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Coco Crisp’s latest haircut is definitely worth checking out (Video)

Coco Crisp of the Oakland A’s seems like one of the more fun loving guys in Major League Baseball and when it comes to his appearance, he generally attracts attention.

coco-crisp-haircutA couple of years ago, Crisp caught eyes with this tattoo/piercing. And who could forget the glorious afro he blessed us with after taking his braids out.

Sticking with Coco Crisp’s hair, check out the do he was sporting against the Minnesota Twins.

More power to him, because I definitely couldn’t pull that off. From the front, it looks normal enough. When Crisp turns around, is when you get the full effect.

That’s so Coco Crisp.

Yasiel Puig breaks bat on check swing (Video)

Yasiel Puig either has superhuman strength that leads him to do things nobody else can, or the guy really needs to check his lumber before approaching the plate.

Puig was up in the top of the 7th inning of the Dodgers’ 9-3 loss to the Brewers Friday when he broke his bat on a check swing. A check swing. There wasn’t even a ball around to saw him off. No Mariano Rivera cutter on the hands. No Aroldis Chapman 104 mph fastball busting his bat. He broke his bat just by checking his swing.

Wood cannot handle Puig’s power. Look at the bat bend:

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Ridiculous.

Yoervis Medina made Alexei Ramirez’s knees buckle on this curveball (Video)

Yoervis Medina only faced one batter during Friday night’s Seattle Mariners-Chicago White Sox game, but he made it a memorable one.

The 26-year-old Venezuelan pitcher came in with two outs in the 8th of Seattle’s 4-1 win and struck out Alexei Ramirez with a wild curve. Medina got ahead 0-2 in the count and catcher Mike Zunino set up outside. Medina missed his target badly and threw inside, causing Ramirez to go down to his knees. But the pitch broke late and was caught for a called strike three to absolutely embarrass Ramirez, who could do nothing but smile:

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Medina’s having a nice season for Seattle. He has a 2.29 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 39.1 innings, and he might lead the league in the all important knee-buckling curveball category.

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Dan Jennings takes line drive to the head (Video)

Miami Marlins relief pitcher Dan Jennings was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jordy Mercer on Thursday night. Jennings nearly got his glove up to block the ball but instead was drilled directly in the side of the head.

The scene got very scary from there, as the 27-year-old tried to walk it off but was clearly dazed. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and manager Mike Redmond immediately raced to the mound with team trainers. Jennings was removed from the game and later diagnosed with a concussion.

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“He was responding to the questions (trainer Sean Cunningham) was asking him,” Redmond said. “His eyes were open the whole time. He didn’t lose consciousness. He was responding.”

The ball deflected so hard off Jennings’ head that it stayed in the air long enough for shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to catch it for the out. Jennings later tweeted that he was doing well.

Given how bad that looked, a concussion was probably the best case scenario. We’ve seen a number of pitchers get nailed in the head with line drives in the past, and most of them have been very lucky. Here’s hoping Jennings has a speedy recovery.

Jose Molina was so slow he nearly got passed by teammate on home run trot (Video)

Who is the slowest player in the major leagues? You don’t even have to think twice. You don’t have to look it up. You just know: it’s Jose Molina.

And Molina showed us all on Wednesday that the title is well-deserved.

Molina was on first in the top of the fourth inning of Tampa Bay’s 7-3 win over Oakland when Kevin Kiermaier hit a 2-run home run to right. The ball barely cleared the high wall, so Kiermaier was booking it around first just in case the ball stayed in the park. Not Molina, though, who knew it was gone and took his sweet ass time yogging (soft J) around the bases.

You could see the big smile Kiermaier had on his face as he was approaching home plate, and I don’t think that was because of his joy over the homer. He was trying to keep from laughing.

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Pick it up a little, Jose. You’re killing your teammates’ flow.

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Matt Williams scolds media over Bryce Harper demotion talk

Matt-WilliamsBryce Harper is in the worst hitting slump of his young career. Since returning from thumb surgery on June 30, the 21-year-old is batting just .218. He has five extra-base hits and just five RBI during that span. Harper has struggled so badly that some have wondered if a stint in Triple-A is in order. Just don’t say that to manager Matt Williams.

On Wednesday morning, Williams was asked during an interview with The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan in DC if he has considered sending Harper to the minors. This was his response:

“I don’t know if it’s a good idea at this point to do that because it’s different pitching,” Williams said. “We all know there’s a big difference between Triple-A pitching and big league pitching. So it’s probably more of an option to have him feel good here and get it back.”

Since Williams didn’t say something like “we would never send Harper to Triple-A,” many took that to mean he has not ruled out the possibility. When a reporter asked Williams about it on Wednesday afternoon, the first-year manager went off.

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Joe Kelly gets hit off Shelby Miller, wins $100 bet

Joe-Kelly-CardinalsNot too long ago, Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller were teammates with the St. Louis Cardinals. That came to an end last week when the former roommates and best friends were broken up by a trade that sent Kelly to the Boston Red Sox.

On Wednesday, the two took the mound as starting pitchers for their respective teams when the Red Sox and Cardinals met at Busch Stadium.

Since the game took place at a National League ballpark, the opportunity presented itself for the two to square off against each other in the absence of a designated hitter. So, naturally, a friendly wager was made.

“He said if he gets a hit off me, I owe him $100,” Miller said via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I’m going to invite him over (Tuesday), keep him up, see how long we can play video games until the morning. See how long he can last.”

Miller drew a walk from Kelly in his first at-bat. Kelly’s first time up against Miller came in the third inning and resulted in a groundball that was fielded by Jhonny Peralta, who threw Kelly out at first base. Or, did he?

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Red Sox manager John Farrell challenged the play and the original call was overturned. Kelly was ruled safe, winning a bet in the process.

Money aside, you can be sure Joe Kelly won’t let Shelby Miller forget that anytime soon. Miller did get a little revenge by striking out Kelly in the fifth inning.

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