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Lookout Linkage, 7/9/15

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

Scouting the opposing pitcher in preparation for first career hit
Scouting the opposing pitcher in preparation for first career hit
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Good morning everyone! Let's get right to it...

  • Check out this story on Evelyn Jones, the 108-year-old Mariners fan who will throw out the first pitch on Saturday.
  • The MLB All-Star Game starters were recently announced...
  • ...and so were the reserves.
  • Craig Calcaterra breaks down the snubs and the most surprising picks for the game.
  • Meanwhile, Grant Brisbee lists the ten best current players who have never made an All-Star appearance.
  • For those of you who love prospects, Ted Berg takes a look at the most interesting ones playing in this year's Futures Game.
  • Eno Sarris at Fangraphs wonders if A's leadoff man Billy Burns should stop switch-hitting.
  • Some students at the University of Toronto have created a pitching machine that throws knuckleballs.
  • The Tigers are currently at a crossroads, writes Jeff Sullivan.
  • Chase Utley lost his starting job with the Phillies.
  • Jon Lester was finally able to collect his first career base hit.
  • Athletics Nation looks back on the offseason moves made by the A's.
  • Tony Blengino notes that hitters can have success making soft contact, listing the best hitters of all time with that skillset.
  • Roy Halladay got not one, but two speeding tickets in a single day.