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- Big League Stew staff at Big League Stew1 hr ago
In our Homer History series, writers re-tell the stories of memorable home runs from their perspective. In this installment, famous baseball fan and film/television personality Rob Schneider recounts the time Bob Brenly came through after a tough game. Schneider currently stars in the show "Real Rob" on Netflix, which he wrote, produced, financed and starred in. He also still performs new stand-up material every week, and was most recently heard voicing the title character Norm from the animated movie "Norm of the North."
Every once in a while, something happens in baseball that knocks your lights out. Those moments for me, even bigger than the World Series wins, are what make it special to be a fan.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Baseball fans unite. The new summer league team based out of Savannah, GA. needs help picking a name and they've called upon us for assistance.
One can't blame them, either. On the heels of the New Britain Rock Cats relocating to Hartford and rebranding as the Yard Goats with help from the Internet, the new Savannah squad is hoping we'll again have the long-term answers to all of their branding and marketing questions as well.
After all, not only did the Internet help name Hartford's team the Yard Goats, it motivated them to create this incredible jingle that has been stuck in our head for a week straight.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
Former major league player and coach Tim Flannery always seemed like a pretty laid back guy when he was actively involved in baseball.
However, it would appear fans of the San Diego Padres have found a way under his skin during his retirement, which led to a pretty lengthy rant that was written and posted to Twitter on Wednesday night.
For a quick history lesson, Flannery spent the entirety of his 11-year playing career in San Diego, even playing on their first World Series team back in 1984. Flannery was also a part of Bruce Bochy's coaching staff in San Diego from 1996-2002. After Bochy was allowed to leave San Diego for the managerial job in San Francisco, Flannery rejoined him on the coaching staff until his retirement in 2014.
Based on Flannery's rant, it's apparent there are some fans who feel he turned his back on San Diego to join the rival Giants. And it's very clear he's tired of hearing from those people.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Former Atlanta Braves superstar Chipper Jones made a career out of knocking around Mets' pitching. In fact, Jones enjoyed so much success against the Mets at their former home, Shea Stadium, he actually named one of his three sons Shea.
That's some next-level trolling right there.
Now though, Jones believes the Mets starting rotation is the most dominant in baseball. Perhaps even dominant enough to shut him down. And even though he's currently serving as a special assistant for the Braves, he's gone on record predicting that pitching will lead their division rivals from New York all the way to a World Series championship.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Welcome to The Stew's Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you'll find a recap of all the day's action and other fun stuff from around the Internet.
HE'S BACK: Ozzie Guillen will manage Los Tiburones de La Guaira, a team in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, during the 2016 season. [Chicago Tribune]
GOOD READ: Will Yovani Gallardo continue producing despite diminishing stuff? [The Stew]
CONSIDERING: If the Orioles land Gallardo, they may also pursue outfielder Dexter Fowler to complete their lineup. [@Ken_Rosenthal]
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
We know for sure that the Atlanta Braves will be moving to SunTrust Park in Cobb County for the 2017 season. What we don't know for sure is whether or not the bronze statue of Hank Aaron that currently stands in front of Turner Field will be joining them.
According to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report from early Wednesday, the head of the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority claimed to have uncovered documents proving the statue is owned by the authority, meaning it would remain in the city of Atlanta after the Braves' departure.
“We were able to work out an agreement with the Braves. We are very excited about it,” Keisha Lance Bottoms, the executive director of the authority was quoted as saying in that story.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Baseball is almost here. With camps set to open as early as February 18th, it should feel like the offseason has finally come to an end.
But, that's not the case. A number of useful players still remain unsigned as camps near. Among them is pitcher Yovani Gallardo. The 29-year-old ranked 31st on Jeff Passan's free-agent ranks, and is now clearly the most enticing pitching option still available.
- Max Thompson at Big League Stew1 day ago
In our Homer History series, writers re-tell the stories of memorable home runs from their perspective. In this installment, Yahoo Sports editor Max Thompson remembers one of the many improbable moments of David Eckstein's career.
We’re going to remember David Eckstein for many things: Ridiculous on-deck routines, that crazy throwing motion, the huge bat, his size (of course), and as a trivia question tied to a federal investigation that had nothing to do with him in the first place. And perhaps that's appropriate, as Eckstein’s career was an endless barrage of underdog motivational maxims that found their way into your baseball-watching life whether you loved him, hated him, or were apathetic to his unlikely rise to baseball stardom. Stardom may not even be the right word, but whatever label you attach to Eckstein’s career, improbable is always appropriate.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew1 day ago
We know what it looks like when Daniel Murphy is swinging a hot bat. We saw it the entire 2015 postseason as he played a huge part in getting the New York Mets to the World Series.
After signing a free-agent contract with the Washington Nationals, Murphy took a trip to London and found some time in between all the sightseeing to face off in a baseball challenge against Eric Dier, a defender for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.
To even the stakes a little, Murphy and Dier spun around in a circle a few times, then tossed themselves a ball to hit as far as humanly possible. What unfolded at Tottenham's training facility was not exactly graceful.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
The Houston Astros will be without one of their sluggers during spring training. Designated hitter Evan Gattis underwent hernia surgery, and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.
While the report says the injury is not severe, it's less than encouraging news for the Astros. Depending on how long his recovery takes, it's possible opening day could be in jeopardy. Gattis would likely need to receive some reps before he's fully activated, so if he remains out deep into spring training, there's a chance those reps could impact the regular season. Even if that's the case, it doesn't appear Gattis will miss much time once actual games start.