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  • Photos hint at new, brighter color scheme for Padres in 2016

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago

    After the unveiling of the 2016 All-Star game logohinted at a potential change in the San Diego Padres color scheme, new photos have seemingly confirmed at least a temporary change for the upcoming season. 

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    According to Tom Arzaga, a Lids employee in the San Diego area and a self-proclaimed Padres hat collector, new hats are now in stock that match the brightened color scheme included in the logo. 

    Here's a picture in natural sun, finally.

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  • Blue Jays add another starter, sign J.A. Happ to three-year deal

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 hrs ago

    The Toronto Blue Jays continued compiling depth in their starting rotation Friday, signing veteran left-hander JA Happ to a three-year deal worth $36 million. 

    The team announced the deal early Friday evening, making it their third notable move in their starting rotation this winter. Toronto also re-signed right-hander Marco Estrada to a two-year, $26.5 million deal and acquired right-hander Jesse Chavez in a trade with the Oakland A's on Nov. 20. 

    The Blue Jays have been adding depth with the expectation that David Price will leave in free agency this winter. Price has shown interest in re-signing, and fans are definitely clamoring for his return, but the Jays seemed to realize quickly that he would be priced out of contention. Hence, the move to build depth with cheaper options. 

    For what it's worth, Fox Sports' Jon Morosi says this signing all but officially ends the possibility of Price returning. 

    David Price won't return to Toronto. #BlueJays announce their longest-term rotation investment of winter: J.A. Happ, three years, $36M.

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  • Hank the Ballpark Pup to make stage debut in 'A Christmas Carol'

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago

    It's been awhile since we've heard from Hank the Ballpark Pup, but it turns out there's a good reason. The Milwaukee Brewers canine mascot, who stole the hearts of baseball fans when he trotted on to the scene during spring training in 2014, is preparing to steal hearts again on the theater stage.

    According to Cait Moyer, author of the Brewers' blog Cait Covers The Bases, Hank will make his acting debut at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater on Dec. 9, during a production of the Charles Dickens’ classic 'A Christmas Carol.' 

    Everyone from @MayorOfMKE to @Brewers's Hank "Ballpark Pup" will join us onstage #ACC40th.

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  • Ken Johnson dies at 82, was only pitcher to throw nine-inning no-hitter and lose

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 days ago

    Ken Johnson, the pitcher behind one of baseball's most notable anomolies, has died at age 82.

    Johnson's son, Kenneth Jr., confirmed the news to the New York Times on Wednesday, stating his father had battled Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases in his later years and ultimately died from a kidney infection on Nov. 21.

    Johnson leaves behind a notable legacy in baseball, though not necessarily for the totality of his career. Johnson spent parts of 13 seasons (1958-70) in the big leagues, suiting up for seven different teams (Athletics, Reds, Astros, Braves, Yankees, Cubs and Expos) while posting a respectable 3.46 ERA over 1,737.1 innings.

    It's a career worthy of a cap tip, but it's his remarkable performance on April 23, 1964 that will be most remembered in baseball lore.

    While pitching for the Houston Colts .45's, Johnson allowed no hits to the Cincinnati Reds, yet still took the loss in the game. That marks the only time in MLB history that a pitcher lost despite throwing a nine-inning no-hitter.

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  • Win your Christmas party with the Jose Bautista bat flip sweater

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 days ago

    Ladies and gentleman, behold the one item that needs to be on everyone's holiday shopping list.

    Courtesy of Fresh Brewed Tees, we present the Jose Bautista bat flip Christmas sweater, which commemorates Bautista's epic bat flip following his ALDS-clinching home run in Game 5 against the Texas Rangers.

    Sweater of the year. via @FreshBrewedTees @JoeyBats19

    This is real and it's absolutely spectacular.

    [Related: AL MVP Josh Donaldson emerges as face of baseball and a nation]

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