In his prime, Brian Wilson was known for his ferocious beard and blazing fastball.
Jalston Fowler Limited Jersey Now, in 2017, Wilson is attempting a major league comeback without either; he want to come back as a 34-year-old, beardless knuckleballer.
According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Wilson, who has had two Tommy John surgeries in his career, threw a 30-minute bullpen session at USC on Wednesday, where most of his pitches were knuckleballs.
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Wilson told Brown he always envisioned coming back to baseball throwing the pitch. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2014.
I always said that once my career was over I was coming back as a knuckleballer, Wilson said. I’m good with it. Man, I get to play a game. It’s going to be pretty fun.
If Ventura’s death over the weekend in a car crash in the Dominican Republic is determined to have been an accident, then the remaining money would go to his estate. The Royals, who had insurance on the contract, would be reimbursed for an amount that hasn’t been determined yet, Fox Sports said, again citing unidentified sources.
However, Ventura’s contract, like many guaranteed MLB contracts, had in it an exception relating to player conduct: Payment on his deal would be nullified because of injury or death resulting from operating a motorized vehicle while intoxicated, Fox Sports’ sources said.
Royals GM Dayton Moore said on Sunday that authorities in the Dominican Republic told him no alcohol was found at the scene of the fatal accident, but Moore said toxicology results wouldn’t be known for three weeks.
Funeral services for Ventura, who was 25 when he died, will be Tuesday in his hometown of Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic.