Cardinals to wear a patch to honor Stan Musial this season

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Derrick Goold has the details. Nice touch: it’s not black:

“Not that it wouldn’t have been appropriate,” Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III said this week at the team’s spring training complex, “but we felt it should be colors that were more a celebration of a life.”

That’s pretty cool. Sometimes traditional mourning is appropriate. Sometimes it isn’t. When someone lived for as long as Musial did and when that person was nothing but positive and wonderful for that entire life, sorrow and black and all of that stuff seems wrong somehow. It was the same with Ernie Harwell too, in my mind. Celebration should be the operative word.

Mariners to hire Tim Laker as their hitting coach

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Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that the Mariners plan to hire Tim Laker as their new hitting coach. He’ll replace Edgar Martinez, who has moved into a different role with the club.

Laker has spent the past spent the past two years as the Arizona Diamondbacks assistant hitting coach. Before that he was a coach and manager in the minor league systems of the Indians and White Sox. He, of course, also spent 11 seasons in the Majors as a catcher, playing for the Indians, Expos, Devil Rays, Pirates and Orioles.