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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu picked up one of the weirdest home runs of the season Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox.
In the top of the sixth inning, Abreu smashed a 91 mph fastball from Wade Miley out to deep center field. Mookie Betts had to range back near the wall in order to make the play. He caught the ball a few steps away from the wall, but his momentum carried him over the wall and into the bullpen.
Betts hit the ground pretty hard, and his teammates came rushing to his aid immediately. He appeared to be fine, though, climbing over the wall with the ball in his glove. Abreu was initially ruled out.
Well, the White Sox must have seen something no one else did, because they challenged the catch. Replays showed Betts lost control of the ball as he landed in the Red Sox's bullpen.
Suddenly, the umpires had a tough decision to make. They had to determine whether Betts had control of the ball long enough to consider it a catch, or if losing control of the ball after falling meant Abreu had hit a home run.Tue, Jul 28Chi White Sox9 - 4BostonGame Recap
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Being traded at the deadline can be hectic for most players. For at least a couple of hours, your life is flipped upside down. You have to meet up with your new club, get acquainted with your new teammates and, possibly, relocate your family to a new city.
David DeJesus only has to worry about two of those things after Tuesday's trade. DeJesus was shipped from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Los Angeles Angels, and you would be hard-pressed to find someone more excited about the news than his wife Kim.
@David_DeJesus3 is officially an Angel!!!!!!! And I'm officially in heaven!!!!!!!!!!
We've seen Kim DeJesus follow the trade deadline before. In 2013, she attempted to get through the day by having a few drinks.Tue, Jul 28Detroit2 - 10Tampa BayGame Recap
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
For the second time this season, New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has failed a steroid test. Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that Mejia had once again tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. As a result, Mejia will now miss the club's next 162 games.
The move seems to have come as a shock to many within the organization.
Alderson seems genuinely shocked by this. Almost can't believe it. Hasn't talked to Mejia yet.
Carig is referring to Mets general manager Sandy Alderson there, obviously.
It's not just members of the front office, though. Some of Mejia's teammates expressed disbelief that this could happen again.
Black's tweet has since been deleted, but it's easy to understand why he was frustrated with the news.Tue, Jul 28San Diego0 - 4NY MetsGame Recap
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced a major change Tuesday to the process by which players are voted into Cooperstown. The Hall of Fame is making the Baseball Writers Association of America, the longtime arbiters of voting, to take away ballots from members who haven't actively covered baseball in 10 years.
While it might seem perfectly rational to take Hall of Fame votes away from writers who no longer cover the game, that's never been the BBWAA way. Once a writer earns a Hall of Fame vote — it first takes 10 years of being a BBWAA member — he or she would keep the Hall of Fame vote for life.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
The tenor of the Colorado Rockies clubhouse was understandably foul after news spread that the team had dealt star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan wrote a columnlooking behind-the-scenes at how Tulo and his teammates found out he'd be traded north of the border. It was clear nobody in a Rockies uniform was too happy.
Frustration was still echoing Tuesday afternoon, when third baseman Nolan Arenado, the likely heir to Tulo's face-of-the-franchise throne once the trade deadline passes spoke to the Denver Post. Arenado, 24, seemed upset that Tulowitzki was gone and unimpressed with the Rockies' return in the trade.Tue, Jul 28Philadelphia3 - 2TorontoGame Recap
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Many people didn't believe. They didn't believe that the Kansas City Royals, who were one win from a World Series title last year, could do it again. They didn't believe the team was built to withstand the tough AL Central. They didn't believe that last year's Cinderella could be this year's belle of the ball.
But the Royals believe. They believe this is their year and they proved it again Tuesdayby adding Ben Zobrist from the Oakland Athletics, another move signaling that the Royals are all-in for 2015.
The A's are getting two pitching prospects in return. Here's the deal, as reported by Yahoo Sports' own Jeff Passan:Tue, Jul 28Kansas City2 - 1ClevelandGame Recap
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
The Philadelphia Phillies seem to be approaching their trade-deadline sale of ace Cole Hamels much like a realtor would sell an in-demand house.
The Phillies have reportedly told teams around MLB that they want their best offers by Wednesday, essentially laying down a "best-and-final" scenario, so the Phils can pick their preferred deal.
- Ian Denomme at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
After more than 20 years as also-rans in the AL East, the Toronto Blue Jays are trying to position themselves as contenders in 2015, and beyond.
News broke early Tuesday morning that the Toronto Blue Jays acquired All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in a shocking trade with the Colorado Rockies. In return the Rockies get shortstop Jose Reyes, and three pitching prospects – Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman, and Jesus Tinoco. The Blue Jays also get veteran relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins.
The trade was surprising given the Blue Jays already have the top offense in all of baseball but were in desperate need of an upgrade to their starting rotation. With the Blue Jays appearing to go all in, another trade for pitching help could be in the works before Friday’s deadline. Or they’ll decide to just outslug their opponents.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
MLB trade deadline week keep rolling on. Clubs can complete non-waiver trades until 4 p.m. ET Friday, and as the seconds tick toward that deadline, there will be no shortage of news and rumors.
If you missed any of Monday's action, we collected the best stuff in our daily digest, including the surprising Troy Tulowitzki trade and the Mets adding to their bullpen. Now onward to Tuesday.
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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
The Stew's Trade Deadline Digest recaps the day in news and rumors as MLB gets closer to the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. If you missed any of Monday's action, we're here to help you catch up with all the important links and tidbits.
HOUSTON STILL WANTS HIM: If you thought the Astros were out on Cole Hamels now that they have Scott Kazmir, you're wrong. Houston is making "a big push." [Jerry Crasnick]
MEANWHILE: The Phillies were out scouting the Rangers' minor leaguers because Texas is still considered a legit contender for Hamels too. [Ken Rosenthal]
ALSO: The Diamondbacks are also interested in Hamels, but aren't a favorite. [Crasnick]