Good morning everyone! The Mariners are rolling and it’s the weekend, what could be better?
In Mariners news...
- Julio Rodríguez is the first official entrant of the 2023 Home Run Derby. Many have asked this, but you do not need to be an All-Star to participate, so this isn’t necessarily indicative of anything on that front.
July 10th. See you in Seattle ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/MQOOkCtXGP— Julio Rodriguez (@JRODshow44) June 23, 2023
- Remember this kid? Yeah, he’s 23 now. Feel old yet? (Kidding. But he is at the London Series!)
- Hannah Keyser wonders if the Mariners got the momentum shift they needed in that series finale in the Bronx.
- The 2023 Celebrity Softball Game is notably short on Seattle-area celebrities (outside of the athletes).
This is who will be participating in the 2023 All-Star Celebrity Softball Game: pic.twitter.com/3viTc7tu2X— Jessica Kleinschmidt (@KleinschmidtJD) June 23, 2023
Around the league...
- Electrifying youngster Elly De La Cruz hit for the cycle in just his second week in the big leagues. Oh yeah, and the Reds won their 12th straight game.
- The London Series returns in 2024!
- Plus, Katie Woo at The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is exploring a Paris series, possibly as early as 2025. ($)
- Trade season is upon us at last! The Angels have acquired infielder Eduardo Escobar from the Mets.
- While A’s outfielder Esteury Ruiz doesn’t have much traditional power, he is finding that speed can be power too, writes Chris Gilligan at Fangraphs.
- John Shea at the San Francisco Chronicle dove into the questionable logistics of the A’s plan to build a new stadium on just nine acres in Las Vegas.
- Jared Diamond at The Wall Street Journal wrote about college baseball, the only place in America where a starting pitcher can still throw 120 pitches on 4 days of rest.
- Kiley McDaniel at ESPN wonders if this is the year that an ambitious team will throw caution to the wind and ball out in the amateur draft. ($)