The death of Greg Halman is something that is going to be on everyone’s minds, to some extent, throughout the 2012 season.
One Rainiers player who had a long relationship with Halman is Johan Limonta.
Limonta, a native of Cuba who left his country under harrowing circumstances to follow his dream of playing baseball and living a better life, met Halman in the low minor leagues.
The two Mariners prospects grew up together in the farm system.
Matt Crossman, a writer for The Sporting News, originally wrote about Limonta’s journey back in 2008. Now he has a folllow-up piece, focusing on the relationship between the two players.
You can find the story here. The article also reviews Limonta’s journey to the USA, which is worth reading if you are not familiar with it.
Halman’s funeral was over the weekend, and several Rainiers and Mariners players attended. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times has the story.
- Baseball goes on, and the Winter Meetings start on Monday. Mariners GM Jack Z met with the media to discuss the team’s needs.
- Slugger Wily Mo Pena is reportedly signing a two-year contract with a team in Japan. This was inevitable, right?
- Congratulations to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, who won the Triple-A Freitas Award for business operations.
- The bid to build a new ballpark in Vancouver, WA and lure the Yakima Bears has stalled out. My opinion is this is a good thing: I would like to see Triple-A ball return to Portland, and placing a short-season team right across the river would hinder that plan.
- The Baseball Hall Of Fame ballots are out, and Larry Stone writes that this is a big year for Edgar Martinez to make some gains in the voting.
- Interesting story alert! Major League Baseball’s new director of security is a former SF Giants pitcher who worked in the Secret Service for the last two decades. This story includes one of the greatest college pitchers ever, Monica Lewinsky, a bizarre draft story, Bowie Kuhn, homeland security… check it out.
December starts tomorrow. After years of meticulous research, I have determined that December is always the longest month of the baseball off-season. Time to hunker down.