Happy February! Spring Training is in sight, with pitchers and catchers reporting in a week and half. We’ve almost made it. This year is a Leap Year, so don’t let the extra day four weeks from now startle you. Onto the links!
In Mariners news...
- Eric Filia gets an invite to the good Spring Training after all!
Who has two thumbs and an invitation to big-league camp? This guy! Congratulations to Eric Filia, who returns from the Dominican Republic a folk hero for his performance in LIDOM. Filia earned the nickname “la máquina”, the hit machine, over his time in the DR, with 91 hits. pic.twitter.com/hOTHCMNZWl— Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) January 31, 2020
- Congratulations, Angie!
Everyone at ROOT SPORTS would like to take a moment to thank and congratulate @AngieMentink for her hard work and dedicated service to the company!— ROOT SPORTS™ | NW (@ROOTSPORTS_NW) January 31, 2020
Happy 21-year anniversary at ROOT SPORTS pic.twitter.com/uZ63dKRL2C
Around the league...
- Curtis Granderson announces he is hanging up his high socks:
- A sneak peak at a possible new stadium for the Royals. I should point out that it does not have fountains and that should not be allowed to stand:
- Yesterday was a big day for former Mariners, starting with Nick Vincent finding a job with the Giants:
- Reggie McClain is moving on to the Phillies:
- And Zac Rosscup goes to Colorado:
- A few former Mariners got together for a good cause:
Robinson Canó and his RC22 foundation held a march in the Dominican Republic today, raising awareness in the hopes of ending domestic violence against women.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) January 31, 2020
Among those who attended: Edwin Díaz, Eduardo Núñez, Nelson Cruz, Marcell Ozuna, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Luis Rojas. pic.twitter.com/cpjuoZrzYj
- In 1919, it was gambling. In 2019, it was StubHub. Two former Chicago White Sox employees have been arrested and charged with fraud.
- Going into their meet last Sunday, the University of Washington gymnastics team was ranked #24 in the country. On Sunday they beat the Cal Bears in a close meet that saw Washington score a 49 on each event and total 197.225 to scale the rankings to #11. Last night, they went down the Pauley Pavilion to face the #3 ranked UCLA Bruins. You won’t believe what happened next:
The Bruins opened the door by counting two falls on beam. They had their usual stellar floor rotation, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Gym Dawgs, who hit beam to take the win on the road.
- Two new baseball novels are being released next week. The author of The Cactus League, Emily Nemens, is a Mariners fan.