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Ryan Raburn makes comically bad throw to cost Indians a run (Video)

Ryan Raburn throwRyan Raburn made a screwup of epic proportions on Thursday night when he misplayed a ball so badly against the Royals that it allowed Mike Moustakas to circle the bases and score the first run of the game.

Moustakas was batting in the bottom of the 8th inning with one out in a scoreless game when he blooped a ball down the left field line. Raburn made a sliding attempt to catch the ball on the line but he dropped it and it got away, allowing Moustakas to stroll into second. However, Raburn went “Sandlot” on us and somehow heaved the ball horizontally towards center field.

The inexplicable throw allowed Moustakas to score and give the Royals a 1-0 lead.

The only saving grace for Raburn is that the Indians scored in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game and send it to extras. But holy smokes, that was terrible! The Indians should think about converting him to a pitcher. He obviously has a mean slider.

Dallas Keuchel writes clever message on baseball for heckler

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Being taunted by hecklers comes with the territory of being a professional athlete. Often times they are ignored, but every now and then the heckler receives a response.

Earlier this season, Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds encountered his heckler and took a selfie with him. Phillips also signed a baseball for the guy with one of the better inscriptions you’ll ever see.

It was Dallas Keuchel’s turn this week. The Houston Astros starting pitcher was apparently well aware of some ribbing he was receiving and decided to dish out some of his own. As Nick Wong describes, the above pictured baseball was tossed to a heckler who was sitting next to him.

As if the message wasn’t good enough on its own, the heart is the icing on the cake. Well done Dallas, well done indeed.

Photo: Twitter/nickw888

H/T SB Nation

Chuck Knoblauch won’t be honored by Twins after alleged assault on ex-wife Cheri

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Chuck Knoblauch will not be honored by the Minnesota Twins next month after he was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly assaulting his ex-wife Cheri Knoblauch.

Knoblauch, who was the 1991 AL Rookie of the Year and a four-time All-Star with the Twins, was scheduled to be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame, but the team cancelled that in light of the arrest.

According to KHOU, Knoblauch, 46, is charged with assault of a family member after allegedly hitting Cheri Knoblauch. He was released after posting $10,000 bond.

Here are details on the alleged incident via KHOU:

Cheri, 37, told police she was napping with her child when Knoblauch barged into the child’s bedroom and began yelling at her.

She said he bashed her head into the wall, hit her in the face and threw a humidifier at her.

Knoblauch’s sister, who was staying in the home, said she heard Cheri screaming and saw her brother chasing her through the house. She told officers she witnessed Chuck hitting Cheri repeatedly in the chest and arm. The two women and child fled the house and called police from Knoblauch’s sister’s house.

Memorial Villages police officers arrested Knoblauch and said he appeared “extremely intoxicated.”

Knoblauch has a history of domestic violence. He was convicted in 2010 of hitting previous ex-wife Stacey Stelmach.

Knoblauch and the former Cheri Olvera were married in 2011. As another interesting twist to the story, Cheri Knoblauch is the ex-girlfriend of longtime MLB player Brian Giles. Giles and Cheri were in a nasty legal battle over a domestic violence charge, not to mention Cheri’s claim that they had a financial agreement in case they broke up.

Cheri once left this profanity-laced abusive voicemail for Giles. The language is offensive, but it’s incredible.

For those of you keeping track, this marks two ex-wives Knoblauch supposedly hit. This also is the second ex-boyfriend (and former MLB All-Star) in a row who supposedly beat Olvera.

Oh yeah, let’s also remember that Cheri was once attacked by a dildo-wielding Anna Benson.

Here is the Twins’ statement on the cancelled plans:

“In light of recent news reports surrounding Chuck Knoblauch, as well as direct communication with the former Twins second baseman, the Minnesota Twins have decided to cancel the team’s 2014 Hall of Fame induction ceremony scheduled for August 23 at Target Field. In January of this year, Knoblauch was elected by a 62-member committee consisting of local and national media, club officials, fans and past elected members, using rules similar to those necessary for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.”

Mark McGwire does not want to ever speak with Jose Canseco again

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Mark McGwire has no immediate plans to make up with Jose Canseco despite his former Bash Brother’s desperate pleas.

McGwire is still upset with Canseco for writing in his 2005 book “Juiced” that he used steroids. McGwire admitted to using PEDs in 2010, but Canseco was ostracized and in his words blackballed from MLB for the book.

