Seattle Mariners make ‘free-agent addition,’ undertake rescue canine to assist postseason push

The Seattle Mariners have an additional pair of paws to assist them throughout their playoff push.

The crew introduced Saturday it had adopted a 4-year-old combined Labrador named Tucker. The rescue canine will likely be an everyday fixture round T-Cell Park and for infrequent street video games, in response to the Mariners’ official web site.

The membership created a Twitter account for Tucker, displaying the pup taking part in fetch within the clubhouse, hanging out in supervisor Scott Servais’ workplace and working up the dugout steps to the sphere.

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Tucker was rescued from OkanDogs in Cashmere, Washington. Servais and his spouse have additionally volunteered for the group up to now.

In response to the web site, the Mariners have been within the means of adopting a canine for greater than a yr earlier than discovering the precise slot in Tucker.

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“He obtained scouted very closely,” Servais advised the web site. “We ran folks in there, and we cross-checked them. Jack ran in there. We obtained big-time numbers on this canine. So he went excessive within the Draft. We’re comfortable to have him as a free-agent addition to our membership. Actually good. This man will fetch and play with the blokes all day lengthy.

“You may see him out right here working across the subject right here the following few days. He is obtained the clubhouse lined proper now.”

Getting into play Sunday, the Mariners (58-51) occupied the third and last playoff spot within the American League wild-card standings, though they have been tied with the fourth-place Baltimore Orioles (56-51) within the loss column. The Cleveland Guardians, Chicago White Sox and Boston Crimson Sox have been all inside 4 video games of the Mariners for the ultimate postseason place.

The Mariners made some vital strikes on the deadline, together with the acquisition of ace Luis Castillo from the Cincinnati Reds. Seattle hopes the addition of Tucker can even have a optimistic impact on crew morale down the stretch.

“[Tucker] simply obtained activated as we speak and will likely be an excellent addition to our crew,” Servais mentioned.

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