The renovation of Cheney Stadium last winter brought improved amenities to the fans, the players, and even the broadcasters.
For the first time in my career, I actually work in a nice broadcast booth.
Last year I moved into the booth on opening day, and I never had a chance to dress it up and make it look nice. One of my projects for the off-season has been to decorate it a bit.
I decided it would be fun to put up a picture of each of the Rainiers managers I have worked with.
Specifically, I want a photo of each of the four managers arguing.
These pictures haven’t been as easy to find as I had hoped.
Amazingly, Daren Brown is smiling in all of the photos of him that the Rainiers have on file. His predecessor Dave Brundage argued with umpires seemingly every game, but I can only find photos of him coaching third base. I haven’t gone through the Dave Myers pictures yet, but I’m not hopeful.
However, I did find the picture of the aftermath of Dan Rohn’s epic meltdown in 2005, when he uprooted second base and took it with him.
If anyone has photos of Brown, Myers or Brundage arguing or getting tossed, please let me know!
The Mariners announced some moves today, signing free agent relief pitchers Hong-Chih Kuo and Shawn Camp. Both are expected to make the opening day roster.
We saw Kuo with Las Vegas when he was on his way to the majors – he throws very hard and has nasty stuff, but he’s often on the disabled list.
Camp has been in the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen the last four years. He’s 36 years old and was a late bloomer – he didn’t stick in the majors until 2004, when he was 28.
To make room for the new pitchers on the 40-man roster, the Mariners designated for assignment catcher Chris Gimenez and outfielder Mike Wilson. Both players could clear waivers and remain in the Mariners organization – we’ll find out in a few days.
- The Mariners bullpen has a new look after these signings.
- Hong-Chih Kuo made a big stir in the PCL back in 2006, when in a rare plate appearance he launched at tape-measure grand slam at Fresno – it was his only minor league hit in 19 at-bats.
- As you know, the Mariners open the season with two games against Oakland in Japan. Wanna go? Me, too. Here is the ticket information.
- Greg Johns has a good story about how Ken Griffey Jr. changed baseball with a simple request to honor Jackie Robinson.
- Geoff Baker has a blog post on the Mariners lineup possibilities. People love to discuss and analyze the batting order, even though Bill James proved that it doesn’t really matter.*
- Which major leaguer will reach 3,000 hits next? Probably a former Tacoma Rainiers player. Right now, no former Tacoma players are in the 3,000 hit club.
- In the PCL, the Reno Aces announced their 2012 promotional schedule. I’m pleased to report that we will be there for both $1 Nachos Night and Coors Light Thirsty Thursday. We will not be there for something called “Desktop Cornhole Game Giveaway Day.”
- Speaking of the Aces, their (copy-cat) blog has an update on former Rainiers outfielder David Winfree.
- The next time anybody says anything about the “Tacoma aroma,” just remind them that the Double-A team in Altoona, Pennsylvania plays at People’s Natural Gas Field. If they don’t serve the best chili dogs in minor league baseball, something is wrong.
We’ll be back with a new blog on Wednesday, previewing corner infielders for the 2012 Rainiers.
* I have learned through personal experience to never, ever discuss this Bill James finding with an actual baseball team manager.