Hey everyone! As I’m writing this sentence it is exactly Friday, 12:00 midnight, here on the east coast. Incredible. The M’s just drubbed the Blue Jays because Kyle Seager is the GOAT. If you don’t know what that means, look it up and thank me later. Friday is the GOAT of all days of the week, and so these will be the GOAT of all links. I command it be so.
In Mariners news...
- Hopefully Dee Gordon will be good to go soon.
Dee Gordon is dealing with a sore toe. He fouled a ball off his right foot the other day and it’s causing him some discomfort.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) May 10, 2018
- Congratulations to the Servais family! I guess we’ll get to see how Manny Acta manages again.
Manager Scott Servais won’t be with the team on Friday and Saturday in Detroit. He’s going to see his daughter receive her masters degree from Ole Miss. Manny Acta will acta as manager.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) May 10, 2018
- But more importantly...
One side note to Scott Servais leaving the team Friday and Saturday to attend his daughter Jackie's graduation from Ole Miss. With bench coach Manny Acta filling in, that opens spot on bench for Ichiro help out as a coach those two games.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) May 10, 2018
- TJ Cotterill at The News Tribune looked into what has helped Ryon Healy succeed in Seattle in ways that he never did in Oakland.
- Come celebrate at The Maple Grove!
One week from tomorrow, we celebrate history at Safeco Field.— Mariners (@Mariners) May 10, 2018
Snag $10 select View Level seats or $30 Main Level and Terrace Club seats now for James Paxton's next scheduled home start.
- Such a sweet story.
When my mom first got sick, she relaxed by watching Mariners baseball and became a huge fan. Has a Kyle Seager (her favorite player) jersey and everything. We’d talk Mariners baseball all the time and it was so special being able to share one of my biggest passions with her.— Aaron Polevoi (@aaronpolevoi) May 9, 2018
Last night we watched our final game together and it was a special one, watching James Paxton’s no-hitter. While she was zonkered out by her meds and not fully aware of what had happened, it was an incredible final game to share.— Aaron Polevoi (@aaronpolevoi) May 9, 2018
Around the league...
- Greg Johns lists the unsung hero of each AL West team so far this season.
- Yonder Alonso went on a long journey to find his swing, writes Travis Sawchik at The Athletic. ($)
- Fangraphs’ playoff odds now have distribution curves for team win expectations so you can see how volatile each team is expected to be.
- A woman in New York has 30,000 (!) baseball hats in her garage.
- The Phillies are carrying only right-handed pitchers on their big league club since they just demoted their only lefty.
- Major League Baseball has hired Chris Young as the vice president of on-field operations.
- The Diamondbacks have been granted a permit to find a new location for a stadium, but the spot they’re looking at isn’t great.
- Eno Sarris at The Athletic tells us how we can measure pitchers’ command.
- Tom Wilhelmsen has latched on with an independent league team.
- Kyle Lohse has announced his retirement.
It’s been a hell of a ride! Baseball, you’ve taken me a lot of places I’ve never thought or even dreamed of. The highs. The lows. The people I’ve met. The teammates I’ve had the pleasure of battling alongside. The guys on the other teams I’ve had the pleasure of battling against. Time to take it to the house knowing I gave it all I had each and every time.
- David Schoenfeld at ESPN wonders if the performance Gerrit Cole is putting together so far is for real.
- Stephanie Springer at The Hardball Times investigates what it means for a team to have “chemistry.”
- Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs takes a look at the hitters who have changed the most since last season.
- For some reason, people are blaming the video game “Fortnite” for giving David Price carpel tunnel syndrome. Price disagrees with that diagnosis, but says he will stop playing if he has to.
- The Reds have made some movement in their front office as Nick Krall will now serve as the organization’s general manager.
- Carlos Martinez of the Cardinals has hit the disabled list with a lat strain.
- Former Seattle SuperSonic Nick Collison is officially retiring from the NBA.