Former Detroit Tigers Closer Jose Valverde is Wearing a Giant Hot Dog on His Jersey

June 19, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Jose Valverde (46) pitches in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park. Baltimore won 13-3. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a rough year for former Major League Baseball closer, Jose Valverde.

After completely falling apart during the Detroit Tigers playoff run last season, Valverde was removed from his closer role, never to get it back as the Tigers claimed their American League Championship.

Detrpot had little interest in bringing the eccentric closer back, but after bullpen issues hampered them they decided to give their former closer one more chance earlier this year. It didn’t work. Valverde was released after blowing three saves in twelve chances, posting a eye gouging 5.59 ERA in the process.

Still not ready to hang up the cleats, Valverde accepted a demotion to the Detroit Tigers Triple-A affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens where he apparently had to wear a giant hot dog across his chest.

Per Deadspin:

Everyone stop internetting and look at this photo of Jose Valverde in a hot dog jersey: http://deadsp.in/bPCpOdc

Minor league teams are no stranger to oddities to make an extra buck here or there and clearly, the Mud Hens have no shame placing three foot long wieners on their jerseys.

I’m just glad San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval wasn’t around. You don’t get between a fat panda and a wiener. Not that I know from experience or anything – a friend told me. Yeah, that’s it, a friend.

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