Phillies prospect Matt Imhoff retires in wake of freak accident

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Last summer Phillies pitching prospect Matt Imhoff — a second round pick in the 2014 draft — was the victim of a freak training accident in which a large piece of metal broke off of a machine he was using and hit him in the eye. He had to have his right eye removed.

Today he writes about his experience at ESPN, and with it, announces his retirement from baseball. He has re-enrolled at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to finish his degree in business finance and is serving as the undergraduate assistant pitching coach to the baseball program. He said he will either pursue a business career or a coaching career, he has yet to decide.

It’s a good read about a guy who was dealt a tough break last year. Good luck, Matt Imhoff.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”