ESPN’s Doug Glanville played nine major league seasons, posting a .277/.315/.380 career batting line and registering over 8,100 innings in the outfield during his time with the Cubs, Phillies and Rangers.
He’s thrown a lot of baseballs. A ton of baseballs. But the “first pitch” has made fools out of many former athletes and celebrities, and it couldn’t have gone much worse for Glanville before Wednesday’s game between the Phillies and Cubs at Wrigley Field.
CSNChicago.com has the video of Glanville’s throw, which sailed well over the glove of Cubs outfielder Tony Campana and then bounced off Wrigley’s famous brick backstop. “If there was a mascot for the Cubs, which there isn’t, he would have been hit in the back of the head,” Glanville later joked with broadcasters Len Kasper and Bob Brenly.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.