Big League Stew
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
We've got an All-Star edition of the StewPod for you this week, as we're joined by MLB legend Dave Winfield and Yahoo Sports fantasy expert Scott Pianowski. If you're looking for a podcast that will both help yearn for a trip to San Diego for the MLB All-Star game and help fix your fantasy baseball team, this is it.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day has been a thing for more than two decades now and let’s just say some kids have it a little better than others when it comes to shadowing their parent for a day at the office. Of course, every experience can be a valuable one for the kids who are able to participate and get a taste of what their parents do each day, but some are just bound to have more fun. Madison Roark is one of the lucky ones.
Tanner Roark’s daughter Madison found time in her busy schedule to write out today’s lineup. pic.twitter.com/MuCrTWXsq9
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Fellow Internet people and baseball fans, I come to you today with a very important public service announcement. It's a plea for rational thinking at a time in which greatness is unfolding in front of our eyes.
IT'S TIME TO STOP HATING BRYCE HARPER.
Sorry I had to go all-caps on you there, but when we're talking about a player as talented as Bryce Harper, sometimes you gotta get shouty on the Internet. And sometimes you need to stand in front of a camera and let people know.
With that, I'd like to introduce the first installment of my new weekly video series here at Big League Stew and Yahoo Sports. It's called Open Mike, because well, my name is Mike and I'm open to spreading my brand of baseball gospel. Like this one: You are missing out if you cling to the already exhausted Commandments of Harper Hating.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
The United States has never won the World Baseball Classic, but the best player in the U.S. would like to change that. Washington Nationals outfielder and reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper said he is open to the idea of playing for the U.S. team next year in the fourth edition of the WBC but he would do so only if other American stars from around the major leagues decided to join him. He wants to be a part of a team truly built to win the title.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
This may sound like the plot of an upcoming Ocean's 11 movie, but we assure you it's not. Thieves in Kansas City have stolen a huge Kansas City Royals player cutout from a local billboard.
The billboard in question is an advertisement for Hy-Vee, a store that sponsors the Royals. The backdrop of the billboard is made to look like an outfield wall, while a 3D cutout of a giant, generic Royals player can be seen scaling the wall in order to make a catch. Now, that giant, generic Royals player is gone!Fri, Apr 2910:10 PM EDTKansas City at SeattlePreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
The Atlanta Braves were supposed to be bad coming into the season. That's what happens when you trade off all your major-league assets for future considerations. It wasn't a big secret. Everyone knew the Braves were coming into the year in a clear rebuilding phase.
Thus far, the club has definitely lived up to those expectations. Through 21 games, the team is just 4-17. That's the worst record in the majors. While it's early, and the team probably won't play .190 ball the rest of way, there are already some who want to see manager Fredi Gonzalez fired. Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has seen enough bad baseball this season, and thinks the Braves need to dump Gonzalez.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
Trevor Story's amazing April continued Wednesday night when he hit his ninth homer of the month during the Colorado Rockies' game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. His fourth inning bomb broke the National League rookie record set by Albert Pujols in 2001.
Story's tremendous April came out of nowhere. He was in the mix to replace Jose Reyes while Reyes is on paid administrative leave, and he won the job after wowing the Rockies in spring training. He homered twice in his major league debut (off of Zack Greinke, no less), becoming just the sixth player in MLB history to do so. Story would go on to homer six times in his first four games, which was the first time ever a rookie had homered in his first four games. Since that blistering start, everyone has been watching Story closely.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Detroit Tigers outfielder Justin Upton was seen as one of the jewels of free agency this offseason. It wasn't just his incredibly consistent track record, it was also the fact that Upton would be reaching free agency at a young age compared to most players.
As a 28-year-old Upton was entering, or had just started, what many consider to be the prime of his baseball career. Hitters peak around 27 or 28, and typically produce their best seasons in the majors around that period. The Tigers signed Upton based on his strong track record, but also knew there was a good chance some of his best seasons were still to come.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
If anyone is still objecting to safety netting at baseball stadiums, what happened during Wednesday's game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals should quiet them quickly.
The game was being played at Nationals Park, and in the top of the seventh inning Cesar Hernandez came to bat against Gio Gonzalez. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Hernandez hit a foul that made his bat splinter at the neck, creating two very sharp shards. One was the small end of the bat, which was still in Hernandez's hands. The second shard was the other two-thirds of the bat, which was heavy and had a sharp and incredibly dangerous point at the end of it.
The small shard stayed in Hernandez's hands, but the larger shard flew behind him with alarming speed. Thankfully, this isn't a story about how someone was injured by a sharp, flying bat shard. And that's because the safety netting at Nationals Park caught the bat and stopped it from careening into the stands.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
How poorly are things going for the Atlanta Braves right now?
On a night where they had two legitimate reasons to celebrate — Freddie Freeman's drought-ending home run and A.J. Pierzynski's 2,000th career hit — they still managed to lose in convincing fashion. In fact, they weren't even competitive, dropping Wednesday's game 9-4 to the Boston Red Sox to fall to a league-worst 4-17 on the season.
As always, the numbers help tell story. The Braves four wins are the lowest in baseball. Their four team home runs are the lowest in baseball. Their 18 errors are the second most in baseball. However, the numbers don't always tell the whole story either. Sometimes you have to watch the games to get a full understanding of what's going on, and one play during Wednesday's game really captured what the Braves are going through.