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Thursday Baseball Apathy. Maybe.

We are still not quite out of football season on sports radio, and I don’t have TV back just yet (we cancelled our cable to save money, and won’t be getting it back until later in March/early April), so I am still at a loss to really gather feelings on the upcoming season, and I feel like I should be way more excited than I am. Or maybe I really am excited, but I can’t communicate that just yet because I am a visual person and until I actually see some real life, current, non-rerun baseball I won’t even believe it’s happening. But yesterday was the first full squad workout, and I am seeing some pictures and short video show up on my Twitter and Instagram feeds (yes, I still have an Instagram account, and so do the Mariners), so maybe when next week rolls around, I’ll be all over this. Maybe. Nelson Cruz is clearly ready for the season to start, so maybe I should get it together and start being a bit more excited here. It is nearly March, after all.

Rickie Weeks lopped his dreadlocks off (it must feel amazing, I remember cutting mine, too) and come to camp ready to share my corner of the ballpark in left field with Dustin Ackley. It is planned that he will platoon (I’m using that word even if Lloyd McClendon won’t) with Ackley depending on righty/lefty pitcher needs, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do. Ackley’s migration to the outfield has worked really well for him, so hopefully Weeks can follow suit and still maintain his massive OPS. Since the days of Raul Ibanez, left field has felt nice and secure defensively with the players we have put out there, and if the team is confident in Weeks, I will be, too.

Robinson Cano is far more optimistic than I personally am willing to be about this season just yet. I do like the way the team is looking so far, and I am definitely looking forward to see who makes it where out of Spring Training, and yes, I remember last year’s success very, very well, but it just seems too good to be true right now, and I don’t want to go nuts. You know what I do like about Cano’s statements, though, regardless of whether or not I can buy into it wholesale this very minute? That attitude! And Robbie Cano has played for winners before; I trust him to at least know what a good team might look like, and he seems to be a fan of the changes and additions made over the offseason. I can seriously hardly wait for the noise in the stadium when these guys are announced at the home opener.

Hisashi Iwakuma is also feeling better too, and took a bullpen the other day, some video of which the Mariners posted on their Instagram site. He looks good in that short clip, pitching pretty effortlessly in the Arizona sun. I hope he doesn’t have any setbacks this year, and stays down in the zone, as Mike Zunino mentioned in the above link. I love Kuma’s pitching style, he is just a treat to watch and I am glad he is ours. Also at that link, Tom Wilhelmsen just got back from Florida, where he lost his arbitration hearing, but isn’t letting that sour him at all. Wilhelmsen is endearing that way; he’s laid back and kind of just rolls with the punches. I worry sometimes that he might not stick around forever, and I know that can happen, but I just love the fact that he comes off as more of a cartoon character than Serious Athlete. Serious Athletes are a dime a dozen, and Serious Athletes are boring; it takes someone special to be a guy who can throw a 95MPH fastball, pal around with fans with abandon, and then mix everyone a drink afterwards. Have I mentioned lately that I love our bullpen? Because I really love our bullpen, everyone!

I have to get back to work, but hope to be able to write again tomorrow. March is almost here. Spring Training proper is almost here. Baseball is almost here!


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Some Thoughts on Montero, Chavez, Gutierrez and Zunino

I have wanted to write for a while now, but with football reigning supreme in Seattle, it’s been kind of difficult to find the narrative of the Seattle Mariners. I figure the best thing to do would just be to air my big dumb opinions on various points of interest and articles published over the past few weeks. So here we go!

Jesus Montero is being given another chance. I really hate to be a downer when I’m not normally (not with any degree of seriousness, anyway), but I am weary and therefore wary of the rollercoaster that is our middling catcher. I certainly want to have more faith in him, and it sounds like the fact that he has met with the organization and constructed a plan for coming back happier and healthier – and has made his reporting weight with reporting still weeks away – is a good sign. I really do like the concept of Jesus Montero, and he seems to have a good degree of random power, but the attitude hasn’t been there and the hitting hasn’t been reliable. I would really love to see him make it here. I feel like he’s pretty good defensively, and hasn’t had any knee issues behind the plate, so I really just want him to get himself together and play. My fingers are crossed, but I’m not getting my hopes up. I did that last year, when everyone was saying that he had slimmed down and then when I finally saw a photo of him at spring training, he looked pretty much the same as he had before. I’m pulling for him, just being cautious about it. Given the catcher depth that the Mariners have piled up, sounds like they are, too.

