Good morning folks! With yesterday’s Mariners game, it really feels like the season is right around the corner. We’ll see it that comes to fruition. For now, let’s get you some links to start off your weekend.
In Mariners news...
- Ryan Divish at The Seattle Times spoke to Kendall Graveman, who is itching to get back out on the field.
- Meanwhile, Greg Johns talked to Kyle Lewis about what improvements he’s made during the shutdown.
Around the league...
- Emma Baccellieri at Sports Illustrated evaluates Major League Baseball’s testing plan.
- Potential jail time? Wow, Canada is taking this seriously.
Here is what’s going to keep #BlueJays players in their stadium/hotel bubble this summer:— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) July 10, 2020
Per multiple sources, players have been told penalty if seen outside ballpark is $750,000 fine and potential jail time.
- Jay Jaffe at Fangraphs analyzes the historical impact of the Indians and Braves potentially changing their names and traditions in the wake of recent events.
- Hannah Keyser at Yahoo! Sports spoke to public health officials about MLB’s plan to start playing.
- The dominoes continue to fall, with Michael Kopech deciding to sit out the 2020 season. Buster Posey became the most high-profile player to opt to stay home this year.
- Baseball stadiums in Japan are starting to let fans back into games.
- After only a season playing at third, Vlad Guerrero, Jr. will make first base his permanent defensive home.
- NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski found himself in hot water with ESPN after responding harshly to an email from a Missouri senator (NSFW warning).