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Mariners Insider Podcast: MLB-MLBPA talks, Jake Fraley and Austin Shenton

Mariners OF Jake Fraley was a guest on the latest Mariners Insider Podcast. (AP)

As predicted, plenty to talk about on this week’s Mariners Insider Podcast.

M’s ST facility provides glimpse at what baseball in 2020 could look like

Two guests, one discussion add up to one hour and 10 minutes of baseball talk. Of course the news of the week, the back and forth between MLB and the MLBPA took center stage. This week, I made a number of appearances on shows on 710 ESPN to break down what we are seeing, what are not seeing and where this could possibly go and the most complete conversation which took place on Tom, Jake and Stacy is included in this podcast.

If you are struggling with what to make of what we have heard this week, we get to that right off the bat as I explain to Tom, don’t buy into too much of what you are hearing with the first proposals, one of which, has not even been officially made yet.

The next two conversations, much more enjoyable. I wanted to catch up with Jake Fraley who has spent his time since baseball shut down in the Peoria area sharing a house with Justin Dunn. Fraley, along with eight others were able to work out at the Mariners spring training facility this week as it was opened to those in Arizona on Tuesday. What did that look like? What safety protocols were in place? How much is safety on their minds? Jake answers all of those questions and talks about the motivation to get back into games.

How do you burn 10,000 calories in one day? My final guest, 2019 fifth-round pick Austin Shenton along with former Husky and current Rams safety Taylor Rapp found out. Austin shares the ups and downs of biking, hiking and swimming his way to 10,000 burned as well as gives us a look at what he has done during the shutdown to stay sharp both physically and mentally. He’s built a batting cage in his back yard and is in the process of building a tiny house which unfortunately accounted for a post ride injury he assures us he will bounce back from.

In the interview you will also hear a little bit about Austin’s family and the importance of the Max Higbee Center to his younger brother Ian.

If you are looking to do some good, donations to the Max Higbee Center can be made through Austin’s GoFundMe page.

Listen to the full podcast at this link or in the player below.

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