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.
Remember Manny Banuelos? He was once a top pitching prospect for the Yankees and then, apparently disappeared from the face of the earth. Or at least it felt like it. Now he’s in the news, however, as the Dodgers have signed him to a minor league contract.
OK, Banuelos didn’t disappear. He was traded to the Braves in 2015, had a cup of coffee with them, pitching pretty ineffectively in seven big league games, was released by Atlanta in the middle of 2016 and then latched on with the Angels. This past season he posted a 4.93 ERA over 95 innings while being used mostly as a reliever at Triple-A Salt Lake.
Banuelos pitched in the Future’s Game in 2009 and was a star in the Arizona Fall League in 2010. He was a top-50 prospect heading into 2011 before falling to Tommy John surgery in 2012. With Atlanta he suffered some bone spur problems and then some elbow issues that never resulted in surgery but which never subsided enough for him to fulfill his potential either. He suffered injuries. A lot of pitchers do.
It’s unrealistic to think that Banuelos will fulfill the promise he had six years ago, but he’s worth a minor league deal to see if the 26-year-old can at least be a serviceable reliever.