Good morning folks! I hope the New Year has been treating you well. The hardest thing for me whenever the calendar flips is remembering what year it is when I write down the date. This is my second MMT post since 2017 started, and it’s the second time I’ve had to erase “16” to write in “17.”
This is admittedly a #FirstWorldProblem and all, but it’s still something I can’t seem to shake as I grow older and — theoretically — wiser. Maybe fixing that should have been my New Years resolution.
Anyway, here’s the news you need to start off your day.
In Mariners news...
- Luke Arkins at Prospect Insider wonders if the M’s current starting rotation could carry the team into the postseason in 2017.
- Tyler Maun wrote up on some Diamondbacks prospects for MiLB.com and included info on new Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger.
- If you’re like me and you can’t get enough of M’s prospect Tyler O’Neill, check out this feature Steve Ewen wrote on him.
- Compared to other major league organizations, the M’s were on the low end in terms of PED suspensions in 2016.
There were 113 drug suspensions in MLB & MiLB in 2016 (100 MiLB, 13 MLB). MiLB FA account for bulk (20). Pirates only club with zero pic.twitter.com/09WggUei4Y— Maury Brown (@BizballMaury) January 3, 2017
Around the league...
- MLB Trade Rumors continues its “Three Remaining Needs” series with a look at the American League West.
- Baseball writers are becoming more accepting of the steroid era as a part of the sport’s history. This might help to explain the gains that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have seen in Hall of Fame voting this year.
- Athletics Nation makes the case for a hunt to bring Jose Bautista to Oakland.
- The AL West has been pretty quiet when it comes to free agent signings this offseason. The division ranks fifth out of six in money spent on players.
- Jung Ho Kang might not be able to participate in the World Baseball Classic due to a DUI charge against him from December.
In other sports news...
- Kris Dunn attempted one of the craziest dribbles I’ve ever seen in a game against the Portland Trailblazers.
Kris Dunn shook Shabazz Napier's soul straight out of his body! pic.twitter.com/90vlya69jG— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 2, 2017
- Jimmy Butler became the eighth player to score 50 or more points in a game this season, which ties a single-season NBA record. There are more than 100 days left to go in the regular season.
- University of Washington wide receiver John Ross will opt out of his senior season with the Huskies to declare for the NFL draft.