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- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew20 mins ago
R.A. Dickey, one of the oldest – and certainly wisest – players in MLB, could be on the verge of adding another special chapter to his already uncommon story.
This will be Dickey's 19th season in professional baseball, a journey with so many twists and turns its been compared over and over to the pitch that gave him a new lease on life on the mound, the knuckleball.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Colorado Rockies reliever John Axford left team camp last Wednesday after his 2-year-old son was bitten by a rattlesnake, according to the Denver Post.
Following Wednesday's game, Axford received a call from a Phoenix-area hospital, explaining that his son had been bitten twice on the foot by a rattlesnake. Axford, 31, said he was in "sheer panic" upon hearing the news.
Axford's son, Jameson, is currently in stable condition. Doctors believe they were able to save his foot, though it's possible he'll need to have one of his toes amputated. It's believed Jameson stepped on a baby rattlesnake while walking in the backyard of the family's house in Arizona.
Axford returned to camp briefly Tuesday in order to throw a bullpen session, but said he doesn't know when he'll be able to come back to the club on a full-time basis. He's currently planning to stay with his family for as long as possible.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant eviscerated pitchers this spring. While his exceptional performance didn't lead to a major-league call-up, it was immortalized in another way.
Hitting .425, with nine home runs, over 40 at-bats deserves recognition. And the people over at Strat-O-Matic Games were happy to oblige.
Here’s a peek at what Kris Bryant’s monstrous Strat-O-Matic card would look like based on his 2015 spring stats. pic.twitter.com/pLh9OOqH0N
As long as you don't roll a two, you're in great shape.
Let's clear one thing up, though. This is not Bryant's official card. This is what his card would look like if it were based solely on his spring stats.
Once Bryant is called up, the company will likely release Bryant's official game card. While that probably won't be as dominant, it should still be pretty darn useful.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Eating healthy has become a major agenda for restaurants and food companies over the past couple years. Thank goodness, minor-league baseball hasn't gotten the memo yet.
The Kane County Cougars have introduced one food item for the 2015 season that is not shy about its number of calories. Based on its description, the Heart Attack Burger sounds like it could deliver what it promises.
New in 2015, the Heart Attack Burger should cover any fan's breakfast, lunch and dinner palate. The half-pound beef patty is topped with grilled onions, a fried egg, slice of melted cheddar cheese, chipotle bacon mayo, two strips of bacon with a pair of grilled cheese sandwiches serving as its bun. The burger will be available for $12 at Ozzie's Grill, located on the concourse level behind home plate.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Star Wars jerseys have become quite the popular promotion among minor-league clubs. Last season, we saw at least four teams wear uniforms inspired by characters who existed a long time ago in a galaxy far away.
With the usual suspects already getting their own jerseys, the Altoona Curve decided to take a different approach to Star Wars night.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
As part of their special events this season, the Oakland Athletics recently introduced Pride Night. Pride Night will "celebrate the Bay Area's LGBTQ community." Partial proceeds from the event will benefit a non-profit charity supporting the LGBTQ media arts.
After hearing about the promotion, some fans decided they did not want to attend the game, and would rather sell their tickets. Enter Eireann Dolan, girlfriend of A's reliever Sean Doolittle.
Dolan put up a post on her website, telling Athletics' fans that she will buy their tickets if they don't want to go to Pride Night.
A’s fans; if attending a baseball game on LGBT Pride Night makes you at all uncomfortable, it is probably a good idea to sell your tickets. And I have the perfect buyer. ME!
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
A familiar face might be making a return to a major league mound near you in 2015.
Veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia signed a minor-league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.
Garcia, 38, was last seen in the big leagues in 2013 when he split time between Baltimore and Atlanta and even made a postseason start for the Braves. He spent all of 2014 pitching in Taiwan for the EDA Rhinos after he was released in spring training that year by Atlanta.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
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There are two things that stand out about Mike Napoli: he's got a big beard and he's ridiculously strong.
The beard is always on display, so he showed off some of that stunning strength in the Red Sox's spring training game on Monday night against the Twins to remind us that he brings both style and substance.
Napoli hit a monster shot to left field in the fourth inning, which is impressive by itself, but what's even more spectacular is how he managed to muscle the ball over the wall given what happened to his bat. Check out the video: when Napoli finishes his swing, all that's left in his hand is the bat's handle.
We've seen broken-bat homers before, though this one might have them all beat. The barrel of the bat broke clean off and ended up near third base and Napoli still powered the ball into the seats.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
The Cincinnati Reds announced a new ballpark feature Monday that any mother will love: A nursing suite where breast-feeding moms can retreat during a game for a more comfortable, more private moment with their child.
Phil Castellini, the Reds' chief operating officer, told ESPN that the club had an increasing number of women asking for a better place to nurse. Pro sports stadiums are loud, crowded and sometimes sticky — so finding a serene place is a bit of a challenge. As a father of five, Castellini knew this was a serious demand, so the Reds created something special at Great American Ball Park.
"It just didn't make sense that we would put a couple chairs in the women's bathrooms," Castellini told ESPN.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
The Chicago Cubs made their decision Monday, sending uber-prospect Kris Bryant down to the minors. Bryant's possible demotion had become a major controversy this spring.
Members of the Cubs front office expressed that Bryant would likely need more seasoning in the minors. While Bryant's agent, Scott Boras, believed his performance, nine home runs over 40 spring at-bats, should have been enough to earn him a spot on the club.
Boras accused the club of sending Bryant down in order to manipulate his service time. If Bryant spends about two weeks in the minors this season, the Cubs will gain an extra year of control on Bryant once he's eligible to reach free agency.
With the move now finalized, the Major League Baseball Players Association weighed in on the situation.