Good morning everyone and happy first day of 2018! I hope you all had a fantastic 2017 and I wish you all the very best of 2018’s as well. Let’s get your day — and year — started off with some fresh links.
In Mariners news...
- The known grump and always-stingy voter Murray Chass selected Edgar among his four votes, and says he was considering voting only for Edgar both this year and last year.
Murray Chass, who cast a blank ballot last year and had planned on not voting at all this year, was convinced by his son and grandson to continue voting. The result: Vlad, Chipper, Edgar, Thome. His column: https://t.co/AQL8nXUuP6 In the Tracker: https://t.co/EHQYbIMnWo pic.twitter.com/j5GU4PftmX— Ryan Thibodaux (@NotMrTibbs) December 31, 2017
- NFL season has ended, and this year’s finale gives the Mariners a sad distinction that I’m sure you’re going to hear way too often this year.
With the Bills in the playoffs, the new owner of the longest playoff drought in American pro sports is now the Seattle Mariners (16 seasons).— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 1, 2018
- Greg Johns takes a look at some of the biggest question marks facing the M’s heading into this coming summer.
Around the league...
- The Brewers are interested in bolstering their starting pitching staff and have made preliminary negotiations with righty Alex Cobb.
- The Red Sox are reportedly gearing up for a run at free agent slugger J.D. Martinez, which would seemingly fill their need for a power bat.
- Alex Kirshner takes a look at how much money athletes get for winning a championship in each sport. Baseball is by far the most lucrative sport in this regard.
- Hello 2018! We are back this week with all-new CONTENT, after taking last week off. When Jerry vacations, so do we, but this week we kick off the return of the 40 in 40 (first piece up later today! I clued it on Twitter with this, but no one seemed to guess). We hope you enjoyed some time off for the holidays and are glad to have you back with us for 2018. We are also resolutely ignoring the fact that, with the Bills making the postseason, the Mariners now have the longest playoff drought in American pro sports. Ride or die, my chickadees, ride or die.