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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew48 mins ago
Chapman’s on-field contributions are clear. He’s been one of the best relievers in baseball for multiple seasons, and immediately makes the team better.
[J]Tue, Jul 267:10 PM EDTChi Cubs at Chi White SoxPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
The San Diego Padres are visiting Toronto for the first time in franchise history, so what a perfect opportunity for the Blue Jays to strike a trade with their unfamiliar interleague opponents.
Outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. was sent to the Blue Jays on Tuesday morning in exchange for minor-league pitcher Hansel Rodriguez. Upton won’t be a starter in Toronto, but the team will be leaning on him to play fairly often as they hope to give left fielder Michael Saunders, center fielder Kevin Pillar and right fielder Jose Bautista a few days off to keep them fresh during the stretch run. The 31-year-old will also be used as a defensive replacement and pinch-runner, presenting manager John Gibbons with some more roster flexibility late in games. The move makes the Blue Jays deeper, and they’ll take all the extra help they can get as they battle Baltimore and Boston for the American League East crown.Tue, Jul 267:07 PM EDTSan Diego at TorontoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
During his baseball career, Roger Clemens has accomplished a number of things. The 24-year major-league veteran won seven Cy Young awards, made the All-Star team 11 times and won two World Series championships. Now, he’s ready to take on a new challenge.
Clemens will serve as the guest manager for the Bridgeport Bluefish during the team’s August 5 game against the Long Island Ducks. It will be the first time Clemens has ever served as a manager of a professional baseball team. In doing so, he’ll join Pete Rose, Paul O’Neill andJenny Finch as former ballplayers who have served as guest managers for the club.
The position of guest manager is just a one-time thing, so you’ll have to attend the Bluefish’s August 5 game if you want to see Clemens in the dugout.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Stealing home is already pretty cool. It’s the ultimate swagger move. You’re not only going to steal a base, but you’re going to beat the pitch there and score a run for your team. It’s daring, it’s exciting and it’s rare.
From now on, though, the regular steal of home might have lost some of its luster. During a recent high school game, one player pulled off a steal of home that may completely change the game.
— Drew Eich (@DrewEich14) July 21, 2016
That’s Graham Tews, a high school player for the Ogden Bulldogs, and yes, he actually slid through his teammate’s legs in order to steal home.
As far as our reaction, we’ll just agree with the fan in the video who keeps screaming “YEAHHHHHHHH … ALRIGHTTTTTTT … YEAHHHHHHHHHHHH.”
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
During Monday night’s contest between the San Francisco Giants and the Cincinnati Reds, a Giants balldude had an experience that many infielders can relate to. He misjudged a ball, it slipped right through his legs, and he had to go chasing after it. On live TV.
It was the top of the eighth inning, and Adam Duvall was batting for the Reds. On the 2-2 pitch, he smacked the ball foul and it bounced toward the third base line. The balldude was there to make the play, one he’s probably made before. And for a split second, it looked like he’d done it. The ball disappeared, which meant it was probably in his glove. Right?
Then, suddenly, the ball reappeared, squirted behind his legs and rolled away. The balldude (who the Giants announcers identified as Paul Robinson) ran after it, covering his head with his arms as he went. The ball definitely wasn’t in his glove.
To look on the bright side, Robinson did so many things right. He got to the ball. His form looked good. He crouched and put the glove close to the ground so he could easily scoop up the ball. Unfortunately, the glove wasn’t in the right place, which kinda ruins everything else he did up to that point in the play.
Tue, Jul 2610:15 PM EDTCincinnati at San FranciscoPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
For a baseball player, there are few moments more important than his Major League debut. And unless he’s being called in as a pinch hitter, a Major League debut is actually a nine-inning series of moments. There’s the introduction at the beginning of the game, the first time he makes an out, the first at-bat, and each first marks the end of his journey to the Majors and the beginning of his journey as a Major League baseball player.
On Monday, it was time for Alex Bregman’s moments. The Houston Astros top prospect was called up to play third base in that night’s game against the New York Yankees. And no one was more excited than Bregman’s parents, who were at Minute Maid Park in Houston to watch their son make his Major League debut.
When Bregman was announced for his first ever Major League at-bat, the whole crowd went wild, giving him a standing ovation and showing off homemade signs like “GEAUX BREGMAN” and “WELCOME TO H-TOWN.” Bregman’s dad was so overwhelmed by the response his son was getting that he simply couldn’t believe it was happening.Tue, Jul 268:10 PM EDTNY Yankees at HoustonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew15 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.
At this point in his career, nothing Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre does should be surprising. Beltre made his major-league debut at age-19, and still puts up exceptional numbers at age-37.
Beltre has been considered a fringe Hall of Fame candidate for a while now, and everything he does from this point on will only add to his excellent resume. When the voters eventually have to make their Hall decision on Beltre, they might want to consider Monday’s game against the Oakland Athletics.
Beltre not only turned in a dominant performance, but he was almost singlehandedly responsible for the Rangers’ 7-6 comeback win.
Though Beltre had already singled twice and scored a run, his first big at-bat came in the seventh inning. With Texas down by two, Beltre hit a solo home run off John Axford to cut the deficit to just one run.Tue, Jul 268:05 PM EDTOakland at TexasPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Casual fans may not have known much about San Diego Padres outfielder Alex Dickerson coming into Monday’s game, but he gave them reason to remember the name with a monstrous home run against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Dickerson’s mammoth blast came in the top of the ninth inning. On the second pitch of his at-bat, Dickerson drilled a 90 mph cutter from Bo Schultz out to right field. Actually, drilled may be an understatement in this case. The ball actually landed in the fifth deck!
That’s rarified territory. In fact, only 19 home runs have been hit to the fifth deck in Toronto. Fifteen different players have combined for those 19 home runs. On Monday, Dickerson became the 16th player to accomplish the feat.
Amazingly, Dickerson’s home run came on the exact date that Mark McGwire hit the first 500-level home run in Toronto 20 years ago.
Alex Dickerson’s 500-Level Home Run was hit exactly 20 years to the day of the first regular-season 5th deck HR (Mark McGwire: Jul 25,1996)
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) July 26, 2016
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
For roughly a half-hour Saturday, it looked as though Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale was about to be traded. He was scratched from his start due to the flu, but he wasn’t actually sick. Fans of the game seemed pretty shocked that Sale might actually be on the move.
What actually happened was even more surprising. Sale was scratched from his start after it was revealed he cut up the team’s vintage jerseys because he didn’t want to wear them. It was a bizarre situation in which neither the White Sox nor Sale were willing to shed light on.
That changed Monday, as Sale gave his first interview since the incident. Sale spoke to Scott Merkin of MLB.com, and made it clear that he wants to remain with the White Sox.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
Any kid who grows up loving baseball imagines themselves in the majors at some point. It’s the bottom of the ninth in the World Series. The bases are loaded. You’re called upon to finish off the opposing team.
For most kids, that memory comes when you’re by yourself in the backyard, or when a family member indulges in your childhood delight. Those baseball dreams rarely take place with an actual Major League Baseball player.
That’s precisely what happened to a young Oakland Athletics fan Monday. The kid noticed a couple walking a dog with an A’s bandana, and asked if they would play baseball with him. He had no idea that the man pitching to him was actually a major-league reliever.
This kid liked the A’s bandana. Asked us to play. Had no idea who he was playing with. Sean was charged with the run pic.twitter.com/78qFOcTMa6
— Eireann Dolan (@EireannDolan) July 26, 2016
Well, that ought to make your heart melt.