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Luke Mounger

Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/17/19: Ichiro, CC Sabathia, and Scott Servais

Sunday links!

I was shocked to learn today that Electric Avenue never reached the number one on the Billboard 100. That inspired me to look up the top songs from that year. I challenge anybody to find a more elite list of songs than this year-end top 100 songs from 1983. Also, check out these updates from around the league.

In Mariners News... Mallex Smith’s elbow ailment is muscle related.

Sounds like Mallex Smith (sore right elbow) won’t throw for a couple of weeks, according to...

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45-year-old Ichiro Suzuki posts lowest body fat on Mariners

Ichiro Suzuki continues to be a modern marvel, even in his mid-40s. The Seattle Mariners outfielder turned heads over the weekend by clocking in at 7 percent body fat, the lowest figure on the entire team, per USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale: Ichiro, who recently turned 45, moved into the Seattle front office as a special assistant in the middle of last season but will be returning to the team’s active roster to start 2019. He hit .255 with a .649 OPS in his last full season in 2017. The...

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Luke Mounger

Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/16/19: More Top 100 Lists, Luis Severino, and Moose

Links!

The Mariners’ position players have arrived at spring training!

Only one of the Mariners' 26 position players didn't report today on time. Infielder Orlando Calixte, a non-roster invitee, is still in the Dominican Republic waiting on the visa process. Everyone else in camp and will be on the field for first full-squad workout tomorrow.

— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) February 15, 2019

The season is fast approaching! To prepare ourselves, let’s read these links.

In Mariners...

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Gonzales evolving into rotation cornerstone

After leading the Mariners in wins with a 13-9 record in his first full year in the Majors and establishing himself as one of the up-and-coming lefties in the American League, Marco Gonzales has been earmarked by general manager Jerry Dipoto as one of building blocks for the future.

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FanPost Friday: Who is “your guy” on the 2019 Mariners?

Or on the farm? Lots of interesting crops a-growin’ on the farm Greetings and Happy Friday to you and yours. Hope you survived the snowpocalyse. I knew my cabin fever was kicking in hard when the images from Spring Training started trickling in the other day and I just about lost my mind. Despite everything, those first few hits of baseball still get me going and make me feel giddy like a kid. Your mileage may vary, of course, but I am officially ready for some dang baseball. So! That...

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Jake Mailhot

LL’s Top 50 Mariners Prospects 2019: #6 - Logan Gilbert

After a bout with Mono last year, Logan Gilbert will look to start off his professional career in earnest this year.

For a first-round draft pick, the excitement surrounding Logan Gilbert has really died down. Perhaps that’s because we really don’t know much about Logan Gilbert, Seattle Mariner. Before he could even begin his professional career, he was diagnosed with a nasty case of Mononucleosis, sidelining him for the rest of the 2018 season. All we have to go on are his pre-draft,...

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Luke Mounger

40 in 40: Hunter Strickland

Have the Mariners found their closer?

On January 2nd, Jerry Dipoto said in an interview with 710 ESPN’s Danny, Dave, and Moore that the Mariners’ 2019 closer might not yet be on the roster. Three weeks and a day later, former San Fransisco Giant Hunter Strickland signed a one-year deal with the Mariners. Could he be the door-closing bullpen piece Jerry referenced?

While Strickland isn’t a glamorous signing, he holds one statistical advantage over every other Mariners reliever: he has...

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Sporcle Friday: Mariners 40 Man Roster

Let’s learn the roster! I chose Cory Gearrin as the cover photo for this game because I accidentally forgot to include him in the quiz. My bad, Cory! For every other player on the 40 man roster, you will have to match their name to their face. Are you up for the challenge? Also, huge shoutout to Kate for helping me finish this quiz! PLAY!

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Anders Jorstad

Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/15/19: Yusei Kikuchi, Max Kepler, and Terrence Ross

Some links to kick off your Friday.

Good morning everybody and happy Friday! Here are some links for you as you round out your week.

In Mariners news... I missed this yesterday...happy belated birthday Dave!

Giddy up!

Happy Birthday to the one and only @TheDaveSimsShow. pic.twitter.com/RIUNP6Qdi9

— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) February 14, 2019 Yusei Kikuchi is looking good!

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— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) February 14, 2019 Ryan Divish checked in...

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Mariners fully embracing pitch-tracking revolution

This is the new world of Major League Baseball. Moments after throwing their first bullpen sessions of the spring at Mariners camp, veterans Wade LeBlanc and Cory Gearrin huddled to study the spin rate data on a hand-held Rapsodo machine.

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Kate Preusser

Designer Imposters: Matchmaking with the new Mariners

Yes, we’ve seen a lot of old favorites depart, but as my mom used to tell me, there’s a lid for every pot, and there’s a bargain favorite out there for you

After the disappointing finish to a once-promising 2018 season, Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto pulled up stakes on his current aging roster and turned an eye towards the future of the team. Sadly, restructuring the club has meant several fan favorites have been dealt in order to build a young core and create more payroll flexibility....

