The Mariners have won three straight and sit just two games back in the AL West, but they have another significant challenge in front of them. One week removed from losing Robinson Cano for 80 games due to a failed drug test for a banned substance, the club announced Tuesday that Dee Gordon is headed to the disabled list with a fractured right great toe.
The issue has been a nagging one for Gordon, as he missed a game earlier this month after fouling a ball off his foot. One would imagine such an injury makes it very difficult to utilize his speed, at least at anywhere close to 100 percent. As of now, it’s unclear how much time he’ll miss.
Gordon, 30, is batting .304/.330/.386 through 45 games this season and leads the AL with 16 steals. With Cano suspended, Gordon recently made the switch back to second base from center field. Now the Mariners have two spots to fill.
The Mariners called up first baseman/designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach to take Gordon’s spot on the active roster. The 25-year-old has appeared in 19 games with the big club this year while batting .204/.317/.352 with two homers in 63 plate appearances.
In the Major League Baseball system, the people are entertained by two separate yet equally important groups. The players who play the game and the umpires who call the balls, strikes and outs. These are their stories.
Wait, that’s not true. They’re not equally important and we certainly don’t want to hear the umpires’ stories. If the stories are about the umpires it usually that means they’ve screwed up.
Not always, though! In 2013, you may recall, I wrote a story about an umpire who made a much talked about call in a World Series game that (a) happened to be right, even if it was much-debated; and (b) his story is one I’ve always found compelling, even if he’s most famous for a call he got wrong.
Jim Joyce, though, an umpire who was widely admired and respected despite his famous blunders, is one of the few exceptions to the rule about what it means to know an umpires’ name. Most of the time we’re all lucky — umpires included — if the introductions are the first and last time we hear of them.
Here they are for the 2018 World Series, with Game 1 assignments noted:
Home: Tim Timmons
1B: Kerwin Danley
2B: Ted Barrett — Crew Chief
3B: Chad Fairchild
LF: Jeff Nelson
Replay, Games 1-2: Fieldin Culbreth
Replay, Game 3-End: Tim Timmons