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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
In our Homer History series, writers re-tell the stories of memorable home runs from their perspective. In this installment, Yahoo Sports Big League Stew writer Mark Townsend recounts the time Todd Helton's walk-off blast ignited an incredible run.
As a fan of the Colorado Rockies even before they debuted in 1993, nothing compares to the historic 21-1 run that led them directly to their first and only World Series appearance in 2007. It was a continuous wave of moments and emotions that only baseball fans in the thick of a pennant race can understand or appreciate and, up until that point, those were moments and emotions I had not truly experienced as a fan.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
It apparently wasn't enough for the Kansas City Royals to make the New York Mets watch them celebrate winning the World Series at Citi Field after pulling off a thrilling comeback win in Game 5 last November.
The Royals are going to have not one, but two World Series ceremonies over the regular season's opening week.
Their opponent for that very first series of the 2016 season? None other than those very same Mets.
When the two teams meet for the first time on Apr. 3, the Royals will raise their championship banner Two days later on Apr. 5, Kansas City's players will receive their championship rings. The Mets? They'll have to watch, just like they did back on their own home field when the Royals earned the right to celebrate with as many ceremonies as they would like.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly come to terms on a contract, successfuly avoiding their upcoming salary arbitration hearing. According to Sportsnet's Shi Davidi, the deal is for two years and a total of $29 million.
Donaldson is coming off a 2015 season where he was named American League MVP after hitting 297/.371/.568 with a career-high 41 home runs and 123 RBIs. The 30-year-old third baseman sent out this tweet minutes before the Sportsnet report was published:
Mood right now. pic.twitter.com/QCJBAcc0GW
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
Welcome to The Stew's Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you'll find a recap of all the day's action and other fun stuff from around the Internet.
IN THE HUNT: The Baltimore Orioles and two other clubs are in the race for pitcher Yovani Gallardo. [@ChrisCotillo]
MAKE A CHOICE: Reliever Eric O'Flaherty is deciding between four teams, and is expected to sign soon. [@jcrasnick]
DONE DEAL: The Cleveland Indians agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Craig Stammen. [@Ken_Rosenthal]
AVAILABLE: Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Yulieski Gurriel, two Cuban brothers, have defected and are seeking contracts with major-league clubs. Yulieski, 31, is considered major-league ready, while Lourdes, 22, would have been a high pick in the draft. [MLB.com]
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher, and current ESPN analyst, Curt Schilling has never been shy about speaking his mind. Schilling's thoughts got him in trouble in August, however, after he was suspended from ESPN for a tweet comparing Muslims to the Nazi party.
While Schilling was unable to communicate on Twitter during this time, it's likely he had some concerns about his future at ESPN. Shortly after he was suspended, ESPN named Jessica Mendoza as its new Sunday Night Baseball analyst. Schilling probably wondered whether that meant the writing was on the wall.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
The Arizona Diamondbacks are really trying to make the National League West the most intriguing division this season. The club continued its offseason makeover Monday, signing reliever Tyler Clippard to a two-year, $12.25 million deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
The 30-year-old Clippard is coming off a season in which he posted a 2.92 ERA over 71 innings with the Oakland Athletics and the New York Mets. While Clippard wasn't considered an elite option when he hit the market (he ranked seventh among relievers on Jeff Passan's free-agent tracker), he was the best option available right now.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
Toronto's hottest Super Bowl party was hosted by Blue Jays hurler Marcus Stroman. This party had everything: Celebrities, at least one bowl of chips and ... onesies.
Yes, in order to get into Stroman's Super Bowl celebration, it looks like you needed to meet two requirements. One, be a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Two, wear a onesie. Don't just take our word for it, though, feast your eyes on a picture from the event.
We count 10 parties members and what appears to be 10 onesies. While we're having a hard time identifying everyone, we have spotted Jose Bautista, Kevin Pillar, Aaron Sanchez, Drew Storen and Stroman in the picture.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
Former Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Delmon Young has been accused of choking and threatening to kill a Miami valet, according to ABC 10 Miami.
The incident started after Young was denied entry to an elevator that led to a club in the Brickell hotel. The valet told him the club was closed. At that point, Young told the man, " Stupid Cuban. Open the (expletive) door. I'm here. Now what?"
Young then left the scene without further incident, but returned a few minutes later. After again being denied entry, Young threatened the man's life. It was at that point that Young allegedly choked the valet, according to the police report.
After the attendant repeated that the club was closed, Young told him, "I'm gonna (expletive) kill you, you Latin piece of (expletive)," the report said.
- Greg Wyshynski at Big League Stew1 day ago
In our Homer History series, writers re-tell the stories of memorable home runs from their perspective. In this installment, Yahoo Sports NHL blogger Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy looks back on Joe Carter’s World Series-winning homer against the Phillies in 1993.
“Every story has already been told. Once you've read Anna Karenina, Bleak House, The Sound and the Fury, To Kill a Mockingbird and A Wrinkle in Time, you understand that there is really no reason to ever write another novel. Except that each writer brings to the table, if she will let herself, something that no one else in the history of time has ever had." - Anna Quindlen, author.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 day ago
The NFL season is over after the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Pantherswith a dominant defense on Sunday, allowing sports fans to catch up on the NBA, NHL and college basketball in the middle of those respective seasons.
It also means the start of spring training is less than two weeks away now for five teams and others to follow shortly thereafter.
When does your favorite team get going? We've listed all the dates below. The first date is the pitchers-and-catchers report date, followed by the first full squad workout.
MLB SPRING TRAINING REPORT DATES
• Arizona Diamondbacks: Feb. 18, Feb. 23
• Atlanta Braves: Feb. 20, Feb. 25
• Baltimore Orioles: Feb. 19, Feb. 24
• Boston Red Sox: Feb. 19, Feb. 24
• Chicago Cubs: Feb. 20, Feb. 24
• Chicago White Sox: Feb. 19, Feb. 23Sun, Feb 7Carolina10 - 24DenverGame Recap