Winter Meetings Ahead

It’s been a quiet week, but that’s going to change when the Winter Meetings start on Monday.

The Rainiers are sending three front office members and reps from the ownership group to Dallas, but don’t look for them to make any news – they’ll be participating in league and Mariners organizational meetings, shopping merchandise lines and promotional items at the trade show, and I’m sure they’ll be on the lookout for the next great ticket salesperson.

The real news will come from the major league side of things, where the free agent market and trade action should really get going. I always enjoy this time of year.

To carry us over to Monday, here are a few stories of note:

  • Let’s talk about something we can all get behind: coffee. The Rainiers signed a five-year exclusive with Forza. Little-known radio fact: coffee is a key component in every Tacoma Rainiers broadcast. You are required welcome in my booth every day, Forza! 
  • Here’s a new one: Japanese free agent shortstop Munenori Kawasaki announced that he is willing to sign with an American team – but only if it is the Mariners. Waiting for a similar announcement from Albert Pujols.
  • The Mariners announced that they will be keeping the same radio format that they used last year. Ken Levine is trying to get the jump on the good games.
  • Here’s a story from Minor League Baseball’s website on three Triple-A announcers who broadcast major league games last year. Hey look, it’s me!
  • Great news out of Nashville, where progress is being made on a new ballpark.

Have a great weekend!

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