Hello everyone and happy Thursday! Thursday is generally a pretty ordinary day, but a lot of things happened in baseball yesterday. Let’s check it out.
In Mariners news...
- Shawn O’Malley cleared waivers and will stick around in the Mariners’ organization.
- Edwin Diaz has personal ties to Hurricane Irma, which is set to strike his home nation of Puerto Rico. Our thoughts are with Edwin and the people of the Caribbean.
- Tony Zych should be returning to action with the M’s soon.
Around the league...
- J.D. Martinez would like to stick around in Arizona after this season is over. This comes as no surprise, considering he’s a team hero after his four-homer contest.
- The Red Sox and Blue Jays had an excruciatingly long game the other day.
- It turns out Boston won’t get in that much trouble for stealing signs from the Yanks.
- Whitney McIntosh supports cheating in baseball in all of its forms. That’s a take I haven’t seen a whole lot.
- Apparently sign stealing is all the rage these days, since the Angels just accused the A’s of doing the same thing.
- Will Venable (remember him?) has retired from playing baseball and will be joining the Cubs’ front office.
- Someone in the comments yesterday pointed out that the Diamondbacks actually had an even more impressive streak: they had gone 98 innings without trailing a team. That was, of course, until last night in the first inning.
- Jackie Robinson’s first MLB contract just went up for auction. It could become the most expensive document ever sold.
- Justin Verlander is back to his old, dominant self. It always amazes me how he continues to make adjustments and succeed despite the pull of Father Time.
- Aroldis Chapman will be heading back to the closer role for the Yankees soon, per Joe Girardi.
- Pablo Sandoval is back with the Giants, but his bat didn’t travel with him (metaphorically speaking).
- The biggest Seattle sports news from yesterday was this harrowing account from Michael Bennett.
- Field Gulls broke down the story and all of the pieces surrounding it.