Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel passes along word that veteran right-hander Jorge Sosa has joined up with the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Sosa has pitched for the Rays, Braves, Cardinals, Mets and Nationals over the course of his eight-year professional career. He was a member of Washington’s bullpen last season and posted a 6.45 ERA, 1.79 WHIP and 17/12 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings before he was eventually designated for assignment.
The 32-year-old was at his best back in 2005, when he finished 13-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 44 appearances (20 starts) for Atlanta. Of course, that was a long time ago, and he’s unlikely to make a splash in the big leagues anytime in the near future. But, uh, just in case you kind folks were wondering what the guy is up to…
“A” switch pitcher is probably not the most accurate way to put that. It’s more like “The” switch pitcher, as Pat Venditte of the Mariners is the only one extant.
Last night the right-handed hitting Adrian Beltre had to face Venditte, who obviously chose to pitch righty to the Rangers third baseman. Before coming up to the plate, Beltre jokingly donned his helmet backwards and pretended that he’d hit left-handed:
He needn’t have bothered. Beltre doubled to left field off of Venditte, showing that at some point, platoon splits really don’t matter.
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced this morning that they are contributing $250,000 to assist victims of the devastating floods that recently hit Louisiana.
The $250,000 contribution is being divided among three charitable organizations: The American Red Cross will receive a $125,000 contribution and two charities connected to Major League Players – the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and High Socks for Hope – will each receive a $62,500 contribution.
According to the joint press release, several players with connections to the area, including Reid Brignac, Will Harris, Wade LeBlanc, Mikie Mahtook, Anthony Ranaudo and Ryan Schimpf were consulted in determining which organizations would receive funding support.
Nice move, union and league.