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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Stealing home is already pretty cool. It’s the ultimate swagger move. You’re not only going to steal a base, but you’re going to beat the pitch there and score a run for your team. It’s daring, it’s exciting and it’s rare.
From now on, though, the regular steal of home might have lost some of its luster. During a recent high school game, one player pulled off a steal of home that may completely change the game.
— Drew Eich (@DrewEich14) July 21, 2016
That’s Graham Tews, a high school player for the Ogden Bulldogs, and yes, he actually slid through his teammate’s legs in order to steal home.
As far as our reaction, we’ll just agree with the fan in the video who keeps screaming “YEAHHHHHHHH … ALRIGHTTTTTTT … YEAHHHHHHHHHHHH.”
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew1 hr ago
During Monday night’s contest between the San Francisco Giants and the Cincinnati Reds, a Giants balldude had an experience that many infielders can relate to. He misjudged a ball, it slipped right through his legs, and he had to go chasing after it. On live TV.
It was the top of the eighth inning, and Adam Duvall was batting for the Reds. On the 2-2 pitch, he smacked the ball foul and it bounced toward the third base line. The balldude was there to make the play, one he’s probably made before. And for a split second, it looked like he’d done it. The ball disappeared, which meant it was probably in his glove. Right?
Then, suddenly, the ball reappeared, squirted behind his legs and rolled away. The balldude (who the Giants announcers identified as Paul Robinson) ran after it, covering his head with his arms as he went. The ball definitely wasn’t in his glove.
To look on the bright side, Robinson did so many things right. He got to the ball. His form looked good. He crouched and put the glove close to the ground so he could easily scoop up the ball. Unfortunately, the glove wasn’t in the right place, which kinda ruins everything else he did up to that point in the play.
Tue, 26 Jul10:15 PM EDTCincinnati at San FranciscoPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
For a baseball player, there are few moments more important than his Major League debut. And unless he’s being called in as a pinch hitter, a Major League debut is actually a nine-inning series of moments. There’s the introduction at the beginning of the game, the first time he makes an out, the first at-bat, and each first marks the end of his journey to the Majors and the beginning of his journey as a Major League baseball player.
On Monday, it was time for Alex Bregman’s moments. The Houston Astros top prospect was called up to play third base in that night’s game against the New York Yankees. And no one was more excited than Bregman’s parents, who were at Minute Maid Park in Houston to watch their son make his Major League debut.
When Bregman was announced for his first ever Major League at-bat, the whole crowd went wild, giving him a standing ovation and showing off homemade signs like “GEAUX BREGMAN” and “WELCOME TO H-TOWN.” Bregman’s dad was so overwhelmed by the response his son was getting that he simply couldn’t believe it was happening.Tue, 26 Jul8:10 PM EDTNY Yankees at HoustonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew11 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.
At this point in his career, nothing Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre does should be surprising. Beltre made his major-league debut at age-19, and still puts up exceptional numbers at age-37.
Beltre has been considered a fringe Hall of Fame candidate for a while now, and everything he does from this point on will only add to his excellent resume. When the voters eventually have to make their Hall decision on Beltre, they might want to consider Monday’s game against the Oakland Athletics.
Beltre not only turned in a dominant performance, but he was almost singlehandedly responsible for the Rangers’ 7-6 comeback win.
Though Beltre had already singled twice and scored a run, his first big at-bat came in the seventh inning. With Texas down by two, Beltre hit a solo home run off John Axford to cut the deficit to just one run.Tue, 26 Jul8:05 PM EDTOakland at TexasPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
Casual fans may not have known much about San Diego Padres outfielder Alex Dickerson coming into Monday’s game, but he gave them reason to remember the name with a monstrous home run against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Dickerson’s mammoth blast came in the top of the ninth inning. On the second pitch of his at-bat, Dickerson drilled a 90 mph cutter from Bo Schultz out to right field. Actually, drilled may be an understatement in this case. The ball actually landed in the fifth deck!
