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In Mariners news...
- Emma Baccellieri at Sports Illustrated talked to mental skills coaches from several organizations, including Adam Bernero and David Franco in the Mariners organization, about their added importance in this hands-off time, as well as infielder Donavan Walton.
- Mariners catching coordinator Tony Arnerich talks through why he now is a devotee of the “one-knee stance”.
*MUST WATCH*@Mariners catching coordinator @TonyArnerich discusses how one knee stance has made guys BETTER BLOCKERS and discusses how the information now has showed him that he did it wrong when he played. https://t.co/1rBnOnyUns pic.twitter.com/j1y7D1W4QW— The Catching Academy (@CatchingAcademy) June 6, 2020
- Always good to see Mariners players working in the community, cheers to Marco Gonzales and his wife Monica.
A few weeks ago, Monica and I started a food drive to help kids and families struggling with food insecurity across the state of Washington. We would like to take a moment to announce some good news & thank you all for your support. pic.twitter.com/d9v7zC4KZu— Marco Gonzales (@MarcoGonzales_) June 6, 2020
Around the league...
- Buster Olney of ESPN says MLB’s owners need to take responsibility for their stewardship of the game and present a far better offer to the Players Union to avoid the total loss of a season, among other changes from bother sides.
- No time like the College World Series to break out some tricks!
June 7, 1982: Miami pulls off the “grand illusion” play in the College World Series against Wichita State pic.twitter.com/GOVw7jieD6— This Day In Sports Clips (@TDISportsClips) June 7, 2020
- Over at Beyond The Box Score, Kenny Kelly looks at how the five-round draft may have lasting negative consequences on MLB and the sport.
- MLB reportedly has not communicated or even shared their health and safety plans for containing COVID-19 in their reopening efforts with health officials in many league areas.
- The heart of baseball has evaporated from MLB, says Maury Brown of Forbes.
- Rest in peace to former Orioles pitcher John Miller, who passed away recently.
- Torii Hunter says he negotiated a no-trade clause to the Red Sox in every contract he had due to receiving repeated racial slurs from crowds there.
- Ryan Sadowski pitched as a member of the Giants organization at the top level of competition in two countries - the San Francisco Giants in 2009, and the Lotte Giants of the KBO from 2010-2012. Bill Francis gets his story for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and highlights a number of KBO artifacts within the Hall’s archives.
- Ashley Fetters of the New York Times takes a look at how the lack of baseball is impacting the town of Binghamton, NY, with the Rumble Ponies out of commission.
- Nathaniel Grow writes for FanGraphs that the threat of a strike, long the last resort of the MLBPA, may not have the teeth of years past, as MLB owners have revenue streams less dependent on games played.
- Apparently Pokémon has varied spawn rates on specific notable dates in history?