It's official: Jeff Clement will be the opening day catcher - for Tacoma.
The left-handed hitting catcher saw his bid to backup Kenji Johjima end this morning when the team optioned him to Class AAA.
That means Rob Johnson is the most likely backup to Johjima, with non-roster invitee Jamie Burke a longer shot.
For Clement, the job was lost as much by his bat as his glove this spring. The power and consistency - the ability to drive the ball the other way - simply wasn't there.
Trying too hard is a spring time malady that affects most young players. It seems to have bitten Clement this spring, and until he relaxes and lets his ability speak for him, he'll play for the Rainiers.