One more trademark infringement lawsuit. This one filed by the, um, Brooklyn Dodgers?

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I said before that I understood the rationale behind the Rangers or the Phillies going after people for using their trademarks or copyrighted slogans and all of that.  But this one seems about 52 years and 3000 miles too late: the Dodgers are suing a Brooklyn hamburger vendor for using a script “Brooklyn” design in its logo that looks like the old Dodgers script.

The article talks about the legal and practical issues with this — the hamburger guy registered the trademark and, the Dodgers’ rights to “Brooklyn” appear to be limited to apparel sales and, you know, the team left New York over half a century ago. But the best part are the quotes from other local businessmen — and there are many of them — who use similar script “Brooklyns” in their logo:

“Oh, f— them! What do they have to do with Brooklyn?” said Lindi, 41. “They left Brooklyn years ago. We don’t let nobody push us around. Change our logo? Oh, fuhgeddaboudit. Tell them to come down here, we’ll straighten it all out.”
Wait, did the Daily News actually find a real person to say this, or did they file their story from Brooklyn central casting?

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.