Getty Images

Mariners will play in “T-Mobile Park” as of next season

14 Comments

It was first reported over a month ago that the Mariners were entering a naming rights deal for their ballpark with T-Mobile, but it’s only official as of today. The team just announced the deal this afternoon.

The facility will change from a “Field,” as in Safeco, to a “Park,” as in T-Mobile Park. The new name takes effect next year under a new naming rights deal. The joint had been known as Safeco Field since it opened in 1999 through this past season when its 20-year naming rights deal expired.

This one will last for 25 years, expiring after the 2043 season. By which time, one presumes, the current Mariners rebuild will be over.

 

 

 

Rays place Austin Meadows on 10-day injured list with thumb sprain

Austin Meadows
AP Images
Leave a comment

Rays outfielder Austin Meadows has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb sprain, per a team announcement Sunday. No concrete timetable has been given for his return to the lineup just yet, but he’s scheduled to meet with a hand specialist on Sunday as the Rays try to determine the extent of his injury.

Meadows, 23, suffered the sprain in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. He lined a two-run triple into the right-center field gap — one of a franchise-record four triples that the Rays recorded in the game — but slid awkwardly into third base and jammed his right thumb in the process. He didn’t appear to be in obvious pain following the hit, however, nor was he removed from the game at the time.

Prior to the setback, Meadows carried a hefty .351/.422/.676 batting line with six homers, 19 RBI, and a 1.097 OPS through his first 83 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by Guillermo Heredia in right field for Sunday’s series finale and will likely lose a few starts to Avisaíl García as well.

In a series of corresponding moves, right-handed reliever Jake Faria was optioned to Triple-A Durham, infielder/outfielder Andrew Velazquez and righty reliever Emilio Pagán were recalled from Triple-A, and reliever Hunter Wood was placed on the paternity list. Second baseman Joey Wendle was also reinstated from the 10-day injured list after rehabbing a left hamstring strain and is scheduled take over the keystone during the Rays’ matinee against the Red Sox on Sunday.