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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew52 mins ago
After moving David Price and Yoenis Cespedes at last week's trade deadline, it turned out the most surprising move from the Detroit Tigers was yet to come: Dave Dombrowski, the club's president/GM, was released from his contract Tuesday by team ownership.
It's certainly unexpected, considering Dombrowski was the architect of the Tigers' success the past few years. Al Avila, Dombrowski's longtime assistant, has been named his successor. Al Avila had worked alongside Dombrowski since 2002. He's the father of Tigers' catcher Alex Avila.
Team owner Mike Illitch commented about Dowbrowski's departure in a statement:
“I’ve decided to release Dave from his contract in order to afford him the time to pursue other career opportunities. I feel this is the right time for the Tigers to move forward under new leadership.”Tue, Aug 47:08 PM EDTKansas City at DetroitPreview Game
- Ian Denomme at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Two days after a near brawl between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals, Major League Baseball announced suspensions for two Blue Jays at the center of it.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was suspended one game for returning to the field following an ejection. Pitcher Aaron Sanchez was suspended three games for what MLB ruled was “intentionally throwing a pitch” at Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar.
.@BlueJays RHP Aaron Sanchez receives 3-game suspension, undisclosed fine for Sunday’s incident; manager John Gibbons suspended one game.
The Blue Jays have already announced that Sanchez will appeal his suspension. And for good reason. Sanchez hit Escobar on the knee in the eighth inning of Toronto’s 5-2 win which caused both dugouts to empty. Sanchez was immediately ejected but claimed innocence, which seems believable given the Blue Jays were only leading 3-2 at the time. It’s hard to imagine the Blue Jays’ pitcher would intentionally put the tying run on base, but that’s what MLB has decided happened.Tue, Aug 47:07 PM EDTMinnesota at TorontoPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
The honors keep rolling in for Randy Johnson, the ferocious pitching legend who was recently enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This weekend, the Arizona Diamondbacks will retire The Big Unit's No. 51.
And that's not it. New Era has produced a special patch that all the Arizona Diamondbacks will wear on their caps for Saturday's game. Check it out:Tue, Aug 47:05 PM EDTArizona at WashingtonPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Hot-shot Chicago Cubs rookie Kris Bryant says he won't slide head first anymore after a concussion scare in Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Bryant made a rough head-first slide into second base, was left feeling dizzy and was eventually helped off the field. Afterward, he was cleared of a concussion by team doctors, but the incident obviously left an impact on Bryant, 23. He told ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers on Monday about his decision to only slide feet-first now:
"I only have one head. I only have one life so there's nothing really to joke about."Tue, Aug 48:10 PM EDTSan Diego at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
As if New York Mets fans needed any more reason to get excited.
Need another reason to buy into the Mets mania? New York has the easiest remaining schedule in MLB.Tue, Aug 47:10 PM EDTNY Mets at MiamiPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
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Mike Hessman broke the minor-league home run record in style.
In the bottom of the seventh inning with the bases loaded and one out, the 37-year-old Hessman turned on a 2-0 pitch and sent the ball well over the wall in left field to give his Toledo Mud Hens an 8-6 lead over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Monday night.
It was Hessman's 433rd minor league home run, passing Buzz Arlett for first on the all-time list in major-league affiliated ball. Before Hessman's big swing, Arlett had held top spot for 79 years.
Hessman told MiLB.com that while he never kept track of his home run total, he'll remember the record-breaker fondly:
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 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.
When the New York Mets traded for Yoenis Cespedes, the expectations were obvious: He'd invigorate the team's sluggish offense. He'd lead them back to first place. Well, that didn't take long.
The Mets pounded the Miami Marlins on Monday night,winning 12-1 as Cespedes went 3-for-5 with three doubles and four RBIs. The win put the Mets in sole possession of first place in the NL East, a place they sat earlier in the season.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Give A.J. Pierzynski credit for trying, at least.
When Atlanta Braves pitcher David Aardsma hopped a ball to the plate in the eighth inning Monday night, Pierzynski turned in one of the most shameless sell jobs you'll ever see from a catcher. He framed up the pitch like it were a strike, held it there to show the ump and looked at him like, "come on, this is totally a strike."
Nevermind that the pitch bounced a few feet before the plate. Nope, A.J. tried to sell this sucker as a strike. Pierzynski is more jokester than bona fide pitch framer — in fact, he ranks as one of the worst catchers in MLB this season at getting extra strikes, according to Baseball Prospectus — so we're guessing he found a moment to have fun and went with it.Tue, Aug 47:10 PM EDTSan Francisco at AtlantaPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Adrian Beltre had already hit for the cycle twice in his career, so Monday night he upped his personal degree of difficulty and joined an elite group of players in the process.
Beltre tripled in the first inning against the Houston Astros, doubled in the second inning, singled in the third, took a breather in the fourth and homered in the fifth. Four at-bats, cycle complete. He became the first player to hit for the cycle in five innings since the erstwhile B.J. Upton in 2009.
Furthermore, Beltre put trivia on his résumé by completing that third cycle. He's only the fourth player in MLB history to hit for three cycles and you've got to go waaaay back in history to find the others. There's John Reilly (completed in 1890), Bob Meusel (1928) and Babe Herman (1933) — then there's Beltre in 2015.Tue, Aug 48:05 PM EDTHouston at TexasPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Congratulations, baseball fans, your sport has the best digital media of the big four. Don't just take our word for it, though. On Tuesday, Major League Baseball will announce a partnership with the National Hockey League.
According to DJ Bean of WEEI, that announcement will focus on MLB Advanced Media taking over the NHL's web apps.
Per a source, MLB's Baseball Advanced Media will take over NHL's web ops, apps, streaming video, etc. in 2016. Announcement tomorrow.
MLBAM already hosts streaming for a number of services outside the baseball realm, according to WEEI, so this won't be anything new for the company.
Overall, the way baseball is presented online won't be impacted by the news. If anything, the announcement confirms that MLB is doing things properly when it comes to their digital media and presentation.