Manny Ramirez took a 30 second home run trot

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Via the Manny Does Taiwan blog, video of Manny Ramirez’s third home run of the season. Complete with (a) all dirt field; (b) opposing team uniforms that look like a cross between the 1979 Pirates and some third level bad guys from a new Mario game; and (c) about the slowest home run trot you’ll ever see:

I will watch Manny Ramirez hit home runs until he’s either unable to continue hitting home runs or I’m unable to see. I don’t care how much of a jerkburger he is.

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.