The Rainiers are back at it tonight (weather permitting) after an off-day on Wednesday.
About half the team, plus the coaching staff, participated in the annual Tacoma Rainiers Golf Tournament benefitting Mary Bridge Tree House. We had a lively outing at Trophy Lake, complete with a banquet and a live auction. Thank you to all of you who donated to support Mary Bridge!
The golf tournament has been a staple for years, and it provides an opportunity for Rainiers fans and sponsors to meet the players and coaches. There have been some great stories over the years. This year, probably because of his breakout season in Baltimore, the most popular story making its way around the links was remembering Adam Jones and his adventurous golf cart driving. Let’s just say that Adam avoided a major injury, while his golf cart did not.
Tonight the Salt Lake Bees are in town to open a four-game series. Salt Lake is playing .500 ball – quite literally, they are 30-30. Hot hitters right now are Robinzon Diaz, Efren Navarro, and Luis Jimenez. Yes, Salt Lake’s Luis Jimenez – this is the confusing series for radio and newspaper reporters, because each team is going to have a Luis Jimenez in the starting lineup.
Tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:05 PM, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Brian Sweeney (1-0, 3.90) against Salt Lake LHP Greg Smith (1-3, 3.69). Veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins is expected to pitch on a rehab assignment for Salt Lake.
Former Rainiers and Mariners pitcher David Pauley is the listed starter for Salt Lake on Friday night.
- If you really want to read about Tuesday’s 8-1 drubbing at the hands of Sacramento, Doug Pacey’s game story is right here.
- More interesting reading is Pacey’s speculation that the Rainiers may be clearing a starting rotation spot for Danny Hultzen. I have nothing to add to this yet (other than a hearty agreement with commenter #1) - as I type this, Hultzen is still in Double-A, trying to help Jackson win the first half title and clinch a playoff spot. Jackson has a three-game lead with 10 to play.
- Rainiers outfielder Trayvon Robinson did a web chat on the Seattle Times site – it’s over now, but you can read the wrap-up. There were some good questions!
- Here is Ryan Divish’s round-up of the Mariners Day Two draft picks. Ryan was right to focus a little on the 11th rounder – with the new draft cap rules on rounds 1-through-10, the 11th round pick is where teams were selecting high-upside players who might require a bigger signing bonus.
- And here we have Divish’s take on the third and final day of Mariners draft picks.
- John McGrath wrote an interesting column about Mariners #1 draft pick Mike Zunino and parallels to Buster Posey.
- Larry Stone has a post about how Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager have taken advantage of the opportunity.
- My favorite high school coach in the nation – former Rainiers catcher Pat Borders – had several players drafted, including his son Levi.
- Sad news: former Mariners General Manager Hal Keller has passed away.
- Gig Harbor’s own Scott Hatteberg is joining the Oakland A’s TV team.
- In the PCL, the Reno Aces are going to add Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew on a rehabilitation assignment starting tonight.
- The Sacramento Bee wrote what a lot of people in the PCL have been whispering about: Manny Ramirez should retire.
- Folks, we have some truly fantastic news coming out of Colorado Springs: the baseball humidor is working. Now if we could just get a humidor installed in Reno, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, Tucson…
- The Oklahoma newspaper did a Q&A with PCL home run leader and cancer survivor Anthony Rizzo.
- Interesting news out of baseball-hating Portlandia, where the suburbs are stepping up to the plate: the short-season Yakima Bears are apparently moving to Hillsboro, and the Portland area might end up with two Northwest League teams.
- Finally, one year later, I can share with you the real reason we renovated Cheney Stadium: so that we can host a food truck festival! Make plans to attend The Moveable Feast.
- Speaking of food, amazingly trim Salt Lake broadcaster Steve Klauke is back with his blog of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives in the PCL.
Rain, rain – GO AWAY!!!!