Good morning everyone and happy Thursday! We’ve got your fresh links ready for your reading enjoyment.
In Mariners news...
- Rob Whalen is sticking around in the organization.
RHP Rob Whalen has been outrighted to Tacoma— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) September 5, 2018
- Robbie keeps on moving up the leaderboards.
Robinson Canó records his 527th career double, moving into sole possession of 44th place on the all-time Major League leaderboard. #Mariners— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) September 6, 2018
Around the league...
- If Shohei Ohtani gets Tommy John surgery, he’ll be out until 2020.
Shohei Ohtani had an MRI today and it showed new UCL damage. Tommy John surgery has been recommended. #Angels— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) September 5, 2018
- That certainly didn’t stop Ohtani from having a great game yesterday.
Afternoon: Shohei Ohtani, the Angels announce, needs Tommy John surgery.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 6, 2018
Night: Shohei Ohtani goes 4 for 4 with two home runs and raises his rookie-season OPS to .946.
Ohtani is a lot of things, but chief among them is ridiculously, peerlessly talented.
- Regardless of what happens to Ohtani from here, he has already been a huge success this season, writes Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs.
- This is a pretty funny story.
Mookie letting Kinsler know how things are done around here pic.twitter.com/qxDtsmpe6A— Section 10 Podcast (@Section10Pod) September 4, 2018
- I find this a little hard to believe.
- Well this is sudden. Can’t say I’ll miss it though.
I haven’t gotten a full confirmation on it per se, so file this under “opinion.” I believe one of the orders of business when the Marlins season ends is removal of the HR sculpture. Say your goodbyes, 8 home games left.— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) September 4, 2018
- Not all Oakland players are a fan of the team’s trend towards bullpen specialization, writes Julian McWilliams at The Athletic. ($)
- Kiley McDaniel at Fangraphs wonders how we should evaluate pitching prospects in the future.
- Shea Serrano over at The Ringer talked about how incredible Sue Bird is.
- While you’re at it, check out SB Nation’s coverage of the upcoming WBNA Finals between the Seattle Storm and the Washington Mystics. The first game will be played on Friday.
- These MLS teams just keep popping up.
Name and crest confirmed!— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) September 5, 2018
Say hello to David Beckham's MLS franchise, Inter Miami CF. pic.twitter.com/GJ2ovvXVPZ
- Meanwhile in the NFL, Pittsburgh star runningback Le’Veon Bell is still holding out and has not been to practice in advance of the Steelers’ first game of the season. Things are getting kind of dicey now as his teammates have begun to turn on him publicly.