Mark Wohlers’ wife: Fireman of the Year


Mark Wohlers never won the Fireman of the Year award back when he was the Braves’ closer, but his wife deserves consideration now:

Former Braves closer Mark Wohlers said his wife raced through their suburban Atlanta home and saved him and their three children as flames starting spreading through the house early Tuesday.

The home in Milton, about 30 miles north of Atlanta, was engulfed by the time firefighters arrived, said Milton Fire Department spokesman Andrew Kennedy.

Wohlers called his wife, Kimberly, a hero for waking him up, then going upstairs “quicker than I can blink an eye” to get the couple’s children, ages 3, 5 and 7.

I only have a five and a seven-year-old and I can’t get the two of them on the same page for three seconds. Add in a three-year-old and we may as well just give up right there.

Kudos to Wohlers’ wife for having more moxie than most.

Blue Jays sign Danny Espinosa to minors deal

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Free agent middle infielder Danny Espinosa signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays, the team announced Saturday. The deal includes an invite to spring training, where Espinosa is scheduled for his first split-squad game against the Orioles this afternoon.

Espinosa, 30, was inked to another minor-league deal with the Yankees in January. The veteran infielder was competing for an infield job until the team picked up second baseman Neil Walker on a one-year, $4 million deal last Monday. Prior to his release, he slashed .160/.276/.320 with one home run through his first 12 games with the Yankees this spring. He didn’t fare much better in the majors last year, either, batting a cumulative .173/.245/.278 with six home runs and a .523 OPS in 295 PA for the Mariners and Rays.

Blue Jays starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is still dealing with a bone spur in his heel and has officially been ruled out for Opening Day, which could clear a path for Espinosa to claim a starting role in Toronto. Of course, he won’t be the only candidate under consideration — Yangervis Solarte and Aledmys Diaz are still in the mix as well, though no final decision appears to be made just yet.