Good morning everybody and happy Friday! Here’s what’s going on in baseball today.
In Mariners news...
- Michael Baumann at The Ringer tells the story of the Mariners’ near-selection of Francisco Lindor in the 2011 draft.
- Jerry Dipoto remains in contractual purgatory as the season enters its second half, writes Ryan Divish at The Seattle Times.
- Sounds like we won’t see Justus for a bit.
It's going to be awhile before we see Sheffield on the hill again. According to Jerry Dipoto on @710ESPNSeattle this am, tests revealed a mild flexor strain and grade 2 oblique strain. "Frankly, from a time perspective the more concerning of the 2 is probably the oblique."— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) July 8, 2021
Around the league...
- Daniel Camarena became the first relief pitcher to hit a grand slam since 1985 and only the second pitcher ever to have his first career hit be a homer.
Daniel Camarena - San Diego Padres (1) pic.twitter.com/gcIj9DsmZd— MLB HR Videos (@MLBHRVideos) July 9, 2021
- You have to love this.
- This could create a spot for J.P.
Carlos Correa staying home from the All-Star Game to be with his pregnant wife, creating another opening on the roster. https://t.co/Itl0DFOkLZ— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 8, 2021
- It looks like Eloy Jiménez could be back sooner than expected.
BREAKING NEWS! Eloy Jiménez will begin his rehab assignment on Friday with Winston-Salem. pic.twitter.com/Unb9BxSVNf— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 8, 2021
- J.J. Cooper at Baseball America warns that once amateur pitchers join organizations following the draft, many of them are likely to see velocity and spin rate declines.
- As expected, Trevor Bauer has not been reinstated from administrative leave.
Sources: Trevor Bauer's administrative leave will be extended 7 days by MLB, with consent from MLBPA, effective tomorrow.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 8, 2021
- Craig Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus previews the American League side of the Futures Game. ($)
- Julio Rodríguez will in fact take part in the Olympics with the Dominican Republic.
- Congratulations to Zaila!
Zaila Avant-garde, a 14-year-old from New Orleans, won the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night by correctly spelling the word "murraya.” Zaila becomes the first African American national champion in the spelling bee’s history.pic.twitter.com/QYbO9QPHqF— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) July 9, 2021
- The staff at ProPublica wrote about the billionaire owners who use sports teams as a way to avoid paying taxes.