Hey, Ferrell: Donut steal Worley’s nickname

Hey, Will Ferrell: Vance Worley wants his nickname back.

Ferrell, as you may have heard, earned a page on BaseballReference.com with his one-day barnstorming tour of the Cactus League. On it, his nickname is given as Manimal.

Worley, the Bucs’ Vanimal, should join Kenneth Bernard Faried in a class-action suit against the comic. Faried, of the NBA’s Nuggets, actually is nicknamed Manimal. …

Pace of play? Forget that. How about pace of everything-around-the-play? The Pirates and Orioles today played a seven-inning “B” game — no broadcast commercial breaks, no in-stadium entertainment follies — in under two hours … 

It’s pretty confusing somedays in Spring Training around the Bucs, who shout “Lambo!” to give encouragement to Andrew Lambo, and “Lomba!” to exhort Steve Lombardozzi. … 

In the “B” game, nonroster lefties Jeremy Bleich and Charlie Leesman each pitched a shutout inning in front of about a dozen scouts. Not saying that they were being showcased, but the Bucs really have no room in their own bullpen and several teams — most notably the Mets, who just lost Josh Edgin to Tommy John surgery — are actively shopping for southpaw relief.

“B” game performances don’t show up in official stat lines, but Bleich and Leesman also have a pair of scoreless appearances each in Grapefruit League play. … 

Cool thing about Francisco Cervelli: Only throwback among Pirates batters; he doesn’t wear batting gloves. … 

In case you were wondering, yes, Worley downed his usual two donuts before going out and dunking the Orioles for four innings today: Raspberry and Boston Cream. ..

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: