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Mariners Moose Tracks, 3/22/17: Shawn O’Malley, Carlos Carrasco, and Baseball Books

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The work week is just about half over!

MLB: Cleveland Indians-Spring Training Media Day
Not sure how I feel about Carlos’ facial hair
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Good morning folks! Tonight marks the all-important World Baseball Classic title game. If you were going to watch one game in this year’s tournament, tonight should be the one. After tonight, we’ve got just over a week until regular season baseball. I know I’m definitely excited for that.

With that in mind, let’s get you some links to get through the day.

In Mariners news...

  • Some rough news here for the Mariners. We wish the infielder the best in his recovery.
  • Luckily for the M’s, Evan Scribner is healthy and ready to go for the 2017 season.
  • The Mariners have given Edwin Diaz the green light to pitch in tonight’s WBC title game.
  • Yesterday was a pretty cool day for some M’s minor leaguers.

Around the league...

  • Indians starter Carlos Carrasco came out with a piece yesterday with The Players Tribune, chronicling his emotional baseball origin story.
  • Courtney St. Onge at The Hardball Times tells the story of the wife of a fantasy baseball fanatic.
  • Bradford Doolittle of ESPN takes a look at this summer’s potential trade deadline sellers.
  • Apparently it’s the week of contract extensions. The White Sox have agreed to a six-year pact with infielder Tim Anderson.
  • Grant Brisbee argues that the United States’ World Baseball Classic lineup is the best group of nine hitters ever assembled.
  • The Good Phight notices that MLB broadcasting booths are shockingly white across the board.
  • Yankees first baseman Greg Bird owns a cat that is related to Mr. Bigglesworth from Austin Powers.
  • The Greenville Drive minor league team is already hedging its bets against Tim Tebow.
  • Didi Gregorius will indeed start the season on the disabled list after suffering a shoulder injury during the WBC.

Anders’ picks...

  • Yesterday I realized that I haven’t had the opportunity to read a whole lot of baseball-centric books. I asked for suggestions on Twitter, but now I ask you faithfuLL readers to give me any baseball book recommendations you have. Feel free to drop them in the comments or shoot me an email if you don’t comment. Thanks in advance!