Welcome to Labor Day Weekend, everyone! It doesn’t seem possible that it’s this time of year, and yet, here we are. At the time I am typing these words, we are scheduled to have Mariners baseball tonight and through the long weekend to keep us entertained.
In Mariners news...
- Corey Brock at the Athletic writes that Taylor Trammell is just as excited to be a Mariner, as we are to have him. ($)
- Trammell also has 80 grade deep sighs:
- Baseball America’s Rookie of the Year Rankings put Kyle Lewis behind Luis Robert:
- Dee Gordon was announced as the Mariner’s Roberto Clemente Award nominee today:
Dee Gordon is the Mariners nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. With respect to the other nominees, I cannot think of a more deserving individual.— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) September 3, 2020
- He also announced a name change:
Dee Gordon has informed the Mariners he'd like to go by Dee Strange-Gordon from now on. His mom, DeVona Strange, was killed when he was 6 years old. So that's why you'll now see him called Dee Strange-Gordon going forward.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) September 3, 2020
Around the league...
- If you’ve felt like there’s been a lot of hit batters in 2020, you’re right. Marc Carig at the Athletic looks into why that is. ($)
- The Milwaukee Brewers drop one former Mariners first baseman, and pick up another:
Brewers DFA Smoak, get Vogelbach, source tells The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 3, 2020
- In more former Mariner news, Alex Rodriguez really, really, really wanted to buy the Mets and is alleging some shady dealings in the bidding process.
- The Athletics announced pitcher Daniel Mengden tested positive for Covid-19. This is the positive test that lead to the postponement of the Mariners series against Oakland.
- Over in Chicago, Yoan Moncada is still dealing the aftereffects of his Covid-19 infection.
- The Mets assure fans they will eventually get around to putting up a statue of Tom Seaver:
An update on the Mets' Tom Seaver statue: It is expected to be unveiled early in 2021.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) September 3, 2020
- The Seattle Storm play tonight and Sunday in the Wubble. They have already clinched a playoff spot and stand over the rest of the WNBA in the standings. Wins this weekend over the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks, who have both clinched playoff spots, will help them hang onto the top seed and Breanna Stewart can help solidify her quest for the MVP:
- Chellsie Memmel, the 2005 World All-Around Champion and a 2008 Olympian, is making an elite gymnastics comeback at the age of 32. Watching her training videos has been one of the highlights of the year for me, and I have to admit they have been thinking longingly back on my gymnastics days. Here’s a video from earlier this week showing a few of the skills she’s been working on getting back:
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Work it Wednesday. Today was a good day, proud of the progress that I’ve been making and these three things stuck out to me today! Vault is feeling better and more confident. This was the first hindorff I’ve done that has felt really good. Memmel turn is back! #chellsiesadultgymnasticsjourney #wednesdaymotivation #wednesdayworkout #workitwednesday #yesimwearingaleotard @coachandymmgym