This is mostly a news round-up today, and for Mariners fans spring training opened with a bunch of bad news.
Hisashi Iwakuma is injured and is going to miss opening day. Taijuan Walker has a stiff shoulder, they say it’s no big deal but c’mon, it’s his shoulder. Franklin Gutierrez had a relapse of his physical issues and decided to sit out the season. Reliever Ramon Ramirez – who the Mariners would like to see make the team – is stuck in the Dominican on visa issues.
Did I miss anything? Seriously, how did all of this happen?
I’m hoping that this front-end load of bad news bodes well for the future – you know, in a Karma way. Let’s get all of the bad news out of the way at the start of spring training, and have smooth sailing during the season.
Mark your calendar: the Rainiers will host their annual Cheney Stadium open house on Saturday, March 15.
This event gives fans the opportunity to tour the stadium, see the Rainiers locker room, check out the dugouts, etc. On top of that, I’ve been told the team is going to debut some new things this year – so stay tuned.
- We’ll start with Ryan Divish’s story on Taijuan Walker‘s shoulder soreness.
- Bob Dutton has the story on Franklin Gutierrez deciding to sit out the 2014 season.
- The injuries have the Mariners looking at the pool of still-available free agents. Dutton catches up on the rumors.
- The Mariners opened their new baseball academy in the Dominican Republic and it looks awesome – check out the photos.
- No link yet, but former Rainiers and Mariners catcher Rob Johnson has signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres, and get this: he’s trying to convert to relief pitcher.
- Former major league shortstop and manager Jim Fregosi passed away. A lot has been written about him – I’ll direct you to Hall of Fame sportswriter Ross Newhan’s remembrance.
Have an excellent weekend!