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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew41 mins ago
MLB players have a long history of trading things for memorabilia. If a player hits a meaningful homer and a fan catches it, the fan is usually going to get an autographed bat or jersey in exchange for that ball.
Turns out members of the Cleveland Indians bullpen are tougher negotiators than that. After their teammate Brandon Moss hit his 100th career homer Tuesday night, the collective of Indians relief pitchers presented Moss with a list of demands.
If he wanted to see that ball, he needed to pony up some serious merchandise. Particularly a few thousand dollars worth of Apple products. And, oddly, a 50-gallon drum of lube. (We won't ask and you shouldn't either).
Here's the random note:Wed, Jun 38:10 PM EDTCleveland at Kansas CityPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew1 hr ago
As this young Detroit Tigers fan learned Tuesday night, catching a ball at a baseball game is one of the greatest thrills you can experience as a kid. It can also be crushing when you realize your big moment also means your favorite team is likely headed for a loss.
When Oakland A's utility man Ben Zobrist launched a grand slam in the seventh inning toward JD Schilp, the young man knew he had to make the play.
Zobrist's home run landed in his outstretched glove and Schilp was overjoyed... until he saw the updated scoreboard. His Tigers were now losing 5-3 and this was very very bad.
Check out the GIF that captures it all:
Oh man. That's real pain right there.Wed, Jun 37:08 PM EDTOakland at DetroitPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Bryce Harper is having an incredible season for the Washington Nationals. He's tied for the league lead in home runs with 18, is second in on-base percentage (.470), tied for second in RBI (44), ranks in the top 10 in batting average (.329) and has the most votes in the NL All-Star balloting with 2.3 million.
Now you can add another number to his already impressive list: one pregame selfie taken on the field using a fan's phone.
Just before first pitch between the Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night, Harper was warming up in right field when he asked a fan to throw her phone to him so he could use it to snap a selfie. Jamie Roach, a retail manager from Laurel, Md., and Nationals fan who said she goes to about 40 games a year, obliged and here's what she saw when Harper flipped the phone back to her:
Hello!Wed, Jun 37:05 PM EDTToronto at WashingtonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were in desperate need of a hero Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. With the team down by three entering the ninth inning, L.A. decided to mount a comeback.
After three straight singles loaded the bases, the Dodgers appeared to be in business. Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt wouldn't give the game away that easy, picking up two outs against the next two hitters.
With the Dodgers down to their final out, Alex Guerrero stepped to the plate. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Guerrero sent a 91 mph fastball out to center for the go-ahead grand slam.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen would preserve the one-run lead, giving the Dodgers the 9-8 victory.
Following the contest, Guerrero told reporters he's used to this type of thing.
Alex Guerrero said, in Spanish, that he's hit a game-winning grand slam in the ninth inning before in Cuba.Wed, Jun 38:10 PM EDTLA Dodgers at ColoradoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson has shown off plenty of power during his rookie season. That was to be expected after Pederson clobbered 33 bombs in the minors last year.
For those reasons, Pederson's plate appearances at Coors Field should be a must-watch. After hitting a home run Monday, Pederson did not disappoint during his encore Tuesday.
During Game 1 of the team's doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies, Pederson absolutely crushed a two-run shot in the third inning. With Jorge De La Rosa on the mound, Pederson sent an 87 mph cutter 477 feet out to right center. The blast was the fifth-longest home run hit this season, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
That wasn't enough for Pederson. In Game 2, he struck again. In the third inning, Pederson sent a 91 mph fastball from David Hale out to dead center. This blast wound up traveling 472 feet, which measures as the 10th-longest home run this year.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is no stranger to being ejected from a ballgame. Back in 2001, McClendon went on one of the best post-ejection tirades ever, kicking his hat and stealing first base before leaving the contest.
That performance will likely never be topped, but it shouldn't take away from what McClendon was able to accomplish Tuesday.
It all started in the top of the third inning. With Alex Rodriguez at the plate, pitcher Mike Montgomery delivered a 3-2 pitch. Rodriguez attempted to check his swing, causing catcher Mike Zunino to ask for an appeal.
The first base umpire ruled that Rodriguez did not swing. The call enraged Zunino, who started screaming at the first base ump. Zunino was ejected almost immediately.
That caused McClendon to spring into action. After running out to yell at the first base ump, McClendon was also ejected.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
There were some who questioned whether Texas Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo was ready for the majors. Those concerns were not without merit. While Gallo was considered one of the best prospects in the game, he would be making the jump from Double-A, and had struck out quite a bit in the minors.
Gallo put those concerns aside pretty early in his debut. In fact, he made hitting major-league pitching look pretty darn easy.
Gallo struck immediately. In the first inning, he hit a two-run double off Chicago White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija. The hit was not without controversy, though. First baseman Adam LaRoche would have likely been charged with an error had the play happened away from Globe Life Park.
The official scorer ruled it a single, however, giving Gallo his first major-league hit and RBIs.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Texas Rangers rookie Joey Gallo is one of the few players in the game with 80 raw power. Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper also fits in that category.
The threat of two possible 40+ home run players hitting back-to-back would likely terrify opponents. Major-league pitchers are fortunate Gallo and Harper play for different teams.
Little League pitchers weren't so lucky. You see, once upon a time, Gallo and Harper were teammates.
We're going to go out on a limb here and say this was the most powerful team in Little League history.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson can hit. His .311/.370/.597 slash line has the 29-year-old in the early conversation for the MVP award.
Though he's the reigning American League player of the week due to his offensive production, Donaldson is much more than just a dominant force at the plate. Since he converted to third base, Donaldson has been one of the best defensive players at the position.
Donaldson has compiled a 32.6 UZR since 2012. That rates him second at the position, behind Manny Machado. While there's plenty of reason to be skeptical about advanced defensive metrics, Donaldson showed his defense is the real deal Tuesday against the Washington Nationals.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Danny Espinosa hit a high chopper to third base. The ball hit the grass close to home plate, and bounced about 20 feet in the air. Based on the height of the bounce, it looked like Espinosa had a chance at an infield single.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
Hey, Texas Rangers fans, how would you feel if we told that top prospect Joey Gallo would end up like Jurickson Profar?
A couple years ago, when Profar was the No. 1 youngster in all of baseball, you'd probably love that idea. But now that Profar isthe baseball equivalent of a crash test dummy, nobody in Arlington wants to hear Gallo and Profar in the same sentence.
But here's an interesting sentence: Gallo will be wearing No. 13 for the Rangers in his big-league debut Tuesday, the number that used to belong to Profar. He wore it for 85 games in 2013 and hasn't played since because of a shoulder injury that's carried into 2015.
You'd think Gallo would be like "Hey, Jurickson, I'm good, man. I'm sure there are other numbers available." But nope.Wed, Jun 38:05 PM EDTChi White Sox at TexasPreview Game