Padres and Mariners pay tribute to Tony Gwynn

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Below is a look at the touching tribute to Tony Gwynn tonight at Safeco Field in Seattle, where the Mariners hosted the Padres:

The Mariners also put the No. 19 on the infield dirt at Safeco Field to honor Gwynn. Appropriately enough, they put it in what Gwynn referred to as the “5.5 hole” between shortstop and third base, the spot where he collected many of his 3,141 career hits.

As for the Padres, they have added a black arm band to their jerseys for tonight’s game. They also have a No. 19 Gwynn jersey hanging in their dugout:

Miguel Sano gained weight this offseason

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Not all players coming in to spring training are in The Best Shapes of Their Lives. Some have put on a few pounds, such as Miguel Sano, notes Twins GM Thad Levine:

Sano has been given medical clearance to engage in all baseball workouts with his teammates, his surgically reinforced left shin now completely healed, though the Twins intend to lighten his schedule to prevent any new injuries.

They’d like to lighten something else, too: His “generous carriage,” as General Manager Thad Levine delicately put it last week. Sano’s conditioning understandably lags, after a winter largely spent incapacitated by the surgery.

Sano’s conditioning has often been a topic of conversation among the members of the Minnesota press corps, though not always in good faith. For example, last year when Sano injured his shin by fouling a ball off of it, one member of the The Fourth Estate found a way to make a column out of blaming the freak injury on Sano’s conditioning. At least in this instance his colleague is correctly noting that the poor conditioning is a result of the injury and not the cause.

Still, it’s just another issue facing Sano this spring. He’s out of shape, coming off of an injury, and — not that he’s due any sympathy for it — he’s facing a likely suspension arising out of the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him late last year.

So this spring we’ll be seeing more of Sano, it seems. At least until that time we’ll be seeing less of him.