The Seattle Mariners are one of only two teams to never make the World Series. That’s sad. But they did win something this year: the Green Glove Award, which is handed out for the team that has the highest recycling rate.
The award was handed out at MLB’s 2017 Stadium Operations meetings in San Francisco. Which, I gotta tell ya, I’m a little disappointed I didn’t get to cover. There is so much press at the Winter Meetings these days that you can’t do a thing without someone writing about it. I bet you could get into a mess of fun at the Stadium Operations Meetings.
Anyway, Safeco Field had a recycling rate of 96% to claim the prize. They beat out the San Francisco Giants, who have received the award every year since it was introduced by MLB in 2008. I suspect that the Giants were so bad that fans throwing food and stuff at the players in disgust harmed their rate. It happens.
Anyway, congratulations Mariners. Now it’s just the Washington Nationals who have never won anything.
Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area hints that the Giants may be done with outfielder Hunter Pence. It’s not clear just how seriously the club is contemplating such a decision, but there are six days remaining on Pence’s rehab assignment, at which point they’ll be able to recall him, reassign him to the minors or release him.
The 35-year-old outfielder has struggled to make a full recovery after spraining his right thumb during the first week of the season. Pence bounced back for a 17-game run with the Giants in April, during which he slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 with one double and one stolen base in 61 plate appearances, but was eventually placed on the disabled list with recurring soreness in his finger. He currently sports a promising .318/.359/.388 batting line with four extra-base hits (including a grand slam) over 92 PA in Triple-A Sacramento.
Despite his recent resurgence in Triple-A, the Giants may not need the additional outfield depth just yet. Mac Williamson, who was recalled in the wake of Pence’s DL assignment, has already cemented the starting role in left field and is off to a strong start at the plate as well. Of course, if the Giants decide to say a premature goodbye to their veteran outfielder (who, it should be said, helped them to two World Series championships over the last seven seasons), it’ll cost them the remaining balance on his $18.5 million salary for 2018.