Every fan base has its hated players. M’s fans hate Jose Altuve, Kole Calhoun, Marwin Gonzalez, and Luis Valbuena. Rangers fans hate Kyle Seager, which never ceases to amuse me. They seem ready to add Haniger to that list. Maybe they’ll understand when he wins American League Rookie of the Year.
Now, let’s check out what’s going on in the world of baseball.
In Mariners news...
- Steve Cishek recently began a rehab assignment with Double-A Arkansas as he seems ready to return to major league action soon.
- Seager talked Taylor Motter into wearing an Easter Bunny costume for the egg hunt. The kids of M’s players were the competitors.
Motter Bunny ... wandering the outfield pic.twitter.com/EiZul8A9eW— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) April 17, 2017
- James Paxton’s fastball is getting even better.
Mariners P James Paxton's 2 best starts in terms of getting misses vs fastball have come in 2017— Mark Simon (@msimonespn) April 16, 2017
35% miss rate in 1st start
Around the league...
- The Dodgers unveiled a statue in honor of Jackie Robinson on Jackie Robinson Day. It’s about damn time.
- Let’s Go Tribe wonders if Abraham Almonte has become a patient hitter at the plate.
- Jeremy Guthrie, who recently allowed 10 runs in the first inning with the Nationals, has elected free agency after being DFA’d.
- Eric Thames is having a hell of a comeback tour to the majors.
- Marcus Semien just hit the DL due to a wrist issue. He’ll get a CT scan today to learn the severity of his injury.
- Former A’s righty Dan Straily was pulled from a no-hitter yesterday. The Mets broke up the combined no-no in the 8th inning.
- Late last week, I asked my friend how many appearances Dodgers starter Rich Hill would make before he hit the DL again. He said three starts. It turned out to take just three innings, as the lefty re-aggravated his blister last night.
- Teddy Roosevelt got laid out by the Easter Bunny in yesterday’s race.
- Former UW basketball standout and current Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas mourned the death of his sister on Saturday. The Celtics honored her before their playoff game against the Chicago Bulls.