Good morning folks! Let’s dive into the latest news from around the sport of baseball.
In Mariners news...
- Corey Brock at The Athletic notes the similarities between the Mariners’ rebuild and the ones the Padres went through. ($)
- The stove continues to sizzle, with reports that Taijuan Walker is drawing interest from the Yankees.
Around the league...
- It simply wouldn’t be a baseball season without a no-hitter, and yesterday we got our first as the White Sox’s Lucas Giolito blanked the Pirates.
- The Braves called up top pitching prospect Ian Anderson.
- Even with Anderson in tow, the Braves are expected to make a move soon.
I expect the #Braves to trade for a starting pitcher by Monday's @MLB Trade Deadline, regardless of today's outcome. The Atlanta rotation has accounted for a 5.37 ERA and 4 wins this year. Touki Toussaint, Sean Newcomb, and Kyle Wright are in the Minors. @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) August 25, 2020
- Eno Sarris at The Athletic examines the changes to the baseball itself this season. ($)
- KCUR tells the story of a man from Kansas City who saved years of history on Black baseball.
- Mike Clevinger has been reinstated following his suspension from the team for violating COVID protocol.
Mike Clevinger returns to Cleveland's active roster, and will start Wednesday. Cleveland remains as dangerous as any team in the AL with that rotation. They badly need a bat at the trade deadline.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 25, 2020
- Meanwhile, a starker reality faces Cleveland’s other punished starter.
Chris Antonetti said he called Zach Plesac after the decision was made to have Mike Clevinger start tomorrow and he explained to Plesac that they don't have an opportunity for him at this time at the Major League level.— Mandy Bell (@MandyBell02) August 25, 2020
- The Blue Jays are looking for a way to get their shiny new toy in the lineup.
Charlie Montoyo says that Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. has been taking ground balls at third base for the last couple of days as an insurance policy in case of injury. But it’s also a potential way to get him, Tellez and Vogelbach in the lineup at the same time. #Bluejays— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) August 25, 2020