We have a few news items to pass along today, so let’s get to it.
But before the links, I want to make sure that you checked out the Dave Niehaus remembrance packages at both the Seattle Times and The News Tribune. There are so many great stories and clips on these pages, you can get lost in them for hours. Dave’s impact on sports fans in the Pacific Northwest will last decades into the future.
Now for a few items:
- The News Tribune ran a story updating the Cheney Stadium construction status. The completion date has been adjusted to April 1 – still two weeks before the home opener on April 15. Meanwhile, the new steel beams are going up. I’ll swing by and take some pictures when it stops raining.*
- Larry LaRue has an update on unsigned 4th round draft pick James Paxton, who is still eligible to sign because he is done playing college baseball. LaRue also answered a bazillion Mariners questions in his live chat yesterday – here is the transcript.
- As noted in the comments yesterday, there are reports that 2009-10 Rainiers pitcher Steven Shell signed a minor league free agent contract with the Kansas City Royals. I have also heard that the Mariners re-signed one of their own minor league free agents: reliever Mumba Rivera.
- The Omaha Royals changed their name to the Omaha Storm Chasers. Due to my personal interest in keeping my job, I will not be commenting on the name change. However, the previous link includes information on the new mascots (yes, plural), a video, and reader comments. Not everyone is impressed. Some, like Rob Neyer of ESPN.com, think its embarrassing.
- If you are a fan of the movie Pulp Fiction, you gotta check this out. Former Rainiers Felix Hernandez and Garrett Olson participated in a photo session for ESPN The Magazine’s “Movie Issue,” and there are some great shots.
- For ESPN Insiders, here is a feature on Dustin Ackley and the improvements he has made while playing in the Arizona Fall League.
- This is fun: Dave Cameron ponders the possibility of the Mariners trading for Justin Upton.
- When the Chicago Cubs decided against promoting Iowa skipper Ryne Sandberg to major league manager, the Hall of Famer elected to leave the organization. Now, he has been named manager of the Phillies Triple-A team in Allentown, PA.
- More PCL manager news: Stu Cole is staying in Colorado Springs, and the Padres are keeping Terry Kennedy in charge of their Triple-A team – now located in Tucson.
Big day Thursday – the American League Cy Young Award winner will be announced. Here we go, Felix, here we go (clap clap clap).
* Look for the photos in June.