Back in January, too, the Mariners signed Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez to minor league contracts. I like the Chavez signing; they clearly intend to keep him around for utility purposes, and I am glad he has decided to stay there. I have always been an Endy fan, he’s just a fun player to watch. But the Gutierrez offer both surprises and saddens me. Saddens because I love him so much and I just want him to be healthy and fast and in center field where he shines so well, and I know it can never be that way. I miss him in center. We got to see some fantastic defense while he was there, and while we have seen more defense from healthier players, I miss those high home-run-stopping jumps in the early evening sun. Surprised, though, because as the article linked above states, we clearly should not be expecting anything from him at a major league level at all. He seemed to do alright in the Venezuelan winter league, but that doesn’t help us in Seattle, and I have to wonder why the Ms have decided to keep him around. I’d love to see him back up here once or twice, but I’m not holding my breath. We have made improvements, and while the thoughts of what could have been with him will always echo on in my head, I know I have to separate the fan from the logic and what I know to be necessary. Whatever happens, I hope he has fun in Tacoma and stays healthy this year.

Speaking of Tacoma, I need to try and get down there this year more. I said that last year, but I felt really out of touch with the big picture last year, because I was completely missing out on the Rainiers. Maybe there will have to be some out of town Mariners games where I take the opportunity to go see what will likely be a fairly familiar roster.

Finally, I was listening to 710 ESPN Seattle this morning, and there was a lot of encouraging Mariners talk, sandwiched between football’s combine talk (don’t try and explain it to me, I could not care less if I put effort into it). There was some discussion of who to watch out for as the breakout/most improved player in 2015, and Mike Zunino’s name was tossed around. To finish up the Ryan Divish article linking party, some bits and bobs on Zunino and how he’s done so far with the Mariners. I am just flat out going to say on the record that I am an unapologetic Mike Zunino fan. I love everything about him. Do I wish he would hit more? Of course I do. But he is a great game caller, the pitchers seem to adore him, and he is a bit of a clubhouse personality that the team has been lacking for a while. I like upbeat players that aren’t afraid to take themselves a little less than seriously, and Zunino does this with style. Dave Cameron’s guy may be Dustin Ackley, but I think I’ll go with Zunino too. I feel like he is destined for something great this year.

Zunino and his catching and pitching friends will report to the Mariners Spring Training facility this Friday. Position players will follow early next week. I am ready for Spring Training to start. I am very very ready for meaningless baseball.


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Mariners Refuse to Abuse 5K, And How You Can Help

Yep. After years of wanting to and either forgetting to set the date aside, or planning things on top of it, I am finally going to participate in this. The Mariners have been holding this event for quite a few years now, and I have never gone due to my own negligence, so now is the time. Since this is a baseball blog and I don’t want to get into some of my own life experiences here (no, I have never been abused, but I have had friends who have been), but suffice to say it’s a subject that hits a bit close to home with me.

I’m not a runner or athlete of any kind, but I can walk like a crazy person and not get tired, and 3+ miles is really not that much of a big deal for me. If the weather is cool (which is a big if, in July), I will even wear a full-body fleece set of pajamas I got that make me look like a big cat. I don’t know anything about 5K events, but I have seen enough pictures to know that people dress up and wear funny hats and whatnot, and I wouldn’t want to miss out on any fun. If it’s hot, I’ll opt for something maybe a bit more sensible, like exercise clothing, and probably toss on some Mariners gear for good measure.

In any event, you can learn about the event here and register for it (a $40 fee gets you on their list), learn more about it here at this link, and it benefits these fine folks at the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, whose website helped me help my friends.  If you’d like to help me raise more money, I have a donation site located here, with a picture of me in the aforementioned fleece PJs.


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Mariners FanFest 2015: The Furbush/Wilhelmsen Comedy Half Hour

Yesterday started off pretty early for me, around 7 or so. I took my time getting ready to leave, packed my camera and whatnot into this backpack I was given for Christmas that is made of baseball leather and has red stitching on the outside (and more room in it for things than my laptop bag has), and headed off down the street to the bus stop. It is probably pretty warm out this morning too, as people are gathering for today’s event, and it was unseasonably warm yesterday. A bit of a sprint and a short bus ride later, and I was downtown, headed for the field.

