Big League Stew
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Take a look around the league 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.
The New York Mets are one of the hottest teams in baseball. The team won its fifth straight game Tuesday, taking out the Miami Marlins by a score of 5-1.
New York had some trouble scoring early, but managed to knock around the Marlins bullpen. Things started off in the sixth inning.
With the Mets trailing 1-0, Ruben Tejada was able to tie things up with a single. The game remained tied until the top of the eighth, when the Mets' bats really came alive.
Marlins reliever Mike Dunn ran into trouble almost immediately. Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud singled to lead things off, putting a runner in scoring position.
After Wilmer Flores popped out on a bunt attempt and Ruben Tejada stuck out, things started to look grim for New York.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood is known for having a unique windup. There are a lot of moving parts when he throws a ball, and when things aren't perfectly in sync, that can lead to some embarrassing results.
By that, we mean he gives up hard hits or issues more walks than usual. That wasn't the case during Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Wood truly experienced an embarrassing result when he tried to throw this pitch.
Confused? So are we.
During his windup, it appears that Wood just simply loses his grip on the ball. Instead of the pitch ending up at its desired target, the ball ends up being weakly tossed over to first base. It doesn't even make it there, settling between the base and the pitcher's mound.
The umpires charged Wood with a balk on the play. While this type of thing doesn't happen often, it was the right call.
The relevant rule on the weird Alex Wood balk. pic.twitter.com/6NhXgqeH8k
Pay attention to that last line. The ball slips out of Wood's hand and doesn't end up in foul territory. That's a balk!Wed, Aug 57:05 PM EDTLA Dodgers at PhiladelphiaPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Hitting your first major-league home run is a significant accomplishment. Players work hard to reach the big leagues, and going deep is an indication that maybe they have what it takes to stick in the majors.
While those players have every right to be ecstatic, it's become a bit of a tradition for their teammates to ignore the accomplishment. Any time a rookie hits their first career home run, they often receive the silent treatment from their teammates in the dugout.
Tampa Bay Rays rookie Richie Shaffer has heard of this ritual, and had a tremendous response after hitting the first home run of his career during Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Any food fan is immediately reminded of Beef Wellington any time they think about Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo. It's an easy connection to make, even though the words are spelled differently.
Well, after a strong three game stretch in which Castillo hit four home runs, D-Back fans started using the hashtag #BeefMode on Twitter to describe Welington's heroics.
Castillo approved of his new nickname, but admitted he had never eaten Beef Wellington, and knew nothing about the dish.
That changed Tuesday, as FOX Sports Arizona decided the player ought to at least sample the meal.Wed, Aug 57:05 PM EDTArizona at WashingtonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
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It's the 22nd anniversary of Robin Ventura's brawl with Nolan Ryan, and, well, it's safe to say the current manager doesn't have a lot of fond memories of that day. While Ventura probably prefers not to re-live the fight, some good did come out of it.
By brawling with Ryan, Ventura earned the respect of future White Sox icon Paul Konerko. CSNChicago.com' Chuck Garfien covered the story a few years ago, but it's worth sharing on the anniversary of the brawl.
Here's how it all went down: That summer, Konerko was playing for the U.S. Junior Olympic baseball team. The club traveled two hours to see the game between the Texas Rangers and the Chicago White Sox. Konerko and his teammates even got to meet Ventura prior to the contest.
We all know what happened during the game.Wed, Aug 52:10 PM EDTTampa Bay at Chi White SoxPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
After moving David Price and Yoenis Cespedes at last week's trade deadline, it turned out the most surprising move from the Detroit Tigers was yet to come: Dave Dombrowski, the club's president/GM, was released from his contract Tuesday by team ownership.
It's certainly unexpected, considering Dombrowski was the architect of the Tigers' success the past few years. Al Avila, Dombrowski's longtime assistant, has been named his successor. Al Avila had worked alongside Dombrowski since 2002. He's the father of Tigers' catcher Alex Avila.
Team owner Mike Illitch commented about Dowbrowski's departure in a statement:
“I’ve decided to release Dave from his contract in order to afford him the time to pursue other career opportunities. I feel this is the right time for the Tigers to move forward under new leadership.”Wed, Aug 57:08 PM EDTKansas City at DetroitPreview Game
- Ian Denomme at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Two days after a near brawl between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals, Major League Baseball announced suspensions for two Blue Jays at the center of it.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was suspended one game for returning to the field following an ejection. Pitcher Aaron Sanchez was suspended three games for what MLB ruled was “intentionally throwing a pitch” at Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar.
.@BlueJays RHP Aaron Sanchez receives 3-game suspension, undisclosed fine for Sunday’s incident; manager John Gibbons suspended one game.
The Blue Jays have already announced that Sanchez will appeal his suspension. And for good reason. Sanchez hit Escobar on the knee in the eighth inning of Toronto’s 5-2 win which caused both dugouts to empty. Sanchez was immediately ejected but claimed innocence, which seems believable given the Blue Jays were only leading 3-2 at the time. It’s hard to imagine the Blue Jays’ pitcher would intentionally put the tying run on base, but that’s what MLB has decided happened.Wed, Aug 57:07 PM EDTMinnesota at TorontoPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
The honors keep rolling in for Randy Johnson, the ferocious pitching legend who was recently enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This weekend, the Arizona Diamondbacks will retire The Big Unit's No. 51.
And that's not it. New Era has produced a special patch that all the Arizona Diamondbacks will wear on their caps for Saturday's game. Check it out:
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Hot-shot Chicago Cubs rookie Kris Bryant says he won't slide head first anymore after a concussion scare in Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Bryant made a rough head-first slide into second base, was left feeling dizzy and was eventually helped off the field. Afterward, he was cleared of a concussion by team doctors, but the incident obviously left an impact on Bryant, 23. He told ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers on Monday about his decision to only slide feet-first now:
"I only have one head. I only have one life so there's nothing really to joke about."Wed, Aug 58:10 PM EDTSan Diego at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
As if New York Mets fans needed any more reason to get excited.
Need another reason to buy into the Mets mania? New York has the easiest remaining schedule in MLB.