Hope wherever you are it’s a lovely, summery Sunday.
In Mariners news...
- If you’re missing that spring training action, the Mariners are planning to stream their daily workouts on their YouTube and Facebook pages.
- Ryan Divish at the Seattle Times revisited a discussion from early March with Jerry Dipoto on the hopes, fears, and success/failure conditions for the 2020 season, providing added context given the new reality. Also, this photo:
- Félix Hernández has opted out of the 2020 season, citing health concerns for himself and his family (yes this is Mariners news, bite me).
Around the league...
- Many players have given permission to teams to discuss their positive COVID-19 tests, including four Twins players.
- Another Cy Young winnter opted out of the season yesterday, as Dodgers LHP David Price said he will not be playing in 2020.
- The Athletics have yet to hold a workout, as their intake process has not yet been completed.
- Royals stalwart catcher Salvador Perez has also tested positive, and will be held out of practice initially.
- Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu also tested positive for COVID-19, and Buster Posey expressed concerns about playing in these conditions.
- Several players in Atlanta have tested positive for COVID-19, including star 1B Freddie Freeman, who is suffering stronger symptoms.
Brian Snitker said Freddie Freeman, Will Smith, Touki Toussaint and Pete Kozma all tested positive for COVID-19. Freeman is still battling a fever. Smith and Toussaint have been asymptomatic. These are the only four Braves who are known to have tested positive.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 4, 2020
- Two Cardinals players have tested positive for COVID-19, including former Mariners farmhand Ricardo Sánchez.
- It seems like the pace of testing has had some issues for MLB already.
Sean Doolittle said he hasnt gotten his test results back from Friday. Is getting testing AGAIN without knowing his results from the first time around, while he was in Florida.— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) July 5, 2020
"We got to clean that up."
- Joe Doyle spoke with top 2021 prep catching prospect Ian Moller for Prospects Live about being a Black catcher and baseball player.
- Phillies ace Aaron Nola was among the players placed on the COVID-19 IL for Philadelphia to start camp.
- Yoenis Cespedes is healthy enough for simulated game workouts in the outfield today, an encouraging sign for Mets fans.
- The KBO is still going strong, though this poor hitter is not.
Park Jong-hun just killed a man.— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 5, 2020
Cause of Death: Rising Slider pic.twitter.com/tLYSzNELvA
- Cleveland bench coach Brad Mills (father of a former MLB starter and Mariners minor leaguer of the same name) has opted out of the 2020 season as well.
- I am a big fan of the YouTube channel Drawfee, which has excellent digital artists create absurd drawings off of a wide array of prompts with delightful banter. The crew spent much of their time as a component of College Humor, but were laid off due to budget cuts. They now have control of their own channel, and a Patreon, and if you like low-intensity nonsense, it may bring you joy.