Mariners All-Star third baseman Kyle Seager is involved in a unique online pledge campaign to benefit pediatric cancer research. He’s working with Vs. Cancer. People can go online and pledge an amount for every hit Kyle gets this season.
Join Seager as he steps up to the plate vs. childhood cancer this spring! By pledging a donation towards every hit that he records during the 2015 season, you can help the Seagers support the Vs. Cancer Foundation.
The Seagers are matching the first 100 people to pledge, doubling the effort to help kids beat cancer in Seattle and across the country!
You can learn more about the Seager’s quest to help cure childhood cancer by visiting Seagervscancer.org.
Tuesday, March 2, 2015 / 35 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Look Ma, We’re (Soon To Be) On TV:
As you already know, the Mariners begin Cactus League action with the annual Charity Game against the Padres. Be sure to tune in to ROOT SPORTS to catch the action from Peoria Stadium. The Mariners will televise 16 games this spring including Wednesday and Thursday at 12:05 pm Seattle time. Here’s a full broadcast schedule for the spring.
Speaking of TV & Radio:
Rick Rizzs, Dave Sims, Mike Blowers, Radio Engineer Kevin Cremin and Television Director Mark Engelbrekt arrived in camp and are ready to get started. As you’ll see below, Aaron Goldsmith had not made it to camp yet because he was in the process of dealing with an interesting situation.
On The Radio:
Shortstop Chris Taylor jumped on the phone with KJR’s Mitch In The Morning Show and discussed his position battle with Brad Miller. He also talks about the positive outlook of the 2015 season and the addition of Nelson Cruz to the lineup. Check out the full interview here.
The Rain Arrives, Baseball Activities Continue:
The weather altered plans for the Mariners this morning. With the precipitation continuing to (pun definitely intended) rain down on the fields, the players moved their activities to the cages, the covered bullpens and the gym. Hisashi Iwakuma played long-toss in the rain and then moved over to toss his live batting practice (hitters not swinging). According to the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish, Kuma accidentally hit prospect Gabby Guerrero between the shoulder blades with an errant pitch. Others joining him in throwing live BP included J.A. Happ and Danny Farquhar. Others throwing bullpens were Fernando Rodney, Yoervis Medina, Tom Wilhelmsen, Sam Gaviglio, Rafael Perez and Mayckol Guaipe.
The Instrasquad Game That Never Was:
The Mariners were supposed to play an intrasquad game today but the rains washed that away. If you’re interested, here are the lineups for the game that never was.
Dove Tail Bats:
The stream of bat companies in camp has continued and today it was Dove Tail Bats who arrived. Players got a chance to check out their products and see if they’d like to use their bats during the season.
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This week on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS – A Royal sweep.
Mariners offense and a solid performance from the bullpen handed the Kansas City Royals a 7-5 loss on June 20, the first of what would be three consecutive Mariners wins at Kaufman Stadium.
Charlie Furbush inherited a bases loaded, one-out jam in the 8th inning, but handled Mike Moustakas with a pop-up to right and struck out Alcides Escobar to preserve the tie.
Brad Miller’s 9th inning hit off Greg Holland, one of the best closers in the game, snapped the 5-5 tie. Logan Morrison followed with another run. Fernando Rodney struck out Alex Gordon on three pitches to end the game and earn his 19th save.
The next day, more 9th inning heroics delivered a 2-1 win. Starter Chris Young baffled Royals hitters with his 85-mile-an-hour fastball, and Dustin Ackley drove in the winning run with two outs in the 9th. Rodney got the save with a game-ending double play from Eric Hosmer.
The final game of the three-game series was also decided by one run. Rookie starter Roenis Elias pitched into the 7th inning, scattering five singles and struck out five while giving up just one run. Catcher Mike Zunino broke a 1-all tie in the top of the 9th with his 9th home run of the season. Fernando Rodney, pitching for a 4th straight day, earned his 21st save and the sweep of the A.L. Central-leading Royals.
Mariners Mondays episodes air at 7pm on ROOT SPORTS through March leading up to the April 6th Opening Day game against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field.
Sunday, March 1, 2015 / 36 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Ah, He’s A Funny Guy:
Japanese comedian Zakiyama Yamazaki, one of the most popular funny men in Japan, stopped by camp today to chat with a few players and staff. He met pitching coach Rick Waits in the morning during stretch, chatted it up with Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano & Nelson Cruz after workouts and then interviewed Hisashi Iwakuma to complete his day.