I made my way through downtown towards Jimmy’s, where I’d planned to have breakfast, found a seat in the back of the bar (which was already quite full, likely of both Mariners fans and people going to the Seattle Boat Show across the street), ordered my breakfast, and relaxed. I want to say I was there around 9AM or maybe a little thereafter. I took a very leisurely bit of time to eat, then went over and planted myself in line at the left field gates around 10A. And here is where I give a recommendation; get there an hour early. Last year, Su and I didn’t get there until after 11, and the lines were insane. Get there a little early, deal with standing for a bit, and you get in in no time.

After the gates opened, I had a job to do, so Su and I parted ways – she for Dugout Dialogue, and I for Select-a-Seat. I met a very nice fellow who gave me a sheet with the four options for 20-game plans (which is so much nicer and compact than the 10 or so plans they used to have for 16 games), and asked me where I’d like to sit in the stadium. I tried to get my old seats from a few years ago, but they were gone for that plan, so I settled for the two next to them. We chatted about the Mariners Fan Fest vs those of other teams. I need to say something about how good we have it in Seattle as fans. Some teams hold their yearly winter festivals for the public at places other than their home fields, and some don’t have them at all. The Mariners organization has done a very nice job of opening the park and giving fans mostly free reign of the main and lower concourses, and access to parts of the field that we wouldn’t ordinarily have, like the team’s clubhouse and the rooftop control room – which isn’t all that impressive in itself, but getting to see a little bit about the park itself (rather than focus on the game) is educational at the least, and frankly kind of neat. The Mariners have also done a good job of using all the main bits of the park; tons of bouncy houses for kids around the main concourse, zip line in right field, tee ball in center, and catch in left, with the ever-present ROOT Sports news desk by home plate, and the ability to walk onto the field from first base to third and the visitor’s dugout; something I do just about every year and never get tired of. So yeah. We have it pretty good here.

So after I gave this friendly stranger who works for the Marines a boatload of money and he explained the next steps in the payment plan process, we shook hands, and I went on my merry way to meet Su. But not before stopping at the King’s Court area, and voting for what shirt will be given out next year. I am sure they will do multiple designs, like ever year, but frankly this was my favorite:

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Next up in my travels was this:

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That is a rough picture, and I apologize; cell phone and me trying to stay out of people’s way. In any event, this is being taken to Arizona to meet up with the Seahawks in their Super Bowl endeavors. Normally, I wouldn’t think twice about this; but since it looks like history is being made, I decided to sign it, in the lower left corner (was not signed when this picture was taken): Go Hawks! Go Mariners! and then the scribble that passes for my signature. Several hours later, we would walk back past this thing, and there was barely any room on it. People were signing on the back. They’ll need another one for today’s event!

I took a stroll around left field and the third base side of the park, where there were several organizations set up for charity donations, joining or supporting local baseball and softball organizations, the 710 ESPN booth, a kiosk where you could buy game-used gear, one where the Diamond Club was set up with chairs and tables (probably the closest I will ever get to actually being in the Diamond Club), and finally I located Su sitting over the Mariners dugout waiting for the next folks to show up and talk at Dugout Dialogue.

Next up to discuss the game was Jack Zduriencik and Lloyd McClendon, who sat down and responded to questions from Dave Sims, Aaron Goldsmith, and then the audience at hand.

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Two of the questions of note were about Ichiro and Michael Saunders. A fan asked what basically amounted to a question that placed some degree of assumption on the front office having even looked at bringing back Ichiro as an option. Zduriencik handled it well. He basically stated that Ichiro was never an option for this club this year, while still maintaining the degree of respect they have for the player and his game. On the record, I’m just going to say that if Ichiro ever plans his last year, I really hope they do something as a feel-good signing for his last season here, like they did with Ken Griffey Jr. He might not play in the capacity we’re all used to seeing, but it would be nice to have him back one last time. A kid next to me asked a question about how McClendon plans to use the outfield, and as names and positions were rattled off, my brain went to “Hey, what about Michael Saunde- aw man!” Immediately after this, someone did ask a question about why Saunders wasn’t kept, and Zduriencik said that while they did like Saunders, we had a need for starting pitching, and thus JA Happ was acquired in that deal. No drama, just straight up fact. If you’re looking for controversy, Jack’s not going to give it to you.

Next up were Taijuan Walker and James Paxton, with Walker sporting some new frames and a sweet pair of fingerless gloves, though honestly I was sitting out there with only a sweater on. It was a nice day yesterday. Even texting and using Twitter, my own fingers stayed pretty warm. First time ever; usually during this event it’s 30F and raining out.

