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Mariners Moose Tracks, 8/21/17: Eclipse Day, Little League World Series, and Adrian Beltre

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Not your standard Monday.

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Milwaukee Brewers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning folks and Happy Eclipse Day! While many are out and about watching various amounts of the moon covering the sun, there’s still baseball going on. Here are some links to get your day — and week — started.

In Mariners news...

  • Danny Espinosa’s tenure in Seattle was short-lived. The infielder has been placed on irrevocable release waivers.

In Mariners minors news...

  • Every single M’s minor league affiliate that played yesterday lost. But there are some notable performances we should talk about. For one, Johnny Slater has sure turned a corner with Clinton.
  • Donnie Walton has also gotten things going with the bat in Modesto. The former switch-hitter has recently started hitting exclusively from the left-handed side. He’s seen some pretty good results since making that change.

Around the league...

  • Umpires around baseball are wearing white wristbands in protest of players’ verbal assaults on their members.
  • And, well...that didn’t last long. The umps have given up on the white wristbands (after just one day) because they’ve arranged a meeting with Rob Manfred.
  • Ian Kinsler got a pretty hefty fine for publicly trashing umpires.
  • Trade rumors have been swirling about Marco Estrada, but now reports suggest the Blue Jays want to extend his contract.
  • A handful of MLB players have been hanging out with competitors in the Little League World Series.
  • Some pretty crazy things are happening in the LLWS.
  • The Dodgers sent Jacob Rhame to the Mets as the PTBNL for Curtis Granderson. That got to be the fastest a PTBNL has ever been named that I’ve seen.
  • I guess the Rays didn’t get a very good turnout at yesterday’s game.

Anders’ picks...

  • Wonder how much of the eclipse you’ll see from where you are? Check out this neat interactive map.