MLB Network is launching a new show called “Clubhouse Confidential” that they say “aspires to serve as an open forum to discuss and debate the day’s news and moves using modern statistical research.”
In the past various mainstream attempts to integrate sabermetrics into the usual televised baseball talk has failed on multiple levels, but I’m actually somewhat optimistic in this case because they picked Brian Kenny to host the show and … well, he’s great.
Here’s a preview of the show, which starts November 7:
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The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.
Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.