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A short break later, and Brad Adam appeared, as did Austin Jackson and JA Happ.

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Full disclosure, we didn’t stick around for this one. Su was hungry, and I wanted to check out The Pen, so we left about midway through, with JA Happ giving some praise to Jackson for his fielding work.

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We wound through a maze of bouncy houses, a line to have your picture taken at “Let the Arrow Fly” out near the Moose Den (basically, there is a dirt mound, some grass, a photo background, and you do the Fernando Rodney thing), then the Moose Den itself. I recovered a schedule from Select-a-Seat so I could let my friend Eric (Red Sox fan) know when he should avail himself for a Sunday game against Boston, Su cast her vote for the Felix shirts, and then we went downstairs to Edgar’s and watched adorable tiny children play catch with their parents.

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Su got a bacon-wrapped hotdog and a beer, my friend Tom and I had beer (breakfast was huge, I did not need lunch in the least), another Tom showed up and we chatted a bit about this and that, and after Tom #2 left, the three of us stood around and chatted until we realized that it was almost time to see Nelson Cruz take some questions. So back upstairs, another walk around the third base side of the park, and back to the dugout!

Cruz was just settling in with Dave Sims, and the three of us snuck in as close as we could.

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Cruz was asked about everything from how much he liked it here to how he felt about our facilities in the Dominican Republic, to not having to play against Felix. Cruz said he was very glad to not have to face Felix, and also not to have to deal with the “Ks in left field“.  While part of me thinks it was just a friendly appeal to his new fanbase, part of me would love to think that having 200 people yell for your failure might get into a player’s head eventually. Cruz said that while people in the DR do wear Mariners gear, fans are more likely to follow individual players, rather than a whole team. I got the impression that the team’s baseball-building facilities in his country might be doing some good for younger players who really want to make it to MLB.

Next up were John Hicks and Alex Jackson (who will eventually trip me up with Austin Jackson), two of our minor leaguers. Jackson is 19. Rick Rizzs hosted them, and the fan Q&A seemed longer than the previous sessions. Wonderfully enough, almost every single question asked of these two were asked by children, both boys and girls. Some of them were serious, some were just sweet, but it was nice to see so much interest in the game from a younger generation.

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Hicks and Jackson, for their part, seemed a little nervous on the dais, but I am sure they’ll get better and more comfortable with practice.

Next up, the comedy duo of Furbush and Wilhelmsen…

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They put these two together last year, and it was a huge hit for those in attendance. Lots of joking around with Rizzs and Goldsmith and each other. Wilhelmsen kept the beard hat on for longer this year than he did last year, but so far has not made it through an entire interview with the thing on.

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Then a fan in the audience, one of the 4 Old Bats, brought up the song “Build Me Up Buttercup“, which prompted this:

More talk of Wilhelmsen’s dancing, and then this happened:

There is a small chance that both of these videos may be pulled, because somehow me posting a few seconds of a song violates someone’s copyright rules (and you can’t have fun on the internet), but I hope that people can enjoy them if at all possible. If not, there are better copies of said events filmed by the Mariners themselves here, and those are also one after the other, with better sound and film quality than my Canon. Any way, much fun was had, and I don’t remember a whole lot of what was said because I was either laughing or lamenting the fact that I am really going to miss these guys when they’re gone. But for now, I will enjoy them as much as possible while they’re here. Our bullpen is still pretty weird, and I love it.

The last two speakers for the day were DJ Peterson and Patrick Kivlehan, and yes I had to look that last one up just to be sure on spelling. Their segment was much lower key than their predecessors, and they spoke about their careers so far, and coming back from various injuries. Also, thanks to a girl sitting in back of us at the time, I now know that Kivlehan’s favorite food is strawberries, while Peterson prefers Mexican food of all kinds.

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Peterson was also asked by a boy sitting in a row in front of him whether or not he would ever get his hair cut like “The Boz”. Much shock all around initially, as I think most people have more or less forgotten about Brian Bosworth and his antics from the 1980s, and Aaron Goldsmith was impressed the kid even knew the name. Peterson declined, he likes his hair just fine the way it is, thank you.

