Good morning folks! As of now, the season is still on. Players are rapidly testing positive for COVID-19 and the league is about to reach a decision point, if they haven’t already. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know today.
In Mariners news...
- You’ve got to make sure the haters hear you.
Standing in the batter's box, Kyle Seager lowered to his mask so he could make sure that Taijuan Walker, who was on the mound, could hear the words (trash talk) coming out of his mouth during live BP. Photo @deanrutz pic.twitter.com/expz4JzauH— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) July 7, 2020
So a source sent me the video of Jarred Kelenic’s swing on the homer in live BP. The sound ... pic.twitter.com/82RG82id4t— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) July 7, 2020
- Greg Johns wrote about the kind of impression young infielder Noelvi Marte is leaving on people in Mariners camp.
Around the league...
- MLB umpire Joe West does not fear the virus and plans to participate in the season.
- Despite the fact that his wife is pregnant, Brock Holt has not considered sitting the season out because he thinks doing so would be career suicide for him.
- An ownership group is forming in Nashville in an attempt to bring Major League Baseball to Tennessee. The team would also be the first-ever Black-owned MLB club.
- You often see people talk about what players could break out in any given season. Dan Szymborski takes it the other way, discussing players he thinks could take a downturn in 2020.
- But Szymborski has his breakout candidates for the season too.
- According to Jayson Jenks at The Athletic, most fans blame owners for the current labor strife. ($)
- The Mets and Yankees will be facing off against each other in a special series next year to honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
- The Braves are having internal discussions about the use of the tomahawk chop at their games.
- This kid’s got a point.
Posting this as a public service pic.twitter.com/EhYQ4wsISQ— BUM CHILLUPS, NPR CLASS PUNDIT (@edsbs) July 7, 2020
- I spent far too long staring at this.