Good morning folks! It’s Friday, and as always we’ve got a fresh set of links for you.
In Mariners news...
- Mike Blowers shared his personal memories of working with Dave Niehaus in an interview with Corey Brock at The Athletic. ($)
- Ryan Divish caught up with Sam Carlson, who has fell off the prospect radar after missing several seasons due to injury.
- The latest episode of Vibin’ With JROD features someone M’s fans haven’t gotten a chance to know very well yet: Emerson Hancock.
- On the latest episode of his podcast, The Hyphen spoke to Mariners pitching coach Pete Woodworth to discuss his philosophy on coaching.
Around the league...
- White Sox slugger José Abreu captured the American League MVP Award. Importantly, Kyle Lewis received one lone 10th place vote.
- It was a season for first baseman, as Freddie Freeman of the Braves earned the National League MVP Award.
- Ryan Tepera, a decent middle reliever for the Cubs, earned an MVP vote by complete accident.
- If the Mets could sign him to remove themselves from the J.T. Realmuto sweepstakes, that would be phenomenal.
Future Hall of Famer Yadier Molina has received calls with interest from both the Yankees and Mets plus 3-4 other teams in addition to the #STLCards as I just said on @MLBNetwork St. Louis is the likely favorite but in free agency you never know. Seeks a 2-year deal.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 12, 2020
- Jared Diamond at The Wall Street Journal diagnoses the lack of Black MLB managers to start at the lack of Black MLB catchers.
- The entire structure of the minor leagues is transforming, as MiLB players might not even be asked to pay clubhouse dues anymore. J.J. Cooper at Baseball America has the report.
- The Angels have their new general manager, signing Perry Minasian away from the Braves.
- With the Rule 5 Draft deadline approaching, it’s time to familiarize ourselves with the players who could be vulnerable to selection in the December event.
- Craig Edwards at Fangraphs previews the free agent market for Marcus Semien.