Braves pitcher Jonny Venters satisfied with the media at Chop Fest on Jan. 19 at SunTrust Park. In the job interview, he reviewed his 2018 comeback year, the additions of Brian McCann and Darren O’Day, and heading into spring coaching this year. The job interview was edited for brevity.
Q: What do you imagine, you know you have listened to a great deal of talk about the Braves may well incorporate a bullpen piece. You have acquired a feel for what you have in there and what could be in there future 12 months, do they want to incorporate a thing?
A: I indicate it’s a pretty exclusive group of guys down there, a great deal of fantastic, electric powered arms. You know it never hurts to incorporate a veteran piece. It is generally thrilling when you hear (Craig) Kimbrel is however out there and the opportunity for him to come back again, I really don’t know what the probabilities are, but it’s generally thrilling to imagine about adding anyone like that. But I imagine the group we have is fantastic, and I hope us to get the job finished. Of course regardless of what the front office thinks we want we assist that, but I imagine we are in fantastic condition.
Q: Have you experienced a opportunity to, I’m guaranteed you have talked with (Brian McCann) a number of occasions since he signed, how amazing is that obtaining him back again?
A: Oh, I simply cannot hold out to get heading and get to see him in this clubhouse because it’s currently this kind of a fantastic group, and then you incorporate a Brian, like you listened to last night the way guys talk about Brian, he’s a exclusive dude. He brings a fantastic mindset to the park day-to-day, and I imagine he will be a fantastic healthy for this staff and I just glimpse ahead to finding to commit time all around him day-to-day. It is just a exclusive point.
Q: You watched Darren O’Day last 12 months functioning out, becoming in this article every single working day with the staff, and you have witnessed him in the past. Do you imagine he can come in and aid this staff?
A: Oh, no question, no question. I have witnessed him when he was balanced. He’s extremely dependable and a fantastic chief, fantastic veteran dude to have all around. And he receives the job finished when he’s balanced. He goes out there and throws up figures, receives guys out and can help the staff win. Viewing him last 12 months, just the do the job ethic, the do the job he was putting in. He knew and we all knew he wasn’t heading to pitch last 12 months, but he was in there every single working day helping guys and functioning tricky. He brings fantastic management and a fantastic mindset to the area every single working day, I feel like. I glimpse ahead to seeing him on the mound because we all know what he can do when he is balanced. I imagine it’s heading to be fantastic to have him.
Q: What (McCann) reported last night about naming the Comeback Player of the 12 months award right after you, probably will not be the to start with or last time you hear about that. At any level in the offseason did that sink in any deeper just what you ended up able to execute, and just sitting down in this article totally balanced in an off-year?
A: Indeed, it did. I acquired to say many thanks to Brian for the way he spoke about me last night. It was pretty amazing to hear him talking about me like that. It did a person second this offseason. My sons ended up putting on jerseys from last 12 months, and I experienced a Durham Bulls jersey, and they place them on and I saw the jerseys, and I was like, “Last 12 months was ridiculous, it was a ridiculous 12 months.” You know I really don’t imagine any of us ever hope, you know didn’t know if I would ever get back again to the large leagues or hope it. For it to go the way it went last 12 months, finding to come back again in this article and pitch in the playoffs, I imagine it was an amazing 12 months. And I’m just grateful to however be in this article.
Q: Did it aid you be all around other pitchers at the time you ended up heading by means of your harm, like (Kris) Medlen and Peter Moylan, to encourage each and every other among the three of you that you guys could come back again, and did you get any gratification from becoming regarded as Comeback Player of the 12 months?
A: Yeah, Medlen and Pete and Brandon Beachy, we ended up type of heading by means of that stuff at the identical time. And I however, in this offseason I labored out with Brandon, just making an attempt to make a comeback for himself. Any time you can commit those times because there are prolonged times, there are tough times when you are rehabbing in the coaching area, and any time you can do it with guys you appreciate becoming all around like them, tends to make it much easier. I could not be more grateful for the award, and I respect all y’all and finding the votes and stuff. Usually means a great deal to me to obtain the award.