Jeremy Bonderman backtracks a bit from retirement talk

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One day after telling Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press that he’s seriously considering retiring after the season, Jeremy Bonderman backtracked a bit and said calling it quits would be more of a worst-case scenario if he finds a lack of interest as a free agent this offseason.

I love pitching. I feel my health is good. I’ve just got to find a way to get people out. Just got to see if I get offered a contract.

In other words, as long as someone offers him a major-league contract and guaranteed money Bonderman will probably keep pitching, but if all he can get on the open market are minor-league offers he may decide to call it quits at age 27.
Bonderman has pitched poorly this year, but his secondary numbers are quite a bit better than his ugly 5.05 ERA and he’s certainly looked decent enough to attract some big-league offers this winter. It may be not with the Tigers, but I’ll be surprised if Bonderman isn’t pitching in 2011.

Long time NL umpire Dutch Rennert has died

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MLB.com reports that long time umpire Dutch Rennert has died at the age of 88.

Rennert retired as a National League umpire after the 1992 season, so a lot of you didn’t get a chance to see him. But believe me, if you got a chance to see him in action, you’d remember him. He had one of the most distinct strikeout calls in history. He’d go turn to the side, go down on one knee, point with purpose and bellow “STRIKE . . . ONNNNNNEEEEE!”

It was quite the scene, man:

 

I used to love it when Rennert called a game I was watching on TV. I always knew the count.

Rest in Peace, Dutch. I cannot vouch for the peace of whoever is on the cloud next to yours, though.