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Lookout Linkage, 7/23/15

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

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Good morning and a happy Thursday to all of you LL'ers out there! Let's take a look at some of the happenings from around the league...

  • Kyle Seager is the recipient of the Mariners' Heart and Hustle Award.
  • Jeff Sullivan gives his own take on Zack Greinke's recent dominance, comparing him to King Felix himself.
  • Both the Rangers and Astros have shown interest in Phillies ace Cole Hamels.
  • Albert Pujols recently passed Mike Schmidt on the all-time home runs list.
  • Chris Mitchell at Fangraphs scouted pitcher Aaron Nola before his first outing with the Phillies.
  • Nathan Karns and Aaron Nola both found themselves in a strange piece of history during the rookie's major league debut.
  • Owen Watson at Fangraphs notes that this really is a huge year for rookie position players.
  • Barry Bonds has finally been let off the hook in a legal case involving his use of PEDs.
  • Grant Brisbee thinks the second wild card is actually ruining the trade deadline.
  • Jeff Sullivan wonders how useful trading for an ace mid-season really is to the ace's new team.
  • Former M's starter Jason Vargas will undergo Tommy John surgery.