2015 FanFest Details

FanFest_2015

Here are some updated details on Mariners FanFest which runs this weekend at Safeco Field.

Scheduled to appear this year…

Major League:
Manager Lloyd McClendon, Nelson Cruz, Mike Zunino, Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Charlie Furbush, Austin Jackson, J.A. Happ, Tom Wilhelmsen & Fernando Rodney

Future Stars:
D.J. Peterson, Patrick Kivlehan, John Hicks & Alex Jackson

Mariners Legends:
Dan Wilson, Jay Buhner, Dave Valle, Julio Cruz & Dave Henderson

FanFest Highlights

  • Run the bases
  • Tour the Mariners clubhouse
  • Throw a pitch in the bullpen
  • Hit a home run over the fence
  • Q&A on the Mariners dugout, hosted by Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith, Dave Sims & Mike Blowers
  • Safeco Field Zip Line – for those thrill seekers, you’re invited to take a 200ft. ride through the outfield
  • Give us your best Fernando Rodney pose in a ‘Let the Arrow Fly’ photo op
  • Stop by King’s Court at Sec. 150 where you can place a vote for this year’s t-shirt design
  • Scale a 24’ rock climbing wall in The ‘Pen
  • Mariners Photo Zone – meet some of your favorite Mariners and pose for a Kodak moment
  • Try on game-used gear including Dustin Ackley’s batting gloves and Kyle Seager’s batting helmet

A list of other great attractions and highlights at this year’s event is available at Mariners.com/FanFest.

  • Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm
  • Tickets: Adults $10, all kids 14 & under are free

The Past Meets the Present in New Alternate Uniform

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The Mariners today unveiled a new alternate uniform that will be worn during Sunday home games at Safeco Field.

The new jersey and pants are a classic cream color. The lettering and logo are the same as the current uniforms but in the original Mariners colors. The “Mariners” lettering is royal blue with gold trim outlined in royal. The button placket and sleeves are trimmed in royal, and there is a Mariners nautical “compass rose” patch in royal and gold on the left sleeve.

In a nod to vintage baseball uniforms, there are no players’ names on the backs of the jerseys; just large block numbers in royal with gold trim. The look is completed with a royal blue cap with gold Mariners “S” and compass rose baseball logo and royal blue socks with gold stripes and.

Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Charlie Furbush and Nelson Cruz in the new uniform.

Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Charlie Furbush and Nelson Cruz in the new uniform.

“The royal blue and gold colors of our franchise’s inaugural uniforms are blended with the lettering and logo of our current identity in a unique design that pays homage to our club’s history,” said Kevin Martinez, Vice President of Marketing for the Seattle Mariners. “This new alternate uniform is perfect for sunny Sunday afternoons at Safeco Field.”

The uniforms were unveiled today at Safeco Field with Nelson Cruz, James Paxton, Charlie Furbush and Taijuan Walker as models [photos will be posted this afternoon].

In addition to the new alternate Sunday uniforms, the Mariners also announced minor changes to the lettering of the home and road jerseys. The words “Mariners” (for home whites) and “Seattle” (for road grays) in navy letters will be trimmed in silver outlined in Northwest green.

“We’ve simply reversed the order of the silver and green. The change is subtle,” said Martinez, “but the modified color arrangement presents a much stronger and crisper on-field look.”

The Mariners two other alternate jerseys, Navy and Northwest Green, are unchanged.

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Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

The Mariners open Spring Training play March 4 vs. the Padres.

The Mariners open Cactus League play March 4 vs. the Padres, and the game will be televised on ROOT.

We are very excited to announce the extensive plans for broadcast (TV and radio) coverage of the Mariners 2015 Cactus League schedule.

ROOT SPORTS and 710 ESPN Seattle will provide complete coverage of the Mariners 2015 Spring Training camp in Peoria, Arizona, including Cactus League games as well as other special programming. ROOT SPORTS will carry 16 Cactus League games, the most in club history, while radio partner 710 ESPN will air 30 of the team’s spring games.

ROOT will televise 16 games, all from the Sports Complex in Peoria, beginning with the annual charity game against the San Diego Padres at 12:05pm PST on Wednesday, March 4. In addition to the game telecasts, ROOT SPORTS will premier new episodes of Mariners All-Access on Mondays at 6:30pm.

