Good morning everyone! The Mariners have their last off-day of the season today as we can spend the day simply hoping the Red Sox and Blue Jays lose. Until then, here are some links for the day.
In Mariners news...
- Mitch Haniger is still trying to locate his 38th home run ball, which some fan has apparently run off with.
Around the league...
- San Francisco Giants ballpark workers called off their strike after getting meaningful improvements to their compensation.
‼️ San Francisco ballpark workers call off strike after securing affordable family health care, $7/hour raises, COVID safety measures, and more ⚾️ https://t.co/KHqkgmnXfE— Diana Hussein Big Hat (@heyadiana) September 29, 2021
- The West Virginia Power are no more.
The West Virginia Power (@wv_power) of baseball's @AtlanticLg rebranded as the Charleston Dirty Birds, an homage to canaries in coal mines. See the story here: https://t.co/6GQaXfSruS pic.twitter.com/KqKIUQ6mDy— Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) September 29, 2021
- Regardless of what happens next for the generational superstar, Shohei Ohtani has changed the way that we view baseball players, writes Tim Keown at ESPN.
- Kalyn Kahler at Defector wrote about the story of one veteran MLB player who paid some of his teammates to get vaccinated.
- What a massive mistake right when his team needs him most.
Devin Williams is being placed on the 10-day IL with a fractured right hand. He told us he had too much to drink after Sunday’s celebration, got upset about something and punched a wall with his pitching hand. He will need surgery.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) September 29, 2021
“If I could take it back, I would.”
- You don’t often see contract extensions signed in the final week of the regular season, but the Royals have agreed to a two-year deal with outfielder Michael A. Taylor.
- This future Mariner had a power surge for the ages.
SEMI-EN THE HISTORY BOOKS! pic.twitter.com/uZfAIFRXja— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 29, 2021
- Tim Anderson may miss a few games at the beginning of next year if he can successfully delay the suspension.
White Sox SS Tim Anderson has been suspended for three games for making contact with 2B umpire Tim Timmons during Monday's Tigers-White Sox dustup at Comerica Park. Anderson has appealed. Timmons got in between Jose Abreu and Niko Goodrum as they exchanged words.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) September 29, 2021
- Jay Jaffe at Fangraphs breaks down the state of the National League MVP race.
- The NBA is taking the vaccination mandate very seriously. It will be interesting to see how MLB approaches this next spring.
NBA spokesman Mike Bass: "Any player who elects not to comply with local vaccination mandates will not be paid for games that he misses."— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 29, 2021