Archive for December, 2012
Best of Big League Stew 2012: Coming back to earth after a memorable year in baseball (Yahoo! Sports)
By Joe McDonald at 29 December, 2012, 2:02 pm
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Best of Big League Stew 2012: Coming back to earth after a memorable year in baseball (Big League Stew)
By Joe McDonald at 29 December, 2012, 12:24 pm
If Big League Stew were a baseball player, we’d be heading into our final year of arbitration.
Yup, that’s right. As hard as it is to believe, we’ve been taking our hacks for five seasons now and we’re about to close the book on a 2012 that ranks up there with all the others. From the emergence of exciting young players to a wealth of no-hitters and perfect games to playoff expansion and the emergence of the San Francisco Giants as a possible dynasty, the year gone by was an excellent time to be a baseball blogger. We can only hope 2013 is just as fun.
But before we move on, let’s perform our annual custom of looking back on the year that was. We’d like to thank all of our loyal Stewies for their continued readership and would like to wish each of you a happy and healthy new year that’s filled with dirt and diamonds.
Remember: Spring training camps open in just 42 more days.
Previous best of Big League Stew retrospectives : 2011 , 2010 , 2009 , 2008
Ugueth Urbina will return to baseball after spending nearly six years in Venezuelan prison (Big League Stew)
By Joe McDonald at 29 December, 2012, 4:01 am
You won’t come across many stories more bizarre than those involving former major league reliever Ugueth Urbina over the 2 1/2 year period that led up to his attempted murder conviction in 2007.
If you don’t recall all of the details, in September of 2004, Urbina’s mother, Maura Villarreal, was kidnapped and held for $6 million ransom in their native Venezuela. Urbina’s family steadfastly refused to meet the kidnappers’ demands, which led to a successful commando-style rescue operation and her safe return home a little more than five months later.
Despite that horrifying ordeal, Urbina was able to refocus and continue his big league career in 2005, pitching for both the Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers, saving 10 games along the way. He then returned to Venezuela again in the offseason, and that’s when his life took an even stranger turn.
On Nov. 7, Urbina was arrested and charged with attempted murder three weeks after being accused of attacking five farm workers on his ranch property with a machete and dousing them in gasoline. At first it was believed the incident was an act of revenge on Urbina’s part to get back at people he believed to be involved in his mother’s kidnapping, but it was later reported that Urbina had accused the men of stealing his gun and took the law into his own hands.
By Steve Keane at 29 December, 2012, 12:33 am
Needing some help in the pitching staff, the Mets went out and signed lefthander Aaron Laffey to a minor league deal and invited him to Spring Training. The former Yankee, who made 11 relief appearances in the Bronx. Last year in 22 appearances – 16 starts – he went 4-6 with a 4.56 ERA in […]Read More >>
Vintage Tube: Bar band covers ‘Take Me Out To The Ball Game’ to ‘jazz’ up 1984 Tidewater Tides (Big League Stew)
By Joe McDonald at 28 December, 2012, 2:12 pm
Ever wonder what “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” would sound like “jazzed up”? Well, my little hot child in the city, the above video is one example of such a jazzing.
Maybe you think our pastime’s official song is fine the way it is, but if so then…
By Joe McDonald at 27 December, 2012, 11:00 pm
Shortly after trading National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson insisted that his team is still “not punting on 2013.”Read More >>
By Joe McDonald at 27 December, 2012, 9:00 pm
NEW YORK, Dec 27 (Reuters) – The never-say-die San Francisco Giants’ rousing drive to the World Series title capped a year of surprises, sensational individual achievements and big-name doping controversies in Major League Baseball (MLB). Miguel Cabrer…Read More >>
By Joe McDonald at 27 December, 2012, 7:00 pm
A famous import from Japan is calling it quits while an another major league star will still get his second chance in Japan.Read More >>
By Joe McDonald at 27 December, 2012, 2:20 pm
Free-agent pitcher Aaron Laffey signed a minor-league deal with the New York Mets, the team announced Thursday.Read More >>
By Joe McDonald at 26 December, 2012, 6:25 pm
COMMENTARY | Season’s Greetings, New York Mets fans.Read More >>