Good morning everyone! Let’s get to the latest news from around baseball.
In Mariners news...
- It seems like this initiative has been pretty successful.
The Mariners' Seat Fleet program has now reached nearly 15,000 fan cutouts in T-Mobile Park and raised more than $70,000 for All In WA, a statewide relief effort that supports workers and families who have been acutely affected by COVID-19.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) September 22, 2020
Around the league...
- Jeff Passan at ESPN tackles a series of topics as we head into the season’s final week.
- Terrible news regarding one of the top infield prospects in baseball. He’s currently in police custody.
Police report says Pirates' prospect Oneil Cruz was driving a white SUV that crashed a motorcycle and killed three on sunday, per @dSoldevila.@z101digital @ZDeportes pic.twitter.com/iaeXbM3GH0— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) September 22, 2020
- Clinton Yates at The Undefeated digs into MLB’s efforts to improve Black representation in the sport.
- Should Angels GM Billy Eppler get the hook after this season, rumors link former Red Sox executive Dave Dombrowski to Anaheim.
- Rob Biertempfel at The Athletic gets a sobering perspective on this strange season from Trevor Williams. ($)
- Andrelton Simmons has called it off for the season’s final week.
Statement from Andrelton Simmons on opting out, released through his agency: pic.twitter.com/zuVSPfwt5c— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) September 22, 2020
- Some tremendous Dad Energy here from Nellie.
Nelson Cruz is sporting a robe in the @Twins dugout tonight. #Legendary pic.twitter.com/A1CogLnFpr— FOX Sports North (@fsnorth) September 22, 2020
- Craig Edwards at Fangraphs breaks down the American League MVP race.
- Great news in local education: Seattle Pacific University is planning to cut tuition rates by 25%, making it one of the most affordable private schools in the state.
- ESPN’s Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski got anonymous quotes from NHL players regarding their experiences in the playoff bubble.