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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Despite signs to the contrary, the Oakland A's remained hopeful that outfielder Coco Crisp would be ready for opening day. Unfortunately, those hopes all but faded late Wednesday night following an exclusive report from the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser.
According to Slusser, Crisp's ailing right elbow will require more than just rest. It's believed he'll soon undergo surgery to remove a bone spur and chips. If that's the case, Crisp will begin the season on the disabled list and miss anywhere from 6-to-8 weeks.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
If you were interested in owning your own piece of New York Mets history, what better piece would there be to own than the old Shea Stadium bullpen cart?
Unfortunately, you can't have it anymore. Bidding for the Electric powered Presidente Cart opened on eBay on Wednesday with a beginning price of $10,000. By the time bidding closed a few hours later, the winning bid came in at $90,000, which is roughly three times more than what the seller's were anticipating.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
As youths, many of us enjoyed participating in a game of leapfrog every now and then. However, how many of us can say we were able to show off our leapfrog abilities in the middle of a competitive sporting event?
It's probably a pretty short list, but it now includes 11-year-old Devin Avedissian of the San Diego Force youth baseball team. During a San Marcos Wood Bat tournament game played on March 29, Avedissian was able to size up the opposing team's catcher and leap over him in one epic and effortless bound to score one wild and remarkable run for his team.
The play had disaster written all over it from the beginning. Avedissian immediately started for home after watching the wild pitch skip past the catcher. Just as quickly, however, the ball shot off the wall like it hit the bricks at Wrigley Field and ended up right back in the catcher's possession. At that point, most players — experienced or otherwise — would stop in their tracks and take their chances in a rundown. Just not Avedissian. He was determined to score, and the result was downright incredible.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
In an attempt to describe what the impact on-going renovations at Wrigley Field might have on a professional level in terms of preparation and on a personal level as a fan, Chicago Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel was pretty straight forward on Wednesday.
In fact, he was probably a little too straight forward with his choice of words, which led to an awkward and unfortunate comparison between the conditions at Wrigley Field and the conditions in Iraq's capital city of Baghdad.
“I’m excited,” Hammel said. “It looks like Baghdad, but you know there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow there. It is what it is right now, and we’re going to deal with it, but it’s exciting. It’s a long time coming and fun to be a part of, even if it will be a little sketchy to get around."
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Wrigley Field is undergoing some major changes this offseason. The second oldest ballpark in the majors has experienced some structural issues in recent years, and now was the time for the Chicago Cubs to finally bring the park into the 21st century.
Fans got their first look at what that means Wednesday.
Holy moly! That's a Jumbotron at Wrigley Field! For the first time in the park's history, fans will be able to watch video replays, as well as other video displays, during games. That's exciting and significant.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
The New York Yankees remain the king! At least, that's what Facebook says. According to the website, the Yankees are the most "liked" team in the nation.
They even released a handy map showing their work.
The map depicts fans of each team based on their respective counties. As you can see, the Yankees (in black) own not only New York, but parts of Florida, Montana, Alaska and Nevada (among others).
Sadly, neither the New York Mets nor the Oakland Athletics actually appear on the map, because they've been overwhelmed by the neighboring Yankees and San Francisco Giants. Get out there and support your teams on Facebook, Mets and A's fans.
Now, we can't have Yankees' fans walking around with an inflated ego, so let's bring them back to Earth a bit. Your team may be the most popular in the United States, but none of our experts believe they'll make the playoffs in 2015.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
With opening day approaching, the Big League Stew crew is here to get you up to speed on the season ahead. We're examining each division over the next two weeks, looking at the big questions, the important players and making our predictions. Our series continues with the NL West.
The NL West is like a jacked-up gym rat who’s been skipping leg day for year — it’s very top heavy. We know the main players here: The big-spending Los Angeles Dodgers, the defending-champion San Francisco Giants and the upstart San Diego Padres.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Every dedicated baseball fan finds themselves on Baseball-Reference.com on a daily basis. If you're one of those fans, you may have noticed the website introduced a new feature today.
As an April Fools' prank, Baseball-Reference.com is offering their Tonsorial Consulting Service for free. We'll let them explain.
This bespoke service starts at $1,000/hour, but as a special introduction we have made a limited package available on Baseball-Reference.com. For today only, our online tonsorial tools will appear below the player images on Baseball-Reference.com allowing you, our hirsute clientele, to try a tiny sample from our follicular library for free. So give "The Gamble", "The Rollie", or "The Wilson" a try today, and if you like what you see, our team of Brooklyn-based salespeople will be visiting your clubhouse soon to sign you up for the full TCS®.
In order to fully understand the service, I decided to take it for a test spin. I did this for you, the people, and I was not disappointed.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
You may have already heard, but we can already cancel the 2015 Major League Baseball season. That's because, according to "Back to the Future Part II," we already know the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series.
"Wait a minute," you're probably saying. "I like watching baseball and don't want to cancel the season." Well, the Miami Marlins have a solution. It's time to rewrite the future, according to On Cloud Conine.
That's right, the Marlins have announced a three-part promotion event that will attempt to rewrite the team's future loss to the Cubs in the World Series. The first promotion will be a turn back the clock-type event where the Marlins social media team pretends that it's 1993. That will take place on opening day.Wed, Apr 1Washington0 - 8MiamiGame Recap
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
We're getting close to opening day and you can probably feel the excitement — real, meaningful baseball is almost here. It seems so distant now, but before you know it, we'll be talking about this season's breakout players, playoffs and MVPs.
As we do every year about this time, the Yahoo Sports MLB crew is forecasting the season ahead. We predict the standings for each division, which teams will reach the postseason, who will eventually hoist the World Series trophy, which players will capture the annual awards and which breakout stars we'll be talking about come September. We're even predicting how many home runs A-Rod hits, which player is the first fined for pace-of-play violations and when Kris Bryant hits his first big-league homer.