In Mariners News...
- Shed Long elegantly expresses his gratitude for Hank Aaron and the impact Aaron had on his career and early years of his life.
Dear Hammerin Henry 'Hank' Aaron,— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) January 26, 2021
For you to perform the way that you did in the midst of the hate letters, the death threats, the segregation, and the unfairness just shows how special you were. #SincerelyYours, @SLONG895 ✍️ pic.twitter.com/sS9AiwWWiG
Around The League...
- After remarks yesterday afternoon from the Cactus League about their desire to delay spring training due to the rising COVID-19 numbers, the MLBPA has addressed their concerns but still plans to operate on a normal schedule.
Statement from the Major League Baseball Players Association regarding the Cactus League letter: pic.twitter.com/5j0vGewKC7— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) January 25, 2021
- Love this segment on Rachel Balkovec, a Yankees hitting coach who’s currently working with the Sydney Blue Socks in Australia. She talks about her job experiences, the importance of finding your why, and more:
Women in sport are constantly breaking down barriers, but it's far from easy.— 10 News First (@10NewsFirst) January 25, 2021
Rachel Balkovec knows that better than most from her journey to become the first female hitting coach for the Yankees. | @EmmaLawrence90 pic.twitter.com/pSZJbhjWP5
- In the first trade between the Red Sox and Yankees since 2014, Boston has acquired reliever Adam Ottavino and RHP prospect Frank German in exchange for a PTBNL or cash.
- MLB and USA Baseball have teamed up for a unique MLB Draft Combine event that will feature showcases, workouts, and more in preparation for the upcoming season. They have also announced the return of the Prospect Development Pipeline in 2022, which had shut down last year due to the pandemic.
- The Pirates have signed former Mariner Joe Hudson to a minor league deal that includes an invite to spring training.
- Eno Saris at The Athletic explains which potential MLB expansion targets could be the best fit for a new team. ($)
- Masahiro Tanaka is rumored to be departing from MLB and in negotiations with the Rakuten Eagles of the Nippon Professional Baseball League
He’s here to stay: Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer has signed a multi-year contract extension with the club. Here’s to more moments like this in 2021!