The newest Pacific Coast League team announced its name late last week. Welcome to the PCL, Wichita Wind Surge.
The Wind Surge are formerly the New Orleans Baby Cakes. The New Orleans franchise relocated to Wichita, where construction of a new downtown ballpark is nearing completion. They will be the Miami Marlins affiliate this year.
The nickname of the team will be shortened to Surge, I suspect, in most instances. Primarily because “Wind Surge” is kind of hard to say – it doesn’t just roll off the tongue. Go ahead and say it out loud. It’s hard to make it flow smoothly.
These are the main and alternate logos.
The Surge will make its first visit to Cheney Stadium for a four-game series August 8-11, 2020. Tacoma should take its first road trip to Wichita in 2021.
The Rainiers announced they will be participating in Minor League Baseball’s Copa de la Diversion initiative once again, as Familia de Tacoma. A new design was released via the team’s social media, if you missed it.
The Rainiers are doing a cool local fundraiser, helping the kids at Jason Lee Middle School raise money to install solar panels at the school. Five dollars from every hat purchased at the Rainiers Team Store this month is being donated to the project. More info can be found here.
Do some early holiday shopping for a loved one (or yourself) and pick up a hat or two this month.
- Here’s the news story from Wichita on the team name reveal, which includes reaction from fans.
- The M’s have signed a Double-A outfielder named Connor Lien, according to MLB.com’s Greg Johns. His statistics suggest he was signed to help Arkansas, but we’ll see how it shakes out in spring training.
- Multi-positionist Kristopher Negron announced he is retiring as a player. Negron played for Tacoma and Seattle in 2019.
- MiLB.com looks at the Park Factors for the Triple-A ballparks, which show the new Las Vegas Ballpark as the new No. 1 hitter’s park in the PCL. For the statheads, Baseball America has a post breaking down the numbers into sub-categories. As usual, Cheney Stadium played as a pitcher’s park by PCL standards. Of note: the Mariners Double-A Arkansas ballpark maths out as the most extreme pitcher’s park in all of minor league baseball, so keep that in mind when looking at the stats of Mariners pitchers (and hitters!) coming up from Double-A.
- The Mariners are catching up to the Astros simply by watching the Astros self-destruct, Larry Stone writes.
- More information on MLB’s plan to contract 42 minor league teams is starting to leak. Again, this is all a step in negotiations at this point in time, and Tacoma is not involved. Here is a list of the potentially contracted teams.
- This year’s Hall of Fame ballot is out, and three former Tacoma players are on it: Jason Giambi (Tacoma Tigers 1994), Raul Ibanez (Rainiers 1996-2000 with a rehabilitation assignment in 2004), and JJ Putz (Rainiers 2002-2004, rehab 2008). Another player, Cliff Lee, pitched in a rehab game for Tacoma in 2010. None are likely to be elected to the Hall, but a significant MLB career is required to appear on the ballot.