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- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew43 mins ago
Things can dicey quickly when pitchers have to do non-pitcher things — like bat or field grounders. And sometimes, that very much adds to our entertainment value as baseball-watchers.
Everybody say hi to Chase Whitley, the New York Yankees starting pitcher Monday night against the Blue Jays. Whitley fielded a bunt by Ezequiel Carrera and made a throw to first base that would make 50 Cent feel good about his baseball accomplishments.
To Whitley's credit, you can see he didn't have a grasp on the ball as he took it out of his glove. He should have held it, but he tried to toss the ball to first anyway. And it looked like a drunk duck trying to fly.LiveNY Yankees1 - 0TorontoFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew57 mins ago
It's early, but Red Sox outfielder Hanley Ramirez has looked like an MVP candidate at the plate through the first 24 games of the season.
Ramirez has been a stud offensive, but his conversion to the outfield has been an area of concern. Those issues were on display Monday as Ramirez had to leave the contest in the first inning after crashing into the left field wall.
Ramirez hurt his left arm running into the wall down the left-field line. pic.twitter.com/I6SydVUoDP
Ramirez has had his adventures in left field thus far, but that wasn't the case here. Given the ball's placement, there was little Ramirez could do to avoid the wall if he was going to attempt to make the catch.
After slamming into the surface, Ramirez held his left arm in place.
Once the play had ended, trainers came out to take a look at Ramirez. After a few minutes, he left the game and walked straight into the team's clubhouse. He was replaced by Allen Craig in left.
Shortly after Ramirez was removed from the contest, the club announced he's dealing with a left shoulder sprain.
Hanley: left shoulder sprain. No more info.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
The Milwaukee Brewers have a new leader. Twenty-five games into the season, the team fired Ron Roenicke and replaced him with former player Craig Counsell.
Counsell has no previous managerial experience, making it virtually impossible to know how he'll perform in his new role.
Thankfully, a number of teams have hired first-time managers in recent seasons. While their performances won't help us get an idea of Counsell's style, it should help set the expectations for Counsell as he takes on this new endeavor.
Fifteen current managers were hired with no previous managerial experience. That list includes seasoned veterans like Mike Scioscia and Bud Black, guys who are still in limbo like Robin Ventura and Ryne Sandberg and newly hired rookies like Kevin Cash and Chip Hale.LiveLA Dodgers3 - 1MilwaukeeFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
The Milwaukee Brewers reached their breaking point Sunday, firing manager Ron Roenicke just 25 games into the 2015 season. While Roenicke was the first manager let go, he certainly will not be the last. With that in mind, let's take a look at some managers who are currently on the hot seat.
ROBIN VENTURA, CHICAGO WHITE SOX
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
As Alex Rodriguez knows well, baseball's all-time home-run list is a delicate place to live. A-Rod hit homer No. 660 on Friday, tying him for fourth all-time with Willie Mays. It's enough to bring out a new chorus of people calling him a cheater and fraud and other, meaner names.
As you climb that list, the scrutiny gets stronger — just ask Barry Bonds.
So while we still have tainted home runs on the brain, this week's BLS Roundtable wonders: What's the most infamous home run of all time? Baseball's PED era makes this question trickier, but there are other infamous homers that have nothing to do with steroids.
Here are answers from the Big League Stew crew, leave yours in the comments.
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- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
It sure looks like the Houston Astros don't plan on waiting until 2017 before breaking out as playoff contenders.
Evan Gattis' eighth inning home run, his second of the afternoon, lifted the Astros to a 7-6 win over the Mariners on Sunday and extended their winning streak to 10 games. At 18-7, Houston has the best record in the American League and a healthy seven game lead atop the AL West.
It's been an exhilarating ride so far for the Astros. They're banging balls out of the park and tearing up the basepaths better than any other team in baseball, leading the majors in both home runs (40) and stolen bases (31). 2014 AL batting champion Jose Altuve is the stabilizing force in a lineup full of boom-or-bust mashers, hitting .361 with a .407 OBP.LiveTexas0 - 1HoustonFollow Game
- Chris Cwik 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.
Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal didn't start Sunday's game, but he ended it. In the bottom of the 13th inning, Grandal came off the bench to pinch hit against Evan Marshall.
On the third pitch of the at-bat, Grandal crushed an 87 mph change-up out to left center for a walk-off home run. It was the first walk-off homer of Grandal's career.
Grandal replaced A.J. Ellis in the 10th inning. He walked in his first plate appearance and hit the walk-off blast his second time up, securing the 1-0 victory and giving the Dodgers their fourth straight win.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
The Milwaukee Brewers have already seen enough. Twenty-five games into the season, the team has fired manager Ron Roenicke.
Team general manager Doug Melvin made the announcement, saying the team wasn't performing up to standard.
"This has been a difficult start to the season, something that we certainly didn't anticipate," Melvin said. "Over roughly the last 100 games, we have not performed at the level we should. It's all about wins and losses, and after the first month of play this year we didn't see the progress and improvement we hoped for. We appreciate all that Ron has done for our organization, and he has handled his duties with great professionalism and dedication. The reasons for our disappointing start are many, but we determined that it's in the best interest of the club to make this move."
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
After an offseason of improvements, the Chicago White Sox have gotten off to a terrible start. Things are particularly bad at the moment.
The club dropped their fifth straight game Sunday, falling to 8-14 on the year. Chicago now has a -38 run differential, which is good for worst in the American League.
With the club off to such a poor start, there are some who believe the team would be better off parting ways with manager Robin Ventura. While the issue hasn't blown up just yet, his players gave him the dreaded vote of confidence following Sunday's loss.
Jose Abreu told Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times that the players are to blame for the slow start, not the manager.
“We cannot blame Robin for the situation of the team,’’ Abreu said through an interpreter. “It’s our fault because we are the ones who are playing. We are the people who are in the field. We are not doing the things right.’’Tue, May 58:10 PM EDTDetroit at Chi White SoxPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
Did you spend $100 on the boxing match of the century between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night?
That's great if you did. Hopefully you came away more satisfied than most customers seemed. But we think Colorado Rockies reliever and Oscar's aficionado John Axford got one up on you thanks to his resourcefulness.
With the Rockies on the road in San Diego, Axford's viewing options were actually pretty limited considering he didn't have his own home to return to. It didn't help that Colorado's 4-2 loss to the Padres didn't end until just before the fight started, either. By that point, the bars were likely packed, and going to the team hotel may have cost him valuable time.