Good morning folks! The potential season creeps ever closer and many writers in the area had deadlines at the same time, apparently. So we’ve got you covered on Seattle news and everything else in today’s batch of links.
In Mariners news...
- Corey Brock at The Athletic answers a number of questions in his latest Mariners mailbag, addressing topics such as the team’s rebuild and potential Dipoto trades. ($)
- Larry Stone talked to Mariners infield coach Perry Hill about his plans for this season and his hope to return to the field in 2021.
- Lauren Smith at The News Tribune spoke to Kyle Seager about how he spent his time in quarantine and how he feels about the upcoming season.
- The Mariners officially named Marco Gonzales as their Opening Day starter for the season.
- The M’s got their first round of coronavirus testing back, in which three players out of 122 tested positive. All three are asymptomatic.
- Some bad news on the Mitch Haniger front.
#Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto says Mitch Haniger has not yet resumed baseball activity. Haniger is on the 45-day IL. Dipoto said there's a possibility he doesn't play in 2020.— Lauren Smith (@smithlm12) July 8, 2020
- We’ll have some live Mariners baseball to watch tomorrow!
Friday's Mariners intrasquad game will be broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith, starting at 2:30 p.m. PT. It'll likely be a seven-inning game with Justus Sheffield and Justin Dunn as the starting pitchers.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) July 8, 2020
- Justin Dunn is hoping to make the most of the shortened season, writes Corey Brock at The Athletic. ($)
Around the league...
- It’s great to see a team rally around these ideas and show how seriously they’re taking health and safety during this time.
Andrew Heaney said the Angels have agreed as a group to not go out to restaurants, go to bars or attend large gatherings this year. Everyone will wear a mask whenever not at home, their car or the ballpark. Said they were “common sense” precautions that should be done anyway.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 8, 2020
- In a terrific piece, Howard Bryant at ESPN recalls the Bruce Maxwell moment and wonders where all of the black baseball players went.
- Looks like someone is acclimating well to playing overseas.
Wow, look at where Adam Jones put that pic.twitter.com/Virb005X0a— Jason Coskrey (@JCoskrey) July 8, 2020
- Jonathan Mayo ranks the top farm systems for right-handed pitchers, in which the Mariners get another mention.
- Ben Clemens at Fangraphs wonders if fast changeups are any more effective than slow ones.
- Come back to us, Dae-Ho.
- A bad sign of things to come in regards to college athletics.
Sources: Ivy League programs have been informed that fall sports have been cancelled.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 8, 2020
The conference will not entertain any sports being played until after January 1st.
Winter sports will have an update in mid-July on their respective practice schedules.
- Another sad reality for college athletics: Stanford University reported that it is cutting 11 varsity sports teams from its campus.