Andrew Heaney is slated to start against the Mariners on Jackie Robinson Day. This is not the April 15 version but the August 28 anniversary of Jackie signing his contract with the Dodgers I am talking about. Luis Rengifo was sent down to the minors on Wednesday. I am not sure what to make of that. Julio Teheran is back out of the doghouse but he is not back into the rotation yet. As people have noted in comments, Shohei Ohtani is getting some workouts in the outfield.
News From Around Baseball
As we said yesterday, we’ve changed the no politics rule. Most of the news once again concerns the protests. Please keep the comments baseball-related. Baseball itself is still trying to figure out what to do with the various forms of protest that are going on. At first it appeared Rob Manfred was trying to figure out how to make a statement in the least convenient manner possible. Later it turned out that it was actually Jeff Wilpon’s stupid idea, not that of Rob Manfred. And then the Wilpons throw Brodie Van Wagenen under the bus.
MLB in general tried to say the right kinds of things, notwithstanding the awkward ideas being floated by Jeff Wilpon/Rob Manfred/BVW (because who knows at this point). The Players Alliance will be donating their MLB salaries on Jackie Robinson Day to social justice charities. The Dbacks and Rockies players in general are in a donating frame of mind as well. This article doesn’t specify if it was for Thursday’s game or the Jackie Robinson Day game. They must have Friday’s game in mind.
It looks like the majority of the Thursday games didn’t get played. In all, at least seven games were postponed on Thursday. Wednesday night the Mets eventually did play and Dominic Smith made emotional statements both on and off the field. Thursday, they didn’t. The Mets took the field and held a moment of silence, yet even on a day that should have been about the expression, their front office still managed to mess it up.
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