Ryan Braun's "life theories"

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Braun headshot.jpgMLB.com’s Adam McCalvy sat down with Ryan Braun who, despite entering his fourth season in the majors, sounds like he’s firmly ensconced in his sophomore year:

“I’m really in the moment right now . . . I’ve learned to live in
the moment. The quote I’ve heard is, ‘Be where you are when you’re
there'” . . .It’s one of a
myriad of what Braun called “life theories” that he’s been batting
around. One came from none other than Mr. Beyonce Knowles, the rapper
Jay-Z.

“I’ve been quoting Jay-Z a lot lately,” Braun said. “He’s the ultimate
self-made man, and he’s the ultimate self-promoter. He’s all positive.
He said, ‘The truth needs no explanation.’ I think that’s deep.”

Not as deep as “Many chicks wanna put Jigga fist in cuffs/ Divorce him and split his bucks” but if you’re looking for a philosophy in life you can probably do worse than Jay-Z.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.