You knew this was coming. You just didn’t know who would be the ones who couldn’t help themselves. The first one I saw was Tom Boswell in the Washington Post:
If anyone finds other examples, please let us know in the comments. Given that media has become nationalized with the Internet I’m guessing we won’t have as many as we saw during Joe Montanta’s heyday — people will catch on to the headline’s hacktasticness by noon, I’d guess — but I’ll put the over/under at five.
UPDATE: Well, that’s certainly awkward . . .
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.