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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Wrigley Field is undergoing some major changes this offseason. The second oldest ballpark in the majors has experienced some structural issues in recent years, and now was the time for the Chicago Cubs to finally bring the park into the 21st century.
Fans got their first look at what that means Wednesday.
Holy moly! That's a Jumbotron at Wrigley Field! For the first time in the park's history, fans will be able to watch video replays, as well as other video displays, during games. That's exciting and significant.
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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
The New York Yankees remain the king! At least, that's what Facebook says. According to the website, the Yankees are the most "liked" team in the nation.
They even released a handy map showing their work.
The map depicts fans of each team based on their respective counties. As you can see, the Yankees (in black) own not only New York, but parts of Florida, Montana, Alaska and Nevada (among others).
Sadly, neither the New York Mets nor the Oakland Athletics actually appear on the map, because they've been overwhelmed by the neighboring Yankees and San Francisco Giants. Get out there and support your teams on Facebook, Mets and A's fans.
Now, we can't have Yankees' fans walking around with an inflated ego, so let's bring them back to Earth a bit. Your team may be the most popular in the United States, but none of our experts believe they'll make the playoffs in 2015.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
With opening day approaching, the Big League Stew crew is here to get you up to speed on the season ahead. We're examining each division over the next two weeks, looking at the big questions, the important players and making our predictions. Our series continues with the NL West.
The NL West is like a jacked-up gym rat who’s been skipping leg day for year — it’s very top heavy. We know the main players here: The big-spending Los Angeles Dodgers, the defending-champion San Francisco Giants and the upstart San Diego Padres.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Every dedicated baseball fan finds themselves on Baseball-Reference.com on a daily basis. If you're one of those fans, you may have noticed the website introduced a new feature today.
As an April Fools' prank, Baseball-Reference.com is offering their Tonsorial Consulting Service for free. We'll let them explain.
This bespoke service starts at $1,000/hour, but as a special introduction we have made a limited package available on Baseball-Reference.com. For today only, our online tonsorial tools will appear below the player images on Baseball-Reference.com allowing you, our hirsute clientele, to try a tiny sample from our follicular library for free. So give "The Gamble", "The Rollie", or "The Wilson" a try today, and if you like what you see, our team of Brooklyn-based salespeople will be visiting your clubhouse soon to sign you up for the full TCS®.
In order to fully understand the service, I decided to take it for a test spin. I did this for you, the people, and I was not disappointed.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
You may have already heard, but we can already cancel the 2015 Major League Baseball season. That's because, according to "Back to the Future Part II," we already know the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series.
"Wait a minute," you're probably saying. "I like watching baseball and don't want to cancel the season." Well, the Miami Marlins have a solution. It's time to rewrite the future, according to On Cloud Conine.
That's right, the Marlins have announced a three-part promotion event that will attempt to rewrite the team's future loss to the Cubs in the World Series. The first promotion will be a turn back the clock-type event where the Marlins social media team pretends that it's 1993. That will take place on opening day.Wed, Apr 1Washington0 - 8MiamiGame Recap
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
We're getting close to opening day and you can probably feel the excitement — real, meaningful baseball is almost here. It seems so distant now, but before you know it, we'll be talking about this season's breakout players, playoffs and MVPs.
As we do every year about this time, the Yahoo Sports MLB crew is forecasting the season ahead. We predict the standings for each division, which teams will reach the postseason, who will eventually hoist the World Series trophy, which players will capture the annual awards and which breakout stars we'll be talking about come September. We're even predicting how many home runs A-Rod hits, which player is the first fined for pace-of-play violations and when Kris Bryant hits his first big-league homer.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
If you happen to be out for dinner with a big leaguer, there's a pretty good chance he's the one that will pick up the tab, especially if he plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
According to a study by The Associated Press, the average major league salary in 2015 projects to be around $4.25 million, the first time that figure has ever been above $4 million. The average salary was $3.95 million in 2014 and $3.65 million the season before that.
Just less than a week ago, Forbes reported that the value of major league teams had skyrocketed to an unprecedented level. There's never been more money in baseball and there's plenty to go around.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
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It's a good thing the start of the regular season is less than a week away, because Lloyd McClendon's managerial tirade game is already in mid-season form.
In the fourth inning of Seattle's Cactus League game against Cleveland on Tuesday, Indians left-hander Bruce Chen threw back-to-back pitches behind Rickie Weeks. Earlier, Mariners ace Felix Hernandez had plunked Michael Brantley, and Chen's two wild throws could be seen as an attempt to retaliate.
Home plate umpire Alan Porter elected to warn both benches before the rift escalated further.
Almost immediately, an animated McClendon emerged from the dugout and was promptly tossed by Porter, which spurred the Mariners manager's on-field rant. Once he was done, he had to jog all the way out to right field because the clubhouse at Goodyear Park is located beyond the outfield walls, not behind the dugout.
When he met with reporters, McClendon explained why he was so upset.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
Take this with as many grains of salt as you take any kind of predictions this time of year: PredictionMachine.com has calculated that by sending down uber prospect Kris Bryant, the Chicago Cubs have hurt their playoff chances by 7.5 percent.
PredictionMachine.com runs something it calls The Predictalator, which simulates games 50,000 times to gather the most accurate predictions.
In the case of Bryant — who was demoted Monday, mostly because putting him in the minors to start the season will push back his free agency a year — The Predictalator says the Cubs have made a mistake that will cost them 1.4 wins this season. It lowers their playoff chances from 53.2 percent to 45.7 percent.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
R.A. Dickey, one of the oldest – and certainly wisest – players in MLB, could be on the verge of adding another special chapter to his already uncommon story.
This will be Dickey's 19th season in professional baseball, a journey with so many twists and turns its been compared over and over to the pitch that gave him a new lease on life on the mound, the knuckleball.