Tom Hicks sued, accused of looting the Rangers to buy parking lots

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A baseball owner is being accused of looting his team for tens of millions of dollars in order to buy parking lots.  Yeah, you know who I’m talking about.

Oh, no. Actually it isn’t Frank McCourt.  It’s the Rangers’ former owner, Tom Hicks:

Former Rangers owner Tom Hicks was sued Monday by the team’s post-bankruptcy administrator, who says the wealthy Dallas investor “stole” tens of millions from the major-league franchise to acquire what are now highly lucrative parking lots near Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and Cowboys Stadium.

The money he used was supposed to go to players and those on deferred compensation schedules, the lawsuit says.  Hicks, not surprisingly, denies the claims.

Nothing ever ends when rich guys fight over cash. Ever.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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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.