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Mariners Moose Tracks, 5/5/17: Donavan Tate, Steven Wright, and Hidden Ball Tricks

Friday I’m in love! (Ethan stole my thunder on this last week)

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Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone! Honestly, I should be ashamed of myself for failing to talk about May the 4th (Star Wars day) in yesterday’s links. I have no excuses, and only myself to blame. It was also the first Star Wars Day in which I didn’t watch a Star Wars movie in quite some time. Ugh.

The Mariners win last night makes up for it, I suppose. The team now has a positive run differential too, believe it or not. Let’s hope they continue to stay afloat until Mitch Haniger/King Felix/Drew Smyly (remember him?!) come back. Until then, here are some links.

In Mariners news...

  • Prospect Insider’s Jason Churchill checks in on the Mariners’ farm system after the first month of the season.

Around the league...

  • Holy crap you guys.
  • Does anyone remember the name Donavan Tate? He was the No. 3 player taken in the 2009 MLB draft, taken directly after Dustin Ackley. If that Ackley pick still stings to you, just know that things were worse for the Padres and their pick. Tate is now an incoming freshman at the University of Arizona and will be playing quarterback for their football team.
  • The Carolina Mudcats Single-A team completed a perfect hidden ball play against the Buies Creek Astros.
  • Don’t look now, but Luiz Gohara is one of the most improved pitching prospects in the game according to Chris Mitchell at Fangraphs.
  • Curt Schilling doesn’t believe Adam Jones’ story about the racist remarks he heard from fans while in Boston.
  • More news from Boston: Steven Wright will undergo knee surgery and miss the rest of the season.
  • Stay safe at the park, everyone. A woman at Petco Park got wheeled out when she was hit by a stray bat.

Anders’ picks...

  • So some context: My school’s (Hofstra University) men’s lacrosse team was the last undefeated DI team, starting the year 10-0 and were ranked #2 in the country. They then lost three of their last four games, and were sitting on the bubble for the NCAA tournament. They probably just had to win one game in the conference tournament to make it to the national tourney for the first time in six years. Then this happened in the first game.