Candlestick Park is getting blown up soon

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Candlestick Park, which was home to the San Francisco Giants from 1960-1999, will be no more once the San Francisco 49ers move into their new home in Santa Clara after next season.

Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle have the details:

It hosted two World Series, The Catch and the Beatles’ last concert. Now it looks like Candlestick Park will go out with a blast next year to make way for a shopping center. Plans are to blow up the 69,000-seat stadium with a 30-second implosion, possibly within weeks of the 49ers’ final touchdown next season.

Lennar Corp. is building the shopping center and president Kofi Bonner explained that “the best thing for our development and the neighborhood is not to have that hulking building sitting there empty.”

The final baseball game at Candlestick Park was played on September 30, 1999, when the Dodgers beat the Giants 9-4. San Francisco’s lineup that day included Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent, and Ellis Burks batting 3-4-5 and Raul Mondesi starred for Los Angeles.

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.