Twins pitching prospect Trevor May was called up and made his major league debut tonight against the Athletics, but it didn’t go nearly as well as they hoped. The right-hander, acquired along with Vance Worley in December 2012 in the trade that sent Ben Revere to the Phillies, was pitching well at Triple-A Rochester, prompting the promotion.
May, however, lasted only two innings. Only 28 of the 63 pitches he threw were strikes, as he finished the night with seven walks while allowing three hits and failing to record a strikeout, surrendering four runs in total. He walked two in the first inning, including a bases-loaded walk to Derek Norris to force in a run. In the second, he walked five — including three consecutively after quickly getting the first two outs of the inning.
May, 24, missed some time between June 22 and July 13 with a strained right calf, but posted a 2.41 ERA over four starts after coming off of the disabled list. Overall, in 17 starts with Rochester, May posted a 2.93 ERA with a 91/37 K/BB ratio in 95 1/3 innings.
If you’ve ever found yourself on I-75/71 in Kentucky, just over the river from Cincinnati, you’ve no doubt noticed the water tower for the city of Florence, Kentucky. Its top is painted with red and white stripes and, instead of featuring the town’s name or the name of the local water concern, it says, “Florence, Y’all.”
The water tower is a nice welcome to Dixie, even if Kentucky isn’t really Dixie. The point is that, if you’re from Ohio or Michigan or someplace and you see it, you know you’re on your way to Lexington or Louisville, or points south. To warmer climes, southern charm and hospitality and, hopefully, a nice little trip.
The folks who support the Frontier League baseball team in Florence no doubt realize the kind of chatter that surrounds that water tower, because they just voted to renamed their team:
And they added a handy dandy explainer:
I like it. And I like the idea of naming a baseball team after a notable and much talked-about roadside sign. Which is to say that, if I ever get a baseball team here in Ohio, I’m also gonna name it after a famous sign you see while driving on the interstate not too far from me:
Yeah, that’s a thing. And my baseball team would not even be the first sports thing named after it.
Viva local culture.