Hello folks and happy Tuesday! The news cycle is speeding up a tiny bit, but we still don’t have contracts for Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel among others as Opening Day is just about 10 days away for most teams. Here are some links to get your day going.
In Mariners news...
- No, you’re getting overly excited.
Around the league...
- Anyone else feel this way?
Just got off the phone with my wife, who had this to say about the story that Carlos Santana smashed a TV because he was angry that his Phillies teammates were playing Fortnite: "That guy is every mom across the United States. That guy is my spirit animal."— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 18, 2019
BREAKING: #BlueJays to impose pre-game curfew on playing video games in clubhouse this season, manager Charlie Montoyo says. Some players suggested there was too much Fortnite last year, he says. Film at 11.— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) March 18, 2019
- Major League Baseball is looking into paying minor leaguers higher salaries.
- Jeez, technology is nuts.
MLB is at Nationals’ camp today workshopping a new communication device for pitchers and catchers. It would allow catchers to type a pitch call (with location) into a watch that is connected to a watch the pitcher is wearing on the mound. An effort to eliminate sign-stealing.— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) March 18, 2019
- Really? Nobody else?
Brandon Hyde says nobody has made the #Orioles yet except Alex Cobb. Presumedly, he won't be jogging out of the dugout alone on March 28 in New York, but hey, you never know.— Joe Trezza (@JoeTrezz) March 18, 2019
- Daren hitting us with yet another cool graphic.
- This is awesome.
RBI is growing! The inauguration of a new season in Santo Domingo, D.R. pic.twitter.com/8WCLQvvl46— MLBRBI (@MLBRBI) March 18, 2019
- Several minor league baseball teams unveiled new alternate hats and logos as part of this season’s MiLB es divertido initiative. Check ‘em out.
- Tom Joyce at The Hardball Times looks back at stars of spring trainings past.
- Gio Gonzalez has finally found a home.
Sources confirm: #Yankees close to deal with free-agent left-hander Gio Gonzalez, as @JonHeyman reported. Per source, will be minor-league contract with $3M base if he is in majors. Includes out on April 20 and additional incentives based on games started.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 19, 2019
- This dude is just insane.