The major league opener is tonight, when Houston and Texas meet on Sunday Night Baseball. It’s the only game today – almost everybody else plays Monday, including the Mariners.
Here in Tacoma, we’re waiting for the Mariners to send us our opening day roster. I expect it on either Monday or Tuesday, and we’ll have it posted online as soon as we get it.
There was one big news item yesterday, as far as the Rainiers are concerned: the Mariners released veteran catcher Ronny Paulino. This clears the way for Mike Zunino to play in Tacoma, with either Jesus Sucre or Brandon Bantz backing him up.
Just as I was wrapping up this blog, Shannon Drayer reported on Twitter that it looks like Jeremy Bonderman is going to accept an assignment to Tacoma. Good news!
The Mariners season preview articles came out today, so let’s hit the links.
- The Mariners-Rockies game yesterday was a big hit in Salt Lake City.
- Ryan Divish writes that the Mariners pitching staff is Felix Hernandez and a whole lot of question marks.
- Felix Hernandez isn’t worried – he thinks that the Mariners are going to be good.
- John McGrath took the persona of the Houston Astros and introduced himself to his new friends in the AL West. OK, that sounds weird, but trust me: it’s a terrific column.
- McGrath also answered questions about what is new in MLB for 2013. He predicts the Washington Nationals will win the whole ball of wax.
- Here is your one-stop-shop for the entire Seattle Times MLB/Mariners preview package. From that page you can read on a variety of subjects, including this piece on the Mariners farm system.
- Mariners infield prospect Brad Miller stayed in big league camp until the very end.
- Some ex-Rainiers notes, both good and bad: Rob Johnson was sent to Memphis, the Mets released Mike Wilson, Shawn Kelley made the Yankees opening day roster, and the Giants decided to carry three catchers in the majors – with the third one being Guillermo Quiroz.
- Opening Day, 1867. Base-ball matters.
- In the PCL, three teams announced their opening day rosters: the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Round Rock Express, and the Nashville Sounds.
- Here’s a look at the probable Fresno team Tacoma faces on Thursday.
- Bob Turley – one of the key members of the 1950s Yankees dynasty – passed away. His New York Times obituary contains some great baseball history.
Not sure if I’ll have a Monday update; I’ve got a ton of stuff to do before the road trip. I certainly will post if we get a roster…