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The First Pitch: February 3, 2023

Dylan Moore, a low-average, high-powered utility guy, has been secured by the Seattle Mariners for the next three years at a cost of $8.9 million. The contract covers Moore’s last two years of arbitration and his first year of free agency. In four seasons with the Mariners, the 30-year-old Moore has batted .208 with 35 home runs and 112 RBIs over 921 at-bats.


It Was Whatever-Something Years Ago Today

1993: Cincinnati owner Marge Schott is suspended one year and fined $25,000 for her continued habit of making insensitive (and sometimes racist) comments in public. The penalty also calls for sensitivity training, which apparently doesn’t work; she’ll continue to get in hot water for various comments in the next few years to come.


Shameless Link of the Day

The January 2023 Comebacker is live, check out month that ended up being a little busier than anticipated.


You Say It’s Your Birthday

Still-available second baseman Rougned Odor is 29; 1975 Boston breakout star Fred Lynn is 71; outfielder with career .299 average Bake McBride is 74; two-time 20-game winner Joe Coleman is 76. Born on this date is 11-year third baseman Joe Stripp (1903) and Cardinals Deadball Era ace Slim Sallee (1885).

A special Bushers Birthday Salute to Chicken Hawks, who had two brief but respectable tenures in the majors—one for the 1921 Yankees, the other for the 1925 Phillies—batting a combined .316 over 105 games.


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