Good morning everyone! It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for: pitchers and catchers report for the Mariners today! Here’s everything that you need to know today.
In Mariners news...
- Some guys were getting work in early.
Pitchers and catchers don’t report until tomorrow, but many Mariners already in Peoria working out ... including these two key rookies, Justus Sheffield and Justin Dunn. pic.twitter.com/rMoNdPx0Yn— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) February 11, 2020
Ran into Franklin Gutierrez at the Mariners complex today. He's here to work with the outfielders throughout the system. Always good to see Guti!— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) February 12, 2020
Around the league...
- Seems like we need more of this.
- Marc Carig and Andy McCullough at The Athletic graded the offseasons of every MLB team. ($)
- The former Astro opens up Pandora’s box.
Joe Musgrove with an interesting quote on the Astros' sign-stealing mess: "If MLB did an investigation as thorough as they did on the Astros with every team in baseball, they’re going to find a lot more than they want to find."— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) February 11, 2020
- With players reporting to spring training, the 2017 Astros apology tour is coming.
Marwin Gonzalez’s opening statement to the media:— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) February 11, 2020
“I’m remorseful for everything that happened in 2017, for everything that we did as a group, and for the players that were affected directly by us doing this ... That’s why I feel more regret and that’s why I’m remorseful.” pic.twitter.com/G35XwK2xkB
- This comes as no surprise.
News: On the eve of pitchers and catchers reporting to Houston Astros camp, the entire roster has gathered in Florida and expects to meet Wednesday with owner Jim Crane to discuss how the team will publicly address the sign-stealing scandal. Story at ESPN: https://t.co/nvMFN8zsXu— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 12, 2020
- This has major implications for Carlos Beltrán.
NEW: Tom Koch-Weser's August 2017 email to Jeff Luhnow that mentioned the Astros' "dark arts, sign-stealing department" also referred to Carlos Beltrán as "the godfather of the whole program."— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) February 12, 2020
That and more fresh revelations here:https://t.co/zy7cd7Dg7b
- Ron Roenicke has been named the interim manager of the Red Sox for the 2020 season. Seems unusual for a team to be beginning a season with an interim manager.
- Boston finds another stopgap in its outfield following the departure of Mookie Betts.
Kevin Pillar is close to a Red Sox deal. Boston needed righty hitting OF. Plus Pillar allows them to maintain excellent OF defense following loss of superstar Mookie.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 11, 2020