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- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew29 mins ago
Throwing to first base is probably the most routine play in baseball. Unless you're Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester, that is.
Lester has a complicated history with throwing to first, and his latest adventure came during Chicago's game against Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon. Lester snared a Francisco Cervelli comebacker in the second inning, but the ball got stuck in the webbing of his glove.
Instead of trying to wedge the ball out, Lester took his glove off and tossed it to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who dropped his own glove to catch Lester's and record the out. How did Lester know that would work? Somehow, the same exact thing happened to him last year.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew38 mins ago
Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton isn't just strong, he's apparently strong with The Force too. And he proved it on "Star Wars Day" — aka May the Fourth Be With You.
Stanton posted this enjoyably absurdInstagram video of himself working out in a Chewbacca mask. Just when you think it's only Stanton pumping iron and showing off his ridiculous muscles, the video evolves into something of an action skit.
We would have loved to see Stanton's hitting coach Barry Bonds in there as a grumpy Han Solo, but hey, that's what sequels are for, right?
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- Big League Stew staff at Big League Stew1 hr ago
"Space Jam 2" is happening … well, supposedly. After years of speculation, the rumors have started swirling again. LeBron James’ production company already has a big deal with Warner Bros., and the project is looking good now that Justin Lin has reportedly signed on to direct.
While we’re excited about the prospect of another "Space Jam" movie here at The Stew, we have to express some disappointment as well. How can they make a second "Space Jam" about basketball when they haven’t made one about baseball yet?
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
John Williamson, a pitcher for the Single-A South Bend Cubs, has a backup plan if baseball doesn't work out.
Check out this video — originally posted on Instagram by former big-leaguer and current Cubs front office staffer Darnell McDonald — of Williamson dropping an impressive freestyle to the beat of Drake's "0 to 100" with shoutouts to Wrigley Field, Jason Heyward, Jon Lester and Dexter Fowler before a recent game.
Here are the lyrics, in case you want to keep up:
Just wanna play, set the something straight, ‘bout to win a 100 games. J-Hey ‘bout to make a play, Lester get the K. We feeling fresh today, got the ‘dub yesterday. New team with the World Series attitude. Road to the ‘chip, that’s the World Series avenue.
- Will Laws, PointAfter at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Some batters who’ve struggled throughout the baseball season’s first month probably feel like they’ve simply suffered from a bout of bad luck in 2016. Maybe they’ve made good contact, but haven’t adhered to the famous words of Wee Willie Keeler: “Hit ‘em where they ain’t.” This week’s Weekly Rotation will highlight a few hitters who have legitimate claims to experiencing the unluckiest opening month of the season.
We’ll do so by examining the five batters enduring the broadest variation in their batting average on balls in play (a stat abbreviated to BABIP) in 2016 compared to their career marks. BABIP is a statistic widely used to gauge luck in instances where the onus is on the defense to retire a hitter – that is, any at-bat that doesn’t end in a strikeout or home run.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Here we are, back in the middle of another rash of performance-enhancing drugs suspension in Major League Baseball. Six big leaguers have already been suspended this season, including reigning NL batting champ Dee Gordon and most recently Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin on Monday, and more are reportedly on the way.Wed, May 47:10 PM EDTLA Dodgers at Tampa BayPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
When a baseball player breaks a bat over their knee after striking out, it's usually a position player. Maybe he's in a slump, or he missed his pitch, and he's taking his anger out on the bat. But on Tuesday night, San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija demonstrated that even pitchers get angry when they strike out.
In the top of eighth inning of the Giants' game against the Cincinnati Reds, Samardzija came to bat with two outs and two runners on. The Giants were up 3-1, thanks to a single from Gregor Blanco just one batter earlier, but another single could have scored a welcome insurance run to give them a little breathing room.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
The Milwaukee Brewers are currently 11-15, and while they've won their last three games, the overall expectations for the team aren't very high. They're not expected to make the playoffs, or even be seriously competitive.
So when a player is hitting really well on a team like that, it might make sense to consider trading him. On the Brewers, that player is Ryan Braun. He's gotten off to a fantastic start, hitting .372/.443/.605 over 24 games. So wouldn't he be more useful on a competitive team with an actual shot at making the playoffs, and not the Brewers?
You can watch Braun and the Brewers (while Braun is still with them) face the Los Angeles Angels in Wednesday's Free Game of the Day here at Yahoo Sports. The game starts at 1:40 p.m. ET, and you can stream it at Yahoo's Sports Home, MLB index and video home.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with what else? A walk-off home run.Wed, May 47:07 PM EDTTexas at TorontoPreview Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
It was a big night for the long ball in the major leagues Tuesday. A lot of baseballs seemed to be flying a long way including one from Justin Smoak that ended a game in walk-off fashion in Toronto and another from George Springer that completely left the stadium in Houston. But maybe the most interesting came off the bat of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay.
Thompson had a big night in the Dodgers’ 10-5 victory over the Rays. He went 2-for-5 with four RBI and smashed a a second-inning home run off Rays starter Matt Moore that literally never fell back to earth.
Thompson's home run hit the "C" ring catwalk and didn't come down. That's the sixth time at the Trop a ball hit a catwalk and didn't fall.