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Mariners Moose Tracks, 7/5/21: Yusei Kikuchi, Welington Castillo, and CJ Abrams

Some off-day links.

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Good morning everyone! We’ve got an off day in Mariners-land, but here are some links for you on this Monday.

In Mariners news...

  • It’s cool to see how genuinely happy the guys are for Yusei.

Around the league…

  • In case you missed it, Major League Baseball dropped its full All-Star Game rosters.
  • Former Mariners catcher Welington Castillo has decided to retire.
  • Chad Jennings at The Athletic tells an oral history of Izzy Alcantara’s kicking a catcher’s face in a minor league game 20 years ago. ($)
  • Travis Sawchik at The Score makes the case for MLB realignment. I feel like this is pretty much inevitable with likely expansion within the next decade.
  • Shawn McFarland explores the story of Yale pitcher Rohan Handa, who went from a soft-tosser to an explosive fireballer who is expected to be drafted this month.
  • Dan Vogelbach was celebrating the Fourth in style.
  • A massive blow to one of the game’s top prospects.
  • The Blue Jays still face some hurdles before they hopefully can return to Toronto.
  • Ty Kelly and Danny Valencia will suit up for Team Israel.