Today we woke up to the news that the Seattle Mariners have made a change at the top. General Manager Jack Zduriencik was “relieved of his duties,” with his assistant Jeff Kingston handling interim duties while they search for the next GM.
We’ll let the news gathering outlets cover this story in the links down below, but I want to touch on one aspect here.
Moves like this create a ripple effect throughout the organization. People we see often at Cheney Stadium were hired by Zduriencik, and now they have to wonder about their futures with the organization.
Baseball operations executives, player development personnel, scouts, and even minor league coaches are now wondering about their future as the entire organization is in a period of transition.
There are a lot of good people in the Mariners system, and hopefully everyone lands on their feet. For now, these people just wait and see who gets hired for the top spot, and go from there.
The Rainiers hit five home runs last night in a 12-5 win over Nashville.
Patrick Kivlehan and Shawn O’Malley each hit two home runs, and Stefen Romero connected on one.
For O’Malley, it was his first two-homer game since high school. He’s now hit five home runs this season, which is a new career high for him.
Starting pitcher Forrest Snow picked up his tenth win of the season. Snow is Tacoma’s first ten-game winner since the 2010 season, when two pitchers did it: Luke French won 11 games, and Chris Seddon won ten.
Yesterday: The Rainiers hit five home runs and bludgeoned Nashville, 12-5. Tacoma has hit five homers in a game three times this season – and twice in the last week.
Roster Move: In Jack Z’s final roster move, catcher John Hicks was called up by Seattle, with Mike Zunino optioned to Tacoma. This is the first major league call-up for Hicks, who hit .245 with six homers for Tacoma while leading the PCL in caught stealing percentage (44%).
Today: Nashville (60-73) at Tacoma (63-70), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Oakland A’s.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 1-0.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Nathan Long (3-4, 5.17) at LHP James Paxton (0-1, 13.50).
Hot Rainiers: Ji-Man Choi is 12-for-19 over his last five games… Patrick Kivlehan extended his hitting streak to eight games, going 16-for-35 with four homers and six doubles during the streak… Sean O’Malley has had back-to-back three-hit games… Tony
Zilch Zych has pitched a scoreless outing in 20 of his last 21 relief appearances (including his brief stint at Double-A).
Look Out For: Jason Pridie is working on an eight-game hitting streak into tonight’s contest…Rangel Ravelo hit his first Triple-A home run last night in a 3-for-3 game. He has a seven-game hitting streak.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.
PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
- We always start with the Rainiers game story.
- Here are the news stories on the “relieving” of Jack Zduriencik from the Seattle Times and The News Tribune.
- Larry Stone has a quick take on the change at the top.
- Bob Dutton suggests some possible replacements and touches on the rumors in this post.
- ESPN’s David Schoenfield has an opinion on the move.
- USS Mariner’s marc w has a post on the change.
- Rob Neyer has a column.
- The Mariners lost to the White Sox on Thursday, 4-2.
- Fernando Rodney has been traded to the Chicago Cubs – all that and more in Dutton’s Mariners Notebook.
- No Mariners appear on Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet.
- In the PCL, Las Vegas expanded its lead in the Pac-South when Tim Stauffer pitched them to a 2-0 win at Round Rock. Round Rock president and longtime baseball man Jay Miller abruptly resigned.
- El Paso fell to 3.5 games behind Las Vegas by losing at home to Oklahoma City, 9-7.
- Rehabbing Alex Gordon had three hits in Omaha’s 5-1 win over Fresno.
- Memphis catcher Cody Stanley hit a game-tying grand slam in the top of the ninth inning, then allowed the winning run to score on a passed ball in the bottom of the ninth as Reno topped the Redbirds, 10-9.
- Iowa is playing well right now. The Cubs edged Sacramento, 3-1.
- Rafael Ynoa went 4-for-4 in Albuquerque’s 3-1 win over Colorado Springs.
- New Orleans beat Salt Lake, 3-2, and got good news off the field as the team intends to stick around for a while. Thank goodness – losing New Orleans would be a serious blow to the quality of PCL cities.
- Finally, we can get to the important stuff. Sue Kidd went to just about every hamburger stand in Pierce County and filed this crucial report.
Tonight is the final Friday Night Fireworks game at Cheney Stadium this season. Come out if you can!