Catching an early flight tomorrow, headed for the Seattle Mariners spring training, and starting Sunday this space will begin producing stories, photos and - yikes! - video on what should be an eventful 40 days.That's about the time the Mariners will have between the first pitchers-and-catchers workout Sunday and the time they fly to Japan for a few exhibition games and the two-game season-opening series agains Oakland in Tokyo. Given the issues this team has to deal with, that's not a lot of time.
What to expect from Camp '12? First-looks at Mariners rookies from Jesus Montero to pitching prospects Dan Hultzen, Taijuan Walker, James Paxton and Erasimo Ramirez. Major questions like where Ichiro will bat in what could be a new-look lineup, who starts at third base - Chone Figgins, anyone? - and how long it will be before Carlos Guillen strains a leg muscle.
What can you expect to find here this spring? Daily updates and notes, news as it happens, interviews with players, coaches, manager Eric Wedge and general manager Jack Zduriencik. We'll also have some fun, anecdotes and photos from the desert, new information on an from your favorite players.
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Love to have you involved, and we can start that process today. What questions would you ask, and of whom, if you had the chance? What issues for the Seattle Mariners are most impoprtant to you? Who would you like to know more about?
Let me know, and we'll start this run through spring training together, starting Sunday.