The first time the All-Star Game was in Minneapolis was 1965. That was quite a year for the Twins, as it was Minnesota’s first pennant as well. Today MLB Productions provides this cool newsreel thingie of that year’s Midsummer Classic.
Lots of stars taking BP and things. A reminder that he All-Star Game wasn’t always managed by the previous year’s pennant-winning manager.
UPDATE: I’m reminded that, in 1965, there was a good reason the All-Star Game wasn’t managed by the previous year’s pennant winners. One, Yogi Berra of the Yankees, was fired after losing the World Series. The other, Johnny Keane of the Cardinals, was hired by the Yankees to take Berra’s place. That sort of didn’t work out for anyone, and it resulted in second place managers from 1964 managing the All-Star Game here.
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.