A round-up of news, notes, analysis, and humor from the weekend:
- On Sunday Ryan Divish wrote a story on where the Mariners stand now that Josh Hamilton is off the table. It nicely wraps up all of the options.
- Baseball America has another round of Minor League Transactions, and we learn that ex-Rainiers pitcher Steve Garrison signed with Arizona and could end up with the Reno Aces, along with much-traveled former Rainiers infielder Josh Wilson.
- From the above link, the guy I desperately want on the Rainiers – infielder Rainer Olmedo – signed with the Twins. Total bummer.
- George Brett – who can tell a good story, you might be aware – has some great Hall of Fame stories, including one about golfing with Yogi Berra and Bill Murray. More importantly, he reveals who is in the Hall of Fame wine clique.
- Well, at least one minor league team is trying to get to the bottom of this December 21, 2012 end of the Mayan calendar stuff. That would be the Class-A Lake Elsinore Storm, who are hosting a talk with a Mayan Grand Elder tonight.
- MLB is getting serious about the new padded protective hats for pitchers. Samples have been issued.
- Could San Antonio be the next Triple-A city? Some guys down there are kicking around the idea of a new, downtown, expandable-for-MLB stadium. This is just in the idea phase right now.
- If you like mid-20th century jazz and baseball, you will like this. Otherwise, move along – nothing to see here!