Felix Hernandez threw a bullpen session, Dominic Leone threw to live hitters, hitters took live and normal batting practice and pitchers worked on PFP. It was a short but productive day for the entire roster.
ESPN The Magazine Photo Shoot:
Felix Hernandez took part in an ESPN The Magazine photo shoot after workouts today. Here’s a brief behind-the-scenes look at the shoot itself.
Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes was in Mariners camp today to check in with some of the Mariners Latin stars. Be on the lookout for his work in the next few days to see his report on the Mariners.
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Saturday, February 28, 2015 / 37 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Who Wants to Be In A Video Game?:
Each year, the Major League Baseball Players Association sends a group to do head scans of the players to put in to their video games. This year, eight guys including Nelson Cruz, Seth Smith, Justin Ruggiano and Roenis Elias stepped in to a room where 41 cameras simultaneously took pictures of them so they could build 3D images of them for the MLB video games.
Majestic Uniform Fittings:
Majestic was in the clubhouse today checking in with each player about uniform sizes and giving each player the opportunity to have their uniform tailored to their specifications. Felix Hernandez, as you’ll see below, checked in with Majestic about his uniform.
The Rain Threatened, But Baseball Was Played:
There was a chance of rain today in Peoria, but just before the team went out to stretch, performance specialist James Clifford made an announcement that the team was now taking the field. As you’ll see below, the team stretched, took grounders, hit in the cages, did agility drills, worked on sliding drills, works on tracking fly balls and got their conditioning in.
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Latinos In The House:
As you can probably tell, the team is in good spirits, and for the second year in a row, the rowdy corner is the Robinson Cano corner. If you checked out Nelson Cruz’s twitter account, you might have seen this picture of the Latin guys sharing some smiles.
Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting:
Seattle Times photographer Bettina Hansen had some great shots of the pitchers running in the outfield. Be sure to check her out @BettinaHansen to see her latest Mariners photos. Here’s a video that Bettina took of the pitchers finishing their running with a “hi-YAH!”
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Friday, February 27, 2015 / 38 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Blood, Sweat and Tears:
You often hear that people put their blood, sweat and tears into something…well, today, players had to give their blood, literally. All players in Major League camp had to give blood this morning as part of their physicals. Players lined up (a long line) and went through the yearly ritual. Not the most enjoyable part of Spring Training, but it’s over now.
Entertainment and Sports Programming Network:
If you hadn’t noticed on social media or on TV, ESPN was in Mariners camp to talk to…well, lots of players and staff. Here are a few pictures from the day and a few links to watch the filmed spots.
- Felix Hernandez chats with Tim Kurkjian and Aaron Boone
- Mariners: Spring Training Players to Watch
- Mariners Questions In Spring Training
Also Stopping By Camp:
Former Major Leaguer and current ESPN Analyst Chris Singleton also dropped in to camp to chat with GM Jack Zduriencik and Manager Lloyd McClendon.
More Commercial Fun:
Last night, this happened.
Today, Robinson Cano stepped into the batters box to film his spot. Sr. Director of Marketing Gregg Green (@RealGregg) captured his commercial swing in slow motion.
Bats hit home runs, bats hit doubles, bats drive in runs…but bats also break. Mike Zunino found that out again today.
KING 5’s Chris Egan Continues To Get Interviews:
Chris Egan wraps up his interview with Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik, completing his first round of interviews from Mariners Spring Training.
Bat Companies In Camp:
The MAX Bat company and PHOENIX BATS were in town to show off their products to the players. If you haven’t noticed from reading this blog, players have lots of options to choose from when it comes to bat selections.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015 / 39 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Smile, It’s Photo Day!:
Have you ever looked at the giant Major League video boards around the country and wondered when those photos were taken? You’re about to find out. The Mariners annual photo day took place today and photographers from MLB Photos, Getty Images, USA Today Photos, Associated Press, MLB International, MLB.com and Topps Baseball Cards were present to capture the smiles.
Speaking of Photos:
Sr. Director of Marketing Gregg Greene got pretty artistic with his photos this morning. During photo day he took advantage of a great sunrise to capture some great shots. Be sure to follow him on twitter at @RealGregg.
