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Mariners Moose Tracks, 6/5/21: Travis Jankowski, Jewell Loyd, and “the biggest scandal in sports”

Between Travis Jankowski and Will Craig, we have plenty of fodder for Little League coaches to use to teach their players

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Happy Saturday! We’ve got some good stuff today, especially if you like reading stories about massive organizational enforcement failures and/or laughing at poor baserunning.

In Mariners news...

  • Good news on Evan White and Dylan Moore:
  • Nine years ago yesterday!
  • Former Mariner alert:
  • Former Mariner alert, part 2! Fare thee well overseas, Sam.
  • The USA-Canada game last night was bizarre — featuring umpires leaving the field for 20+ minutes and a total misapplication of the rules — but Eric Filia had himself a decent little night:

Around the league...

  • RE: that last point, when I say “bizarre” I mean it:
  • The big story of the day revolves around illegal substances — although this time, we’re talking sunscreen and glue.
  • For those of you with ESPN+ access, here’s a fascinating piece that combines all the trending topics (which is to say: Reddit, spin rate, and Driveline).
  • Do we think there’s ever been a “2-Unassisted” that’s happened between second and third? I highly doubt it:
  • I appreciate Vladito’s honesty, but c’mon, the dude is hitting .335/.440/.665. Give yourself some credit!

Around the world...

  • This one’s for our resident gymnastics nut, Amanda:

My pick...

For someone who was selected with the #1 overall pick, Jewell Loyd has had a disappointing career. When I think of top draft picks, I think of the Ken Griffey Juniors, the Alex Rodriguezes, or, well, the Breanna Stewarts. Loyd, meanwhile, has always been a shoot-first-and-often guard with wildly inefficient numbers. At least, that’s how it’s felt to me — until this year.

But here we are in 2021, and while I’m out here congratulating myself for routinely getting up before my alarm in the morning, Loyd is casually putting up the best numbers of her life. She’s averaging 20.1 points per game on 47% shooting (44% from three), all career highs.

And last night, against the Dallas Wings, Loyd decided it was her chance for a star turn.

The four-time WNBA champs are 7–1 in no small part due to Jewell Loyd’s growth this season. Pretty fun to watch.