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Mariners Moose Tracks, 5/12/17: Jack Wilson, Juiced Baseballs, and Dejounte Murray

Happy Friday everyone!

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Philadelphia Phillies Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning everyone! I hope you enjoyed your break from me while Isabelle took over. Hopefully I can live up to her performance. I really hope I can live up to the Mariners’ performance yesterday. Please come back soon, injured friends.

In Mariners news...

  • The M’s contracted another Atlantic League player.
  • Scott Servais hopped on Buster Olney’s podcast yesterday.
  • Jack Wilson is trying to become a college baseball coach, so he’s completing his degree online at Grand Canyon University.
  • Kyle Lewis and Tyler O’Neill cracked the top 40 in Baseball America’s latest top 100 prospects list.
  • Jake wrote about Ben Gamel yesterday, and so did Marc W at U.S.S. Mariner. Marc’s piece is particularly interesting because he compares Gamel’s breakout to other players like Yasmani Grandal and Ryan Zimmerman. It also helped me learn the significance of exit velocity and launch angle.

Around the league...

  • Aaron Altherr is having a heck of a season, writes Dave Cameron at Fangraphs.
  • Derek Jeter thanked Yankees fans in a piece with The Players’ Tribune in advance of his number retirement.
  • Sam Miller at ESPN wishes Major League Baseball was honest about whether the baseballs are juiced or not.
  • The Phillies extended the contract of manager Pete Mackanin.
  • ...but apparently not everyone is a fan of the guy.
  • An excerpt of David Ortiz’s upcoming memoir was released on Sports Illustrated, and apparently he doesn’t really like Bobby Valentine.
  • As if things couldn’t get worse for the Mets health-wise, Jeurys Familia apparently has an arterial clot in his shoulder.
  • Mike Trout is back in action with the Angels. The outfielder missed five games with a hamstring injury.
  • Jonathan Villar purposely dropped a line drive so he could turn it into a double play.

Anders’ picks...

  • Former Washington guard Dejounte Murray scored 11 points in the San Antonio Spurs’ series-clinching win over the Houston Rockets. The Spurs will face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.