Good morning everyone! It’s Wednesday, which means you’ve made it halfway through the work-week. Well, almost I guess. Hopefully these links can help you power onwards.
In Mariners news...
- King 5’s documentary on the Mariners’ Dominican baseball facility is available for free online!
- The Tacoma Rainiers will wear jerseys designed by an elementary student during their game on May 26th.
- Tyler Carmont at Prospect Insider wonders if this is finally James Paxton’s year to shine.
Around the league...
- The biggest news from yesterday was the announcement that Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been slapped with an 80-game suspension after testing positive for steroids.
- The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport handed the MLB a C+ for its practices in hiring minorities to top positions.
- Statcast has introduced sprint speed to its defensive metrics.
- Kate Preusser discussed eye black in her latest appearance in Short Relief with Baseball Prospectus.
- Eric Thames is doing everything well with the bat, writes Brew Crew Ball. The Milwaukee slugger didn’t hit a home run last night, but he did go 3-for-5 to extend his 2017 slash line to .429/.491/1.000.
- Thames is also making a ton of contact on the league’s fastest pitches, observes Dave Cameron at Fangraphs.
- It must be Thames Day at Fangraphs, because Jeff Sullivan also breaks down how Thames’ improved swing could turn him into a more patient hitter.
- Umpires might start wearing microphones so they can explain replay rulings, which would be an awful idea.
- The injury bug continues to bite players in the MLB, as Clay Buchholz will miss 3-5 months due to surgery on some fancy thing that I can’t pronounce.
- Josh Donaldson will miss 2-4 weeks with an injury to his right calf.