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Lookout Linkage, 6/15/14

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

Andy Roddick sitting on a Justin Smoak (check the last link and you'll get it)
Andy Roddick sitting on a Justin Smoak (check the last link and you'll get it)
Joe Scarnici

Happy Fathers' Day everyone! Here are some links for the day:

  • Taijuan Walker owned in his start for Tacoma last night. There's no story on it up yet as I'm writing this, but here's the box score.
  • Corey Hart took some swings the other day and will likely only be out for "another few weeks."
  • As you've no doubt heard by now, Jesus Montero is up with the Mariners again. However, LLoyd plans to use him differently than Wedge did.
  • Word came out yesterday morning that the Mariners might be interested in acquiring Jason Hammel in the first of what will no doubt be many trade rumors to follow. Jeff Sullivan of U.S.S. Mariner gives his thoughts on the idea.
  • The long awaited "Field f/x" has been previewed to the public and has been named "Statcast."
  • Jeff uses Statcast to analyze some recent Mariner plays.
  • Todd Dybas of The News Tribune writes about Brendan Ryan's thoughts on returning to Seattle during the Yankee series.
  • Bob Dutton of The News Tribune opines on how he believes the Alex Jackson negotiation process will go.
  • Speaking of the draft, if you're interested in how the negotiation process is going for all picks taken the first 10 rounds, MLB Daily Dish has a live draft signing tracker here.
  • Jason Churchill of Prospect Insider gives a mid-season report on Mariners' prospects.
  • August Fagerstrom talks about Yoenis Cespedes' tremendous arm, which pretty much makes up for his occasional fielding blunders.
  • Joseph Stromberg interviews Dr. Andrews, the man who is responsible for diagnosing and treating those who need Tommy John Surgery.
  • Grant Brisbee wonders if the Rays' terrible record so far this year should have been predictable.
  • Rachel Toor writes about remembering the life of Bob Welch, who died on June 9.
  • Interesting little chart by Dave Cameron of Fangraphs, who lists particular pitchers' pitches which have allowed the lowest and highest wOBA. Sorry, he explains it better than me, so check it out for yourself.
  • Matt Swartz of The Hardball Times discusses the decrease in the number of African-American players in the majors in two separate articles (Part 1Part 2).
  • Beyond the Box Score takes a look at the Cy Young race as it currently stands.
  • MLB Daily Dish previews the trade deadline action for the Rangers.
  • Jose Altuve is day-to-day after getting hit by a pitch on Thursday.
  • Justin Smoakold sofa?