By Joe McDonald at 26 September, 2013, 10:34 am
Major League Baseball just announced the most popular jerseys sold and Mariano Rivera is at the top of the list: 1. Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees 2. Matt Harvey, New York Mets 3. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers 4. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles 5. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 6. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers 7. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals 8. Andrew McCutchen,…Read More >>
By Joe McDonald at 19 September, 2013, 7:47 pm
PHOENIX — After 1,090 games, Hanley Ramirez is in the postseason after personally escorting the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League West title on Thursday.Read More >>
By Joe McDonald at 19 September, 2013, 6:02 pm
PHOENIX — Hanley Ramirez had four hits and two home runs and A.J. Ellis hit a tiebreaking home in the eighth inning to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League West title with a 7-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday afternoon.Read More >>
By Joe McDonald at 12 September, 2013, 1:30 pm
Editor’s note: We’re saying goodbye to teams mathematically eliminated from the 2013 MLB season with a toast. Want to contribute? Follow @BigLeagueStew on Twitter and await our call for submissions. Next up, the San Francisco Giants.
Not that anybody was expecting it at this point, but the San Francisco Giants made it official on Wednesday that we will not see back-to-back World Series champs. Nobody’s done that since the Yankees won three straight from 1998 to 2000, and with their official postseason elimination on Wednesday, the Giants won’t either.
The Giants season was decided a while ago, though. The team had been in no higher than fourth place since June 24 — falling while the rival Los Angeles Dodgers soared, not giving fans the expected Giants-Dodgers duel at the top of the NL West this season. But we can all still enjoy a toast to the Giants.
To the Giants, for having a little more time this year to clean your World Series rings. And to the Giants, for owning some of the best hair in baseball plus honest players and cute fans . To the Giants, for making the Padres look decent. To the Giants, for making us think gas prices are cheaper … when we compare them to Barry Zito’s ERA. And to the Giants, for giving fifth-graders motivation for their school speeches .
We’re not going to bogart this toast. Here’s what the people had to say to the 2013 Giants:
By Joe McDonald at 10 September, 2013, 6:27 pm
Sept 10 (The Sports Xchange) – Major League Baseball unveiled the 2014 regular-season schedule, which will begin with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers playing a two-game series in Sydney, Australia, on March 22-23. The remainder of the …Read More >>
By Joe McDonald at 18 August, 2013, 6:02 pm
The Los Angeles Dodgers couldn’t extend their impressive win streak last time out.Read More >>
By Joe McDonald at 18 August, 2013, 12:28 am
Aug 17 (The Sports XChange) – Highlights of Saturday’s Major League Baseball games. – – – – Dodgers 5, Phillies 0 Clayton Kershaw and Brandon League combined on a three-hitter as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 for their 10th…Read More >>
By Joe McDonald at 17 August, 2013, 11:22 pm
Thanks to the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers, the beginning of Ryne Sandberg’s managerial career in Philadelphia is off to a poor start.Read More >>
The Juice: Justin Upton’s walk-off home run pushes Braves lead to 15 1/2 games in NL East (Big League Stew)
By Joe McDonald at 17 August, 2013, 2:44 am
The Juice returns for season No. 6! It’s almost eligible for free-agency! Stop by daily for news from the action, along with great photos, stats, video highlights and more.
The race in the National League East is all but decided at this point, but the Atlanta Braves don’t look like a team that’s content with its position. I guess a late-season collapse like the one suffered in 2011 will give you that continued sense of urgency, and the Braves are channeling it perfectly.
On Friday, they extended their lead in the division to 15 1/2 games with a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals in 10 innings. Justin Upton played the role of hero, delivering his second walk-off home run of the season — No. 23 overall — as Atlanta improved to 11-3 against the defending division champions.
And no, they still aren’t comfortable.
From the Associated Press:
”There’s a lot of baseball to be played,” Upton said. ”Our lead is pretty big right now, but crazier things have happened in baseball. You’ve got to go out and win as many games as you can.”
Indeed crazier things have happened, but an Atlanta collapse this season would certainly challenge for the crown.
Phillies fall in Ryne Sandberg’s debut: By firing the most successful manager in franchise history, Charlie Manuel, on Friday, the Philadelphia Phillies did replacement Ryne Sandberg both a favor and a disservice. Of course promoting him to manager is the favor, but putting him in the dugout immediately ahead of their weekend series with the sizzling Los Angeles Dodgers is anything but.
Sandberg and the Phillies couldn’t avoid the buzzsaw on Friday, managing only three hits in a 4-0 loss . Zack Greinke did the bulk of the work on the hill for LA, tossing 7 1/3 innings. Paco Rodriguez, Ronald Belisario and Kenley Jansen closed it out as the Dodgers picked up their 41st win in their last 49 games.
By Joe McDonald at 17 August, 2013, 1:18 am
Aug 16 (The Sports XChange) – Highlights of Friday’s Major League Baseball games – – – – Dodgers 4, Phillies 0 Zack Greinke outdueled Cliff Lee, and Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer as the Los Angeles Dodgers ran their latest winning streak to nine w…Read More >>