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Jose Valverde pitched against Canadian teenagers

Apr 16, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Jose Valverde‘s trek back to the majors involved throwing two innings in an extended spring training scrimmage against the Canadian junior national team yesterday.

Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the 35-year-old former closer held a bunch of 16-, 17-, and 18-year-olds hitless while getting four of the six outs via strikeout.

After failing to find guaranteed big-league work all offseason Valverde signed a minor-league deal with the Tigers two weeks ago. He has a May 5 opt-out clause, so the Tigers are expected to send him to Triple-A at some point to more accurately evaluate his ability to pitch against hitters who’re, say, legally allowed to drink.

  1. historiophiliac - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Wow, shaming him on the way out. I did not think DD had such a mean streak. Also, bonus points for teen beaver trolling. It’s two treats in one.

    • cur68 - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      They let him SO them. They wanted to see if he’d dance or something. My daughter, who is 17, informs me that “old people” dancing is either funny or pathetic and unless you see them at it, you don’t know what you’re going to get. She fancies herself a wit, y’see. I blame the mother.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        What?

        /stops mid-Hustle

  2. beelza - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Two thoughts on this issue: you know San Fransico fans are reading this and absolutely laughing their asses off – which is good for third baseman Pylon Panda. Secondly, if Detroit’s front office brings The Big Potato back to Comerica Park it will instantly result in mass rioting in Detroit and burning down whatever has not already been burned down.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      I must have missed the Great Detroit Fire of 2013.

    • detroitr1 - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      You’re thinking of Brandon Inge. Tigers fans know what I mean by that.

  3. nbjays - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Hey Aaron… just FYI, the legal drinking age in some provinces is 18 (and 19 in the rest), so some of those kids he pitched against could already be legally allowed to drink… just sayin’. No need to be 21 to enjoy a beer up here in Beaver Land, and by a beer, I mean a brewed beverage that actually has alcohol content.

  4. thomas844 - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    If he struggles in the majors again, he can always strike out a butt-load of Little Leaguers to regain his confidence. And also, pitching again those who can not legally drink is not always a good thing (Harper).

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