Former Ray Bierbrodt planning a comeback
Here's one of the more interesting tidbits from the winter meetings:
Former Rays pitcher Nick Bierbrodt is planning a comeback. And he's living with the widow and children of
former Rays teammate Joe Kennedy, who died in 2007.
Bierbrodt, 31, last pitched in the majors in 2004 with Texas, and has been in independent leagues for the last four seasons. He arrived in Indy Monday hoping to talk to teams and get a chance.
“I hope it’s a comeback,” Bierbrodt said. “I’m in better shape than when I played (in the majors). I’m just looking for a tryout, a minor-league invite.’’
Bierbrodt pitched in 24 games for the Rays from 2001-03 (going 3-6, 6.42), and was involved in a bizarre incident when he was shot in the chest in June 2002 in Charleston, S.C., where he was on a rehab assignment following a severe loss of control that spring.
Bierbrodt helped Jamie Kennedy with arrangements after Joe's unexpected death at age 28 of a heart problem. They started dating about a year ago and live together with her two children in Colorado.