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- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew46 mins ago
We all know about the greatest bat flip in recent memory, Jose Bautista flipping his bat with authority after he hit a home run for the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2015 ALDS. Now all bat flips must be measured against that one, the mother of all bat flips.
You might think that all other potential bat-flippers would be scared to flip, knowing they wouldn't measure up. But the Univeristy of Miami baseball team, the Hurricanes, isn't scared. They have given the world a bat flip worthy of being measured against the Bautista bat flip.
Now that is a Bat Flip. After the player sends the baseball into the stratosphere, he watches it fly and holds the bat out in front of him. And he keeps holding it as he walks up the first base line, staring into his own dugout at his teammates. Then he gives the bat a mighty heave and it twirls away from him.Fri, 27 May7:07 PM EDTBoston at TorontoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.
Houston Astros outfielder George Springer doesn't seem like the prototypical leadoff hitter, but he's definitely enjoying his time in the role. Springer's two home runs out of the No. 1 spot helped lead the Astros to victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.
Springer wasted no time getting to work. The 26-year-old led off the bottom of the first inning by smashing the second pitch he saw from Kevin Gausman deep to left for a solo home run.Fri, 27 May10:05 PM EDTHouston at LA AngelsPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.'s pursuit of Joe DiMaggio's all-time hitting streak has officially come to an end. Bradley went 0-4 during Thursday's game against the Colorado Rockies, ending his current streak at 29 games.
Bradley had been moved to the leadoff spot for the contest, but failed to collect a hit against Rockies starter Jon Gray. In his four at-bats, Bradley flew out to right, grounded out to the pitcher, flew out to center and grounded out to second.
After leading off the eighth inning with a groundout, it seemed unlikely Bradley would receive another at-bat during the contest. The Red Sox made things interesting in the ninth inning, though.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Prior to Thursday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper was probably pretty frustrated with his recent performance. The 23-year-old came into the contest hitting just .194 during the month of May, and had only clubbed two home runs.
That frustration likely intensified after Harper struck out swinging during the first inning. Instead of taking out his anger on the water cooler, Harper decided to channel that rage into a future at-bat.
In the sixth inning, it came to pass. Harper put all of his hatred into one swing. The only victim was a poor, helpless baseball. On the third pitch of the at-bat, Harper obliterated an 80 mph curveball from Mike Leake. The ball was launched so far that it hit off the facing of the third deck in right field at Nationals Park.Fri, 27 May7:05 PM EDTSt. Louis at WashingtonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
Is Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds a jerk because he wouldn't take a picture with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson before a game? Or have athletes gotten too cozy with each other these days?
On this week's edition of the StewPod, Chris and Mike discuss the interaction between the two players, and determine whether Bonds had a good reason for snubbing the young outfielder. They also talk about what the New York Mets should do with Matt Harvey, and express their excitement for Julio Urias' call-up. As always, Bad News Ramen joins the program for his now infamous Three Strikes segment.Fri, 27 May7:10 PM EDTLA Dodgers at NY MetsPreview Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Arizona Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa hasn’t managed a baseball game in more than four seasons, but he’s still willing to go to extraordinary lengths to defend his record in the job. La Russa entered the broadcast booth of the Pittsburgh Pirates television crew Tuesday during a game at PNC Park after hearing broadcaster Greg Brown characterize him as being a manager who always believed in retaliating for players being hit with pitches. The topic was discussed during the broadcast because Pittsburgh pitcher Arquimedes Caminero had hit Arizona players Nick Ahmed and Jean Segura with pitches earlier in the game.Fri, 27 May8:05 PM EDTPittsburgh at TexasPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
The Minnesota Twins have suspended pitching coach Neil Allen indefinitely following a DWI arrest. The team released a statement Thursday announcing the decision.
That statement read:
"The Minnesota Twins are aware of the pending DWI charge against pitching coach Neil Allen. Mr. Allen has been suspended, with pay, indefinitely and the matter will be handled in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club.”
According to the Pioneer Press, Allen was arrested at 3:48 a.m. Thursday. He was released without bail at 10:32 a.m.
Twins minor league pitching coordinator Eric Rasmussen will fill in for Allen during the suspension. He's currently listed as the team's interim pitching coach on its website.Fri, 27 May10:10 PM EDTMinnesota at SeattlePreview Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
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Major League Baseball used two iconic symbols of America’s pastime Thursday to introduce an unprecedented effort with the National Baseball Hall of Fame to share the game’s rich history with its fans. Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully narrated a video reading lines from “Field of Dreams” and commissioner Rob Manfred visited the house where much of the movie was made to announce a multiyear effort to bring Hall of Fame artifacts to hundreds of cities around the country. Not everyone can travel to Cooperstown, N.Y., to visit the complete museum and see all of its offerings, but baseball fanatics at least will be able to experience some of its history and artifacts, which are leaving the museum for the first time in the "We Are Baseball" tour. It's the first time MLB has organized such a tour.
Commissioner Rob Manfred chats with Betty Boeckenstedt, born/raised in Field of Dreams house. Family 1st owners. pic.twitter.com/XDcZIOqKnn
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Rougned Odor's suspension for clocking Jose Bautista is losing a small bit of its punch. According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Odor's suspension will be reduced from eight games to seven after his appeal to the league office.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera has been suspended by Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred through Aug. 1, a total of 82 games, under the league's domestic violence policy.