Tacoma, WA – In wake of the tragic events of this past Sunday, the Tacoma Rainiers will be paying tribute to the fallen Lakewood Police Officers during their Saturday, April 10, 2010 game versus the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. That evening, the Rainiers will be honoring the service and sacrifice of Sgt. Mark Renninger, and Officers Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Greg Richards. All ticket proceeds from that game will be donated to the Lakewood Police Independent Guild (LPIG) to assist the families of the officers.
“This is something that we not only want to do this year, but do every year” said Rainiers President Aaron Artman. “The fact of the matter is that law enforcement personnel are too often underappreciated, and this tragedy – and perhaps equally as important – the groundswell of support and appreciation that the people have shown, needs to be remembered for years to come.”
On April 10th, Rainiers players will also be wearing Lakewood Police Department patches on the sleeves of their uniforms with the initials ‘MR,’ ‘TG,’ ‘RO,’ and ‘GR.’ Those patches will remain on the Rainiers jerseys throughout the entire 2010 season.
“I know that Rainiers’ games hold a special spot in the hearts of thousands in the South Sound including many in our department” said LPIG President Brian Wurts. “April 10th will be a celebration of the lives of Mark, Tina, Ronald and Greg as well as honoring the service of all peace officers while spending time with friends and family.”
More details about the exact activities and tributes to take place on April 10th will be released closer to the start of the 2010 Tacoma Rainiers season.
The Tacoma City Council on Tuesday night approved selling $28 million in bonds to pay for renovations at Cheney Stadium that will help keep minor league baseball in Tacoma through 2041.
“Many of us … have been waiting for this for a long time,” Mayor Bill Baarsma said of the project.
The nearly 50-year-old ballpark’s first general remodeling is the biggest piece of as much as $51 million in general obligation bond sales to cover a host of pressing capital projects.
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The Tacoma Rainiers will continue playing baseball in Cheney Stadium for the next 32 years, under a lease agreement approved by the Tacoma City Council this week.
Although the minor-league ball club’s lease hinges on major upgrades to the city-owned ballpark by March 2011, the City Council has all but approved a bond issue to cover the bulk of a $30 million renovation plan.
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On Sept. 18, veteran Rainiers catcher Jamie Burke was traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Washington Nationals for cash. Burke was an integral part of Tacoma’s PCL Pacific North division championship team, and a fan-favorite among the Rainiers faithful. The Nats will be Jamie’s fifth franchise since being drafted by the Angels in 1993.
Burke was placed on the major league roster, and has since played in two games for Washington.
The News Tribune has reported that the Seattle Mariners have recalled three players from the Rainiers, now that the season has come to an end. Catcher Adam Moore, infielder Matt Tuiasosopo and pitcher Garrett Olson have all gotten the call, as has rehabbing righty Carlos Silva.