Wednesdays On The Web

Kawasaki and Ryan, being very non-enthusiastic. (Credit: @GregJohnsMLB)

With Spring Training in the air, speculations and rumors are flying about as fierce as ever, while “real news” is limited to Ichiro’s new home at No. 3 in the lineup.

Smile… Today is Photo Day — Jeff Evans shares a slideshow from the packed Photo Day in Peoria, where all 67 roster invitees posed for multiple photographers, including Getty Images, MLB, and the Associated Press.

Gutierrez wants to forget about 2011, but not entirely — In Larry LaRue’s Spring Training notes, Gutierrez comments on his return to 2009 form, Wedge reflects on one of his MLB idols, and Tom Wilhelmsen shares some of his fan mail experiences.

Mariners’ third baseman of the future is in camp, but who is it? — While Figgins seems like a shoo-in at third, especially after talk of moving him to the leadoff spot, there are plenty of choices when it comes to the hot corner. Larry Stone examines Kyle Seager, Vinnie Catricala, Alex Liddi, and Francisco Martinez as Chone’s up-and-coming replacements.

Mike Cameron retires after 17 seasons — Shannon Drayer reveals some of her favorite moments with “Cammy” in a touching tribute to former Mariner Mike Cameron.

Munenori Kawasaki makes himself heard at Mariners camp — By now, we’ve all heard about Kawasaki’s incorrigible spirit and enthusiasm on the field. Here’s your chance to see it for yourself, in Geoff Baker’s latest video clip from Peoria. And trust me, he really is as funny as he sounds!

Sporcle the Peoria Mariners — Remember when I gave you the list of Mariners in this year’s Spring Training camp? If you took my advice and memorized every name, test your knowledge with Sporcle’s Spring Training roster quiz, courtesy of Lookout Landing. Given that I only got 31 correct answers, I will be forever impressed if you can land all 67 on your first try!

What have you read this week?

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