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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 mins ago
Fan safety has become a hot topic around baseball this season following a string of injuries stemming from foul balls and broken bats entering the stands. Expect it to become a topic with even greater urgency now that a fan is suing the Boston Red Sox over injuries suffered from a foul ball last season.
According to the Washington Post, 46-year-old Stephanie Taubin is suing Red Sox owner John Henry after she was struck by a foul ball and suffered multiple head and facial injuries during a game on June 17, 2014.LiveBoston0 - 0NY MetsFollow Game
- Jay Busbee at Big League Stew1 hr ago
You see the signs: BE ALERT, FOUL BALLS AND BATS ENTER THE STANDS AT HIGH SPEED. They're printed all over ballparks, even the back of your tickets. And yet injuries are unavoidable ... right? Is there a way we could make ballparks safer to avoid a catastrophic accident? Absolutely, say Yahoo Sports' Kevin Kaduk and Jay Busbee. Watch the video above for more detail, and decide where you fall on the safety scale. Heads up.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
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Since the trade deadline, the New York Mets have looked like the team of destiny. The club acquired Yoenis Cespedes, turned into the 1920s Yankees at the plate and have opened up a 6.5 game lead in the division.
While the team's run has been entertaining, any time a club rips off such a hot streak there's sure to be some luck involved. That was the case Thursday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.
With the game tied in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Mets' magic kicked in ... literally. Jeff Francoeur shot an 0-1 pitch up the middle, which might have gone for a single had it been for Carlos Torres.
Torres deflected the ball with his foot, sending it near first baseman Daniel Murphy. Murphy managed to stay with the ball despite a strange last second hop, but made the stop with his back turned to first.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Curt Schilling's recent suspension from Sunday Night Baseball has opened the door for another up and coming analyst. Jessica Mendoza, who recently became the first woman to break down a baseball game in an ESPN booth, will sit in for Schilling this week.
Jessica Mendoza will sit in for ESPN's Curt Schilling this Sunday on Cubs-Dodgers game.
Schilling was suspended by ESPN after sending out an insensitive tweet comparing Muslims to the Nazi Party. As a result, he was pulled from his coverage of the Little League World Series as well as his usual role as a Sunday Night Baseball analyst.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
The circumstances under which Barry Bonds' baseball career ended has been the subject of much conjecture and scrutiny.
Coming off a 2007 season where he posted a .480 OBP and 1.085 OPS, Bonds, who was 43 at the time, was stunned that he didn't receive a single contract offer as a free agent. Even a public plea midway through the 2008 season that he would play for the league minimum didn't tempt a team to sign him. Bonds would never play in the majors again.
Convinced that there had to be more to the story, Bonds finally brought forth a collusion case against Major League Baseball.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz isn't going to win the American League MVP award this season. As long as Mike Trout still has breath in his body and Josh Donaldson continues to drive in everything in sight, Cruz will likely have to settle for a distant third in the voting.
That doesn't seem to bother Cruz. In fact, Cruz says he doesn't even look at his numbers during the season.
"After the season, you can see and look at numbers. Besides that, you just have to worry about what you can do to help the team win games."
If Cruz decided to take a peek at his offensive performance, he might come away impressed. The 35-year-old has obliterated baseballs all season. His .320/.388/.612 slash line is among the best in the game, as are his 39 home runs. Cruz's 178 wRC+, an advanced stat that measures offensive performance, is currently the best in the AL. Trout and Donaldson have been great, but no AL player has been better at the plate this season than Cruz.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
As their disappointing season begins to wind down, the Seattle Mariners announced Friday morning that they have fired general manager Jack Zduriencik.
M's announce they've fired GM Jack Zduriencik. Asst GM Jeff Kingston the interim.
Assistant GM Jeff Kingston will take over the role for the rest of the 2015 season, but team president Kevin Mather said in a statement that the search for a new GM will begin immediately. Zduriencik was hired as Seattle's GM in October 2008 after a decade with the Milwaukee Brewers, where he was regarded as a top talent evaluator. Over his seven seasons in charge of baseball operations in Seattle, the M's finished with a winning record just twice and never qualified for the postseason.
Expected to be a World Series contender this season, the Mariners struggled out of the gate and never recovered. They have the third-worst record in the American League at 59-69.Fri, Aug 288:10 PM EDTSeattle at Chi White SoxPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew17 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.
The New York Mets will never lose again. At least, it feels that way after the team's 9-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.
Things started out poorly, though, as New York found themselves down 5-0 after the third inning. The team rallied, tying the contest in the fifth.
With both starters removed after the sixth inning, relievers on both clubs went into shutdown mode. Over the next six innings, both bullpens kept the other team off the board.
It was until the 13th that the streak finally ended. With Hector Neris on the mound for Philadelphia, the Mets began their charge.
Neris allowed two straight singles to start the frame, putting himself in a bad position. Though he was able to pick up an out, Neris quickly allowed a two-run double to Daniel Murphy, giving the Mets the 7-5 lead.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
Minnesota Twins rookie Miguel Sano has done nothing but destroy baseballs since he's reached the majors. The 22-year-old has an impressive .289/.394/.584 slash line through 198 plate appearances.
While that entire slash line is awesome, it's been Sano's 12 home runs that have really impressed fans. Few 22-year-olds can hit moonshots like Sano, and the balls he destroys have become must-watch highlights.
He completely upped the ante Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays. In the top of the third inning, Sano ripped what has to be one of the farthest balls we've seen hit all season.
For his Herculean efforts, Sano was rewarded with a mere double.
Unfortunately, the catwalk in Tampa Bay counts as in play. So, even though the ball would have traveled approximately 1 billion feet past the outfield wall, it was ruled a double.LiveKansas City0 - 0Tampa BayFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
In case you weren't already aware, popular rapper Macklemore is from Seattle. He's made that well known, writing a song about late Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus, as well as receiving his own bobblehead from the club.
Macklemore continued to profess his love to his hometown, and his favorite team, Thursday, releasing a new music video for the song "Downtown." In the video, he's joined by Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr.
Griffey Jr. pops up at two separate points in the video. The first is around 1:42, where he can be seen catching a fish at Pike Place Market. How very Seattle!
We should also note Griffey's garb in this cameo. Astute baseball card collectors will already know what we're talking about.