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Lookout Linkage, 3/13/14

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

Harry How


  • Marc W. discusses the resurgence of the splitter around the league in great detail over at USSM. A must read.
  • Rick has a profile on James Paxton's spring over at his site. Paxton mentions how he gained inspiration for his improved delivery from watching video of Clayton Kershaw on his iPad.
  • Mariner Brainstorm advocates making a middle infield trade and not sitting on the loser of the Nick Franklin/Brad Miller "battle."
  • Roy Howell has been promoted from Jackson, where he was the hitting coach, to be the manager of the Tacoma Rainiers. A hole was created when Rich Donnelly was promoted to the Mariners.
  • Alex Skillin examines C.C. Sabathia's sinking velocity over at Pinstripe Alley wonders when it's time to start worrying.
  • The Good Phight tries to figure out just what the hell is going on with Ryne Sandberg and Jimmy Rollins this spring training.
  • The first screenshots of the new R.B.I. Baseball have been released, and they're a little underwhelming. The game promises to keep the same simple, fast-paced gameplay, but there's no 8-bit sprites. Grant Brisbee examines, and Polygon gives their take.
  • Jeff Sullivan discusses Ervin Santana signing with the Braves for essentially the same offer the Royals made with their qualifying offer.
  • Jeff also examines players who aren't particularly fast, but are highly effective baserunners, focusing on the Mets' Daniel Murphy.
  • Ex-Mariners employee Tony Blengino continues to contribute at Fangraphs, and begins his ranking of MLB farm systems by impact, starting with #16-30 (no Mariners).
  • Jon Bois continues his annual GIF tournament.
  • Royals Review takes a look at Jason Vargas' spring and deems him ready to go.
  • Brandon Warne wonders if the Twins might not suck this year.
  • Daniel Russell at D-Rays Bay investigates the battle for the #5 spot in the rotation, focusing on Nate Karns and Jake Oddorizzi, and not Erik Bedard.
  • The Lansing Lugnuts, the Blue Jays single-A affiliate, are considering building apartments in their ballpark.
  • Talking Chop has all the audio of Kris Medlen emotionally discussing his pending Tommy John surgery, his second.
  • Wrigley Field will continue to sell Old Style beer despite an exclusive agreement with Budweiser.
  • Matt Kemp is finally back.
  • The Astros released Brett Wallace, who Dave Cameron points out really hasn't been that different from Justin Smoak in his career.
  • Beyond the Box Score has a fascinating look at the "times through the order penalty," giving batters and advantage the third time through, and examines whether it depends on a pitcher's tendency to give up ground balls or fly balls.