Hello folks! It was a surprisingly news-worthy day for a random Tuesday in November. Let’s hop to it.
In Mariners news...
- Corey Brock at The Athletic previews the Rule 5 Draft from the Mariners perspective, looking into players they might choose to protect. ($)
- This is a really neat development.
Seattle Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay announced today that the team has hired Kristopher Negrón as the club’s new Assistant to Director of Player Development.— Maury Brown (@BizballMaury) November 19, 2019
Around the league...
- Mike Axisa wonders what it might take for the Phillies to lock up J.T. Realmuto on a long-term pact.
- Rustin Dodd at The Athletic re-tells the story of the Rabbit Ball Year in baseball in 1930 and how the league took steps to counteract it. ($)
- Rob Manfred provided some comments on the Astros sign-stealing scandal.
As the owners' meetings begin, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addressed the sign-stealing scandal. A few highlights.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 19, 2019
As to whether other teams are involved as well, he said: "I have no reason to believe it extends beyond the Astros at this point in time.”
Manfred on the gravity of the allegations against the Astros: “Any allegations that relate to a rule violation that could affect the outcome of a game or games is the most serious matter. ... We have ... what is going to be a really, really thorough investigation ongoing."— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 19, 2019
Manfred on potential discipline: "The general warning I issued to the clubs I stand by. It certainly could be all of those things, but my authority under the major league constitution would be broader than those things as well.”— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 19, 2019
Translation: He has the authority to hammer teams.
- No politics and all but this is certainly news-worthy.
In a response to MLB's MiLB proposal, 105 US Representatives sent a letter today to Commissioner Rob Manfred and all 30 MLB teams. pic.twitter.com/GSStK8NTwg— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) November 19, 2019
- Sounds like this is coming soon...