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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew17 mins ago
With opening day approaching, the Big League Stew crew is here to get you up to speed on the season ahead. We're examining each division over the next two weeks, looking at the big questions, the important players and making our predictions. Our series continues with the NL West.
The NL West is like a jacked-up gym rat who’s been skipping leg day for year — it’s very top heavy. We know the main players here: The big-spending Los Angeles Dodgers, the defending-champion San Francisco Giants and the upstart San Diego Padres.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Every dedicated baseball fan finds themselves on Baseball-Reference.com on a daily basis. If you're one of those fans, you may have noticed the website introduced a new feature today.
As an April Fools' prank, Baseball-Reference.com is offering their Tonsorial Consulting Service for free. We'll let them explain.
This bespoke service starts at $1,000/hour, but as a special introduction we have made a limited package available on Baseball-Reference.com. For today only, our online tonsorial tools will appear below the player images on Baseball-Reference.com allowing you, our hirsute clientele, to try a tiny sample from our follicular library for free. So give "The Gamble", "The Rollie", or "The Wilson" a try today, and if you like what you see, our team of Brooklyn-based salespeople will be visiting your clubhouse soon to sign you up for the full TCS®.
In order to fully understand the service, I decided to take it for a test spin. I did this for you, the people, and I was not disappointed.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
You may have already heard, but we can already cancel the 2015 Major League Baseball season. That's because, according to "Back to the Future Part II," we already know the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series.
"Wait a minute," you're probably saying. "I like watching baseball and don't want to cancel the season." Well, the Miami Marlins have a solution. It's time to rewrite the future, according to On Cloud Conine.
That's right, the Marlins have announced a three-part promotion event that will attempt to rewrite the team's future loss to the Cubs in the World Series. The first promotion will be a turn back the clock-type event where the Marlins social media team pretends that it's 1993. That will take place on opening day.LiveWashington0 - 8MiamiFollow Game
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
We're getting close to opening day and you can probably feel the excitement — real, meaningful baseball is almost here. It seems so distant now, but before you know it, we'll be talking about this season's breakout players, playoffs and MVPs.
As we do every year about this time, the Yahoo Sports MLB crew is forecasting the season ahead. We predict the standings for each division, which teams will reach the postseason, who will eventually hoist the World Series trophy, which players will capture the annual awards and which breakout stars we'll be talking about come September. We're even predicting how many home runs A-Rod hits, which player is the first fined for pace-of-play violations and when Kris Bryant hits his first big-league homer.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
If you happen to be out for dinner with a big leaguer, there's a pretty good chance he's the one that will pick up the tab, especially if he plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
According to a study by The Associated Press, the average major league salary in 2015 projects to be around $4.25 million, the first time that figure has ever been above $4 million. The average salary was $3.95 million in 2014 and $3.65 million the season before that.
Just less than a week ago, Forbes reported that the value of major league teams had skyrocketed to an unprecedented level. There's never been more money in baseball and there's plenty to go around.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
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It's a good thing the start of the regular season is less than a week away, because Lloyd McClendon's managerial tirade game is already in mid-season form.
In the fourth inning of Seattle's Cactus League game against Cleveland on Tuesday, Indians left-hander Bruce Chen threw back-to-back pitches behind Rickie Weeks. Earlier, Mariners ace Felix Hernandez had plunked Michael Brantley, and Chen's two wild throws could be seen as an attempt to retaliate.
Home plate umpire Alan Porter elected to warn both benches before the rift escalated further.
Almost immediately, an animated McClendon emerged from the dugout and was promptly tossed by Porter, which spurred the Mariners manager's on-field rant. Once he was done, he had to jog all the way out to right field because the clubhouse at Goodyear Park is located beyond the outfield walls, not behind the dugout.
When he met with reporters, McClendon explained why he was so upset.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
Take this with as many grains of salt as you take any kind of predictions this time of year: PredictionMachine.com has calculated that by sending down uber prospect Kris Bryant, the Chicago Cubs have hurt their playoff chances by 7.5 percent.
PredictionMachine.com runs something it calls The Predictalator, which simulates games 50,000 times to gather the most accurate predictions.
In the case of Bryant — who was demoted Monday, mostly because putting him in the minors to start the season will push back his free agency a year — The Predictalator says the Cubs have made a mistake that will cost them 1.4 wins this season. It lowers their playoff chances from 53.2 percent to 45.7 percent.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
R.A. Dickey, one of the oldest – and certainly wisest – players in MLB, could be on the verge of adding another special chapter to his already uncommon story.
This will be Dickey's 19th season in professional baseball, a journey with so many twists and turns its been compared over and over to the pitch that gave him a new lease on life on the mound, the knuckleball.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
Colorado Rockies reliever John Axford left team camp last Wednesday after his 2-year-old son was bitten by a rattlesnake, according to the Denver Post.
Following a game March 25, Axford received a call from a Phoenix-area hospital, explaining that his son had been bitten twice on the foot by a rattlesnake. Axford, 31, said he was in "sheer panic" upon hearing the news.
Axford's son, Jameson, is currently in stable condition. Doctors believe they were able to save his foot, though it's possible he'll need to have one of his toes amputated. It's believed Jameson stepped on a baby rattlesnake while walking in the backyard of the family's house in Arizona.
Axford returned to camp briefly Tuesday in order to throw a bullpen session, but said he doesn't know when he'll be able to come back to the club on a full-time basis. He's currently planning to stay with his family for as long as possible.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant eviscerated pitchers this spring. While his exceptional performance didn't lead to a major-league call-up, it was immortalized in another way.
Hitting .425, with nine home runs, over 40 at-bats deserves recognition. And the people over at Strat-O-Matic Games were happy to oblige.
Here’s a peek at what Kris Bryant’s monstrous Strat-O-Matic card would look like based on his 2015 spring stats. pic.twitter.com/pLh9OOqH0N
As long as you don't roll a two, you're in great shape.
Let's clear one thing up, though. This is not Bryant's official card. This is what his card would look like if it were based solely on his spring stats.
Once Bryant is called up, the company will likely release Bryant's official game card. While that probably won't be as dominant, it should still be pretty darn useful.