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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew40 mins ago
Your browser does not support iframes. A baseball Hall of Fame finally opened its arms to Pete Rose on Saturday afternoon. In a ceremony at Great American Ballpark, the Cincinnati Reds officially inducted Rose into their team Hall of Fame.
In doing so, the Reds actually bypassed their usual election process, which until Rose's selection had adhered to the rules and standards of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. That makes it an even more notable gesture on their part, as they obviously feel it's time to put Rose's past in the past and move forward with his on-field legacy being celebrated.
Of course, it's well known that Rose's path to enshrinement in Cooperstown remains blocked as he remains permanently ineligible for having bet on baseball. Rose had hoped new commissioner Rob Manfred would consider lifting his lifetime ban. Manfred ultimately denied Rose's request in December, citing that Rose had not taken full responsibility for his actions or proven that he'd changed his gambling habits.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Wild brawls aren't exclusive to Major League Baseball. In fact, some of the craziest we've seen over the years have actually taken place at the minor league level.
That's where we turn right now, as this California League disagreement between the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers) and High Desert Mavericks (Rangers), went from dust up to fist-a-cuffs in under 30 seconds.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the fight unfolded when Quakes reliever Luis De Paula hit Travis Demeritte with the first pitch of the sixth inning. A half-inning earlier, the Mavericks had also hit a batter, so this was taken as retaliation.
Adding more fuel to the fire is the fact that Demeritte leads the California League with 19 homers. That makes him an important player and prospect. He'd also hit a home run one inning earlier, so there were a lot of bad memories fresh in some player's minds and perhaps some bad intentions in other's minds.
Whatever the case, it all boiled over.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
It's tough to keep a secret in today's technologically advanced world. All it takes is one click of a button to send information — true or false, good or bad — soaring into cyberspace, where it's there to be consumed and dissected by the entire world.
The New York Mets were reminded of that reality on Saturday, and it actually forced them to change their plans surrounding top outfield prospect Brandon Nimmo.
While the baseball world awaited official news of Jose Reyes' return to the Mets, this tweet by a reporter in Nimmo's home state of Wyoming managed to capture some attention.
Brandon Nimmo expected to start in LF for Mets at Atlanta tonight. #wyosports
Typically when a notable prospect is nearing a call up there's a palpable buzz. That wasn't the case with Nimmo. Instead, this report basically came out of nowhere, which left fans puzzled.LiveNY Mets0 - 0AtlantaFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
A reunion that didn't seem possible as recently as eight months ago is now official. According to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, veteran shortstop Jose Reyes is returning to the New York Mets on a minor-league contract, though it's fully expected he'll join the major league team soon.
Reyes will reportedly suit up for the Brooklyn Cyclones on Saturday, officially beginning his journey back to Citi Field.
The signing brings Reyes' tumultuous career full circle after four-plus years of uncertainty that were further complicated by a rapid physical decline and an arrest last October in Hawaii for an alleged domestic assault.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
After starting the season with an AL-best 23-11 record, the Chicago White Sox have looked like a flawed and sometimes broken team ever since. In fact, since May 12, they've gone 14-26, going from first place with a five-game lead to fourth place with a six-game deficit in the AL Central.
There's no one specific area where they've been great, good or even decent during that stretch. That's in spite of 12-game winner Chris Sale doing his thing every five days. He's been the one constant, and that's not to discount guys like Jose Quintana or Todd Frazier either, who have also been very good.
A baseball team needs more than that to create a strong foundation. They need a core of steady and reliable players who will pull their assigned weight more often than not. That's what makes the early results for rookie shortstop Tim Anderson so exciting. Two weeks in, he looks like a guy capable of pulling his own weight and then some.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has experienced every type of emotion that can possibly be attached to a home run during his 11-year career.
As the owner of 210 home runs himself, he's obviously hit a few that won ballgames for Baltimore or at least lit up the crowd at Camden Yards. He's also seen plenty sail over his head, both home and away, and on occasion he's even gone above the wall to take a home run away.
All of those moments definitely stir emotions, but we've never seen Jones react quite the way he did after being robbed himself during Friday's 6-3 win against the Rays.
With Baltimore trailing 3-0 in the fourth inning, Jones launched a fastball from Matt Moore to deep left-center field. The smash had home run distance, but it didn't have home run height, allowing Tampa's Taylor Motter to reach up and pull it back. That led to the first of what we'd say were two great, if not perfect responses to having that home run taken away.LiveTampa Bay4 - 1BaltimoreFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.
Friday's 15-game slate didn't feature a single marquee pitching matchup. With that in mind, it should come as no real surprise that the night was dominated by offense, with all 30 teams combining to score 173 total runs on 293 totals hits.
Yeah, it was a rough night for a lot of pitcher's ERA. None more so though than Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez, who may have turned in the worst start of baseball's modern era in Kansas City's 13-4 loss to the Astros.
The numbers are downright awful. Volquez was knocked around for nine runs (eight earned) on seven hits in the first inning alone.
.@astros 9-run 1st inning vs Royals: Triple RBI single Single Out RBI single RBI single BB Error, run scores RBI single Grand Slam Out Out
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
The Cleveland Indians have absolutely dominated the Detroit Tigers this season.
Coming into Friday's game at Comerica Park, Cleveland had won each of the first six matchups. On top of that, Cleveland had won six straight games overall after sweeping back-to-back home series against the White Sox and Rays.
Those trends did not bode well for Detroit,. Based on the crazy finish to Friday's game, they may even be destined to continue forever. Despite the Tigers challenging the Indians bullpen in a dramatic ninth inning, Cleveland still walked away with a
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
Javier Baez is doing everything he can to carve out a regular role on an incredibly deep Chicago Cubs roster.
He went a long way toward accomplishing that during Friday's 5-4 win in Miami, diving into the stands to make arguably the best defensive play in baseball this season.
Baez measured the foul ball off the bat of Miami's J.T. Realmuto the whole way, but seemed to be running out of room as he approached the wall about halfway up the third base line. At that point, the 23-year-old risk-taker decided nothing was going to stop him from completing the catch, so he launched himself into the air and ultimately into the stands to give himself the best shot.
The effort obviously paid off, as Baez made the play. He also avoided injury, which may have actually been the better news to the injury-riddled Cubs.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
When the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers take the field for Super Hero Night on Friday, their jerseys will look a lot different than usual. That's because the team is honoring a super hero within its own family in four-year-old Miles Mortensen.
Mortensen, who's the son of current Omaha reliever and former major leaguer Clayton Mortensen, is currently undergoing treatment following a cancer relapse last month. As a show of support during his courageous fight, the team decided to create a special custom jersey that would be worn in Miles' honor.
The team even included its fans in the process by holding a contest earlier this month. The winning jersey was designed by Nicole Pappas of Boston, and according to Omaha.com will feature players and coaches wearing capes on the back of their jerseys as part of the design.