Hey guys, we got new uniforms!
The Rainiers announced some changes for 2015 to the official uniform lineup.
Tacoma has a new red jersey which is officially the alternate uniform and will be worn on Thursday and Sunday home games (Minor League Baseball allows three uniform sets: home, away, and alternate). The red uniforms replace the navy-blue-with-red-sleeves alternates that the team has worn for the last five years.
The main home and away jerseys remain pretty much the same, with some updated lettering on the front. In particular, the lettering of the “Tacoma” across the chest of the away jerseys has been changed to look like the original Tacoma jerseys from 1960.
The club also announced that the batting practice hat will have a brand new mountain-and-icepick logo.
The big change is that the Rainiers have switched to the ‘R’ hat as the game hat for all uniforms.
I love that the team decided to make the ‘R’ the official game hat. This hat has been sold in the team store for the past two years, even though it hasn’t been worn on the field. Those of us who work for the team keep an eye out for Rainiers gear around town, and it is clear that people like wearing the ‘R’ hat more than the hats that the team has worn in games recently. So due to a pretty obvious popular opinion, we’re switching.
As for the players, my hunch is that they are going to really like the red sets.
A few roster notes from Arizona:
Ji-Man Choi was removed from the Mariners 40-man roster. He cleared waivers and was outrighted to the Tacoma roster. This means the Mariners retain his rights and he’ll play in the organization when he gets healthy – which might not be until 2016, or could be toward the end of this season.
Lefty reliever Edgar Olmos is back in the fold. Last week he was removed from the Mariners 40-man roster, claimed off waivers by Texas, didn’t pass his physical due to shoulder soreness, and was returned to the Mariners. For now he retains his spot on the Mariners 40-man roster, and we’ll wait for more information on his health. Prior to the injury, we had Olmos pegged as a Tacoma reliever this season.
- Felix Hernandez received the Larry Stone treatment, and it is spectacular.
- Rickie Weeks launched a massive home run on Saturday afternoon.
- Ryan Divish has a good feature article on Rainiers infielder Ketel Marte. It’s great to hear that Robinson Cano is mentoring him.
- Mariners and Rainiers pitcher Erasmo Ramirez is in baseball limbo this spring – Bob Dutton explains why. I always root for smiling Erasmo – but his first exhibition game didn’t go very well.
- Another guy off the radar right now is Stefen Romero, who Larry Stone talked to for this column. Romero has minor league options remaining and will be with the Rainiers if he doesn’t make the Mariners opening day roster.
- From Dutton’s Mariners Notebook, we learn that Danny Hultzen is expected to pitch an inning on Wednesday – and it will be his first live-game action since 2013.
- Fernando Rodney has no plans to speed up his procedure for entering games – even if it results in a fine.
- The Mariners used their projected starting lineup for the first time on Thursday and the results were good, Stone writes.
- The Ji-Man Choi injury reminded John McGrath that baseball is an endurance game.
- Jerry Crasnick of ESPN has a story on the power the Mariners added over the off-season.
- A quartet of Mariners Morning Musings from Times writer Ryan Divish: today, Sunday, Saturday, and Friday. These are good because in addition to snippets of news, Ryan shares some of his opinions/reaction.
- Former Rainiers infielder/outfielder Nate Tenbrink signed with the independent Kansas City T-Bones. If Tenbrink proves he is healthy he should get back to affiliated ball quickly.
- The Mariners PR blog has a quick interview with left-hander Tyler Olson, who has a chance to pitch for the Rainiers this season.
- The Round Rock Express are having a Willie Nelson bobblehead giveaway. I will be obtaining one of these come hell or high water.
- Is this the future of sports broadcasting? It sounds pretty cool.