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Mariners Moose Tracks, 10/24/20: Mookie Betts, Yadier Molina, and Kevin Kiermaier

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Good morning everyone! Let’s get you the latest from around the world of baseball.

In playoff news...

In Mariners news...

  • Corey Brock at The Athletic takes us behind the scenes at the M’s fall developmental league to get details on the growth of some of the team’s top prospects. ($)
  • Even prospects that weren’t invited to Arizona are keeping up their workout schedules as we head towards the offseason.
  • The roster shuffling continues for Seattle, with two more players being removed from the 40-man roster.

Around the league...

  • So let me get this straight: Not only is he a top-5 baseball player in the world and one of the world’s best bowlers, but he can also shake cornerbacks off him like it’s nothing and throw down monster dunks.
  • Speaking of Betts, Tim Brown at Yahoo! Sports chronicled the longtime friendship between the outfielder and Rays shortstop Willy Adames.
  • Yadier Molina was upset that he did not end up as a finalist for Gold Glove at catcher this year, claiming that the league was conspiring against him in order to keep him from Johnny Bench’s record.
  • Molina wasn’t the only player who publicly voiced his disappointment. Outfielder Kevin Kiermaier of the Rays said he was “upset” that he wasn’t a finalist for the award.
  • Troublingly, scouting cuts are continuing around baseball. The Phillies are the latest organization to announce a round of layoffs due to the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.