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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Fans of the Kansas City Royals spent the early part of the season defending their team — either because they weren't getting enough respect after their 2014 World Series run or because they were being painted as villains after they made the benches clear a few times.
Now, it appears Royals fans have focused their energy on another plight: making sure they dominate All-Star game voting. MLB released the first batch of AL vote tallies Tuesday and the Royals fans proved themselves the king and queen keyboard clackers, as five Royals would be starters if voting ended right now.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Charter Communications has agreedto acquire Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion, a mammoth move that has real-world ramifications outside of baseball. But since baseball is our biz here on The Stew, this news means one thing to us: the messy situation involving the Los Angeles Dodgers and Time Warner might finally get cleaned up.
Time Warner launched SportsNetLA in 2014, a cable network dedicated to the Dodgers, but other cable providers in the area haven't picked it up, saying it's too expensive. That has left about 70 percent of the L.A. area without access to SportsNetLA and, thus, without access to the Dodgers on TV.Tue, May 2610:10 PM EDTAtlanta at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
In what seemed like a match made of expendable players, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves were reportedly near a swap Tuesday morning that would have sent Juan Uribe to the ATL and Alberto Callaspo back to L.A.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal was first with the news, saying that Uribe-for-Callaspo was the headline, but six players were expected to change teams in the deal. Ah yes, some good ol' hot stove-type dealing in May. But then, as quickly as the rumors warmed our baseball-less morning, they were squashed.
Callaspo blocked the trade, according to Rosenthal, seemingly happier to stay with the .500 Braves or test free agency again should he get designated for assignment, as many expect, and hit the open market:
Sources: Callaspo rejected trade. Had right under CBA to say no to any deal before June 15 as a free agent who signed last off-season.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
With two pitchers suspended for using foreign substances on the mound in the last few days, there's been a conversation around baseball about the very existence of the rules outlawing grip-enhancing substances.
Count Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell among those who would like to see the rules be relaxed. In fact, he's suggesting that the league should come up with a uniform substance that every pitcher can use without consequence.LiveBoston0 - 2MinnesotaFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew18 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.
The Los Angeles Angels gave the San Diego Padres a choice not many teams would like: Mike Trout or Albert Pujols? Spoiler alert: The Padres didn't choose correctly.
With the score tied at three Monday night and two out in the ninth inning, the Padres could have pitched to Mike Trout with runners at first and third base. But they chose to walk him to load the bases and take their chances with Albert Pujols. Can't blame the decision. No need to risk it with the best player in the game.
But Pujols made them pay just the same, slapping a broken-bat, walk-off single into left field off Padres' closer Craig Kimbrel. The Angelswere the victors, 4-3. Pujols notched his 17th career walk-off hit and, according to ESPN Stats & Info, that's the second most among active players. David Ortiz is No. 1.Tue, May 2610:05 PM EDTSan Diego at LA AngelsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
Forget those ugly camo caps, this video right here is the most 'Murica thing that happened at an MLB game on Memorial Day.
Behold as a fan at Monday's Seattle Mariners-Tampa Bay Rays game grabs a foul ball, then proceeds to dance the most ridiculous dance you'll see this week — it's somewhere between hyped-up 4-year-old and Pauly Shore performing as a rodeo clown.
He stops to tilt his hat and picks up a sign at the end. The moment was there and he embraced every bit of it. Don't fight the feeling!
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
When we think about Giancarlo Stanton, baseball's $325 million man, the first things that come to mind include: "Damn, that guy hits baseballs really far" or "Man, that dude's contract is huuuuuuuge." We don't usually think about his defense in right field.
But Stanton, actually, is pretty good in the outfield and he proved it Monday for the Miami Marlins, making a stellar leaping catch in which he clanged into the right-field wall at Pittsburgh's PNC Park. From the sound of it, you might think Stanton was hurt. His impact with the fence was that loud.
- Ian Denomme at Big League Stew1 day ago
Things are going from very bad to even worse for the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds lost their ninth game in a row on Monday, their worst losing skid in 17 years, are already 10.5 games behind in the National League Central, and placed All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco on the disabled list.
Maybe that’s not exactly a major blow to the Reds as the move should have been made long ago. Mesoraco has been suffering from a left hip injury for most of the season. He’s been limited to just 45 at-bats and has eight hits and two runs-batted-in, while starting just five games behind the plate. Last year Mesoraco appeared in 114 games, slashed .273/.359/.534 with 25 home runs on his way to his first All-Star selection.
It’s just the latest in what has already been an ugly season for the Reds.
Rough times for reds. Lost 9 straight. Outscored 59-23. Mesoraco on dl and may need surgery. Cueto missed start.LiveColorado1 - 1CincinnatiFollow Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew1 day ago
Hitting fifth and starting in left field, Josh Hamilton made his improbable return to Texas Rangers on Monday and is looking to rediscover the All-Star form he displayed there for the better part of five seasons from 2008 to 2012.
Hamilton struck out swinging in his first plate appearance in his second go-around with the Rangers against Cleveland Indians starter Shaun Marcum after Marcum had given up back-to-back first inning home runs to Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre.
Hamilton's first test in left field came in the second inning, and he misplayed a ball hit his way.
In the top of the third Hamilton stepped to the plate with two-on and two-outs. He worked the count full against Marcum and took a pitch low-and-outside to draw a walk. Hamilton came around to score on an Elvis Andrus double two batters later.
At-bat No. 3 finished just like the first one, with a swinging strikeout, though this time it was left-hander Nick Hagadone that set Hamilton aside in the fifth.LiveTexas3 - 3ClevelandFollow Game