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Jamey Wright is retiring


The Dodgers announced that Jamey Wright is going to announce his retirement today.

Wright sat out last season after being released by the Rangers during spring training, and signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers back in February to give it one last chance. That chance didn’t pan out — he gave up nine earned runs in six and two-thirds innings this spring — but at least he went down pitching.

Weight enjoyed a 19-year major league career, split between starting in the earlier half and then becoming a reliable bullpen option in the second half. He ended up pitching for ten different teams, spending more time in Colorado — six seasons — than anyplace else. He actually did two stints with the Rockies, being drafted by them in the first round in 1993 and breaking into the bigs with them in 1996 and serving a second tour at Coors Field in 2004-05. For his career he was 97-103 with a 4.81 ERA (96 ERA+) in 2,036 and two-thirds innings over 719 games, 248 of which were starts.

Happy trails, Mr. Wright.

Matt Harvey shut down for the rest of spring training for . . . reasons

Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey did not travel with the team to Jupiter, Florida today because he had a “non-orthopedic doctor’s appointment.” The Mets did not say what it was about, but now they are saying that he is being shut down for the spring. What’s more, when asked about how this impacts his season opening start against the Royals on Sunday, Mets manager Terry Collins, when asked about Harvey said “it’s hard to say about Opening Day.”

This is all kind of weird, especially given the unusual lack of details regarding a player’s health. But we presume there will be updates in due time. In the meantime, here’s hoping it’s not serious.

The Braves are going to put a zipline in their new ballpark

ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, AUG. 3- In this July 22, 2014, photo, Jessa Lytle, challenge coordinator at the Howell Conference and Nature Center, rides the zip line segment of a soon-to-open series of zip lines in Marion Township, Mich. The lines, which comprise the Glacier Valley Eco Zip Tour at the Nature Center, give an unique view of geological formations as well as changes due to a tornado which touched down in 2003. (AP Photo/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, Gillis Benedict) NO SALES
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Braves fans have long been accused of being something less than hardcore baseball purists. We’re accused of not showing up, sometimes even for the playoffs, and losing what little interest we have in baseball once the college football season starts.

I would like to take this opportunity to say that this is a gross exaggeration. No, the baseball tradition in Atlanta may not be as ingrained as it is in some other cities, but Braves fans are every bit as committed and passionate about— HEY LOOK, ZIPLINE!

Braves Executive Vice-President Derek Schiller says a zip line is part of the team’s effort to make an outing to the ballpark more family friendly.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports the zip line would most likely be placed behind the video board to carry people from one end of the concourse to the other.

A lot of people said the Braves moving to the decidedly non-diverse northern Atlanta suburbs had a lot to do with the politics and demographics of so-called “white flight.” Who knew the Braves would be taking that phrase so literally?