Big League Stew

  • Crazy fan runs on field, nearly disrupts play at Safeco Field

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew10 hrs ago

    Just when we think we've seen everything, crazy Saturday night baseball hits us with another gem. 

    In what may be the weirdest moment we've seen all season, a fan not only ran on the field during the Mariners 5-4 win against the Cardinals at Safeco Field, he nearly disrupted a live play in the outfield.  

    For all the countless times a fan has run on the field during a baseball game, rarely, if ever, do we even see them on television, let alone getting this close to the live action.

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  • Minor league teams involved in wild brawl after purpose pitch

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew16 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.

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  • Jose Reyes makes reunion with Mets official

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew20 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

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