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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
The Normal Cornbelters are about to get a lot more interesting. On Wednesday, the independent league club will be managed by former Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins skipper Ozzie Guillen.
It's not a permanent gig, though. Guillen will serve as the guest manager for just one game. It will be the first time Guillen has served as a manager since 2012.
The only downside to the whole event is that Guillen won't be able to wear No. 13 in the dugout. That number is worn by Ozney Guillen, Ozzie's son. Ozney is the club's right fielder, and will not give up the number to his dad for the game.
Guillen said he couldn't persuade his son to give him No. 13, according to the team's press release.
“I’m glad that I can help [Manager Brooks Carey] and this great group of guys that I get along with so well,” said Guillen. “The only bad part is that I can’t use the number 13 because I can’t persuade the guy.”LiveChi White Sox0 - 0MinnesotaFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Welcome to September, when baseball gets more serious, we watch the standings closer and even the dingers matter more. There's sure to be an entertaining month of baseball ahead, but before we get there, let's have one last look back at August.
As is tradition around here, a flip of the calendar means a leaderboard of the top home-run hitters from the previous month. This month, we don't have the same star power we usually do. There's no Mike Trout or Giancarlo Stanton topping the list. But we do have a new overall No. 1.
His name is Michael A. Taylor of the Washington Nationals and he's now hit the longest homer of 2015, which is something the Nats' fan base can be proud of amid their disappointing season. Won't make it all better, though.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Oakland's O.Co Coliseum is often a disappointment, and not just because Billy Beane's torn-down Oakland Athletics have the worst record in the American League this season. No, the Coliseum is generally just a mess. It's outdated, broken down and prone to embarrassing flooding. Plus, the A's have to share space with an NFL team, which makes for a funky bedfellow.
That was on display Monday night, as the Athletics' game against the Los Angeles Angels was delayed when part of the outfield wall came loose. Shane Victorino crashed into the left-field fence while tracking a fly ball and part of it came unhinged. That's like Single-A shenanigans.Tue, Sep 110:05 PM EDTLA Angels at OaklandPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants played some weird baseballMonday — 14 innings that stretched past midnight local time. When the Dodgers scored the winning run, on an Adrian Gonzalez singlethat made the score 5-4 at close to 1 a.m., some early risers on the East Coast were starting their days.
Such times demand drastic rallying powers. If you're the Dodgers, such times demand bananas.Tue, Sep 110:10 PM EDTSan Francisco at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Need another example that proves how talented the young players are in MLB these days?
Here's a good one: Michael Conforto's solo blast in the Mets' win Monday was the 150th home run hit by a rookie in August and set the major-league record for most home runs by a rookie class in any single month.
Michael Conforto's HR earlier tonight provided a milestone for MLB rookies pic.twitter.com/L81dKTbuGG
Carlos Correa, Tim Beckham, Addison Russell, Adam Duvall and Mark Canha added homers later on in the night to raise that number to 155.
In total, 56 rookies contributed to the record-breaking haul. Miguel Sano of the Twins and Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs led the way with nine apiece. National League Rookie of the Year frontrunner Kris Bryant smashed seven, as did Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp and Red Sox first baseman Travis Shaw.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
There were rumblings Monday that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred had made a decision about the possible reinstatement of Shoeless Joe Jackson.
It appeared unlikely the decision would be reversed, and that proved to be true. In a letter sent to Arlene Marcley, the president of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in Greenville, S.C., Manfred concludes that "it would not be appropriate for me to re-open the matter."
The letter from the commissioner, dated July 20, was posted on the museum's Facebook page early Tuesday morning:
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Major League Baseball's waiver trade deadline rarely results in huge deals, but contending teams can still make upgrades while heading into the final month of the season.
The Cubs struck first, picking up Austin Jackson from the Seattle Mariners. While the Cubs were rumored to be involved in acquiring other players, the team was unable to get anything else done prior to the deadline.
Other contenders must have taken notice, as three more outfielders would change teams before the deadline passed.LiveSeattle0 - 0HoustonFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew18 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 may be too late, but the Cleveland Indians are surging heading into September. The club picked up its sixth straight win Monday, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2.
Starter Danny Salazar was magnificent against the best offense in baseball. Salazar allowed just two runs on six hits over seven strong innings. He walked one and struck out 10 Blue Jays during the performance.
Though Salazar was great, the team ran into some trouble after he exited the game. Toronto was able to make things interesting in both the eighth and ninth innings.
Bryan Shaw picked up two quick outs to start the eighth, but followed that up by allowing a hit to Jose Bautista. He was removed from the game at that point in favor of closer Cody Allen.LiveCleveland1 - 2TorontoFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
It's been a disappointing year for Boston Red Sox fans, but there's still a chance to celebrate before the season ends. Designated hitter David Ortiz is inching closer to reaching 500 home runs for his career, and should reach that goal at some point in September.
Ortiz belted No. 494 on Sunday, prompting the Red Sox to put up a banner in left field that would count down his home runs until he reached that magical number.
It didn't take long for them to tear down the first number.
In the bottom of the fourth inning during Monday's contest against the New York Yankees, Ortiz collected No. 495. He belted an 85 mph changeup from Ivan Nova to the opposite field for the solo shot.
Ortiz came dangerously close to hitting the banner the Red Sox put up for him. It was as if he were saying, "I hate that banner, I want it to be gone and I will do everything in my power to make that happen quickly."LiveNY Yankees0 - 1BostonFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is known for his stellar defense in the outfield. That hasn't come across lately, as Kiermaier looked silly on a recent home run ball that hit the catwalk.
He made up for that Monday against the Baltimore Orioles, though. In the bottom of the first inning, Manny Machado hit a ball out to deep center. It certainly had the distance to leave the park, that is, until Kiermaier showed up.
Kiermaier not only tracked the ball perfectly, but was able to jump high enough to make the play. He didn't even use the wall to boost himself up, making the catch even more impressive. You can tell based on where Kiermaier makes the catch that Machado had a no-doubt home run taken away from him on the play.LiveTampa Bay4 - 0BaltimoreFollow Game