Hello everybody and happy Tuesday! Lets get your day started with some links.
In Mariners news...
- Mike Ford was given the “best strike zone judgement” honor by Baseball America.
- Some people think Jerry Dipoto should just tear it all down and rebuild. Jerry says he kind of already has.
- A Mariners prospect is helping out his local community.
- It didn’t take long for Andrew Albers to find a new home. The lefty signed with the Orix Buffaloes.
Around the league...
- Everybody wants out of Miami.
- Although Realmuto and Christian Yelich would like to play elsewhere, they may be trapped.
Michael Hill of the #Marlins just issued this statement in response to an inquiry on Yelich and Realmuto. It reinforces the notion that the two players have zero leverage beyond being unhappy with the teardown in Miami. pic.twitter.com/VDfCYZJB3C— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 18, 2017
- Russell A. Carleton at Baseball Prospectus wonders if the shift really works the way people think it does.
- Cole Hamels donated a handsome sum to help out kids with special needs and chronic illnesses.
- Emma Baccellieri does a ton of research to dive into the impact of Statcast on baseball.
- David Laurila talks to managers around baseball to ask them if the players of today’s game understand the sport better.
- Mitch Moreland is going back to Boston.
Red Sox have re-signed Mitch Moreland to a two-year deal, per team announcement.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 18, 2017
- Players that are as good as Manny Machado is don’t get traded very often, writes Paul Swydan.
- The Braves have officially cut ties with Adrian Gonzalez, who they just acquired from the Dodgers.
- The Cubs are meeting with Yu Darvish in hopes of signing the top starter on the market.
- It’s been a while since we checked in on the Hall of Fame ballot tracker. Edgar Martinez appears to be doing pretty well for himself.
With 61 ballots revealed/~14.7% of the vote known:— Ryan Thibodaux (@NotMrTibbs) December 18, 2017
Thome - 98%
Chipper - 97%
Vlad - 90%
Hoffman - 79%
Clemens - 72%
Mussina - 71%
Bonds - 71%
Schilling - 69%
Walker - 36%
Vizquel - 36%
Manny - 31%
McGriff - 16%
Rolen - 16%
- There was some big news in the sports media world.
BREAKING: ESPN president John Skipper says he is retiring.— Michael McCarthy (@MMcCarthyREV) December 18, 2017
Longtime president admits to "substance addiction.'
Ex-boss George Bodenheimer taking over.
Story to come.
- What the hell is going on with this?