From Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago comes word that Major League Baseball isn’t too happy with Ozzie Guillen’s use of Twitter following his ejection from Wednesday night’s game:
MLB saying Oz tweeting last nite is their first issue involving social media during a game.
Sounds about right.
While we might think it’s great having access to a manager’s thoughts moments after he gets tossed from a game, there’s a large element of risk to it all. Guillen basically got on a loudspeaker last night no more than five minutes after home plate umpire Todd Tichenor ejected him. And that’s not something MLB wants.
After the game ended, some reporters asked Guillen about his tweets:
“I no worry about that,” Guillen said. “Let’s talk about [expletive] baseball. [Expletive] tweeting.”
Ozzie should avoid punishment here because Major League Baseball doesn’t have a policy against the use of Twitter by coaches and managers. Bud Selig and Co. may want to put something together quickly.
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.