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Lookout Linkage, 5/1/16

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

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning everyone! The M's are killing it which is fantastic. Let's take a look at what's happening in baseball in and outside of Seattle:

  • Shannon Drayer put together a feature on new Mariners CEO John Stanton.
  • Manny Acta is joining the front office of a Dominican team.
  • Jeff Sullivan takes a look at Taijuan Walker's improvements from last season.
  • Jeff Sullivan checks out which teams have been helped and hurt the most by bad ball/strike calls.
  • Craig Edwards wonders if Aledmys Diaz is for real.
  • Bill Baer checks in on free agent outfielder Alex Rios.
  • Dee Gordon has been suspended for 80 games for PED use.
  • The Braves are preparing to let go of manager Fredi Gonzalez.
  • Grant Balfour has retired.