You hear a lot about how ex-ballplayers spend the, oh, 40-60 years of their retirement playing golf. Dante Bichette isn’t most ex-ballplayers. He’s a USTA tennis champ:
Having just thrown a 110-pitch complete game for his adult baseball league, Dante Bichette rushed to Daytona Beach. His team was facing elimination in the United States Tennis Association Florida state tournament this winter.
Showing no signs of fatigue, Bichette and doubles partner Ed LeMasters rallied in a 10-point tiebreaker to advance. The next day, the team won the title.
The dude hits serves at 130 miles per hour, which is apparently pretty good. I hear that he looks even more impressive playing tennis in Denver, but that once you look closely, he’s really not all that great there.
This is not good: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays pitcher Brent Honeywell cut short a bullpen session this morning and left the field with a trainer. Topkin says Honeywell was “clearly upset” as he made his way into the clubhouse and “cursed loudly a few times.”
Obviously you don’t want to assume the worst, but that’s often the behavior of a pitcher who experienced a serious injury. We will get updates later and will provide an update when we hear.
Honeywell, probably the Rays’ top prospect, is slated to make his major league debut early this season, though possibly not for a few weeks into the season due to off days. Eventually, though, it is assumed he’d slot in someplace behind Chris Archer, Matt Andriese, Nathan Eovaldi, Jake Faria, and Blake Snell, either as a young-David Price-style swingman, a spot starter or a regular starter at some point.
Last year Honeywell posted a 3.49 ERA and 172/35 K/BB ratio in 136. innings in 26 starts between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham.