Hello everyone! Yesterday was quite the eventful day in baseball as we had multiple contract extensions and news of a couple of upcoming MLB debuts for top prospects. Even the M’s made some minor news. Let’s get to it.
In Mariners news...
- The Baseball Prospectus staff celebrated Ichiro’s retirement by reminiscing on his magnificent career.
- The Ride and Car sharing app ReachNow is offering free rides in Seattle all day Thursday to celebrate Opening Day. You can see the full details on the deal here.
Seattle: If you're headed to the Mariners home opener on Thursday, @reachnow is offering FREE rides all day March 28th (not just to/from the park, either). Just download the app, enter the park address, and request a pickup.— Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) March 25, 2019
- This is only half Mariners related but still fun.
- Here’s what you’ll be seeing as you walk by the park this summer.
Some familiar faces, as well as some new to Seattle, along Dave Niehaus Way. pic.twitter.com/r0bogTfex4— T-Mobile Park (@TMobilePark) March 26, 2019
- This is great.
- The Mariners have agreed to a minor league pact with Eric Young, Jr. who spent most of his spring in Orioles camp.
Around the league...
- The Padres shocked the world yesterday afternoon by calling up a top prospect who has never played above Double-A.
Source: Fernando Tatis Jr. will be on the Padres’ Opening Day roster. If any GM was going to do something like this, A.J. Preller seemed like the one.— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) March 27, 2019
- Not to make everyone feel old, but...
Fernando Tatis Jr. will be 20 years, 85 days old on Opening Day.— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) March 27, 2019
The last player that young to play on Opening Day was Adrian Beltre in 1999, at age 19 years, 363 days old.
Tatis was born in January 1999.
- The Padres weren’t the only ones making major Opening Day roster news.
- Meanwhile, top Reds prospect Nick Senzel will miss a good chunk of time with an ankle injury.
- Extension season roars on.
Kyle Hendricks’ four-year, $55.5M extension with the #Cubs is believed to be the largest guarantee ever for a pro athlete from an Ivy League school. Hendricks earned his degree in economics from Dartmouth in 2014, nearly three years after the #Rangers made him an 8th-round pick.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 26, 2019
- And perhaps the most important extension left to be signed has been completed.
Ace Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets are in agreement on a five-year, $137.5 million contract extension, league sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 26, 2019
- Major League Baseball made an announcement on the Larry Baer case.
MLB announces that Giants president/CEO Larry Baer has been suspended without pay through July 1 after the domestic incident with his wife. Covers half of the 2019 season. League says he was "held to a higher standard because as a leader he is expected to be a role model."— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 26, 2019
- For all of you uniform geeks out there, Sports Illustrated previews this season’s jerseys and all of the changes teams are making this year.
- Marc Normandin at The Guardian shames baseball’s owners for not holding championships as a higher priority in their businesses.
- As they often do, The Athletic staff anonymously polled players around the sport on a whole host of topics. ($)
- Oh no.
Steven Souza Jr. will have season-ending surgery. Torn left ACL, torn left LCL, partially torn left PCL and a posterior lateral capsule tear. Brutal.— Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) March 26, 2019