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Mariners Moose Tracks, 8/9/18: Félix Hernández, Omar Vizquel, and Mike Marjama

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Happy Thursday everyone!

Tampa Bay Rays v Seattle Mariners
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Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

Good morning, everyone! I know what your’e thinking: Despite the blond hair, that’s not Anders! Well, he’s taking a few days off to move to North Carolina, and in the meantime we’re all pitching in to cover the LLinks. Hopefully this is up to your standards. Let’s get to it.

In Mariners news...

  • It’s no surprise that baseball players are superstitious. It might be a surprise, however, to learn that this fear of upsetting ritual extends even to haircuts — especially for a certain regal Mariner.
  • This is poignant, beautiful, and sad, all in one:
  • While we’re on the subject of Félix, here’s a stat about him — and about Bartolo! — that might just blow your mind. (Put another way: Bartolo was about 50 days older when Félix debuted than the King was yesterday.)
  • Jerry Dipoto weighed in on the future of Hernández in the rotation:
  • Crossing our fingers for Sam Tuivailala:
  • When is Ichiro content bad content? (Never.)
  • Next time you’re at a game in Safeco and Chris Herrmann is hitting, you might want to take cover:
  • On a much more serious note, check out this Fangraphs article from Jay Jaffe about the only competitive playoff race in the AL.
  • Thank you & a hearty congratulations to Mike Marjama, who continues to inspire far more than just the baseball world with his work to end the stigma around eating disorders. Great to see him get some national recognition, and his brave decision to retire and continue his advocacy work is beyond laudable.

Around the league...

  • It’s like bitcoin, but better! Well, except for the Mike Trout one.
  • Calligraphy and Omar Vizquel. Need I say more?
  • John insisted that I inform all of you about the Colorado Rockies’ high-A affiliate in Lancaster, California. Don’t worry, you JetHawk devotees — they’re sticking around with the Rox.
  • Legitimately possible that this is the best thing that can be said of the Mets in 2018. Sorry to all my Mets fan friends out there...
  • Let’s compare Edwin Díaz to some of the best strikeout pitchers out there:
  • Perhaps it is okay to experiment with Joey Gallo, centerfielder?
  • Despite some griping about Clayton Kershaw this season, he’s still put up a 3.10 FIP in 17 starts this season. But today’s start was surprisingly low on strikeouts...
  • It’s too bad that teenage phenom Juan Soto got in the way of home plate umpire Greg Gibson yesterday. After all, we all tune into Nationals games to see Gibson work his magic...right?

Grant’s picks...

  • May you all find a friend like this in your life.