We’ve got big news in the PCL coming out of Nashville, where the city is once again on the verge of building a new ballpark to get the team out of dilapidated Greer Stadium and into a state-of-the-art Triple-A facility.
Nashville has been close to a new stadium before, only to have the rug pulled out from under its feet. However, this sounds like it is very close to becoming fully approved – they are even shooting for an April 2015 opening if everything is finalized in the next six weeks.
I’ve written this before, but if Nashville gets a new yard it will become one of the jewels of the PCL. It’s already a major league city in two sports (football, hockey), it’s a tourist destination, and it’s a fun place to visit.
Nashville is currently the Milwaukee Brewers affiliate, and the Brewers have been patiently waiting for the stadium issue to be resolved. If the new ballpark happens, many MLB teams will vie to affiliate with Nashville when the Brewers agreement ends.
I’m hoping this deal works out; it would be a big success for the PCL.
- This story from The Tennessean explains how the stadium funding will work in Nashville.
- We learn from Baseball America’s transactions that the Mariners re-signed minor league free agents Leury Bonilla and Jonathan Arias. Both are excellent candidates to return to the Rainiers in 2014.
- New Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon made his first hire, bringing in Trent Jewett as bench coach. Jewett was highly respected around the PCL when he managed Nashville for five seasons between 1998 and 2004. There is no word yet on the remainder of the Mariners coaching staff.
- As expected all along, Kendrys Morales officially rejected his one-year qualifying offer from the Mariners and became a free agent. He’s looking for a multi-year deal; and the Mariners may offer him one – Dave Cameron has a very logical look at this situation.
- Your Rookies of the Year are Jose Fernandez in the NL and my man Wil Myers in the AL. It’s too bad Myers never played at Cheney – the Rainiers did face him in Omaha in 2012. Fernandez skipped Triple-A (and Double-A, too).
- Longtime PCL manager and all-around-good-guy Lorenzo Bundy was promoted to the big leagues, where he’ll serve as the Dodgers third base coach. So, we have a manager opening in Albuquerque. With the realigned divisions Tacoma plays Albuquerque 16 times in 2014.
- The El Paso Chihuahuas new stadium is going to be haunted, obviously.
- Baseball Prospectus has done the baseball world a favor by updating and re-releasing the premiere book about baseball scouting, Dollar Sign On The Muscle (it’s been out of print for years). I cannot recommend it enough – you can buy it here.