After a quick sweep downstairs to see if we had missed much of anything in the clubhouse level, Su and I went back to her car and tooled back over to my neck of the woods in West Seattle, where we dropped some stuff off at the house and then proceeded to Beveridge Place for some beer and food. We were joined by one person from LookoutLanding, Cody Morris, part-owner and brewer for Gastropod Brewpub, and soon a new location in South Lake Union (which will apparently feature Indonesian food, I am looking forward to it). We did talk about baseball and football, but I’ve always been interested in the art of brewing beer, and I learned a lot from him over the course of the evening. A few of my friends randomly showed up there just because they were looking for some place to go, and we had a table of beer, pizza from Peel and Press, and lots of good discussion. A great way to end an excellent day.

Lastly, for those of you who might be worried about the new takeover of Elysian Brewpub by Annheuser-Busch, don’t be. Things are going to stay the same. I would go into that more, but this isn’t a beer blog. Just rest assured that your beer and food will remain untouched by the large corporations; though they may have to get rid of that Loser Ale, for obvious reasons.

For anyone going to FanFest today, have a great time. I hear the temperatures are supposed to be over 60F today, and maybe they’ll open up the roof! Go Mariners!

 

 


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Mariners New Alternate Uniforms, Fan Fest Reminder

It’s around 10AM as I start writing this one, and apparently press and bloggers alike are gathering down at Safeco Field for today’s announcement of new Sunday alternate uniforms. I hope they live up to the hype, as my Twitter feed has been a neverending stream of guesses as to what they’ll look like for the past 24-36 hours or so. The last time we did this, I seem to remember it being bringing the all-gray unis back. The time before that, it was that awful teal color. I know that holds a lot of memories for fans, but I have never been a huge fan of the color teal, and it also reminds me of the Miami Dolphins uniforms from the 1980s.

I am currently being told that Ichiro Suzuki has landed with the Florida (Miami?) Marlins, and it is a positive that he stays in MLB, but also I just have no love or concern for the Marlins one way or the other. I saw them play twice last year when I was on the east coast, and while it was fun because it was baseball, I just don’t care. I feel very apathetic about the Marlins, just like the Reds, the Astros, and most of the AL/NL Central. For Ichiro’s part, he will get to wear bright colors, as a friend of mine pointed out on Twitter, and he will get back the freedom to do with his facial hair whatever he wants, so I guess that is a positive for him, but I wish it were a team that I really liked. Can’t win them all, I guess.

The press conference started out with Rick Rizzs, reciting a history of the Mariners uniforms and uniforms in general through the years since 1977. Several still photos were shown in montage of uniforms from the trident and powder blues to the compass and crisp whites and navy that we have today. He went through a brief description of how the white unis were going to be altered, mainly the lettering. From the Mariners Twitter account:

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I like this change. It makes the lettering pop more, and the navy kind of tones down the obnoxiousness of the teal. I don’t know that I had ever noticed the white stitching before; uniforms are just kind of there, and you don’t think about the way they look outside of being on a player until a change like this is made. An improvement for sure. The same look is also going to be applied to the back lettering of players names and numbers.

Then Rizzs announced Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Charlie Furbush and Nelson Cruz to the stage, and these will be our new Sunday alternates. All I can say is, WOW.

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The color is a cream without being too cream, and the mix of old school blue with navy is a nice touch. And the socks. Don’t even get me started on the socks. First of all, I wear knee socks almost every day. I love them. I would wear both of these unironically and unapologetically, in public. I really really hope the club decides to put them up for sale. I have been very envious of the St Louis Cardinals red stripes for quite some time now, and this is just perfect.

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The back. I tried to cap it before they turned around, but only sort of succeeded with Walker. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, the nod to the old days of the game without names on the back and the concept of “playing for the team” is a nice gesture. But there are times I have difficulty tracking who is who, so I guess I either have to become really familiar with numbers, or just pay attention harder than normal. That first option is a little easier; hey, I have to talk to friends and stuff during the game. Going to the ballpark is not without its distractions. Still, these are great.

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Rizzs interviewed everyone on what they thought and of course, the reviews were a unanimous thumbs up. Maybe the guys like them truly, maybe they don’t; frankly, I can’t see how they wouldn’t, these are pretty nice. The hats with the old “S” on them are a great homage to the past of the team as well. There is literally nothing about these that I don’t like. Well done, Mariners.

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And with that, these players are on stage because they are in town for this weekend’s Seattle Mariners Fan Fest. Fan Fest is the appetizer before a very long wait for the best meal ever in April, and every year I enjoy going. This year, I am going to make an entire day of it. I plan to take a bus down rather than deal with parking, and treat myself to breakfast somewhere, then go and get my ticket and stand on line early or go into the park when the lines clear, or whatever happens to strike me as the Thing To Do at the time. Then, just baseball it up for the next few hours until they kick us all out.

