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 Posted: Mon May 9th, 2016 05:13 am
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lobo316 wrote: Bartolo Colon electrified the baseball world on Saturday when the 42-year-old pitcher hit the first home run of his 19-year career off of San Diego Padres starter James Shields.


Topps just released a special card that you can buy directly from their website:




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Prior to Saturday, Bartolo Colon's swing was best remembered as a clunky motion that usually resulted in the New York Mets pitcher hilariously losing his helmet. It's amazing how one at-bat can change everything.

Colon, 42, became the oldest player in major-league history to notch his first career homer Saturday, when he connected on a James Shields fastball and sent it into the stands at Petco Park, some 365 feet away from home plate.

On Sunday, Topps celebrated the iconic shot with a baseball card dubbed: "The impossible becomes possible."

Bartolo Colon hitting his 1st HR is newest #TOPPSNOW card. Get it here: https://t.co/tpN4j99mUZ pic.twitter.com/KjexVVdPA9

— Topps Company (@toppscards) May 8, 2016
Listen: Colon's home run call in Spanish is epic

Colon's special edition card is selling for $9.99 USD, and is available at Topps.com until Monday at 11:30 a.m. ET.

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The Chicago Cubs had an interesting strategy for containing the reigning National League MVP on Sunday, and although Bryce Harper's on-base percentage loved it, the slugger wasn't a fan, as he failed to record an official at-bat.

"They had a plan," Harper told ESPN in postgame comments. "They had a plan, and unfortunately, it worked."

Chicago put the Washington Nationals superstar on base seven times with six coming due to walks - two intentional - and one by a hit-by-pitch, keeping the 23-year-old from doing any real damage in a tight contest that ended with a 4-3 Cubs victory in extra innings.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who has used similar tactics before, once intentionally walking Josh Hamilton with the bases loaded in 2008, told reporters after the game his team did what they had to do to come out victorious.

"I know that he's not as hot as he can be coming into this series, but you don't want to get him hot,'' Maddon explained. "I've been part of that in the past. We did what we thought we had to do today, and it happened to work, so good for our guys.''



With the loss, Washington was swept by the Cubs, and fell into second place in the NL East behind the New York Mets by half a game.

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The Washington Nationals starter gave up one unearned run over six innings on Sunday, but saw his excellent start evaporate into an extra-inning Cubs victory thanks partially to the home side pitching around Bryce Harper and walking him six times.

"I think it's scared baseball," Roark told reporters, after saying the Cubs' strategy left him "very, very surprised."

Harper was allowed to take his base in favor of facing Ryan Zimmerman seven times - six by walk, once on a hit-by-pitch. Each time, Zimmerman validated the Cubs' choice, and eventually left a major-league record 14 runners stranded. That was just the outcome Joe Maddon was hoping for.

"(Because of) how good he is - why tempt fate?" the Cubs manager told reporters. "If the other guy gets you, that's fine. You have no problem with that."

Unlike his pitcher, Nationals manager Dusty Baker understood why the Cubs pitched around the reigning NL MVP, and knows more teams will follow suit until the rest of the lineup picks up some of the slack.

"The fans didn't come here to see him walk. They come here to see him swing the bat," Baker said. "But until we start swinging the bat behind him, that's going to be the norm."

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David Ortiz is continuing to re-write the Boston Red Sox record books as he winds down his career.

The designated hitter's fourth-inning home run off Luis Severino was the 453rd of his Red Sox career, moving him past Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for second most in team history.

PLAYER                HR    PA
Ted Williams        521  9788
David Ortiz          453  7892
Carl Yastrzemski  452 13992
Jim Rice              382   9058
Dwight Evans      379 10240

In his next at-bat, Ortiz hit his second home run of the game, and 454th as a member of the Red Sox.

Barring a change of heart regarding his retirement, though, it's all but assured Ortiz will finish his Red Sox career with the second-most homers in team history, as he needs another 68 long balls to catch Williams.

Ortiz's eighth homer of 2016 was also the 511th of his career, which moved him into a tie with legendary Giants slugger Mel Ott for 23rd all-time. His seventh-inning blast, career homer No. 512, moved him past Ott and into a three-way tie for 22nd with Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews.

