Cincinnati Reds’ Shed Long bats during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Cincinnati Reds’ Shed Long bats during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Charlie Neibergall AP
Cincinnati Reds’ Shed Long bats during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Charlie Neibergall AP

TJ Cotterill is the Seattle Mariners and MLB writer for The News Tribune. He started covering MLB full-time in 2018, but before that covered Ken Griffey Jr.’s Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and spent seven years writing about high schools, including four as TNT’s prep sports coordinator. Born and raised in Washington.