Every time I sit down to do one of these I wonder if today will be the day I accidentally type it as “Marines Moose Tracks.” Close call today, but once again, I emerge victorious over my coffee-deficient typing. On to the links!
In Mariners news:
- Yesterday featured an almost-real regular-season dress rehearsal, with the presumed Opening Day lineup taking on the likeliest backups. Read the recap of all the action here.
- It seems like Dee Gordon missed time this week because his wife was sick:
So happy my wife is feeling better thank you everyone for their concern...it's been a rough week but loved every second I got to spend with my daughter and watching her grow each day...Definitely happy to be back on the field tonight! ⚡️— Dee Gordon (@FlashGJr) July 19, 2020
- After the game Mallex Smith said...some...things?
Here are the comments from Mallex Smith about wearing a mask, living in a tent, avoiding Wi-Fi and radiation from technology and electrons from the earth. pic.twitter.com/nJQs32YwtF— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) July 19, 2020
Some of these comments skate right on that border between “taking a tech break” and “Wilhelm Reich building a cloudbuster at Orgonon.” Lots to unpack here. Probably best to move on.
- You can take the boy out of the North Bay, but you can’t take the sk8r out of the boi:
When you are getting your temperature checked to enter T-Mobile and your assistant rolls in on his skateboard and with his mask. Kris Negron is cool enough to pull this off. Summer 2020. The new normal. pic.twitter.com/QmvM8LAJB1— Andy McKay (@AndyMcKayHG) July 18, 2020
- If you’re in or around the city of Joliet, IL, and love former Mariners prospects, boy do the [incredibly poorly-named] Joliet Slammers have a lineup for you.
Around the league:
- The Red Sox have officially named Nathan Eovaldi their Opening Day starter. Eovaldi had a 5.99 ERA last season, which is the worst previous-season ERA for an Opening Day starter for the Red Sox ever. And since the Red Sox, as any Red Sox fan will tell you, literally invented the sport of baseball, that’s quite a benchmark!
- ESPN has a nice longform piece about Gleyber Torres, a player I wish was a Mariner who instead is a New York Yankee.
- Domingo German is not quitting baseball after all, despite a cryptic Instagram post that would seem to indicate the opposite. Making an ill-advised ‘gram post when you’re deep in your feelings? Baseball stars, they’re just like us!
- Transaction quick hits: 31-year-old slugger Matt Adams elected free agency and is no longer with the Mets; the Phillies have released Logan Forsythe; Detroit’s Jordan Zimmerman is headed to the 45-day IL with the always-ominous-sounding “right forearm strain.”
- Even after losing Gerrit Cole to free agency last season, the Astros still have some severe financial crunches coming down the pike; the next one up is homegrown star George Springer.
- The White Sox are making some heavy cuts in their baseball ops department ($)
- This is terrifying, and we all hope Freddie Freeman is on the path to recovery:
Freddie Freeman said he felt so bad Friday night July 3 (104 fever) that he prayed and said, “Please don’t take me.”— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) July 18, 2020
- Relatedly, Canada has said no/non to the Blue Jays playing home games in Canada this season. So...the Dunedin Blue Jays it is?
This thread brings me much joy: