American League Early Reactions

We’re not quite a quarter of the way through the baseball season, but there’s been plenty to talk about so far. Both World Series teams from 2016 are currently not in first place in their division, everyone is hurt, and dirt bike riding is the new least favorite activity among people in San Francisco. There’s still plenty of games left to be played, but we can learn a lot about teams through the first quarter of games. Let’s see who and what has caught my eye so far.

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Seattle Mariners 2017 Team Preview

2016 Recap: 86-76, Second in the AL West. As you can see below, general manager Jerry Dipoto and the Mariners had a very busy offseason. An offseason so busy that The Ringer MLB Podcast even made their own song for a weekly segment called “What did Jerry Dipoto Do?”. On paper, a lot of these moves do not seem to be game changers and some of the moves (why anyone would want Yovani Gallardo is beyond me) made it seem as if Dipoto didn’t really have a gameplan and was basically just bored. Whether it was by design or not, the Mariners appeared to have massively upgraded their outfield defense with the additions of Jarrod Dyson and Mitch Haniger to their everyday lineup. The Mariners have not made the playoffs since 2001 and it will take a big effort from a lot of their new players to finally get them back to the postseason.

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MLB American League Offseason Review

The calendar has officially turned to 2017 and that means it’s time to start talking some baseball. Since the NFL has been extra stupid this season with all the bad teams and quarterback injuries affecting the playoffs, lets turn our attention something more interesting. The Hot Stove reached some pretty high temperatures this winter and we will get right into breaking it down starting with the American League.

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