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- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew1 hr ago
In our Homer History series, writers re-tell the stories of memorable home runs from their perspective. In this installment, Big League Stew blogger Kyle Ringo tells the tale of Ryne Sandberg coming through against a tough closer.
My first love was baseball. I spent hours in my backyard as a boy throwing the ball with my dad or pretending to be some Gold Glove winner robbing a power hitter of a crucial hit in a pivotal game.
I would look forward to my team’s Little League practices and games each week and if I was lucky I could occasionally catch a few innings and maybe an entire game on television on the weekend. If I was really lucky, my favorite team might be playing, but it didn’t happen often because the Chicago Cubs weren’t very good and back then our family didn’t have cable or satellite.
Yep, the stone age.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Hours after becoming the first player to be permanently suspended by MLBfor a third positive test for PEDs, Jenrry Mejia denied knowledge of his use.
According to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, Mejia spoke to Dominican sports journalist Hector Gomez on Friday and relayed the following message, which was translated from Spanish:
"It is not like they say. I am sure that I did not use anything."
Not necessarily an emphatic denial, but a denial nonetheless from the 26-year-old pitcher.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
The baseball world was stunned Friday by the news that Jenrry Mejia had tested positive for PEDs for a third time, resulting in a permanent suspension from the league.
Mejia earned the dubious distinction as the first player to receive a lifetime ban under MLB’s “three strikes and you’re out” PED policy. He's also sure to earn ridicule from his peers who attempted to support him throughout his ordeal, and from fans who simply can't comprehend the choices he's apparently made.
Mejia's career unraveled quickly. At this point last year he was penciled in as the New York Mets closer following a strong showing to end the 2014 campaign. Now he's out of baseball all together, and the Mets will have to make plans without him.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Even as spring training approaches, the trade winds are still blowing around Major League Baseball.
On Friday, the Oakland A's completed a notable deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, acquiring power-hitting outfielder Khris Davis in exchange for catching prospect Jacob Nottingham and right-handed pitcher Bubba Derby.
This deal fits the mold of a Billy Beane late offseason trade with pretty good value. Though Beane has been promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations, new GM David Forst is showing he's been paying attention and learning from the best.
In Davis, Forst has added some much needed firepower to the middle of manager Bob Melvin's lineup. Davis connected for 27 homers in just 121 games last season, while Josh Reddick, the A's home run leader, finished with just 20. As a team, the A's hit just 146 homers last season, good for 20th in MLB and last in their division, 26 behind the next closest team.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
Welcome to The Stew's Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you'll find a recap of all the day's action and other fun stuff from around the Internet.
LOCKED IN: The Yankees and new closer Aroldis Chapman have avoided arbitration, settling on an $11.325 million salary for the 2016 season. Chapman will be a free agent following the 2016 season. [@Ken_Rosenthal]
ICYMI: Former Mets closer Jenrry Mejia has been permanently suspended from baseball for his third drug policy violation. [The Stew]
DONE DEAL: The Indians signed veteran reliever Tommy Hunter to a one-year, $2 million deal. [@hoynsie]
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
The Atlanta Braves have announced that they are no longer contesting the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority regarding the future location of the bronze Hank Aaron statue outside Turner Field.
The team had hoped to bring the statue with them as they prepare to move to SunTrust Park in Cobb County next season, but will now allow it to remain in downtown Atlanta. Instead, the Braves have announced plans to honor Aaron with a new monument at their new ballpark.
Here's the Braves' official statement on the statue dispute, courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has received a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball after testing positive for PEDs for the third time, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. MLB has confirmed the news.
The 26-year-old Mejia came up through the Mets organization after being signed as an international free-agent in 2007. After glimpses of success in short stints, Mejia became a key member of the major-league club in 2014.
That season, Mejia posted a 3.65 ERA over 93 2/3 innings. He also assumed the closer role at the end of the season.
Mejia entered 2015 with the same role, but injured his elbow while warming up on opening day and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. A few days after that, MLB announced Mejia had tested positive for stanozolol, and would receive an 80 game suspension.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
The Arizona Diamondbacks are the unofficial winners of the offseason. Ultimately, that means little. Unless they can perform when the games matter, what they accomplished over the past few months will be moot.
Still, they've managed to garner national attention with the moves they made, and put themselves in a position to contend in a tough National League West.
This week on the StewPod, Chris talks to the team's new pre and post game host Mike Ferrin. The two discuss how Mike got involved in calling games, the state of the club and whether they've done enough to make the playoffs.
Here's a full rundown of this week's show: • Quick intro from Chris (Mike Oz is on vacation) • How did Mike Ferrin start calling games? • Have the Diamondbacks done enough this offseason? • Which players need to step up? • Some quick thoughts about the qualifying offer • Chris' outro reminds you to rate and review the podcast (as always)
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
Valentine's Day is just a few days away. So is baseball! In just a few days, teams will report to camps, marking the unofficial start of the season.
There's a lot to love right now, especially for that special baseball fan in your life. While you may have already purchased a baseball-themed gift for that person, it doesn't hurt to go that extra mile.
That may sound like a lot of work, but we here at The Stew have you covered. We've created a couple baseball Valentine's Day cards you can print out, cut out and share with the one you love.
And, hey, if you were lazy and forgot to get a gift, we're giving you a free, last minute option here. When you see the look on that person's face after receiving one of these BLS cards, we know you'll thank us.
GIANCARLO STANTON, MIAMI MARLINS OUTFIELDER
KRIS BRYANT, CHICAGO CUBS THIRD BASEMAN
FELIX HERNANDEZ, SEATTLE MARINERS PITCHER
ZACK GREINKE, ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS PITCHER
IAN DESMOND, FREE-AGENT SHORTSTOP
JONATHAN PAPELBON, WASHINGTON NATIONALS CLOSER
MIKE TROUT, LOS ANGELES ANGELS OUTFIELDER
- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew1 day ago
In our Homer History series, writers re-tell the stories of memorable home runs from their perspective. In this installment, Yahoo Sports college football and NASCAR writer Nick Bromberg re-lives Alex Gordon's clutch game-tying World Series home run.
The phrase haunted Kansas Citians all throughout the 2014-15 offseason. If you mentioned the distance to anyone in the metro area no matter the context, you wouldn’t get a quizzical look. Everyone knew what it meant.
Ninety feet is the distance that separated Royals left fielder Alex Gordon from the tying run in the bottom of the ninth of Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. Gordon, as you know, hit a should-have-been single to the left-center gap with two outs. Gregor Blanco misplayed the ball and it rolled to the wall. Gordon made it to third, where he was held by third-base coach Mike Jirschele.