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Mariners Moose Tracks, 6/1/17: All-Star Updates, Charlie Blackmon, and Mr. Met

Some links for your Thursday!

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Hello folks! The Mariners are on a nice little winning streak, which is fantastic. Based on the results of the comments and the poll I posted on Twitter, you all think the M’s have a chance for their second straight series sweep tonight. Y’all are crazy.

Anyway, here are some links to get your Thursday going.

In Mariners news...

  • Good news! Mitch Haniger and King Felix will be heading out on rehab stints soon.

Around the league...

  • The first All-Star Game ballot update came out over the last two days. To nobody’s surprise, Mike Trout is leading all vote getters in the American League.
  • Bryce Harper managed to get his suspension dropped to just three games.
  • The Marlins received $700K for Jose Fernandez’s death, but the team is using the money to help the former ace’s family.
  • Poor Welington...
  • Brew Crew Ball wonders if Ryan Braun’s absence has caused Eric Thames to fall off the table offensively (although Thames did hit a home run yesterday for the first time in a while).
  • Patrick and Nathan appeared in Short Relief with Baseball Prospectus to talk old Mets players and intense brawls.
  • Mr. Met got himself into hot water after this:
  • The Mets followed up the incident by issuing an official apology.
  • Since Mike Trout is injured, Charlie Blackmon might be the best active center fielder in the game.
  • Somehow, Blackmon is the National League leader in RBI despite being a leadoff man.
  • It seems like umpires have adjusted to the rise in run scoring in the game, as the strike zone has gotten steadily bigger.
  • The Orioles managed to buck their organizational trend by properly developing Manny Machado and Dylan Bundy.
  • Quick! Avert your eyes!