Corey Brock of The Athletic alerts us to a rather dubious achievement of the 2019 Seattle Mariners: they have used 65 different players this year, setting a new major league record. The previous record of 64 was set by the 2014 Texas Rangers. That Rangers club lost 95 games. The Mariners are on pace to lose about that many games too. You don’t tend to see good teams shuffle through bodies like this, obviously.
The M’s set the record on Tuesday night when they started rookie Kyle Lewis their game against the Reds. Lewis would homer that night and homered again last night so I suppose the 65th guy was the key.
Brock goes through all 65 dudes in his article with a capsule assessment of each of their contributions. It’s probably a story worth bookmarking and going back to if and when the Mariners are ever good again to see which guys are still around from this lost season.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.