Photo of the Day: Paul Simon, Jack White and Eddie Vedder walk into a ballpark . . .

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Seattle: cooler than wherever you are since, well, probably only since the early 90s. Before that it wasn’t really thought of as all that special, right? I mean, they set the movie “Stakeout” there, and that was a pretty underrated flick. But you can probably trace most of Seattle’s current cultural significance to the early 90s, I imagine.

Oh, the point of this is this:

Glad to see Jack being happy. That’s not always the case when he’s at the ballpark. Also: if no one told me that was Paul Simon I probably would’ve thought he was an aging advance scout or something. But such is age.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.