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Mariners Moose Tracks, 9/13/19: Gary Sánchez, Kyle Lewis, and Ancient Greece

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It’s Friday, take a virtual vacation! You’ve earned it.

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Welcome to day four of the Kyle Lewis era, we are all witnesses, apparently.

In Mariners news...

  • Dee Gordon was selected as the Mariners representative for the Roberto Clemente Award, recognizing “sportsmanship, community involvement, and individual contribution to the team”.
  • You think Kyle Lewis is happy to be out of Dickey-Stephens Park?
  • Per Corey Brock of The Athletic, Kyle Lewis is the second player in MLB history to homer in their first three games, joining Trevor Story from 2016, who did it in four straight.
  • Logan Gilbert was highlighted as one of 15 pitchers who significantly boosted their stock this year by MLB Pipeline.
  • Last night didn’t go well for Justin Dunn, but here’s a neat look at the movement on his pitches.
  • Rob Arthur of Baseball Prospectus looked at the delightful batch of “firsts” this week, including Kyle Lewis and Danny Hultzen. ($)
  • ICYMI In case you’ve missed them thus far, we’ve been recapping the season for each level of the minor leagues: yesterday we hit Modesto!

Around the league...

  • More bad news from the Angels training staff: after Justin Upton headed in for an MRI on his shoulder, a surprise announcement of knee surgery for Shohei Ohtani:
  • Speaking of the Mets, their renewed hunt for a playoff spot has their fans invested in other teams’ races. Some, like the Marlins, could do without it.
  • It’s hard to remember the good times for many of us, Preston!

John’s Pick:

  • One of my favorite research projects in college was on the potential impact of augmented reality and virtual reality to bring more kinetic/experiential learning experiences to educational environments. As both a history/mythology nerd and someone who adores the oftentimes wildly exasperating Assassin’s Creed video game series, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey hit every note for me as a game, and their new free update to the game made me extremely curious. The “Discovery Tour” allows you to tour through ancient Greece at the grand and granular level, receiving tours from in-game “experts” that showcase real historical lessons. Does this type of thing excite y’all like it does me?