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Mariners Moose Tracks, 8/28/2020: Player Strikes, Jackie Robinson Day, and Phil Mickelson

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Good morning! The staff all overslept their alarms today which we will blame on (spins giant 2020 wheel) civil unrest in Antarctica. That seems wrong but the wheel doesn’t lie. Here’s what’s going on with the Mariners and around baseball.

In Mariners News...

  • The Mariners bade farewell to Taijuan Walker:
  • Ryan Divish dropped some more detail on the vibes in the Mariners clubhouse surrounding Wednesday’s decision to strike, including an ugly detail from Tacoma.
  • The Mariners did something for the first time in 10 years, and despite what that might imply, it was actually very good!
  • Probably the best Evan White news we could hope for after seeing him grab his shoulder after a swing.
  • The Mariners optioned RHP Zac Grotz back to the alternate training site after he wasn’t called upon in the doubleheader. Grotz will remain with the team on the taxi squad.

Around the League...

  • Baseball America threw together some all-star rosters, which unsurprisingly included a very cheerful, familiar face.
  • More teams struck yesterday. Here’s a sampling.
  • A trade! The Rays added OF depth and flipped a player who would rank much more highly in a lot of systems, but, well, Rays.
  • The thing about having a story about the Mets for the Moose Tracks is, well, usually it’s really hard to figure out where to begin. Let’s put it this way: Brodie van Wagenen released a statement that he actually should have been mocking his owner, not the Commissioner, and that was the good version of the story for him.

The Mets!

  • An old friend clobbered a massive tater overseas!
  • Another old friend is on the move, and I’m happy for him, because holy cow he didn’t deserve Pittsburgh.
  • Happy Jackie Robinson Day.

Tim’s Pick

  • Phil Mickelson got bored, decided to try his hand at the Champions Tour, and absolutely destroyed them all.

(Check the replies on that last one for an extra treat. Phil’s social media game might be as good as his short game.)