Your team is toast

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Quite literally, courtesy of an entrepreneur named Josh Fink:

Starting in May, Pangea will roll out ProToast,
a line of toasters – available in every team from the four major sports
– that pops out with the teams logo burned into it. “Our motto is ‘Toast
Your Team,
‘” Fink says.

Fink has big plans for the toast market. He’s working on coming up
with FDA-approved magic markers so that kids can color their toast and a
collegiate logo toast product, called UToast, will hit stores in the
fall.

I’ve probably written between 5,000 and 10,000 posts since I started blogging in earnest a few years ago, so I forget a lot of things I’ve written. There’s something in the back of my mind telling me I’ve blogged about this toaster thing before, but  I searched and searched for this one in the various archives of the places I’ve blogged and I couldn’t find it. Maybe it was just a dream and my failure to turn this dream into a reality means I’ve missed my best chance at riches. Alas.

Anyway, I think that the real market for this thing will be for people to buy the logo toasters of their team’s rivals, make bunches and bunches of toast with it, and then use it for taunting purposes at games, not unlike people who bring in the brooms for sweeps or something.  “The Dodgers are toast,” Giants fans will be saying, quite literally. Jolly clever, that.

(thanks to Pete Toms for the link)

Tigers to give Omar Infante some work in center field this spring

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 11:  Omar Infante #4 of the Detroit Tigers follows through on an RBI single scoring Prince Fielder #28 during the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field  on September 11, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
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Veteran Omar Infante has spent the overwhelming majority of his career as an infielder, but the Tigers plan to give him some playing time in center field this spring. The Tigers’ center field situation is still murky and adding more versatility would increase Infante’s odds of making the roster.

Infante, 35, signed a minor league deal with the Tigers in December. He played 39 games for the Royals last season, batting .239/.279/.321 in 149 plate appearances while playing second base exclusively. Infante last played in the outfield in 2010 with the Braves, and last played center field specifically in ’09 with the Braves.

The Tigers currently have Mikie Mahtook, Tyler Collins, and JaCoby Jones at the top of their center field depth chart. It is not what one would call “optimal.”

Report: Orioles close to acquiring Vidal Nuno from the Dodgers

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 30:  Vidal Nuno #38 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the seventh inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 30, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are close to acquiring pitcher Vidal Nuno from the Dodgers in exchange for pitcher Ryan Moseley.

Nuno, 29, went to the Dodgers from the Mariners in the Carlos Ruiz trade this past November. He and the Dodgers avoided arbitration last month, agreeing on a $1.125 million salary for the 2017 season. The left-hander finished the 2016 campaign with a 3.53 ERA and a 51/11 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings spanning one start and 54 relief appearances.

Nuno will provide the Orioles starting pitching depth and could serve as a valuable left-handed option out of the bullpen.

Moseley, 22, played his first season of professional baseball in the New York Penn League last year. In 12 relief appearances, he put up a 3.20 ERA and an 18/9 K/BB ratio across 19 2/3 innings. The Orioles selected him in the eighth round of the 2016 draft.