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Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/3/17: The Mariners As Contenders, Steroid Acceptance, and Historic Scoring Numbers

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Getting your Tuesday morning started with some news from the world of baseball!

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Good morning folks! I hope the New Year has been treating you well. The hardest thing for me whenever the calendar flips is remembering what year it is when I write down the date. This is my second MMT post since 2017 started, and it’s the second time I’ve had to erase “16” to write in “17.”

This is admittedly a #FirstWorldProblem and all, but it’s still something I can’t seem to shake as I grow older and — theoretically — wiser. Maybe fixing that should have been my New Years resolution.

Anyway, here’s the news you need to start off your day.

In Mariners news...

  • Luke Arkins at Prospect Insider wonders if the M’s current starting rotation could carry the team into the postseason in 2017.
  • Tyler Maun wrote up on some Diamondbacks prospects for MiLB.com and included info on new Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger.
  • If you’re like me and you can’t get enough of M’s prospect Tyler O’Neill, check out this feature Steve Ewen wrote on him.
  • Compared to other major league organizations, the M’s were on the low end in terms of PED suspensions in 2016.

Around the league...

  • MLB Trade Rumors continues its “Three Remaining Needs” series with a look at the American League West.
  • Baseball writers are becoming more accepting of the steroid era as a part of the sport’s history. This might help to explain the gains that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have seen in Hall of Fame voting this year.
  • Athletics Nation makes the case for a hunt to bring Jose Bautista to Oakland.
  • The AL West has been pretty quiet when it comes to free agent signings this offseason. The division ranks fifth out of six in money spent on players.
  • Jung Ho Kang might not be able to participate in the World Baseball Classic due to a DUI charge against him from December.

In other sports news...

  • Kris Dunn attempted one of the craziest dribbles I’ve ever seen in a game against the Portland Trailblazers.
  • Jimmy Butler became the eighth player to score 50 or more points in a game this season, which ties a single-season NBA record. There are more than 100 days left to go in the regular season.
  • University of Washington wide receiver John Ross will opt out of his senior season with the Huskies to declare for the NFL draft.