Good morning everyone and happy Thursday! It was a pretty quiet news day yesterday in baseball, but let’s get to the latest.
In Mariners news...
- Congratulations to our good friend José!
- While many teams have trended towards high fastballs from the pitching side, the M’s have not, writes Matthew Trueblood at Baseball Prospectus. ($)
- Ben Carsley at Baseball Prospectus dives into the Mariners’ PECOTA projections for the 2020 season. ($)
Around the league...
- I really don’t understand how this would be a solution to anything, and it would particularly harm the Mariners who have a good selection lined up for what’s supposed to be a loaded draft. Keep your eyes open on updates for this one.
- Another player makes an impact by helping people who need it the most.
Atlanta #Braves 1B Freddie Freeman made a $125K donation today: $50K donation to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, $50K to the Giving Kitchen and $25K to the Salvation Army.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 18, 2020
- Zach Buchanan at The Athletic wrote about Edwin Jackson, baseball’s most-traveled player who somehow never ended up in a Mariners uniform. ($)
- The Tigers take a huge blow to their rebuilding process.
#Tigers announce Joey Wentz underwent successful UCL reconstruction surgery for his left elbow on Tuesday. Estimated timetable for return is 14-16 months. That’s a huge loss for the farm system. Best wishes being sent to Joey.— Emily Waldon (@EmilyCWaldon) March 18, 2020
- Awful news, here’s to hoping he gets well soon.
Dodgers minor leaguer Connor Joe announced on Instagram that he has testicular cancer. He said it was caught early and is curable. He underwent surgery yesterday and is recovering now.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) March 18, 2020
- Another person involved in baseball has been infected. No doubt these will continue to come out in the next few days.
The Reds announce an Arizona-based team employee has tested positive for COVID-19. All staff who came in close contact with the individual are being tested and have self-quarantined. pic.twitter.com/b8h5zkf4XV— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) March 18, 2020
- Former big leaguers Zach Neal and Dan Straily are among other players in Asia who are getting ready to resume action soon.
- Have some cute puppies today, as a treat.