The offseason is over, you guys. Baseball starts this weekend – for real.
Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is Sunday. There are
four three games nationally televised that we can watch.
The Mariners opener is Monday afternoon, on the road at Texas. 1:00 (Pacific) first pitch.
Here in Tacoma, the Rainiers arrive in town on Sunday afternoon. The players will get settled in on Sunday evening, and then manager Pat Listach has scheduled a series of workouts at Cheney Stadium beginning on Monday. Tacoma hosts Albuquerque in the season opener on Thursday night at 7:05.
We should have a tentative Rainiers opening day roster for your perusal on either Sunday afternoon or Monday morning. I’ll post it on here the blog when it comes through.
The third episode of the Seattle System Scoop podcast is now available – it’s right here.
It’s our new podcast with all five Mariners minor league broadcasters. It was my turn to host and I attempted to turn the conversation towards some of the more fun aspects of being a minor league broadcaster.
I had to turn my mic off because I was laughing too much during Dan Besbris’ description of his home ballpark at Class-A Bakersfield. Hopefully you’ll enjoy this episode.
- The News Tribune has started to preview the Rainiers season. Lauren Smith has a feature on Chris Taylor, who is looking to build confidence in Tacoma.
- Nice “Meet the Mariners” package put together by the Seattle Times graphic design team – check it out. Roll your mouse over the player cards to turn them over.
- Wednesday’s acquisition of Nick Vincent completed the Mariners bullpen. The story includes Vincent’s career stats.
- Vincent’s Mariners debut came in kind of a surreal situation for him: on the backfields of the Padres complex where he spent his entire career until Wednesday, he was pitching for the opposing team.
- In his final start of spring training, Felix Hernandez bounced back after a rough first inning.
- Injuries to the Mariners bullpen will be a story in the early months – as these guys get healthy, we’ll see rehabilitation appearances in Tacoma.
- Seattle Times writer Ryan Divish did a Reddit AMA and provided some interesting opinions.
- SB Nation writes that the Mariners are the last of the cursed teams, but it might be time to be optimistic?
- Matt Calkins writes that the Mariners need progress this year – not necessarily playoffs. Hey, that’s his opinion.
- It’s April Fool’s Day and the Mariners Double-A team in Jackson played a little joke – I dig their new logo, even though that isn’t a hippo.
- It turns out that Tacoma’s Forrest Snow isn’t the only player in baseball who tries to catch all of the ceremonial first pitches.
- In the PCL, things are ramping up for a possible franchise in San Antonio. They are working to get a downtown stadium built, so this is still years away. This story from Round Rock has some details on the baseball landscape in the Austin-San Antonio corridor.
- The SF Giants played an exhibition game at Sacramento’s Raley Field on Wednesday night.
Have a great weekend and get ready for some baseball!