The Mariners Double-A Jackson affiliate swept its way to the Southern League championship with an 11-3 win over the Mississippi Braves last night.
The Generals won the series, three games to none, and the celebration was on.
Congratulations to all of the Jackson players and coaches. In particular, it’s nice to see former Rainiers and Mariners manager Daren Brown get a league championship, and lead the celebration.
This is good news for the Mariners organization and the Tacoma Rainiers moving forward. We will see many of this year’s Jackson players in Tacoma next year, whether it be on opening day or later in the season.
Outfield prospect Tyler O’Neill was named Most Valuable Player of the Southern League playoffs. He hit .448 during the postseason, going 13-for-29 with three homers and nine RBI in seven games. That came on the heels of his regular-season MVP award, and a near Triple Crown.
Barring a trade – hey, if there is one thing we’ve learned in ten months of Jerry Dipoto as GM, he really likes to make trades – we can expect to have O’Neill in Tacoma’s outfield on April 6. It will be fun to have a 21-year-old power hitting prospect in the lineup.
The PCL Championship Series resumes tonight after Thursday’s travel day.
El Paso at Oklahoma City, 5:05 (Pacific). El Paso starts Bryan Rodriguez against Oklahoma City’s Alfredo Figaro.
The Chihuahuas lead the series, 2-0, and are going for the sweep and the title tonight.
You can follow along in various ways (gamecast, either team’s radio, etc…) right here.
- The Mariners open a six-game homestand tonight against two key opponents in the wild card chase. They are playing meaningful games in September, Ryan Divish writes.
- Players told Bob Dutton that even they are doing some scoreboard watching these days.
- Every time you think the Mariners are dead, they come back to life. So says Larry Stone.
Check back over the weekend, I’ll have a new post daily until the PCL Championship gets settled.