Hello, hello, and happy hump day! You’ve made it to Wednesday, and what’s more? You’ve already completed your most important task of the day: opening the Moose Tracks. We’ve got some fresh links for you this morning, so grab a bib and dig in.
In Mariners News...
- It hasn’t been a very long Spring Training, but Ty France is the big story so far. He’s made the most of his 14 plate appearances, posting an OPS over 2.000.
- With that being said, Brent Stecker examines how Taylor Trammell’s hot start could lead to an Opening Day roster spot.
- In case you missed it, Ryan Divish looks at who might make the final Mariners roster cut. In case you’re out of Seattle Times articles, he also has Trammell winning the starting LF spot.
- Corey Brock’s Athletic piece yesterday was on how the Mariners ended up signing Chris Flexen out of the KBO. ($)
Around the League...
- This is a weirdly satisfying knuckleball from Orioles righty Mickey Jannis.
"Spin rate? Where we're going, we don't need a spin rate." pic.twitter.com/4rX4Qd2eku— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) March 9, 2021
- Miss you, Nellie.
This ball ended up being foul but I think Nelson Cruz hit it approximately 650 feet pic.twitter.com/XreoROxcaS— Connor Newcomb (@ConnorNewcomb_) March 9, 2021
- Ex-Mariners Lucas Luetge hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2015. He’s hoping to change that this year.
- Astros righty Pedro Báez has tested positive for COVID-19.
- For the podcast fans out there, some good stuff on the longest tenured Padre in history. Assuming you’ve worked your way through the Lookout Landing podcast backlog, of course.
On #ESPNDaily:— Pablo S. Torre (@PabloTorre) March 5, 2021
The most important contract of the MLB offseason was signed by a pitcher you likely never heard about.
But Matt LaChappa is the longest-tenured player in San Diego @Padres history. And, @ChrisConnelly reports, a story unlike any other.
- Yankees reliever Zack Britton is expected to be out until at least June after having surgery.
- After Eno Sarris’ and Ken Rosenthal’s piece for The Athletic last month ($) about the ball being de-juiced this year, Blake Snell has also noticed a change.
Padres starter Blake Snell has noticed the laces are thicker in the new baseball, allowing him to dig in his fingers so he can more easily throw breaking balls. He also noticed fly balls not carrying as much as they might have previously.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) March 9, 2021
“It’s definitely a different ball.”
- It may be a metal bat, but who doesn’t love a walk-off grand slam?
- As much as it pains me to include this, Shohei Ohtani has looked good this year.
- The Rangers’ Jonathan Hernández has been shut down for a month with a UCL sprain.
- If you have an Athletic subscription, Ken Rosenthal takes a look at the service time crisis in MLB. ($)
- A profile of amazing young women creating incredible wildlife photography? These photos are cool, and they have the stories to match.