Good morning everyone! Happy Félix Day for what is potentially the last time we’ll ever be able to say that. It’s a bittersweet day to be sure, so enjoy it while it lasts. With that, here are today’s links.
In Mariners news...
- Some early footage of a new M’s farmhand...
- Greg Johns at MLB.com discusses Mallex Smith’s transformation into an excellent defensive outfielder.
- Larry Stone reminisces about the past greatness of Félix Hernández.
Around the league...
- Per Baseball Prospectus, slugging percentage is now a better measuring stick for run production than on-base percentage is. ($)
- Reds starter Sonny Gray has undergone elbow surgery but isn’t expected to miss any time in 2020.
- And some more injury news...
Royals trainer Nick Kenney says Adalberto Mondesi will undergo left-shoulder surgery likely next week. Surgeon is TBD. Recover time 5-6 months, hope is for him to be back Opening Day 2020.— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) September 25, 2019
- The Angels could look at hiring Joe Maddon as their new skipper, reports Ken Rosenthal at The Athletic. ($)
- Rob Manfred says the league is looking into changing the baseballs in an effort to reduce the number of home runs.
- Not really surprising but now it’s official.
MLB and the MLBPA have extended the Administrative Leave for Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán through the conclusion of the 2019 World Series.— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) September 25, 2019
- The Pirates are giving him another year.
Exclusive: Clint Hurdle has been informed he’ll be back as #Pirates manager next season. I spoke with him about it before today's game. "I’d love to win a World Series ring before I no longer am in uniform. That hourglass has been flipped over. I’m 62.”https://t.co/tWZNGhNNkZ— Stephen J. Nesbitt (@stephenjnesbitt) September 25, 2019
- James Wagner at The New York Times notes that baseball’s pace of play is good news for ballpark knitters.
- Craig Edwards at Fangraphs breaks down the NL MVP race.
- J.T. Realmuto may undergo knee surgery in the near future.
- Some neat Seattle NHL news...
Very cool news. NHL Seattle hired its first round of scouts, including Cammi Granato, the NHL’s first female pro scout.— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) September 25, 2019
Continues Seattle’s commitment to diversity and thinking outside the box. Franchise now has about 60 employees; >60% of VPs are female https://t.co/qIL5QSTAyx