Good morning everyone and happy Thursday! Spring training rolls along and March Madness is also right around the corner, for all of you college hoops fans out there. But this is a baseball website, so let’s review baseball stuff (mostly).
In Mariners news...
- This ESPN longform on Ichiro and his battle wit his mental demons is must-read material.
- This is an amazing statistic.
I know the M’s have given up too many dingers, but seriously:— Marc W (@USSM_Marc) March 7, 2018
Mariners HRs allowed, 2016-17: 450
Rockies HRs allowed, 1999-00: 458.
They’ve ~equaled the pre-humidor, peak steroid era Rockies.
- Luke Arkins at Prospect Insider is concerned that the M’s signing of Ichiro displays that they aren’t committed to winning.
- It looks like we’ll probably be seeing Mitch Haniger back in action soon.
Mitch Haniger said batting practice went well yesterday. He'll hit again today and await word for when he'll be cleared for games, likely in a few days. Says the hand feels 100 percent.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) March 7, 2018
- Dee Gordon doesn’t seem to be having many problems in his transition to the outfield.
Around the league...
- Ichiro says that he would like the opportunity to pitch against Shohei Ohtani.
- Andy McCullough at The Los Angeles Times takes a look inside the negotiations between the Dodgers and Ohtani.
- Clayton Kershaw still seems a little hurt that Ohtani didn’t choose to sign with the Dodgers.
- Jerry Crasnick checks in with four major leaguers who are going through positional changes this spring.
- Lance Lynn reportedly has a two-year offer on the table from the Twins, who are still searching for help in the rotation.
- The Rays have lost a second starting pitching prospect for the season as it was revealed yesterday that Jose De Leon will require Tommy John Surgery to repair a torn UCL.
- How long do we think this will last?
#Rays Cash just said they could go with 4-man rotation all season, filling in with bullpen guys when needed to start— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) March 7, 2018
- The A’s have hired Rollie Fingers as a special assistant to the president.
- Right-handed pitcher Mike Pelfrey has officially retired.
- Some news on a former Mariner: the Rays have cut ties with reliever Evan Scribner.
- The University of Washington men’s basketball team fell to Oregon State last night, possibly ending their season. They’ll probably get an invite to the NIT, but an NCAA Tournament bid is a real longshot at this point.