Weekend Round-Up

No main post today; just a few links from the weekend:

  • The Mariners had a very good weekend, taking two of three from first-place Texas. The Mariners finished the season series with a 9-10 record against the top team in the division. It may not seem like much, but it is definitely an improvement.
  • Larry Stone’s Sunday baseball package in the Seattle Times included a column on the Melky Cabrera batting title situation, a notebook with a hilarious item on Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter, power rankings, and a former Rainiers infielder in his thumbs up-and-down.
  • Baseball America ranked the prospects in the Arizona Rookie League, and Mariners teenager Gabriel Guerrero made the list despite not joining the league until late. He is Vladimir Guerrero‘s cousin and he took a big step forward this year after opening the season in the Dominican Summer League and playing his way off the island.
  • On Sunday the Omaha newspaper ran a Storm Chasers season wrap-up.
  • Here’s a fun story from Calgary about the final days of the Calgary Cannons, who played in the PCL from 1985 through 2002. Calgary was always one of the most fun stops in the league – although the weather was quite dramatic, and the ballpark was a Reno-like launching pad. Burns Stadium had the scariest press box ever: you walked up the stadium steps behind home plate to the top row, went through a door and took more steps that were like a fire escape attached to the back of the building with the ground 50 feet below, then emerged once again inside the stadium on a ceiling catwalk to walk to the press box that hung from the underside of the roof of the stadium. The whole press box would shake when there was a gust of wind, and it felt like it was going to fall from the roof and crush a section of fans behind home plate. It was truly terrifying.

From death, we move to life: the Rainiers are hosting the Heart Walk next Saturday, and I’m participating. If you would like to donate to a good cause, the info is after the jump.

The 2013 Pierce County Heart Walk is at Cheney Stadium on Saturday, October 6. Tacoma Rainiers team president Aaron Artman is the event chair.

I hate to ask for money – that is not what this blog is all about – but if you would like to make a donation, you can do so right here.

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