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Lookout Linkage, 4/1/14

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

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

Insert clever April Fools joke here:

  • Jeff Sullivan of U.S.S. Mariner has his annual "If It Goes Right" post. Always a great read.
  • Jeff and Matthew also have their first podcast in ages where they discuss the Mariners as they begin the season and many other things. I'm actually listening to it as I type this.
  • And for a third U.S.S. Mariner link here, Marc W. talks about the mind of a Mariners fan.
  • Shannon Drayer recaps the Mariners' spring and the various storylines that brought them to where they are now.
  • It's pretty well known that the Mariners travel more than any team in the major leagues, but this year the Mariners will fly the equivalent of  two times around the earth.
  • Seattle P-I outlines 10 storylines to pay attention to for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season.
  • Dave Cameron at Fangraphs gives five predictions for the 2014 season.
  • Mike Petriello of Fangraphs believes the Angels have a chance to win the tight AL West.
  • Now that Opening Day has passed, Dave Cameron looks at pitchers whose velocity has clearly dropped since last year and what that might mean.
  • Beyond the Box Score thinks Manny Machado will be the next Mike Trout.
  • Apparently Shin-Soo Choo picked some interesting walk-up music for his first game as a Texas Ranger.
  • Ever been to a Mariner game where they showed proposals on the big screen? It's a pretty common occurrence. Michael Katz discovers how much it costs to propose on the big screen at each park in the majors.
  • Grant Brisbee tries to figure out the most popular MLB team using Facebook with a cool colorful map that I much enjoy.
  • Beyond the Box Score has a great piece on who the most valuable starting pitchers are.
  • Don't know if you caught this, but just before yesterday's game between the Angels and Mariners, Angels' hitting coach Don Baylor was injured during the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw looks to be out for at least 2-3 more weeks.
  • Rangers' ace Yu Darvish threw an 86-pitch bullpen session and could return from the DL this weekend.
  • Rangers' starter Matt Harrison will begin his rehab stint on Thursday.
Feel free to leave your findings from the last few days in the comments!