Kevin Slowey retires, joins MLB Players Association

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Kevin Slowey, who pitched seven seasons in the majors for the Twins and Marlins, has retired from playing at age 31 and taken a job with the MLB Players Association as a special assistant to director Tony Clark.

It’s a second career that makes a lot of sense for Slowey, because he was known for his intellect and teammates, coaches, and media members often mocked him for using big words and approaching the sport differently than the average jock.

He was also a pretty decent pitcher before injuries started piling up, going 43-36 with a 4.62 ERA in 662 innings while posting a 495/111 K/BB ratio thanks to exceptional control.

Blue Jays acquire Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates

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MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the Blue Jays have acquired infielder Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.

Ngoepe, 27, made his major league debut this past season. Overall, he hit .222/.323/.296 in 63 plate appearances. He mostly played second base, but also spent time at shortstop and third base.

Ngoepe is from South Africa. When he debuted on April 26, he became the second African-born player to play in the majors along with Al Cabrera of the 1913 Cardinals. He had spent parts of eight seasons in the minors prior to 2017.

In case you’re wondering, Ngoepe is pronounced “in-go-pay.”