Good morning folks! Everyone is gearing up for Spring Training 2.0 (Summer Training?), which is coming up in just under a week now. Here’s everything that you need to know today.
In Mariners news...
- The Baseball Hall of Fame is now selling retro-crown Seattle Pilots baseball caps.
- Not even the Mariners are free from COVID-19’s grasp.
Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto said the team has had more than one player test positive for COVID-19. They were asymptomatic. They won't take part in workouts next week at T-Mobile Park.— Corey Brock (@CoreyBrockMLB) June 24, 2020
- Some long-awaited injury updates with the season coming up.
#Mariners still being careful bringing back Mitch Haniger, Dipoto says. Austin Adams is ready to go, has been throwing live BP on his own.— Lauren Smith (@smithlm12) June 24, 2020
- Divish explains the taxi rules.
Taxi squad rules are pretty rigid. A player that tests positive for Covid-19 could be removed and replaced. But otherwise, there is an extensive process to make changes. They don't want constant shifting of the taxi squad for health purposes as much as team manipulation.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) June 24, 2020
Around the league...
- Baseball America has updated its top 100 prospects list to include recent draftees, with Emerson Hancock landing at No. 56. ($)
- Despite the fact that they’re “young, healthy athletes” many of these people will still be exposing themselves to great risk by participating in the season.
Matt Boyd: "Technically I am high risk. I've had asthma my whole life. I'm medicated for it. There is a risk going into this. That just means you have to be cautious, you have to be smart. I believe our team is going to take care of themselves and be smart on and off the field."— Jason Beck (@beckjason) June 24, 2020
- Meanwhile, A’s left-hander Jake Diekman weighs his decision of whether or not to play this year.
- Grant Brisbee at The Athletic wrote about his thoughts on the upcoming MLB season. ($)
- Michael Baumann at The Ringer wonders how minor leaguers will be impacted by the return of the MLB season — even without an MiLB slate announced to this point.
- Former Mariners reliever Carter Capps spoke to David Laurila of Fangraphs about his infamous pitching delivery.
- Despite our current climate, a few teams are considering allowing fans into their games when the season gets underway.