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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew45 mins ago
The baseball world continues to cope with the tragic death of 24-year-old Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez. Fernandez’s funeral procession was held in Miami on Wednesday, giving fans one final opportunity to pay their respects to the superstar pitcher.
Given Fernandez’s standing in Miami, as well as his larger than life stature within the game, it was no surprise the local fans came out in droves to celebrate Fernandez’s life. At one point during the service, fans lining the streets could be heard chanting “Jose, Jose, Jose” as the procession passed them.
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) September 28, 2016
As the service started at Marlins Park, Fernandez’s body was loaded into the hearse by family members wearing his No. 16 jerseys.Wed, 28 Sep7:10 PM EDTNY Mets at MiamiPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
With the National League wild card race as tight as can be, the St. Louis Cardinals’ playoff hopes may depend solely on the arm of Mike Leake. If the 28-year-old hopes to keep the Cardinals in the hunt, he’ll have to do so against his former team, the Cincinnati Reds.
There will be no lack for narratives as Leake takes on his former club for the fourth time this season. Whether Leake can finally figure them out will be the focus of Yahoo Sports’ MLB Free Game of the Day on Wednesday. Leake and the Cardinals will take on Joey Votto and the Reds. The contest, which starts at 8:15 p.m. ET, can be streamed on Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index, video home and this very post. Local blackouts apply, per MLB rules.
The Cardinals are hoping the fourth time is a charm for Leake. Since leaving Cincinnati, Leake has not experienced success against his former team. In three starts this season, the Reds have pounded Leake for 16 earned runs over 17 1/3 innings. He’s given up 24 hits, and has struck out just seven batters in those starts.Wed, 28 Sep8:15 PM EDTCincinnati at St. LouisPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
New York Mets outfielder Tim Tebow’s baseball career has barely even begun and he’s already a legend. The former quarterback turned outfielder hit a home run on the first pitch he sawas a professional baseball player.
— Katie Johnson (@Katie_Johnson_) September 28, 2016
Yep, you can’t write a better script than that. The blast came during Tebow’s first game in the instructional league. Prior to Wednesday, Tebow had taken part in intrasquad games against his Mets’ teammates, but this was the first time he faced another club.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
How often do you see something that’s truly surprising and amazing? Something that makes your eyes bug out and your mouth fall open in awe? For Adrian Beltre and Joey Gallo of the Texas Rangers, it was just Tuesday night.
This is what made the jaws of Beltre and Gallo drop to the dugout floor. It was the bottom of the third inning, and the Rangers were down 3-0 to the Milwaukee Brewers. With two men on, left fielder Carlos Gomez stepped up to the plate. And because nothing can stop Carlos Gomez and his career renaissance with the Rangers, he connected with the third pitch of the at-bat and sent it to the moon.
Not only did the homer tie the game, but it was HUGE. It landed in the first row of the upper deck of Globe Life Park. According to Statcast, Gomez’s homer traveled 444 feet. So you can understand why Gallo and Beltre looked like this while they watched that homer fly.
Wed, 28 Sep8:05 PM EDTMilwaukee at TexasPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
When you take a kid to a baseball game, you hope that it’ll be a great experience. At the very least, you hope there won’t be tears. On Tuesday night, while the New York Mets were playing the Miami Marlins, the Mets spotted (and indirectly caused) the tears of a young fan, so they decided to give him a gift he’d never forget.
In the sixth inning, Jay Bruce had a pretty epic 11-pitch at-bat against Marlins pitcher Justin Nicolino. Bruce hit six of those 11 pitches foul, and one of them bounced on the top of the dugout and then ricocheted off the arm of a young Mets fan. Judging by the video, it looked like it hurt, and the little dude started crying.
Well, no one likes to see a kid cry. So Mets second baseman Neil Walker decided to do something about it. Walker got the ball back from the kid, brought it down to the dugout, and had a bunch of his teammates sign it. And that ball wasn’t the only gift the Mets gave him — they also sent up a bat.
The little guy seemed to like it, though it still looked like he was sore when he gave a understandably tearful thumbs up. (Seriously, that foul ball had to hurt.)
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Nearly a month after he held a workout for MLB teams, and just weeks after he was signed to a minor league contract by the New York Mets, Tim Tebow is set to make his instructional league debut on Wednesday. The 29-year-old Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback will play a full, non-simulated game against the St. Louis Cardinals’ instructional league in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Tebow played his final intrasquad game in the Mets’ instructional league on Tuesday, a three-inning simulated game, and it didn’t go badly. In fact, according to the AP, it went pretty well. He struck out in the first inning against Mets pitching prospect Marcos Molina, but laced a single to shallow center in the second inning that was just missed by shortstop Hansel Moreno. Then he attempted a steal, but ended up scoring when Molina committed a throwing error. Tebow’s second hit came in the third inning, a more decisive single through the left side. TCPalm.com caught it on camera.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
If you were hoping the NL wild-card race would shake up Tuesday night, that didn’t happen. What did happen was three beatdowns handed out by teams looking to lock down those two playoff spots.
If you like symmetry, you probably like this: The New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants each scored 12 runs in their victories. Nothing too deep. Just the wild-card standings not changing at all.
• The Mets got big homers from Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes plus eight strikeouts from starter Noah Syndergaard to beat the Miami Marlins by the count of 12-1.
• In St. Louis, the Cardinals knocked four homers, including Aledmys Diaz’s emotional grand slam (more on that in a bit) and a two-run jack by Jhonny Peralta. Both Diaz and Peralta finished with four RBIs in the Cardinals’ 12-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds.Wed, 28 Sep10:15 PM EDTColorado at San FranciscoPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
There aren’t many things in life a man plans more meticulously than proposing marriage. It’s a moment you definitely don’t want to fumble.
Which is why everyone watching Tuesday night’s New York Yankees game against the Boston Red Sox had to feel for 29-year-old Andrew Fox, who dropped to his knee during to the game, planning to propose to his girlfriend Heather Terwilliger, also 29.
Fox opened up the ring box — and he totally dropped the ring. This is how you feel when that happens in front of 35,000 people at the stadium and thousands more on TV.
Here’s the good news: After a search of about five minutes, aided by fans nearby, the ring was found. Fox did it right the second time. Terwilliger said yes. And they have quite a proposal story ‘til death do them part.Wed, 28 Sep7:05 PM EDTBoston at NY YankeesPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Aledmys Diaz returned to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, his heart still full of grief, but with one swing in the fourth inning, he gave us another incredible tribute to Jose Fernandez.
On Sunday, Diaz got the horrible news: Fernandez — who lived a few doors down when they were kids in their native Cuba, a friend so close he called him brother — had died in a boating accident.
Outside of Fernandez’s teammates with the Miami Marlins, the news didn’t hit anyone in baseball harder than Diaz. He couldn’t play Sunday, then Monday he left the Cardinals to attend a private memorial in Miami with Fernandez’s mother and grandmother, who Diaz says look at him like a son.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Sorry, Chicago White Sox, your World Series trophy is in another castle. But hey, maybe Drake LaRoche, can find you. He has time.
The White Sox had a strange season. They were really good, then really bad. Chris Sale had baseball’s most notable tantrum of the season while also being one of the best pitchers in the league. The White Sox could be winners next season as they’ll bring back a solid nucleus, but they have work to do before they can truly compete in the AL Central.
Like we’ll do with every eliminated team in our Game Over series, we’re about to examine what went wrong for the White Sox, what went right, what’s the best 2016 memory, what they need to fix and what the future might hold.Wed, 28 Sep8:10 PM EDTTampa Bay at Chi White SoxPreview Game