Here’s a video of Tim Lincecum (and his new haircut) and Hunter Pence at Giants Fan Fest, being coaxed into doing impressions of each other in front of an adoring crowd. Lincecum initially declined to do his Pence impression because he didn’t want to embarrass himself, so Pence happily did his Lincecum impression and then … well, you’ll see. It’s basically the cutest thing ever:
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.