Good morning everyone! Today is the final day of the draft and the Mariners are a full two games in front of the Houston Astros. As Mariners fans, we’re living large right now. And life is short, so enjoy these moments while we have them. Now that I’m done with my life speech, here are those links you came here for.
P.S. If you missed last night’s recap of the M’s win over the Astros, check it out!
In Mariners Draftees news...
- Here you can learn some more things about the new players that the M’s drafted in the last couple of days. There are some great personal stories in here as well as some great professional ones.
- The Citizen Times did a story on third rounder Cal Raleigh’s journey to the draft.
- The Columbia Daily Tribune talked about lefty Michael Plassmeyer, who was seeing a lot of extra attention from scouts as his season went on. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch did a similar story on the lefty.
- TexAgs profiled Nolan Hoffman, who went through a major pitching motion change that the righty initially resisted.
- I mean, just wait until you see Hoffman’s slider (0:27 in).
- The Las Vegas Review-Journal talked to Joey O’Brien, who is an extraordinarily interesting two-way player who was born in Japan.
- Catcher Jake Anchia says his Cuban immigrant father inspired him to become the player he is today.
In Mariners news...
- The Mariners are setting their own precedent with how they’re handling the Safeco Field lease, writes Sheryl Ring at Fangraphs.
- Photo evidence of Ichiro throwing batting practice!
- And video!
This is happening. Ichiro throwing bp pic.twitter.com/XhKrwya05Y— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) June 5, 2018
- And a story!
Servais told Ichiro that he wanted him to throw early BP about 10 days again, since then Ichiro practiced his BP daily, 200 throws to make sure he'd throw enough strikes.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) June 5, 2018
- Please be OK, Ryan.
Ryan Cook just fell down the stairs of the dugout at Minute Maid Park. He was in some pain.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) June 5, 2018
Ryan Cook told people he'd be fine after the fall on the dugout stairs and getting checked out by trainers.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) June 5, 2018
- This is a pretty cool story from The Big Maple.
.@James_Paxton gets the start tonight as the Mariners look to add to their AL West lead.— Mariners (@Mariners) June 5, 2018
The lefty, now one of the best starters in the game, recently looked back on his Major League debut. pic.twitter.com/zojhbVAWPT
- Marc W at U.S.S. Mariner gave his thoughts on the bizarre stretch the M’s find themselves in.
Around the league...
- The Yankees rotation might be in trouble considering Jordan Montgomery needs to get Tommy John surgery.
- It’s Max Scherzer’s second career immaculate inning.
Max Scherzer, Immaculate Inning. pic.twitter.com/RWnFGaNzUj— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 6, 2018
- Good-bye Tim, we hardly knew ye.
RHP Tim Lincecum has been activated from the 60-day disabled list and been unconditionally released. He 30-day rehab assignment at Round Rock was due to end today.— John Blake (@RangerBlake) June 5, 2018
- The Angels took a major hit last night too.
I can confirm now that #Angels SS Andrelton Simmons twisted his right ankle coming down the dugout steps before the game. Did not look good.— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) June 6, 2018
- Blue Jays reliever Roberto Osuna had his administrative leave extended through June 11th.
- Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs dives into Francisco Cervelli’s incredible breakout campaign for the Pirates.
- Stephen Loftus at Fangraphs wonders what will happen to the young Braves team now that they’ve gotten off to this hot start. Will their youth and inexperience bring them crashing back to earth?
- Phillies manager Gabe Kapler reportedly wasn’t too bothered by Jake Arrieta’s rant about the club.
- Madison Bumgarner made his long-awaited return to the mound for the Giants yesterday.
- The Blue Jays are reportedly thinking about calling Vlad Guerrero, Jr. up to Triple-A. Not the majors. Triple-A.
- The Rays have placed Chris Archer on the disabled list with an abdominal strain. Yikes.
- The Ringer’s Andrew Helms and Matt Pentz penned this great longform piece on how the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team missed out on qualifying for the upcoming World Cup.