The calendar has flipped it's first month of the off-season and, yes, the Seattle Mariners are still the American League's worst team.
They are the same team today they were on October 1, with one exception - manager Eric Wedge. Wedge and general manager Jack Zduriencik have been putting together a coaching staff that will include pitching coach Carl Willis, who spent most of the year working in Tacoma and has a long history of working with Wedge. That staff will be announced within a week.
Elsewhere, news keeps coming.
In Baltimore, for instance, former Mariners pitching coach Rick Adair has been named Buck Showalter's bullpen coach. With ex-Mariner Jim Presley already the Orioles hitting coach, Showalter may go for the Seattle trifecta - he's offered Don Wakamatsu the bench coaching job.
Never miss a local story.
New Mets general manager Sandy Alderson over the weekend acknowledged that, as GM of the Oakland Athletics, he 'suspected' Jose Canseco was using steroids - but never suspected Mark McGwire.
As commissioner Bud Selig contemplates expanding the post-season with two more wild card teams - and the World Series is being played in November - Game 3 on Saturday was the second-lowest rated World Series game ever televised. Ouch.
And then, there's this: White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen now has his own blog.