Good morning everybody! We’ve got a decent number of stories for you today on this Thursday, so let’s get ‘em to you.
In Mariners news...
- It’s official!
- I guess the rebuild is working so far.
Around the league...
- John Cronin at SABR explores the history of the designated hitter, which started earlier than you might think.
- Tim Brown at Yahoo! Sports breaks down Troy Tulowitzki’s market.
- Oh my god.
We as a society don’t talk nearly enough anymore about that time Barry Bonds made Tim Salmon say, “That’s the furthest ball I’ve ever seen hit.” pic.twitter.com/jHWofCBPzP— David Blattman (@davidblattman) December 18, 2018
- Well we can rule out one team for Curtis Granderson.
Granderson believes the moon landing was staged, and Van Wagenen’s father-in-law was Neil Armstrong so this might be a tough sell. https://t.co/441Oq8Jnwq— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) December 19, 2018
- I’m always going to be happy to see this guy continue to hang on in the big leagues.
The Giants are close to a deal with ambidextrous relief pitcher Pat Venditte, per source. They might have a switch-pitcher in their bullpen. Venditte broke through with A's in 2015 and had a 2.57 ERA in 15 appearances for Dodgers last season.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) December 19, 2018
- Yesterday, Major League Baseball and Cuba agreed to a deal that would make it much easier for Cuban players to come play in the United States.
- David Schoenfield wonders if it’s realistic to believe the Mets can be NL East champions this season.
- Melissa Reidy-Russell, the ex-wife of Cubs infielder Addison Russell, detailed more stories of the infielder’s abuse in a recent blog post.
- This is so cool.