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.
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.