Hello everyone, and happy Friday! We’ve got a decent batch of links today as people prepare for the season. Let’s get to ‘em.
In Mariners news...
- Corey Brock at The Athletic tells the story of the Mariner Moose’s accident in 1995. ($)
- I hardly recognized Jerry in that hat.
“The excitement of having the players back and getting the game moving again is certainly creating a new energy.”— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) June 25, 2020
Jerry Dipoto sat down with media to talk about the upcoming 2020 season. pic.twitter.com/1XOEoiAYeS
- Jonathan Mayo spoke to Julio Rodriguez about the potential return to baseball and how Julio has been biding his time during quarantine.
- Ryan McGee at ESPN opines that John Olerud was the greatest two-way player in college baseball history.
- The Mariners, like a handful of other teams, expect to open the season with a six-man starting rotation.
Around the league...
- Seems like a little bit of false advertising.
Arlington, Texas taxpayers got played so hard. pic.twitter.com/MyNsRBcZp4— Cam Neisler (@cdneisler) June 24, 2020
- This whole system is going to be entirely confusing.
An interesting rule that could affect teams that specialize in massive roster churn:— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) June 25, 2020
MLB has told clubs that once they remove any player from its 60-player pool, they can't bring that player back this year.
Players can still go back & forth between big-league team & taxi squad.
- If you also find yourself confused on the various rules for the upcoming season, Mark Feinsand has a helpful FAQ.
- Shohei Ohtani has signed a sponsorship deal with Oakley, who will reportedly make an eyewear line in his name.
- Speaking of Ohtani, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic retells the story of his courting when he first came stateside. ($)
- Despite Florida’s rising COVID-19 rates, the mayor of St. Pete isn’t ruling out having fans attend games this season.
- JJ Cooper at Baseball America reports that MiLB’s upcoming contraction will likely include a different list of teams than the list that was released several months ago.
- This is certainly something I’ve been thinking about.
How will the shortened 2020 season impact player development?@jimcallisMLB, @JonathanMayo and Jason Ratliff discussed that and more on this week's podcast: https://t.co/PQuzmUJgg9 pic.twitter.com/UbDmlXcBCL— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) June 25, 2020
- Reliever Chad Bettis has decided to retire.
- Miguel Sanó is officially under investigation for kidnapping and assault allegations.
- What a wholesome interaction.
this is hands down the best tiktok i have ever seen in my life pic.twitter.com/gz653rfTDq— shrimp binch says bIm (@shrimpbinch) June 25, 2020
- Amazon has purchased the naming rights for the new Seattle NHL arena, which will be named Climate Pledge Arena.