Earlier this morning at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik joined Matt Vasgersian, Harold Reynolds and Ken Rosenthal on the MLB Network. In case you were not up early enough on the West Coast (the interview aired live at 6:15 a.m. PT), here is the interview:
Baseball fans (and specifically Mariners fans in this instance) have the chance to bid on some unique items that are part of an online baseball auction to help Stand Up To Cancer.
Here is a an excerpt from an article by Mariners beat writer Greg Johns on MLB.com:
Each of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball have come up with items to auction, and the Mariners’ contribution includes opportunities to:
- Be an honorary member of the Safeco Fields grounds crew during a game in May.
- Help work the hand-operated scoreboard at Safeco during a game during the upcoming season.
- Be part of the radio broadcast booth experience with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith during a game at Safeco Field this season, along with tickets to that game.
The MLB.com Auction to benefit Stand Up To Cancer is taking place during baseball’s Winter Meetings this week. MLB has supported SUTC since 2008 as a founding sponsor.
Public relations representatives from all 30 clubs were inspired to act based on individual club members impacted by the disease, and they jointly organized the auction, which will be officially announced at a news conference on Monday in Lake Buena Vista, with MLB staff.
Bidding closes at 7 p.m PT Thursday, with 80 baseball-related experiences ranging from private pitching and batting lessons with players to lunches with general managers to team bus rides and meet-and-greets with Hall of Fame players.
We don’t like to toot our own horn too much on this blog, but for this, please forgive us for the following…
Since 1991, Major League Baseball has presented annually the Robert O. Fishel Award for PR Excellence during baseball’s winter meetings. This evening in Orlando, FL, MLB announced that the Mariners’ Sr. Director of Baseball Information Tim Hevly is the recipient of the 2013 award, which is goes to the “active, non-uniformed representative of Major League Baseball whose ethics, character, dedication, service, professionalism and humanitarianism best represent the standards of Robert O. Fishel.”
Tim is in his 24th year in the Mariners organization. He is currently responsible for all aspects of public and media relations as they relate to the Mariners on the field and our baseball operations. He immediately wanted to share this award with the people he’s worked hand-in-hand with over the years, including his current partners in the baseball information department – Jeff Evans, Kelly Munro and Fernando Alcala.
The award was created in 1981 and honors the late Bob Fishel, a PR executive with the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, New York Yankees and the American League office. Fishel Award nominees are submitted by the 30 Major League Clubs and league officials. The nominees are voted upon by active past winners, MLB officials and the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Hevly received his undergraduate degree in English from Whitman College in 1988 and obtained a Masters Degree in Athletic Administration from Seattle Pacific.
Mariners Vice President of Communications Randy Adamack was the Fishel Award winner in 2005.
Here is the official news release from Major League Baseball:
This offseason, MiLB.com is honoring the players — regardless of age or prospect status — who had the best seasons in their organizations. Today the Mariners organization was featured on the website, and gives a good look at the players who excelled down on the farm last season.
Here are the Mariners Organizational All-Stars as picked by MiLB.com:
Catcher: Tyler Marlette
First Base: Ji-Man Choi
Second Base: Ty Kelly
Third Base: D.J. Peterson
Shortstop: Brad Miller
Outfielders: Abraham Almonte, Jabari Blash, Julio Morban
Utility: Chris Taylor
Right-Handed Pitcher: Taijuan Walker
Left-Handed Pitcher: James Paxton
Relief Pitcher: Carson Smith
You can read more about each player in the following link.
The annual Major League Baseball Winter Meetings are about to kick off at the Swan & Dolphin Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. A large Mariners contingent from the baseball operations and player development staff will be in Orlando (along with your blog contributors from the media relations crew).
What exactly are the Winter Meetings you ask?
The Baseball Winter Meetings is the annual gathering of members of The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, including Major League Baseball, and their affiliated parties. Baseball front office personnel, trade show exhibitors and job seekers will fill the property during these four days in December making it the largest gathering of baseball executives in the world. The meetings consist of seminars, league and organizational meetings, the Baseball Trade Show and special events, such as the annual Awards Luncheon, Banquet, Gala and the PBEO Job Fair.
You’ll hear a lot about the Winter Meetings on the MLB Network, ESPN, MLB Network Radio and across various forms of social media. For twitter followers, be sure to follow the hashtag #WinterMeetings and the @WinterMeetings account.
On the blog, we’ll try to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what is going on, what interviews are taking place with manager Lloyd McClendon and GM Jack Zduriencik, and hopefully some fun photos of recognizable baseball names.
For the second consecutive season, the Seattle Mariners have been named the American League Recycling Champions by Major League Baseball. The Mariners bested all other A.L. teams and were just edged out by the San Francisco Giants, the National League Recycling Champs, or the coveted Green Glove Award as the top recycling in MLB.
In 2013, the Mariners recycling rate was 90.94%. We diverted 1,547 tons of waste from the landfill. The largest category was compostables, at 46%, or 782 tons. Food waste made up 33% of that total, and yard waste was 13%. We also recycled 297 tons of concrete and steel from last year’s offseason renovations to Edgar’s Cantina and relocation of the outfield walls.
