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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
If not for those pesky catwalks, baseball at Tropicana Field would be pretty much normal.
Granted, the ballpark itself would still be slightly dull and not aesthetically pleasing, but the baseball would be normal. And that's all we can ask for.
About those catwalks, though. They definitely exist, and they aren't going anywhere any time soon, which means they'll continue wreaking havoc on Major League Baseball games.
In fact, this week alone we've seen two notable instances of the catwalks interfering with play. On Thursday, they helped out the home team by robbing Minnesota's Miguel Sano of a monster home run. Sano's smash, which according to one estimate would have traveled 470 feet, struck a catwalk that's considered in play. The ball remained live, and Sano was only able to make it to second base.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew12 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.
Citi Field wasn't home, sweet home, for the New York Mets on Friday night. After winning seven straight in Colorado and Philadelphia, the Mets returned home and fell 6-4 to the last-place Boston Red Sox.
After having his last start skipped, Matt Harvey returned to toss six scoreless innings but was long gone when Boston's Blake Swihart raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run leading off the 10th inning.
Upon further review, Swihart's blast actually cleared the wall and should have been ruled a conventional home run on the field. It wasn't, but it didn't much matter as the ball bounced far enough away from center fielder Juan Lagares for Swihart to round the bases. Any way you score it, it's a home run, but we'll always acknowledge a catcher showing off his wheels.Sat, Aug 294:05 PM EDTBoston at NY MetsPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
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It's official. Vin Scully, arguably the greatest living broadcaster in baseball, sports or any other form of entertainment, will return to Dodgers television booth in 2016.
With help from Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson and late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, Scully's return was officially announced to the fans at Dodger Stadium during Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
An announcement was also made on social media, where baseball fans collectively rejoiced.
OFFICIAL: It'll be a very pleasant 2016. Vin Scully to return for his 67th season. pic.twitter.com/i2WrutItRO
Scully, 87, will return for one more season — God willing, as Scully himself put in — with the door remaining open beyond the 2016 season.
Vin Scully will hold a press conference tomorrow. He never understands why that's necessary. He says it should be a line in the game notes.Sat, Aug 299:10 PM EDTChi Cubs at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
If you have tickets to Sunday's Washington Nationals game and were specifically looking forward to the Jayson Werth bobblehead giveaway, we have disappointing news to share.
The giveaway is, well, we'll go with postponed. The team was not satisfied with the final product delivered to them, so they've decided to shelve the item and try again later.
Here's the official statement from the team.
Now, here's the finish product courtesy of @ParkerSports, who received a promo copy. .
As noted in the Nationals statement, the bobblehead was to commemorate Jayson Werth's walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS. One could argue that was the most memorable moment of the Nationals first ten years in Washington. There's no doubt it's worthy of its own bobblehead as the team celebrates its 10th anniversary, and the Nationals obviously wanted it to be perfect.Sat, Aug 297:05 PM EDTMiami at WashingtonPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
Fan safety has become a hot topic around baseball this season following a string of injuries stemming from foul balls and broken bats entering the stands. Expect it to become a topic with even greater urgency now that a fan is suing the Boston Red Sox over injuries suffered from a foul ball last season.
According to the Washington Post, 46-year-old Stephanie Taubin is suing Red Sox owner John Henry after she was struck by a foul ball and suffered multiple head and facial injuries during a game on June 17, 2014.
- Jay Busbee at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
You see the signs: BE ALERT, FOUL BALLS AND BATS ENTER THE STANDS AT HIGH SPEED. They're printed all over ballparks, even the back of your tickets. And yet injuries are unavoidable ... right? Is there a way we could make ballparks safer to avoid a catastrophic accident? Absolutely, say Yahoo Sports' Kevin Kaduk and Jay Busbee. Watch the video above for more detail, and decide where you fall on the safety scale. Heads up.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
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Since the trade deadline, the New York Mets have looked like the team of destiny. The club acquired Yoenis Cespedes, turned into the 1920s Yankees at the plate and have opened up a 6.5 game lead in the division.
While the team's run has been entertaining, any time a club rips off such a hot streak there's sure to be some luck involved. That was the case Thursday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.
With the game tied in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Mets' magic kicked in ... literally. Jeff Francoeur shot an 0-1 pitch up the middle, which might have gone for a single had it been for Carlos Torres.
Torres deflected the ball with his foot, sending it near first baseman Daniel Murphy. Murphy managed to stay with the ball despite a strange last second hop, but made the stop with his back turned to first.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
Curt Schilling's recent suspension from Sunday Night Baseball has opened the door for another up and coming analyst. Jessica Mendoza, who recently became the first woman to break down a baseball game in an ESPN booth, will sit in for Schilling this week.
Jessica Mendoza will sit in for ESPN's Curt Schilling this Sunday on Cubs-Dodgers game.
Schilling was suspended by ESPN after sending out an insensitive tweet comparing Muslims to the Nazi Party. As a result, he was pulled from his coverage of the Little League World Series as well as his usual role as a Sunday Night Baseball analyst.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
The circumstances under which Barry Bonds' baseball career ended has been the subject of much conjecture and scrutiny.
Coming off a 2007 season where he posted a .480 OBP and 1.085 OPS, Bonds, who was 43 at the time, was stunned that he didn't receive a single contract offer as a free agent. Even a public plea midway through the 2008 season that he would play for the league minimum didn't tempt a team to sign him. Bonds would never play in the majors again.
Convinced that there had to be more to the story, Bonds finally brought forth a collusion case against Major League Baseball.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz isn't going to win the American League MVP award this season. As long as Mike Trout still has breath in his body and Josh Donaldson continues to drive in everything in sight, Cruz will likely have to settle for a distant third in the voting.
That doesn't seem to bother Cruz. In fact, Cruz says he doesn't even look at his numbers during the season.
"After the season, you can see and look at numbers. Besides that, you just have to worry about what you can do to help the team win games."
If Cruz decided to take a peek at his offensive performance, he might come away impressed. The 35-year-old has obliterated baseballs all season. His .320/.388/.612 slash line is among the best in the game, as are his 39 home runs. Cruz's 178 wRC+, an advanced stat that measures offensive performance, is currently the best in the AL. Trout and Donaldson have been great, but no AL player has been better at the plate this season than Cruz.