Three Months To Opening Day

Happy New Year, and all of that!

We have hung a new calendar on the wall here at the Tacoma Rainiers North End Satellite Office (code for “my house”) and it reveals that opening day is just three months away. Tacoma opens on the road on April 4 at Fresno, and the home opener at Cheney Stadium will be on Friday, April 12 when the Sacramento River Cats come to town.

It’s time to start looking forward to 2013, although the heavy work here on the blog won’t start until February. That’s when we’ll begin our position-by-position rundown of the spring training battles for spots on the Mariners MLB and Triple-A rosters.

In the meantime, we’ll keep an eye on late Mariners moves. Rumors continued to spread over the holiday break that the M’s have been active in trade discussions, and the team is not done trying to improve for 2013. Could we have a blockbuster before spring training? It certainly seems possible.

One thing that did happen over the break: the Mariners officially signed Raul Ibanez, and made room for him on the 40-man roster by designating Tacoma pitcher DJ Mitchell for assignment. We do not know yet if Mitchell cleared waivers (not enough time has passed).

Mitchell pitched very well for Tacoma last year after being acquired in the Ichiro trade, putting up  2.96 ERA in eight starts. While not possessing overpowering stuff, Mitchell showed good poise and intelligence on the hill – he’s a guy who, as the cliché goes, “knows how to pitch.” Tacoma could certainly use him in 2013 if he clears waivers.

I hope you had good holidays, and are ready for the new year. We’re back to the regular off-season schedule here on the blog: I’ll be posting 2-3 times a week as needed until spring training starts.

Links:

  • Jack Z says that the Mariners aren’t done making moves, Geoff Baker writes.
  • Greg Johns has ten questions for the Mariners entering the new year.
  • Former Rainiers pitcher John “Perfect Game” Halama is now a pitching coach.
  • This is my favorite story of 2013 so far: New Mexico head basketball coach Steve Alford drew two technical fouls and was ejected from a game by former Albuquerque Isotopes manager (and ex-major leaguer) Tracy Woodson. Woodson is now a college basketball official. Isotopes Park is directly across the street from New Mexico’s home basketball arena, “The Pit.”
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