The 40-year-old's homer was the 51st of his career against the New York Yankees, the sixth-highest total against the venerable franchise, according to ESPN Stats. His next homer against the Bronx Bombers will tie Yastrzemski for fifth on that particular list.

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A decision on the length of suspension issued to Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes for a domestic abuse incident involving his wife in Hawaii could be made soon.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the 32-year-old's suspension could be at least 60 games, and perhaps even jump to 80 games.

Reyes' ban is expected to be announced in the coming days according to Heyman, but he opines there is little doubt Reyes will receive at least double the 30-game suspension given to New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman for a separate domestic abuse incident.

The former New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays shortstop was arrested Oct. 31 at the Wailea Four Seasons Resort.

Reyes will not face any criminal charges in the alleged incident, where his wife Katherine suffered injuries to her neck, wrist and thigh, after a judge dismissed him of any wrongdoing in early April.

The 13-year MLB veteran is currently on paid administrative leave and had $44 million left on his contract entering the 2016 campaign.

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Star reliever Aroldis Chapman is set to be activated after serving a 29-game suspension under baseball's domestic violence policy. He'll join the last-place New York Yankees for the opener of a four-game home set against World Series champion Kansas City. The left-hander from Cuba, a four-time All-Star with a fastball that regularly exceeds 100 mph, will immediately take over the closer role in an imposing bullpen that already features Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. Chapman was acquired from Cincinnati for four prospects in December.

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The league isn't letting Bartolo Colon's memorable week go unforgotten.

The portly New York Mets starter, who hit his first career home run on Saturday at the age of 42, was named alongside Chicago Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist as the National League's co-Player of the Week on Monday.

"I think right now this is probably the biggest moment of my career," he said after becoming the oldest player ever to hit his first career home run.


Colon's home run wasn't his only impressive stat of the last seven days, though. The right-hander also struck out five in 6 2/3 innings against the San Diego Padres, prefaced by a scoreless eight-inning performance against the Atlanta Braves on Monday when he struck out seven and only allowed seven hits.

Zobrist, meanwhile, batted .360/.455/.880 during the week.

Robinson Cano, the American League's sole recipient of the award, hit a near-unbelievable .516/.516/1.000, launching four home runs from May 2-8.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: Bartolo Colon electrified the baseball world on Saturday when the 42-year-old pitcher hit the first home run of his 19-year career off of San Diego Padres starter James Shields.


Topps just released a special card that you can buy directly from their website:






It's been more than 24 hours since Bartolo Colon slugged his way into the baseball record books, and yet his epic home run is still rewriting history.
Topps announced Monday that Colon's "The impossible becomes possible" baseball card commemorating his first career home run shattered the record for limited-edition print by selling 8,826 cards in 24 hours.
"This moment was the perfect storm," Jeff Heckman, director of product development and e-commerce for Topps, told ESPN's Darren Rovell. "It was the right player in the right market and it happened on a weekend."
According to Rovell, the special-edition card is part of the collectible series "Topps Now" in which the company recreates a popular moment and sells as many cards that are ordered within a 24-hour period. The cards sell for $9.99, though buyers can purchase in bulk for a cheaper price.


Colon, 42, became the oldest player in major-league history to notch his first career homer Saturday when he connected on a James Shields fastball and sent it into the stands at Petco Park, some 365 feet away from home plate. The home run triggered an avalanche of memes, GIFs, and other funny recreations in honor of one of baseball's most beloved players.
The previous record was held by Jake Arrieta's no-hitter, which sold 1,808 cards.
"When we first developed this, we thought that the best-selling card this season would be a no-hitter, a player hitting for the cycle, or maybe Ichiro's 3000th hit," Heckman said. "Colon just has a cult following. We could have never dreamed up something like this."

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Just when it seemed like things couldn't get any worse for the Los Angeles Angels, the club received some terrible news on Monday.

