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Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/30/18: Yusei Kikuchi, Ballots, and Dan Altavilla

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New Year’s Eve Eve!

MLB: Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Altavilla showed us all what his arm is capable of off the field.

I wonder how long it would take me to repeat that shot if I tried ut 100 times every day starting on New Years’ Day. I kind of think I would never make it.

Nevertheless, join me for the second to last links of 2018.

In Mariners News...

  • MLB.com chose this play as the best defensive play for the M’s in 2018. Do you agree?
  • Julio Rodriguez’ birthday was yesterday.

Around the League...

  • Somehow James Paxton’s no-hitter isn’t on this list.
  • Here are 10 impressive MLB debuts made by pitchers last season.
  • What do you think of this suggestion to combat the declining number of pitchers qualifying for the ERA title.
  • Yusei Kikuchi has to decide which club he will sign with by January 3rd.
  • The Angels DFA’d Austin Brice to make room for Jonathan Lucroy.
  • Ryan Spaeder is collecting hypothetical Hall of Fame ballots from former major leaguers.
  • This chart compares Ryan Spaeder’s ballots from former players to Ryan Thibodaux’s ballot tracker.

Luke’s Pick...

  • Alabama and Clemson will square off in the National Championship.