Eric Thames, formerly of the Blue Jays, Mariners, and Orioles, has been playing in the Korean Baseball Organization with the NC Dinos since the start of the 2014 season. He’s been enjoying his time there thus far, it appears, as he posted a 1.111 OPS with 37 home runs and 121 RBI in 514 plate appearances last year, and has a 1.185 OPS with 11 home runs and 33 RBI in 145 PA this season.
One of those home runs was this monster, which Thames posted to Twitter himself:
(A tip of the ballcap to Ian Hunter on Twitter for the video.)
Catcher Brayan Peña announced his retirement on Monday evening via his Twitter account:
Peña, 36, signed a minor league contract with the Tigers in January but the club ended up going with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia for their Triple-A roster.
Peña spent parts of 12 seasons in the majors with the Braves, Royals, Tigers, Reds, and Cardinals from 2005-16. He hit .259/.299/.351 in 1,950 plate appearances.
With his playing days behind him, Peña will transition into coaching. He will manage one of the Tigers’ Gulf Coast League teams, George Sipple of the Free Press reports.