Game Thread, Las Vegas at Tacoma

Dave · July 20, 2006 at 5:57 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

The Las Vegas 51s bring their prospect-a-thon to Tacoma to face suddenly effective Cha Baek. Baek has a 3.02 ERA, but he’s basically become the Triple-A version of Jamie Moyer at this point – crafty enough to let guys get themselves out through very little skill of his own. Beats last year’s Cha Baek, though.

But seriously, this Las Vegas line-up is crazy: James Loney, Matt Kemp, Andy LaRoche, and Joel Guzman are all future major leaguers, and Delwyn Young might be. Should be a fun test for Baek.

As always, you can catch the greatness of commentary that is Mike Curto streaming live online.


53 Responses to “Game Thread, Las Vegas at Tacoma”

  1. marc w on July 21st, 2006 11:09 am

    “Any news on Bohn, Brown or Nomar_2.0?”
    They’ve been in Peoria, playing with the new draftees and working through injuries. Garciaparra’s been tearing it up (as he should, really), while Bohn’s been so-so (though it’s all in like 10-15 ABs or something).

    “So what sort of new staium are the new owners asking for?”
    It’s not just the new owners. PCL President Branch Rickey’s said Tacoma needs a new stadium for years. Everyone loves those downtown jobs like they’ve got in Memphis or Nashville or wherever, but I just don’t know where they’d put it in tacoma. It’s weird, but if they’d wanted the stadium to anchor downtown, they could’ve bought some land cheap 10 years ago. Now, they’ve gotta fight 10000 new condos and high-end apartments. I think everyone’s focusing on improving the existing stadium, which may be less than ideal, but hey: the team is actually profitable. They’ve got a shoestring operation to go with their poor revenue, and they make it work.

  2. msb on July 21st, 2006 3:43 pm

    yup, it’s been a topic of discussion for a decade, at least, especially as the roof really isn;t all that code in an earthquake anymore…. this was a proposal back in ’99:

    “In the Cheney Stadium Development Study, the DLR Group architects envision an $18 million renovation that would leave much of the seating bowl in place but surround it with a three-story brick-and-concrete structure housing new concession stands, restrooms, offices, locker rooms, a press box and a row of about 16 suites.

    The plan has the enthusiastic backing of Mike Combs, Tacoma’s director of public assembly facilities.

    “Triple-A baseball has been in Tacoma for over 40 years,” Combs said. “But if you don’t maintain your facilities you diminish their chances of being successful. Cheney Stadium is a beautiful stadium … there’s not a bad seat in the house. But it needs so many upgrades.”

  3. Oly Rainiers Fan on July 21st, 2006 6:18 pm

    I love Cheney Stadum. Well, not the concessions or restroom areas. and the player and press facilities definitely need upgrading.

    But there’s no place in downtown Tacoma that you’d be able to find a site large enough to accomodate parking and stuff like Cheney has, and if you did, what happens to the every-Friday fireworks?

    Also, I’m unconvinced that adding suites and luxury boxes would be a good idea. I’ve been meaning to do some research on this for a while now, but I’m thinking proximity of AAA to major league club, especially if they’re affiliated, lowers attendance at AAA park. And Tacoma isn’t exactly brimming with businesses that would fork over for suites to entertain their clients at Cheney instead of heading to much more glamorous Safeco.

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