Playoffs, Possibilities, and Portland?

Clearing my desk of couple of recent items, as we get ready for a pair of huge playoff games later today.

  • Former Rainiers shortstop (and now Dodgers centerfielder) Chris Taylor talked a bit about his first playoff experience. The Dodgers lead the Cubs 2-0 in the best-of-seven NLCS.
  • 97-year-old hall of fame baseball writer Roger Angell sums up the playoffs so far, for The New Yorker.
  • Mariners bench coach Manny Acta is getting a chance to interview for the New York Mets manager opening, according to the New York Post.
  • Baseball America contributor and longtime ballwriter Tracy Ringolsby submitted an article discussing Major League Baseball’s intention to expand by two cities, making a 32-team league. He suggests Montreal and Portland as expansion cities. I have a lot of difficulty imagining Portland pushing for it, since the city already dumped Triple-A Baseball by converting its perfectly fine ballpark into a soccer-only facility.
  • The Arizona Fall League is underway. Mariners top prospect Kyle Lewis is scheduled to play in the league, but he has not yet appeared. Apparently this is because the outfielder is continuing to rehabilitate from the serious knee injury he had in 2016. Greg Johns reports that Lewis will start playing in the AFL soon.

We’ll have more on Mariners and Rainiers players in the Arizona Fall League and other winter leagues once they get a little deeper into the season.

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