Features Rolling In

Today’s batch of links provide many good examples of my favorite type of spring training baseball journalism: the short-form player feature.

It’s that time of spring when the beat writers start visiting with different players, finding out what’s new with them, how they are doing, etc. It never fails that some interesting stories come out of this, and there are a few down below.

Some of the stories we have today include: the major league veteran trying to hang on after suffering an injury, the young player trying to establish himself in the big leagues, the former prospect who has lost his path, and the near-retirement veteran trying to figure out what he wants to do next in life.

If you enjoy these stories like I do, you’ll always be able to find them here. I’ll keep linking ’em all spring.

Links:

  • Larry Stone wrote a column on the Nick Franklin conundrum.
  • Erasmo Ramirez is the forgotten man in the battle to make the Mariners starting rotation.
  • The Mariners are no longer counting on Jesus Montero, Ryan Divish writes.
  • Veteran left-hander Randy Wolf is making good progress in his bid to overcome a second Tommy John surgery and make the Mariners starting rotation.
  • Willie Bloomquist wants to become an Olympic bobsledder – and he’s dead serious. He’s shooting for 2018.
  • Within this notebook, we learn that the Mariners are hoping Danny Hultzen will be able to pitch in time to participate in the Arizona Fall League.
  • Lloyd McClendon shed some light on his plans for the Mariners outfield.
  • In his latest “The 30” column for Grantland, Jonah Keri ranks the Mariners No. 19.
  • Three Mariners made Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list.
  • Russell Wilson is reporting to Texas Rangers spring training camp in ten days.
  • Fun story from A’s camp on position players pitching.
  • In the PCL, there is a lot of early hype about what figures to be a stacked starting rotation in Las Vegas.

Have a great weekend – hey, spring training games start late next week!

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