We’re one day away from Tacoma Rainiers opening day, so let’s get up-to-speed on the broadcast plans for 2014.
Our flagship radio station will once again be South Sound Sports 850 AM. We’re happy to be back with them – the folks at Clear Channel have been great partners for years now, and it’s beneficial to be on the sister station of Sports Radio KJR.
If you are outside of the 850 AM broadcast range, there are other ways to listen.
Every broadcast will be streamed online for free via Minor League Baseball’s service. I will link to the stream daily here on the blog, and it can also be found via the Tacoma Rainiers official website (under the Multimedia tab).
You can also listen to Rainiers baseball on your smart phone by using the free TuneIn Radio app. We’re hoping this is up-and-running for the opener tomorrow (fingers crossed!).
Streaming video of every Triple-A and Double-A game in the nation is available for a fee via MiLB.TV. It’s $50 for the season, but you can watch every single Rainiers game, home and away, via the online video stream. Quality varies from ballpark-to-ballpark, and you will always get the home team’s audio feed.
Each radio broadcast will begin 15 minutes prior to the first pitch with the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show. We’ll have an interview with a player or coach or someone interesting in the PCL (almost) daily, and each Sunday we’ll visit with manager Roy Howell.
The Miller Time Post-Game Show will last about 15 minutes and have a Rainiers game recap with highlights, plus major league and PCL scoreboards.
Finally, everyone with the Rainiers is pleased to welcome back legendary Pacific Northwest broadcaster Bob Robertson for another season of Mondays With Bob. Robertson joins me on the air for all Monday home games, and he’ll do play-by-play for the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings.
We’re starting to get some answers on the players the Mariners designated for assignment at the end of spring training.
The San Diego Padres claimed left-handed reliever Bobby LaFromboise off waivers, and they optioned him to Triple-A El Paso. Somebody somewhere said, “Congratulations, Bobby. You’re a Chihuahua!”
Outfielder Xavier Avery cleared waivers and the Mariners outrighted him to Tacoma. That means the Rainiers now have 26 players, so a roster move will be made before tomorrow’s opener – assuming that Avery arrives in time for the game.
We are still awaiting word on Carlos Triunfel.
- The Mariners made it two straight wins with an 8-3 decision at Anaheim last night. That’s 18 runs in two games…
- Larry Stone wrote about Justin Smoak making the Angels pay for intentionally walking Robinson Cano.
- Here’s a look at the opening day rosters for all four Mariners full-season minor league teams.
- Scott Weber of Lookout Landing, um, looked at the Mariners minor league rosters.
- Gary Hill is doing a daily Mariners podcast, and he had me as a guest on today’s episode to talk a little Rainiers.
- Catcher Brandon Bantz was signed by the Washington Nationals and sent to Double-A Harrisburg. Bantz was released by the Mariners a couple of days ago.
- Former Rainiers and Mariners pitcher Joel Pineiro signed a minor league deal with the Cubs. Good luck on the comeback bid, Joel!
- Federal Way’s Travish Ishikawa is back in the big leagues.
- A man named Mike Tanier went on an entertaining rant about minor league team names, and then listed some of his favorites. He makes a lot of good points.
- Lots of season preview stories coming from PCL newspapers today. For example, don’t tell Las Vegas pitcher and top prospect Noah Syndergaard that the PCL is a hitter’s league. In the story: Vegas will have Dice-K in the rotation.
- The Dodgers sent their No. 1 prospect Joc Pederson to Albuquerque. He’ll be joined by former Rainiers and Mariners outfielder Trayvon Robinson.
- First baseman C.J. Cron headlines the Salt Lake Bees roster, and Efren Navarro is back for a fourth season with the Bees.
- George Springer and the Oklahoma City RedHawks are getting adjusted to life without manager Tony DeFranceso.
- It looks like Colorado Springs is going to have an older club this year.
- The New Orleans Zephyrs opening day starter is Brian Flynn, who led the PCL in earned run average last year.
I’m excited for tomorrow’s PCL opener. I hope you can make it out to the ballpark!