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January 22, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Food for thought, Mariner style

The offseason has several flash points that make you realize spring training is just around the corner. Once Christmas and New Year’s Day pass, I really start to get the fever. And today is another annual turning point: the Mariners’ spring training luncheon at Safeco Field.
It always occurs the Thursday before Fan Fest, and the day after the Hutch Award is given out, and it’s a hard-core indicator of the impending return of baseball. I’ll have a full report for you this afternoon on the news and gossip. All the important people will be there, from Howard Lincoln, Chuck Armstrong and Jack Zduriencik to Don Wakamatsu and trainer Rick Griffin. Aaron Heilman will be on hand, too, making his first official appearance at Safeco.
We should get a good feel for where the Mariners stand on a variety of roster and lineup decisions. Like who’s going to play first, who’s going to play left, who’s going to be the DH, who’s going to be in the rotation, who’s going to be in the bullpen, and who’s going to close. Minor stuff like that. Oh, and whether they’re going to sign any more free agents and/or make any more trades. I’m sure Jack and Don will spill their guts. Or not.
It should be interesting. Talk to you later.

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