Posting today just to share all of these links from the past few days – do we call this a Friday afternoon links dump? Something like that.
Expect a round of roster cuts over the weekend. Mariners opening day is less than three weeks away and they still have 62 players in camp. so it’s about time for them to start trimming down.
For the soccer fans, the Tacoma Defiance home opener is tonight – check the WeRTacoma.com site for more info.
- Infielder/outfielder Alen Hansen – who we expect to be with the Rainiers next month – is playing for Team France in a World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament played in Tucson next weekend. Team France will be generating a lot of interest because it is managed by future Hall of Famer Bruce Bochy, who was born in France.
- Projected Rainiers first baseman/outfielder Jose Marmolejos has had a strong camp so far.
- Larry Stone returned from Mariners spring training and tells us that its going to be a rough 2020, but he can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
- Tuesday was an off day in M’s camp, so Ryan Divish decided to project the Mariners 26-man opening day roster.
- After imagining it many times, Justin Dunn faced Mike Trout in real life.
- The News Tribune has a feature on first baseman Evan White.
- Dan Vogelbach is locked in on improving in 2020.
- Mallex Smith is hoping to bounce back from an “embarrassing” season.
- Game reports: Yesterday the Mariners were shut out by Cincinnati, 3-0, although Yusei Kikuchi pitched well… the M’s pitched well but didn’t hit in a 2-0 loss to the Angels on Wednesday… Tuesday was a rare spring training off day, so everyone probably went golfing…. and on Monday the Mariners scored some runs but lost to the Rockies, 9-6, as The Future had a big day with both Evan White and Jarred Kelenic having good games.
- In the PCL, the home of the Nashville Sounds was hit by tornados earlier this week. Minor damage was done to the ballpark and the famous guitar-shaped scoreboard.