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  • Rusty Staub recovering after suffering heart attack on international flight

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 hrs ago

    Baseball legend Rusty Staub is recovering in an Ireland hospital after suffering a heart attack on a flight back to New York this week. 

    According to multiple reports, Staub was traveling back on Monday when the incident occurred. Two doctors on board were able to revive Staub and keep him stable until the plane could return to Ireland. Staub was taken into emergency surgery and is now recovering, but many of his friends and fans have been working to get Staub back home so his recovery can continue at home.  

    According to the New York Daily News, a man named Stephen Marro, who says he’s a friend of the Staub family started a GoFundMe page with the goal to raise the $60,000 for a medical plane to bring Staub home. As of this writing, the campaign was closing in on $4,000. 

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  • One LGBT group says MLB's cross-dressing rookie hazing sends dangerous message

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew9 hrs ago

    We know it's coming every year. When the final week of the season arrives, MLB teams engage in their rookie hazing rituals. 

    Often times, these rituals include having rookies and sometimes even second-year players dress up in themed costumes. The Los Angeles Dodgers, for example, had their young players dressed up as legendary professional wrestlers. 

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    It's an often unusual rite of passion into the major leagues. It's seemingly done with no ill-intent other than to perhaps embarrass the players. However, TMZ Sports is reporting that powerful LGBT advocacy group Athlete Ally believes the ritual goes too far when it forces rookies to cross-dress, citing that it sends a dangerous message to kids.

    Here's what Athlete Ally head Hudson Taylor told TMZ.

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  • Kevin Pillar sells out to make yet another incredible diving catch

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew23 hrs ago

    If it seemed like Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar was adding another highlight to the reel every day in April, that's because he was.

    Pillar started the season with a series of memorable web gems that were absolutely mind-blowing.  He then continued to sprinkle them in at various points throughout the summer as well. As we saw on Friday though, he may have saved the best for last. 

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    During the Blue Jays 8-4 win against the Rays, Pillar struck a Superman pose, going full extension to rob Luke Maile of extra bases with a simply sensational diving catch.

    .@KPILLAR4. How? How? How?

    As good as that looked at real speed, it's absolutely breathtaking in slow motion. You'll see great plays, but you won't see many better than that. 

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