In Mariners News...
- This story at The Athletic details some of the reasons for Paul Davis’ re-assignment. ($)
- The Seattle Times wrote an article about the Mariners’ rebuild. Here’s what Kyle Seager had to say.
“I want the Mariners to succeed and I want the organization to win,” he said. “I don’t have a choice in it. But I enjoy the dynamic of all the new guys. When you have all these young guys, there is a hunger level there. They are willing to learn and willing to work. You can have an impact on that.”
- [Cut to Jerry Dipoto nervously handing the car keys to his children]
- Jarred Kelenic has one of those swings that makes baseball look incredibly easy.
- Marco Gonzales crafted a lovely Instagram post in which he expresses appreciation for his wife Monica and showcases dapper Divish.
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The 2019 season comes to a close and as I reflect back, I am so thankful for the people who filled our year with love and support. My amazing wife- everything she manages in our life throughout the year, the love and grace she shows me, and the miles she’s traveled to be in the stands for the most important moments. Both of our families- for understanding our unpredictability and for being our number 1 fans always. My teammates- and the brothers you’ve been to me this year. Through the good and the bad we were always there for one another. And finally, to our fans & everyone who showed up to support us at the ballpark throughout the season- THANK YOU! I am proud and grateful to represent this city and this team, and look forward to big things ahead! See ya in spring ✌
- Our parents made a video about The Double but didn’t use Dave Niehaus’ call. We will now run away from home in protest.
Around the League...
- Juan Soto delivered the biggest hit in Nationals history to win last night’s Wild Card Game.
- Watch Soto’s run around the bases over and over and over again.
We think we can tweet videos again so here's Juan Soto's game-winning hit and OH MY GOODNESS IT'S EVEN MORE INCREDIBLE THAN WE REMEMBERED.#ChildishBambino // #STAYINTHEFIGHT pic.twitter.com/iBCkc7hUaJ— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) October 2, 2019
- We deride Major League Baseball pretty often for their marketing choices, but this video feels like a win.
- The AL Wild Card Game starts at 5:00 p.m. West Coast time on Wednesday night.
- First the manager, now the pitching coach. (It’s worth noting that the recently fired Joe Maddon and Mike Butcher both were longtime Angel coaches and could presumably slide into these roles.)
Pitching coach Doug White has been fired by the Los Angeles Angels, a source tells ESPN. The moves comes a day after they fired manager Brad Ausmus.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 1, 2019
- Looks like a full regime change is headed to Anaheim’s bench (which is roughly 27 miles from Los Angeles).
The Angels also announced that bench coach Josh Paul won’t be returning for the 2020 season.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) October 1, 2019
- Atlanta is in good hands.
Braves first pitches in the NLDS:— Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) October 2, 2019
Game 1 - Chipper Jones
Game 2 - Quavo pic.twitter.com/qQnV9oIKcw
- Two Giants’ institutions are leaving this offseason: Bruce Bochy and the on-field bullpens.
The Giants always level the bullpen mounds after the season, but the process will be permanent this time. Groundskeepers are removing the hard clay and steel plates below the mounds as well. Bullpens will be in CF/RCF next year, and the dimensions will change as a result. pic.twitter.com/88eW2AtdVm— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) October 1, 2019
- Congratulations to Kyle Boddy! You can listen to John and Kate talk to Boddy in a podcast episode from September 2018.
The Cincinnati Reds have hired Kyle Boddy, the founder of pitching and hitting think tank Driveline Baseball, as their director of pitching initiatives. Boddy will remain president @drivelinebases but will be in charge of developing pitchers in the Reds' minor league system.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 1, 2019
- Some details from Boddy himself.
Tremendously excited to join the Cincinnati @Reds.— Kyle Boddy (@drivelinebases) October 1, 2019
A few things:
1) I will remain at @DrivelineBB.
2) I am Director of Pitching Initiatives // Pitching Coordinator.
3) I work almost entirely in the minor leagues, so fortunately, I won't see @BauerOutage any more than I have to. pic.twitter.com/QMD7voD6Mm
- This photo essay features several stunning shots of places around Washington.
- My man.
The Korean PGA Tour has suspended Bio Kim for 3 years after he flipped off a fan using their cell phone in his swing pic.twitter.com/hbfmLJeiVB— GOLF.com (@GOLF_com) October 1, 2019