I received some interesting notes on new Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto from Chris Moyer, who is the Colorado Springs Sky Sox team historian and a treasure chest of modern PCL history.
As mentioned on Wednesday, Dipoto spent the entire 1992 season pitching for the Sky Sox. That year, the Sky Sox won their first (of two – they won again in 1995 and haven’t been to the playoffs since) PCL Championship.
Dipoto recorded the final out of the PCL Championship Series, and in all likelihood was in the center of the celebration mob in the middle of the diamond. The Sky Sox swept Vancouver in the series, 3-0, with Dipoto striking out Derek Lee for the final out of Game Three – a 9-7 win at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium.
Moyer also notes that in his lone appearance at Cheney Stadium, Dipoto took the loss in relief against the Tacoma Tigers. That was July 25, 1992 – the Tigers won, 2-0, scoring both runs against Dipoto in the late innings.
It’s neat that the Mariners have a general manager with some PCL history. It will be fun to talk to him about these things, when the time comes.
- The News Tribune has a detailed story on the immediate future of the Mariners, and key roster decisions that are looming.
- The Seattle Times has a full transcript of the “side session” Jerry Dipoto did with reporters after the main press conference on Tuesday. This includes his remarks about the minor league system.
- The Mariners had a big league bullpen day on Wednesday and lost to the Astros, 7-6. Tony Zych made his first professional start and delivered 2.2 scoreless innings.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook from Thursday informs us that Felix Hernandez is done for the season. Here’s today’s notebook, prior to the final series of the 2015 season.
- In his so-long-it-will-kill-your-entire-Friday-afternoon notes column, Jon Heyman discusses rumors surrounding the Mariners manager position.
Have a great weekend!