Former Mariners and current Tacoma Rainiers manager Daren Brown is in camp with Seattle this spring, helping work with the team until minor league camp opens next month.
Brown is also a first-time father, daughter Chloe Lynn having been born this off-season - and he's dealing with the first separation of her young life. He's in Peoria, Brown's wife, Cindy and daughter are in Texas.
As it turns out, each night Brown retreats to his hotel room, fires up the computer program 'Skype' and broadcasts himself to the family, and gets to see the family on his laptop.
"I was on for 45 minutes last night," Brown said this morning. "My daughter was in a talkative mood."
"Baby talk," Brown said. "I talk enough to keep her going, but I don't do baby talk. I'm afraid someone might walk by the hotel room and wonder what's going on in there. My wife puts me up on the 50-inch screen, and my daughter loves that. I think it's a bit scary, but she loves it."
Brown hooks up the program each night to stay in touch, and the family will b reunited here in a few weeks.