Big League Stew

  • Josh Hamilton and C.J. Wilson banners removed from Angel Stadium entrance

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 hrs ago

    You can walk or drive past any major league stadium and figure out pretty quickly which players the corresponding team views as faces of the franchise.

    The Los Angeles Angels are no exception to that rule. At the main entrance to Angel Stadium, six large banners each featuring the likeness of an Angels player welcome fans to the ballpark every day, and the message is simply: "These are our guys. Take'em or leave'em."

    With that in mind, points out that this season's Angels banners have undergone some major changes despite the team making few significant changes during the offseason. Of the six banners, only Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Jered Weaver remain from last season. Basic math tells us that means three banners were removed and three new banners were put up in their place.

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    Here's a look at the new banners. . 

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  • Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez dies from injuries in boating accident

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew21 hrs ago

    Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez died on Saturday, six weeks after sustaining serious head injuries in a boating accident in his home country of Venezuela. He was only 20. 

    According to the initial reports, Sanchez was swimming off the beach in Carapao, Venezuela on Feb. 13 when he was struck in the head by a boat propeller. Sanchez sustained a double skull fracture and a hematoma upon impact and later suffered a stroke as a result of his injuries. After undergoing emergency surgery, Sanchez went into a coma and was never able to regain consciousness. 

    According to Greg Johns of, Sanchez's agent, Rafa Nieves, confirmed the news on Saturday night. 

    A short time later, Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik released the following statement.

    At 6-foot and 255 pounds, Sanchez was just starting to work his way into the Mariners long term plans. He finished the 2014 season ranked as their 11th best prospect according to, a position he cemented by posting a 4.19 ERA in 23 starts for Double-A Jackson.

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