Though Canseco showed up to O.Co Coliseum in Oakland last weekend to be honored with the rest of his A’s teammates for the 25-year anniversary of the 1989 World Series-winning team, McGwire, who is a hitting coach for the Dodgers, did not attend. That didn’t stop Canseco from apologizing to Mark while attending the event.

Unfortunately, McGwire wants nothing to do with the reconciliation attempt.

“It’s too late. I don’t care to ever speak to him again,” McGwire told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Wednesday. “What he did was wrong.”

That was not the first time Canseco attempted to reconcile with McGwire; he also wore a shirt to a Dodgers-Cardinals game in 2012 that read, “Sorry for everything, Mark.”

McGwire says he could not care less what Canseco does.

Canseco told reporters that he regrets writing the book and the way he went about exposing people like McGwire.

Word of McGwire’s comments made their way to Canseco, who seemed heartbroken. He tweeted the following Wednesday night in response to McGwire:

Please excuse Jose for misspelling his former teammate’s name. And it’s just like Canseco to try to work a Home Run Derby challenge into his reconciliation attempt. It wouldn’t be a Canseco proposition if it didn’t involve a boxing fight or Home Run Derby.

Maybe Big Mac will forgive Canseco in time. Canseco sold out his teammates and many more because he was desperate. He helped clean up baseball, which was a nice consequence. It’s been almost 10 years. Hopefully McGwire will forgive him eventually.

Jeff Francoeur pranked again, trapped in coaches’ bathroom (Video)

Jeff FrancoeurJeff Francoeur was called up to the big leagues by the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, so his minor league teammates from Triple-A El Paso decided to give him a going away present.

Cody Decker, who has 13 home runs for the Chihuahuas this season, produced yet another video in which the team runs a prank on Francoeur. The last prank was an extremely elaborate one in which the team convinced Frenchy that teammate Jorge Reyes was deaf. This time they trapped Francoeur in the coaches’ bathroom.

The video has a “Snatch” feel to it and while it isn’t quite as good as the original — nothing could be — it’s still pretty enjoyable.

Chase Headley meets new team then delivers game-winning hit (Video)

Chase-HeadleyThe New York Yankees acquired Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. After catching a flight from Chicago, the third baseman was able to arrive to the Bronx by about 7:30 p.m. Rather than giving him the night off to get situated, Joe Girardi decided to use Headley as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. It was the right choice.

Headley delivered the game-winning hit in the 14th inning of what turned out to be a lengthy battle between the Yankees and Texas Rangers. After going 0-for-3 in his first three at-bats as a Yankee, the 30-year-old played the role of hero with a walk-off single.

“There’s a lot of nerves there,” Headley said after the game, per MLB.com Bryan Hoch. “But I kind of stepped out of the box and I thought to myself, ‘Why not? Why wouldn’t this day go this way?’ I was able to enjoy it.”

The best part about Headley’s big night was watching him introduce himself to his new teammates and coaches when he arrived at Yankee Stadium just hours before his big hit. Deadspin captured some of the exchanges in GIF form:

Headley is hitting just .230 this year with seven homers and 33 RBI, so the Yankees probably have limited expectations for him. He exceeded them on Tuesday night.

Don Mattingly doesn’t want Yasiel Puig in center field because he’s ‘out of control most of the time’

Yasiel PuigWith Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, and Scott Van Slyke the Los Angeles Dodgers have a pretty talented group of outfielders when everyone is healthy.

Unfortunately, it’s not necessarily a complete outfield in terms of where each is best suited to play.

Kemp spent the majority of 2008-2012 in center field, but is now more of a liability there. Ethier, Puig, Van Slyke and Crawford would each play in left or right field in ideal scenarios. However, Don Mattingly has to put someone in center each day so it’s been a bit of a shuffle.

Ethier has handled center field duties the majority of time this year, followed by Kemp and Van Slyke. Noticeably absent is Puig, who can probably cover the most ground of anyone Mattingly could play in the outfield. He also has moments every now and that lead many to say he’s getting by on physical ability, not fundamentals.

It’s because of those instances that Don Mattingly is choosing to keep Yasiel Puig away from one of baseball’s premier defensive positions for now.

Well then.

Puig is a highlight reel waiting to happen, but that alone doesn’t make a great defensive player. So, for the time being, it appears we will continue watching Yasiel Puig do his thing in right field.