Hello everyone and happy Saturday! Here’s what you need to know as you get your weekend started.
In Mariners news...
- I could eat up these spring training pictures all day.
Just a couple of guys BP. pic.twitter.com/c6ieLfYRKn— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) February 20, 2021
- This will certainly take some getting used to.
James Paxton will wear number 44 for the Mariners this season. The familiar number 65 is being worn by reliever Casey Sadler, who wears the number for charity. Paxton last wore number 44 with Ladner Minor Baseball.— Chad Dey (@chad_dey) February 18, 2021
- To those who are interested...
Mariners Spring training tickets go on sale on feb. 24 pic.twitter.com/mEfb9Xbgjr— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) February 19, 2021
- Best Shape of His Life alert.
Yusei Kikuchi lost 7-10 pounds this winter, and enters camp looking to build on some big improvements in '20 if you look beyond the 5.17 ERA.— Daniel Kramer (@DKramer_) February 19, 2021
He gave up just 3 homers, velo was up to 95 mph, ditched the ineffective curve for a much-improved cutter.
(Video courtesy: Mariners) pic.twitter.com/67yxnfqT1O
- Ryan Divish at The Seattle Times spoke to Ken Giles about his most infamous moment and how he’s moved on from it.
Around the league...
- Check out this super neat graphic.
In honor of PitchCon hosted by @PitcherList, here is an interactive timeline I have created of the Top-10 Career Strikeout (Pitching) leaders since the beginning of the Modern Era.— Greg Harvey (@BetweenTheNums) February 20, 2021
Check out how different pitchers enter and exit through different eras of baseball #Pitchers pic.twitter.com/6afGPf6pdE
- And another fascinating look through history.
- Dan Szymborski released the top 100 prospects by ZiPS.
- In the wake of Félix Hernández saying that his motivation for signing another deal was to make the Hall of Fame, Dan Connolly at The Athletic analyzes his chances of getting inducted. ($)
- Such a wholesome response.
New Yankee Jameson Taillon on reporting to @yankees camp and taking a picture of his pinstriped pants. "My parents wanted an update. They wanted to know that I'm here, that I'm meeting people and making friends."— Jon Schwartz (@jonlschwartz) February 19, 2021
- We’ll see how the league is able to manage this in the coming month or so.
There have been 13 total positive COVID-19 tests of the 4,336 taken upon the arrival of players and staff to spring training — nine players and four staff members. That’s 0.3%.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 19, 2021
- It would have been weird to imagine him anywhere else.
The #Yankees and Brett Gardner have agreed on a deal pending physical, etc, according to a source.— Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) February 19, 2021