Yesterday the rosters were announced for all of the World Baseball Classic teams, and local media reported the various Mariners who dot the rosters. Included in the reports was a note that Rainiers pitcher Brian Sweeney is on the roster for Italy, and that he is “likely to sign a minor league deal with the Mariners.”
It would be great to have Sweeney back on the team this year. The team needs a certified strike thrower, especially considering the youth – and wildness that can come with it – of Tacoma’s prospective starting rotation.
Sweeney would also provide some veteran leadership on a team that right now appears to be severely lacking in that area.
Left to ponder, however, is the question of how Sweeney ended up on Team Italy.
Here is a list of all of the former Tacoma players on the World Baseball Classic rosters. I think you guys will be interested in Team Australia’s players.
- AUSTRALIA: Ryan Rowland-Smith, Chris Snelling, Brad Thomas
- BRAZIL: (none)
- CANADA: Michael Saunders
- CHINA: (none)
- CHINESE-TAPEI: Yung-Chi Chen
- CUBA: (none of course)
- DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Miguel Olivo
- ITALY: Alex Liddi, Brian Sweeney
- JAPAN: (none)
- KOREA: (none)
- MEXICO: Oliver Perez
- NETHERLANDS: Wladimir Balentien
- PUERTO RICO: (none)
- SPAIN: (none)
- USA: Willie Bloomquist, R.A. Dickey, Adam Jones
- VENEZUELA: Asdrubal Cabrera, Felix Hernandez, Cesar Jimenez
On a personal note, I’d like to thank everyone who offered words of support in the comments and via Twitter and email regarding the Mariners radio position. Obviously, I wanted it, but that didn’t happen. I recently found out I didn’t get it, and that means you are stuck with me in Tacoma in 2013.
The Mariners had over 150 applicants, and they decided to go with a young gun in Aaron Goldsmith, who was in Triple-A Pawtucket for one season. Goldsmith rose to the top of a field in which dozens had substantially more experience than him, and that means one thing: the Mariners must believe he has a special talent for broadcasting. I don’t know him – shoot, I had to Google him when I heard he was a candidate – but I ask you to please give him a fair chance.
Welcome to the Pacific Northwest, Aaron. If you happen to be reading this while in the process of moving here, please be advised that they are not joking when they say that it rains all of the time here.
- From Baseball America, here are easy-to-view rosters for all of the World Baseball Classic teams, on one web page.
- Fun stuff on former Mariners pitcher and current Reno pitching coach Mike Parrott on this ESPN Sweet Spot post.
- Shannon Drayer has a Q&A with her new teammate on the broadcast crew.
- Free for today only (I’m guessing), Baseball Prospectus has a highly enjoyable article on a trip to scout teenagers in the Dominican by writer/scout/poet/romantic Jason Parks.
Have a great weekend!