Good morning folks! Let’s get you the latest from around baseball on this Wednesday.
In Mariners news...
- In his latest Mariners Mailbag with The Athletic, Corey Brock answers questions on the 2021 MLB Draft, Jarred Kelenic, and possible deadline moves among other topics. ($)
- I really wonder if the Mariners bite the bullet and call this guy up soon.
- Manny Acta provides some perspective on the Fernando Tatis, Jr. incident.
While coaching 3b in Montreal, I held up a runner at 3rd base out of “respect” for the other club. Frank Robinson almost grabbed me by the ear and said to me: “Listen son, you only have enough runs when you’re showering after a win” #unwrittenrules— Manny Acta (@MannyActa14) August 18, 2020
- Some bonus Seager content for you: After Monday’s game, middle brother Justin made a bet with his brothers on who could say “avocado” first in the postgame press conference.
Around the league...
- Major League Baseball handed down a pair of suspensions for the contentious Rangers-Padres game from Monday night. Rangers reliever Ian Gibaut was suspended for three games while manager Chris Woodward sat out on Tuesday as a result of the incident.
- Jeff Passan at ESPN wonders what a playoff bubble could look like for Major League Baseball.
- Forbes notes that the sport of baseball has actually been seeing an increase in viewership among younger audiences, especially women.
- Jay Jaffe at Fangraphs takes an early look at Mookie Betts’ Hall of Fame case.
- While the Reds appeared ready to get back to action yesterday, they will instead take the field today.
#MLB postpones today’s Reds-Royals game for additional testing. Will be played Wed as a doubleheader.— David Lennon (@DPLennon) August 18, 2020
- This Luis Robert kid is really special.
Anybody curious what a 116 MPH exit velocity looks like? pic.twitter.com/9vj8mClN4S— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 18, 2020
- Jon Paul Morosi takes Jerry Dipoto’s quote about potential young-player-for-young-player trades at face value and lists four teams who could make a move like that in the next couple of weeks.
- The Rays’ bad luck with pitching prospects continues as it was announced that Brendan McKay will get shoulder surgery, shelving him until at least next spring.
- What the hell is this pitch?
Adrián Morejón, ummm...84mph Knuckle change thing? pic.twitter.com/MPVr1NxCfd— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 18, 2020
- The prospect parade continues with the Braves calling up top outfield prospect Christian Pache.
- Kenta Maeda had an all-time performance on the mound for the Twins last night. The right-hander struck out 12 batters (including eight in a row at one point) while getting into the ninth with a no-hitter intact.