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Mariners Moose Tracks, 4/17/20: Joe Kelly, bilingual prospects, and pioneer apples

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MLB: FEB 20 Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Fridays still exist! Hoping you’re all safe and well.

In Mariners news...

  • The Mariners bullpen is staying in touch just about the same way many of us are these days.
  • Julio Rodriguez hopped on to deliver a message to fans. First, in English...

... and second, with an outfit change, in Spanish.

  • If getting a sense of player development is your thing, Modesto Nuts announcer Keaton Gillogly’s chat with now-AAA-Tacoma pitching coach Rob Marcello Jr. on preparing minor leaguers for big league mentalities.
  • Plenty of minor league content to help fill your ears, as Mariners RHP reliever prospect Bryan Pall hops on the West Virginia Power podcast to go into depth on the 2019 season, which included star prospects and health, at last.
  • And in the big league realm, Ryan Rowland-Smith talks to Justus Sheffield for HIS podcast.
  • Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) is a foundational stat for advanced metrics that we rely on, like much of the league these days. The Mariners themselves have a walkthrough on how FIP measures a few notable pitching seasons in their history.
  • Excellent photography from Regina Rickert captured a strengthened RHP Juan Then from 2019.
  • Corey Brock of The Athletic went in depth on Mario Mendoza, the man whose name was ignominiously lent to a .200 batting average, but had a career and legacy far beyond that.
  • Happy 60 years to Cheney Stadium, the home of the Rainiers since 1995, and a rich history of baseball greats, and even a budding soccer streak.
  • And just for good measure, another vintage photo of some baseball players from Washington State!

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