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Major League Baseball and the players’ union agreed Thursday to expand the playoffs from 10 teams to 16 for the pandemic-delayed season, a decision that makes it likely teams with losing records will reach the postseason.
Kendall Graveman and Taijuan Walker were looking for an opportunity to prove similar injuries hadn’t completely derailed their careers.
For the first time in 20 years, the Seattle Mariners will begin a season without Ichiro Suzuki or Felix Hernandez on the opening day roster.
Whether it's in the field, at the plate or on the bases, Julio Rodriguez knows one way to play baseball in games and practice – with maximum effort. The combination of that relentless attitude, tireless work ethic and a bundle of raw talent, strength and athleticism has made him into one of the top prospects in the Mariners' organization and all of baseball.
SEATTLE – Few things in sports are more exhilarating than the first glimpses of a transcendent talent. It can do strange voodoo on your brain – like make you ignore all the things you know to be true and prudent.
SEATTLE – Others might have tried to do as much, but it’s impossible to believe that any Mariners pitcher put in more work during baseball’s coronavirus shutdown than Yusei Kikuchi.
Soft-spoken, unfailingly polite with a voice that’s more southern Sunday school teacher than big league baseball player, Kendall Graveman shows noticeable impatience and a slight frustration in his tone when he talks about his desire to pitch in a game again.
Perhaps the only thing normal about this Fourth of July in terms of tradition was the cooler temperatures and cloudy morning skies in the Puget Sound region, which gave way to a minimally warmer afternoon with a few less clouds and hints of sunshine.
SEATTLE – At first, it seemed like it would be a quick and easy analysis. The plan, which most baseball writers will do in the next few days, was to project the group of 60 players that the Mariners expect to invite to participate in spring training 2.0, or perhaps if you prefer “summer camp” … hat tip to Steve Bonaci on Twitter for that moniker.
The Seattle Mariners have signed three of their draft picks, first-round selection Emerson Hancock, second-round pick Zach DeLoach and fifth-rounder Taylor Dollard.
SEATTLE – The baseball cliché says you can never have enough pitching. For the Mariners and their past three drafts under director of amateur scouting Scott Hunter, they’ve amended that trope to, “You can never take enough talented power pitchers out of college in the first round.”
The Mariners told minor leaguers that the organization will continue to pay them through the 2020 season. But the team also made tough financial decisions elsewhere, including reducing a large group of employees’ salaries.
After more than 60 days of inactivity, the locked doors of the Mariners’ spring training complex in Peoria, Arizona will re-open to a limited number of players and staff.
The boredom and isolated monotony that comes with social distancing? That’s nothing for Mariners pitcher Marco Gonzales after he recently traversed U.S. Route 93, a seemingly endless stretch of two-lane, truck-filled highway through central and northern Nevada that’s part of the drive home to Seattle from spring training in Arizona.
Even with Major League Baseball shut down and spring-training sites devoid of players or activity, teams can still make roster moves, cutting players from spring training and re-assigning them or optioning them to minor-league teams.
The Seattle Mariners have shut down their spring training facility in Arizona because of the virus outbreakand told their players to view the coming weeks as though they’re in offseason mode.
As the Mariners’ spring training complex underwent a cleaning that was deep enough to please even the most germophobic person Saturday, the uncertainty of baseball, sports and daily life in amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus lingers, bringing fear and apprehension.
In another example of how fast the situation can change surrounding sports and the spread of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, Major League Baseball made a reversal of a policy expressed less than 24 hours before, announcing that all spring-training camps were to come a halt and that players could return to their homes.
Major League Baseball is delaying the start of its season by at least two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.