Happy Thursday to one and all! Let’s get to today’s batch of links.
In Mariners news...
- With the MiLB season officially canceled, you can still support Mariners’ affiliates who are struggling to make some money during this time by checking out their merch! Some teams are even running sales right now. Here are links to the affiliates’ online stores: Tacoma, Arkansas, Modesto, West Virginia, Everett.
- That’s a guy who looks good in a Mariners cap!
- Jerry Dipoto discussed what the M’s plans are for their minor leaguers given that they will not be having a season this year.
Around the league...
- Tim Britton at The Athletic outlines all of his thoughts on the baseball season starting up again. ($)
- Interesting...although I’m not sure how this is any safer than having fans in the actual stadium.
Source tells me the city of Chicago has given approval to Wrigleyville rooftops to host fans for Cubs games at 25% capacity. Tickets expected to go on sale once the MLB schedule is released, though my source says tickets will not be sold for potential exhibition games. @WGNNews— Josh Frydman (@Josh_Frydman) July 1, 2020
- MLB Pipeline ranks the top 20 switch-hitting prospects in baseball, a list that includes Cal Raleigh.
- Baseball America reports that players on the taxi squad who aren’t on the 40-man roster will see a pay increase from their base minor league salary.
- Matt Rothenberg tells the story of Octavius Catto, who was one of the fathers of pre-Negro League Baseball for black players.
- The removal of Kennsaw Mountain Landis from the MVP plaques is going to be discussed.
- Longtime Sonics and Trail Blazers play-by-play announcer Kevin Calabro is calling it quits so he can spend time with his family.