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Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/26/17: Number Retirement, Yordano Ventura, and Soup for the Soul

All the baseball stories you need to start off the day.

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Good morning everyone! So Edgar’s number is getting retired, huh? That’s pretty freaking awesome. It’s interesting how the M’s have gone from super stingy with retiring numbers to retiring their second in two years. I’m sure Kevin Mather and/or the new majority ownership group has something to do with that.

I’m curious what the team plans to do next with number retirement. The next one to go will almost certainly be #51. The question is which player they retire it under. The likely scenario is that they wait for Ichiro to bid farewell to the game — which could very well be never — before making the move. Then they’ll probably do it in honor of both Ichiro and The Big Unit. That’s the cleanest way to do it.

The next question becomes: are there any other numbers worthy of retiring? Probably not. At least not until King Felix hangs ‘em up. If the team was going to honor anyone else in the Mariners Hall of Fame, they would have done so by now. And we all know very well that Alex Rodriguez won’t get the nod. So let’s just assume that after #11, #51 will fall in line pretty quickly. After that, it could take some time.

Now, let’s take a look at the rest of the day’s news.

In Mariners news...

  • Top prospect Kyle Lewis is the latest player to release a FanFest hype video.

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  • In a really interesting interview, Scott Servais went on the Brock and Salk Show yesterday to talk about the offseason and his thoughts on the upcoming campaign.
  • The Oregon State SB Nation affiliate — Building the Dam — had the chance to talk to Mariners pitching prospect Andrew Moore about a variety of topics.

Around the league...

  • More layers are being added to the Yordano Ventura story. A recent report out of the Dominican Republic is that the pitcher was robbed as he was dying.
  • At this point, the Rangers are only interested in Mike Napoli on a one-year contract. This comes as no surprise, given the trend of the market in which even good sluggers can’t get more than one year.
  • We talked about the Brewers yesterday as a team that you can basically count out in 2017. But if you ask Eno Sarris, there is one potentially interesting player in Milwaukee.
  • The Giants have agreed to a deal with Kirkland native and Lake Washington High School alum (gotta throw that shout-out in there) Nick Hundley to a one-year deal.

Anders’ picks...

  • Got a cold? The New York Times has some good soup recipes for you! If only I was any good at cooking.
  • Here’s some fresh a cappella goodness for you. This is the Techtonics — a British group — performing in the international finals. This performance won them first place last year. The video quality is kind of meh but if you can get past it they’re really quite good and entertaining.