Hello folks! We’ve got what you need here on this Wednesday morning.
In Mariners news...
- Brendan Gawlowski at Fangraphs dives into some notes from a recent Mariners game among other things.
- Steve Adams at MLB Trade Rumors breaks down the M’s outfield logjam.
- There will be a press conference this morning from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee that will likely determine whether the Mariners opening their season at home or not, or at a minimum with an empty ballpark. We’ll have coverage, and you can read up on the latest that we have so far here.
Around the league...
- There’s a limit?
"Depreta-Johnson" is 15 letters, including the hyphen. They were able to have Saltalamacchia (14 letters) at full length, but that appears to be the limit. pic.twitter.com/44wFK3U2hs— Kazuto Yamazaki (@Kazuto_Yamazaki) March 10, 2020
- Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal ($) reports MLB prefers to use alternate sites over empty stadiums if games need to be altered for public health reasons.
- I need to meet this guy.
- Extension season, baby.
Sources: #Pirates have approached at least four players - RHP Joe Musgrove, OF Bryan Reynolds, SS Kevin Newman and 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes - about extensions. Hayes, like #WhiteSox CF Luis Robert, has yet to play in majors, but agreeing to deal might ensure place on Opening Day roster.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 10, 2020
- ESPN ranked the top 100 players heading into the season.
- New Hall of Famer Larry Walker served as the Colorado Avalanche honorary emergency goalie last night.
- Another Astro bites the dust.
Yordan Alvarez (knee) will not play on Wednesday as was previously scheduled. Dusty Baker is unclear when he’ll return to play or if he’ll be ready for opening day.— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) March 10, 2020
- Max Scherzer is hurt too.
Max Scherzer: "I just have an ailment. It's on my side. Just combination between lat, serratus, oblique. Just that whole general area."— Jessica Camerato (@JessicaCamerato) March 10, 2020
- And Michael Conforto has a strain in his right oblique.
Evan Longoria, former Tampa Bay Ray, on the prospect of playing in empty ballparks: “I mean, I played in some nearly empty ballprks...” But in sincerity, he added he really hopes it doesn’t come to that.— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) March 10, 2020
- New Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo thinks he could be a two-way player.
- Jay Jaffe at Fangraphs takes a look at how Coronavirus is affecting life in baseball.
- Shouts to my alma mater for punching its first ticket to the NCAA Tournament in 19 years.