The midseason jewel of Triple-A Baseball is tonight, when all eyes will be on Omaha’s Werner Park where the Triple-A All-Star Game is being held.
Tonight’s game will be televised live on the MLB Network; it starts at 5:00 (Pacific).
Tacoma’s original all-star contingent of three has been shaved down to only one player who will appear in the game: Ketel Marte was elected the starter at shortstop, and he’s going to hit third in the lineup tonight.
Pitcher Forrest Snow made the trip to Omaha and is enjoying the all-star festivities, but he will not pitch in the game. His arm was barking after his last start on Saturday and Mariners trainers decided to have him rest it over the break.
Our third all-star was Jesus Montero, but of course he was called up by the Mariners and is not eligible to play in the AAA game.
As for the rest of the players, two of the more touted prospects in the game are with Oklahoma City – a team that Tacoma has not yet played this season. I’m interested to watch CF Darnell Sweeney and C Austin Barnes for the first time; both of them are in the starting lineup. Sweeney leads the league in stolen bases, and everyone keeps telling me that Barnes is the top catcher in the PCL.
As for the older guys who are always in this game, I’m rooting for Jamie Romak of Reno. The 29-year-old is on his fourth PCL team; he’s hit 64 career home runs in this league, and he is legitimately thrilled to be in his first Triple-A All-Star Game.
- The News Tribune ran a feature on Forrest Snow today.
- Baseball America previews the Triple-A All-Star Game, and it includes notes and starting lineups (at the bottom of the story).
- The Omaha World-Herald has a game preview which includes an item on Ketel Marte – he told the paper his thumb is “100%.”
- Here’s the press release with the broadcast information for the Triple-A All-Star Game.
- There are some pearls of wisdom in this feature on El Paso Chihuahuas all-star Cody Decker.
- PCL home run leader Adam Duvall is Sacramento’s lone all-star.
- Norfolk outfielder Dariel Alvarez won the Triple-A Home Run Derby on Monday night. He’ll take home a huge, awesome belt.
- Fun story about how Darryl Strawberry was willing to go to Omaha to play in the Triple-A All-Star Celebrity Softball Game.
- In case you missed it, something really rare happened in the Rainiers final game before the all-star break. Here’s the story.
- Ryan Divish talked with Ketel Marte and Edwin Diaz at the MLB All-Star Futures Game. Then he covered the MLB All-Star Game and filed this story.
- Manager Lloyd McClendon fingered the bullpen as the most disappointing area of the Mariners first half.
- John McGrath column from Sunday’s Mariners first-half finale was, um, not very complimentary.
- The Mariners all-stars think that the team still has hope in the second half.
- Divish talked with some of the all-stars who have had success hitting against Felix Hernandez and asked them how they do it.
- Christian Caple has an all-star break feature on Nelson Cruz.
- Bob Dutton reports that the Mariners make take a look at veteran reliever Jason Fraser.
Thursday we resume regular-season play, with the Rainiers opening a 12-game homestand. We’ll be back with the usual blog format tomorrow, and I expect quite a few roster moves to start the second “half.”