Good morning all! Let’s kick off the weekend with some news from around baseball.
In Mariners news...
- Geoff Pontes at Baseball America wrote about what makes Bryce Miller special and why fans should be hyped about his coming MLB debut. ($)
- Pat Ellington, Jr. continued his series on Black baseball players with a profile on Julio Rodríguez.
- When I said the Mariners were done announcing minor league coaching staffs yesterday, I lied. Yesterday, they unveiled their ACL and DSL team staffs, which both also feature former organizational players.
- Kyle Kishimoto at Fangraphs analyzed the M’s signing of Tommy La Stella and where he fits into the team’s plans in 2023.
- Congrats to the Nuts!
The Modesto Nuts won the 2022 Modesto Chamber of Commerce Chamber Member of the Year award!— Modesto Nuts (@ModestoNuts) January 28, 2023
It’s awarded to an organization that has shown a continued commitment to promoting the business communities growth through their investment of time, resources, & personnel. #modesto pic.twitter.com/Pisfn9BlUw
- Goodbye road grays.
The Seattle #Mariners have scrapped their road grey uniforms for 2023 due to #Nike and #MLB's new cap of four uniforms per team. Seattle will instead wear their navy blue tops for road games.— Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) January 27, 2023
Full details plus a comment from the team right here: https://t.co/ocvlS2umXh pic.twitter.com/QegR6oy8kS
Around the league...
- It’s Extension Week, evidently, as infielder Jeff McNeil has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Mets.
- The Rays found some more money in their piggy bank, handing out a three-year extension to right-hander Pete Fairbanks.
- It’s not just players either; Atlanta has signed manager Brian Snitker to a contract extension.
- The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) announced its nominees for 2023, if you wanted to catch yourself up on some of the best writing that you might have missed from last year.
- Bradford Doolittle at ESPN ranked every lineup in baseball, with the Mariners positioning themselves pretty well!
- Marc Normandin at Baseball Prospectus has no sympathy for minor league owners who claim to be concerned that minor league pay raises may come out of their salaries. ($)