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There won’t be a Sept. 1 stampede

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Aug. 30, 2010 at 6:46 pm with 2 Comments »
August 30, 2010 6:46 pm

On Wednesday, big-league rosters can expand – and will, for teams looking to reinforce their September run for the post-season.

Obviously, the Seattle Mariners aren’t one of those teams.

Dustin Ackley

The Mariners may not bring anyone up, immediately, choosing instead to let the members of the Class AAA Tacoma Rainiers enjoy what looks like a post-season berth. The theory is simple: Players would benefit more from playing games that matter in the Pacific Coast League playoffs than by sitting on the bench at Safeco Field.

Hard to argue.

Eventually, however, players will be joining the Mariners. Figure first baseman Justin Smoak and catcher Rob Johnson, who spent most of 2010 in the big leagues, will return. Pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith is another likely callup, though he may go right into the Seattle bullpen, not its rotation.

Looking for a slightly longer shot? Reliever Danny Cortes and outfielder Greg Halman are candidates to get opportunities.

Don’t, however, expect second baseman Dustin Ackley. The feeling seems to be that Ackley has played enough in this, his first professonal season. If he comes up at all, it might be like teammate Michael Pineda – who’ll be brought up to sit on the big-league bench, not to play.

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  1. My question at this point, is either Moore or Johnson the catcher of the future, or do we need to get a catcher who can hit over .220 & catch the ball?

    oh wait, we do have Josh bard. He can do both (sigh).

  2. Moo, I’m a day late on this, but will say that IF you have players at the other positions, catcher is the first place I’d sacrifice offensive production for a guy who can catch, throw, call a great game and handle pitchers. I’d have played Danny Wilson if he hit a buck eighty, his other skills were that important to the team.

    Of course in the case of the Mariners, that IF is a moot point.

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