Good morning everybody! The week continues to roll along as the first day of the regular season is just a couple of weeks away. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.
In Mariners news...
- Wonder what Dee Gordon has been up to? Apparently, he’s been helping hungry people in Rwanda.
- MLB Network was recently in Mariners camp and caught up with Mitch.
- Lauren Smith at The News Tribune talked to Kristopher Negrón about what he’s looking forward to this season.
- The Yankees may be forced to use the opener in 2019 due to injuries to their staff.
Around the league...
- This seems a little ridiculous to me.
MLB has been in touch with the Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Phillies regarding Bryce Harper's comments about Mike Trout, sources tell ESPN. Whether they constitute tampering -- Harper saying he'd talk with him "in 2020" may protect him -- has yet to be determined.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 6, 2019
Bryce Harper could be fined for using Mike Trout's name publicly. The lesson learned here: If you're going to recruit a player, it's safest not to use him name. Either way, the expectation is that there will be no significant discipline levied.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 6, 2019
- Test your knowledge of weird promotions from Baseball’s past in this quiz.
- Former Mariner alert.
Tigers have signed former Mariner Taylor Motter out of their tryout camp. Minor league deal— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) March 6, 2019
- And a sadder former Mariner alert.
Chris Herrmann will have right knee surgery, Melvin says. Trainer will soon provide more details, but the A’s will have to start the season without him. Plan is to carry what they have left at catcher: Josh Phegley and Nick Hundley.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) March 6, 2019
- And a happier former Mariner alert!
- This ain’t it, chief.
Marlins CEO Derek Jeter says fans may not remember the final score of game --- but they will remember the experience pic.twitter.com/yPGDcCPhHG— WPLG Local 10 Sports (@Local10Sports) March 6, 2019
- Mike Petriello picks the winners of the offseason.
- Jeez, that’s pretty team-friendly.
Jose leclerc gets 4 years, 14.75M deal. 2 club options. #rangers— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 6, 2019
- Bob Nightengale pitches some major changes to Major League Baseball’s playoff system in an attempt to make the game more exciting.
Major League Baseball just announced Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright has received an 80-game suspension for use of a performance-enhancing substance.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) March 6, 2019
- Well, the game’s certainly changing.
Per MLB's gambling deal, managers have been told their daily lineups must 1st go to Commissioner's Office, not to PR, not to media. "I'm really bothered by this," one manager says. It's OK to not field he best team, for service time reasons, but lineups 1st must go to Vegas.— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) March 6, 2019
- We’re all wishing Alex the best in this hard time.