Four Seattle Mariners minor leaguers had a plan to avoid getting up at 3 a.m. for a road trip: Book a separate flight. Smart. Except the flight fell through, and the group was forced to take an Uber from Phoenix to Albuquerque at a cost of $683.52. Relief pitcher Mark Lowe infielder D.J. Peterson, first baseman Dan Vogelbach and pitcher Pat Light made the seven-hour journey to meet up with their Tacoma Rainiers teammates for a Triple-A game on Monday, and they didn't seem to mind. They even gave their driver five stars for his effort. Tacoma lost the game 6-5. Vogelbach went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Peterson was 0-for-3. Lowe and Light didn't pitch. Hopefully, the four got some sleep in the car.
The MLB Players Alumni Assocation announced its annual “Heart and Hustle Award” preliminary winners today. The award is given to one player from each team “who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and tradition
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