Baseball season officially started on Sunday evening, when the Super Bowl came to its (sad) conclusion. Spring training starts next week and we will be underway.
Coming up tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon on the blog, we’ll look at the bullpen candidates to make the Rainiers opening day roster.
I was recently asked to write a guest story for Baseball Prospectus. They told me I could write whatever I wanted, but they were particularly interested in a “day in the life of a radio announcer” article. I threw one together and you can check it out right here (Baseball Prospectus is a subscription site but they offered my article as part of their free content).
For those of you who read this blog regularly there won’t be any truly enlightening moments in the story, but it was kind of fun to write for a national audience.
- At The News Tribune, Ryan Divish began a position-by-position series by looking at second base and Dustin Ackley. That was yesterday – today, he wrote the second article, about shortstop and Brendan Ryan.
- John McGrath notes that a senior at Kentwood High School could be a first round pick in this year’s baseball draft.
- The super Bowl power outage reminded Larry Stone of a classic baseball story.
- ESPN has a ranking of the MLB farm systems and they rank the Mariners No. 8. You can read it if you are an “Insider.”
- More stuff if you are an ESPN “Insider”: Keith Law’s Top-100 Prospects list, with individual reports, and the ten players who just missed. Law is high on Mariners prospects Taijuan Walker and Mike Zunino, he has Danny Hultzen and Nick Franklin listed, and apparently he is not-as-high on James Paxton who usually makes these lists but is nowhere to be found. Whatever; these lists are really just for fun, anyway.
- The Colorado Rockies are always willing to try something new: now they have hired a “development supervisor” to travel with each minor league affiliate and oversee the instruction – and presumably the coaching staff. It will be interesting to see how this works.
- In the PCL, we have an update on the always confusing Memphis Redbirds ownership situation.
Tacoma relief pitchers – coming tomorrow!