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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew43 mins ago
After interviewing about 50 candidates for the position, the Akron RubberDucks, a Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, announced Scott Foster as the team's public address announcerfor the upcoming season. Less than two weeks after that press release, Foster was fired by the club after it was revealed he is a sex offender.
The Akron Beacon Journal was the first to discover Foster's history. In 2004, Foster was convicted of sending sexually explicit emails and making suggestive comments to two 13-year-old girls at A.I. Root Middle School. Foster was a teacher at the time.
He pleaded guilty to three felony counts of importuning. Foster spent 180 days in jail, and was required to perform community service and take part in sex counseling. Once released, Foster was labeled as a sex offender, and had to register his address for 10 years. That requirement ended in 2014.Tue, Apr 218:10 PM EDTCleveland at Chi White SoxPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
If we're rating coach rants for entertainment value, then Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price dropped an instant-classic Monday. We know the statistics well at this point: He uttered 77 F-bombs in just under six minutes, unleashing an angry tirade on Reds beat writers who he thought were hurting the team's chances with their reporting.Tue, Apr 218:10 PM EDTCincinnati at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
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Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, always a man with an opinion, was suspended one game by MLB on Tuesday. It's only one game, but Ortiz isn't being quiet and taking it. He's appealing.
Ortiz was ejected from Sunday's game after arguing a check-swing that was called a strike. While he fumed about that, Ortiz bumped umpire John Tumpane. That's a no-no and MLB popped Papi for it.
From the league office:
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for making contact with Umpire John Tumpane during the bottom of the fifth inning of the Club’s Sunday, April 19th game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Joe Garagiola, Jr., Senior Vice President of Standards & On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.LiveBoston0 - 0Tampa BayFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
All the blame for an explosive weekend series in Kansas City is going to the Royals, as MLB announced Tuesday that pitchers Kelvin Herrera and Yordano Ventura will be punishedfor throwing at Brett Lawrie of the Oakland Athletics.
The A's received no penalty from the league after the three high-tension games that saw benches clear twice and numerous ejections, particularly Sunday when five Royals were tossed.
From MLB's announcement:Tue, Apr 2110:05 PM EDTOakland at LA AngelsPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
A scary scene unfolded in the crowd during Monday’s Cubs-Pirates game when a woman was hit in the head with a foul ball in the second inning. The game was halted for 23 minutes as she received medical attention, and the good news is that the unidentified woman was reported to be conscious and alert as she was transported to the hospital from PNC Park. The Pirates announced Tuesday that the woman was released from hospital following standard examinations and that they are “extremely grateful for this positive outcome."
It was a reminder that attending a live sporting event comes with a few inherent risks, and it could serve as the starting point on a discussion about ballpark safety and to what degree fans should be held responsible for what happens when the game makes its way into the stands.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Bryan Price has agreed to wash his mouth out with soap, but he still hasn't changed his tune about the media. The Cincinnati Reds' skipper believes the beat reporters that cover his team shouldn't share any information that gives opposing teams an advantage. He believes that so much that Monday he conveyed that sentiment with 77 F-bombs.
In the requisite apology, which the Reds released Tuesday via Twitter, Price says he stands by the message but he's sorry for the language:
Bryan Price – “In my pre-game conversation with reporters yesterday, I used wholly inappropriate language to describe....
.... the media coverage of our team. While I stand by the content of my message, I am sorry for the choice of words.”
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Perhaps you forgot, because Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias missed all of the 2014 season with injuries, butthe dude can play defense better than any shortstop in MLB not named Andrelton Simmons.
While the surprise story of Iglesias' comeback thus far has been his offense — that .436 average is nice, regardless of sample size — Iglesias reminded us Monday night how unbelievable he is in the field too.
Just watch the clip above. We dare you not to be wowed. And no, this is not the place for one of those "this-happens-all-the-time" quips, because this play is downright filthy. The stop itself is nice, but that throw. Wow. Across his body and he's not even looking at first base as he makes it. Enjoy the photographic evidence.LiveNY Yankees1 - 0DetroitFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Take a look around MLB 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.
If the bottom of the ninth had gone a different way in Chicago, this would be a story about Trevor Bauer and how the Cleveland Indians pitcher turned in a dominating performance against the Chicago White Sox. Yep, that was almost the story.
Then the bottom of the ninth happened. And the White Sox, who had four hits and nary a run in the first eight innings of the game, summoned one of those rallies that can change a team's outlook. The Sox strung together seven straight base runners against Indians' closer Cody Allen, turning a 3-0 deficit into a 4-3 win when Melky Cabrera hit a walk-off single.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Josh Hamilton could be playing baseball for the Los Angeles Angels by June, if everything goes according to the team's comeback plan for the troubled former MVP.
The Angels and Hamilton have been locked in a dispute about his future with the team after he admitted a drug relapse to MLB. Angels owner Arte Moreno has threatened to void Hamilton's contract, while teammates have publicly supported Hamilton's return.
We've been unsure for months about whether Hamilton would ever play for the Angels again. But now, according to the Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin, we're learning that the Angels have a plan in place that could bring Hamilton back to the big leagues.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Kris Bryant still hasn't hit his first MLB home run yet, but the Chicago Cubs phenom got himself a Little League-style "homer" Monday night. We didn't get to see Bryant's home-run trot, but what happened in the seventh inning of
Who needs a home-run trot when you can watch frantic base-running?
It started with Bryant launching a deep fly ball to centerfield off Pittsburgh reliever Arquimedes Caminero. Off the bat, it looked like we might be seeing Bryant's first dinger, but the ball hit the bottom of the wall. It looked like Bryant would be stopping at second base with a two-run double, but then the Pirates' defense happened.LiveChi Cubs1 - 0PittsburghFollow Game