The Mariners set their 25-man Opening Day roster yesterday – barring any late trades or waiver claims.
As I type this, the Mariners official site has 26 players on the roster – but three of them are starting the season on the disabled list (David Aardsma, Matt Mangini, and Franklin Gutierrez). Two non-roster invitees are missing (Luis Rodriguez and Ryan Langerhans). The club will probably wait until the last minute before officially adding Rodriguez and Langerhans, just in case any late trades develop.
This Larry LaRue blog post has an easier-to-look-at Mariners roster.
The final move was waiting to see if lefty reliever Cesar Jimenez would clear waivers. He did, and has been assigned to Tacoma.
Now we wait for the Tacoma roster. We should know it by Tuesday at the latest – but some years we get it on Mariners opening day, which is Friday. At any rate, I’ll post it here on the blog as soon as I am able.
Links from my daily reading:
- LaRue has a list of Mariners spring surprises and disappointments.
- The big surprise on the M’s opening roster is reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, who didn’t play for five years and now jumps from low-A to the majors. He’s one of the best stories in all of baseball this spring but I’m not sure the story has gained any traction outside of the Northwest. It will – it’s only a matter of time.
- Since nobody else is writing it, I will: congratulations to now former Rainiers reliever Josh Lueke, who has made the Mariners Opening Day roster.
- Here’s a good piece from Matthew Carruth to get you ready for Opening Day: Five Questions about the 2011 Seattle Mariners.
- Jim Caple of ESPN.com leads off his column with a story about Dave Niehaus and Rick Rizzs.
- Some PCL pre-season stories are starting to trickle in: here’s a preview of the Tucson Padres, and another of the Reno Aces.
- I like Tucson, I’m glad they’re back in the league, and I can’t wait to go down there, but I’m forced to give the Tucson Padres a big “F” for their new mascot – which is identical to the San Diego Padres mascot. Boooooooooo! They want fans to name the Friar. How about Fake Friar? Or Faux Friar? Maybe we should call him Plagiarize the Padre? I’ve got it: The Uncreative Abbot!
- The Oklahoma City RedHawks have a new affiliate in the Houston Astros, who showed up for an exhibition game last night. In this notebook, we learn that the crowd was small, and that RedHawks skipper Tony DeFrancesco has named Jordan Lyles his opening day starter.
- Speaking of opening day starters, when I was in Arizona over the weekend I counted the days and it appeared that both Blake Beavan and Luke French were in line to start the Rainiers season opener. Daren Brown was tight-lipped when I asked him.
- Former Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer will be an analyst for Baseball Tonight this season. Several of my Rainiers co-workers were not alive when Moyer made his major league debut.
- Everyone is posting their pre-season predictions this week. Here’s the one you should read: Larry Stone, who is kinda hot with the predictions right now. What do you see in my future, Soothsayer Stone?
- The Mariners released some lower-level minor leaguers, including players I wanted to see just because of their names, like Hawkins Gebbers and pitcher Jake Wild, as well as ex-Rainiers pitcher Paul Abbott’s son Lance Abbott. Also released was Derek Saito – the pitcher the M’s received with Dan Cortes in the Yuniesky Betancourt trade.
- Friend of the blog Rob Neyer wrote something short and funny about former Tacoma Twins player-manager Tom Kelly.
- If your interested in the FSN-to-Root Sports transition, here’s some info about that from Forbes.
Perhaps you heard that Major League Baseball has opened a new seven-day disabled list for players with concussions or concussion-like symptoms only. I think this is a really good idea. In the minor leagues the DL is seven days, period. In the majors its 15 days, which makes it a challenge to DL a player with a minor injury that might cost him 4-5 days, and thus requires a team to carry capable reserve players. But with concussions doctors can’t immediately tell if recovery time is three days or possibly months or even years. I think a 7-day disabled list for concussions is a good call.