Good morning friends! Here’s what we’ve got going on in baseball on this day of the MLB All-Star Game.
In Mariners news...
- Down in Tacoma...
- Mariners minor leaguers continue to rack up the hardware.
Way to go @KadenPolcovich on your *2nd* Player-of-the-Week recognition. It’s the sixth time an AquaSox player has been recognized as either player of the week, or player of the month, this season. https://t.co/Zm8DeEvvg2— Pat Dillon (@AquaSoxRadio) July 13, 2021
- Who does Julio Rodríguez credit for his strong 2021 campaign so far? Ichiro. Kyle Glaser at Baseball America has the story. (FREE)
- Well, this is a bummer.
Very surprising late-breaking news that Yusei Kikuchi is being replaced on the AL All-Star roster. A major-league source tells me that there is no injury but Kikuchi didn't think he was in position to pitch in the game. AL manager Kevin Cash wanted a full staff so replaced him. https://t.co/NUBudkSCPK— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) July 13, 2021
- The good news is that Yusei Kikuchi is back from the injured list as the squad makes a flurry of roster moves.
Mariners roster moves:— Mariners PR (@MarinersPR) July 12, 2021
Yusei Kikuchi, LHP, reinstated from IL
Donovan Walton, INF, optioned to Tacoma
Will Vest, RHP, designated for assignment
Around the league...
- Pete Alonso won yesterday’s Home Run Derby, giving him back-to-back wins and almost tripling his salary for the season.
Pete Alonso earns $676,775 in salary from the #Mets this year.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 13, 2021
He'll win $1 million if he wins the HR Derby.
- The state of baseball in Cleveland is at something of a crossroads with the organization’s ownership, location, and team name all up in the air going forward. The Athletic has the latest. ($)
- This reunion sure ended quickly.
Adam Eaton has been granted his unconditional release.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 12, 2021
- Baseball has seen a significant increase in viewership this season. Though I’d be more curious to see its numbers measured against the 2019 campaign.
- Not only did Shohei Ohtani compete as the No. 1 seed in the Home Run Derby, he will also toe the rubber for the American League while batting leadoff for the Junior Circuit. Max Scherzer will start for the National League.
- Major League Baseball made a 10-year commitment to The Players Alliance in the hopes of improving Black representation in baseball.