The Major League Baseball season started today, with former Rainiers pitcher Derek Lowe and the Atlanta Braves shutting down the Washington Nationals, 2-0. Ex-Rainiers Eric O’Flaherty (one scoreless inning for ATL) and Mike Morse (0-for-4 for Washington) also appeared in that game.
The Mariners open Friday night at Oakland, with a 7:07 pm first pitch. You can watch it on Root Sports.
As for the Rainiers, we don’t start until Thursday at Sacramento. We’ll have the broadcasts for you on 850 AM once again, and the broadcast should be streaming online – technology willing!
It’s might be quiet here on the blog for a few days: the Rainiers Front Office is moving back into Cheney Stadium and Rainiers President Aaron Artman has declared “All Hands On Deck.” That includes your faithful RG.
The ballpark opens to the public – for free – with our annual Pre-Season Party on Saturday. It lasts from 11 am to 2 pm, and there will be free hot dogs. Come see us and say hi – oh, and please don’t spill any mustard on the new stadium, thank you!
I’ve been doing research to prepare for the start of the season. Every year I key in the list of former Tacoma players and coaches who are now coaching in the minor leagues. It’s really for my own reference, but I might as well post it here, so it’s after the jump if you are curious.
Ex-Tacoma players and coaches who are coaching in the minors in 2011
- Abbott, Paul – Pitching Coach, SS-A Lowell (BOS)
- Andrews, Jeff – Pitching Coach, AA-Frisco (TEX)
- Barkett, Andy – Manager, AA-Jacksonville (FLA)
- Brundage, Dave – Manager, AAA-Gwinnett (ATL)
- Budaska, Mark – Hitting Coach, AAA-Memphis (STL)
- Decker, Steve – Manager, AAA-Fresno (SF)
- Dorman, Rich – Pitching Coach, A-Clinton (SEA)
- Flores, Jose – Hitting Coach, A-Augusta (SF)
- Garrett, Adrian – Hitting Coach, AAA-Louisville (CIN)
- Garrison, Webster – Manager, A-Stockton (OAK)
- Goff, Mike – Manager, R-Scottsdale (SF)
- Gomez, Orlando – Manager, A-Frederick (BAL)
- Holbert, Aaron – Manager, A-Kinston (CLE)
- Hooton, Burt – Pitching Coach, AAA-Oklahoma City (HOU)
- Jackson, Ryan – Hitting Coach, AA-Carolina (CIN)
- Kennedy, Terry – Manager, AAA-Tucson (SD)
- Kinkade, Mike – Hitting Coach, SS-A Everett (SEA)
- Lachemann, Rene – Hitting Coach, AAA-Colorado Springs (COL)
- Lorraine, Andrew – Pitching Coach, SS-A Everett (SEA)
- Matos, Francisco – Hitting Coach, AA-Arkansas (LAA)
- Menchaca, Eddy – Manager, A-Clinton (SEA)
- Minor, Ryan – Manager, A-Delmarva (BAL)
- Moses, John – Hitting Coach, AA-Corpus Christi (HOU)
- Myers, Dave – Hitting Coach, AAA-Durham (TB)
- Norton, Greg – Manager, AAA-New Orleans (FLA)
- Patrick, Bronswell – Pitching Coach, A-Lake Elsinore (SD)
- Pollreisz, Terry – Hitting Coach, A-Clinton (SEA)
- Rende, Sal – Hitting Coach, AAA-Lehigh Valley (PHL)
- Rice, Pat – Pitching Coach, AAA-Fresno (SF)
- Sanders, Anthony – Hitting Coach, SS-A Tri-City (COL)
- Simas, Bill – Pitching Coach, R-Ogden (LAD)
- Sojo, Luis – Manager, A-Tampa (NYY)
- Steenstra, Kennie – Pitching Coach, AA-Bowie (BAL)
- Timmons, Ozzie – Hitting Coach, AA-Montgomery (TB)
- Wathan, Dusty – Manager, A-Clearwater (PHL)
- Young, Ernie – Manager, A-West Michigan (DET)
- Zinter, Alan – Hitting Coach, AA-Mobile (AZ)