The Mariners made their first big round of cuts on Sunday, sending 15 players to minor league camp.
The following players were sent down:
PITCHERS: Danny Hultzen, Mauricio Robles, James Paxton, Yoervis Medina, Scott Patterson, Forrest Snow, Taijuan Walker.
HITTERS: Carlos Triunfel, Francisco Martinez, Johermyn Chavez, Chih-Hsien Chiang, Ralph Henriquez, Nick Franklin, Darren Ford, and Luis Jimenez.
Just for fun, I bolded the names of the players who I think will be with Tacoma on opening day. We’ll see if I’m right on April 5.
Last week I wrote about the wording of the transactions – and of course, Sunday the Mariners did not comply. Usually when a 40-man roster player is optioned to the minors during spring training, they name a team he was optioned to. But the Mariners press release simply reads “Optioned to Minors” for the 40-man roster guys. So, no clues there.
Tacoma Rainiers individual game tickets went on-sale online and by phone via Ticketmaster this morning. The actual Cheney Stadium Box Office does not open until Saturday at the Pre-Season Party. The box office will have standard business hours starting March 17.
All ticket prices are the same in 2012 – with one small exception: the City of Tacoma is exercising its right to charge a 50-cent Facility Tax on each ticket.
Here are your official ticket-buying tips from the Booth blog:
- If you live in town, buy your tickets at the stadium box office and save the service fees.
- If you want Reserved seats, purchase them in advance to save a couple of bucks.
- If you know you are going to Opening Night, or July 3, or Salute To Armed Forces Night (May 12), get your tickets well ahead of time in order to get good seats. These dates always fill up. Same goes for Friday Night Fireworks in the summertime.
- If you are coming to a game in April and are worried about rain, ask for Reserved seats in the upper rows – those are the ones under the roof.
- If you know you are going to attend 18 or more games, you should call the Rainiers sales office (253-752-7707). They’ll probably have a season ticket plan that fits you.
- If you are bringing a group of 20 or more people to a game, that means you qualify as a Rainiers Group Outing. Call ‘em up (same number as above) and get a deal.
- We’ll lead off with Larry LaRue’s article on the cuts.
- Before sending all of them down (except Erasmo Ramirez), the Mariners paraded their top young arms out to the mound on Saturday night against the Diamondbacks, and the results were impressive.
- Rainiers shortstop Carlos Triunfel didn’t waste any time after getting sent down.
- Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports wrote about the Mariners gamble on the young arms.
- Geoff Baker unearthed one of the developing questions of Mariners spring training: who are the top set-up relievers going to be? George Sherrill from the left-hand side seems certain, but who will be the right-hander?
- New Mariners catcher John Jaso has spent spring training learning about a whole boatload of pitchers.
- Jason Churchill laid out the Mariners 25-man roster battle in an easy-to-read grid.
- Shannon Drayer wrote a feature on Rainiers starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez.
- The Seattle Times has even more on Ramirez, including details about the generous benefactor who discovered him. This is an excellent story – the series of events leading up to where Ramirez is now is rather amazing.
- Larry Stone caught up with Padres catcher Nick Hundley, who went to Lake Washington High School while his father was an assistant football coach at the University of Washington.
- John McGrath wrote a column about the Mariners upcoming draft pick – #3 overall.
- After a month in spring training, Geoff Baker hands out his awards.
- Chris Harris is the broadcaster for the Mariners Double-A team in Jackson, Tennessee. He wrote a column for the local newspaper in which he talked to manager Jim Pankovits and speculated a bit about the Generals roster.
- Michael Pineda’s velocity is down a little bit, and the Yankees are worried. I’m not – it’s early, he’ll loosen up.
- Baseball America has a thorough examination of the new rule regarding veteran major leaguers who sign as minor league free agents and report to Triple-A. Only one Mariners players falls in this new category: Kevin Millwood. Luis Rodriguez fails to qualify by less than one year of service time.
I’m flying to Arizona for spring training early on Thursday – check back Wednesday for a preview of my trip, and I’ll have blog updates all weekend.