Felix Hernandez Throws His First Bullpen:
The King took the mound this morning for his first bullpen session of the spring and tossed 30 pitches. Felix said he felt good and would only need a few more sessions to be ready to move on to live hitters and eventually Opening Day. Following his bullpen, he chatted with the media about what was the beginning of his preparation for the season.
Catchers Getting Their Work In:
The catching crew got their work in, working on their blocking skills in between catching bullpen sessions. Mariners great Dan Wilson led the drill and kept firing away to make sure the backstops got their work in.
Mixing It Up:
Now that the full squad is here, the team was able to work on base running and pickoff throws and also had pitchers throw live BP. Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez was one of the first who stepped on the mound and started firing towards the plate.
Mariners Filming TV Commercials:
As you may have noticed on twitter, the Mariners are filming the Award Winning commercials this week in Peoria Arizona. As you can see in the photo below, Felix Hernandez is joined by a large cast of characters (teammates) in his 2015 spot.
Rawlings In Mariners Camp:
Rawlings arrived in camp today and showed off some of their products for the players. Whether they use Rawlings gloves or not, players were able to check out the large selection.
The Trinity Bat company was also in camp to let players browse their merchandise and Willie Bloomquist took advantage by looking through their stock.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 / 40 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
First Full Squad Workout:
The Mariners full squad took the field for workouts today and it gave fans a little bit of everything; hitting, pitching, fielding and the opportunity to meet some of their favorite stars.
First Workout Video:
They say pictures are worth a thousand words, we’ll stop typing so you can enjoy the following videos of today’s workout.
Boomstick Meets With Media:
After the workout, Nelson Cruz met with members of the media in the interview room to discuss his arrival at Spring Training and adjusting to his new surroundings.
MLB Players Association Meeting:
After today’s workout, the Major League Players Association met with the Mariners to talk about any questions they might have had.
MLBPA Executive Director Meets With Seattle Media:
After the Players Association meeting with the players, Tony Clark, the MLBPA Executive Director, met with members of the Seattle media. He spoke about pace of game, the collective bargaining agreement and the process that goes into that.
Cactus League Lunch:
The annual Cactus League Luncheon and Press Conference took place today at the newly renovated Peoria Sports Complex, which is home to the Seattle Mariners. Hall of Fame players, elected officials and MLB and spring training staff were present for the induction of Cactus League Hall of Famers.
New Balance In Camp:
New Balance was in camp today to drop off some of their products for the players that wear their brand and also spent time with the players showing them some of the products that are still in development.
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All players have officially reported to camp and the first full-squad workout will be held Wednesday morning in Peoria, Arizona. Here is the official extended spring training roster, including a look at the 40-man roster, non-roster invitees, a picture roster and name pronunciations. Enjoy!
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 / 41 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Move Along…Nothing to See Here, Folks:
Danny Farquhar looks good on the field striking opposing batters out…but he also wants you to know that he’s stylish in the dugout.
Until the position players take the field, more PFP down on the lower fields. Felix Hernandez, Roenis Elias, Mayckol Guaipe and others worked on fielding comebackers over on Field #4. They all looked pretty smooth with The King leading the way. The act of fielding grounders seems so simple, but it is still enjoyable to be out on the field watching the pros do it.
Kuma Throws A Bullpen:
Hisashi Iwakuma was among the pitchers who had a bullpen session this morning. He’s scheduled for another bullpen on Friday before facing hitters on Monday.
Robinson Cano Arrives:
Robinson Cano arrived in camp around noon today and took his physical, along with the rest of the position players. Following his physical, he met with the local media. You can read what he said on Mariners.com, SeattleTimes.com and TheNewsTribune.com and you can watch tonight on KING 5.
Just before Roenis Elias did an interview in English with Chris Egan‘s KING 5, he chatted with Misael Siverio for a few minutes. As you might remember from back in November, Siverio signed with the club after leaving Cuba a few years ago. Siverio is currently taking part in minor league mini-camp before their Spring Training begins.
DINGER Bats In Camp:
Over the course of the spring, various vendors (including bats and gloves) show up at the Mariners complex. Today, it was DINGER Bats, which is based in Ridgway, Illinois. They set up just outside the clubhouse and were available to whoever wanted to check out their products. Minor leaguer Jabari Blash was one of the players who checked out the inventory.
Fernando Meets The Media:
Fernando Rodney also tossed his first bullpen of the spring and then spent a few minutes talking with the media about why he’s in good spirits.
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