Quick, look outside. Does it look like spring?
Not if you are here in Tacoma.
But down in Arizona, spring training has begun for the 2012 Seattle Mariners.
Mariners pitchers and catchers reported on Saturday, and with that we got pictures of baseball players doing real-life baseball things, and the news stories that accompany them. Let’s dive into it!
- The Mariners team blog has a story with pictures of the t-shirts Mike Carp issued to the team, honoring the memory of Greg Halman. Check them out.
- Larry LaRue has a good feature on former Rainiers reliever George Sherrill, who has returned to the Mariners.
- You can tell it is spring training because we have LaRue’s first notebook from Peoria.
- Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis has to look at 35 pitchers during spring training.
- It appears that Jason Vargas is going to be the Mariners #2 starter.
- Another Top 100 Prospects list, this one from Baseball Prospectus. Mariners breakdown: Jesus Montero is #7, Taijuan Walker #14, Danny Hultzen #35, and James Paxton #59. They aren’t as high on Nick Franklin as many others; he didn’t make the list.
- Apparently trying to bum us all out, Larry Stone reminds us that having a bunch of top prospects doesn’t really mean anything.
- Big MLB surprise this morning, when the Oakland A’s signed Cuban superstar Yoenis Cespedes. The word is that Cespedes might need a month or two of Triple-A time to prepare for the majors – which would mean that the Rainiers could face him in Sacramento on the very first road trip. Here is Baseball America’s report on Cespedes.
- Former Tacoma Tigers slugger Jose Canseco has a tryout to play in the Mexican League.
Coming Wednesday, a look at the Tacoma Rainiers middle infield candidates.