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  • Andrelton Simmons keys Braves win with remarkable run-saving play

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew8 hrs ago

    In what feels like a now weekly occurrence, Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons made a defensive play worthy of the highest possible praise on Wednesday night. Only this time, it doubled as a potential game saver, as Simmons' heroics prevented the game-tying run from crossing home in Atlanta's eventual 3-2 victory over the New York Mets

    It happened in the eighth inning with a runner on third, two outs and rookie Travis d'Arnaud at the plate. d'Arnaud hit a grounder deep into the hole at short, which forced Simmons to range about three steps into the outfield. That was not a problem for Simmons. However, the angle and his distance from first base made it seem like an impossible play for him to complete unless he pulled off some magic.

    As we should have learned by now, Simmons is absolutely capable of creating magic.

    In two fluid steps, Simmons snagged the ball and then launched into the air while twisting his body into an off-balance, mid-air throwing motion.

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    Thu, Aug 28
    4:10 PM PDT
    Atlanta at NY Mets
    Preview Game
  • Ned Yost rips Royals fans for not showing up to big victory

    David Brown at Big League Stew18 hrs ago

     

    Alex Gordon gave the Kansas City Royals probably their biggest victory in many years Tuesday night by hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Not only were the Royals delirious because they won a game it appeared they would lose, but Kansas City also maintained its 1 1/2 game lead on the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central.

    Big night. And absolutely nothing could kill the buzz at Kauffman Stadium. Well, almost nothing.

    #Royals' Yost was not amused that only 13,847 fans showed up at The K. "I want our fans to enjoy this," he said. He has told me this before

     

    And "Yost" is not some ne'er-do-well sportswriter shaming fans about attendance, but instead is Royals manager Ned Yost. He is the buzzkiller. Yost elaborated on his complaint, adding an anecdote about the good old days, when he coached for the Atlanta Braves in 1991 and they were the happy upstarts of Major League Baseball. The way Yost remembers it, the Braves were filling Fulton County Stadium with Tomahawk Chopping every night down the stretch.

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    Thu, Aug 28
    5:10 PM PDT
    Minnesota at Kansas City
    Preview Game
  • John Rocker and girlfriend will compete on the new season of 'Survivor'

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew21 hrs ago

    Ex-Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker infamously had his doubts that he could survive the No. 7 train in New York City, but he apparently thinks he can be the ultimate "Survivor" in Nicaragua.

    Rocker has been cast in the latest season of CBS' popular competition show, "Survivor," filmed in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua and   set to debut Sept. 24.

    This season of "Survivor" will have contestants paired up in their quest for $1 million. Rocker, 39, is joined his 34-year-old girlfriend Julie McGee, a model and spray tan business owner from Atlanta.

    While ex-baseball players have fared well on reality TV dating shows, something tells us Rocker's "Survivor" stint will probably be remembered for something he says rather than his success in the competition. OK, not something , many things.

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