Good morning folks! Happy Jackie Robinson Day! Today would normally be a day of celebration around baseball, but instead we’re spending it all at home. Here’s what you need to know as you get your day started.
In Mariners news...
- Greg Johns breaks down the top 5 Seattle third basemen of all time.
- This Mariners catching prospect is learning how to use photoshop during quarantine.
- Listen to Julio talk about one of his idols.
JROD talks @AROD— ROOT SPORTS™ | NW (@ROOTSPORTS_NW) April 14, 2020
Mariners top prospect, Julio Rodriguez, talks about how he has always admired Alex Rodriguez and looks to model parts of his game from his. @Mariners | @J_RODshow | @JenTalksSports pic.twitter.com/ooObTfFmpQ
- Make sure to check this out!
Join us tomorrow at 11 a.m. PT for a very special event on YouTube as Mariners broadcaster @TheDaveSimsShow hosts the Jackie Robinson Day Roundtable presented by @AlaskaAir. #Jackie42— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) April 15, 2020
Around the league...
- Some updates on the financial plan for MLB employees...
In a memo sent to Major League Baseball staff this morning, commissioner Rob Manfred committed to paying league employees through at least May 31 and said senior staff at the league, including himself, will reduce their pay by an average of 35% for 2020.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 14, 2020
Manfred said in the memo that MLB would continue making scheduled financial distributions to all 30 teams in April and May -- money that "will assist the Clubs in paying the salary advances that are being made to players," which will total $170 million over the next two months.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 14, 2020
- The part-owner and co-chairman of the Yankees passed away yesterday. Rest in peace, Hank.
The New York Yankees mourn the passing of General Partner and Co-Chairperson Henry G. “Hank” Steinbrenner. pic.twitter.com/rL07EUHirS— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 14, 2020
- Longtime MLB infielder Steve Pearce has decided to call it a career.
- Major League Baseball will help out in a massive project aimed at combating the coronavirus.
BREAKING: Major League Baseball is participating in a massive coronavirus antibody study, with up to 10,000 tests taken nationwide over the next two days. Researchers hope the results offer a far better understanding of coronavirus' spread. News at ESPN: https://t.co/lZJX6aeDoK— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 14, 2020
- This is the first American professional sports league to set such an early target date for resuming action, but it could be a good sign for baseball’s eventual return.