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Lookout Linkage, 6/19/14

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

Denis Poroy

Happy Thursday everyone! Some good, bad, and otherwise interesting news and analysis to pass on today. Let's get to it:

  • Justin Smoak has started his rehab assignment with Tacoma but went hitless in last night's game.
  • With a bunch of players coming back from the DL within the next couple of weeks, Prospect Insider analyzes who could get the boot in place of those players.
  • John Sickels at Minor League Ball discusses Mariners infield prospect D.J. Peterson and how he's been doing so far this year.
  • Jeff Samardzija has apparently been offered an extension to stay with the Cubs, which, should he sign, would presumably remove a pitcher from the trade market.
  • Some slightly old but still very sad news in the baseball world was the passing of former Padres great Tony Gwynn, who lost his battle with cancer at age 54 earlier this week (RIP). Shannon Drayer shares some quotes from members of the Mariners on his passing.
  • Mike Bates wonders if Gwynn's death will have an affect on a certain substance being allowed on the field.
  • An interesting piece of news from another sport was that the Washington Redskins football club name and logo is no longer accepted at the U.S. Patent office. Let's Go Tribe wonders if the Cleveland Indians will the be next to make the change.
  • Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter against the Rockies last night, which was actually a Hanley Ramirez error away from being a perfecto. Here's SB Nation's story stream on it which will likely have more in-depth stories on it as you read this than it does now as I write this.
  • Dave Cameron argues that Kershaw's no-hitter was good enough for perfection.
  • Dave Cameron at Fangraphs believes David Price might get traded not just once, but two times.
  • Apparently Johnny Damon feels baseball was unfair to him because he was "clean."
  • Athletics' pitcher Drew Pomeranz got injured in a very peculiar way.
  • Bud Selig, as many of you likely know, is stepping down as baseball commissioner at the end of the season. Marc Normandin proposes five serious candidates for the job.
  • Wait, Bartolo Colon did what?