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Mariners Moose Tracks, 3/24/17: Theo Epstein, Jake Arrieta, and Xavier

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It’s Friday woooooooooooooooooo

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Minnesota Twins
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Good morning everyone! It’s Friday! Here are some links to get you through the day and into the weekend.

In Mariners news...

  • Will we see Steve Cishek representing Team USA in 2021?
  • Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz make such cute best friends.
  • Here’s some encouraging video of Mariners relievers getting back into action.
  • Nathan Bishop previews the upcoming Mariners season on Baseball Prospectus.

Around the league...

  • Patrick Dubuque got some work in Short Relief with Baseball Prospectus, finding wise words from an unlikely source.
  • It’s as if they read Moose Tracks yesterday and wanted to show me how wrong I am.
  • Fortune thinks that Theo Epstein is the greatest leader in the world, which seems like a pretty hot take to me.
  • Jim Leyland got to end his managing career on a terrific note: with a World Baseball Classic championship for the U.S.
  • Yoenis Cespedes believes baseball would rise in popularity if it made a bigger effort to incorporate Latin culture.
  • The Good Phight hopes that Michael Saunders can continue to be a source of power for the Phillies. That certainly never would have crossed my mind while Saunders was a Mariner.
  • First baseman Greg Bird has the chance to develop into a star for the Yankees, writes Jeff Sullivan.
  • The Angels will be without first baseman Luis Valbuena for a couple of months due to a strained hamstring.
  • Watch Cubs ace Jake Arrieta hit this massive home run.

Anders’ picks...

  • The Xavier Musketeers continued their impressive NCAA tournament run, knocking off Arizona to advance to the Elite Eight. Gonzaga, Oregon, and Kansas also moved on last night.