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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew25 mins ago
We here at The Stew love to celebrate the bat flip. When it comes to flipping bats, we'll consider all options. Bat flip on a walk-off home run? Love it. Bat flip on a single? Still good. Pitcher bat flip? Even better.
Well, step aside, people of the internet, because the greatest bat flip of all time may have been unearthed. First, let's set the stage. With his team down by one run in the top of the ninth inning, Jae-Gyun Hwang stepped to the plate with a chance to knot things up. He did not disappoint.
If you are impatient, you can skip to about 47 seconds in order to experience the flip in all its glory.
So, that is something.
Hwang's reaction is somewhat reminiscent of Carlton Fisk waving the ball fair. Instead of using his hands, though, Hwang opts to use his bat to follow the path of the ball. Once it lands it fair territory, Hwang unleashes one hell of a bat flip.
Overall, the flip was pretty strong. What makes this exceptional was the buildup. Hwang's reaction to whether the ball would go fair, combined with the movements of the bat take this one to another level. We love it.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
If Cincinnati Reds legend Pete Rose bet on baseball games while he was still a player, he's not going to admit it any time soon.
Rose was interviewed for the first time since an ESPN report surfaced alleging he gambled on games while he was still an active player. During that interview, Rose told Fox Sports 1's Chris Myers that he would not comment on anything pertaining to his case for reinstatement.
According to Ron Clements of Sporting News, Rose said he will be completely honest when he meets with commissioner Rob Manfred to discuss the case.
“I’m going to keep my end of the bargain,” said Rose, who was hired by Fox Sports 1 in April as a baseball analyst. “I’m sure those questions will come about when I meet with the commissioner.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Dodgers have boatloads of cash, and are willing to spend it. They've shown off their spending ability with the major-league roster in the past, but now the club is focusing on prospects.
The Dodgers dominated the first day of the international signing period, grabbing two top-five prospects, according to MLB.com. The club signed pitcher Yadiel Alvarez for $16 million, and outfielder Starling Heredia for $2.6 million.
Alvarez and Heredia are the second and fifth-ranked international prospects respectively , according to MLB.com. Most intriguing is Alvarez, a 19-year-old who has a fastball that touches 98 mph. The club also added infielder Ronny Brito, who ranked 21st on the list.
The Dodgers are no stranger to adding talent via international signings. Over the past few seasons, the club has inked Yasiel Puig, Hector Olivera, Erisbel Arruebarrena and Alex Guerrero, to name a few.
For those unaware of how the international signing period works, here's a primer via MLB.com:Fri, Jul 310:10 PM EDTNY Mets at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Chris Correa, the St. Louis Cardinals' scouting director, has been fired by the club, theSt. Louis Post-Dispatch has learned after "an imposed leave of absence." The team isn't officially naming Correa a culprit in its ongoing hacking scandal, but the Post-Dispatch has sources saying Correa breached a Houston Astros database.
Correa has admitted hacking into a Houston Astros database but said it was only to verify that the Astros had stolen proprietary data, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
The afternoon dubbed #JoseDay didn't start out as the Miami Marlins hoped, but by the end of it, Jose Fernandez had his first MLB win in more than a year, six strikeouts and he managed to hit a baseball over the fence.
So, #JoseDay, as it turned out, was pretty excellent.Fri, Jul 32:20 PM EDTMiami at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
We loved free-swinging Vladimir Guerrero during his playing days and soon enough, we'll see if we love the sequel.
Vlad Guerrero Jr., the most recognizable name in this year's international free-agent class, which was allowed to begin signing with MLB teams Thursday, has agreed to join the Toronto Blue Jays. According to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, Vlad Jr. is getting a $3.9 million deal from the Jays that should allow him to start his baseball career in Canada like his famous father.
The moment Vladimir Guerrero Jr. became a Toronto Blue Jay! He is worth the hype everybody! pic.twitter.com/dwzjxJckNa
- Ian Denomme at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
The Houston Astros just swept the Kansas City Royals, have won four in a row, and are competing for the best recordin the American League. They’ve been one of the early feel-good stories of 2015. But if they’re going to keep the good times rolling they’ll have to do it without George Springer.
The sophomore outfielder is second on the team with a 2.5 WAR but is headed to the disabled list with a fractured wrist. He was hit by a Edinson Volquez pitch on Wednesday night and left the game. The Astros confirmed the move to the DL on Thursday.
#Astros officially place OF George Springer on the 15-day DL (right wrist fracture) and select OF Alex Presley from Triple A Fresno.
After an impressive rookie season in which he hit 20 home runs with 51 RBIs in just 78 games, Springer has been even better in 2015. He was batting .264/.365/.457 with 13 homers and 14 stolen bases. He joins fellow outfielder Jake Marisnick, infielder Jed Lowrie, and pitcher Scott Feldman on the DL.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Good news, dudes and dudettes, you can still get as ripped as Bryce Harper and love donuts and cookies.
The Washington Nationals slugger is one of the star athletes who agreed to strip down for ESPN's "Body Issue" this year (as evidenced by the photo at right). He joins Prince Fielder and Matt Harvey as MLB players who have bared all for ESPN in the past few years.
- Ian Denomme at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
Mark down Thursday afternoon’s Marlins-Giants game as a must watch. Two former All-Star pitchers coming off serious injuries make their debut in the finale of their three-game series.
Veteran Giants ace Matt Cain hasn’t pitched since July 9, 2014 after having season-ending elbow surgery last season. The three-time All-Star missed the Giants run to their third World Series title in five years, but should be a boost to their rotation. The Giants are in a tough, close race with the Dodgers in the NL West.
The wait has been even longer for Miami’s Jose Fernandez though. The 2013 NL rookie of the year hasn’t pitched in 14 months, since May 9, 2014 thanks to Tommy John surgery. Fernandez was one of the best pitchers in all of baseball as a 20 year old in 2013 and his return to the Marlins rotation is being widely celebrated.
The Marlins have dubbed Thursday #JoseDay at the ballpark and every fan in attendance will receive a “Jose Head” giveaway. A Jose Head appears to be a cutout of Fernandez’s head, on a stick. A fun giveaway for the whole family.
Josés for days. pic.twitter.com/lGv6knGTuN
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew20 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.
If for some reason you're still not convinced the Houston Astros are for real, perhaps their three-game sweep of the defending AL champion Kansas City Royals can sway your opinion. The Astros completed the sweep with a hard-fought 6-5 victory on Wednesday night.
After falling behind 3-0 in the second inning, Houston rallied to score five in the middle innings to take the lead. Chris Carter's 100th career home run opened its scoring. After Marwin Gonzalez homered and likely All-Star Jose Altuve tied the game with an RBI single, Evan Gattis put the Astros ahead with a two-run single in the fifth.
The resilient Royals didn't fade away, though, tying the game again in the seventh on Jarrod Dyson's two-run triple. Houston scored the winner in its half of the seventh on Carter's fielder's choice – not exactly the most thrilling winning run, but very fitting for the Astros.