Great Moments in fact checking: The New Yorker

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The New Yorker — a fine damn magazine even if I ended up reading more cartoons (“it’s a Ziggy!”) than articles when I had a subscription a few years back — makes a minor error in a story about the Red Sox buying Liverpool FC:

Major
League Baseball is a collusive oligopoly in which the team’s owners,
with the help of a salary cap, restricted entry, and an exemption from
the anti-trust laws, conspire against the players and the fans to enrich
themselves.

They had me until “salary cap.” Maybe they had best stick to, I dunno, opera reviews or whatever it is that they do best.

Oh, and a big thumbs up to SportsBusiness Journal’s Daniel Kaplan for being the one to catch this. I didn’t realize it, but apparently SBJ and the New Yorker are sister publications. Takes some big cojones to point out when someone in the company makes a mistake like that.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to write some hyper-critical posts in my personal blog dedicated to the destruction of Jay Leno, Brian Williams, Matt Lauer and Tina Fey.

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.