Good morning everybody! In case you missed it, the Brewers won the NL Central crown yesterday while the Dodgers won the NL West tiebreaker. That sets up the Rockies and Cubs to play a winner-take-all Wild Card Game. They’ll face off later today. While you wait for that, here are some links for ya.
In Mariners news...
- It looks like the Mariners could be in for an exciting offseason.
Dipoto says everything is on the table regarding possible moves with the roster this off season. Also says however, "We do have a nice group of young controllable players that we do intend to build around."— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) October 1, 2018
"I don't think we will see a tear down. It doesn't make sense." Dipoto.— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) October 1, 2018
- There will be at least one coaching change.
Servais announces all coaches will be back except Mel Stottlemyre Jr.— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) October 1, 2018
- And this should come as no surprise.
As expected, Ichiro will be an invited player to spring training and likely will be part of the expanded roster in Japan.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) October 1, 2018
- Ryan Divish at The Seattle Times took a deep dive into the season that was for Kyle Seager.
- We’ve got a timetable on a Mariner injury...
The Mariners hope that Sam Tuivailala is back by June of next season. They won't push him back too fast.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) October 1, 2018
Around the league...
- Hunter Pence has decided not to retire and will attempt to come back in 2019.
- Test your knowledge on this MLB postseasons quiz to see how well you remember Octobers of years past.
- Someone made a montage to commemorate the Twins’ 2018 season.
YOUR 2018 MINNESOTA TWINS OFFICIAL MONTAGE.— Parker Hageman (@ParkerHageman) October 1, 2018
Let's close the book on this year and look forward to a better one in 2019. pic.twitter.com/HnPvo6rCo1
- Some interesting drama going on in Japan...
Japan's amateur baseball federation, angry that the #Diamondbacks signed pitcher Shumpei Yoshikawa without his having declared he was leaving his corporate league team, is now shooing #MLB scouts away at amateur baseball games. 1/2— Jim Allen (@JballAllen) September 29, 2018
Because #NPB teams in the past often paid amateurs to lure them when they were ready to turn pro, Japan's pro scouts are technically banned from speaking to amateurs, but they do. #MLB teams should have better access but often don't. 2/2— Jim Allen (@JballAllen) September 29, 2018
- Wow, talk about a comeback.
Brewers didn't have a >51% chance of winning the division until today pic.twitter.com/gglT09cxmR— Beyond the Box Score (@BtBScore) October 1, 2018
- Congratulations, Shohei! Best of luck on a speedy recovery.
Shohei Ohtani had successful TJ surgery today. #Angels— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) October 1, 2018
- Dan Hayes at The Athletic reflected on Joe Mauer’s final career game. ($)
- Jeff Sullivan makes the case for Jacob deGrom to win the National League MVP award.
- Former University of Washington basketball star Markelle Fultz has a working jump shot again!
did i just see what i think i saw pic.twitter.com/eXo0nbRu5q— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) October 1, 2018
- Oh no.
BAR HOPPING: Runaway racehorse gallops into a French sports bar, sending patrons running for their lives. https://t.co/VXNLkim3i9 pic.twitter.com/MuNRFed6MD— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 1, 2018