On the radio, 30 of the Mariners Spring Training games will be carried on 710 ESPN, the Mariners flagship radio station. Of the 30 game broadcasts, 20 will be carried live and 10 weekday games will be aired on a delayed basis at 7pm PDT. All 30 games will be available live at no charge on mariners.com. 710 ESPN will also air the “Cactus League Report” on Wednesday evenings through Spring Training.

Mariners pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on February 20 (physicals) and hold their first workout February 21. Position players report on February 24, with the first full-squad workout on February 25.

Spring Ticket Information:

Single-game tickets: Tickets for all Mariners games at the Peoria Sports Complex are now on sale. Tickets may be purchased via phone at 800-677-1227, online at mariners.com or in person at the Peoria Sports Complex box office located at 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382.

Spring season tickets: Season tickets for all 16 Mariners home games start at just $80. To become a Season Ticket holder, contact the Box Office at (623) 773-8715.

Spring Training Tours packages: Official Mariners Spring Training fan travel packages are currently on sale. Packages include choice of hotel accommodations, rental car, game tickets, merchandise and an opportunity to meet Mariners personnel. There is also an escorted Senior Package March 11-16. For more information, go to mariners.com/springtravel or call 1-800-892-7687.

Here is a detailed look at the spring schedule with TV and radio listings. Please not selected road games will also be televised via the MLB Network and by opponents. We will get information out about those broadcasts as they become available.

Media Day Recap

We had a great turnout today for our annual Pre-Spring Training Media Luncheon, with several front office members and left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ talking with the media.

We posted a lot of social media activity in an earlier post [Media Day Live Blog] and below are several stories that came out of the event.

Live Blog – 2015 Mariners Media Day

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Manager Lloyd McClendon will be a guest at today’s media day at Safeco Field.

The 35th Annual Pre Spring Training Media Day and Luncheon is today, and we’ll bring you some of the action via this blog from 10:30-noon Pacific Time. You can also watch the event live on Mariners.com.

The annual event serves as a primer as the team is a little less than a month away from opening Spring Training in Peoria, Arizona. Pitchers and Catchers will report to the Peoria Sports Complex on Feb. 20 and the first full-squad workout is slated for Feb. 25.

Here is a list of the scheduled guests for Media Day:

Medical Update (10:35 am)
Rick Griffin – Senior Director of Athletic Training

General Manager (10:40 am)
Jack Zduriencik – Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations

Manager (10:55 pm)
Lloyd McClendon – Manager

Mariners Pitcher (11:10 am)
J.A. Happ – LHP

Player Development (11:25 am)
Chris Gwynn – Director of Player Development

Baseball Operations (11:35 am)
Jeff Kingston – Assistant General Manager

Broadcasting Update (11:45 am)
Randy Adamack – Senior Vice President of Communications

Ballpark Operations (11:50 am)
Joe Myhra – Vice President of Ballpark Operations
Rebecca Hale – Director of Public Information

The Media are here (10:20 am):
The media have started to arrive and with that , the first wave of tweets about the list of non-roster invites that will participate in Major League Spring Training:

Of note, the Mariners signed utility infielder/outfielder Shawn O’Malley to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training. O’Malley is a Washington native, growing up in Richland, and appeared in 11 games with the Angels last season.

Shawn O'Malley

Shawn O’Malley

Here is the updated roster with the 15 non-roster invites:

Here is a look at the media in the room:

The Seattle media ready for the big event!

The Seattle media ready for the big event!

Medical Update from Rick Griffin – 10:35 am
Mariners Head Athletic Trainer gives a quick update on the Mariners from a medical standpoint. He says that Willie Bloomquist is doing great recovering from knee surgery and has been working out at the complex in Peoria. He also added that Jesus Montero has re-dedicated himself and is in great shape. Says he is down to his target weight of 235, in great condition and working hard.

If you want to tune in live, here is a link to the live stream:

Next up is Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik (we like to call this the State of the Mariners Address)…

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And KJR’s Jason Puckett is here, doing his part to lighten the mood making fun of his good buddy Ryan Divish:

Next on the stage will be manager Lloyd McClendon

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Lloyd McClendon

Next up is one of the newest Mariners, left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ (first name is pronounced Jay)…

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LHP J.A. Happ

Next up on the big stage will be Mariners Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn

Chris says that a big surprise could be LHP Tyler Olson, who is a local kid from Spokane and Gonzaga University. Olson will be a a non-roster invite to spring training, so you’ll get a chance to see him during spring training games.

A lot of questions on Patrick Kivlehan. He doesn’t know what his true position is, but he’ll be given a chance to play. A real gamer and a competitor. He’ll play a lot of outfield during spring training.

