Let’s Get 2016 Started

We’re back after the winter break – I hope you all enjoyed the holidays – and now we look at the calendar and spring training is just six weeks away.

Tacoma Rainiers opening day is April 7th – and the season starts at home this year. That’s just 95 days from today!

There was some sad news over the holiday break, with the passing of Dave Henderson.

Henderson had a long major league career with the Seattle Mariners, Oakland A’s, and Boston Red Sox (among others). He was involved in some truly memorable on-field moments, and he was known for his non-stop smile.

Did you know Hendu played in a few games at Cheney Stadium, for the Tacoma Tigers?

Henderson was with the Oakland A’s when Tacoma served as their Triple-A affiliate. Although he was already established as an excellent big league ballplayer, Hendu found himself wearing the Tacoma Tigers uniform for three games in 1992, and three more in 1993. These were injury rehabilitation assignments: he had hamstring troubles which landed him on the disabled list for most of 1992 and part of 1993.

Other than a few brief meetings, I did not know Henderson well. But he touched many people, and you can read some good stuff on his life in the links down below.

We had some player news regarding former and future Rainiers over the holiday break. Most of this stuff is over a week old:

Right before Christmas, outfielder Daniel Robertson cleared waivers and was outrighted to Tacoma – we’ll pencil him onto the Rainiers opening day roster for now. He has a track record of hitting well in the PCL and should be a nice addition to the club.

Left-handed reliever Rob Rasmussen was claimed off waivers by the Angels. He briefly pitched for Tacoma last year but appeared in 19 games for the M’s.

The Angels also acquired former Rainiers left-hander Bobby LaFromboise. He’s on their 40-man roster.

Edgar Olmos was picked up by the Chicago Cubs.

Baltimore signed free agent ex-Rainiers outfielder Xavier Avery.

Ten Days Worth Of Links:

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