It’s been a quiet time in terms of baseball news, but that’s about to change. Here’s a look at what is coming up soon:
Later this week – perhaps as early as Wednesday – we’ll get the official announcement on the Mariners minor league coaching staffs. This will include the all-new Rainiers coaching staff.
Next Thursday – the 23rd – is the Mariners annual pre-spring training media luncheon at Safeco Field. I’ll attend this, and report any news concerning the Triple-A team. I should get an opportunity to talk Rainiers with the Mariners Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn at this event.
Starting on Wednesday, January 29th, we’ll begin our annual position-by-position look at the spring training battles to make the Rainiers opening day roster. Who is going to make the jump from Double-A? Who is going to get edged out of a coveted big league spot, and be forced back to Tacoma? We’ll try to take a logical look at the situation.
The position previews will be a weekly feature* that will take us into early March – when minor league spring training camp opens. As always, I’ll be going down to Arizona in late March and will spend a few days watching the Rainiers down in the desert – with daily reports on this blog.
- The Mariners announced the list of non-roster players invited to Major League Spring Training Camp. The list includes 2013 Tacoma Rainiers stalwarts Jonathan Arias, Andrew Carraway, Ty Kelly, and Nate Tenbrink.
- Ryan Divish has a report on the Mariners rumored interest in free agent catcher John Buck.
- The Mariners announced the dates and players appearing at their annual FanFest. It’s cool that Robinson Cano is appearing.
- Lookout Landing has an excellent interview – on this podcast – with Rainiers infielder Ty Kelly. He says some very interesting things about his plate discipline.
- Check out the Nashville Sounds logo commemorating their final season at Greer Stadium.
- A library in San Diego has acquired the Bill Weiss Collection. Hopefully his statistics will become available to the public someday. The Holy Grail of Tacoma baseball research is a collection of box scores from 1960-to-1998. Hopefully that information is in the collection – there is a pretty good chance.
- The Korean League (the KBO) is lifting its salary cap on foreign players. This is big news for Triple-A veterans who are considering playing overseas.
- Congratulations are in order to our beloved Rhubarb the Reindeer: he avoided this list of the Ten Worst Baseball Mascots Of All Time.
That’s it for now.
* the position previews don’t take nine weeks – I lump some groups together, like “middle infielders” and “outfielders.” There are six groups; it takes six weeks.