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Mariners Moose Tracks, 3/30/17: Drew Smyly, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Ichiro

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league.

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Good morning folks! A lot of news to get to today, so let’s hop right to it.

In Mariners news...

  • Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
  • More progress for Tony Zych.
  • Some scary news for Mariners fans as Drew Smyly was scratched from his final spring training start. Updates on his status are likely to come soon.
  • Marc W at U.S.S. Mariner takes a look at Felix Hernandez’s fastball usage and placement as of late.
  • Marc W also delved into Hisashi Iwakuma’s start from yesterday, which was extremely concerning.

Around the league...

  • Sam Miller discusses possible solutions to keeping baseball fun. I’m sure you guys don’t need convincing, but some people do.
  • Sports On Earth gives its predictions for the 2017 baseball season.
  • MLB scouts gave their anonymous predictions of opposing teams at Sports Illustrated.
  • Watch Carlos Correa play fetch with his adorable puppy.
  • Apparently Ichiro isn’t planning on retiring, maybe ever. I wonder if eventually Ichiro will take a victory lap in Seattle. Would that be something we’d even want? So many questions.
  • Shane Tourtellotte at The Hardball Times wonders if umpires become more or less likely to eject managers as they age.
  • The Cubs have set themselves up to be baseball’s next big sports dynasty, writes Ryan Pollack at Fangraphs.
  • Jeurys Familia has been suspended by the MLB for 15 games for domestic violence charges.

Anders’ picks...

  • I wish I had known about this yesterday, but it’s never too late to celebrate!