Today’s news as Mariners head to Salt Lake
Today’s a travel day as the Mariners break camp and head to Salt Lake City, where they’ll face the Rockies in their final spring game Saturday at 12:05 p.m. PT. That one will be televised on ROOT Sports, with Brandon Maurer getting the start.
Then it’s on to Oakland for a Sunday afternoon workout in preparation for Monday night’s Opening Day.
It always feels odd leaving Arizona after a long spring. Happy to be moving on after 47 days, but will definitely miss the warm weather. It was 87 degrees as I headed off this afternoon. Wouldn’t mind bringing a little of that to Oakland and particularly Chicago on this first road trip!
Oakland has rain in the forecast for this weekend, but looks like decent weather next week during the four-game series from Monday through Thursday with temps in the 60s, though there is a chance of rain on the final day.
Chicago figures to be more of a weather wild card. It’s always dicey at this time of year in the midwest and east coast. The long-range forecast doesn’t look bad, with highs around 50 on Friday through Sunday. But there is a 40-percent chance of rain on Sunday, so that will be one to watch.
The Mariners open at home on Monday, so would be nice to get Sunday’s game in without any delay and get back home finally.
One thing with weather cancelations this season – the realigned schedule only has teams visiting non-division foes once a year now. So if a game is rained out, there’s no chance to make it up during a roadtrip to the same city later in the year. That might mean waiting out delays longer or having to fit in games on offdays on future road swings or that sort of thing.
Some big baseball contract news today, with the Tigers’ Justin Verlander getting a seven-year, $180 million extension that moves him ahead of Felix Hernandez (seven years, $175 million) as the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history.
I’m sure Felix will survive. In fact, I have a story on Mariners.com today in which he talks about being the same guy, the same pitcher, even with his own new deal.
My other story today is on Henry Genzale, the last original Mariners employee who retired Thursday after 37 years as the clubhouse manager.