Mike Leake still looks like he will open the season on the IL. If he continues to get after it with regard to his spring training throwing regimen the way he has been, the stint will indeed be a short one. The veteran righty threw five innings on one of the back fields, as did Robbie Ray, Héctor Rondón, and Kevin Ginkel.
Continuing to look at how the rest of the division stacks up after a very busy offseason in the NL West.
Cheating and baseball have a complicated relationship, one that has, until now, been understandable. The Houston Astros have apparently crossed the line.
Leave it to the statheads at Fangraphs to come up with the math to demonstrate some of the potential problems/issues with the new rule.
The Coronavirus has hit the state of Washington particularly hard. Amazon has asked employees to work from home when possible. Todoy, the Governor is expected to announce a moratorium on gatherings in excess of 250 people, including sporting events. If this happens, the Mariners could play home games in Arizona.
MLB has joined the other professional sports leagues in America by instituting a temporary restriction on the media’s access to the teams in locker rooms. Now teams are facing the real possibility of playing in empty stadiums or in stadiums outside their home cities.
Nick Madrigal is an anachronism. In the day and age of increased strikeouts and home runs and red lights up all over the place to curb stealing bases, one of baseball’s top-50 prospects is putting up an astounding whiff rate that is reminiscent of Wade Boggs while hitting only one home run (an inside the park variety no less) in AAA, and stealing bases like the accomplished leadoff hitters of the 80s.