We got some big news from the Mariners yesterday, who announced that hopeful Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez is stepping down from his role as the team’s hitting coach.
Saying that he wants more time with his family, Edgar is taking a new role as an organization-wide hitting adviser. This will allow him to spend some time with his family during the season.
The new role includes work with minor league prospects, so there is a chance that Edgar will visit Tacoma to work with some of the Rainiers hitters during the season.
Now the Mariners need both a hitting coach and a pitching coach at the major league level. I’m curious to see if either of the Rainiers coaches – hitting coach David Berg and pitching coach Lance Painter – will get consideration.
Today the Mariners announced that they have claimed outfielder John Andreoli off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles, adding him to their 40-man roster.
Andreoli spent most of the 2018 season with Tacoma, hitting .287 with a .397 on-base percentage and 19 stolen bases. He was called up by the Mariners in May and made his major league debut, getting a couple of brief looks in the big leagues.
In August the M’s designated him for assignment, and Baltimore claimed him off waivers and he spent the remainder of the season in the big leagues with the Orioles.
Now the M’s have re-claimed him. Andreoli has two option years remaining, so if he holds his spot on the 40-man roster all winter he becomes a likely member of the 2019 Rainiers.
The team also announced that they are adding Double-A first baseman Joey Curletta to the 40-man roster, preventing him from becoming a minor league free agent.
Curletta won the Texas League Player of the Year award by hitting .282 with 23 home runs and 92 RBI for Arkansas. He now has the lead to become your 2019 Tacoma Rainiers first baseman, in what would be his first Triple-A season. His power is needed – the Rainiers lacked home run power in 2018, especially during the times when Dan Vogelbach was in the big leagues.
The World Series finished over the weekend, with the Boston Red Sox defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers, four games to one. Congratulations to the Red Sox, and the two former Rainiers players on their coaching staff who will now receive gaudy rings: Andy Barkett and Ramon Vazquez.
On the other hand, former Rainiers infielder Chris Taylor has now been on the losing side of the World Series two straight years with the Dodgers. Reaching and playing in the World Series must be an incredible experience, but losing it twice in a row has got to hurt.
With the postseason over, the Hot Stove League begins. We’ll start to hear about free agent signings next week. The annual General Managers Meetings are soon, and Baseball’s Winter Meetings begin in six weeks.
The lead story of the offseason surrounds the two young superstar free agents: Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Where they land will be fun to follow – a couple of teams have spent the last few seasons clearing payroll to make aggressive plays for these guys.
Locally, we’ll wait and see what the Mariners have planned. They are in a weird spot, which is the topic of the third link down below.
- Edgar Martinez talked to the Seattle Times about his decision.
- The Mariners declined a contract option on outfielder Denard Span, making him a free agent.
- Larry Stone has a column discussing the Mariners approach to the offseason.
- Stone wrote an excellent story on Bob Robertson, with details on his career.
- The broadcaster I listened to in my youth, who influenced my career, has passed away. Here’s a story on Hank Greenwald which includes some of his memorable jokes. Condolences to his family, including son Doug who is the voice of the Fresno Grizzlies.
- There is an entire article on the internet about former Rainier Chris Taylor‘s eyebrows. I did not make this up.
- In the PCL, the Memphis Redbirds will have a new manager next year. After piloting the team to back-to-back PCL Championships and winning two straight PCL Manager of the Year awards, Stubby Clapp was promoted to the St. Louis Cardinals coaching staff.