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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Crazy wind gusts wreaked havoc at Fenway Park on Saturday night and even sent announcer Jerry Remy home early with a bump on his head.
According to reports, Remy was struck on the head by a television monitor that blew off a shelf in the NESN booth. Fortunately, it sounds like Remy has avoided a serious injury, but he was still checked by doctors and then sent home to rest.
— kris moody (@krismoody) July 24, 2016
There was at least one report of a 43-mph wind gust during the first inning as a storm front approached the Boston area. Strong winds continued throughout the early innings, causing chaos for fielders as they attempted to gauge fly balls.
I've never seen a baseball game played in the middle of a hurricane before. This should be fun.
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) July 23, 2016
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
The relationship between the Chicago White Sox and ace Chris Sale took a bizarre turn on Saturday.
In a statement released before Saturday’s game against the Detroit Tigers, the White Sox announced that Sale had been scratched from his scheduled start after he was involved in what the team says was a “non-physical clubhouse incident.”
The White Sox did not offer any further details, other than to say the incident was under investigation and that Sale had been sent home.
Here’s the team’s full statement.
Official: Chris Sale has been scratched from tonight’s scheduled start.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 23, 2016
Well, Yahoo Sports’ own Jeff Passan has been doing some investigating as well, and he now confirms that Sale was sent home after refusing to wear and later destroying the team’s throwback uniforms.
Yup, it's true. Chris Sale got sent home by White Sox for cutting up a jersey he didn't want to wear. Source confirms @StokkeTommy report.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been one of baseball’s biggest disappointments this season, and now the focus is on manager Chip Hale’s future.
Expected to push the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles in the National League West, the D-backs are last in the division, which has put Hale’s status going forward in question. Reports, from Tim Montemayor of NBC Sports Radio 1060 in Phoenix and confirmed by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, came out Friday that Hale could be fired with Triple-A manager Phil Nevin taking over the big-league club.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
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We interrupt your regularly scheduled baseball reading to bring you images of very good dogs doing some very good surfing.
On Friday, the Oakland A’s hosted Bark at the Park Night at the Coliseum. That meant fans could bring their precious canines to the ballpark to watch some baseball and chow down, perhaps on some hot dogs.
The A’s though, they don’t do things halfway. If it’s Bark at the Park Night, they’re going to make sure the new four-legged customers get their money’s worth. In this case, that meant installing a tank full of water in the parking lot where some dog surfing commenced.
— Oakland A's (@Athletics) July 23, 2016
Yes, even the player’s dogs got involved. That’s Chris Bassitt’s dog Ansley in the video above.
Here are a couple other cool customers riding some waves.
And here are a few more who were just happy to hang out in the sun.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
We’re all looking forward to the many great stories Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will share during Sunday’s Hall of Fame ceremony in Cooperstown. Before we get there though, the two soon-to-be Hall of Famers addressed the media on Saturday during the annual press conference.
While they may not have revealed the talking points for their anticipated speeches, they did give us a taste of the emotion we should expect to see and feel once they hit the stage. That was especially true of Mike Piazza, who has already gone on record saying he expects to cry during his speech.
His emotions nearly started flowing one day early as he spent a moment reflecting on his memorable home run hit 10 days after terrorist attacks rocked New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania on Sept 11. 2001.
Mike Piazza talking about his 9/21/01 home run… pic.twitter.com/oXPwSuDOaQ
— Breanna N Morello (@BreannaMorello) July 23, 2016
Piazza also added:
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
As soon as Matt Adams connected, the remaining fans at Busch Stadium erupted.
The St. Louis Cardinals slugger blasted a majestic walkoff home run in the 16th inning on Friday to give St. Louis a much-needed 4-3 victory over the wild card-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
Adams’ big fly came against Bud Norris, a starting pitcher who was needed in emergency extra-inning duty, and it traveled an estimated 444 feet. Indeed, it was a no-doubter, and Adams drove that point home with a scream and a ferocious bat flip unlike any seen since Jose Bautista’s in the 2015 postseason.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) July 23, 2016
Yes, it was that epic.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
As baseball observers, we often speculate what goes through the mind of a player in the midst of a brilliant performance.
After pitching 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in the Royals’ 3-1 win against the Rangers on Friday night, Kansas City left-hander Danny Duffy didn’t hesitate to clue us in.
According to Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star, Duffy’s focus and motivation was a young fan named Liam Charles Shipley, whom he’d met months earlier at a charity calendar shoot. Recently, Duffy learned that Shipley had died at only 8 years old following a battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
After the game, Duffy made it clear he was determined to honor Liam’s fight and his legacy with a memorable performance, which he most certainly delivered.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew21 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.
It hasn’t necessarily been pretty this week, but New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia continues getting the job done at a remarkable rate.
In Friday’s 5-3 win against the Marlins, the first-time All-Star recorded his 50th consecutive regular season save dating back to July 30 of last season. That put him in some pretty elite company among closers, as he became just the fourth ever to convert 50 straight save chances.
Jeurys Familia (@Mets) 4th pitcher in MLB history to convert 50 straight save chances (Eric Gagne, Tom Gordon, José Valverde)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 23, 2016
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
The Sonoma Stompers history-making season continued on Friday as they featured the first all-female pitcher-catcher combination in a professional baseball game since the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League folded in 1954.
Kelsie Whitmore, who made history on her own earlier this week when she collected her first professional hit, served as the pitcher, while newly-signed Anna Kimbrell called the signals from behind home plate.
Here’s a look at the historic lineup card.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
Before Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, you too can put a Hall of Fame stamp on your baseball fandom.
Beginning on Wednesday, fans that downloaded the free Rookies app from the Apple App Store can create a branded and personalized “Future Hall of Famer” baseball card. Those cards can then be shared on social media using the hashtag #HOFWKND.
There’s an advantage to doing that too, as a few lucky winners will receive a free pack of cards of their own creation.
— Rookies App (@RookiesApp) July 22, 2016
Here’s one example.
Modern technology is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?
Fans can also have their created card printed and shipped to their homes to have as a keepsake or show off to their non-Hall of Fame friends.