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Mariners sign Carlos González

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Seattle Mariners have signed veteran outfielder Carlos González to a minor-league deal with an invite to big league spring training. If he makes the big league team he’ll make $750,000.

González, 34, was played for the Indians and Cubs in 2019. He posted a poor .558 OPS with the Tribe across 30 games and was released by Cleveland in late May. His fortunes didn’t improve with Chicago, as he posted a meager .606 OPS in 15 games on the North Side.

I suppose both of those teams, and now the Mariners. still see the three-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove Award winner, and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner that González was in Colorado. When you have that kind of track record you get a lot of chances, but one has to assume that if he can’t make the M’s or, at the very least, have a very strong spring training, that his playing days will be over.

Kerwin Danley to be named first African-American crew chief

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The Associated press has learned that umpire Kerwin Danley will soon be named the first African-American crew chief in baseball history. MLB will likely make the announcement official some time this week.

Danley, 58, called his first game in the majors in 1992 as a minor league fill-in and was hired as a full time big league up in 1998. He has worked two World Series and has worked ten other postseason rounds. He has also called two All-Star Games.

Less significantly, but still notable, is the fact that in the nearly 11-year history of this website, we have only written one post about any bad calls he has made, and that was a very minor and ultimately meaningless bad call in a Rays-Orioles game in 2010. If you’re an umpire and you’re not making the news, you’re doing a good job.

Congratulations on the promotion, Kerwin Danley. Per what I said in the last paragraph, here’s hoping that we only mention your name when you are given postseason assignments in the coming years.