Next up on the stage will be Assistant GM Jeff Kingston

Jeff started off talking about the non-roster invites, which are detailed in a news release below, and the overall roster construction:

And now some of the housecleaning items, Mariners Senior Director of Communications Randy Adamack

Some big news, as nearly every game will be on radio on 710 ESPN Seattle, and 16 games will be televised on ROOT Sports. Here is the spring training schedule with radio and TV listings:

Thanks to everyone that joined in the fun of today’s media day. Looking forward to bringing you more updates leading up to spring training and throughout the season.

Go Mariners!

Scenes from the Mariners Caravan – Victoria

Here are some photos from the Mariners caravan stop yesterday in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Canadian native James Paxton, along with Charlie Furbush and broadcaster Dave Sims signed autographs at the famous Fairmount Empress hotel and today will visit a school.

New Mariners Players Line Dave Niehaus Way

With each baseball season comes new players and new faces…literally.

Mariners fans should be more familiar with the players photos that line Dave Niehaus Way (First Avenue South) between Edgar Martinez Way and Royal Brougham Way. Each January (and sometimes throughout the season) new players are added to the collage of photos to depict current members of the team.

In preparation for this weekend’s FanFest, three new players were added today: Austin Jackson, Nelson Cruz and J.A. Happ. Be sure to check them out this weekend out at Safeco Field.

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Fernando Rodney – Scenes from South Korea

We had a small post last week on Fernando Rodney visiting Korea on a goodwill trip. The Mariners closer has been busy in Korea, visiting the Little League World Champions, the US Embassy and most recently the Sacred Heart School for the Deaf and Seji Middle School. Here are some photos and a link to a video of his trip.

Fernando will fly from Korea to Seattle to take part in this weekend’s FanFest activities at Safeco Field.

Safeco Field to go LED to light the playing field

A view of some of the newly installed LED lights at Safeco Field.

A view of some of the newly installed LED lights at Safeco Field.

Safeco Field will be the first Major League ballpark to light the playing field with LED lights.

LED are light emitting diodes. They produce brighter, more uniform light that is as close to daylight as a man-made fixture can be.

For the players, that means fewer shadows on the field and less glare. For fans in the stands, and those at home, especially if you’re watching on an HDTV, the lights will make everything will look crisper and more vibrant. Because the light is more evenly distributed across the spectrum, there’s no flicker, which is necessary for today’s super-slow motion replays.

The LED lights can create different effects. Here the diamond is lit while the outfield is not.

The LED lights can create different effects. Here the diamond is lit while the outfield is not.

MLB had a team of lighting experts at Safeco Field last week to check the levels at precise points on the field. In every location the new lights met or exceeded MLB requirements.

In addition to benefits for players and fans, the new lights are a lot more efficient than the old metal halide lights. They’ll reduce electricity consumption by 60%-70%, and each fixture should last 50 or more years (as opposed to three years for the old lights).

The new LED Fixtures are four panels of 196 tiny lights.

The new LED Fixtures are four panels of 196 tiny lights.

The project was a partnership between the Mariners, Planled (of Federal Way, WA) and KMW, Inc. of Korea.

Although Safeco Field will be the first MLB ballpark to go LED, there are a handful of pro sports facilities that have already made the move: Staples Center in Los Angeles; NRG Stadium in Houston; and University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, where the Seahawks will play under LED lights at Super Bowl XLIX on February 1.

MLB lighting expert Mike Owens measuring light at various points around the field.

MLB lighting expert Mike Owens measuring light at various points around the field.

Tonight’s Hot Stove Radio Show

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The Hot Stove returns to the airwaves tonight from 7-9 pm on 710 ESPN Seattle and Mariners.com. The show will be hosted by Rick Rizzs alongside Mike Blowers and Shannon Drayer from the 710 ESPN studios for two hours of baseball talk.

Scheduled to join the show from the 2015 Mariners are bench coach Trent Jewett and outfielder Justin Ruggiano. Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns will join the show to talk about the offseason and how the team is shaping up leading into spring training. Oakland A’s broadcaster Vince Cottroneo is also a scheduled guest to talk about the AL West and the many moves the A’s have made during the offseason.

The Hot Stove can be heard on 710 ESPN Seattle (and Mariners.com) every Tuesday from 7-9 pm. Details on the popular Cactus League Report from Peoria, Arizona are still in the works and we’ll pass them along as soon as we get them.

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