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Hey, the Mariners won something!

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The Seattle Mariners are one of only two teams to never make the World Series. That’s sad. But they did win something this year: the Green Glove Award, which is handed out for the team that has the highest recycling rate.

The award was handed out at MLB’s 2017 Stadium Operations meetings in San Francisco. Which, I gotta tell ya, I’m a little disappointed I didn’t get to cover. There is so much press at the Winter Meetings these days that you can’t do a thing without someone writing about it. I bet you could get into a mess of fun at the Stadium Operations Meetings.

Anyway, Safeco Field had a recycling rate of 96% to claim the prize. They beat out the San Francisco Giants, who have received the award every year since it was introduced by MLB in 2008. I suspect that the Giants were so bad that fans throwing food and stuff at the players in disgust harmed their rate. It happens.

Anyway, congratulations Mariners. Now it’s just the Washington Nationals who have never won anything.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.