedly trying to buy stake in Yankees

    Liz Roscher at Big League Stew 7 hrs ago

    For some people, their dream is to climb Mount Everest, or run a marathon, or travel to an exotic destination. But some people just really, really, really want to buy a baseball team.

    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports is reporting that Mitt Romney’s son Tagg Romney is trying to buy a piece of the New York Yankees. Mitt Romney, who ran for president in 2012, isn’t involved himself, as he emphatically told Heyman.

    Mitt Romney, in response to an earlier version of this story about his potential involvement in a sale, denied that he’s involved in the talks in a statement, per a spokesperson. The former governor of Massachusetts, Romney is a lifelong Red Sox fan and is sensitive to being associated with the Yankees after hearing early reaction from Red Sox fans.

    Well then.

    Tagg Romney and his business partner, Spencer Zwick, are using the family’s company Solamere Capital to advance the sale. Heyman says that they’re interested in buying a one or two percent stake in the Yankees, with each percentage point being worth $25 million to $30 million.

  • World Baseball Classic 2017: Can two star pitchers make Colombia a surprise team?

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 10 hrs ago

    From now until the World Baseball Classic begins on March 6, we’ll be helping you get to know each team involved in baseball’s global tournament. Today’s team: Colombia.

    Colombia has this going for it as it enters World Baseball Classic play for the first time: It’s young and hungry. But then there’s this: Colombia has to claw its way through the very-tough Pool C where the United States and Dominican Republic are waiting.

    So will Colombia sink or swim? It makes for a good storyline.

    Colombia qualified for the WBC for the first time this year, which is a great story in itself since the country didn’t even try in 2013. Colombia then got a boost as it headed to the big tournament when Jose Quintana of the Chicago White Sox and Julio Teheran of the Atlanta Braves — the top two Colombian players in the MLB today — agreed to play in the tournament.

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    So now we’ll see how far two top-flight pitchers can take Colombia on its maiden WBC voyage.

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  • Two Indians players reflect on that fateful 10th inning from Game 7

    Liz Roscher at Big League Stew 11 hrs ago

    For Cleveland Indians fans, losing Game 7 of the 2016 World Series in an extra-innings, rain delayed game against the Cubs was an example of ultimate baseball heartbreak. But two players on the Indians don’t look at it that way. Catcher Yan Gomes and 10th inning reliever Bryan Shaw spoke to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal about that fateful 10th inning, where just inches could have changed the story significantly.

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    Shaw broke down Kyle Schwarber’s lead-off single, which was the spark that ignited the Cubs eventual win. Schwarber’s hit just squeezed through the hole on the right side of the infield, barely out of the reach of second baseman Jason Kipnis.

    “I had faced (Schwarber) a few times,” Shaw says. “I think he did the same thing every time — hit a groundball right in that hole. This time, I didn’t move Kip over enough.”

  • The Braves are giving another football player a chance to try baseball

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Deion Sanders, Brian Jordan … and now Sanders Commings?

    The Atlanta Braves have continued their franchise lineage of two-sport athletes by reportedly signing ex-NFL cornerback Sanders Commings to a minor-league deal. Yes, to play baseball. The news was first reported by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

    Sources: #Braves signing OF Sanders Commings to minor-league deal. Former DB w/University of Georgia, Kansas City Chiefs. From Augusta, Ga.

    — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 23, 2017

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    Commings opted instead to pursue college football. He was picked by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013 but didn’t muster much of an NFL career. He appeared in just two games for the Chiefs. Now he’ll try to move up the Braves organization as an outfielder.

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  • Opening 25-year-old baseball cards with Cliff Floyd

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Cliff Floyd might be the best-dressed man we’ve seen in my 25-Year-Old Baseball Cards video series, but he also might have gotten the worst pack of cards we’ve seen.

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    This is no knock on Floyd — who played 17 years in the big leagues before joining MLB Network as an analyst — that’s just how it is with baseball cards sometimes. One week, you get Ken Griffey Jr. and Frank Thomas, the next week, your best card is Mark Langston.

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  • Kate Upton reveals that Justin Verlander won't have sex before he pitches

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Thanks to his supermodel fiancée Kate Upton, we’re learning more about Justin Verlander’s sex life than we ever thought we would.

    Upton — the current Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model — was on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” on Wednesday night with host Andy Cohen and singer Ricky Martin. A fan called in and asked whether Verlander likes to make whoopee before or after games.

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    “There’s no sex before a game. Absolutely none.”

    But wait! There’s more! Upton also said that if Verlander pitches too well, that has boot-knocking consequences too:

    “And then, also what I just found out is, if he plays too well, there’s no sex after, either. He’s exhausted. Kind of a buzzkill for me.”

    Some stuff you just gotta keep private, right?

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  • Mark Buehrle's No. 56 will be retired by White Sox

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Nobody has worn No. 56 for the Chicago White Sox since Mark Buehrle left the team in 2011 and now nobody ever will.

    The White Sox announced Thursday that they’ll retire No. 56 this season in honor of Buehrle, who played 12 seasons on the South Side. In that time, he threw a perfect game, a no-hitter and helped the White Sox win the 2005 World Series. He also won 161 of his 214 career games in a White Sox uniform, and created a bond with the franchise that merited No. 56 belonging to him forever. The ceremony is scheduled for June 24.

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    White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement released by the team:

    “A standout on the field and a standup teammate in the clubhouse, it is our honor to retire Mark Buehrle’s No. 56 and to welcome him into the legendary class of all-time White Sox greats.”

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  • World Baseball Classic 2017: Boycott hurts Chinese Taipei's chances

    Liz Roscher at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    From now until the World Baseball Classic begins on March 6, we’ll be helping you get to know each team involved in baseball’s global tournament. Today’s team: Chinese Taipei.

    The team from Chinese Taipei had high expectations when it competed in 2013’s World Baseball Classic, and it even made a decent showing with an upset in the first round. But things are a little different this time around.

    The Chinese Taipei team is dealing with a fairly significant boycott, which essentially boils down to which governing body should be (or wants to be) making the decisions about the team the country is fielding for the WBC. The Chinese Taipei Baseball Association, which is recognized as the governing body of the Taiwan’s baseball program by the Taiwanese government, is making all the decisions about the nation’s WBC team. Since it deals with amateur baseball, that makes sense, as it is also recognized by the International Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

    THREE BIG QUESTIONS ABOUT CHINESE TAIPEI

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