In Mariners News...
- Congratulations to Bob Condotta for winning NSMA Washington Sportswriter of the year and Dave Sims for his hat trick in the Washington Sportscaster of the Year category!
- Oh how we miss you, Ichiro.
Ichiro could do whatever he wanted to with a baseball pic.twitter.com/AKtG5nYl8i— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) January 11, 2021
- Please enjoy this very important thread of Lloyd McClendon’s little league accomplishments.
In Williamsport, McClendon went 5-for-5 with 5 homers and got intentionally walked in every other at-bat— Céspedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) January 11, 2021
Here's video of him (1) being intro'd and talking with Mickey Mantle (2) hitting his 5th home run (3) throwing cheddar on the mound (4) getting intentionally walked. pic.twitter.com/a3DFtPGvlx
- The Mariners have named veteran sports business executive Charles Johnson their Vice President of Corporate Sponsorships. Johnson was previously with the Dallas Wings of the WNBA, and is excited to be back in baseball with a new fanbase.
Around The League...
- Free agent closer and reigning AL Reliever of the Year Liam Hendriks has agreed to a three-year deal with the White Sox that includes a club option for the fourth year and guarantees him $54 million.
- Buster Olney at ESPN+ ponders why less money has been spent on this year’s free agent market and what we should expect from it in the comings months. ($)
- Learn more about trailblazing MLB coach Bianca Smith and her aspirations for the upcoming season and beyond.
- Rob Manfred alerted teams yesterday of his expectation to start the 2021 season on time and operate on a full 162-game schedule.
- Ken Rosenthal at The Athletic explores why MLB expansion is on hold, even though financial motivation from the league has guided some of these decisions in the past. ($)
- Maybelle Blair, one of less than 30 women alive today that played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, has made it her mission to open a center honoring women in baseball. To make her dream a reality, she has set a goal of raising $9,400 before her 94th birthday on January 16th.