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Mariners Moose Tracks, 3/11/23: Cooper Hummel, Keibert Ruiz, and Jacob deGrom

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Hello everyone and happy Saturday! The World Baseball Classic begins tonight for Team USA, Team DR, and many other exciting teams. In other news...

In Mariners news...

  • The Cooper Hummel hype train is leaving the station! All aboard!

Around the league...

  • With a 10-2 drubbing over the Czech Republic, Team Japan has secured a spot in the World Baseball Classic quarterfinals. Japan has scored 31 runs in 3 games so far.
  • James Wagner at The New York Times told the story of how Nelson Cruz built the juggernaut Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic team.
  • Another great thing about the WBC is the cool stories you get, like Team Israel’s Shlomo Lipetz, the 44-year-old legend.
  • The staff of The Athletic ranked every WBC team jersey. ($)
  • The staff of the Wall Street Journal examined how the sports broadcasting landscape is about to change.
  • Baseball’s top pitching prospect, Andrew Painter of the Phillies, was diagnosed with a UCL sprain. While most players who receive this diagnosis eventually get Tommy John surgery, Painter is hoping a few weeks of rest will be sufficient for him to return to action.
  • Jay Jaffe at Fangraphs wonders what’s next for all of the many teams who are dealing with injuries in the starting rotation this spring.
  • Jacob deGrom, who has yet to take to the bump for the Rangers this spring, may start on Monday if his throwing session today goes well.
  • The Nationals have agreed to an eight-year contract extension with young backstop Keibert Ruiz. The deal also includes two team options, possibly keeping him in D.C. for the next decade.