Quote of the Day: Vin Scully

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“I’ve been thinking recently, the Prince of Wales gave up the British throne  to marry an American woman, which immediately
disqualified him, and I thought, My God, if he can give up the British
throne for his wife, maybe I can give up baseball.”

Vin Scully on the thought process he goes through when he thinks about when, if ever, he’s going to retire.  What Scully doesn’t note, however, is that he’s way more important to baseball than some accident of birth, hoity toity royal is to the people of the United Kingdom.

Read the whole story, by the way, which is by Tyler Kepner of the New York Times. He also has a fuller account of his interview with Scully that is more than worth your time.

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.