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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew16 mins ago
Is Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds a jerk because he wouldn't take a picture with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson before a game? Or have athletes gotten too cozy with each other these days?
On this week's edition of the StewPod, Chris and Mike discuss the interaction between the two players, and determine whether Bonds had a good reason for snubbing the young outfielder. They also talk about what the New York Mets should do with Matt Harvey, and express their excitement for Julio Urias' call-up. As always, Bad News Ramen joins the program for his now infamous Three Strikes segment.Fri, May 277:10 PM EDTLA Dodgers at NY MetsPreview Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Arizona Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa hasn’t managed a baseball game in more than four seasons, but he’s still willing to go to extraordinary lengths to defend his record in the job. La Russa entered the broadcast booth of the Pittsburgh Pirates television crew Tuesday during a game at PNC Park after hearing broadcaster Greg Brown characterize him as being a manager who always believed in retaliating for players being hit with pitches. The topic was discussed during the broadcast because Pittsburgh pitcher Arquimedes Caminero had hit Arizona players Nick Ahmed and Jean Segura with pitches earlier in the game.Fri, May 278:05 PM EDTPittsburgh at TexasPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
The Minnesota Twins have suspended pitching coach Neil Allen indefinitely following a DWI arrest. The team released a statement Thursday announcing the decision.
That statement read:
"The Minnesota Twins are aware of the pending DWI charge against pitching coach Neil Allen. Mr. Allen has been suspended, with pay, indefinitely and the matter will be handled in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club.”
According to the Pioneer Press, Allen was arrested at 3:48 a.m. Thursday. He was released without bail at 10:32 a.m.
Twins minor league pitching coordinator Eric Rasmussen will fill in for Allen during the suspension. He's currently listed as the team's interim pitching coach on its website.Fri, May 2710:10 PM EDTMinnesota at SeattlePreview Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
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Major League Baseball used two iconic symbols of America’s pastime Thursday to introduce an unprecedented effort with the National Baseball Hall of Fame to share the game’s rich history with its fans. Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully narrated a video reading lines from “Field of Dreams” and commissioner Rob Manfred visited the house where much of the movie was made to announce a multiyear effort to bring Hall of Fame artifacts to hundreds of cities around the country. Not everyone can travel to Cooperstown, N.Y., to visit the complete museum and see all of its offerings, but baseball fanatics at least will be able to experience some of its history and artifacts, which are leaving the museum for the first time in the "We Are Baseball" tour. It's the first time MLB has organized such a tour.
Commissioner Rob Manfred chats with Betty Boeckenstedt, born/raised in Field of Dreams house. Family 1st owners. pic.twitter.com/XDcZIOqKnn
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Rougned Odor's suspension for clocking Jose Bautista is losing a small bit of its punch. According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Odor's suspension will be reduced from eight games to seven after his appeal to the league office.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera has been suspended by Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred through Aug. 1, a total of 82 games, under the league's domestic violence policy.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
No one would be surprised to see a baseball player dig into his pocket while on base and pull out a few sunflower seeds. They are, after all, a ballplayer's favorite snack. But the snack Buddy Reed of the University of Florida pulled out of his pocket Wednesday night might have caused a double take.
Reed was standing on third base during Florida's SEC Tournament game against LSU, when he dug out a bag of Sour Patch Kids. Never seen that one before.
Perhaps it was a wise strategy by Reed. His team's game against LSU last until 1:48 a.m. local time in Alabama, then they were back at it playing their next game Thursday at 12:55 p.m. local time.
Hope Buddy brought enough Sour Patch Kids to share with the team. They might all need a pick-me-up.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
MLB launched its own investigation into the controversy after it hit the mainstream news cycle earlier this week. On Saturday, members of chorus were ready to sing the national anthem at Petco Park when a recorded version of the song played with a woman's voice. The chorus left the field embarrassed and said later they were being taunted with homophobic slurs by fans.Fri, May 279:40 PM EDTSan Diego at ArizonaPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
We know Wade Boggs isn't necessarily the type of guy to do things for the sake of keeping up appearances. The guy who supposedly drinks 107 beers in one day doesn't care too much about what people think, ya know?
So there was Boggs on Wednesday, reassembled with members of the 1986 Boston Red Sox team at Fenway Park. The Red Sox were celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the '86 squad that won the AL pennant but famously lost to the New York Mets in the World Series. Boggs was there, as were Roger Clemens, Jim Rice, Dwight Evans and many others. Even Bill Buckner.
It was all fun and nostalgia, but then the Internet noticed something peculiar. Boggs was wearing the World Series ring he won with the rival New York Yankees.LiveColorado6 - 2BostonFollow Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter took a break from not playing baseball to give an interview with CNBC's Squak Box on Wednesday, and he had a lot to say about the game of baseball.
Not surprisingly, Jeter loves baseball. And because he loves it, he wants to help it grow, and owning a baseball team is how he believes he can do that. Sadly, he immediately crossed the Yankees off that list, because even he doesn't have that kind of money.
You can watch an excerpt of the interview here, which covers a very interesting comment that Jeter made about why he thinks that baseball isn't as popular as basketball and football.
"I think kids, nowadays they look at players playing in college and the next year they're in the NFL or the NBA. Baseball, you sort of get lost, because you have to play in the minor leagues for a little bit. Kids in this generation are into instant gratification."