Good morning folks and happy Friday! A lot of action around the baseball world yesterday, so let’s check it out.
In Mariners news...
- Jean Segura was added to the Dominican team for the World Baseball Classic yesterday.
- Here are some potential fallouts from the Segura call-up:
With Segura away Shawn O'Malley and Taylor Motter are going to get a good look at shortstop. And second.— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) March 2, 2017
Dipoto on losing 10 players from ML camp to WBC quipped, "Yeah, we're going to get a pretty good look at the Modesto Nuts next week."— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) March 2, 2017
- Robbie Cano: future hitting coach?
- Leonys Martin had a pretty busy day yesterday. He took reader questions on reddit. Here’s the transcript. I always love seeing what’s going on in the minds of the players.
- This video of a Mariners spring training contest might be my favorite clip on the internet.
- Marc W at U.S.S. Mariner gives his quick thoughts on the M’s most recent trade.
Around the league...
- The biggest national news from yesterday was that David Price is seeking a second opinion on his elbow after a scary MRI result. The starter is hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery.
- Some of the most amazing plays happen in spring training games.
Many consider Luis Guillorme the best defender in the Mets' entire farm system. Need proof? He just. Did. This. pic.twitter.com/WLTKIAkdnH— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) March 2, 2017
- Major League Baseball made a rule clarification to address Carter Capps’ strange delivery.
- Travis Sawchik wonders if hitters are adjusting to pitchers by incorporating more of an uppercut to their swings, thus creating more loft and more fly balls. Later, Jeff Sullivan sought out hitters who could improve by including more loft.
- True Blue LA takes a look at what the Dodgers received from the Mariners for Chase De Jong. It’s kind of humbling that Drew Jackson went from the M’s third-best prospect (per MLB Pipeline) to 29th in the Dodgers farm (per TBLA).
- If there’s another reason to love March besides spring training baseball, it’s for crazy college basketball games. In the little-watched Big South quarterfinal matchup between UNC Asheville and Campbell, an unlikely hero emerged.
Have a game, Chris Clemons!— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 2, 2017
His 51 points lead Campbell to 81-79 upset of UNC Asheville. pic.twitter.com/t3Bp57uZ22
- At 28 years old, Steph Curry is already creeping up the three-point leaderboard.