Clay Huntington Way is happening.
The street that winds around Foss High School into Cheney Stadium – currently named Cheyenne Street – is going to be renamed Clay Huntington Way in a pre-game ceremony on April 21.
This is a terrific way to honor a man who made such an impact on athletics in the City of Tacoma.
The Mariners lost the second game in Japan this morning, 4-1. Jason Vargas pitched terrific baseball, but the Mariners bullpen got hammered – three different relievers allowed a home run in the late innings.
Seattle split the series and now returns to Arizona for another week of Cactus League games before resuming the regular season in Oakland next Friday.
This big news this morning was that the Mike Carp sprained his shoulder making that diving attempt in left field on Opening Day. The Mariners placed him on the 15-day disabled list and activated Carlos Peguero to take his place.
We’re not going to learn the severity of Carp’s injury until he gets re-evaluated when the team returns to US soil. Hopefully it’s a minor injury and he won’t miss more than 15 days.
If you watched the game this morning – I did, and I am eternally thankful that it ended before sunrise this time – you had to be impressed by Yoenis Cespedes, the center fielder for Oakland. Cespedes was the best player in Cuba, and Oakland signed him to a big contract after he left the island nation. After two games, it’s looking like a great signing. Speed, power, defense – he showed it all in Japan. We’ll see what happens when full scouting reports get out on him – will he adjust?
By the way, we have a final ruling on the pronunciation of Cespedes – well, his last name, anyway. The San Francisco newspaper is printing an accent on the first “e,” and that’s how the Mariners broadcast team was pronouncing it throughout the second half of this morning’s game. SESS-pe-des.
- We’ll start with Geoff Baker’s game story on the Mariners loss in game two in Japan, and the box score.
- Here’s all we have on Mike Carp’s injury, from Greg Johns of MLB.com.
- Larry Stone says it’s too early to panic about the Mariners offense.
- Tim Booth took a break from his regular job of being a wiseass on Twitter to write this story about the technical challenges of the unusual telecasts of the games in Japan.
- Baker caught up with former Rainiers slugger Wladimir Balentien, who is big in Japan.
- You can buy the hat that Bobby Thomson was wearing when he hit The Shot Heard ‘Round The World. Whitey Lockman – one of Tacoma’s winningest managers in franchise history* – was on base when Thomson hit it.
- Things we learn from the latest round of Baseball America’s Minor League Transactions: the Red Sox released former Rainiers and UW pitcher Sean White, ex-Rainiers outfielder David Winfree was optioned to Reno, the Dodgers released ex-Mariners and Rainiers pitcher Ian Snell, the Nationals parted ways with Gaby Hernandez, and the Mariners released a whole bunch of lower-level minor leaguers, including pitcher Stephen Penney who I wrote about when I was in Arizona.
- If you are a Baseball America subscriber, Ben Badler has a tremendously thorough round-up of the Mariners teenage international signings from last year.
- Talk about a career spin: Steve Patterson, the consultant who worked tirelessly with the Rainiers on the Cheney Stadium renovation project, is now the Athletic Director at Arizona State University. Nice gig, Steve!**
- Former Rainiers outfielder Scott Podsednik is having a huge spring in Florida, but he’s in a showdown with Juan Pierre to make the Phillies roster as the 25th man.
- In the PCL, the Reno newspaper looks at the possibility that the Arizona Diamondbacks might not want to expose their highly regarded pitching prospects to the gravity-free environment of Aces Ballpark. There are some great quotes from Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers in this piece.
- The Fresno Grizzlies will have a rehabilitating Ryan Vogelsong starting on opening day.
No blog post on Friday – I’m working on some other projects. Check back Monday for an update of the weekend’s news. Rainiers Opening Night is just a week from today!
* Spoiler alert: this is a subject that will come up again during the 2012 PCL season.
** I believe - although I am not certain – that he is the only Pac-12 athletic director who has ever karaoked ”Truckin” at Barb’s Westgate.