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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
One of the adages that is almost as old as baseball itself is this: Keep your eye on the ball. Whoever coined the phrase probably didn’t have anything in mind like what we saw from Cleveland Indians pitcher Zack McAllister on Tuesday night.
McAllister turned in a shining example of hand-eye coordination — and really, foot-eye coordination too — to make one of the most memorable catches we’ll see this season.
As you see above, that liner hits McAllister’s foot on his follow-through and he kicks it up in the air. He then spins, finds the ball in the air and catches it. It was a fantastic play for a pitcher, but it took the skills of a soccer goalie — agility, quick-thinking, use of various limbs.
Watch it from this angle to see just how alert McAllister had to be to make this play:Wed, 31 Aug7:10 PM EDTMinnesota at ClevelandPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Tim Tebow’s baseball showcase was about what you’d expect: He was impressive in some moments and he showed 10 years’ worth of rust in others. If you were looking for reasons to say he’ll never be a big-league baseball player, you found those. If you were looking for reasons to say he has potential, you found those too.
Twenty-eight of the 30 big-league teams were there to at least see what Tebow had to offer. Some, like the Boston Red Sox, left and quickly announced they’d likely be passing. GM Dave Dombrowski told NESN on Tuesday night: “I don’t think we’ll be rushing out to make a signing.”Wed, 31 Aug1:35 PM EDTTampa Bay at BostonPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
The Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates started out playing a normal baseball game on Monday night, but it ended up as a wacky, wild affair that took 13 innings and more than five hours. It featured three Cubs comebacks and the same player being thrown out at the plate two separate times in extra innings.
The second game in this Cubs-Pirates series is Tuesday’s Free MLB Game of the Day on Yahoo Sports, which means you can stream the game for free on on the Yahoo Sports app, Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index, video home and this very post. Local blackouts apply, per MLB rules. First pitch is at 8:05 p.m.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Dodgers seem to have found another team that wants Yasiel Puig. However, that doesn’t mean the embattled outfielder is necessarily on the move.
According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, an unknown team has made a waiver claim on Puig, who the Dodgers sent down to Triple-A earlier this month after not being able to move him at the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline.
What that means essentially in modern terms: Some unknown team out there swiped right on Puig. But, like the world of digital dating, it takes more than one side’s interest to make a move.Wed, 31 Aug3:10 PM EDTLA Dodgers at ColoradoPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
No matter what you think about the prospects of Tim Tebow’s professional baseball career, give him this much: He proved Tuesday that he can hit a batting practice fastball a long distance.
The highlight of Tebow’s workout at USC — which was attended by 46 scouts from 28 different teams — was this BP bomb that flew an estimated 430 feet.
Tim Tebow hit the fourth BP pitch to where I circled the red-dot… uh huh… pic.twitter.com/9Om5gHnA5R
— Taylor Blake Ward (@TaylorBlakeWard) August 30, 2016
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Baseball isn’t considered an outdoor sport like mountain biking, fishing or kayaking, but Cincinnati Reds infielder Iván De Jesús Jr. found out you can get plenty close to nature playing baseball, too.
De Jesús was standing in the batter’s box Monday night ready to swing away when unbeknownst to him, a giant moth, roughly 1/3 of the size of the number on the back of De Jesús’ uniform, planted itself right in the middle of his back during his at-bat.
Not a joke. See for yourself. The moth didn’t stay long, it was knocked off and flew away when De Jesús swung and missed, but the point was made. The batter’s box is no longer a safe place. We already knew the mound was a danger zone.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
Tim Tebow will take his first step toward an actual career in baseball Tuesday. He’ll workout in front of scouts from upward of 20 MLB teams, hoping that one will see the same talent that his agent, his trainer and Gary Sheffield have raved about, then sign him to a contract.
Tebow is obviously a well-built and powerful athlete. He’s said to have a good swing. And he’s popular enough that some team will sign him just for the novelty — heck, one club in the Venezuelan league already made him an offer, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
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There have been some fantastic minor league catches lately, with dudes grabbing balls at the wall andflipping over fences to get the out. This minor league catch, from Detroit Tigers shortstop prospect Dixon Machado, doesn’t involve a wall or flipping over anything, but it’s still totally amazing.
Machado plays for the Toledo Mud Hens, the Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate, and on Monday the Mud Hens were facing the Indianapolis Pirates (affiliated with — who else? — the Pittsburgh Pirates) and leading them by a score of 8-1. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Machado had to run down a tough pop-up to shallow left field from Pirates center fielder Danny Ortiz.
And did he ever run. Machado covered an insane amount of ground chasing this pop-up, beating the actual left fielder to the ball. As Machado came in, the ball was falling fast, and he went into a slide. But that’s not all he did.Wed, 31 Aug1:10 PM EDTChi White Sox at DetroitPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew23 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.
If the New York Mets are going to make a second half surge for the second straight season, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is going to have to carry them again. The outfielder proved he was once again up for the task during Monday’s 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins.
Cespedes was the clear star for the Mets all night, picking up three hits in three at-bats. He didn’t play the hero, however, until his final plate appearance.
With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th, Cespedes stepped to the plate looking to end the game with one swing of the bat. On the third pitch of the at-bat, he did just that. Cespedes crushed a 92 mph fastball from Nick Wittgren to deep left field.
Cespedes knew it was gone off the bat, and decided to celebrate the moment in style. After taking a couple seconds to admire his work, Cespedes unleashed a casual, yet elegant, bat flip.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
There’s a reason only certain players can handle center field. The position requires both tremendous physical assets, like foot speed and athleticism, and combines that with natural skills, like instincts and smarts.
Seattle Mariners centerfielder Leonys Martin made sure to show off all of those traits during an excellent catch during Monday’s 6-3 loss to the Texas Rangers.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Rangers outfielder Ian Desmond stepped to the plate against reliever Arquimedes Caminero looking to extend his team’s lead. On the 1-2 pitch, Desmond nearly succeeded. He clobbered a 98 mph fastball from Caminero, sending the ball deep to center. Off the bat, it certainly looked like Desmond was bound for extra bases.
Not so fast. Martin used his instincts to get a tremendous jump on the ball. He was already slightly shaded just to the right of straight center, knowing Desmond might send the ball his way. Even though he played the ball off the bat perfectly, Martin still had a long way to go if he was going to make a play.