Hello folks! We’re starting to get the first stories out of spring training, so we should have plenty of video and news bits in the next couple of weeks. Here are some links to get you warmed up.
In Mariners news...
- This is more of just general Seattle sports news, but sports gambling may soon be legal in the state of Washington with the bill now advancing to the house.
- Julio is all smiles!
Julio Rodriguez in big league camp this year checking in with the minor leaguers who are in early. #Mariners pic.twitter.com/EthYU5LKza— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) February 12, 2020
- A lot of Mariners alum will be in camp.
Franklin Gutierrez will be helping coach outfielders at Mariners camp this spring as well as at times during the season, much as Mike Cameron did last year. Cameron taking on a larger role this year. Edgar Martinez and Ichiro also among the invited coaches this spring.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) February 12, 2020
- Jim Callis dubs Jarred Kelenic, Julio Rodríguez, and Kyle Lewis as the best outfield trio in minor league baseball.
- Taijuan Walker appears to be sticking with the number he chose in Arizona, which would be his fourth different jersey number with the Mariners, per staffer Matthew Roberson.
For the people who are concerned about player numbers ... Taijuan Walker has a No. 99 jersey hanging in his locker— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) February 13, 2020
Around the league...
- Andrew Battifarano talked about how Kyle Boddy from Driveline plans on implementing his methods in the Reds’ player development system.
- The Corvallis, Oregon native and Lake Washington High School alum is hanging ‘em up.
Got a call this morning from Nick Hundley, who I always enjoyed working with during my time in San Diego.— Corey Brock (@CoreyBrockMLB) February 12, 2020
He said that after 12 years (with five teams) that has has decided to retire.
He's not on Twitter but asked me to pass this along. pic.twitter.com/11AthnVdOg
- Speaking of retirements...
Martin Prado has retired, as it was believed he would. Nice career, terrific leader. And good timing. Finishes with exactly 100 HR and OPS plus of 103. #braves #dbacks #yankees #marlins— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 12, 2020
- The outfielder is nearing a deal that would allow him to return home.
Cameron Maybin close to a deal to return to Tigers. Nice story.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 12, 2020
- So it appears that Mike Leake is on the mend in Dbacks camp.
Leake hurt his wrist because of "a fall at home," Torey Lovullo said.— Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) February 12, 2020
- He returns!
.@Yankees sign RHP Tony Zych to @MiLB deal with invite to @MLB #SpringTraining.— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) February 12, 2020
- Keeping the run of former Mariners news going...
#Cardinals sign INF Brad Miller. #stlcards #MLB— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) February 12, 2020
- The Astros... apology(?) came this morning, with brief, pre-written statements from Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman, followed by remarks from new manager Dusty Baker and a few words from team owner Jim Crane. Crane then remained for a Q&A with the press. For many, it was... unsatisfactory.
Jim Crane: “Our opinion is this didn’t impact the game. We had a good team. We won the World Series and we’ll leave it at that.”— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 13, 2020
Jim Crane said the Astros met as a team last night for about an hour.— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 13, 2020
"Some of them were a little emotional. They're very sorry about what happened."
Jim Crane: "I think I've done just about everything I can. When the commissioner suspended the people, I fired them."— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 13, 2020
Alex Bregman: "I am really sorry about the choices that were made by my team, by the organization and by me. I've learned from this and I hope to regain the trust of baseball fans."— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) February 13, 2020
.@MarlyRiveraESPN Isn’t sign-stealing a distinct advantage for the hitter? So doesn’t it automatically impact competition?— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) February 13, 2020
Jim Crane: "It could possibly do that, it could possibly not."