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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
For as long as we've been collecting the longest homers of the month here on The Stew, we've never seen a month like May 2015 and that's because the top four homers of the month belong to one man — Giancarlo Stanton.
If this were a movie, it would be written, produced, directed by and starring Giancarlo Stanton. That's how much he dominated the home-run distance game. Bryce Harper hit the most homers in May (13), and Paul Goldschmidt and Josh Donaldson also did really well (10 a piece), but Stanton won for distance. He hit nine homers in May (as did five other players), but his traveled the furthest.
He now owns four of the top six homers of 2015, which is pretty good. A-Rod's 477-foot blast from April is still No. 1 on the overall leaderboard though. (Note: All data in this post comes from ESPN's Hit Tracker Online)
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Look at this face. It's the face of a man who doesn't care that he's just committed a crime against candy. You're obviously not supposed to eat a Kit Kat like Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is in this picture, snapped Monday by teammate Dee Gordon.
Even a kid knows the Kit Kat is to be consumed piece by piece. Heck, the Kit Kat's four attached wafers are their own roadmap. But Stanton cares not about sugary societal norms. A little bit of history may be fitting here. Gordon has previously called out Stanton for flying in the face of Kit Kat logic. Below is a tweet from May 28.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
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Colorado Rockies outfield prospect David Dahl will miss significant time after being involved in a gruesome collision. Dahl collided with second baseman Juan Ciriaco on a flyball hit to shallow center. Both players were running at full speed when they hit each other.
Though Dahl was eventually able to walk off the field under his own power, he was taken to a hospital immediately. There, it was determined that Dahl would need to undergo surgery to repair his spleen.
Following the incident, Dahl sent out a message of encouragement to his fans.
Assistant general manager Zach Wilson initially told the Denver Post that there was no timeline for Dahl's return, though it was assumed he would miss the rest of the season.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
It can now be said: There is no baseball player alive who has played for the Chicago Cubs in the World Series.
The last of 'em, shortstop Lennie Merullo, died Saturday at the age of 98, after complications from a stroke, according to the New York Times.
He played for the Cubs in the 1945 World Series, in the middle of his seven-year MLB career, all of which was with the Cubs. The team, of course, hasn't won a World Series since 1908.
From the Times:
Even the most long-suffering Cubs fans might have had only vague memories of Merullo. He spent seven seasons as a Cubs infielder, playing mostly during the World War II years when many front-line ballplayers were in military service, and was never an All-Star. But he enjoyed a distinction that would elude hundreds of other Cubs who played at Wrigley in the last seven decades.LiveChi Cubs5 - 1MiamiFollow Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
The St. Louis Cardinals honored the memory of Oscar Taveras before their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, which was the one-year anniversary of his major league debut.
Taveras died alongside his girlfriend in a one-car accident last October and his family was on hand at Busch Stadium as the Cardinals presented them with some keepsakes from Oscar's time with the organization.
It just so happened that Carlos Martinez, Taveras' best friend, was taking the mound for St. Louis. Emotions were on high, and Martinez, who now wears Taveras' No. 18 as a personal tribute, was brought to tears by the pregame ceremony.LiveLA Dodgers2 - 0ColoradoFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was faced with a difficult decision Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels: Should he allow his tiring ace to continue pitching, or turn to his bullpen?
Ausmus chose the latter, and it wound up costing him the game.
In the eighth inning, Ausmus made his choice. Up until the beginning of the frame, starter David Price had turned in a strong performance. He started to show signs of fatigue during his final inning.
Price allowed a walk and a single to start the inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved both hitters over, the Tigers issued an intentional walk to Grant Green.Tue, Jun 27:08 PM EDTOakland at DetroitPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
There are some who believe the designated hitter should be universally adopted by both leagues. There are others, who just want to watch New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon do his thing at the plate.
Colon, who has become everyone's favorite hitting pitcher, came through in a big way Sunday against the Miami Marlins.
With the game knotted 1-1, and a man on second, Colon stepped to the plate in the second inning. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Colon knocked a run-scoring double off David Phelps to give himself the 2-1 lead. It was Colon's first extra-base hit of the season, and second extra-base hit of his career.
The run would come in handy. Though the Mets would pick up another run, Colon eventually allowed Miami to tie the game at three. The club was able to notch the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, giving Colon the win.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
It's been one heck of a week for Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton. After missing nearly two months of the season due to a shoulder injury, Hamilton was able to return to action Monday.
Hamilton played in three road games before returning to Globe Life Park as a member of the Rangers on Thursday. He received a standing ovation in his first at-bat back with the club and promptly doubled.
Things got even better Friday, as Hamilton smashed two home runs in front of the Texas fans during a 7-4 win. After playing in six straight games, Hamilton was not in the lineup for the series finale against the Boston Red Sox.
Since he wasn't in the lineup, Hamilton could relax and reflect on his first week back in action after a tumultuous offseason. He wouldn't be able to relax for long, however.
With men on first and second in the bottom of the ninth, and his team trailing by a run, Hamilton was called on as a pinch hitter against Red Sox closer Koji Uehara. The stage was set for Hamilton to play the hero in his first series back in front of his home fans.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
Jerry Dior, the designer of Major League Baseball's enduring and iconic logo, has died at the age of 82. His wife Lita confirmed the news on Friday. revealing that Dior died on May 10 following a battle with cancer.
Born in Brooklyn, Dior designed the “silhouetted batter” logo in 1968 while working for Sandgren & Murtha, a marketing company in New York City. The logo was officially adopted by MLB in 1969 and has remained front and center for 46 years without a single tweak or reconsideration.
The design is basic even by standards of generations gone by, but its simplicity may be its charm. After all of these years, it remains fresh and endearing to MLB fans young and old.
It's also interesting to note that Dior never received any royalties and only received public credit for designing MLB's logo until 2009, some 40 years after its debut.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
Those hoping to see Bryce Harper participate in the 2015 Home Run Derby at Great American Ball Park were dealt some potentially disappointing news on Sunday.
According to Cincinnati.com's C. Trent Rosecrans, Harper's status for the event is up in the air. Not because of any baseball related concerns or injuries he's suffered, including the bruised back that forced him to miss Saturday's game, but rather the health of his father, who handled pitching duties when Harper finished second to Yoenis Cespedes in the 2013 derby.
As the story notes, Ron Harper recently had surgery on his rotator cuff following a snowboarding accident and may not be ready to throw by July 13. If he's not available, it sounds like Bryce will skip the event all together out of loyalty and perhaps even comfort.
"I probably won't be able to do it this year, because he's my guy," Harper said of his father.