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Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/23/19: Ichiro, Bryce, and Jeff Sullivan

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The Mariners played a baseball game yesterday

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Editor’s Note: Jeff Sullivan founded this blog back when the Mariners’ playoff drought was in its infancy. Some here know him exclusively from FanGraphs, or the Effectively Wild Podcast, but for so many people Jeff Sullivan is nothing less than the reason they are or remain Mariners fans. Lord knows the team hasn’t made it easy, but Jeff filled these pages with humor, sabermetrics, and boundless curiosity. Since Leone For Third, Jeff helped develop a community and catalogue unlike anything that existed for the sport of baseball. He inspired people like me to write differently, ask questions, and be okay with not finding the answer every time. Now, Jeff will be taking his talents to the Tampa Bay Rays, expanding the proud list of Lookout Landing alumni to be hired by MLB clubs. We will miss reading his work, but are proud of Jeff for achieving a lifelong dream, even if it was one he’d long shuttered. Thank you, Jeff, and good luck. ~ JT

Baseball is back! The Mariners played their first spring training game yesterday, crushing the Athletics 10-1. At this rate, the Mariners will never lose a game ever again. Check out Kate’s recap. Share your takes on the spring training opener in the comments! Also, enjoy these links.

In Mariners News...

  • Although Justus Sheffield is dealing with a blister, he's expected to pitch this weekend.
  • The Mariners have high praise for their new infield coach.
  • Has the mystery of the Morrow sinker been solved?
  • Here’s MLB Pipeline’s official top 30 prospects for the Mariners.
  • Dee Gordon for ever.
  • Jean Segura talked about the locker room fight he was a part of last year with the Mariners.
  • I love JRod.
  • Ichiro is an absolute machine.
  • Justin Dunn logged a 1-2-3 inning for the Mariners.
  • Mitch Hanidinger? Mitch Hanidinger!!
  • Kyle Seager notched two hits yesterday.

Around the League...

  • Check out Nelson Cruz in his new threads.
  • The NPB tweeted about middle school pitchers being limited to 85 pitches in tournament games to protect their arms.
  • Ervin Santana found a team.
  • Marwin Gonzalez is no longer in the AL West.
  • The Dodgers have take an anti-dairy position ($).
  • Shohei Otani hit off a tee yesterday.
  • The rules. They’re changing.
  • Here are some Bryce Harper updates.

Luke’s Pick...

  • Matisse Thybulle is also a machine.