Welcome to Opening Day No. 2, the official Major League Baseball opener for 28 of the 30 teams. The Mariners and Oakland A’s already played on Opening Day No. 1 in Japan.
This is always a great day, with games on all day and night. It’s perfect background viewing while we prepare for Opening Day No. 3 – the PCL season openers one week from today.
Speaking of the PCL, we have some late Tacoma Rainiers roster news.
The Mariners signed veteran outfielder Eric Young Jr. to a Triple-A contract after he was released at the end of spring training by the Baltimore Orioles. Apparently Young did not make their opening day roster and decided to become a free agent rather than go to the Orioles Triple-A affiliate.
We’ve seen a lot of Young over the years, from when he was a prospect with Colorado Springs to his recent service with the Angels, where he played for Triple-A Salt Lake while serving as Mike Trout‘s fill-in.
Young is known to be an excellent clubhouse presence in Triple-A and a veteran leader. He’ll be good for what is going to be a young Rainiers roster.
“EY”, as he is often called, further adds to the team speed the Rainiers will feature. With just one power hitter (Joey Curletta) and at least three speed players in the lineup daily (among Young, Ian Miller, Tito Polo, and Braden Bishop) manager Daren Brown is really going to be putting the runners in motion a lot.
Infielder/outfielder Orlando Calixte still has not reported to spring training, supposedly due to work visa issues stemming from his native Dominican Republic. At this point it seems that once the issue is resolved, he’ll need some time in extended spring training before reporting to Tacoma.
Enjoy opening day!
- Here’s the Seattle Times opening day feature on the Mariners decision to take a step back, complete with enough pop-up ads and animated art to make your computer freeze-up and need to be re-started. Good luck.
- Gonzaga product Marco Gonzales is the Mariners opening day starter – at the same time his Gonzaga Bulldogs tip off their Sweet 16 game in the NCAA Tournament.
- The Mariners optioned outfielder Braden Bishop and reliever Dan Altavilla to Tacoma, while Mallex Smith hopes to be ready for today’s opener.
- MLB.com has a story on the signing of Eric Young Jr.
- The Seattle Times took a stab at ranking the Mariners Top 15 Prospects. We’ll have several in Tacoma this year.
- The News Tribune has a story on Mariners shortstop Tim Beckham, who played well during the Japan series.
- Ryan Divish did a Mariners mailbag and he got some good questions. He also gives us four reasons to watch the Mariners, along with “four reasons to weep.”
- The Seattle Times baseball writers made their preseason predictions.
- In a column stating that the Mariners season is going to be like six months of spring training, Matt Calkins writes that there will be times following the minors will be more fun than following the big league club.
- The M’s and manager Scott Servais are going to work out the bullpen roles on the fly, Lauren Smith reports.
- The Mariners are going to continue with their original plan to regulate the number of innings pitched by Yusei Kikuchi, Tim Booth reports.
- Here are recaps from the exhibition games against San Diego, in which Seattle did not score: Tuesday’s 1-0 loss featured some good pitching from both clubs, and then there was Monday’s 8-0 loss.
- The M’s prospects enjoyed playing in the two games at Safeco.
- The Mariners PR blog has an in-depth look at strength coach James Clifford, and his ties to UW football and former coach Don James.
- Have a humongous back yard? Want something absolutely ridiculous hanging over your roof? Are you the CEO of a company based in an ugly high-rise building and are looking for some attention? The City of Nashville is auctioning off the iconic guitar-shaped scoreboard from old Greer Stadium.
- There have been a pair of Player Development Contract extensions in the PCL: Albuquerque and Colorado added two years to get through 2022, and the Royals did the same with Omaha. Both of these extensions came in conjunction with major league exhibition games being played at the Triple-A ballpark.