Good morning folks! Let’s get to today’s news.
In Mariners news...
- Javier Reyes wrote about the charm of Kyle Seager.
- Dave Sims wrote a piece at The Seattle Times giving his thoughts on George Floyd, his murder, and the surrounding fallout.
- That’s pretty exciting!
2019 draftee Adam Macko throwing some ⛽️ pic.twitter.com/jcpwGrgWQk— Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) June 6, 2020
Around the league...
- Baseball Prospectus looks at how institutional racism affected baseball scouting.
Looking back at a trove of unearthed scouting reports, @No_Little_Plans finds players who are white were consistently described with more positive language than those who are not.https://t.co/MPT7OQtwd1 pic.twitter.com/vaTIkTgD0m— Baseball Prospectus (@baseballpro) June 5, 2020
- Matt Harvey could re-remerge overseas.
SBS reported last night that Matt Harvey’s reps reached out to #KBO teams. There is not a clear opening for a pitcher at the moment, but his name is out there for now. Fyi, Boras Corp has a fulltime employee here in Korea. pic.twitter.com/nO06A6QmlW— Daniel Kim 대니얼 김 (@DanielKimW) June 5, 2020
- Oh no.
SLATER SCOOP: Braves OF Marcell Ozuna recently suffered a facial injury after his wife allegedly hit him with a soap dish, sources say.— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) June 5, 2020
Ozuna's wife, Genesis, was arrested after a 2-week police investigation and charged with domestic battery.
- Not entirely sure what it means to attend It remotely. Perhaps they’ll be readily available for interview once they’ve been selected?
MLB announces 23 players will attend the 2020 Draft remotely.— Sam Dykstra (@SamDykstraMiLB) June 5, 2020
List includes big names like Spencer Torkelson, Austin Martin, Asa Lacy, Nick Gonzales, Garrett Mitchell and Zac Veen. pic.twitter.com/F11yc6KCKj
- The Athletic announced that it laid off 8% of its staff in response to COVID-19-related financial issues.
- I miss that swing.
- Travis Sawchik at FiveThirtyEight breaks down the actual earnings of the average player.
- The most prestigious local summer ball league called off the season. This comes as no surprise, given that nearly half of its teams had individually canceled their seasons weeks prior to this announcement.
With a heavy heart, we're sharing that the 2020 West Coast League season has been cancelled. While we are beyond disappointed to not be playing this summer, we're already excited about bringing baseball back to our member communities in 2021. https://t.co/M7hOPJf2lP pic.twitter.com/Dys8Wbh12p— West Coast League (@WCLBaseball) June 5, 2020
- This could put the A’s at a major competitive disadvantage going forward.
So 29 teams ended up committing to paying the $400 per week per diem to minor league players through at least the end of June. The A's are the lone team who opted not to pay their minor leaguers in June.https://t.co/3pR4QWLIof— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) June 5, 2020
- Actually, scratch that.
An @sfchronicle exclusive: A's owner John Fisher reverses course, apologizes: team will pay minor-leaguers; "I concluded I made a mistake," he tells me. He's also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees: https://t.co/8HUBkFAaBx)— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) June 5, 2020
- Craig Edwards at Fangraphs wonders what Mike Trout’s career would look like if he only played 50 games a year.
- Not a lot of things cooler than a video of lightning.
- That is...a lot of money.