Hey, everyone! It has been awhile. For that, I apologize. I have not done a good job keeping up with the system in a busy offseason for the Seattle Mariners, but here is to a fresh start beginning with a new website. I decided to move Generally Speaking to an MLBlog template to match up more with other MiLB blogs.
A new URL pales in comparison to the changes that have taken place in the Pacific Northwest. The Mariners have almost an entirely new front office. Jerry Dipoto, the team’s new General Manager, has made a number of trades in an attempt to shake up the Major League roster. He hired Scott Servais as manager of a largely new coaching staff.
The effects should trickle down to Jackson and the entire system as well. Andy McKay is the team’s new Director of Player Development, and he figures to overhaul the team’s approach in that area. There’s a lot to read up on as the McKay hire has been dissected from every which angle, and there are a number of great profiles for those interested. What has struck me most is the emphasis put on having an overarching and consistent organizational philosophy. It appears everyone will be on the same page when 2016 starts.
It is difficult to draw too many conclusions without any baseball being played, but the excitement is palpable in the organization after a disappointing 2015. With Spring Training less than two weeks away, it seems like as good a time as any to start previewing the upcoming season. I joined all the other broadcasters in the organization in the first edition of Seattle System Scoop last week, a new podcast covering all the goings on from each Mariners’ affiliate.
In the first episode, Mike Curto of the Tacoma Rainiers, Dan Besbris of the Bakersfield Blaze, Greg Mroz of the Clinton LumberKings, Pat Dillon of the Everett AquaSox and I talked about the organizational changes and the top 10 prospects in the system according to industry standard Baseball America. Listen below, and let us know what you think. We’re looking forward to doing this all season long.