Eric O’Flaherty signs a deal to avoid arbitration

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The Braves, as mentioned earlier, are a file-and-trial team, so it’s significant that they and setup man  Eric O’Flaherty have reached a one-year deal to avoid arbitration. No word on the dollars yet, but he made just under $2.5 million last season.

As Mark Bowman reports, the Braves still have Martin Prado, Jason Heyward, Kris Medlen, Jonny Venters and Cristhian Martinez to deal with today, lest they have arbitration hearings.

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.