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- David Brown at Big League Stew14 mins ago
They dye the river green in Chicago for St. Patrick's Day. They might as well paint the bases green in Fort Myers, Fla., for a Boston Red Sox-St. Louis Cardinals game in the Grapefruit League on Monday.
What might be a new touch are the white shamrocks stenciled on top of each base. Perhaps they did that in past seasons. Is it over the top? It is, but that's what happens on St. Patrick's Day, when we beat all of our snakes to a pulp to satisfy the baseball gods! Or perhaps not.
In addition to the bases, the Cards are wearing green caps, and the Red Sox are wearing green jerseys with shamrocks and caps.
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- David Brown at Big League Stew55 mins ago
Hall of Fame slugger Mike Schmidt says he feels "fantastic" after recently completing his last round of chemotherapy treatment for Stage 3 melanoma. His treatment prevented him from being a spring instructor for the Philadelphia Phillies, but Schmidt reported to camp in Florida on Sunday to inform the masses of how he's doing. And with an obligatory message:
Get your skin checked. Schmidt says he feels like the "luckiest man alive" because he got his skin checked by a dermatologist after finding a random spot on his hand. Schmidt, who is 64 years old and plans on joining the Phillies broadcast in a limited capacity this season, also says he's grown wary of sunlight.
Cubs fire team psychologist who had his own locker, dressed in team gear and shagged balls during batting practiceDavid Brown at Big League Stew1 hr ago
"Losing is a disease. As contagious as polio" — sports psychologist in "The Natural."
Utilizing psychology is nothing new in sports, including Major League Baseball. The mental part of the game can be of the utmost importance considering the high and relatively even talent level of most who play. The Chicago Cubs, alleged to be responsible in their own way for mental disorders in some fans through the years, are in the market for a new psychologist after letting go of Marc Strickland. He had been with the organization since 2009 and with the big club since 2010.
A typical team psychologist consults away from the ballpark during office hours, but Strickland was different. He reportedly acted like a coach, writes Paul Sullivan in the Chicago Tribune:
- Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Baseball's back! As we get closer to the regular season, stop by The Stew Periodically for a helping of spring storylines.
JOSH HAMILTON SAYS HE IS CONFIDENT that playing two weeks of spring training games will be enough for him to be ready for opening day. Hamilton is set to appear Monday after missing all of the Cactus League season until nowbecause of a strained left calf muscle, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
The Angels’ outfielder has hit in live batting practice for thee straight days and said he “felt totally different” on Saturday, with his timing and at-bats being a lot better.
Asked Sunday morning about the possibility of starting the season on the disabled list in order to get more at-bats, Hamilton said: “That’s not even on the table right now.” Hamilton previously said that he typically likes to get somewhere between 45 and 55 at-bats to get ready for the regular season, but he can also double up in Minor League games to do so.
It also sounds like Hamilton will be taking a calculated risk by cramming extra preparation into a smaller amount of time.
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After literally wandering into Milwaukee Brewers camp as a stray in mid-February, Hank the Dog — named after former MLB home run Hank Aaron — has been the talk of the baseball world. Almost immediately after his arrival, the Brewers took Hank into their family as an unofficial spring training mascot, and even found him a new permanent home in Milwaukee. They're just not saying who with.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
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The first instinct of most baseball fans is to sell out and sacrifice themselves or those around them for a chance at a souvenir. We saw no better example of this earlier this week when a fan literally forgot where he was or what he was doing, let go of his son's wagon to chase a home run ball and watched as the wagon rolled down the hill into a fence.
Thankfully, there were no injuries reported. Well, aside from the man's ego after he heard about it from his wife. But it shows how locked in the majority of fans are when they attend games. It's almost like they can smell the baseball coming from 400 feet away, so the instincts take over and the results aren't always pretty.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
It's a game of can you top this around the minor leagues in terms of promotional jerseys and everybody is a winner as a result.
So far we've seen Ghostbusters uniforms for the Toledo Mud Hens, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles uniforms and hats for the Fresno Grizzlies, and the slightly creepy but undoubtedly creative selfie uniforms soon to be donned by the Kalamazoo Growlers. Now comes what may prove to be the best of them all: ugly Christmas sweater uniforms.
You read that correctly. It's going to be Christmas in July for the Lowell Spinners, a Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, and their early gifts to everyone will be these uniforms.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
The Arizona Diamondbacks are getting ready to travel to Australia for their season-opening series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But before playing their final exhibition game and boarding the airplane, the team received news they didn't want to hear about scheduled opening day starter Patrick Corbin.
According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, an MRI revealed damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, which Corbin later revealed was diagnosed as a partial tear. The D-Backs and Corbin will seek a second opinion before making a final decision on whether to rehab or undergo Tommy John surgery, but this is clearly leaning towards a worst case scenario and a lost season for the pitcher Arizona was counting on to be their ace.Sun, Mar 16Milwaukee5 - 6ArizonaGame Recap
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
Of all the spring training traditions that exist, the best one may well belong to the Tampa Bay Rays. In recent years, many players, coaches, front office staff and now even fans, have shaved their heads as a tribute to children fighting cancer and to raise money for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation's Cut for A Cure.
The event is called “Fortune Favors The Bald” and the tradition continued on Sunday prior to the Rays battle against the Boston Red Sox. At 10:45 a.m just outside Charlotte Sports Park, the clipping and shaving began with Rays manager Joe Maddon being among the first to take a seat.
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