The club announced shortstop Andrelton Simmons will require surgery to repair a full-thickness tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. He will head to the disabled list.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler told Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register rehab from this type of surgery is typically six-to-eight weeks, although an exact timetable for Simmons return has not yet been determined.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports Jed Lowrie of the Oakland Athletics had a similar surgery last season and missed three months of action, while Joey Kaufman of the Orange Country Register writes Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper spent 65 days on the DL with a UCL tear in his thumb in 2014.

Simmons left Sunday's contest against the Tampa Bay Rays with what was first diagnosed as a wrist injury, then later a thumb sprain after making a diving attempt for a ball.

In his absence, the Angels are expected to use a combination of Cliff Pennington and Rey Navarro at shortstop.

Simmons will be added to the Angels' growing disabled list, which already includes Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney, C.J. Wilson, Huston Street, and Craig Gentry.

The 26-year-old was acquired in the off-season for a package of players from the Atlanta Braves, and is widely considered one of the game's best defenders. He was hitting .219/.246/.281 with one home run and eight RBIs prior to the injury.

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Stephen Strasburg has signed a "significant long-term extension" with the Washington Nationals, according to a person familiar with the situation, reports Chelsea James of the Washington Post.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports the deal is for seven years and has a value of $175-million, including deferrals and opt outs.

A press conference to announce the deal has been scheduled for Tuesday.

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The King stands alone.

Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez set the franchise record for wins by a pitcher on Monday, when he earned his 146th career victory in a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Hernandez tossed seven innings, allowing four hits, walking two and hitting two batters, while striking out four.

The 30-year-old passed crafty-lefty Jamie Moyer to earn sole possession atop the list.

This isn't the first time this season Hernandez has etched his name in the record books of the Mariners, he also passed Randy Johnson to become the franchise leader in strikeouts on Apr. 23.

The Venezuelan, who won a Cy Young in 2010, has spent his entire 12-year career with the Mariners.

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MLB has suspended Raul Mondesi Jr. 50 games after he ingested a banned substance discovered in his cold medicine.

The initial ban was for 80 games under the league's joint drug policy, but after he provided evidence under the "No Significant Fault or Negligence" provision, the ban was cut down to 50 games, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman.

"I took an over-the-counter medication (Subrox-C) which I bought in the Dominican Republic to treat cold and flu symptoms," Mondesi Jr. said in a statement. "I failed to read the labeling on the medication or consult with my trainer or team about taking it and did not know it contained a banned substance."

Under the rule, players are responsible for what's in their body, whether their use of a banned substance was intentional or accidental.

Despite his suspension, the Royals' top prospect will be eligible for the playoffs and tiebreaker games.

Mondesi Jr. is playing for the Kansas City Royals' Double-A affiliate. He made his MLB debut by getting one at-bat in the 2015 World Series.

The news comes on the same day two other minor leaguers were suspended under the drug program.

Toronto Blue Jays farmhand Clinton Hollon netted a 50-game suspension following his second positive test, while Minnesota Twins minor leaguer Logan Lombana was banned 80 games for PED use.

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CINCINNATI - Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco had surgery Tuesday on his left shoulder, which was damaged worse than expected. He'll have a six-month rehabilitation program.

Mesoraco started feeling pain in his non-throwing shoulder the first week of the season. He played in only 16 games, batting .140 with one double and one RBI.

Manager Bryan Price said doctors found that the damage to the labrum was worse than first thought, extending his anticipated rehab by a couple of months.

The 27-year-old catcher was an All-Star for the first time in 2014, when he hit 25 homers and drove in 80 runs. A sore hip limited him to 23 games last season and required surgery. He was the starting catcher on opening day.

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After discovering Andrelton Simmons will miss an extended period of time due to a torn thumb ligament, the Los Angeles Angels moved quickly to find a replacement for their star defensive shortstop.

The Angels acquired Brendan Ryan from the Washington Nationals, the club announced Tuesday.

Simmons is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after requiring surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. Ryan will likely platoon at shortstop with utility infielder Cliff Pennington for the Angels while Simmons recovers.

Ryan has spent the 2016 season to date in Triple-A Syracuse, batting .263/.305/.382. He played 47 games with the New York Yankees in 2015, finishing the year with a .229/.275/.333 slash line.

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