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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Baseball players are creatures of habit. When things are going well, you change nothing about your routine. When things are going poorly, you have to find the one thing holding you back. When you're Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and you find the one thing holding you back, you cut it up into little pieces and throw it in the garbage.
That's precisely what Harper did after hitting a mammoth home run to the third deck during Thursday's game. Almost immediately after rounding the bases, Harper was spotted in the dugout cutting up his batting gloves.
Your browser does not support iframes. Harper, who was hitting just .194 in May coming into the contest, apparently decided his batting gloves were part of the problem. After striking out with them during his first at-bat of the game, Harper ditched the batting gloves later on. Based on how hard his sixth inning home run was hit, we're going to say he correctly identified the problem.Fri, May 277:05 PM EDTSt. Louis at WashingtonPreview Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew1 hr ago
There is a full slate of 15 games on the schedule in Major League Baseball on Friday, but it’s likely many of the players involved in those games would rather be home on the couch for a night, or, better yet, paying customers at Citi Field in New York.
Los Angeles Dodgers 19-year-old phenom Julio Urias is scheduled to make his long-awaited major league debut in the first game of a three-game set with the New York Mets. Major league scouts have been talking about this day for years, since the uncommonly gifted left-hander was first discovered in 2012 when he was 15.Fri, May 277:10 PM EDTLA Dodgers at NY MetsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
For some, Memorial Day is a day to remember the soldiers who gave their lives for our country. For others, it's a day to barbecue, have fun and welcome summer. For baseball fans, it's a day to get angry about camo uniforms.
Seriously, there's an entire subsection of baseball fans who HATE when baseball drapes itself in camo for Memorial Day. Trust me, they're all over my Twitter feed every year. This year, MLB has, once again, unveiled new camo jerseys by Majestic and caps by New Era. So get ready for the camo hate coming your way Monday.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
If you were at a baseball game and managed to catch a foul ball, how would you celebrate? Would you cheer and jump up and down? Would you do the "Are you not entertained?" from Gladiator? Or maybe try dabbing, like the kids at the Scripps National Spelling Bee?
Those are great answers, but one fan at Thursday's Milwaukee Brewers-Atlanta Braves game has all of them beat.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
We all know about the greatest bat flip in recent memory, Jose Bautista flipping his bat with authority after he hit a home run for the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2015 ALDS. Now all bat flips must be measured against that one, the mother of all bat flips.
You might think that all other potential bat-flippers would be scared to flip, knowing they wouldn't measure up. But the Univeristy of Miami baseball team, the Hurricanes, isn't scared. They have given the world a bat flip worthy of being measured against the Bautista bat flip.
Now that is a Bat Flip. After the player sends the baseball into the stratosphere, he watches it fly and holds the bat out in front of him. And he keeps holding it as he walks up the first base line, staring into his own dugout at his teammates. Then he gives the bat a mighty heave and it twirls away from him.Fri, May 277:07 PM EDTBoston at TorontoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew13 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.
Houston Astros outfielder George Springer doesn't seem like the prototypical leadoff hitter, but he's definitely enjoying his time in the role. Springer's two home runs out of the No. 1 spot helped lead the Astros to victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.
Springer wasted no time getting to work. The 26-year-old led off the bottom of the first inning by smashing the second pitch he saw from Kevin Gausman deep to left for a solo home run.Fri, May 2710:05 PM EDTHouston at LA AngelsPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.'s pursuit of Joe DiMaggio's all-time hitting streak has officially come to an end. Bradley went 0-4 during Thursday's game against the Colorado Rockies, ending his current streak at 29 games.
Bradley had been moved to the leadoff spot for the contest, but failed to collect a hit against Rockies starter Jon Gray. In his four at-bats, Bradley flew out to right, grounded out to the pitcher, flew out to center and grounded out to second.
After leading off the eighth inning with a groundout, it seemed unlikely Bradley would receive another at-bat during the contest. The Red Sox made things interesting in the ninth inning, though.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Prior to Thursday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper was probably pretty frustrated with his recent performance. The 23-year-old came into the contest hitting just .194 during the month of May, and had only clubbed two home runs.
That frustration likely intensified after Harper struck out swinging during the first inning. Instead of taking out his anger on the water cooler, Harper decided to channel that rage into a future at-bat.
In the sixth inning, it came to pass. Harper put all of his hatred into one swing. The only victim was a poor, helpless baseball. On the third pitch of the at-bat, Harper obliterated an 80 mph curveball from Mike Leake. The ball was launched so far that it hit off the facing of the third deck in right field at Nationals Park.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
Is Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds a jerk because he wouldn't take a picture with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson before a game? Or have athletes gotten too cozy with each other these days?
On this week's edition of the StewPod, Chris and Mike discuss the interaction between the two players, and determine whether Bonds had a good reason for snubbing the young outfielder. They also talk about what the New York Mets should do with Matt Harvey, and express their excitement for Julio Urias' call-up. As always, Bad News Ramen joins the program for his now infamous Three Strikes segment.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
Arizona Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa hasn’t managed a baseball game in more than four seasons, but he’s still willing to go to extraordinary lengths to defend his record in the job. La Russa entered the broadcast booth of the Pittsburgh Pirates television crew Tuesday during a game at PNC Park after hearing broadcaster Greg Brown characterize him as being a manager who always believed in retaliating for players being hit with pitches. The topic was discussed during the broadcast because Pittsburgh pitcher Arquimedes Caminero had hit Arizona players Nick Ahmed and Jean Segura with pitches earlier in the game.Fri, May 278:05 PM EDTPittsburgh at TexasPreview Game