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- David Brown at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Cowabunga, dudes! Do you like baseball? Do you like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Well, then you're going to love what the Fresno Grizzlies, the Class AAA minor-league team of the San Francisco Giants, are doing Aug. 2, when their players will wear TMNT jerseys to be auctioned after their ballgame.
Fresno's Twitter account says all four caps will be available at the team's store this summer, and a fan vote will determine which jersey the club will wear for the game. As they look now in cartoon form, the Turtle unis all look like jammies for a toddler — not that there's anything wrong with that.
And Turtles do know how to ball:
The Toledo Mud Hens set the standard earlier this year when they announced their intention to wear "Ghostbusters"-themed unis this season.
What else should teams do for uniforms with an '80s theme?
• Cosby Sweaters
• Duran Duran
• Super Mario Brothers
- David Brown at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Barry Bonds arrived at San Francisco Giants camp at Scottsdale, Ariz. on Monday morning for a scheduled weeklong stay to be a special instructor with his old team. It's the first time since 2007, his last season in the majors, that Bonds has worn a Giants uniform. He looks slimmer — but he has in recent history, no doubt in part because of his serious biking habit — and, somehow younger than in '07. Bonds invited every player on the roster to "pick my brain" while they had a chance, because he's not sure if coaching is for him.
He also answered questions about the Hall of Fame, saying he "without a doubt" should be in Cooperstown, but he had nothing to say to the voters who decided not to cast ballots for himself and other players tied to performance-enhancing drugs. Bonds, the all-time home run leader, got 34.7 percent of the most recent vote.
"You guys are all adults, I have no advice for you," Bonds told reporters.
He also didn't bite on a question about being unemployed in baseball since the '07.
- David Brown at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
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IKE TAKES A HIKE WEARING BOOT: Sidelined with a calf strain that has prevented him from playing for at least a week, New York Mets slugger Ike Davis has been fitted with a walking boot on his right foot. Davis has not gotten an MRI yet, ESPN New York reports, but he expects to soon. Davis also says he expects to be ready for opening day in three weeks. If he's not Lucas Duda and Josh Satin probably will platoon at first base. Duda, though, is nursing a hamstring injury and won't return to the lineup until the weekend at the soonest, reports Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. And the Twitter says John Olerud is available.LiveMiami3 - 0NY MetsFollow Game
- Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Juan Uribe can tell that something is off, it appears, when he sits down at his locker at Camelback Ranch. Otherwise, all is quiet for the next few moments inside of the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse until...
"Boo!" goes the locker monster. All Uribe can do is let the shock wear off and walk away.
Hanley Ramirez was so effective in revealing himself, he startled the camera man — who even had the advantage of knowing the prank was coming. Everyone has a good laugh. It's an old prank, but a good one when pulled off, and Ramirez did it just right.
First the Dodgers make Australia happy by announcing that Clayton Kershaw will be starting opening day down in Sydney, and then they warm the hearts of the America's Funniest Home Video crowd by scaring the bejeezus out of Juan Uribe. The Dodgers are having a good day.
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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
Major League Baseball's expanded replay system made its long awaited debut on Monday and has been utilized at select spring training games since.
Though not everybody is entirely comfortable with the guidelines or in complete understanding of how the system works — right, Joe Maddon? — there have been no reported glitches within the system itself. It's running as smooth as can be expected and seems ready to be unveiled in its complete form during the regular season. However, that unveiling won't come when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks travel to Australia to open the season in two weeks.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been hesitant to commit to using ace Clayton Kershaw during their season-opening series down in Australia. That changed on Sunday, however, as MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports the team has officially announced Kershaw as their starter for the season opener on March 22.
The assignment will mark Kershaw's fourth consectuive opening day start. A remarkable feat considering Kershaw will only turn 26 on March 19. Gurnick notes the last Dodger to start four straight openers was Ramon Martinez from 1995-98. Don Sutton still holds the team record with seven from 1972-1978.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
The St. Louis Cardinals excel at finding talent that fits their system and make up. They hope they found another perfect fit on Sunday after signing Cuban infielder Aledmys Diaz to a major league contract.
According to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, the deal will be four years. but the financial terms are not known. USA Today's Bob Nightengale, who first reported the deal was complete, says Diaz will join the Cardinals for team workouts in Jupiter, FL. on Monday.
Diaz, 23, batted .315 with 12 HR, 11 SB in 270 at-bats (2012) playing for Los Naranjas de Villa Clara in Cuba. pic.twitter.com/nvaAqY8NpB
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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
We could spend hours upon hours writing down reasons why at age 22, Mike Trout is already among the best players and biggest superstars in Major League Baseball.
OK, you got us, that's exactly what we have been doing for the better part of two years anyway. But guess what? You're going to have to sit through another pat on Trout's back. Only this time, it has nothing to do with his other-worldly talent on the field, but rather his kindness and professionalism when dealing with young fans.
During the Angels' split-squad battle against the Chicago Cubs on Friday afternoon, Trout spotted a young Angels fan sporting a Trout jersey. Without hesitation, Trout called the fan over to their dugout and handed him his game-worn batting gloves.
I think the reaction of the woman sitting one row behind the young fan says it all. Yes, that was really Mike Trout. And yes, he really gave him the batting gloves he was wearing in the batter's box just moments earlier. Because that's how Mike Trout rolls.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is always looking for ways to stay that one critical step ahead of the competition. Another classic example of his forward thinking surfaced earlier this week when members of the media noticed Maddon's Rays were getting used to finishing plays even after the final out of an inning was recorded, just in case a replay challenge overturns a call.
Essentially the Rays were playing through the whistle if we were talking in football terms, because like many of us, Maddon isn't exactly sure how the continuation of a play will be handled in cases where an inning would have ended, but replay determines the inning should continue.LiveTampa Bay1 - 2BostonFollow Game
Spring Headlines: Matt Harvey still wants to pitch in 2014; A’s renew Josh Donaldson at league minimumMark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
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If Matt Harvey has his way, he'll make his return from Tommy John surgery in 2014. The 24-year-old right-hander stated as much on Saturday in a tweet that read "2014 Harvey day will happen." Harvey Day, of course, is how Mets fans refer to the days Harvey is scheduled to pitch.
The tweet itself has since been deleted, but not before it caught the attention of Mets general manager Sandy Alderson.
"Look, I can't control what he tweets or says by other means," Alderson said. "If that's how he feels, that's his perspective and we'll see where it goes."
"It's one of those never-say-never [situations],'' Alderson said. "Look, are the probabilities with him? Everybody's different. It's what, not even the middle of March? Let's wait until the middle of July before we maybe address that question again."