Today the Mariners announced some changes to the major league coaching staff, which could have a trickle-down effect in Tacoma. Or maybe not – it’s hard to tell.
Seattle announced that bench coach Tim Bogar and first base coach Casey Candaele will not return for 2018, and they reassigned bullpen coach Nasusel Cabrera. They are shifting Manny Acta to bench coach, Scott Brosius to third base coach, and announced Chris Prieto as first base coach.
General Manager Jerry Dipoto said today they will hire an assistant coach and a bullpen coach. I would think that both of those positions could potentially go to current Mariners minor league managers or pitching coaches, so maybe Tacoma’s Pat Listach or Lance Painter has a shot here. We’ll have to wait and see.
The playoffs start today!
The American League Wild Card Game is at 5:00 this evening, with the Minnesota Twins facing the New York Yankees in a win-or-go-home battle. The National League game is tomorrow, Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks, also at 5:00.
I’m not making predictions on these games, due to the randomness of a one-game playoff, but I’ll tell you who I’m rooting for. The Twins, of course, because only Yankees fans root for the Yankees (and TV executives, I suppose). And I’m pulling for the Diamondbacks tomorrow, because that would set up an Arizona-Dodgers series next – and those two teams despise each other so it would be a lot of fun to watch.
There is one former Rainiers player on the active rosters for tonight’s American League game: Twins catcher Chris Gimenez.
The rosters for the NL Wild Card game aren’t set yet, but Arizona has ex-Rainiers Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte. Both the Diamondbacks and the Rockies have many players we have seen on opposing teams at Cheney Stadium the past few seasons.
The blog post you all have been waiting for will come on Thursday: my annual Guaranteed To Be Wrong Playoff Predictions. It’s a tradition like no other.
- The Seattle Times has more on the Mariners coaching staff changes.
- The Mariners lost their final game of the season on Sunday, and finished the season with a record of 78-84.
- Bob Dutton has five things that went right for the 2017 Mariners.
- Ryan Divish wrote up his end-of-the-year MLB award winners.
- A columnist in Everett says Dipoto needs to relax and not make so many minor trades, which seems like excellent advice. Dipoto has traded a number of legitimate pitching prospects (the author left out Paul Blackburn, who pitched well in the majors for Oakland this year prior to getting injured).
- As you have certainly heard, there was an act of domestic terrorism in the PCL city of Las Vegas. Thankfully, 51s general manager Chuck Johnson tweeted that everyone on his staff is safe. Colorado Springs pitcher Bubba Derby was in attendance at the concert, and he spoke with MiLB.com.