If you're a fan of bloops, blops, and remarkably entertaining defense, I have some very good news for you:
Nori Aoki–who's posted a 90 wRC+ this season–has been down in Tacoma since August 29th, slashing .226/.219/.355 in a minuscule 32 plate appearances. His demotion came during a time where he was starting to perform like a legitimate MLB hitter again, but his defense was, well, just watch this here video down below:
The move gives the Mariners seven outfielders on the active roster (eight if you count Shawn O'Malley). In an effort to look towards next year, youngsters Ben Gamel and Guillermo Heredia have received a significant bump in playing time.
Aoki has a vesting option for 2017 if he reaches 480 or more plate appearances, but with just a month remaining in the season and Aoki still 91 plate appearances away, he's unlikely to reach the mark. Perhaps he'll start making loony plays in the outfield to extend games to extra innings. Would anyone really believe he's doing it on purpose?
Enjoy the chaos for a few more weeks, friends. This could be the final act of Nori Aoki: Seattle Mariner.