We haven’t had any news to write about here on the blog the last two weeks, as all is quiet in baseball while the major league playoffs continue.
The current League Championship Series have been entertaining and close, which is nice to see after a (mostly) drama-free round in the Division Series. My sure-to-be-wrong playoff predictions might be mistitled this year, as I actually got three of the four LCS teams correct, and I’m drawing live on my World Series pick.
As soon as the World Series ends, we’ll be diving right into the free agency period and the roster reshaping that we expect Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto to do with both the major league team, and our team in Tacoma.
Many of the players who finished the season with the Rainiers are eligible to become minor league free agents, and some have officially declared. So far, I can find records of pitchers Ross Detwiler, Christian Bergman, Mike Morin and infielder Zach Vincej choosing free agency.
These players can still come back. Christian Bergman finished the 2017 season with Tacoma, declared free agency, looked around for a while, and ultimately signed back with the Mariners and was a valuable member of the organization in 2018.
Another transaction that has been reported: the organization released catcher Garrett Kennedy. Kennedy was the Rainiers surprise opening day catcher last year, and he spent quite a bit of the season with the club appearing in 31 games.
We’ll follow all of the minor league moves that impact the Tacoma Rainiers here on the blog.
A friend called it quits earlier this week, as Bob Robertson retired from Washington State football broadcasts on Monday. I’m sure this was a difficult decision for my Sunday partner, who has been the voice of WSU football for 52 years. More in the first link below, which has a secret code buried in it just for fun.
- Here’s a column from Spokane on Bob Robertson’s retirement from Washington State football.
- The News Tribune has a look at the shape of the Mariners roster heading into the offseason.
- The Las Vegas ballpark construction continues on schedule to open in April. Last week they had the “topping out” ceremony.
- Fresno is still somewhat stunned that it is a Washington Nationals affiliate.