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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Perhaps you forgot, because Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias missed all of the 2014 season with injuries, butthe dude can play defense better than any shortstop in MLB not named Andrelton Simmons.
While the surprise story of Iglesias' comeback thus far has been his offense — that .436 average is nice, regardless of sample size — Iglesias reminded us Monday night how unbelievable he is in the field too.
Just watch the clip above. We dare you not to be wowed. And no, this is not the place for one of those "this-happens-all-the-time" quips, because this play is downright filthy. The stop itself is nice, but that throw. Wow. Across his body and he's not even looking at first base as he makes it. Enjoy the photographic evidence.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Take a look around MLB 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.
If the bottom of the ninth had gone a different way in Chicago, this would be a story about Trevor Bauer and how the Cleveland Indians pitcher turned in a dominating performance against the Chicago White Sox. Yep, that was almost the story.
Then the bottom of the ninth happened. And the White Sox, who had four hits and nary a run in the first eight innings of the game, summoned one of those rallies that can change a team's outlook. The Sox strung together seven straight base runners against Indians' closer Cody Allen, turning a 3-0 deficit into a 4-3 win when Melky Cabrera hit a walk-off single.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Josh Hamilton could be playing baseball for the Los Angeles Angels by June, if everything goes according to the team's comeback plan for the troubled former MVP.
The Angels and Hamilton have been locked in a dispute about his future with the team after he admitted a drug relapse to MLB. Angels owner Arte Moreno has threatened to void Hamilton's contract, while teammates have publicly supported Hamilton's return.
We've been unsure for months about whether Hamilton would ever play for the Angels again. But now, according to the Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin, we're learning that the Angels have a plan in place that could bring Hamilton back to the big leagues.Tue, 21 Apr10:05 PM EDTOakland at LA AngelsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Kris Bryant still hasn't hit his first MLB home run yet, but the Chicago Cubs phenom got himself a Little League-style "homer" Monday night. We didn't get to see Bryant's home-run trot, but what happened in the seventh inning of
Who needs a home-run trot when you can watch frantic base-running?
It started with Bryant launching a deep fly ball to centerfield off Pittsburgh reliever Arquimedes Caminero. Off the bat, it looked like we might be seeing Bryant's first dinger, but the ball hit the bottom of the wall. It looked like Bryant would be stopping at second base with a two-run double, but then the Pirates' defense happened.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
It looks like Kris Bryant's call-up was just the start of prospect mania on the North Side. The Chicago Cubs, eyeing a run in the NL Central, are calling up their next hotshot prospect, 21-year-old infielder Addison Russell.
The news was first reported by CBS Sports' Jon Heymanand confirmed by our Jeff Passan, who notes the Cubs (7-5 after winning Monday night) will initially move Russell out of his natural position to better fit their needs:
Top prospect Addison Russell was indeed called up by the Cubs, as @JonHeymanCBS reported. Will play 2B for now. A shortstop long-term.
Russell ranked as Baseball America's No. 3 prospect coming into the 2015 season. Bryant was No. 1 and Byron Buxton of the Minnesota Twins was No. 2. Russell was the No. 5 overall prospect on MLB.com's list.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
If only Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price had a swear jar in his office. He might be able to pay star first baseman Joey Votto's $14 million salary after unleashing an epic, F-bomb laced tirade aimed at the local media before Monday night's game. The staggering final count: 77 F-bombs.
Price, the Reds' second-year manager, was none too pleased with beat reporters — particularly C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer — after news went public that catcher Devin Mesoraco wasn't available to pinch hit Sunday because he wasn't with the team. Price said he didn't like the media reporting news that could help the Reds' opponents.Tue, 21 Apr8:10 PM EDTCincinnati at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
The Chicago Cubs/Pittsburgh Pirates experienced a brief delay Monday after a fan was hit in the head by a foul ball.
The fan was moving through the first row when a foul ball off the bat of Starlin Castro went straight back to the protective netting and hit her in the head. The ball did not travel through the netting, but the force pushed it back far enough that the ball made contact with the woman's head.
Video of the incident is below. If you would prefer not to watch it, please skip ahead.
Fan at the Cubs/Pirates game too close to the net behind home plate and takes one to the head pic.twitter.com/FQpL2pApeV
The game was immediately delayed so that the woman could be treated for her injuries. Medics brought a stretcher for the woman, and carried her off. The delay lasted 23 minutes.
While the situation was scary, the woman appeared to be conscious as she was removed from the field. The Pirates released a statement toward the end of the game that said:
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
There's nothing better than having a hot dog at a ball game. So, when a team offers hot dogs for just $1, it shouldn't come as a surprise that fans are willing to jump at the opportunity.
Kansas City Royals fans are having some second thoughts about cheap hot dogs after their most recent Buck Night. The quality of $1 hot dogs being served were not up to standard, according to KCTV5.
The above photo shows a normal, full-price hot dog at Kauffman Stadium, and one of the $1 dogs served on Buck Night. One fan, Neal Ross, attempted to return his subpar dog, but was told he could not.
"They kind of told us, 'well they're a dollar, so you get what you get,'" Ross said.
This was far from the only picture KCTV5 received from disgruntled fans.Tue, 21 Apr8:10 PM EDTMinnesota at Kansas CityPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
Giants prospect Adam Duvall does not care about your attempts to limit his offensive production. Duvall played against the Los Angeles Angels Triple-A affiliates, Salt Lake City Bees, on Sunday.
Due to the ridiculous offensive numbers posted in their park, the Bees installed a humidor during the offseason in order to limit production. Duvall appeared to take issue with that strategy.
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It's tough to get an accurate sense of where the ball landed based on the video, but the announcer says it hit a concession stand in left. That concession stand is over 474 feet away from home plate, so that gives you an idea of how well this ball was hit.
The moonshot wasn't enough for Duvall. On top of the home run, he ripped two doubles, a triple and an infield single. That's right, Duvall hit for his first-ever cycle.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
This is how bad things are going for the worst-in-MLB Milwaukee Brewers right now: Their starting second baseman, Scooter Gennett, is likely to miss a couple of games after a shower injury.
Yes, a shower injury. After Sunday's road game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, which was Milwaukee's fifth straight loss, Gennett was attacked by a shower at PNC Park. His hand was sliced, he needed stitches and he's likely to miss two games. Gennett is not in the lineup Monday, but expects he'll be ready to play Wednesday.