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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr 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.
Who needs pitching when you can hit like this? The New York Mets may be dealing with a severely diminished rotation at the moment, but the offense picked them up during Sunday’s 17-0 drubbing of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Things started early, as the club notched a run on a double play groundout in the second inning. That may have been a less than stellar start, but the team would make up for it going forward. A Curtis Granderson solo shot extended the club’s lead in the fourth, as did a bases-loaded walk to Jose Reyes.
That’s when things really started to get fun. New York feasted against the Phillies’ bullpen, scoring an incredible five runs in the seventh and six runs in the eighth.
- Big League Stew at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Sorry, Philadelphia Phillies, your World Series trophy is in another castle. A glorious castle built by Ryan Howard’s massive contract.
This season was all about the future in Philadelphia. While the team surprised early, the Phillies fell back to Earth as the season went on, eventually fulfilling those pessimistic preseason projections. But this was expected. Though the club’s eventual win/loss record won’t be pretty, this season was all about preparing the club for the future. The major-league club saw some talented youngsters make their debuts, while the team continued to develop its promising prospects in the minors. The Phillies may still be years away from contention, but it was a start.
Like we’ll do with every eliminated team in our Game Over series, we’re about to examine what went wrong for the Phillies, what went right, what’s the best 2016 memory, what they need to fix and what the future might hold.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
When the Los Angeles Dodgers came into Sunday with a chance to clinch the National League West during Vin Scully’s final home game, it seemed as though the stage was set for a storybook ending.
The Dodgers did not disappoint, winning the game and clinching the division on a dramatic walk-off home run in the 10th inning. With that, Vin Scully left the the world of baseball with yet another legendary highlight. It was a fitting end to a tremendous 67-year broadcasting career.
Here’s a transcript of Scully calling Charlie Culberson’s 10th inning walk-off home run:
“Tenth inning, 3-3. Dodgers and Rockies. 0-1 to Charlie. Swung on, a high fly ball to deep left field [unintelligible] Would you believe a home run? And the Dodgers have clinched the division, and will celebrate on schedule.”
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Let there be no doubt about it, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the best in the National League West.
Despite a historic series of injuries that would have demoralized and defeated most teams, the Dodgers survived and even persevered on their way to a fourth straight NL West crown. Now they’ll seek to be more than regular season wonders as they chase the franchise’s first World Series championship since 1988.
The Dodgers fittingly clinched in Vin Scully’s final home broadcast, which is as good a tribute as any the legendary broadcaster has received. It was also the perfect game for Scully to call, as it featured a dramatic finish.
The Colorado Rockies got out to an early lead in the third, picking up two runs off Dodgers’ starter Brandon McCarthy. The Dodgers would answer back in the bottom of the frame, getting a run back on a Yasiel Puig sacrifice fly.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Bryce Harper left Sunday afternoon’s game between his Washington Nationals and the Pittsburgh Pirates with an apparent left hand injury. What led to Harper’s hurt hand also led to the benches clearing at PNC Park.
Harper legged out a triple in the top of the third inning and when he neared third Jung Ho Kang appeared to fake a tag – the throw was off line so the ball wasn’t even near Kang – causing Harper to slide awkwardly and jam his left hand into the base. Harper stayed in the game initially after a quick visit from a trainer but was replaced in right field by Chris Heisey in the bottom of the inning.Mon, 26 Sep7:05 PM EDTArizona at WashingtonPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Of all the lists baseball fans thought Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez might make one day, no expected this one: athletes who died far too young.
Fernandez, 24, was one of three people killed early Sunday morning in a boating accident in Miami. The boat he was on struck a jetty and overturned, according to authorities. All three victims were found around 3 a.m.
It’s a tragedy that has gripped the sporting world, as Fernandez is universally regarded as one of the best pitchers in MLB. He won the Rookie of the Year in 2013 and pitched well enough to be a Cy Young candidate this year. So when people say Fernandez was one of the top talents in the game, it’s no exaggeration.
Rare is the loss of an athlete who is as good and as young as Fernandez. So now, when we think of athletes such as Reggie Lewis, Len Bias, Sean Taylor and Hank Gathers, we’ll think of Fernandez too. It’s tragic company to be in.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Jose Fernandez brought the game of baseball to life every time he took the field. He wasn’t just an incredible pitcher, and he certainly was that, but his smile and personality were equally as vibrant as his fastball and curveball.
Fernandez, 24, waskilled in a boating accident Sunday morning and in a life and career that ended far too early he produced a number of memorable moments that will not be forgotten.
Just gonna watch this Jose Fernandez/Troy Tulowitzki GIF a whole bunch of times today. pic.twitter.com/uiOabv0tVM
— Matt Lindner (@mattlindner) September 25, 2016
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
The tragic death of Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has devastated the baseball world. Fernandez, 24, was killed in a boating accident Sunday morning. The Marlins canceled their game against the Atlanta Braves following the news.
Fernandez’s death is still fresh. Many are still processing how a player with so much talent and love for the game could be taken away so early. On the field, Fernandez’s ability was undeniable. Fernandez was well on his way to posting another phenomenal season with the Marlins. The 24-year-old posted a 2.86 ERA, with an incredible 253 strikeouts, in just 182 1/3 innings.
That performance put him squarely in the middle of the Cy Young race in the National League.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
The news of Jose Fernandez’s death shook the sports world on Sunday morning, but nowhere was it more crushing than at Marlins Park, where fans and teammates gathered to remember a talent taken far too soon.
With Sunday’s game canceled, the Marlins gathered anyway. They met as a team, talked about Fernandez together, trying to process the loss together and grief together. Then, they stood united for a press conference. Players wore their jerseys, surrounding a table where manager Don Mattingly sat along with execs David Samson, Michael Hill and veteran player Martin Prado.
They were moved to tears as they talked about Fernandez — their 24-year-old ace,who was found dead early Sunday morning after a boating accident that killed two other people. Mattingly was particularly emotional, breaking down in tears while talking about Fernandez.
- Kevin Kaduk at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez was one of three people who died in a boating accident in Miami Beach early Sunday morning.
He was 24.
“The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez,” the team said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”
Sunday’s Marlins-Braves game at Marlins Stadium was canceled following the news, the team statement announced. Fernandez was originally scheduled to pitch on Sunday, but had his start pushed back to Monday.
Multiple sources reported and confirmed the news on Sunday morning including Ken Rosenthal, and Marlins beat writer Clark Spencer. According to WFOR-TV in Miami, authorities were notified of the accident at about 3 a.m.: