Royals starter Yordano Ventura is currently appealing a nine-game suspension for throwing a 99 MPH fastball at Manny Machado and his involvement in the ensuing altercation. The bad boy image was not on display Tuesday when Ventura visited a lemonade stand run by two brothers in Overland Park, Kansas, as Abby Eden of FOX 4 KC reports.
“My brother had no idea who he was, and then I looked at him, I stared at him, and I said, ‘Yordano Ventura?’ And he was like yeah, and he gave me a fist bump,” Rahmeen Hirsch recounted.
The brothers were selling lemonade, sweet tea, and baseball cards. They say Ventura paid way above asking price, per Eden.
Yesterday, Craig urged us not to think of everything in binary terms. This is another good example. We can, at the same time, condemn Ventura for his antics on the field and praise him for the way he treats fans off the field.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.