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Mariner Moose Tracks, 12/15/18: Kaleb Cowart, Brad Ausmus, and InSight

Some refreshing links for a refreshing weekend

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Hooray, it’s Saturday! If you work a traditional work week, then congratulations! You made it to the weekend. If you don’t work a traditional work week, then I hope these soothing, aloe-infused links will help you relax into your Saturday grind.

In Mariners news...

  • The Mariners have announced that they’re partnering with United Way and the King Country Bar Association to help keep struggling tenants from being evicted. As part of the partnership, they’re going to be contributing $3 million.
  • Corey Brock looks at J.P. Crawford, and when he can reasonably be expected to start making a contribution. ($)
  • Newly acquired Mariner Kaleb Cowart had a spot on MLB Network Radio, and was asked what he’d do if he were to face Mike Trout.
  • A funny additional detail about Jerry Dipoto’s hospital bed trade from Thursday:
  • Edgar isn’t on the 100% tear he was at the beginning, but his Hall of Fame vote tally still stacks up favorably so far.

Around the league...

  • We knew it was coming, but the Orioles’ hiring of Brandon Hyde to be their manager has become official.
  • Everyone’s favorite non-Mariners third baseman, Matt Chapman, underwent shoulder surgery yesterday. It sounds like he should be ready for the regular season.
  • Brad Ausmus is an MLB manager again, this time for the Angels. Unfortunately for the rest of the MLB’s managers, that puts him at number one in the “Most Handsome Manager” rankings. Wait, that’s a real thing?
  • Somehow, a 2018 draftee in the Cardinals system has already been suspended twice for violations of a drug of abuse. I hope he gets some good help.
  • Infielder Carlos Asuaje was recently DFA’d by the Padres and then claimed off of waivers by the Rangers. However, it looks like he’s going to play in South Korea instead.

Zach’s pick...

Move over, Spirit and Opportunity, there’s a new Mars rover called InSight. It just landed a couple of weeks ago, and the project is going swimmingly. More amusingly, it took a selfie.