Big League Stew
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew50 mins ago
Every now and then life slaps us in the face with a cold, hard dose of reality that puts its meaning back into perspective. It reminds us that our problems are usually minimal compared to those of others. That most of our bad days are actually good days in the grand scheme of things. And that as much as those we love frustrate us, yes, even the sports team we cheer for, it's not the end of our world.
Carlos Beltran and his wife, Jessica, didn't need that reminder. They had already experienced enough reality, pain and anguish, having lost two children before, both by miscarriage. Sadly, we learned on Wednesday they are going through that pain and anguish again, as Beltran announced that they had lost their unborn son.
Carlos Beltran, away from the team for personal reasons, just posted on his facebook page that he has lost his son. https://t.co/PmpD9VyFUG
Translation of Carlos Beltran's heartbreaking post on Facebook pic.twitter.com/r50IPpXnJg
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
The Miami Marlins were optimistic that slugger Giancarlo Stanton would return to the lineup this season despite suffering multiple fractures, dental damage and a laceration from being hit in the face by a Mike Fiers 88-mph pitch.
That optimism disappeared on Wednesday, however, as the team announced Stanton will be shut down for the remainder of the 2014 season.
Giancarlo Stanton will miss the remainder of this season. He is expected to be ready for spring training. #GetWellGiancarlo
Despite missing what will amount to 17 games, Stanton stands a pretty good chance to hold on as the NL's home run king. He'll finish the season with 37 homers. Cubs' first baseman Anthony Rizzo is second with 31 homers, but he's been slowed recently by a back issue, making it unlikely that he'll go on a major tear over Chicago's final 11 games. Lucas Duda of the Mets checks in third with 27 home runs.Thu, Sep 184:10 PM PDTWashington at MiamiPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
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Major League Baseball didn't waste any time suspending Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon seven games for making what they determined to be a lewd gesture, as well as a not so swift or elegant exit on Sunday afternoon. However, punishment for umpire Joe West, who ejected Papelbon for the gesture and later grabbed him by the uniform to extract him from their heated confrontation, was a little slower to come.
That changed on Wednesday, as the league officially announced West will be suspended one game for initiating contact with Papelbon.
Joe Torre, MLB's executive vice president for baseball operations, issued the following statement in regards to West's suspension.
- David Brown at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
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It turns out Major League Baseball just needed a little more time to punish rookie right-hander Marcus Stroman of the Toronto Blue Jays. The league announced Wednesday afternoon it was suspending Stroman for six games, along with issuing an undisclosed fine, for throwing a ball near the head of Caleb Joseph of the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.
Jon Heyman of CBS tweeted that Joseph will appeal.
marcus stroman gets 6 game ban for throwing at caleb joseph. he will appeal. #bluejays
A report by Newsday's Steven Marcus a day ago saying the league would not be taking action turned out to be premature and wrong.Thu, Sep 184:05 PM PDTToronto at NY YankeesPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the Tampa Bay Rays should stop pitching inside if they're going to keep hitting his players.
Rays manager Joe Maddon says thanks for the advice, but no thanks. Oh, and we're not really sorry, either.
Girardi got his Italian Irish up Tuesday night after Yankees captain Derek Jeter was hit on the left hand by Steve Geltz on an 0-2 pitch in the eighth inning. Umpire Rob Drake warned both teams, which brought out Maddon and Girardi — who didn't like being warned when his team hadn't done anything.
Girardi even yelled the Rays' way — getting animated at Geltz or Maddon or both — because Geltz's pitch went up and in. Not long after, Girardi was ejected for continuing to argue from the dugout. Girardi noted later to the media that Rays pitchers hit the Yankees five times over the past four games, including Jeter twice and Chase Headley in the mouth.
Via NJ.com, Maddon said:
- David Brown at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
Gerardo Parra of the Milwaukee Brewers made an unforgettable gesture at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night, and it wasn't anything like the Jonathan Papelbon gesture from over the weekend.
A fan watching from the front row in foul territory reached over the fence and interfered with Parra as he tried to catch Matt Carpenter's fly ball in the bottom of the third inning. The fan actually grabbed Parra's arm as his glove closed on the ball, but Parra caught the ball anyway. Obviously embarrassed, the man quickly retracted his hands and sat down.
- David Brown at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
This is not what Jake Peavy meant when he said he already was thinking about Dee Gordon in preparation of his next start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But it's still probably worth a few brain cells to remind Peavy of Gordon's wizardry at second base, a position which he has managed to glamorize like few others who have played it.
Gordon's latest work of art was a double play against the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning Tuesday night that was possible only because of an unlikely flip to shorstop Justin Turner. Colorado's D.J. LeMahieu appeared to get enough topspin on his grounder to sneak it into center for a single against Brandon League, but Gordon dived and got in the way. He not only stopped the ball, but somehow re-directed it, rolling it on the ground no less, into Turner's glove with a flip/push that looked impossible to practice.Thu, Sep 185:40 PM PDTArizona at ColoradoPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
The Minnesota Twins just wouldn't let Detroit Tigers slugger J.D. Martinez get the last word this time.
After Martinez hit yet another ninth-inning home run to give the Tigers a lead, the Twins came back with two runs in the bottom of the ninth against Joe Nathan to escape with a 4-3 victory at Target Field on Tuesday night.
Aaron Hicks hustled to beat out an infield RBI single with two outs, scoring pinch runner Chris Herrmann from third base with the winning run. Pinch runner Doug Bernier had scored the tying run from first base after Kurt Suzuki hit a sinking line drive to center that outfielder Ezequiel Carrera missed after a foolish diving attempt.
- David Brown at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
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It takes right-hander Jake Peavy very little time to start thinking about his next start, especially these days with the San Francisco Giants in the thick of a pennant race with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Peavy allowed a run, five hits and a walk over seven innings Tuesday night, leading the Giants to a 2-1 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the Dodgers losing at Colorado, the Giants closed to within three games of the NL West leaders. In a few short days, Peavy will make his next start at Dodger Stadium, where first place might be on the line.
And Peavy can't wait. He's not waiting, actually. He's already thinking about it.
“I won’t lie, I was just in the shower thinking about Dee Gordon,” Peavy said of the Dodgers leadoff batter.
Hey now! Talk about working up a lather, to quote Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area. Wow, that's some progressive talk from a major league ballplayer.
- David Brown at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
Not everyone at Turner Field took it in stride as the Washington Nationals clinched the National League East against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
Word on the street is that umpire Tim Welke had been coexisting with a fan who was heckling Bryce Harper for several innings. By the time the sixth inning rolled around, and the fan refused to stop yelling such creative taunts as "You [bleeping stink], you piece of [bleep]!" Welke drew a line and had security eject him.
Here's a link to video of the event that includes some NSFW language you can barely make out.
"Hey! Hey! Get rid of that guy! Get rid of him now!" Welke said heroically to an usher.
Harper otherwise appeared ready to get on with the game, but apparently Welke had heard enough F bombs.