Hello everybody! It’s the last day of February, and tomorrow we turn to March, which is the month when the regular season starts! We’re so close already. Here are some links to get you through your day.
In Mariners news...
- Corey Brock at The Athletic finds some cool connections between Jay Bruce and Ken Griffey, Jr. ($)
- The Mariners have added a split-squad game to their schedule.
The Mariners will play a B game on Friday at 10 a.m. at their complex vs. a Korean team. Wade LeBlanc wills start that game. Justus Sheffield will start the Cactus League game on Friday vs. the Brewers in Peoria.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) February 27, 2019
- Here’s the official story on Julio Rodríguez meeting up with fans in the stands during spring training contests.
Around the league...
- As of yesterday, the Salem Red Sox of the Carolina League have the only all-female radio broadcast team in professional baseball. This became official yesterday when the team hired Melanie Newman to call games alongside returner Suzie Cool.
- Yup...I didn’t know this.
We were today years old when we realized that there's a hidden P in the San Diego Padres logo. pic.twitter.com/LQR5CQkBiE— Cut4 (@Cut4) February 27, 2019
@MLBNetworkRadio at #BlueJays camp— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) February 26, 2019
GM Ross Atkins: Vlad Guerrero Jr. is not a Major League player right now...
... not yet. pic.twitter.com/ydqZdvXFro
- Craig Edwards at Fangraphs tries to find a system that will end service time manipulation.
- The truth is that nobody really knows what the heck is going on with Bryce Harper.
A source indicates that the #Phillies believe their chances of landing Bryce Harper are remote. The obvious question is whether they would pivot to Keuchel and/or Kimbrel. My sense from our interview with Matt Klentak is that they won’t play on Keuchel and only maybe on Kimbrel.— Steve Phillips (@StevePhillipsGM) February 27, 2019
- We’re still talking about this?
Manfred says recent rise in home runs owes to improved training/analytics/coaching, not elements with the baseball itself.— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) February 27, 2019
- Young Astros right-hander Josh James is no longer in the mix for a starting rotation spot after suffering a quad injury.
- Righty reliever Peter Moylan has decided to retire.
- Sheryl Ring at Fangraphs wonders what it would look like if the Angels decided to move to Long Beach.
- Yes. Now. Please.
Unsheathe your sword and take up your shield! ⚔— Pokémon (@Pokemon) February 27, 2019
The world of Pokémon expands to include the Galar region in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, coming in late 2019! https://t.co/chWXMCQF39#PokemonSwordShield pic.twitter.com/yhp441Cq56