Word came today from Mariners interim skipper Daren Brown that, understandably, the team will likely hold off on any September call-ups until Tacoma’s season is completely over. They’re currently holding a 3.5 game lead in their division, and a pretty safe bet to make the playoffs. As Shannon Drayer points out, the decision probably would have been a different one if the Mariners had any glaring needs at the big league level, but the fact is, they don’t. They aren’t going anywhere this season, and they have no real reason to steal away Tacoma’s best players right before their post season starts.
Sure, it’s a bit disappointing that we’ll have to wait a little bit longer to see guys like Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak, Josh Lueke, and a few others, but they deserve a chance to play for a championship that probably means a lot more to them than we’d think. Plus, as young players, they’ll certainly benefit from experiencing that playoff atmosphere, despite the fact that it’s only AAA.
On top of all that, we now have a win-win situation before us. If the Rainiers succeed in the playoffs, we’ll have something meaningful to root for. And if they don’t, we have the resulting call-ups to look forward to. Yay September!