Wait, it’s September already? Preposterous.
Hello everyone and happy September! The final month of baseball’s regular season is upon us and fall is on the way. Here are some links as you kick off your Wednesday.
In Mariners news…
- The Mariners and their affiliates have all been on fire this year.
— Mariners Player Development (@MsPlayerDev) August 31, 2021
- Our very own Joe Doyle wrote about Cade Marlowe, an unsung Mariners prospect, in a piece for Prospects Live.
- Jake Mailhot also did some moonlight work for Fangraphs, discussing the success that Paul Sewald has found this year.
Around the league…
- The New York Post reported that MLB Network analysts John Smoltz and Al Leiter will not be appearing on-air after the pair refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The network is requiring that all of its employees have the vaccine starting today.
- Jeff Passan at ESPN tackles the latest on the Trevor Bauer investigation, noting that many in the sport believe he will never throw another pitch in the league again.
- I can’t believe they waited this long to complete a suspended game.
Fun look at the weirdness of picking up this suspended game from April. 142 days is the biggest gap for a suspended game in MLB history, and 5 of the 9 players in the Marlins starting lineup are no longer on the team. https://t.co/yZGXiYyktX
— James Smyth (@JamesSmyth621) August 31, 2021
- Speaking of the Mets, infielders Javier Baez and Francisco Lindor apologized to fans for their thumbs down gesture that sparked outrage in Queens.
- The Red Sox pulled Xander Bogaerts from the game after it was revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19.
- Former Mariner Nestor Cortes has helped save the Yankees’ season, writes Jay Jaffe at Fangraphs.
- The Blue Jays have designated Brad Hand for assignment just weeks after sending a top-30 organizational prospect to Washington for the rights to acquire him.
- Yankees left-handed reliever Zack Britton will undergo elbow surgery next month.
- Veteran reliever David Robertson, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2019 but appeared in the Olympics for Team USA, will be called up by the Rays today.