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Mariners Moose Tracks, 4/19/17: Dominican Facility, Starling Marte, and More Eric Thames

Last night sure was fun.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays
It’s weird to me that this guy was ever on the A’s
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Good morning everyone! It’s Wednesday, which means you’ve made it halfway through the work-week. Well, almost I guess. Hopefully these links can help you power onwards.

In Mariners news...

  • King 5’s documentary on the Mariners’ Dominican baseball facility is available for free online!
  • The Tacoma Rainiers will wear jerseys designed by an elementary student during their game on May 26th.
  • Tyler Carmont at Prospect Insider wonders if this is finally James Paxton’s year to shine.

Around the league...

  • The biggest news from yesterday was the announcement that Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been slapped with an 80-game suspension after testing positive for steroids.
  • The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport handed the MLB a C+ for its practices in hiring minorities to top positions.
  • Statcast has introduced sprint speed to its defensive metrics.
  • Kate Preusser discussed eye black in her latest appearance in Short Relief with Baseball Prospectus.
  • Eric Thames is doing everything well with the bat, writes Brew Crew Ball. The Milwaukee slugger didn’t hit a home run last night, but he did go 3-for-5 to extend his 2017 slash line to .429/.491/1.000.
  • Thames is also making a ton of contact on the league’s fastest pitches, observes Dave Cameron at Fangraphs.
  • It must be Thames Day at Fangraphs, because Jeff Sullivan also breaks down how Thames’ improved swing could turn him into a more patient hitter.
  • Umpires might start wearing microphones so they can explain replay rulings, which would be an awful idea.
  • The injury bug continues to bite players in the MLB, as Clay Buchholz will miss 3-5 months due to surgery on some fancy thing that I can’t pronounce.
  • Josh Donaldson will miss 2-4 weeks with an injury to his right calf.

Anders’ picks...

  • Former UW men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar will be making a lot of money next season to serve as Arizona’s associate head coach.
  • Markelle Fultz expects his rivalry with UCLA standout Lonzo Ball to continue as they head into the NBA draft.