Good Food Coming!

Lots of links to get to today, but first a little bit of Cheney Stadium news that should benefit all of us who go to the ballpark: the Rainiers announced a new concessionaire for the 2013 season.

Ivar’s, Inc. will be the new food service provider at Cheney. That means we’ll get their fish ‘n’ chips and clam chowder, plus we’ll have Kidd Valley burgers (which I am a fan of, and will need to install some sort of personal weekly limit on in order to remain in tip-top broadcasting condition).

I’m excited about the new food options and I hope you will be, too. One group who I know will be in favor is the visiting PCL radio guys – they’re gonna crush that clam chowder.

You can read more about the new food deal right here. Also, please note that Ivar’s is sponsoring that ridiculous opening weekend ticket special, where you get a reserved seat and a meal for just $10. The deal is internet-only and only available through Friday so jump on it quickly if you want it.

Now, lots of Mariners-related links from the first weekend of spring training:

  • Don’t get jealous, but Rainiers infielder Nick Franklin spent the off-season eating everything in sight, and he put on 35 pounds. If you see a guy in full uniform at the Ivar’s stand this season, it’s probably Nick.
  • The Rainier formerly known as Mike Morse now goes by Michael – and Greg Johns explains why in this notebook. It’s typical Morse reasoning. Also, in the blurbs at the end, Johns reports that Alex Liddi and Vinnie Catricala will rotate between third base, first base, and left field this season.
  • On his blog, Ryan Divish reports that the Mariners are moving Double-A prospect Francisco Martinez from third base to the outfield. Martinez is on the 40-man roster and was highly regarded when the Mariners acquired him in the Doug Fister trade, but he did not have a good season last year. I expect him to be in the Jackson outfield this year.
  • Divish also had a piece on Kendrys Morales in Sunday’s print edition.
  • Todd Dybas has a Q&A with Mike Zunino.
  • For you swing-tech guys, here’s a blog post on some subtle changes that Dustin Ackley and Brendan Ryan have made.
  • Geoff Baker writes in the Seattle Times that the Mariners roster has a new feel to it.
  • Larry Stone arrived in camp and has some pithy observations from his first day.
  • Stone also sat down with Dustin Ackley and filed this story.
  • The Mariners are going to take it slow and easy as they get Felix Hernandez ready for opening day.
  • Here’s a fun column from Jackson Generals broadcaster Chris Harris about the cross-country driving trip that Kyle Seager and his wife made to spring training.
  • Former Rainiers ace Michael Pineda is still coming back from shoulder surgery and won’t return to the Yankees until at least June.
  • From the latest round of Baseball America’s minor league transactions, we learn that ex-Rainiers pitcher Sean Henn signed with Boston, while Sean White and Mark Lowe both signed with the Dodgers.
  • Cool story on Nate Robertson, the former Rainiers and MLB starter. He’s now a sidearm-slinging reliever.

On Wednesday we look at the candidates to make the Rainiers opening day roster at the infield corner positions.

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