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Rainiers 19, Isotopes 9

Not every day you can win giving up nine runs. Not every day you play in the rare air of Albuquerque. Our Favorite Rainier had a day, going 3-6 with two homers. Wladimir Balentien hit his ninth homer, Mike Morse had three hits. Hell, every Rainier had at least one.

Things like that happen when score 19 on 21 hits. Jason Mackintosh registers his first Triple A win, going 4 1/3 in relief of Jorge Campillo. More fun at Isotopes Park tomorrow at 5:35. Rainier ace Justin Lehr (4-0, 2.55) takes the hill against The Great Unknown. In other words, the Isotopes haven't announced.


1 Comment:

  1. Ben Cheney said...
    Rainier fans can all but help pack up the gear, as the team won't be here in 2009 if funding is not found for a complete overhaul of Cheney Stadium.

    2.5M additional funding from the state is not going to get this done. Cheney overhaul is a 30 million dollar endeavor, 15 hard must be public money, with 15 more in private investment. Private money could pose a problem without a valid plan of profitablility, unless the money comes from entities that simply donate for the good of the overall community.

    There have been several articles and stories involving this development, and here is a glance of what the said, and who the players are.

    Schlegel Group - Quietly meeting with Dallas city officials regarding a new ballpark being built there and scheduled to open in 2009.

    The Texas Rangers have final say in that market, and normally would not consider a AAA team so close to Arlington. However, a deal with Schlegel would involve Real Estate development projects in or around the stadium site, and current Schlegel group VP Bob McCall was the president/GM of the Frisco AA team of the Rangers. The format there would be one of multiple investment opportunities, cross marketing, and proximity for call up to the parent club from AAA.

    Reno/Sparks - Lead group has secured a initial agreement to purchase an undisclosed AAA team. Most consider the club to be the Tucson Sidewinders, as they have been quietly marketed for sale the past 2-3 years prior to winning the PCL crown in 2006.

    1. Schlegel group moves the Rainiers after the 2008 season, sign Player Development contract with Texas Rangers.

    The Padres sign Player Development contract with Reno/Sparks.

    The Mariners sign Player Development contract with Portland, (great cross marketing opportunity, short call up traval to Safeco).

    The Diamondbacks sign Player Development contract with Oklahoma (Rangers former AAA club). Or, there could be multiple affilation changes after these moves.

    2. Schlegel sells the Rainiers. Purchases the Tucson Sidewinders. Moves the Sidewinders to Dallas. Sign Player Development contract with Texas Rangers.

    Reno/Sparks group purchases the Rainiers, moves franchise to Reno/Sparks. Sign Player Development contract with the Padres.

    Mariners sign Player Development contract with Portland, Oregon ownership.

    Diamondbacks sign Player Development contract with Oklahoma or other city based on potential affiliation changes.

    Bottom line is simple. Cheney Stadium goes through a complete renovation, or Tacoma's 47 year run in the PCL is history.

    If that happens, the best we can all hope for is short season A ball in the Northwest League.

    In the meantime, Cheney is a great place to watch a ballgame and spend the summer. Let's all enjoy it while it's still here!

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