Spring Has Sprung

Seattle Mariners pitchers and catchers officially reported to spring training today, and we’re off!

Forty-nine days until Rainiers opening day in lovely El Paso, Texas – and 57 days to Tacoma’s home opener at beautiful Cheney Stadium.

Today Major League Baseball announced their new pace-of-play rules and guess what: there is a clock! But it’s not a “clock” it’s a “timer.” They claim they are going to strictly enforce the length of the between-inning breaks, and have a countdown schedule to resume play.

That’s quite a bit different from the pitch clock which is reportedly being introduced in Triple-A and Double-A this season – although there has been no official announcement about that.

MLB is also making a half-hearted attempt to force the batter to stay in the batter’s box between pitches – but there are so many exemptions that it won’t have an effect on the game.

Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list came out today, and they are very high on Mariners 2014 first-round draft pick Alex Jackson.

They have Jackson listed No. 20 on their ranking – much higher than Baseball Prospectus placed him (68).

Baseball America has one other Mariners player on the list: D.J. Peterson comes in at No. 85.

The complete Baseball America Top 100 Prospect package can be found here.

Links:

  • At the newly revamped Seattle Times website, Ryan Divish has a story on five things for Mariners fans to follow at spring training.
  • Larry Stone has an update on injured pitching prospect Victor Sanchez, including remarks from general manager Jack Zduriencik.
  • At The News Tribune, Bob Dutton previews the Mariners outfield situation.
  • Dutton reports that the Mariners are going to take a look at veteran left-hander Joe Saunders, and Tom Wilhelmsen‘s arbitration hearing is today.
  • John McGrath doesn’t want to hear anyone talk about the Mariners “grueling travel schedule.”
  • Jerry Brewer writes that it is time for the Mariners to put the nostalgia of 1995 behind them.
  • Here’s the story from MLB.com on their new pace-of-play rules.
  • Ken Rosenthal writes that if the MLB players don’t want a pitch clock, they need to take matters in their own hands and simply play more quickly.
  • If you don’t mind click-bait, here’s a look at 30 of the best logos in minor league baseball.

Have a great weekend!

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