Justin Smoak certainly didn’t want his locker moving 36 miles south of Safeco Field to Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium, but the Seattle Mariners are hoping it’s what he needs to build some confidence after batting .189 in 90 games this year.
Tacoma Rainiers manager Daren Brown spoke with Smoak when he arrived in Tacoma today and made clear what is expected of him.
“Play first base and get him to hit,” Brown said. “Obviously he has been through a tough stretch in the big leagues. Things haven’t been going well and that is why he is here. Our whole thing is …