Former Wild Things pitcher suspended
Alan Williams, who made three impressive relief appearances with the Wild Things in 2011 before having his contract purchased by Milwaukee, was having a very good season at Class AA for the Brewers' affiliate in Huntsville (Ala.).
The left-handed Williams had pitched in 13 games for Huntsville, including the first three starts of his professional career. Williams struck out 28 batters in 27 1/3 innings, posted an ERA of 3.00 and threw five shutout innings in one of his starts. Williams was rapidly going from ex-independent league player to legitimate prospect.
Now, Williams' future with the Brewers is in doubt.
Williams was suspended Tuesday for 50 games under minor league baseball's drug program following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
While Williams' drug troubles are indeed unfortunate, his suspension could be a break for another former Wild Things pitcher named Williams. Mark Williams, a right-hander who also played with Washington in 2011, also plays for Huntsville. He was promoted earlier this season from Class A and could get more opportunities in Huntsville over the next 50 games.
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Super Joe, TV star?
However, what might surprise you is what station Charboneau will be found on this summer, and what he's doing to be on the tube.
Charboneau is one of the stars of "Catastrophe Inc.," a show that will begin airing in July on HGTV (Home & Garden Television).
According to the Catastrophe Inc.'s Facebook page, the show is described as "When disaster strikes, it's the first responders who save the day -- but the unsung heroes of every catastrophe are the guys who clean it up. In each episode of Catastrophe, Inc., a crew of disaster specialists rescue homes damaged by every type of devastation, including wildfires, hurricane-force winds, floods and fallen trees. From simple debris removal to full demolition, the team is there every step of the way to help families clean up, rebuild and redecorate their homes."
According to Lake Erie Crushers manager Jeff Isom, Charboneau is the "guy who climbs in the crawlspace under a house after a flood and pulls out dead fish."
In other words, Charboneau is on the show to do the dirty work.
If ever there was a person whose life should be made into a movie, or a reality show, it's Charboneau. I don't know how well it will translate into a home recovery program.Read full post: Super Joe, TV star?
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