Corco, here’s your roster move — LHP Travis Blackley sent to San Francisco for OF-R Jason Ellison. Ellison will be on the 25-man roster to open the season. As has been hinted at in the comments, Ellison went to South Kitsap with Willie Bloomquist. Yes, the Willie Bloomquist.
On a personal level, I’m sad to see Blackley go. Back when he was going really well (2003), I had the chance to interview him while he was pitching for San Antonio. We talked about baseball, life in the minor leagues, how he developed his changeup (messing around while playing cricket), and his growing up in Australia over the course of an hour. It’s funny… I interviewed a number of players on that trip, and other than Jose Lopez they’re all gone — Rett Johnson, Clint Nageotte, Justin Leone, Chris Snelling, and now Blackley.
Man, what a rotation the Missions had that year: Johnson, Nageotte, Blackley, Bobby Madristch and (while I was there), Matt Thornton.