Must-click link: the history of the eephus pitch

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Last week we talked about Alfredo Simon throwing an eephus pitch. Or maybe it wasn’t an eephus pitch. Some people have some pretty specific ideas of what makes an eephus an eephus and others are content to simply call any super slow non-knuckleball pitch an eephus.

What we were missing in that conversation was context. And thankfully Jonah Keri provides a hefty dose of eephus context today, going through the history of the pitch and other similarly slow balls. They’re pitches which have largely disappeared given today’s high velocity throwers and fear of having one zig when it should’ve zagged, putting you on SportsCenter as a result of some strong guy hitting it 500 feet.

Good reading.

Mariners activate Kyle Seager

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The Mariners have activated third baseman Kyle Seager from the 60-day injured list, per a team announcement on Saturday. Dylan Moore has been optioned to Triple-A Tacoma to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Seager, while right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala has been placed on the 60-day IL (ruptured Achilles tendon).

Seager, 31, suffered a partial tear in the extensor tendon of his left hand during spring training and has yet to make his season debut. He underwent surgery on the tendon in mid-March and has had a long and slow recovery since then, eventually working his way up to a few starts in Triple-A last week. Through his first nine games in the minors, he batted .256/.310/.308 with two extra bases, seven RBI, and a .617 OPS over 42 plate appearances.

Any progress is good progress, though, and the Mariners will no doubt be looking to Seager to uphold the .250+ average, 3.0+ fWAR totals of seasons past as he works his way back to a full workload — especially with fellow third baseman Ryon Healy headed to the 10-day IL with a bout of back inflammation. Seager will start at third and bat sixth when the club faces off against the Athletics at 4:07 PM EDT on Saturday.