We have a few items of note today, so let’s get to them.
First and foremost, the Seattle Mariners selected the Tacoma Rainiers as winners of the John Ellis Award for 2010. This is the award that they give out to their minor league affiliate for outstanding community involvement. Matt Mangini and Mumba Rivera were recognized individually for their efforts.
The Mariners press release has the details on some of the Rainiers community events, and it mentions some of the local charities that benefited.
Personally, I’m always amazed by the players who often use their spare time to participate in the community events during the season. In the PCL, there is so little spare time for anybody who travels with the team! The efforts of Mangini, Mumba, and everyone else on the club who participated in community events deserves to be applauded.
We have some links today, too:
- Baseball America released its Pacific Coast League Top-20 prospects list, and the Rainiers are very well represented. The list is free, while the scouting reports require a subscription.
- John Sickels wrote a “Prospect Review,” with video, of Michael Pineda.
- There has still been no official announcement from the league regarding the former Portland Beavers, and where they will be playing next year. A potential ballpark site is polluted.
- Larry Stone has the latest run-down on the interview schedule for Mariners managerial candidates.
- If you are a Baseball Prospectus subscriber, you can read along as John Perrotto plays Mariners GM for a day.
- The Atlanta Braves are naming Fredi Gonzalez as successor to retiring manager Bobby Cox. Gonzalez, you may recall, is close friends with Rainiers manager Jose Castro, and he visited Castro to support his friend during the Rainiers sweep at Memphis in the PCL Championship Series.
- This has little to do with baseball, but the final anecdote in John McGrath’s column about agents and college football reminds us that some things never change.
Still working on the two bigger blog projects mentioned yesterday - they could take a little while.