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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew37 mins ago
The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly found their next team president. Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro is set to take the same job with Toronto, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports. The club is expected to announce the move in the next few days.
Shapiro will replace Paul Beeston, who is expected to retire at the end of the season. Sources told Heyman Shapiro intends to keep general manager Alex Anthopoulos, which makes sense considering the team's success this year. Anthopoulos' contract is up at the end of the season, but Shapiro is expected to retain him.
Shapiro has been a member of the Indians organization since 1991. He worked his way up through the franchise during the 90s, eventually becoming the team's general manager in 2001. As the club's GM, Shapiro was named Executive of the Year two times according to Sporting News. He led the team to two first place finishes in the American League Central.Mon, Aug 317:07 PM EDTCleveland at TorontoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
When Yogi Berra said "it ain't over 'til it's over," this is exactly what he had in mind. Japan fell into a huge hole to begin the championship game of the Little League World Series, but they never gave up.
After trailing by eight runs after the first inning, team Japan began its comeback. The club scored seven runs in the second, cutting the lead to just one.
That wasn't enough. The following inning, Japan plated four more runs, taking a three-run lead in the third. While Mid-Atlantic would plate another run in the bottom of the frame, they couldn't match Japan's bats.
Japan remained up by three until the final inning, when they added five insurance runs. Mid-Atlantic couldn't pull off the massive comeback in the bottom of the frame, giving Japan the 18-11 victory.
With the win, the club became the 2015 Little League World Series champions.
Throughout the contest, a number of records were broken.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Your browser does not support iframes. The best thing about Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout isn't that he's among the very best players in the game today, it's that he's also among the most caring, compassionate and giving.
Prior to a recent Angels home game, Trout's genuine kindness was on display again when he spent much of his day hanging out with eight-year-old Thomas Walkup.
Walkup, who's also from Trout's hometown of Millville, New Jersey, wasn't in California for a family vacation or to meet up with Trout specifically. He was legally blind due to a condition called “shaky eye syndrome” and traveled there to undergo life-changing surgery.
We're happy to say Walkup's vision has improved greatly since undergoing the operation, which was funded in part by the people of Millville and nearby communities.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
The Oakland A's likely cringe every time the next season's schedule comes out. Along with the Seattle Mariners, they travel the most miles annually due to their location and the location of other teams in their division, and they knew 2016 would be no different.
Only this time, it kind of was different.
As Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports, the A's were truly upset after learning of their 2016 travel schedule, which they considered to be brutal in comparison to previous seasons.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
For all the success and stability the St. Louis Cardinals have enjoyed over the past 15 years, they've recently experienced a surprising amount of turnover atop their scouting department.
On Friday, they added another new face to the department, hiring former reliever Randy Flores as their fourth different director of amateur scouting in the past five seasons. Flores takes over for Chris Correa, who was dismissed earlier this summer after admitting to having a role in the Cardinals’ breach of the Astros’ computer network.
Correa was with the Cardinals long enough to oversee their 2015 draft, but took an extended leave of absence soon after and was ultimately fired on July 2 amid the investigation.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
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.
It was a bittersweet afternoon for Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn.
On the plus side, he was excellent on the hill, silencing the San Francisco Giants bats for seven scoreless innings in the Cardinals 6-0 victory. Lynn allowed six hits, walked two and struck out two en route to his 11th win.
On the down side, he was forced from the game with an ankle injury that according to reports looked worse than it actually was.
The injury occurred in the eighth inning when Lynn attempted to field Juan Perez's chopper. Lynn fielded it cleanly, but then twisted his right ankle trying to throw to first. The Cardinals are calling it a mild ankle sprain, though given what happened to Adam Wainwright this season Cardinals fans might hold their breath until they see him pitch again.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
A fan has died after falling from the upper deck into the lower-level stands at Turner Field during Saturday's Yankees-Braves game.
The tragic incident occurred while the Yankees were batting in the seventh inning. Alex Rodriguez had just been announced as a pinch-hitter when Fox Sports 1 play-by-play man Justin Kutcher reacted to the fan's fall and suggested play be halted.
Most of the crowd went unaware initially as their attention was focused on Rodriguez. The players and fans appeared unaware as well, as the action continued without interruption.
Before Rodriguez settled in, the Fox Sports 1 broadcast briefly flashed a shot of the crowd as stunned fans looked on and medical personnel quickly arrived on the scene.
Bad scene, fan fell from an upper deck behind home plate. They spent 5-10 minutes trying to revive him, took him on out body board
The fan was taken to Grady Hospital in Atlanta and was later pronounced dead from his injuries.Mon, Aug 317:10 PM EDTMiami at AtlantaPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
Even with his New York Mets holding a six-game lead in the National League East, general manager Sandy Alderson is still looking for ways to solidify his roster.
On Saturday, he went for an upgrade in the bullpen, acquiring Addison Reed from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
ESPN New York's Adam Rubin was the first to report a deal was in place, pending the physical.
Newsday's Marc Carig has since confirmed the deal, noting that Reed will likely be a two month rental since he'll likely carry an expensive arbitration price tag.
Here's how the rest of the deal shakes out.Mon, Aug 317:10 PM EDTPhiladelphia at NY MetsPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
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It's official. Vin Scully, arguably the greatest living broadcaster in baseball, sports or any other form of entertainment, will return to Dodgers television booth for what he expects to be his final season in 2016.
With help from Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson and late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, Scully's 2016 return was officially announced to the fans at Dodger Stadium during Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
An announcement was also made on social media, where baseball fans collectively rejoiced.
OFFICIAL: It'll be a very pleasant 2016. Vin Scully to return for his 67th season. pic.twitter.com/i2WrutItRO
Scully, 87, met with the media on Saturday to discuss his future. Something the always humble Scully couldn't believe was necessary.LiveChi Cubs2 - 0LA DodgersFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
The closest thing to a home team at the Little League World Series emerged from the pack on Saturday to claim the United States Championship.
The little leaguers from Lewisberry, Pa. — a community of 356 people that's located 97 miles south of the host city Williamsport — earned the crown by knocking off the very capable team from Pearland, Texas, 3-2.
The game wasn't decided until the sixth and final inning when Lewisberry's Chayton Krauss smacked an opposite field single to score Braden Kolmansberger with the game winner. Kolmansberger started the rally by drawing a walk, and then moved to third on Jaden Henline's single. Henline also homered in the fourth inning to tie the score 2-2.
Cole Wagner, who had starred for Lewisberry leading up to the final, was a big part of the win as well. He connected on a first-inning home run, his fourth of the tournament, and pitched 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball before being lifted due to pitch count restrictions.