Yeah, it may be pouring rain outside, but the calendar has turned over and the 2015 Tacoma Rainiers season is on the horizon.
We’re about six weeks from the start of spring training, and the Rainiers season opener is fewer than 100 days away.
The year-end holiday period was a slow one for the Mariners and most of baseball. Seattle made the Brandon Maurer–Seth Smith trade (scroll down to previous blog post) and that was pretty much it – I don’t think they’ll do much more other than add a few Triple-A/depth players between now and the start of spring training.
The next big baseball news will come tomorrow morning, when the results of the latest Hall of Fame vote will be announced. Former Mariners star Randy Johnson is likely to be one of the inductees.
There are still two big-name free agent starting pitchers who have not signed: Max Scherzer and James Shields. Neither figures to sign with the Mariners (who already have six starting pitchers) but it will be interesting to see where they land.
Here on the blog, soon we will begin our annual pre-spring training look at who will be battling to make the Rainiers opening day roster. The current plan is to start that next week.
- Bob Dutton has a blog post on the two ex-Mariners awaiting tomorrow’s Hall Of Fame announcement.
- SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott fell to cancer at age 49. He was a terrific broadcaster who was extraordinarily creative on the air. He’ll have a lasting legacy in the broadcast industry.
- Bill Kearns passed away at age 94 – he was a Mariners scout since the team’s inception. Tracy Ringolsby has a story on Kearns.
If you missed my New Year’s Eve post, it’s right below and has many more links from the holidays.