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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew40 mins ago
Tim Tebow will take his first step toward an actual career in baseball Tuesday. He’ll workout in front of scouts from upward of 20 MLB teams, hoping that one will see the same talent that his agent, his trainer and Gary Sheffield have raved about, then sign him to a contract.
Tebow is obviously a well-built and powerful athlete. He’s said to have a good swing. And he’s popular enough that some team will sign him just for the novelty — heck, one club in the Venezuelan league already made him an offer, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
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There have been some fantastic minor league catches lately, with dudes grabbing balls at the wall andflipping over fences to get the out. This minor league catch, from Detroit Tigers shortstop prospect Dixon Machado, doesn’t involve a wall or flipping over anything, but it’s still totally amazing.
Machado plays for the Toledo Mud Hens, the Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate, and on Monday the Mud Hens were facing the Indianapolis Pirates (affiliated with — who else? — the Pittsburgh Pirates) and leading them by a score of 8-1. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Machado had to run down a tough pop-up to shallow left field from Pirates center fielder Danny Ortiz.
And did he ever run. Machado covered an insane amount of ground chasing this pop-up, beating the actual left fielder to the ball. As Machado came in, the ball was falling fast, and he went into a slide. But that’s not all he did.Tue, Aug 307:10 PM EDTChi White Sox at DetroitPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
The Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates started out playing a normal baseball game on Monday night, but it ended up as a wacky, wild affair that took 13 innings and more than five hours. It featured three Cubs comebacks and the same player being thrown out at the plate two separate times in extra innings.
The second game in this Cubs-Pirates series is Tuesday’s Free MLB Game of the Day on Yahoo Sports, which means you can stream the game for free on on the Yahoo Sports app, Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index, video home and this very post. Local blackouts apply, per MLB rules. First pitch is at 8:05 p.m.Tue, Aug 308:05 PM EDTPittsburgh at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew11 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.
If the New York Mets are going to make a second half surge for the second straight season, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is going to have to carry them again. The outfielder proved he was once again up for the task during Monday’s 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins.
Cespedes was the clear star for the Mets all night, picking up three hits in three at-bats. He didn’t play the hero, however, until his final plate appearance.
With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th, Cespedes stepped to the plate looking to end the game with one swing of the bat. On the third pitch of the at-bat, he did just that. Cespedes crushed a 92 mph fastball from Nick Wittgren to deep left field.
Cespedes knew it was gone off the bat, and decided to celebrate the moment in style. After taking a couple seconds to admire his work, Cespedes unleashed a casual, yet elegant, bat flip.Tue, Aug 307:10 PM EDTMiami at NY MetsPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
There’s a reason only certain players can handle center field. The position requires both tremendous physical assets, like foot speed and athleticism, and combines that with natural skills, like instincts and smarts.
Seattle Mariners centerfielder Leonys Martin made sure to show off all of those traits during an excellent catch during Monday’s 6-3 loss to the Texas Rangers.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Rangers outfielder Ian Desmond stepped to the plate against reliever Arquimedes Caminero looking to extend his team’s lead. On the 1-2 pitch, Desmond nearly succeeded. He clobbered a 98 mph fastball from Caminero, sending the ball deep to center. Off the bat, it certainly looked like Desmond was bound for extra bases.
Not so fast. Martin used his instincts to get a tremendous jump on the ball. He was already slightly shaded just to the right of straight center, knowing Desmond might send the ball his way. Even though he played the ball off the bat perfectly, Martin still had a long way to go if he was going to make a play.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Your browser does not support iframes. Over his 19-year career, Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has overcome some tough obstacles. He’s played despite excruciating pain, hit home runs from his knees and figured out how to coexist with annoying teammates.
In all of those situations, Beltre has found a way to come out on top. So when Beltre faced an unusual challenge during Monday’s game against the Seattle Mariners, he was ready.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
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Who doesn’t love a good baseball ejection? Even when it comes at the expense of your club, there’s still a desire to be a “fly on the bat,” listening in and hearing every single word uttered by an angry manager or exasperated umpire.
Sadly, fans don’t have that luxury. Sure, we can go online and find our favorite manager tirades and post-ejection antics, but it’s rare to find pristine audio of an ejection. They do exist, of course, and they are as NSFW as you might expect. (Seriously, those videos are NSFW … don’t watch them at work. Watch them with headphones at home. Enjoy them, though, because they are great.)
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
So far this season, the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League have been managed by Roger Clemens, Ozzie Guillen and Jennie Finch, but those aren’t nearly as sweet as the next trio of Bluefish managers.
The club announced that for its game Friday against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, it will have three managers that fans of professional wrestling will most certainly recognize: Kevin Nash (aka Diesel), Scott Hall (aka Razor Ramon) and Sean Waltman (aka X-Pac).
Collectively, you know them as nWo, perhaps wrestling’s most famous heel stable after the Four Horsemen. According to the Bluefish, the trio of grapplers will manage the team on the field, plus throw out of the first pitch and participate in a pre-game meet-and-greet.
While it’s certainly a fun promotion that wrestling fans will mark out for, we have to wonder what these three know about managing a baseball game. Further, how might a baseball game be different when managed by pro wrestlers? A few questions:
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
There are no simple answers in the Colin Kaepernick debate. It’s not as easy to distill as the knee-jerk takes all over your Facebook page might have you think. Answers shouldn’t be easy or convenient, because issues about race, equality and patriotism never are.
Wrapped inside of Kaepernick’s protest — a refusal to stand for the National Anthem because he believes this country oppresses blacks and other minorities — is decades of sports context that has pushed its way to the surface.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 day ago
It’s still August, so you might be skeptical about the idea of a team playing must-win baseball. We agree, mostly. So looking at the current state of affairs for the Seattle Mariners, we’ll just say they’ve entered a portion of their 2016 schedule in which winning would be really, really, really good for their postseason prospects.
The Mariners start a three-game series with the Texas Rangers on Monday, the same Texas Rangers that lead the M’s in the AL West by 8.5 games. Seattle then hosts the Angels for three games before hosting the Rangers for four more.
Monday’s game is the Free MLB Game of the Day on Yahoo Sports, which means you can stream the game for free on on the Yahoo Sports app, Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index, video home and this very post. Local blackouts apply, per MLB rules. First pitch is at 8:05 p.m.Tue, Aug 308:05 PM EDTSeattle at TexasPreview Game