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Mariners Moose Tracks, 8/9/17: Ernesto Frieri, Billy Hamilton, and International Cat Day

The Mariners are zero games back in the Wild Card chase!

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Good morning everyone! As you are reading this, the Mariners are (probably) in position for a playoff spot. It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to say that. The M’s have an early game today facing off against a very beatable starter. Let’s hope they can keep themselves in that spot. Meanwhile, here are some links for you.

In Mariners news...

  • In case you missed it, the M’s made a minor acquisition.

In Mariners minors news...

  • KY-LE LE-WIS! clap, clap, clap-clap-clap
  • Meanwhile, the Aquasox shut out the Spokane Indians 8-0 thanks to strong pitching from Randy Bell and Michael Suarez.

Around the league...

  • It seems as though the AL East parks might not be the best places to grab a bite.
  • Andrelton Simmons and Elvis Andrus are finally adding some decent hitting ability to their resumes.
  • The league has finally caught up with Aaron Judge. This happens to every young player. Now we will find out if Judge can make the necessary adjustments.
  • Mike Trout got to 1,000 hits pretty quickly, but he wouldn’t have even been the fastest Mariner to achieve the feat.
  • Like fun maps? Check out this one that shows the all-time hits leaders from each state. Marc Normandin picks out the most interesting results.
  • The 2017 MLB postseason schedule is out, so clear your calendars!
  • MLB umpire Joe West has been suspended for three games for publicly slamming Adrian Beltre.
  • Holy crap, Billy Hamilton.

Anders’ picks...

  • Yesterday was International Cat Day, so SB Nation asked for submissions for the “best sports cat.” Here were the finalists.

“Raise the Cat” won with 55% of the vote in the Twitter poll that followed.

  • Former UW hoops star C.J. Wilcox will be playing for the most-local NBA team next season!