Welcome to Friday, a day that still exists, even when its meaning is detached.
In Mariners news...
- Dan Wilson, and the Mariners, send their well-wishes.
- Part two of the Jon Bois-led History of the Seattle Mariners is up now, focusing on the one and only Ken Griffey Jr.
- ESPN is digging into their archive for plenty of On This Day content, including a piece on Ichiro’s many loves, fascinations, and firm opinions.
- The Mariners released minor league signee and NRI RHP Cody Anderson.
- Jarred Kelenic is focused on getting his little brother on the same level as him.
Around the league...
- Evan Gattis acknowledged that the 2017 Astros “cheated baseball and cheated fans,” and acknowledged that a simple apology isn’t good enough to rectify things.
- Disgraced Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch WILL receive time served on their year-long suspensions even if MLB doesn’t play a 2020 season.
- Dodgers 3B Justin Turner has proposed MLB utilize a Home Run Derby in lieu of lengthy extra inning games in 2020 to help maximize time and pitcher health for getting maximum games played.
- FanGraphs has begun incorporating their Farm System Rankings onto their Board.
- Baseball America’s staff spoke with dozens of anonymous scouts, managers, farm directors, assistant general managers, and other front office executives, about whether they see the proposed contraction of MiLB and the draft as necessary or pure money-grubbing.
- Without certainty on if the draft will stretch five or 10 rounds, MLB has released the expected bonus pool allotments for both figures. The Mariners have the eighth-largest figure in either case.
- Former Mariners outfielder and current Rangers reliever James Jones tore his patellar tendon by tripping over one of his son’s toys this week. He will miss the season.
- Jayson Stark of The Athletic investigates how college baseball is being impacted by the sudden glut of talent expected for next season, paired with the threat of massive revenue cuts.
- A lawsuit from daily fantasy users decrying unfairness stemming from the Astros and Red Sox cheating via sign-stealing has been dismissed by a Massachusetts judge.
- Teams are relying on atypical methods to get their players training regimens, including many turning to apps like Teambuildr, per Barry M. Bloom of Forbes.