March 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM
Mariners leave Arizona with club record-tying 21st win
After arriving here on Feb. 5 and covering everything from Jesus Montero and his name showing up in papers from a Miami clinic to Felix Hernandez and his contract extension before camp even opened, to one of the longer spring trainings in memory because of the WBC — with a week-long break in-between — I’m now headed back to Seattle to prepare for the coming season.
The Mariners closed out the Arizona portion of spring training today with a 6-4 win over the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Ariz. It was the team’s 21st win in Cactus League play, tying their franchise record from 2004.
Another record was set today when Michael Morse hit his ninth home run of the spring in the top of the second inning, breaking the old mark set by Mike Wilson. Part of me feels a bit sad today, knowing that Wilson had his little bit of history erased.
Morse doesn’t need Cactus League heroics on his resume, but I thought it was a nice thing for Wilson to have up there after years of minor league struggles punctuated by a brief MLB taste with the Mariners. Guys work all of their young lives to achieve very little in the majors sometimes, so it’s a little bittersweet to see Wilson’s name eclipsed by Morse.
Then again, it asn’t too long ago that Morse was a minor leaguer on the outside looking in, so that’s the way this game goes sometimes. You never know.
All of the roster moves are pretty much done. The team will figure out by Sunday what to do with Casper Wells. If they wait long enough, there’s always a chance they could sneak him through waivers to Class AAA since many potential landing spot teams will already have full rosters by the weekend.