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- Kevin Kaduk at Big League Stew20 mins ago
Goodbye Turner Field. Hello SunTrust Park.
The Atlanta Braves held a ceremonial groundbreaking for their new ballpark on Tuesday and also took the opportunity to announce the name of their new digs. SunTrust Banks, which is based in Atlanta, bought the naming rights for a 25-year period,the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The financial terms were not disclosed.
Located in suburban Cobb County, SunTrust Park is scheduled to open for the 2017 season. Hank Aaron and commisioner-to-be Rob Manfred were on hand for the groundbreaking.
All in all, that's not a very exciting announcement. Then again, they usually aren't since most new parks get christened through corporate dollars. On the bright side, it's a financial score for the Braves franchise that this deal has already been locked up considering two division rivals — Washington and Miami — play in parks that haven't attracted sponsors and still bear generic names. (Let's not even get into Citi Field ...)Tue, Sep 164:10 PM PDTWashington at AtlantaPreview Game
- Kevin Kaduk at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Derek Jeter is mired in an 0-for-24 slump, which led to him being left out of the Yankees lineup and on the bench in Monday night's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays.
That was bad news for Tampa area residents, who had bought tickets for one last look to see the outgoing star play, but good news for those photographers without fancy zoom lenses.
Namely one adorable older woman, who had her heart set on snapping a photo of Jeter and only had to stroll down to the end of her section as he sat on the bench in the bottom of the second inning.
The enterprising photographer showed a lot of hustle in achieving her goal, too. As you can see in the video, it was a tricky proposition, even though Jeter's range in the dugout was even more limited than his range at short. For one, she had to get Jeter's attention as he leaned against the dugout rail.
For another, she had Tropicana Field security attempting to move her from blocking the view of others. (C'mon security guy, give her some time to compose the shot!)Tue, Sep 164:10 PM PDTNY Yankees at Tampa BayPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
This was one of those wins that playoff-caliber teams have to eke out. And as weird as it may seem still, when we're talking about the Kansas City Royals, we're talking about a team that has every intention of playing in the postseason.
If that happens, Monday night's win may be one of those signature moments that makes the postseason DVD. The Royals beat the White Sox 4-3, earning a walk-off win after scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth. The Royals had lost five of seven and slipped out of first place in the AL Central. They're owners of the second AL wild card and 1 1/2 back in the division, keeping pace with the Detroit Tigers who also won in the ninth inning Monday night.Tue, Sep 165:10 PM PDTChi White Sox at Kansas CityPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
The celebration on the field was subdued. The Los Angeles Angels knew this was only the first step. The first of many, they hope.
The Angels became the first team to clinch a playoff berth, by beating the Seattle Mariners 8-1 on Monday night. The Angels still have a magic number of three to win the AL West, but they've clinched at least a wild-card spot.
The division title will come. Heck, the 100-win plateau might come too. They're at 94 after beating Seattle. And then the postseason will come. There are lots of things to clinch for the Angels still, and they'll celebrate then, but crossing the first thing off the to-do list is always nice.
''Guys are aware that this is one little milestone that we need, and I think they're proud of that,'' manager Mike Scioscia said. ''But we have a long way to go. I think these guys know the bigger prize that we need to keep our eyes on.''
The Angels got another strong outing from rookie pitcher Matt Shoemaker, who improved to 16-4 this season after pitching 7 2/3 innings and giving up just one run.Tue, Sep 167:05 PM PDTSeattle at LA AngelsPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Major League Baseball players take note: Grabbing your own crotch will bring a bigger penalty than hitting another player with the baseball on purpose.
MLB saw fit to suspend Jonathan Papelbon of the Philadelphia Phillies for seven games for his perceived lewd gesture at fans at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday. Papelbon will not appeal, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, and he began serving his penalty Monday when the Phillies were visiting the San Diego Padres.
No word from MLB came regarding a penalty for umpire Joe West, who grabbed Papelbon by the jersey during their argument over Papelbon's ejection for making the gesture. Joe Torre, the MLB official in charge of discipline, was athis brother Frank Torre's funeral. That West wasn't published immediately didn't sit well with players such as Josh Donaldson of the Oakland Athletics:Tue, Sep 167:10 PM PDTPhiladelphia at San DiegoPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom has turned into a legitimate National League Rookie of the Year candidate over the past couple months. While he may or may not win the award, deGrom has at least etched his name into the Major League Baseball record books.
In Monday's game against the Miami Marlins, deGrom struck out the first eight batters he faced, tying Jim Deshaies' modern record. Deshaies struck out eight straight in 1986, pitching for the Houston Astros.
It looked like deGrom might break Deshaies' record, as Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart stepped to the plate in the bottom of the third inning. But Cosart singled into right field, the opposing pitcher of all people, the guy you might expect to strike out.
deGrom, 26, has been a bright spot this season for the Mets, who called him up in May. He was 8-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 20 starts, heading into Monday's game. Including his performance Monday night, deGrom has struck out eight or more batters in six times.Tue, Sep 164:10 PM PDTMiami at NY MetsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
Lest you thoughtthe Hunter Pence Signs joke was something that died after mid August — you know, like the Oakland Athletics' chances of winning the AL West, zing! — the bleacher meme has inspired a new parody rap video.
We like parody rap videos and this one comes from Tim Gettys of San Francisco-based video-making troupe Kinda Funny and his rhyming cohort Alexis Cozombolidis (aka @LetsGetLexi, aka Pence's girlfriend). And the video stars, you guessed it, Hunter Pence, the San Francisco Giants right fielder, acting out a number of absurdist Hunter Pence Sign ideas. It's worth two minutes of your life.Tue, Sep 167:05 PM PDTTexas at OaklandPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Five Big Things is Big League Stew's look at the week ahead in MLB action, examining storylines and matchups you should keep an eye on.
1. MAGIC-NUMBER WATCHING By next week at this time, it would be surprising if three of the six divisions in MLB weren't clinched. The magic numbers are dwindling, and in a few cities, the champagne might soon be on ice. The Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels are within a couple wins (and rival's losses) of stamping their playoff tickets. This week's matchups might accelerate things in a couple cases. Let's examine further.
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- David Brown at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
ESPN televised the Baltimore Orioles' exciting 3-2 victory against the New York Yankees on Sunday night, but did so from the bottom of the fourth inning on without one of its cameras. Baltimore's Adam Jones fouled a pitch off the lens of the "Mid-home Robo Cam," as it was described by broadcaster Dan Shulman, during an at-bat against Hiroki Kuroda.
Jones fought off a 2-1 fastball and knocked silly the camera, which was mounted on the screen behind home plate, and sent bits of glass crashing to the ground.
You can see pieces of glass highlighted below the camera's position. Also, notice the people smiling and clapping at the camera's destruction. It's because we, as a species, like to break stuff!
"Adam Jones inadvertently damaged some pretty expensive equipment," Shulman said.Tue, Sep 164:05 PM PDTToronto at BaltimorePreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
At some point, you just have to give the people what they want.
This time of the year, in Los Angeles, with the boys in blue leading the NL West, in a city without an NFL team, that's Dodgers baseball. Fans who want to watch the Dodgers on TV, however, have been mostly in the dark all season.
This is obviously an unfavorable situation for the average Dodgers fan, who just wants to watch a game and doesn't care much about which corporation is getting the ad-revenue checks. Fans in L.A. have rejoiced, for example, when they've been able to catch the team on stations like WGN without blackout. That's how desperate they are.Tue, Sep 165:40 PM PDTLA Dodgers at ColoradoPreview Game