Grand Salami: A New Era
Welcome to the new Grand Salami website. After 22 years as a print magazine, the gameday program and feature publication is transitioning to a digital-only format. Our intent is to provide the same kinds of commentary and information on the Mariners and baseball that we ran in the print magazine here on the website. GrandSalami.net will contain features like player profiles, coverage of opposing teams, and analysis of the ongoing Mariners season, as well as, we hope, input from you the readers—you are invited and encouraged to comment on our articles, reply to our polling, and converse in our forums!
Here is the official statement on the end of the print magazine from publisher Jon Wells.
It is with an appropriate amount of sadness that we regretfully must announce that The Grand Salami will no longer publish a print edition starting with the 2018 season.
Unfortunately, after twenty-two years we’ve made the difficult decision that a print edition is no longer viable. Print magazines are a dying breed these days, so we could see this day coming for several years, but we hung in there as long as we possibly could.
The Grand Salami has always been a labor of love, fueled by my passion for baseball and the Mariners. But it was also a lot of work and aside from our freelance graphic designer, a small group of freelance writers and our commission program vendors at the ballpark, all of that work was done by one person.
I’m extremely proud that we managed to stick around for twenty-two seasons and that the quality of the publication was always top-notch, even in our final season of print.
Finally, if you spend 22 years doing anything, there’s a lot of people who helped make it all possible. Thanks go out to Mike Gastineau, Dave Niehaus, Jim Caple, Rob Neyer, J Michael Kenyon, Gary West, Tim Harrison, Bill Wilmot, Joe Veyera, Mark Meyers, Jan Olson, Drew Edwards, Mike Livingston, Phil Rognier, Jeff Angus, Dennis Kelly, Greg Johns, Bob Condotta, Pat Lagreid, Erik Lundegaard, Mark Linn, and Frank Ragsdale. Special thanks go out to my wife Michele for putting up with me for the last 15 years.
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As we get up and running, we will supplement our new content with occasional re-releases of articles that have run in the magazine over the past 22 years, and plans are in the works to add a PDF archive of the magazine's history. We also have plans for an Android app for the site and welcome suggestions for other site features! Contributions of other types are also welcome—if you have an idea for an article or other type of feature, drop us a line!