It occurred to me over the weekend – while watching Jesus Montero get robbed of a three-run homer by Mike Trout in what is probably the catch of the year – that we hadn’t properly credited Montero’s new team record here on the blog.
On the final day of the PCL season, Montero went 2-for-2 with a homer and was pulled from the game, leaving his final batting average at .355. He had entered the game with an average of .352.
Montero’s final, official batting average of .355 is the highest in Tacoma franchise history (dating to 1960) for a batter who had enough plate appearances to qualify for the league leaders. He broke Brian Raabe‘s mark of .352, set in 1997.
Here’s a look at the updates Top Ten Batting Averages in Tacoma franchise history:
Troy Neel in 1992 remains the only Tacoma player to ever win a PCL batting title. Montero finished second this year, to Omaha’s Jose Martinez (Carmelo’s kid) who set a modern-era PCL record by hitting .384.
Raabe had a 17-year run in the top spot on the list. I wonder how long Montero will hold the No. 1 position.
(Quick shout-out to No. 4 Gary Gray, who has one of those rare names that is a total breeze for broadcasters but a nightmare for newspaper writers and editors!)
Apparently the Mariners search for a new General Manager is about over, with most of the rumors this morning focused on former Angels GM Jerry Dipoto. We’ll wait for an official announcement, which could come later today or tomorrow.
- Here’s the brief early report on the Mariners GM situation from The News Tribune.
- The Mariners lost to the Angels on Sunday and were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention.
- Even though the team is eliminated, manager Lloyd McClendon will play his top players in the three-game series against the contending Houston Astros. That series starts tonight at Safeco.
- Bob Duttons’s Mariners Notebooks from today, Sunday, and Saturday. Today’s has some really good stuff on Joe Beimel and pickoff moves.
- When the Toronto Blue Jays clinched a playoff spot on Saturday, they ended the longest postseason drought in MLB. That honor now belong to… the Mariners, at 14 seasons.
- Mariners Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn was interviewed for the vacant LA Angels GM position.
- Ketel Marte hit his first big league home run – here’s the highlight clip.
- The Mariners placed five players on Baseball America’s list of the Top 20 Prospects in the short-season Northwest League.
If this GM situation gets resolved later today, we’ll have a fresh post with all of the pertinent links tomorrow. Otherwise, our next post will come on Wednesday.