One day after telling Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press that he’s seriously considering retiring after the season, Jeremy Bonderman backtracked a bit and said calling it quits would be more of a worst-case scenario if he finds a lack of interest as a free agent this offseason.
I love pitching. I feel my health is good. I’ve just got to find a way to get people out. Just got to see if I get offered a contract.
In other words, as long as someone offers him a major-league contract and guaranteed money Bonderman will probably keep pitching, but if all he can get on the open market are minor-league offers he may decide to call it quits at age 27.
Bonderman has pitched poorly this year, but his secondary numbers are quite a bit better than his ugly 5.05 ERA and he’s certainly looked decent enough to attract some big-league offers this winter. It may be not with the Tigers, but I’ll be surprised if Bonderman isn’t pitching in 2011.
Sure, spring training games don’t count toward anything “real,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy Angels’ star pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani mowing down his first big league competitors.
On Saturday, Ohtani took the mound against the Brewers for his first official outing in an Angels uniform. After allowing a leadoff double to Jonathan Villar, the 23-year-old righty settled down and issued a three-pitch strikeout to Nate Orf, his first of the spring.
It wasn’t the cleanest inning for the right-hander: the Brewers plated their first run on a walk, wild pitch and subsequent throwing error by catcher Martin Maldonado. Ohtani didn’t let things unravel further, however, and induced a pop-up for the second out before catching Brett Phillips looking on a called strike three to end the inning.
While the two-way phenom only lasted another two batters (a Keon Broxton dinger finished him off in the second), he’s already started to look like a formidable presence on the mound. Time will tell whether he can deliver at the plate as well — rumor has it he could feature in the Angels’ lineup as soon as Monday.