In past seasons the sole purpose of the Seattle Mariners minor league clubs was to simply house the next generation of players for the 25-man major league roster until the current bunch was ready to be traded for younger players and prospects. These days each minor league affiliate has many extremely vital jobs to, beginning with teaching. Perhaps the most important point driven home is how to deal with adversity. That, afterall, is inevitable.
August 20, 2003
Sometimes the old adage rings true: one bad apple spoils the bunch. In the case of the five minor league affiliates for the Seattle Mariners, the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers were the rotten seed, going 2-5 on the week. The lower four levels combined for a stellar 17-9 record as Wisconsin played well and San Antonio, Inland Empire, and Everett each hung on to postseason aspirations.
August 5, 2003