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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew27 mins ago
Colby Rasmus has found a home with the Houston Astros. After eight seasons in the majors with three different teams, it feels like Rasmus has found his final landing spot.
OK, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration. Rasmus hasn't even spent two full seasons in Houston. He signed a one-year deal with the club prior to 2015, and only returned after shocking the baseball world and becoming the first player to ever accept a qualifying offer.
His contract is up at the end of 2016, and unless the team hands him another qualifying offer, there's a good chance he'll move on once again.
But it certainly feels like Rasmus' experience in Houston has been different than his other stops. He’s relaxed, comfortable with himself and willing to talk about any subject with ease.
Most importantly, he’s happy and seems to have found his inner peace with the Astros.
“It’s a good place to be right now for me,” he says.Thu, May 58:10 PM EDTSeattle at HoustonPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig doesn't just catch baseballs anymore. He also catches fish! Puig tweeted a photo of himself holding a large fish Thursday morning, which was apparently his first catch.
There are so many things to love about that tweet and photo. Has anyone ever been as excited to be holding a dead fish as Puig is at that moment?
With his face and the #PuigHungry hashtag, it looks like Puig is just seconds away from taking a huge bite out of that fish. And considering that he used #Sushi and several sushi emojis, that fish is probably destined for Puig's stomach, though probably in the form of actual sushi and not a whole fish.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
On Wednesday night, New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda hit a home run in the fifth inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves, his second of the night. To capture the moment for posterity, Curtis Granderson whipped out an iPad (branded with the MLB logo) to apparently capture the moment for posterity.
If that's what Granderson was doing, he'd be violating the restriction on electronic equipment in the dugout. That's not an official MLB rule, but the restriction was created in a 2000 memo from Sandy Alderson, then-VP of Baseball Operations, to combat sign stealing.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
It's difficult to put a positive spin on anything that's going on with the New York Yankees right now. Wednesday's 7-0 win in Baltimore aside, they have looked like a complete disaster through the first 25 games of the season, and they have few reasons for optimism on the horizon.
The Yankees have looked old. They've looked slow. And now comes word they will be without Alex Rodriguez for at least the next two weeks as he deals with a hamstring injury.Thu, May 57:05 PM EDTNY Yankees at BaltimorePreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole hasn't had the best week at work. After taking the loss in Monday's series opener against the Chicago Cubs, he watched his squad get swept in dominant fashion.
That's not good. However, like all people who find happiness in life, Cole was able to leave his work troubles behind and enjoyed a fun night of hockey with his fellow Pittsburgh Penguins fans.
As you can see, Cole was front and center at the Consol Energy Center sporting his Sidney Crosby jersey for Game 4 of the Penguins' series against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.
Based on all of the photos and videos that were taken, it seems he had a really good time.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew13 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.
Everyone knew the Chicago Cubs were going to be very good this season. That's why way more pundits than usual were in agreement when predicting a World Series champion, with 44-percent actually picking the Cubs to win it all. That's also why Las Vegas continues making the Cubs the odds on favorite to end their historic championship drought.Thu, May 58:05 PM EDTWashington at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
A selfie craze has taken over Major League Baseball.
On Tuesday night, a Cleveland Indians fan took perhaps the coolest selfie you'll ever see thanks to the Progressive Field videoboard. Now, just one day later, a fan at Marlins Park in Miami has taken perhaps the most opportunistic selfie you'll see after capturing a quick photo with Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Brandon Drury.
The unexpected photo op took place in the fifth inning when Miami's Martin Prado hit a pop up into shallow right field that drifted toward the stands. Drury, who was positioned near the line, had plenty of time to race over and make the play. However, he also ended up tumbling over the railing into the stands.
It was a very nice play, but it was quickly overshadowed by a quick-thinking fan named Blake, who took out his camera and made the scene into a selfie.Thu, May 56:10 PM EDTDetroit at ClevelandPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
As we noted last week, Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez sits high on the list of skippers who are at risk of being fired during or immediately following the 2016 season.
With the Braves rebuilding ahead of their move to SunTrust Park, there's really no question they'll be going a different direction at Gonzalez's position. And with the team predictably struggling out of the gate (7-20), it's a matter of when, not if, that decision is made.
It's an awkward position for Gonzalez to be in. He's essentially a lame-duck manager overseeing an operation that isn't focused on the job he's doing. Along those same lines, it can't be easy to show up day after day not knowing whether it will be the last.
Now, it's likely to get even more uncomfortable based on this tweet from USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Wednesday.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Have you ever wanted to watch a baseball game with Curt Schilling?
If the answer is yes, it sounds like your opportunity is coming very soon. Just be warned that it may cost you some of your hard-earned money.
With Schilling drawing little interest from other television networks following his firing from ESPN, it appears he's looking to go into business for himself. What that entailed exactly was a little fuzzy at first, but Schilling started spilling some of the details on social media on Wednesday.
What's clear is Schilling is hoping to watch games along with fans through the Periscope streaming video service. Essentially, Schilling would watch the game on his television and provide alternate commentary and analysis while his viewers watch both the game and his Periscope feed.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Pirates wore the face of frustration on Wednesday after being overwhelmed by the Chicago Cubs for the third straight day. In losing to Chicago, 6-2, the Pirates were swept at PNC Park and fell to six games back in the NL Central.
As the game went along, their frustration became increasingly impossible to mask. We saw it in their body language, especially so when Sean Rodriguez engaged in a stare down with Chicago's Pedro Strop following a "quick pitch." And it came through in the voice of Andrew McCutchen, who after the game took aim at the official scorer for charging him with a questionable error.
#Pirates McCutchen on dropped fly: "Whoever scored that an error should be fired. That's unbelievable. I did everything I could to catch it"