The Winter Meetings are underway in Las Vegas, and the host team kicked off the proceedings by announcing their new name.
The Las Vegas 51s are no more. The new name of the team will be the Las Vegas Aviators, and they have a new logo as they move into their new ballpark with their new affiliation in April.
I like the name Aviators, and commend franchise leadership for not naming the team the Desert Hippos or something like that. The logo is… unique.
You can see the logo and read about the team’s new identity right here.
- Ryan Divish has his Mariners Winter Meetings preview. He also is doing his rolling blog post for each day of the meetings, passing along rumors and news from around the game.
- Ex-Rainiers and Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmson announced his retirement via an Instagram message (which you can see in Divish’s rolling blog post linked above). He had one of the more unusual careers of recent times, taking a five year hiatus while in the minors to see the world – and then reaching the majors and being successful afterwards.
- The Mariners claimed former Salt Lake Bees infielder Kaleb Cowart off waivers from the Angels, and announced they are going to give him a chance to pitch and see if he can become a two-way player. Cowart is out of minor league options, so it is unclear how they will get this done. It’s interesting, though. Offensively, Cowart has been a good PCL player who hasn’t put it together in his big league opportunities.
- The M’s lost a longtime upper-level front office member when the Los Angeles Dodgers hired away Assistant General Manager Jeff Kingston. Jeff visited Cheney Stadium often during his ten years with the Mariners and we wish him the best with his new club.
- Former Mariners manager Lou Piniella finished one vote short of Hall of Fame induction, in a vote by the current iteration of the “Veteran’s Committee.” His next chance will come in 2021.
- For more of a national look at what is going on at the Winter Meetings, try this ESPN page (looks like a decent round-up so far).