Here’s a link to more information about the Mariners sustainability efforts.
Rick Rizzs, Jay Buhner and volunteers from 18 Seattle area social service agencies and charities gathered before sunrise at the Toys R Us in Bellevue Tuesday to spend $250,000 on gifts to brighten the holidays for children across the region.
Toys for Kids started as a good idea over 17 years ago when Rizzs, Buhner, Dave Henderson and several other former Mariners players passed the hat to help needy families. Today, that act of goodwill has grown into a non-profit organization that provides holiday cheer to more than 6,000 children each year.
Various fundraising efforts over the year culminate in a shopping spree at Toys R Us. Volunteers from organizations such as Atlantic Street Center, Broadview Women’s Shelter, Harborview Medical Center, Union Gospel Mission Family Services, and Vision House swarm the store beginning at 6am, lists in hand, to buy gifts for kids who might not otherwise receive one.
Maria Ochoa-Meyers, who was shopping for Communities in Schools of Renton, was looking for art supplies and Barbies. Although the ghoulish Monster High dolls are increasingly popular, “girls still like Barbie,” she said.
A team from Atlantic Street Center turned out in red Mariners T-shirts to fill the wish lists of 1,500 kids. By 6:45am, they had already filled to overflowing 23 shopping carts, with more to go.
Next Thursday and Saturday Santa Moose, Rick Rizzs, and some surprise guests will start delivering the gifts at parties at Seattle Ronald McDonald House and Harborview Medical Center.
It’s not too late to help out. You can make a tax deductible donation online at RicksToysForKids.org, or you can find out how to give some or all of the proceeds from your sales on ebay to help the cause.
He has remained a part of the Mariners family since he retired from baseball in 2005, whether it was on TV & Radio broadcasts, on the Mariners Caravan or at FanFest, but now Dan Wilson is officially back in a Mariners uniform as the Minor League Catching Coordinator.
In his new role, Dan will work with Mariners catchers at all levels, beginning during Spring Training and continuing throughout the minor league season. He will travel to each of the Mariners affiliates several times during the season to work with Seattle’s young catchers.
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik echoed the thoughts of all Mariners fans:
“We are happy to have Dan, one of our former players, affiliated with us,” Zduriencik said. “His on-field experience and passion for the Mariners organization makes him a great fit in his new role with us. We are looking forward to Dan’s contributions as he spends hands-on time with our players.”
Wilson, 44, spent 14 seasons catching in the Majors, debuting with Cincinnati (1992-93) and spending the bulk of his career with the Mariners (1994-2005). He has caught more games (1,281) than any other player in Mariners history and was the starting catcher on every Mariners team to reach the post-season. Dan owns the Mariners career record for home runs by a catcher (88, including 2 inside-the-park homers), and the Club’s single-season records for catchers RBI (83, 1996) and home runs (18, 1996).
Dan ended his career with a .995 fielding percentage, at the time the highest for any catcher in American League history, and the sixth-highest in Major League history. Wilson was an American League All-Star in 1996, and was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame in 2012.
In addition to his on-field accomplishments Dan, and his family, have played an active philanthropic role in the Seattle community. Dan and his wife, Annie, were the 2012-2013 United Way of King County annual campaign co-chairs, and have long supported First Place School, the adoption agency All God’s Children International and Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Mariners Team Stores will hold several exciting events to get you in the Holiday spirit. Looking for that perfect gift for the baseball fan in your family? Be sure to stop by any of the five locations at Safeco Field, downtown Seattle, Alderwood Mall, Southcenter Mall and Bellevue Square.
HOLIDAY GIFT WITH PURCHASE
- Beginning today, receive a FREE Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Commemorative Photo Mint with a $75 merchandise purchase.
- Limited quantities, while supplies last.
DAN WILSON AUTOGRAPH SESSION
- Meet Mariners legend Dan Wilson on Friday 12/6 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Bellevue Team Store.
SEASON TICKET HOLDER SHOPPING WEEKEND
- Saturday 12/7 and Sunday 12/8 from 10:00-5:00 pm at the Safeco Field Team Store
- 25% off all merchandise (certain exclusions apply)
- Get a FREE personalized cap with any purchase
HOT STOVE LEAGUE LIVE REMOTE BROADCAST
- Friday 12/13 from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Bellevue Team Store
- Host Rick Rizzs along with special guest Mike Blowers will have interviews with guests from around the game.
- Prizes will be given out throughout the evening!
MEET SANTA MOOSE!
- Bellevue Team Store – Friday 12/13 from 7:00-8:00 pm
- Southcenter Team Store – Sunday 12/15 from 1:00-2:00 pm
- Alderwood Team Store – Sunday 12/15 from 4:00-5:00 pm
CHARLIE FURBUSH AUTOGRAPH SESSION
- Meet Mariners pitcher Charlie Furbush on Saturday 12/14 from 2:00-3:30 pm at the Alderwood Team Store.
CARTER CAPPS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
- Meet Mariners pitcher Carter Capps on Saturday 12/28 from 2:00-3:30 pm at the Southcenter Team Store.