Racing mascots — in real life or merely on jumbotrons — have been a part of the baseball landscape for many years now. The oldest among them — at least the oldest among them that is more elaborate than the old scoreboard dot race — is the Klement’s Sausage Race at Brewers’ games. It began on June 27, 1993, and the Brewers are celebrating its 20th anniversary.
This release at MLB.com has a lot of Pfun Pfacts about the sausage race. Including video of the first race from 20 years ago. Bratwurst beat the Italian Sausage and the Polish Sausage. There were only three sausages then. Hot Dog and Chorizo would come later.
And now you know more than you ever wanted to know about the sausage races.
(thanks to Kopy for the heads up)
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.
Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.
The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.
Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.