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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew11 mins ago
Professional sports opinion-haver Colin Cowherd has brought us a doozy: He said Bryce Harper is baseball's version of Donald Trump. Well, ummm ... maybe? They do both have fascinating hair.
Cowherd, who not long ago jumped from ESPN to Fox Sports, has a certain way of cherry-picking facts and bowling over straw men to make his arguments. He also just straight-up puts his foot in his mouth sometimes, like when he said
Nothing that controversial this time around. But Trump and Harper is an interesting connection to make. Harper helped by hijacking Trump's "Make America Great Again" catchphrase for a "Make Baseball Fun Again" cap. That was, as the cap says, for fun.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Third basemen Kris Bryant and Mike Moustakas already were likable guys and extremely popular among the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals fan bases. A video of a competition they were a part of back in spring training shows them to be even more down-to-earth and fun than you might expect.
Bryant and Moustakas teamed up to battle the guys from the popular YouTube show Dude Perfectin a series of games such as wiffle ball, dodgeball and egg toss with some hilarious moments.Thu, May 58:05 PM EDTWashington at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
There are many fascinating things in baseball's revived battle against performance-enhancing drugs, but like most things in life, it's the money that's most fascinating.
Dee Gordon is the new poster boy of PEDs in baseball — for now at least, until the next star comes along. Gordon’s 80-game suspension shocked the game for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the $50 million contract he signed with the Miami Marlins just a few months ago. Now we're only a month into the season! He's like a dude who gets caught cheating on his honeymoon.Thu, May 57:10 PM EDTArizona at MiamiPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Recently-fired ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling is currently in the middle of a job search. While it seems like he's found a temporary solution that keeps him in the sports realm, what if he wanted to get into politics? Given his propensity to share strong political memes on Facebook, maybe a White House run with Donald Trump is in the works?
It seems insane, but it's actually a thing you can wager on. The oddsmakers over at sportsbettingdime.com have released their updated MLB props, and they at least think there's a chance Trump chooses Curt Schilling as his Vice President. It's not a good chance, 12,000/1 to be exact, but, hey, it's better than nothing.
What's the likelihood it actually happens? Let's take a look:
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Miami Marlins pitcher Adam Conley gave up zero hits last time he took the mound. No, he didn't throw a no-hitter, he merely did not give up a hit before he was pulled from the game after 7 2/3 innings.
That practice has become the new normal in Major League Baseball. No-hitters are tremendous accomplishments, but teams would rather use caution with young pitchers instead of allowing them to throw a million pitches, even when history is on the line.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
SEATTLE — Colby Rasmus has found a home with the Houston Astros. After eight seasons in the majors with three different teams, including a tumultuous tenure in a city where he was supposed to be a star, it feels like Rasmus has finally found a place where he can be at peace.
Perhaps it’s not the place he’ll grow old. After all, Rasmus hasn't even spent two full seasons in Houston. He signed a one-year deal with the club prior to 2015, and only returned after shocking the baseball world and becoming the first player to ever accept a qualifying offer. His contract is up at the end of 2016, and unless the team hands him another qualifying offer, there's a good chance he'll move on once again.
But these days it certainly feels like Rasmus' experience in Houston has been different than his other stops. He’s happy, relaxed, comfortable with himself, and willing to talk about any subject with ease.
Most importantly, he’s erased the old image of being an underperforming malcontent and built Colby Rasmus 2.0, the productive, more mature clean-up hitter.
“It’s a good place to be right now for me,” he says.Thu, May 58:10 PM EDTSeattle at HoustonPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig doesn't just catch baseballs anymore. He also catches fish! Puig tweeted a photo of himself holding a large fish Thursday morning, which was apparently his first catch.
There are so many things to love about that tweet and photo. Has anyone ever been as excited to be holding a dead fish as Puig is at that moment?
With his face and the #PuigHungry hashtag, it looks like Puig is just seconds away from taking a huge bite out of that fish. And considering that he used #Sushi and several sushi emojis, that fish is probably destined for Puig's stomach, though probably in the form of actual sushi and not a whole fish.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
On Wednesday night, New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda hit a home run in the fifth inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves, his second of the night. To capture the moment for posterity, Curtis Granderson whipped out an iPad (branded with the MLB logo) to apparently capture the moment for posterity.
If that's what Granderson was doing, he'd be violating the restriction on electronic equipment in the dugout. That's not an official MLB rule, but the restriction was created in a 2000 memo from Sandy Alderson, then-VP of Baseball Operations, to combat sign stealing.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
It's difficult to put a positive spin on anything that's going on with the New York Yankees right now. Wednesday's 7-0 win in Baltimore aside, they have looked like a complete disaster through the first 25 games of the season, and they have few reasons for optimism on the horizon.
The Yankees have looked old. They've looked slow. And now comes word they will be without Alex Rodriguez for at least the next two weeks as he deals with a hamstring injury.Thu, May 57:05 PM EDTNY Yankees at BaltimorePreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole hasn't had the best week at work. After taking the loss in Monday's series opener against the Chicago Cubs, he watched his squad get swept in dominant fashion.
That's not good. However, like all people who find happiness in life, Cole was able to leave his work troubles behind and enjoyed a fun night of hockey with his fellow Pittsburgh Penguins fans.
As you can see, Cole was front and center at the Consol Energy Center sporting his Sidney Crosby jersey for Game 4 of the Penguins' series against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.
Based on all of the photos and videos that were taken, it seems he had a really good time.