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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
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As baseball still processesthe shocking death of Jose Fernandez, this week’s StewPod offers you a new perspective on the life of Fernandez.
It belongs to Pedro Martinez, the Hall of Fame pitcher and analyst for MLB Network’s “MLB Tonight,” who had built a friendship with Fernandez since his emergence as one of the best pitchers in the game. In fact, Martinez says, he was looking forward to going fishing with Fernandez soon.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
It probably wasn’t the greatest moment of Jose Fernandez’s career by the usual baseball standards, but God, if he didn’t love that night in 2013 against the Atlanta Braves when he smacked his first career home run.
He was a pitcher, so this was a big deal. He was a 20-year-old rookie, so this was a thing of dreams. And he had a big fun-loving personality, so this was a moment he wanted to watch.
He watched that homer so long the Braves felt like they needed to fight him. The benches cleared. People yelled at and pushed each other. At one moment, if you looked off the side, you saw Fernandez, a big, happy, smiling face among the angry ballplayers shouting at each other about a perceived slight of their unwritten code.
This was Jose Fernandez. He had fun playing baseball and didn’t apologize for it, even if the tired ol’ unwritten rules frowned on such things.LivePhiladelphia0 - 0AtlantaFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Just how eager are Chicago Cubs fans to break the 108-year World Series drought? Eager enough that one fan has already etched “World Series Champions” and “Curse Broken” onto his body in tattoo form. The Cubs, of course, won’t play their first playoff game until next week.
That didn’t stop this dude Noel from Des Moines, who answered a call from radio station 1460 KXNO, which was looking for a Cubs fan brave enough to predict the World Series in a far more permanent way than us baseball pundits. The Cubs ARE the World Series favorites, but this is nonetheless a fate-tempting exercise.
Here’s how the tattoo looks, followed by a video from the radio station:
Now, the Cubs are playing for more than just 108 years of history and breaking the goat curse and every person on the North Side who has lived their entire life without seeing a World Series winner. Now, they’re planning for this dude Noel in Des Moines and his leg tattoo.LiveChi Cubs1 - 1PittsburghFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Jose Fernandez was remembered at a candlelight vigil Wednesday at Alonso High School in Tampa, the school he attended, the school where he became a baseball star. And now, the school says, something unthinkable has happened.
Someone stole one of Fernandez’s high-school jerseys that was on display in his old dugout during the vigil. The news comes from Anastasia Dawson of the Palm Beach Post, who says the school is “unbelievably sad.”
Alonso ball coach: boggles my mind someone would tarnish what we did last night for Jose. Fernandez jersey missing pic.twitter.com/Vl0Sl7A5Wg
— Anastasia Dawson (@adawsonwrites) September 29, 2016
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
A-Rod’s back in the postseason! And, no, this has nothing to do with the New York Yankees and their teeny-tiny playoff hopes.
Alex Rodriguez is, in fact, returning to Fox Sports for a stint as a postseason analyst. The news comes from A-Rod himself, since he’s media now:
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) September 29, 2016
This will be his return to baseball after retiring from the Yankees in August, ending a 22-year MLB career filled with controversy, awards and 696 homers.LiveBoston0 - 1NY YankeesFollow Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Baseball and bad weather do not mix. Right now, no one knows that better than Detroit Tigers rookie Michael Fulmer. A long rain delay during the Tigers’ game against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday cost him the chance to qualify for the AL ERA title, which would have made him the first rookie to lead either league in ERA since 1976, when the Tigers’ own Mark Fidrych led the AL with a 2.34 ERA in 250.1 innings.
Before his start on Wednesday, Fulmer had a 2.95 ERA — lowest in the league — and had pitched 155.2 innings, leaving him just 6.1 innings short of the 162 innings he needs to qualify for the ERA title. He managed just 3.1 innings against the Indians, allowing one run through three innings before a 45-minute rain delay. He surprisingly came back to pitch the fourth inning, and it didn’t go well. He got a groundout but allowed two singles (both would come around to score) before manager Brad Ausmus pulled him from the game.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Every now and then, a player hits a home run that is so huge, so ridiculously enormous, that it feels like your brain has split into a million pieces and every brain piece is dancing for joy in your head. There are a few guys in the majors who can hit homers like that: Mark Trumbo, Giancarlo Stanton… but how about Hunter Renfroe?
Renfroe is an outfield prospect for the San Diego Padres who was called up on September 21. And just a handful of games into his major league career, he’s already making a name for himself. On Wednesday, he hit a towering, earth-shattering home run at Petco Park that landed where so few homers have landed before: the roof of Western Metal Supply Co.
Renfroe did it in the third inning of the Padres’ game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. With two runners on, Dodgers hurler Jose De Leon threw him just two pitches: a 78 mph curveball for a ball, and a 93 mph fastball that was down and outside the zone.
Renfroe went down to get that fastball, gave a mighty upward swing, and then sent it into the stratosphere.
It looked like it might never come down, and when it finally did, it landed in the crowd standing on the roof of Western Metal Supply Co.
Thu, Sep 299:10 PM EDTLA Dodgers at San DiegoPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been yanking their rookie pitcher Julio Urias around a bit this month. At the beginning of September, Urias was starting for the Dodgers. Then, on September 13, manager Dave Roberts said that they’d move Urias to the bullpen after his next start, meaning his start at Yankee Stadium would be his last of the season. But that’s not quite true, since the Dodgers have slotted him back into the rotation on Thursday, 16 days after they moved him to the bullpen.
You can watch Urias make his actual final start of the season when the Dodgers face the San Diego Padres, and you can watch it for free because it’s Yahoo Sports’ MLB Free Game of the Day! You can stream the game on Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index, video home and this very post. First pitch is at 9:10 p.m. ET. Local blackouts apply, per MLB rules.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew18 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 circumstances the Mets walked into this week were not easy. As the city of Miami and the Marlins organization mourned the tragic death of Jose Fernandez, the Mets had to balance their own emotions with taking care of business.
They managed to do so effectively. After losing the opener, New York bounced back to win the series, concluding with a 5-2 win on Wednesday night.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
Sorry, Colorado Rockies, your World Series trophy is in another castle. But you’ve got to have an ERA under four to get in.
The Rockies weren’t great this season, but they weren’t bad either — and since they’re often bad, 2016 was an encouraging step forward. Nolan Arenado continued to play like one of the best players in the league, Carlos Gonzalez had a nice season and a few of the young Rockies made positive impressions. It’ll be good enough for third place in the NL West.
Like we’ll do with every eliminated team in our Game Over series, we’re about to examine what went wrong for the White Sox, what went right, what’s the best 2016 memory, what they need to fix and what the future might hold.Thu, Sep 2910:15 PM EDTColorado at San FranciscoPreview Game