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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
That didn't take long. According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Giants promoted veteran second baseman Dan Uggla to their major league roster on Friday, just four days after signing him to a minor league deal.
And they aren't wasting any time getting him in the lineup, either.
Tonight's #SFGiants lineup: Pence rf Blanco cf Posey 1b Sandoval 3b Morse lf Crawford ss Uggla 2b Sanchez c Lincecum pFri, Jul 257:15 PM PDTLA Dodgers at San FranciscoPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
On Sunday, six legends of MLB will be enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown — Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre.
There will be much pomp and circumstance from both media members and fans. Baseball lovers from all over the country are coming to visit. Heck, The Stew is even road-tripping in.
You think some people would be disappointed to show up and not see the actual players, but instead Lego-like likenesses? Probably. Those types of shenanigans totally fly on the Internet, though, which is why we'll recommend this video from OYO Sportstoys and The Four Monkeys.
Answer Man: Jose Bautista talks shoes, helping kids, beards, small business, the Dominican, umpires and feminismDavid Brown at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Slugger Jose Bautista recently spent a morning distributing free shoes to needy kids at a Boys and Girls Club in Minneapolis during All-Star week. The league's leading vote-getter wanted to do something nice while he was in town. Not just to do it, but also to make an impression and tell the kids his story of growing up in impoverished country, and the personal impact of helping others.
In this Answer Man session set in the Twin Cities, Bautista talks about that, along with other experiences that have shaped his most unusual — and often amazing — major league career that has produced 170 home runs in his past 617 games.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
The MLB Players Association has officially scorned the Houston Astros after last week's draft-pick debacle, in which Houston failed to sign No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken, plus fifth-round selection Jacob Nix and 21st-rounder Mac Marshall.
The players union has reportedly filed a grievance against the Astros, following up on its promise to explore legal options. Not signing all your draft picks isn't a problem, of course, but the union has alleged that the Astros operated unethically in its failure to sign Aiken and Nix, specifically.
Teams get a set amount of money to sign draft picks. High picks have predetermined values, but if teams can save money on one player, they can use it elsewhere. However, if they go over their draft-pick budget, teams are penalized and lose future draft picks.
- David Brown at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
The Philadelphia Phillies ended a four-game losing streak Thursday, with closer Jonathan Papelbon pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn the save in a 2-1 victory against the San Francisco Giants. Cheers all around at Citizens Bank Park, right? Not at the start of the inning. Some boo birds flew about the ballpark when Papelbon made his entrance. It seems some where unhappy that he blew a save Monday and took the loss Tuesday leading up to the save.
That's OK, Papelbon said. Via CSN Philly, he said it doesn't bother him in the least when fans boo:
“No, I enjoy it,” he said. “I just think that it’s fun. It just brings a little bit of energy and life to the park and gives me a little bit of something to look forward to every day.”
Wouldn't he rather the park chant his name like in "Gladiator," or something? Apparently not. Papelbon is just a different kind of cat.
Papelbon regretted that only half the ballpark booed him.
- Kevin Kaduk at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
It's 789 miles to Cooperstown, we got a full tank of gas, a warehouse-sized allotment of Cracker Jack, it's dark and we're wearing flip-up sunglasses.
Big League Stew is hitting the road this weekend as yours truly is headed east from Chicago to the Baseball Hall of Fame for the induction of Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Bobby Cox, Frank Thomas, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre. I'll be tracking the entire trip with tweets, photos and observations below. If you'd like to follow along a little closer, follow me on Twitter (#BLSHOF) or on Facebook.
Waiting for the next update? Check out my Tumblr essay on the reason for this trip — a July 1994 date with Frank Thomas and Ken Griffey Jr. on the South Side of Chicago.
- David Brown at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
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Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam loves baseball, possibly as much as he does music. A native of Illinois, he's a Chicago Cubs fan. He comes to their games frequently. He writes songs about them. He is said to keep score at ballgames. It doesn't even have to be the Cubs for Vedder to get into baseball. He'll even lead a cheer for Raul Ibañez at a concert in Philly:
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So it comes without surprise that Vedder threw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field on Thursday night, and later sang Take Me Out To The Ball Game while accompanied by his niece and nephew. The best part is the end when — with the Cubs trailing the San Diego Padres by 12 — Vedder goes:
"Let's get 20 runs!"
And then he throws his arms up.
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Did the Cubs get 20 runs? No, they did not. Hey, can you imagine having Eddie Vedder as your uncle ? Also, see what this guy here did?
'Not a couple of thugs' — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons on rookies Marcus Stroman and Aaron SanchezDavid Brown at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
John Gibbons, the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, had a strange and unfortunate way of complimenting two of his rookie pitchers, Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez, on Thursday afternoon. Stroman had just combined with two relievers on a one-hit shutout against the Boston Red Sox. The night before, Sanchez — reputed to be Toronto's top prospect — made his major league debut with two shutout innings against Boston.
The future is so bright, Gibbons couldn't help but say:
Gibbons referred to Stroman, Sanchez as "classy guys." Then added: "They aren't a couple of thugs running around out there." #Bluejays
“They’re both young, they’re both classy guys,” manager John Gibbons offered. “They’ll be good faces for the organization, guys you can look up to that are respectable, that kind of guy. They’re not a couple of thugs we’re going to run out there. Where their future ends up, who knows, but I’d be excited about ’em.”LiveToronto4 - 6NY YankeesFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards has been one of the breakout pitchers of the 2014 season, but as his matchup Thursday night against Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers showed us, there's a reason Scherzer is the reigning Cy Young winner and every pitcher in the AL is trying to dethrone him.
Scherzer bested Richards in a pitcher's duel between two of the AL's top teams. The Tigers beat the Angels 6-4, as Scherzer struck out 11 batters in seven innings. He allowed six hits and three runs, but when you're backed by the Tigers offense, that's often OK. His record improved to 12-3.
Richards wasn't bad, but he wasn't as good as he has been this season. He gave up seven hits and four runs, as his record fell to 11-3. Richards hadn't given up four runs in a start since May.
Scherzer definitely knew he needed to step up with Richards on the mound:Fri, Jul 257:05 PM PDTDetroit at LA AngelsPreview Game
- Big League Stew16 hrs ago
To be fair, outfielder Ryan Raburn of the Cleveland Indians made a terrific attempt on a fly ball to left hit by Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday night. What happened after Raburn's dive was cruelly unfair.
Raburn dived in fair territory and, though he couldn't come up with the catch, kept the ball in front of him and appeared to contain Moustakas to a double. But, as you can see from the video above, Raburn's throw was a disaster, spiked into the ground about a body lenghth away on the warning track. It rolled into left field — where nobody else on the Indians was.
Alertly, Moustakas started running again and the Tribe was helpless to do anything about it. Score it a double and an error on Raburn. The brief shot of Indians right-hander Corey Kluber standing there, expressionless, was a perfect addition to the moment's composition. Kluber had taken a perfect game into the seventh, but had gotten no offensive support. And then this happened to break a scoreless tie.
Here's another angle:LiveCleveland0 - 2Kansas CityFollow Game