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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew37 mins ago
The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced a major change Tuesday to the process by which players are voted into Cooperstown. The Hall of Fame is making the Baseball Writers Association of America, the longtime arbiters of voting, to take away ballots from members who haven't actively covered baseball in 10 years.
While it might seem perfectly rational to take Hall of Fame votes away from writers who no longer cover the game, that's never been the BBWAA way. Once a writer earns a Hall of Fame vote — it first takes 10 years of being a BBWAA member — he or she would keep the Hall of Fame vote for life.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
The tenor of the Colorado Rockies clubhouse was understandably foul after news spread that the team had dealt star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan wrote a columnlooking behind-the-scenes at how Tulo and his teammates found out he'd be traded north of the border. It was clear nobody in a Rockies uniform was too happy.
Frustration was still echoing Tuesday afternoon, when third baseman Nolan Arenado, the likely heir to Tulo's face-of-the-franchise throne once the trade deadline passes spoke to the Denver Post. Arenado, 24, seemed upset that Tulowitzki was gone and unimpressed with the Rockies' return in the trade.Tue, Jul 287:07 PM EDTPhiladelphia at TorontoPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Many people didn't believe. They didn't believe that the Kansas City Royals, who were one win from a World Series title last year, could do it again. They didn't believe the team was built to withstand the tough AL Central. They didn't believe that last year's Cinderella could be this year's belle of the ball.
But the Royals believe. They believe this is their year and they proved it again Tuesdayby adding Ben Zobrist from the Oakland Athletics, another move signaling that the Royals are all-in for 2015.
The A's are getting two pitching prospects in return. Here's the deal, as reported by Yahoo Sports' own Jeff Passan:Tue, Jul 287:10 PM EDTKansas City at ClevelandPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
The Philadelphia Phillies seem to be approaching their trade-deadline sale of ace Cole Hamels much like a realtor would sell an in-demand house.
The Phillies have reportedly told teams around MLB that they want their best offers by Wednesday, essentially laying down a "best-and-final" scenario, so the Phils can pick their preferred deal.
- Ian Denomme at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
After more than 20 years as also-rans in the AL East, the Toronto Blue Jays are trying to position themselves as contenders in 2015, and beyond.
News broke early Tuesday morning that the Toronto Blue Jays acquired All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in a shocking trade with the Colorado Rockies. In return the Rockies get shortstop Jose Reyes, and three pitching prospects – Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman, and Jesus Tinoco. The Blue Jays also get veteran relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins.
The trade was surprising given the Blue Jays already have the top offense in all of baseball but were in desperate need of an upgrade to their starting rotation. With the Blue Jays appearing to go all in, another trade for pitching help could be in the works before Friday’s deadline. Or they’ll decide to just outslug their opponents.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
MLB trade deadline week keep rolling on. Clubs can complete non-waiver trades until 4 p.m. ET Friday, and as the seconds tick toward that deadline, there will be no shortage of news and rumors.
If you missed any of Monday's action, we collected the best stuff in our daily digest, including the surprising Troy Tulowitzki trade and the Mets adding to their bullpen. Now onward to Tuesday.
Follow the Twitter tracker below for every bit of news and gossip from the Yahoo Sports crew and the industry's top reporters. Heck, you might as well keep this open post open in a tab until the trade deadline passes.
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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
The Stew's Trade Deadline Digest recaps the day in news and rumors as MLB gets closer to the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. If you missed any of Monday's action, we're here to help you catch up with all the important links and tidbits.
HOUSTON STILL WANTS HIM: If you thought the Astros were out on Cole Hamels now that they have Scott Kazmir, you're wrong. Houston is making "a big push." [Jerry Crasnick]
MEANWHILE: The Phillies were out scouting the Rangers' minor leaguers because Texas is still considered a legit contender for Hamels too. [Ken Rosenthal]
ALSO: The Diamondbacks are also interested in Hamels, but aren't a favorite. [Crasnick]
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 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.
Kris Bryant, the much-heralded Chicago Cubs rookie, has experienced a number of firsts this season. But Monday night might have been most thrilling of them. Bryant crushed a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, erasing a one-run deficit and giving the Cubs a 9-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Yep, the ol' walk-off homer. It was the first of Bryant's young career, and as you can see, he and his teammates made the moment memorable. The Wrigley Field crowd, of course, loved every second too.Tue, Jul 288:05 PM EDTColorado at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
For as bad a rep as he's gotten over the past few years, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig seems to be responding in the best possible fashion to rumors that he might be shipped to another team before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline.
No petulance, no whining, no fits. Puig doesn't want to leave the Dodgers if he had the the choice, but told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:
"I'll play anywhere," Puig said. "I came to the United States [from Cuba] to play baseball. Baseball is the same anywhere. If they want to trade me, that's their decision. I can't do anything about that."Tue, Jul 2810:10 PM EDTOakland at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Troy Tulowitzki is getting his wish. He's been traded from the struggling Colorado Rockies, but the destination is a shocker — the Toronto Blue Jays. The trade hasn't been confirmed by either team, but mutiple reporters, including Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown, say it's happening. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal was first to report the deal.
Based on what's been reported thus far, the return for the Rockies is veteran shortstop Jose Reyes, young fireballer Miguel Castro, top pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman and one more unnamed prospects. Relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins is also heading to the Blue Jays, filling another of their needs as they make a push toward the postseason.