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Servais helping to ease Kikuchi's transition

After hearing new free-agent pitcher Yusei Kikuchi was used to 10-hour Spring Training practices in Japan, Mariners manager Scott Servais acknowledged Thursday he'd love to see how those teams conduct their workouts. But, no, the Mariners will not be changing up their spring routine anytime soon.

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Matthew Roberson

Lookout Landing Podcast 64: What does the Mariners outfield look like?

Spoiler alert: It’s Mitch Haniger and a bunch of new guys

John, Kate, and Matthew preview the Mariners outfield, take listener questions, and deliver some opinions on snow you won’t find anywhere else.

0:00 - 10:00: Y’all this snow, though. Kate debates which of her cats to eat for sustenance, Matthew describes a bad pond to sled by.

10:00 - 17:30: The gang discusses the outfielders that we used to know, lamenting the departures of Guillermo Heredia and Denard Span, who we did adore,...

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Zach Gottschalk

LL’s Top 50 Mariners Prospects 2019: #7 - Kyle Lewis

It’s now or never for the former top prospect

It’s bizarre to think that Kyle Lewis was drafted by the Mariners less than three years ago. It feels like he’s been in the organization forever. Lewis has spent the past few seasons acting as resident Only Hope for the team’s future, as Jerry Dipoto has traded away fellow top prospects like Nick Neidert, J.P. Sears, and Thyago Vieira (OK, now I’m stretching for “top prospects”, but I didn’t really have a lot to work...

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Zach Gottschalk

40 in 40: J.P. Crawford

Can the young shortstop live up to his potential in 2019?

A young hitter, drafted straight out of high school, has always been well-regarded. Since he was drafted in 2013, he’s torn up pitchers at every level, most recently posting a wRC+ of 114 in Triple-A. He’s struggled with some injuries throughout his career, most recently since being called up at the end of 2017.

He has average-at-best power, and has hit .214 in each of his partial seasons in the big leagues. What’s more, his...

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Anders Jorstad

Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/14/19: Mariners Spring Training, Aaron Nola, and Zion Williamson

Some links just for you on this Valentines Day

Good morning everybody and Happy Valentines Day! Spring training is just getting into full swing, so let’s get you the links for the day.

In Mariners news... We’ve got some fresh spring training content for you.

*deep content sigh*

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— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) February 13, 2019

Poetry in motion. pic.twitter.com/0Gt4I752Vx

— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) February 13, 2019 And here’s how spring training...

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Veteran right-hander Doug Fister announces retirement

Veteran right-hander Doug Fister announced his retirement after spending parts of 10 seasons in the majors, agent Page Odle tells Jon Morosi of MLB.com.  Fister, 35, received multiple major-league contract offers this winter, according to Odle, but instead is making a “100 percent family-driven” decision to spend time with his wife and two children. A seventh-round pick of the Mariners in 2006, Fister ascended to the majors in 2009. After establishing himself as a quality starter over...

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Kate Preusser

40 in 40: Brandon Brennan

A Rule 5 pick tries to stick on the major-league roster

With multiple open spots on their 40-man roster and an entirely depleted bullpen, the Mariners were expected to be active in this year’s Rule 5 draft, and for once the club did basically what people expected, scooping up 27-year-old righty Brandon Brennan.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the Rule 5 draft, essentially it’s this: Rule 5 ensures that teams can’t bury players in the minors forever by allowing any player not on an...

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FanGraphs places five (5) Mariners in their Top-100 prospects, Baseball America ranks the system 14th-best

Some encouraging evaluations for Seattle’s farm. We’ve compiled the prospect listings of each major outlet’s Top-100 as they’ve emerged. As is to be expected, the Mariners ranged from two-to-four prospects being included, with a mixture of options making the cut. Encouragingly, FanGraphs went ahead and selected five. Justus Sheffield at No. 60 Yusei Kikuchi at No. 74 Jarred Kelenic at No. 84 Justin Dunn at No. 89 Evan White at No. 90 FanGraphs provides more detail than most, however,...

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LL’s Top 50 Mariners Prospects 2019: #8 - Shed Long

The Seattle Mariners traded their 2018 second-round pick to get Shed Long, a possible heir to the second base throne In a prospect-for-prospect swap that sent 2018 Mariners’ draftee Josh Stowers packing, Seattle acquired infielder Shedric “Shed” Long, who posted a 120 wRC+ last year for the Reds’ Double-A affiliate. As noted in the graphic above, Long began his minor-league career path as a catcher, with 2018 bringing his first full-time job as a second baseman. Like many people...

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