Some links to kick off your Wednesday.
Good morning everyone! Let’s get to the latest from around baseball.
In Mariners news…
- In case you missed it…ugh.
Scott Servais says James Paxton will have season-ending surgery.
— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) April 13, 2021
- Might we see this guy in Seattle later this year?
George Kirby @Mariners sat 98-100 (rumored a tick above.). Faced 8 thru the first 2 inn striking out 6 (2 team errors) Only hittable ball was Foscue who homered, but Kirby also got the best of him in an at-bat. Command all day & 3 plus pitches. Here’s all 6 K’s #ProspectOne pic.twitter.com/uyJ2CZwexd
— The Welsh (@IsItTheWelsh) April 13, 2021
Around the league…
- What a wild image of two former Mariners.
Eric Thames and Justin Smoak finally got to Japan to play for Yomiuri Giants.
and yes, Thames shaved due to the team’s no beard policy pic.twitter.com/CT5R2cKmuw
— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) April 13, 2021
- Kiley McDaniel at ESPN ranks the top 10 aces in baseball. ($)
- J.P. Hoornstra wrote about what has turned into a legendary draft class for the Dodgers in 2016.
- As two of the longest-running executives in professional sports, Billy Beane and Brian Cashman have turned into unlikely friends. Ben Lindbergh at The Ringer has the story.
- Amazing that this guy was a Rule 5 pick this winter.
truly in awe of Akil Baddoo’s latest feat: a 450-foot HR to a part of Minute Maid Park that has basically only been reached by Yordan Álvarez and Joey Gallo
— Céspedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) April 13, 2021
- The Blue Jays will be without one of their best hitters for a little bit.
#BlueJays manager Charlie Montoyo said Teoscar Hernández tested positive for COVID-19. He’ll be out for at least 10 days, per MLB protocols. He began feeling symptoms on Monday, but Montoyo said he’s feeling better today.
— Kaitlyn McGrath (@kaitlyncmcgrath) April 13, 2021
- Yu Chang tweeted about racist messages he received for making a mistake in a recent game, raising awareness of the kind of treatment Asian players still get in this game.
- Ben Clemens at Fangraphs did some follow-up research on the new baseball.
- Please consider donating to this GoFundMe, which aims to pay for the funeral of the friend of Angie Mentink’s son. The young boy deserves a proper memorial.