Hello everyone! A lot happened during yesterday’s off-day for the World Series. Let’s get to it.
In Mariners news...
- Jerry Dipoto spoke to 710 ESPN about his trade plans for the winter.
Around the league...
- Major League Baseball unveiled its Gold Glove finalists yesterday. J.P. Crawford was the lone Mariners representative selected.
- After a long tenure in Oakland, Bob Melvin will be leaving the division to head to San Diego.
Can confirm what @AJCassavell reported: Bob Melvin will be the Padres’ new manager, per source. He gets a three-year contract. The A’s had picked up his 2022 option, but they allowed him to interview for the job and accept the offer.— Alden González (@Alden_Gonzalez) October 29, 2021
- Former LL great Matthew Roberson wrote a piece at the New York Daily News criticizing Rob Manfred’s handling of the Atlanta situation and his supposed helplessness to change it.
- Clinton Yates at The Undefeated gave his take on the Tomahawk Chop and the ridiculousness of its existence in today’s game.
- The Rays will spend much of next season without one of their best relievers.
#Rays reliever Nick Anderson underwent elbow surgery, having a UCL brace procedure, and is not expected to pitch in games again until after 2022 All-Star break— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) October 28, 2021
- Jayson Stark at The Athletic wrote about the dynamic quartet of Astros players who have held down the infield positions since the team’s last World Series win. ($)
- Well, this will make things tricky should the Mariners choose to pursue him.
Free agent Marcus Semien has hired the Scott Boras Corporation to represent him— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 28, 2021
- Atlanta credits its strong second half play to a soft-serve ice cream machine that the team put in the clubhouse. James Wagner at The New York Times has the scoop.
- The MLB Players Association revealed their winners for the Player’s Choice Awards.
Here are all the Player's Choice Award Winners pic.twitter.com/rWyLKJp2Ik— ESPN (@espn) October 28, 2021
- Derek Rhoads and Rob Mains introduced a new injury tool at Baseball Prospectus. ($)
- The Angels have their new scouting director.
Sources tell @Alden_Gonzalez and me that the Angels have chosen Tim McIlvaine as their new scouting director. He had been with the Brewers for 16 years as area scout, crosschecker, and most recently assistant director of scouting.— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) October 28, 2021
- Apparently, at least one former teammate of John Smoltz has played in every World Series since 1982.
- This former Mariner could be coming back to the States this winter.
RHP Thyago Vieira of the Yomiuri Giants has about five MLB teams interested in him, per sources, which gives the reliever an interesting decision to make on whether to return to the Majors. Vieira throws 100+ mph and has set numerous pitching records in the NPB.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) October 29, 2021