Good morning everyone! I hope your weekend was pleasant and I welcome you to the beginning of another new week. Let’s get it started with some links.
In Mariners news...
- Rest in peace, Rudy.
Sad news from the DR as longtime scout and trainer Rudy Santin has passed away. Santin, who trained Rafael Devers, was also training Starlin Aguilar, who is expected to sign with the Mariners this year, whom he nicknamed “Baby Devers”. RIP/DEP. https://t.co/UBpYxiJMPz— Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) May 3, 2020
- Jerry Dipoto had some comments about the Mariners’ draft plans on the latest episode of The Wheelhouse, which Joe was kind enough to break down.
Dipoto: "I do think there's a greater likelihood for us to take risks that we might not have been quite willing to take in '16/'17... Inside Top 100, we are always hard and fast, take the most talented player with the highest ceiling while managing some degree of risk outcomes."— Joe (@JoeDoyleMiLB) May 3, 2020
Dipoto adds that given the newfound depth and talent in the current minor league system, he said the team would "prefer middle of the field athletic, offensive players near the top of the draft."— Joe (@JoeDoyleMiLB) May 3, 2020
- Dipoto also had some insider info on draft negotiations.
According to Jerry Dipoto via the Wheelhouse Podcast, big league front offices are expecting final details, including draft rounds, bonus pools, etc... by Friday.— Joe (@JoeDoyleMiLB) May 3, 2020
Around the league...
- Anthony Castrovince at MLB reviews the weirdest trades in league history. Frankly, all of the ones listed feel like jokes.
- Despite fading into obscurity in Anaheim, Albert Pujols isn’t ready to talk about retirement yet.
- Tim Kurkjian at ESPN tells the history of the sacrifice fly.
- Bill Baer muses about the potential impact of fanless baseball.
- I didn’t know a human could be shaped like that.
.@ThorBjornsson_ HAS DONE IT!— ESPN (@espn) May 2, 2020
He just deadlifted 1,104 pounds, setting a new world record #TheOcho pic.twitter.com/YQzO5ULZ3S