She may be asked to play right field too. I mean, it’s the Padres after all:
Agnes McKee is considered one of the oldest residents of San Diego County and shows no signs of slowing down. In honor of her big birthday, McKee was chosen to throw the first pitch at the Padres game on July 20.
That big birthday: the big 1-0-5. She’s been practicing an underhand pitch for the occasion. Odds are it’s better than 50 Cent’s. Heck, it may be better than Justin Masterson’s or Edwin Jackson’s.
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.