Closed For Holidays

Cheney Stadium on Friday morning

Cheney Stadium on Friday. I don’t think it’s playable.

It’s that time of the year again, when the baseball news crawls to a stop.

Most minor league baseball teams close the office for the Christmas-to-New Year stretch, and the major league moves will slow down as well.

As a result, this blog will slow down over the next two weeks. I’ll post if anything Mariners or Rainiers-related comes up, but I don’t expect much to happen during this down time. We’ll start gearing up for the 2014 season in January.

Of note, the Mariners told us they will be announcing the minor league coaching staffs in January. So we’re going to have to wait a little longer for that.


  • The Mariners removed Rainiers pitcher Chance Ruffin from the 40-man roster when they signed Franklin Gutierrez yesterday. Ruffin can be claimed off waivers by any other team – but if nobody claims him, he’ll (almost certainly) be back in Tacoma this season.
  • The 49ers are playing the final game at Candlestick Park this weekend, and then the stadium will be empty. The San Francisco Chronicle is running a series of “Candlestick Memories” and I have to link to this one: September 14, 1986, forever known as the Bob Brenly Game. It’s a great baseball tale: Brenly made four errors in one inning, putting his team in a massive hole, and then hit the game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth.
  • In the PCL, the Iowa Cubs announced their coaching staff. Marty Pevey returns as manager, and longtime Tacoma Tigers reliever Bruce Walton will be his pitching coach.
  • Special memo to Washington State Cougars fans: you can watch the bowl game in the Summit Club at Cheney Stadium. Details right here. And yes, we’ll be open for the Huskies bowl game next week, too.

Happy holidays!


One Response to Closed For Holidays

  1. mike says:

    Brett Tomko, who impressed with his pitching in a recent stint in the Dominican Republic, is working out in California and plans to audition for clubs in late January, a source tells MLBTR’s Zach Links. The veteran is healthy and hitting 90-92 mph on the gun with his fastball to go along with a solid changeup and cutter. Tomko is seeking a minor-league deal with an invite to big-league spring training. If he doesn’t make the 25-man roster out of the gate, he’s willing to go to Triple-A as an insurance policy to either start or pitch out of the bullpen.

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