The Toronto Blue Jays just announced that they have called up reliever Pat Venditte from Triple-A. You may recall that, last fall, Toronto signed him to a contract after claiming him off waivers from Oakland.
Venditte was no great shakes in the bigs in his first season last year, posting a 4.40 ERA in 28 and two-thirds innings while striking out 23 and walking 12. But he’s always going to draw attention, even when being called up to fill some middle relief/cannon-fodder role given that he’s ambidextrous and throws with each arm. As we’ve noted in the past, if only he threw with each of them or even one of them a bit better, he’d have a better chance to stick someplace. For now, though, he’s fun.
The Orioles and Tigers are interested in Kyle Lohse
Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles are among the teams interested in Kyle Lohse, who is still a free agent.
The O’s are undefeated but given the unlikelihood of them going 162-0, depth is always important. It’s an open question whether Lohse has anything left in the tank. He’s 37 and posted a 5.58 ERA in 152 1/3 innings last season for the Brewers, but dudes go down and known quantities tend to get chances, even if they don’t break camp with a team.
Major League Baseball unveils uniforms for special events this season
There are always special uniforms and colors for the All-Star Game. Special caps for Memorial Day and other holidays. Pink accents for Mother’s Day and blue ones for Father’s Day. This year, however, it seems like MLB is making some extra effort to make the little bits of celebratory and memorial flair stand out.
For the first time clubs will celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in specially designed uniforms. As in previous years, uniform designs were also created to recognize Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. In addition, new looks will be featured during the All-Star events in San Diego with special caps worn during the All-Star Game and some cool Padres-influenced jerseys for the Home Run Derby.
Mothers’ Day will have pink subtly stitched into regular jerseys and clubs will be wearing gray caps with pink accents:
Father’s Day will be basically the same deal but with blue:
Memorial Day will once again, be a camouflage thing which I’ve never quite cared for given that the holiday is about fallen servicemen and women as opposed to the military itself, but that ship has long since sailed, apparently:
Fourth of July will feature stars and stripes on the jerseys and either a red or blue star motif on the caps:
The Home Run Derby has all kinds of 1970s-Padres style fun:
Finally, the All-Star Game will have caps of its own as well. Note the little star shaped rivet/air hole thingies:
As is always the case, sales of these caps and jerseys will support charities with which MLB is partnered. The Mother’s Day stuff will benefit Susan G. Komen, Father’s Day will benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Stand up to Cancer, Welcome Back Veterans and the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services’ “Support Our Troops Fund” will also benefit.