Happy Opening Day No. 2, everyone!
We’ll be having five opening days this year. Let’s count ’em.
Sunday was No. 1, the MLB “pre-opener” if you will, when ESPN lines up three games for our enjoyment. The Mariners, however, were not one of them. That brings us to Opening Day No. 2, Mariners opener.
Seattle plays at Houston tonight at 5:10 (Pacific). The NCAA hoops final starts shortly after 6:00, so try to find a spot with two TVs. That’s what I’ll be doing.
The third Opening Day is coming on Thursday: all of the minor leagues launch, including the Rainiers who start on the road at Sacramento.
Opening Day No. 4 will be the Mariners home opener on Monday, April 10. The Astros will be at Safeco Field.
Finally we will have the most important opener (I hope) for readers of this blog, Opening Day No. 5: the Tacoma Rainiers home opener, on Tuesday, April 11.
Got it? Five openers. Celebrate them all accordingly.
The links collection was growing with the Mariners opener tonight, and it figures that we need to get them out in a timely fashion, so that’s why we have this silly post today. Lots of good opening day reading down there.
As for the Rainiers, the team is in town and there is a workout today and team dinner tonight. The guys are getting a little time to acclimate to Cheney Stadium, Tacoma weather – and more importantly, set up housing for the summer. The team flies to Sacramento on Wednesday.
I should be able to gather a lot of team information today, and I’ll pass it along in what should be a very Rainiers-related preseason post on Tuesday.
- Opening Day is still special for Felix Hernandez.
- The kids over at Lookout Landing took a, um, look at the Rainiers opening day roster.
- Stories from The News Tribune’s Mariners Preview section: it’s time to unleash the new Felix Hernandez, do the M’s have what it takes to make the playoffs, a breakdown of the opening day roster, and five questions heading into the season.
- John McGrath has his first MLB Power Rankings of 2017, and also some things to look at around baseball this year. Locally, he writes that the Mariners are better that they were in 2016 in several key areas.
- Seattle Times columnist Matt Calkins says it is playoffs or bust for the Mariners. Wait a sec – Larry Stone also is saying playoffs or bust.
- The Times has one of its awful “what the national media are saying” clickbait posts, but this one rounds up Mariners postseason predictions so I’ll hold my nose and link to it.
- The Mariners have a record-high opening day payroll which ranks 12th among 30 major league teams, Bob Dutton reports.
- In the PCL, Nashville’s opening day roster includes highly ranked Oakland A’s shortstop prospect Franklin Barreto. The Sounds don’t come to Tacoma until early August so who knows if Barreto will still be with them.