Also, a reminder that some friends and I will be gathering at Beveridge Place Pub around 5PM tomorrow for drinks, maybe some food, and baseball talk or whatever we decide to chat about. This is not a structured meeting at all, just a chance to hang out and talk about baseball in a casual setting with other fans. It might be just me and Su, it might be a bunch of people, I don’t know. But after this pretty exciting uniform announcement and what I am hoping to be a great day chilling out at the ballpark, I hope to see some folks there. If nothing else, think of it as a chance to unwind on a Saturday evening.

See you at the ballpark!


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Everett AquaSox Name New GM

More from the good folks up north in Everett…

Everett, WA – The Everett AquaSox announced today that Danny Tetzlaff has been named General Manager. Tetzlaff has been in minor league baseball for over 13 years, serving most recently as General Manager of the expansion Yakima Valley Pippins (West Coast League). He has served as both a General Manager and Assistant General Manager with several successful organizations, including three years with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

“After previously working in the Northwest League with the Yakima Bears, I am excited and humbled to have this amazing opportunity with the Everett AquaSox,” said Tetzlaff, “I am looking forward to being a part of the tradition already in place in Everett, and making summers at Everett Memorial Stadium even more memorable in 2015.”

In his new role with the AquaSox, Tetzlaff will work closely with Team President Pat Filippone and oversee the day-to-day operations of the club.

“We are looking forward to having Danny as a part of our team in Everett,” said Filippone, “His proven track record of success at multiple levels within Minor League Baseball make him an asset for the franchise and our growth in the future.”

A graduate of UNC-Charlotte, Tetzlaff was named 2006 Pioneer League Executive of the Year while with the Casper Rockies after leading the Rockies to the nation’s fourth-largest attendance jump in all of minor league baseball.

 

Thanks, Katie!

 


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Everett AquaSox Announce 2015 Coaching Staff

From the old email inbox this morning!

Everett, WA – With a new season of AquaSox baseball just around the corner the Mariners have officially announced the 2015 Everett coaching staff. Manager Rob Mummau, Pitching Coach Jason Blanton, and Hitting Coach Mike Davis will lead the Sox this summer.

Rob Mummau begins his 14th season with the Mariners organizations in 2015, returning as Everett’s manager after spending the 2014 season managing the Pulaski Mariners of the Appalachian League in Pulaski, VA. Mummau led the Sox to a first half Northwest League division championship in 2012 and an overall division championship in 2013. A 1993 graduate of James Madison University, Rob Mummau was selected in the 29th round of the 1993 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. He played in the Blue Jays organization for seven years including the last four seasons at AAA Syracuse.

Mike Davis will be returning to Everett this season to continue his work as the AquaSox hitting coach after debuting in Everett in 2014. Before his coaching career, Davis made a name for himself spanning over a decade in the major leagues, as a player for the Oakland Athletics (1980-1987) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (1988-1989). He is most remembered as the Dodger who earned the base on balls in the bottom of the ninth of Game 1 of the World Series, stole second base, and ultimately scored on Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run that won the game for Los Angeles.

Jason Blanton will be making his debut as the AquaSox pitching coach in 2015. Blanton spent the 2014 season alongside Rob Mummau in Virginia as the pitching coach for the Pulaski Mariners. Born in San Antonio, Jason Blanton was originally selected by Boston in the 28th round of the June draft but did not sign. In 2001, he was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 12th round of the June draft out of North Carolina State and pitched for the Cubs minor league system for three seasons.

The AquaSox Home Opener is June 18 at 7:05pm versus the Eugene Emeralds. Season tickets, group outings and both 12 and 16 game packages are available now, and single game tickets will be available in mid-May. Call (425) 258-3673 or visit aquasox.com for more information.

I am hoping to make it up to more games this year, but with the increased number of Mariners games in my soon-to-be-purchased season ticket package, I don’t know that I will have time. I would love to be able to report on the home opener, but things get terribly cramped in that booth with all the folks who are actually paid to be there, and one spot they give to a blogger is a spot that could be another spot or some elbow room for someone who truly needs to be there doing paid work, so if I wind up going, it’ll likely be as a spectator. Also conspiring against me is the fact that it’s on a Thursday, and over 25 miles away. We’ll see. Looking forward to seeing the roster for the Sox finalized this year.

 

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