Good morning! The staff all overslept their alarms today which we will blame on (spins giant 2020 wheel) civil unrest in Antarctica. That seems wrong but the wheel doesn’t lie. Here’s what’s going on with the Mariners and around baseball.
In Mariners News...
- The Mariners bade farewell to Taijuan Walker:
Wishing you the best of luck with the Blue Jays, Tai. pic.twitter.com/ApAnvmoiRA— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) August 27, 2020
- Ryan Divish dropped some more detail on the vibes in the Mariners clubhouse surrounding Wednesday’s decision to strike, including an ugly detail from Tacoma.
- The Mariners did something for the first time in 10 years, and despite what that might imply, it was actually very good!
The @Mariners have had 4 different players steal a base in Game One today:— Ian Kraft (@Krafty_3) August 27, 2020
Kyle Seager@jfral_23 @SLONG895
This marks the first time since Sept. 17, 2010 vs. Texas (Gutierrez, Saunders, Suzuki, Figgins) 4-or-more players have stolen a base for Seattle in a game.
- Probably the best Evan White news we could hope for after seeing him grab his shoulder after a swing.
Servais says Evan White dove for a ball in the first game of the series and landed on his right shoulder. He was dealing with some soreness, and felt it on that swing today. M's will have him checked out.— Lauren Smith (@smithlm12) August 27, 2020
- The Mariners optioned RHP Zac Grotz back to the alternate training site after he wasn’t called upon in the doubleheader. Grotz will remain with the team on the taxi squad.
Around the League...
- Baseball America threw together some all-star rosters, which unsurprisingly included a very cheerful, familiar face.
- More teams struck yesterday. Here’s a sampling.
I'm told the Phillies' decision not to play tonight was made by players and not in concert with the Nationals players.— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) August 27, 2020
Source: the Red Sox have decided not to play tonight.— Julian McWilliams (@byJulianMack) August 27, 2020
A’s-Rangers game will be postponed @ByRobertMurray 1st mentioned possibility— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 27, 2020
From the players of the Oakland A’s pic.twitter.com/0JEDBmuL8Z— Oakland A's (@Athletics) August 27, 2020
- A trade! The Rays added OF depth and flipped a player who would rank much more highly in a lot of systems, but, well, Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays have traded for outfielder Brett Phillips. Prospect Lucius Fox is headed back to the Royals. Please no Batman jokes.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 27, 2020
- The thing about having a story about the Mets for the Moose Tracks is, well, usually it’s really hard to figure out where to begin. Let’s put it this way: Brodie van Wagenen released a statement that he actually should have been mocking his owner, not the Commissioner, and that was the good version of the story for him.
Holy shit Rob Manfred is trying to force the Mets to pull a social justice awareness stunt tonight by having the players symbolically leave the field at 7:10 before returning an hour later to play at 8:10 even though the players don’t want to play tonight pic.twitter.com/4BJLaPUkoy— Nick Albicocco (@NickCocco18) August 27, 2020
I saw a longer version before it was taken down. Van Wagenen said something to the effect of the request being so strange that he didn’t even want to take it to the players. https://t.co/SAnkpWfIT3— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) August 27, 2020
Brodie Van Wagenen addresses his comments from a video earlier today:— SNY (@SNYtv) August 28, 2020
"I apologized to [Rob Manfred] publicly, I apologized to him on the phone. I recognize it was a disrespectful move. It was an emotional day, I want to support players" pic.twitter.com/Zg5vxpfUcq
Statements from Fred and Jeff Wilpon regarding Brodie Van Wagenen’s comments caught earlier on a hot mic: pic.twitter.com/UmGaMJmgnx— Steve Gelbs (@SteveGelbs) August 28, 2020
- An old friend clobbered a massive tater overseas!
- Another old friend is on the move, and I’m happy for him, because holy cow he didn’t deserve Pittsburgh.
The Chicago White Sox are acquiring center fielder Jarrod Dyson from the Pittsburgh Pirates, sources familiar with the trade tells ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 28, 2020
- Happy Jackie Robinson Day.
“4 Us 2 Remember” reminds us that Jackie Robinson’s legacy lives on through the players who proudly wear 42 and everyone who stands against injustice.— MLB (@MLB) August 28, 2020
Narrated by @MookieBetts pic.twitter.com/CZgyRLllby
- Phil Mickelson got bored, decided to try his hand at the Champions Tour, and absolutely destroyed them all.
24 birdies and an eagle. Taking this one home with me pic.twitter.com/hY6dEFc0gT— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) August 26, 2020
Didn't take long for Phil Mickelson. Shoots 61-64-66 to go wire-to-wire and become the 20th player to win in his PGA Tour Champions debut.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelTAN) August 26, 2020
Tiger Woods on Phil Mickelson leading his first PGA Tour Champions event this week: “He’s playing unbelievable golf. There’s no reason he can’t win every event he plays out there, just based on sheer length ... and his wedge game is off the charts, as we all know.”— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelTAN) August 26, 2020
(Check the replies on that last one for an extra treat. Phil’s social media game might be as good as his short game.)