Tough weekend, eh? Certainly not what I expected out of Super Bowl Sunday. And now we have to wait 17 more days before Spring Training starts.
Getting to baseball, for older Tacoma fans let’s take a moment to remember a longtime opponent in the visiting dugout.
Rocky Bridges passed away in Coeur d’Alene at the age of 87. While he’s mostly known for his long career as a back-up infielder in the major leagues, he later became one of the longest-running Pacific Coast League managers of the modern era.
Bridges managed 12 full seasons in the PCL – mostly with the San Francisco Giants affiliate. He managed the Hawaii Islanders in 1972 and part of 1973 before starting his nine-year term piloting the Phoenix Giants from 1974 through 1982. Bridges returned for one last year in the PCL in 1987, with Vancouver. He won one PCL Championship – in 1977, with Phoenix.
All of this occurred well before my time in the PCL, but if you happen to bump into Stan Naccarato around town I bet he has some Rocky Bridges stories – Bridges was known for having a steady stream of one-liners, and was the favorite manager of many players.
We’ll get back to the upcoming season on Wednesday, when we take a look at the 2015 Tacoma outfield situation. Lots of uncertainty in this group.
- Broadcaster Pete Weber remembered Rocky Bridges. For a collection of Bridges’ funny quotes, try this Tracy Ringolsby column.
- Mariners scouting director Tom McNamara won a Scout Of The Year award.
- MLB.com looks at some Rainiers players who might help the big league team this season.
- Jonah Keri writes that Joe DiMaggio doesn’t have the most unbreakable record in baseball – Ron Hunt does.
- Dave Bergman – a member of the 1984 Detroit Tigers, one of the greatest teams of my lifetime – passed away over the weekend. A first baseman, Bergman was known for his skill at the hidden ball trick. In this video he nabs Ozzie Guillen (it’s the second clip in the 45-second video).
- Presented without comment: the worst decisions in World Series history.