Good morning folks! Let’s get to the daily batch of links.
In Mariners news...
- And so Matt Festa is back on the mend.
- Corey Brock at The Athletic talked to Taijuan Walker about his leadership role this year. ($)
- Look at that swing though.
Around the league...
- Have you booked your trip to Trenton yet? If not, what are you waiting for?
- Zach Kram at The Ringer wonders what a Backyard Baseball roster would look like today.
- Sam Miller of ESPN thinks tanking may be finally falling out of vogue.
- Rest in peace, Kelly.
#Yankees will have a moment of silence before the game tonight for Kelly Rodman, one of their amateur scouts. She passed away this morning. A very, very nice woman who was one of the few women in scouting. #RIP— Kristie Ackert (@ByKristieAckert) March 4, 2020
- Andy McCullough of The Athletic reports players are okay with taking away in-game video access. Mostly.
- Former Mariners reliever Lucas Luetge is still trying to make it back to the majors, but he and his wife Lacie have another task on their plate as well, from the San Francisco Chronicle.
- Wow, this would be neat.
Pete Alonso says he gave MLB the okay to mic up first base during games this season. There will be a microphone in/near the bag to pick up conversations at first.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) March 4, 2020
Alonso is a big proponent of growing the game broadly. Mentioned the social followings of guys like Messi, Ronaldo.
- Per Jesse Sanchez of MLB, Yoenis Cespedes’ little brother Yoelkis will be a free agent and eligible to sign with teams on March 18th, though the 22 year old Cuban pro will be subject to MLB’s international spending cap, limiting his options.
- Sports Illustrated reports a gambler from New York has been accused of sending threats and epithets to athletes, including members of the Tampa Bay Rays.
- Bryce Harper did what now?
Bryce Harper just casually hit a baseball onto the highway. pic.twitter.com/hQ0AbJv19h— MLB (@MLB) March 4, 2020