Happy Saturday! Leave those weekday PJs in the drawer, baby, and bust out the weekend PJs!
January was three months, February was one month but also had Valentines Day, March is a year, and the last 10 days has been their own year separate from the rest of March's year— Gina (@ginadivittorio) March 26, 2020
Somehow March...isn’t over yet? Don’t worry, I have several calls in about this. In the meantime, enjoy these links.
In Mariners news...
- Some classic Mariners scouting reports here:
Who wants to check out some archived scouting reports?— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) March 27, 2020
⚾️ 1984 Roger Clemens
⚾️ 1985 Edgar Martinez
⚾️ 1985 Tom Glavine
⚾️ 1985 Randy Johnson pic.twitter.com/b7NuIhjx6U
- Former Mariner and first South African pitcher in MLB Tayler Scott seems to be enjoying his time in Japan so far.
- In the Dominican Republic, many prospects are under strict quarantine (in fact, the army is patrolling the streets and breaking up groups of people with firehoses). But that hasn’t stopped some of our ingenious prospects from figuring out ways to get their work in while still staying at home. Jonatan Clase engineered this batting cage using just things he had on hand and a conveniently-placed tree:
The DR is under a strict quarantine order and many prospects can’t leave their homes, but that’s no problem for @ClaseJonatan, who has this setup in his backyard. Tire + tree + rope = batting cage #QuarantineWorkouts #BaseballUnderQuarantine pic.twitter.com/k689qvaGin— Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) March 27, 2020
And Freuddy Batista put his pup to work acting as extra resistance while doing lunges:
I love the ingenuity our Dominican prospects are showing in their workouts while confined to their homes. Here is Freuddy Batista (@FreuddyB) using his dog as a weight for lunges: pic.twitter.com/OmSFk5f0w6— Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) March 28, 2020
(Freuddy has quite the setup actually and sent me a few videos of different workouts he’s doing using the resources in his backyard. I’ll share them in a later post.)
Around the league...
- The big news from yesterday was this tweet from Passan:
The players and league agreed the 2020 MLB season won't begin until:— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 27, 2020
- There are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans*
- There are no travel restrictions
- Medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans
Many interpreted this to mean that the season won’t be happening, although sources say teams playing in empty stadiums or at neutral sites isn’t off the table.
- If you’re interested in reading some analysis of the MLB/MLBPA agreement that was recently ratified, Baseball Prospectus, The Athletic, and Baseball America have you covered, or if you’re looking for some basic info, we have a basic overview here. Of note: draft picks can get up to 100K of their bonuses with the rest deferred in halves over the next two years, bonus rules that will also apply to the 2021 draft; there might be a combine (!) for players in 2020 and 2021; and drug suspensions will not be carried over into 2021, even if there is no season in 2020.
- Weird timeline where I read something Scott Boras said and find it both coherent and reasonable, but even a broken clock finds a nut sometimes I guess.
Boras disagrees on principle w/the 3.5% hit for draftees. “It is unconscionable in this climate to change negotiated CBA provisions and reduce the agreed-upon bonus schedule due players. Owners used the circumstance of the pandemic to revise terms of the ‘20 and ‘21 agreement.”— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 27, 2020
- Carlos Correa is good. However, the Astros remain bad. We must constantly consider and remember this.
- Just yesterday Matthew, president of the Noah Syndergaard fanclub, was wondering where the surgery update was on his tall son, so you can imagine the sign of relief this tweet caused (digitally, from a distance).
New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Thursday, a source tells ESPN. If all goes well in his recovery, he'll miss 12-14 months and return sometime in the 2021 season.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 27, 2020
- This story about Mariners pitching coach Brian DeLunas’s nephew playing to honor his late father is touching but will probably make you cry, so fair warning.
- BASEBALL THERE WAS BASEBALL ON LAST NIGHT AND YES THAT IS DAE-HO
This is quite a sight. The Lotte Giants, of the Korean Baseball Organization, are playing an intrasquad game right now. And a number of players on the field are doing so wearing masks.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 28, 2020
The game is streaming live here: https://t.co/mFz3ssghPe pic.twitter.com/eeztu6QB6V
- Get well soon, Doris!
Doris Burke joins The Woj Pod to reveal she's tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. She details her symptoms, her hospital testing experience, recovery and goal of sharing importance of social distancing and other measures underway to combat pandemic. https://t.co/4RAbMO5LPL— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 27, 2020
For those of you needing something to entertain the kids with: