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Mariners Moose Tracks, 7/23/20: MLB Opening Day, Mookie Betts, and The Toronto Blue Jays

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Major League Baseball continues to sort out major details just hours away from first pitch.

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Hello folks! The day has finally arrived: Opening Day! Although the Mariners won’t play until tomorrow, real baseball that counts will be taking place today. Let’s get to the latest as we await first pitch.

In Mariners news...

Around the league...

  • The biggest news to come out of yesterday once again involves the Dodgers, who finalized a massive 12-year deal with outfielder Mookie Betts. The deal assures that the Betts trade won’t be a lost one for the Dodgers in a truncated 2020 season.
  • The Blue Jays find themselves in something of a bind. After reportedly agreeing to play their home games in Pittsburgh for the season, the State of Pennsylvania denied the request leaving the Jays homeless for now.
  • Another last-minute discussion taking place in the commissioner’s office revolves around expanded playoffs. The league is considering adding to the number of teams who will make the playoffs this year.
  • The Royals will be without one of their best players when their season opens.
  • Not to be confused with the other Dozier, who found himself a home yesterday.
  • More news that paints a stark picture for the life of minor leaguers. Many of these players are knocking on the door of making their big league debuts and are risking their health to play this season.
  • Speaking of health risks, not everyone has even made a decision yet as to whether they’ll take the chance of getting sick.
  • The latest superstar J2 signing for the Yankees is an athletic marvel.
  • The Mets simply cannot catch a break when it comes to health in their starting rotation.
  • They’re not even trying to hide the reasoning anymore.

Anders’ picks...

  • Reportedly, it’s finally happening: The NHL Seattle group is expected to officially announce what the team’s name will be today.
  • We’ve even got a hype video in preparation for the announcement!