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Mariner Moose Tracks, 3/12/20: Tim Anderson, Edwin Diaz, and the Utah Jazz

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Hi everyone. We’ll keep this as coronavirus-free as possible, there’s plenty of places to get that news, but it’s gonna seep in here somewhat just like that actual virus oh no let’s change the subject.

In Mariners News...

  • Michael Avallone wrote up Jarred Kelenic’s rise for MLB.com.
  • The Mariners indicated that they prefer to play somewhere other than Seattle, rather than play in an empty stadium here.
  • Good news on Dylan Moore!

Around the League

  • Sports Illustrated projected the record of every team in baseball including the playoffs. You won’t like it. (54-108.)
  • An internet person bought a Blue Jays windbreaker, and it came with quite the tag.
  • Tim Anderson wants to change a lot of things about baseball.
  • Both Matthew Trueblood of Baseball Prospectus and Ben Clemens of FanGraphs chose today to write about how we may have reached the peak of hitters not worrying about strikeouts, meaning striking out is bad again. I mean it was always bad, but it used to indicate other good things, which are more common everywh- you know what just read the articles.
  • The Rangers are faced with an unusual situation with Yohander Mendez, and he is suspended.
  • I need a report on sauce choices.
  • Baseball America projected Futures Game Rosters, and a couple of teenage and familiar faces appear for the Mariners.
  • Ever been to the SABR conference? The whole thing will stream live online!

Tim’s Picks

  • Ellen Adair adapted a delightful poem for Aaron Nola’s troubles.
  • An artist named Amber Share created a series of National Park posters from their one-star reviews. (It’s a twitter thread.) You can find her work here.
  • Rudy Gobert made himself famous, but not the fun “I’m going to Disney” kind.
  • There’s a lot of stress in the world right now, and I think most of us are feeling it in varying ways. Be kind to each other, lend an empathetic ear to those who struggle, and remember two things:

“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” - Fred Rogers

As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate. Hope is the thing that is left to us, in a bad time. I shall get up Sunday morning and wind the clock, as a contribution to order and steadfastness.
Sailors have an expression about the weather: they say, the weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society—things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed, sometimes rather suddenly. It is quite obvious that the human race has made a queer mess of life on this planet. But as a people we probably harbor seeds of goodness that have lain for a long time waiting to sprout when the conditions are right. Man’s curiosity, his relentlessness, his inventiveness, his ingenuity have led him into deep trouble. We can only hope that these same traits will enable him to claw his way out.
Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day. - E.B. White