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Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/23/20: Aaron Bummer, Jim Crane’s indiscretions, and a flying dog

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Texas Rangers v Chicago White Sox Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Let’s run this back, TODAY is the first day of Mariners baseball, and they’re even putting it on TV! 12:10 PM PT on ROOT sports, we will have a game thread and dangit there will be a chart, recap, the whole shebang.

In Mariners news...

  • At least spring training has some fun alternatives in the rain. Also, duly noted, Donavan Walton.
  • In case you missed it, the Mariners claimed RHP Taylor Williams off waivers from the Brewers. The reliever takes the spot of RHP Phillips Valdez, who was designated for assignment.
  • And with yesterday’s writeup on Marco Gonzales by Zach Gottschalk, our 40 in 40 preview series is complete! Are you or a friend wondering, “wait who is that guy?” Send yourself (and them) the link to our full story stream here.
  • David Laurila’s weekly notes column for FanGraphs includes some (unsurprisingly) glowing quotes from Jerry Dipoto about three of the Mariners pitching prospects: George Kirby, Brandon Williamson, and Tim Elliott.
  • Good on ya, Jarred, though you do look more like Gary Oldman than I’d prefer in this photo.

Around the league...

  • Astros game one went about as well as could be expected.
  • The Players Union reportedly does not like MLB’s daft two-city plan for Tampa and Montreal, and prefers an option that leaves the team in Tampa full-time.
  • Tyler Kepner and James Wagner for the New York Times chronicled the timeline of mistakes by Rob Manfred that led to the disastrous situation he’s created in handling the Astros cheating.
  • Zack Greinke learned a valuable bit of info about spring training requirements.
  • Rockies top prospect Brendan Rodgers is nearly recovered from the surgery that repaired his right shoulder labrum. He’s able to throw 180 feet pain-free and swing the bat.
  • RHP Marco Estrada, who was cut loose by Oakland after back injuries last season, is working to return to health and pitch again in 2020.
  • How weird is this?

John’s pick...

  • When Peppa pig flies, and also this dog, good things happen.