That’s rarified territory. In fact, only 19 home runs have been hit to the fifth deck in Toronto. Fifteen different players have combined for those 19 home runs. On Monday, Dickerson became the 16th player to accomplish the feat.
Amazingly, Dickerson’s home run came on the exact date that Mark McGwire hit the first 500-level home run in Toronto 20 years ago.
Alex Dickerson’s 500-Level Home Run was hit exactly 20 years to the day of the first regular-season 5th deck HR (Mark McGwire: Jul 25,1996)
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) July 26, 2016Tue, 26 Jul7:07 PM EDTSan Diego at TorontoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
For roughly a half-hour Saturday, it looked as though Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale was about to be traded. He was scratched from his start due to the flu, but he wasn’t actually sick. Fans of the game seemed pretty shocked that Sale might actually be on the move.
What actually happened was even more surprising. Sale was scratched from his start after it was revealed he cut up the team’s vintage jerseys because he didn’t want to wear them. It was a bizarre situation in which neither the White Sox nor Sale were willing to shed light on.
That changed Monday, as Sale gave his first interview since the incident. Sale spoke to Scott Merkin of MLB.com, and made it clear that he wants to remain with the White Sox.Tue, 26 Jul7:10 PM EDTChi Cubs at Chi White SoxPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Any kid who grows up loving baseball imagines themselves in the majors at some point. It’s the bottom of the ninth in the World Series. The bases are loaded. You’re called upon to finish off the opposing team.
For most kids, that memory comes when you’re by yourself in the backyard, or when a family member indulges in your childhood delight. Those baseball dreams rarely take place with an actual Major League Baseball player.
That’s precisely what happened to a young Oakland Athletics fan Monday. The kid noticed a couple walking a dog with an A’s bandana, and asked if they would play baseball with him. He had no idea that the man pitching to him was actually a major-league reliever.
This kid liked the A’s bandana. Asked us to play. Had no idea who he was playing with. Sean was charged with the run pic.twitter.com/78qFOcTMa6
— Eireann Dolan (@EireannDolan) July 26, 2016
Well, that ought to make your heart melt.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
The Stew’s Trade Deadline Digest recaps the day in news and rumors as MLB gets closer to the non-waiver trade deadline on August 1. If you missed any of Monday’s action, we’re here to help you catch up with all the important links and tidbits.
BIG ASK: The asking price for Kansas City Royals closer Wade Davis is higher than what the New York Yankees received for Aroldis Chapman. [Yahoo Sports]
HEALTHY SCRATCH: San Diego Padres outfielder Melvin Upton is not in the lineup for the second straight day. Upton is healthy, but it’s assumed the Padres are working to deal him. [@sdutdennislin]Tue, 26 Jul8:15 PM EDTLA Angels at Kansas CityPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Every sport has always operated with a “what have you done for me lately” mindset. Players who were once the best in the game can be turned on by a fanbase the instant they stop producing at an elite level.
That’s pretty much what’s happening with New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez right now. Rodriguez has had a love/hate relationship with New York over his 12 seasons with the club, but last year’s resurgence after a long suspension seemed to endear him to the fans again.
That success hasn’t carried over to this season. The 40-year-old Rodriguez is hitting just .206/.256/.364 over 227 plate appearances. While he’s still under contract with the team through 2017, there are some who are wondering whether the club should just cut ties with A-Rod.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was asked about that during a conference call Monday, and took it as an opportunity to defend Rodriguez.
Brian Cashman was asked on his conference call about buying out Alex Rodriguez. Said that’s not being discussed. pic.twitter.com/EQo1t08X1m
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) July 25, 2016
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
For about 30 seconds on Saturday, before the wild news broke about Chris Sale throwing a fit and cutting up his throwback jersey, some baseball fans thought he had been traded to the Texas Rangers.
Imagine that rotation: Sale, Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels. Wowzer.
The trade was fake, of course, another product of a fake Twitter account in the rush of trade-deadline week. But this isn’t fake: The Rangers will be an intriguing team to watch as baseball teams try to upgrade their rosters this week for possible postseason berths.