Good morning everyone! We’re sure in a strange and unique place in baseball (and world!) history right now. Let’s get you caught up on the latest news from around the sport.
In Mariners news...
- Baseball America unveiled its latest update to the Mariners’ top 30 prospects. ($)
- Corey Brock at The Athletic goes behind the scenes to show how the M’s plan to produce their broadcasts this season. ($)
- Mariners minor league pitcher Jack Anderson has set up a fundraiser to help the nonprofit Young, Black & Lit in their mission to help increase access to children’s books that center around the experiences of Black lives. Check it out and pitch in if you can!
- Some good news on the Austin Nola front.
Austin Nola hurt his knee sliding into second base in Houston. He’ll undergo tests tomorrow.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) July 29, 2020
Around the league...
- In case you missed it, there was a lot of additional fallout regarding the Marlins yesterday. Four more Miami players tested positive for the coronavirus, and MLB made decisions regarding several teams: The Marlins will not play until Monday at the earliest, the Phillies will not play until Friday while they await full test results, and the Orioles will host the Yankees on Wednesday/Thursday since they were supposed to play the first two teams in question. The Nationals, who were supposed to play Miami this weekend, will have three straight off days instead. Follow all of that?
- However, it won’t simply be that easy for the Marlins to come back to Florida. There will be more hurdles to jump through.
JUST IN: Miami-Dade @MayorGimenez says the Marlins should follow the 14-day quarantine protocol when returning to South Florida after they were knowingly exposed to COVID-19.— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) July 28, 2020
- Suffice to say that this should be the norm for every team, but good to see.
Per Jeter, Marlins moving to “daily testing schedule.” pic.twitter.com/rpoTVwdwNZ— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2020
- The Marlins continue to stock up on replacement level players in an attempt to field a full squad.
Michael Morin, RHP, has been claimed by the Marlins. Will go to the big leagues when Marlins are ready to play. Had been a Brewer.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 28, 2020
- A reminder that not every player is taking this virus seriously, as Kevin Kiermaier said he’s going to continue celebrating as he would, social distancing be damned.
- A very strange situation that Nationals star outfielder Juan Soto found himself in.
Washington #Nats star Juan Soto is getting increasingly frustrated, his teammates say. He has reportedly tested negative six times_three by MLB and three by the team_but has not had back-to-back negative tests, keeping him out of action.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 28, 2020
- But just like that, Soto did in fact receive his second negative test in a row yesterday.
- In other news regarding the Nationals, things got scary for the team yesterday. Thankfully, no players or staff were hurt. However, the shooter in question shot himself and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Nationals players were told to stay in their hotels/apartments early this afternoon due to a possible active shooter situation by Nationals Park. There is currently a heavy police presence in the surrounding area.— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) July 28, 2020
- Right-hander Miles Mikolas will miss the rest of the season while he recovers from forearm surgery.
- The Mets agreed to a deal with backstop Bruce Maxwell.
- We got some rare sports crossover news, with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes purchasing a stake of ownership in the Kansas City Royals. He is now the youngest owner in sports history.
- It isn’t just Cleveland that is considering a name change, the Indianapolis Indians are also looking into the matter. Wonder what happens with the Spokane Indians.
- C. Trent Rosecrans at The Athletic wrote about the unique and euphoric MLB debut of catcher Tyler Stephenson. ($)
- It has been an unusually bad start to the season for Boston.
The Red Sox have allowed 7+ runs in 3 of their first 4 games for the first time since 1901.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) July 28, 2020
- It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you all that Fernando Rodney has agreed to a deal with the Astros.