Good morning folks and happy Wednesday! Let’s get to the latest from around baseball.
In Mariners news...
- The Rainiers have their next manager, once again dipping into the waters of the recently-retired (after Kristopher Negrón, who has been elevated to the Mariners’ coaching staff).
After 14 years playing the game that I love, I have decided to call it a career. As for what’s next, I have recently accepted a role to become the AAA manager for the Tacoma Rainier’s. I’m am very excited about this opportunity and can’t wait to get started.— Tim Federowicz (@FedX19) December 7, 2021
- Noelvi Marte might not stick at shortstop in the end, but I’ll be damned if he doesn’t look good there now.
Around the league...
- Maury Brown at Forbes questions the integrity of Major League Baseball now that we know the league was using two different baseballs in 2021.
- Longtime baseball journalist Tim Kurkjian was given the BBWAA Career Excellence Award for his years of dedication to the sport.
- In other BBWAA news: congratulations to Seattle writer Larry Stone on his appointment as BBWAA President!
@StoneLarry of the @seattletimes is about to become president of the @officialBBWAA. I wish I could come up with an appropriate pun, but I’ll play it straight. Baseball might be mess right now because of its labor situation, but the @officialBBWAA is in good hands.— Bob Dutton (@ByBobDutton) December 7, 2021
- Max Scherzer is trying to get his guy at the helm of the Mets for 2022.
Sources: Mets ace pitcher Max Scherzer has made it known that he prefers Buck Showalter to be the team’s next manager— Pat Ragazzo (@ragazzoreport) December 7, 2021
- Ben Clemens at Fangraphs takes a look at how much each team is spending on their roster while we wait out the lockout.
- The University of Washington now has a club baseball team for women!
‼️MAKING HISTORY!!!!‼️— Maggie Gallagher (@maggs672) December 7, 2021
HOW FRICKEN COOL IS THIS Y'ALL!The first @UW Women's Club Baseball Team. First practice in the books ✔️
If you're enrolled at UW and want to be apart of this new journey, fill out our form below. https://t.co/rylglDqfCR
GO DAWGS! #Womeninbaseball pic.twitter.com/rnIbuACvkh
- Zach Hayes at Pitcher List breaks down exactly where we stand in the lockout right now and what issues are most contentious between the league and the players.
- Sounds like the MLB Rule 5 Draft will still be happening once the lockout comes to an end.
And I'm hearing that the MLB Rule 5 draft is expected to take place soon after whenever the lockout ends/new CBA is agreed to. So two Rule 5 drafts, one offseason. Here we go.#Rule5Fever https://t.co/afF9XGVlFq— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) December 8, 2021