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Morning Mound Visit: ZiPS projections for the grapefruit and cactus leagues

Adjusted playoff odds after re-alignment; the friendship between Jackie Robinson and Ron Rabinovitz; how a year without baseball affects the Mariners

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Dan Szymborski | FanGraphs: The proposed cactus and grapefruit league re-alignment would dramatically alter the course of the season. Dan Szymborski, the dictator of ZiPS, projected the playoff odds of each team in a few different league structures which gives us some insight into fascinating alternate realities.

Do-Hyoung Park | MLB.com: In 1953, Jackie Robinson and 8-year-old Ron Rabinovitz began a friendship that would last a lifetime. The unlikely pair exchanged letters for years, and Rabinovitz continues to spread Jackie’s message to this day.

Joe E. Doyle | Lookout Landing: A year without baseball disrupts just about every team (aside from perhaps the Red Sox who would get to look smart for trading Mookie Betts). The Mariners may not have made any splashy, one-year moves that would get erased, but no 2020 season would create some major obstacles in the already troubled rebuild.