Today it is March and that means the Major League Baseball season opens at the end of the month. I don’t know about you all, but I’m so happy it’s nearly here. The excitement around the start of baseball season is always fun, much like the links you’re about to read.
In Mariners news...
- Well...Evan White didn’t play again yesterday, and now we know why he’s been out of action:
Rookie first baseman Evan White is being held out -- hasn't played since Wednesday -- due to some soreness in his groin muscles. Just being cautious and he's expected to be back in lineup by Monday. #Mariners— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) February 29, 2020
- A few weeks before spring training began, I had one of the Mariners Mondays broadcasts on tv. My 4-year-old saw it and said sadly, “We really miss Ichiro.” Then, she sighed deeply and continued plaintively, “But we don’t know where he is.” Luckily, he has been found in his post-baseball playing life as a coach with the Mariners. He seems to be adjusting and finding satisfaction in his new role.
- For the last day of Black History Month yesterday, Paul Silvi took a look at the Mariners’ roster makeup, which ranks in the top 5 in number of African-Americans among major league teams, and asked why aren’t more Black athletes pursuing baseball?
- On that same note:
Around the league...
- Some potentially fun changes for the Olympics this year:
Big @Tokyo2020 baseball news: @MLB 40-man roster players -- not currently in the Major Leagues -- are eligible to compete in the Olympics and Olympic qualifiers. Full story: https://t.co/RM2CJsvf4N @MLBNetwork @WBSC— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 29, 2020
- Still no telling when Aaron Judge will get into games:
- Kenta Maeda revealed on his YouTube channel that he requested a trade away from Los Angeles.
- Chipper Jones fulfills a life-long dream:
Former Braves 3B and HOF Chipper Jones @realcj10 has accepted a new job as color analyst on ESPN's Wednesday Night Baseball. Signed on for 20 games in 2020. Check out my full story for AJC here. https://t.co/phunf2Dbd3— Carroll R. Walton (@CarrollRogers) February 29, 2020
- The Seattle Times has a profile on Husky gymnastics senior Kristyn Hoffa. I know I’m rooting for her to get a perfect 10. Maybe today against Utah if the scoring gets out of hand early?
Since the article didn’t have a video of her, here’s a routine from earlier in the season: