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Lookout Linkage, 10/9/14

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News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league.

Jamie Squire

Oh, what? You came here expecting news and analysis? I don't know what gave you that silly idea. Ok, fine, I guess just this once:

  • Michael Saunders and the Mariners have had some communication issues lately, writes Jason Churchill.
  • Kyle Seager recently received some defensive praise from Fielding Bible.
  • Some Mariner prospects found themselves in the spotlight for the AFL opener on Tuesday.
  • John Sickels of Minor League Ball reviews the seasons of Cuban pitchers Roenis Elias and Odrisamer Despaigne.
  • Steamer's 2015 projections are already out on Fangraphs. Be sure to go check them out (I'm curious of your opinions on them, so feel free to discuss in the comments).
  • Carson Cistulli of Fangraphs ranks the top 10 prospects by projected 2015 WAR.
  • After helping the Royals sweep the Angels to make the ALCS, Eric Hosmer did some celebrating with the fans.
  • James Shields might be sticking around in Kansas City for a while.
  • Rather unsurprisingly, the Tigers will look to improve their bullpen this winter.
  • Tony Blengino of Fangraphs wonders how important a good bullpen really is in the postseason.
  • Mike Petriello of Fangraphs looks at what's been going wrong for Yasiel Puig.
  • Check out this cool baseball player-related map of the United States.
  • Beyond The Box Score discusses the desirability of each major league managerial vacancy.
  • Josh Beckett has decided to retire.
  • Ryan Dempster has also decided to hang it up.
  • Matt Williams is the latest manager to make a blunder regarding the team's bullpen in the postseason, as Dave Cameron writes.
  • Dave Cameron also argues that home plate umpires should not be able to make calls on check swings.
  • The Rockies have selected a new GM.