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  • Growling Twins wish mascot T.C. Bear a happy 'National Bear Day'

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew6 hrs ago

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    With the non-waiver trade deadline having passed on Friday, it's time for baseball fans, executives, and especially the players, to sit back, catch their breath, and, if need be, let out a few growls of joy or discontent this weekend.

    You know, kind of like many Minnesota Twins players and manager Paul Molitor in that video you see above.

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    OK, so that obviously wasn't in response to Minnesota adding veteran reliever Kevin Jepsen from the Tampa Bay Rays. It was done in honor of the team's long time mascot T.C. Bear on National Bear Day.

    Happy National Bear Day, @TC_00!

    See, we weren't kidding.

    Regardless of the hows and why, we have grown men growling, roaring and basically acting the part of a bear for the entertainment of millions. Does the reason why even matter?

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    Mon, Aug 3
    1:07 PM EDT
    Minnesota at Toronto
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  • Cole Hamels thanks Philadelphia with full-page ad

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew8 hrs ago

    Parting is such sweet sorrow, even when we're fully prepared for the new road ahead.

    On Saturday, Cole Hamels officially started his new journey with the Texas Rangers exactly one week to the day after his historic final appearance with the Philadelphia Phillies. On that day, Hamels went out on the highest of highs, pitching the 13th no-hitter in franchise history. An accomplishment Hamels said ranked second only to winning a World Series championship in Philadelphia. 

    As they always say though, when one door closes, another door opens. In his Rangers debut, Hamels was not so sharp, allowing five runs over seven-plus in a 9-7 loss to San Francisco. However, if Hamels is to make history and win a championship again, it will likely come in a Texas Rangers uniform.

    That's his future. But before he gets too comfortable, Hamels and his wife Heidi wanted to bid the city of Philadelphia a proper farewell and thank Phillies fans for their support with this special full-page ad in Sunday's morning Philadelphia Inquirer.

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  • White Sox legend Billy Pierce dies at 88

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago

    Billy Pierce, a seven-time All-Star pitcher who spent the prime of his career with the Chicago White Sox, died Friday morning at the age of 88 after a battle with gallbladder cancer. 

    Pierce spent 18 season in the majors, debuting with the Detroit Tigers on June 1, 1945. He appeared in five games for Detroit that season and 22 games in 1948 before being dealt to the White Sox during the offseason. That's when Pierce's career would begin to flourish.

    In 13 seasons with Chicago, Pierce made at least 32 starts and posted an ERA under 4.00 every year. During that stretch, Pierce was named starting pitcher for the American League All-Star team three times, including 1955 when he posted a career-best 1.97 ERA and league best 200 ERA+. He also appeared in one World Series for Chicago while accumulating 186 of his 211 career victories.

    Pierce's uniform No. 19 was retired by the White Sox in 1987. The team has also honored him with a statue on the outfield concourse at U.S. Cellular Field.

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