Honorary Bat Girl is Kennewick Cancer Survivor

Mariners Honorary Bat Girl, Betsy Haffner (second from right, front row, holding baby), is surrounded by her family, whom she calls “multi-generational Mariners fans.”

Mariners Honorary Bat Girl, Betsy Haffner (second from right, front row, holding baby), is surrounded by her family, whom she calls “multi-generational Mariners fans.”

A Kennewick woman who has twice battled breast cancer is the Mariners 2016 Honorary Bat Girl. On May 15, she will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and will spend time pregame with Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor.

Betsy Haffner, who fought cancer the first time in 1994, recently learned the disease has returned, this time as Stage IV metastatic breast cancer.

Haffner was nominated by her son Eric as a way to “honor her for her courage and bravery.”

After her first diagnosis over 20 years ago, Haffner had a mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and five years of hormone treatments. She was cancer-free until late last summer. Currently, she is undergoing oral chemo and hormone therapy. If her doctors can hit on a combination that keeps her condition stable, she could stay on it for the rest of her life. Haffner says there are women on the online support community she belongs to who have survived with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer for 10 or more years.

Haffner says she is nervous about her pitching skills (she quips that she “throws like a girl”), but several family members have volunteered to give her some pointers.

Haffner, who has five grown children (four girls and a boy) and 13 grandchildren, says baseball is a big part of their lives. She describes them as “multi-generational Mariners fans,” and says her husband Mark and son Eric are “bordering on fanatical.”

Although they live in Kennewick, Betsy says she and Mark come over to Safeco Field several times a summer. They have been fans since 1977, when the team was founded, and over the years, the family has bonded over Mariners baseball.

“It’s kind of a special thing to connect a lot of things that we love, you know, each other, and the game and the Mariners. Put them all together, it’s really special,” says Haffner.

Haffner admits that she’s nervous about being the center of attention, but she says it will be worth it to bring attention to the fight against metastatic breast cancer.

“There are a lot of amazing women out there who fight this disease every day for both long and short periods of time with only one way out. We need research for cures as well as awareness. I didn’t even know what it was until I got it myself,” said Haffner.

In his nomination, Betsy’s son Eric noted that his mom is facing her future with “unimaginable contentment,” and that she meets every challenge with “dignity and fearlessness and lifts up our entire family in the process.”

MLB introduced the Honorary Bat Girl program in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative. In seven years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and millions of fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by its charitable partners, Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. The initiative raises awareness about breast cancer, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.

For more information, please visit HonoraryBatGirl.com.

Mariners Gameday Information – May 1 vs. Kansas City

Lineup

Game #24 (5/1): Mariners (13-10) vs. Royals  (12-11) | 1:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (2-0, 1.44) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (2-2, 2.77)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Royals | Mariners-Royals History

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Mariners Gameday Information – April 30 vs. Kansas City

Game Information

Game #23 (4/30): Mariners (12-10) vs. Royals  (12-10) | 7:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: LHP Wade Miley (1-2, 7.04) vs. RHP Yordano Ventura (2-0, 2.35)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
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KC-SEA Lineup 04.30

Mariners Gameday Information – April 29 vs. Kansas City

Game Information

Game #22 (4/29): Mariners (11-10) vs. Royals  (12-9) | 7:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Felix Hernandez (1-2, 1.80) vs. RHP Kris Medlen  (1-1, 6.00)
Radio:
710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on
ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information:
Mariners | Royals | Mariners-Royals History

429 Lineup

ROOT SPORTS Mariners All-Access

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This week on Mariners All-Access from ROOT SPORTS:

Milestone moments – A recap of the career milestones reached by the Mariners this week including Steve Cishek, Kyle Seager, Robinson Canó, and a statistical mark that Felix Hernandez is closing in on.

Edgar’s Impact – Kyle Seager and Robinson Canó are benefiting from the extra work they’ve done in the batting cage with the help of Edgar Martinez. See how the best DH in baseball history is impacting the current Mariners and why they enjoy working with ‘Gar.

Howard Lincoln’s Legacy – Howard Lincoln announced he’s stepping down as Chairman and CEO in August. We look at the legacy he’s leaving behind after 17 years at the helm of the Mariners.

Iannetta/Weaver no hitter – May 2nd marks the 4th anniversary of Jered Weavers’ no-hitter in 2012. It’s a date that wasn’t significant to Mariners fans until now. Chris Iannetta was behind the plate for that game and suffered a broken wrist that changed his career and made him the catcher Mariners fans see today.

Pitching Mechanics – Wade Miley demonstrates the first pitch he ever learned to throw.

Mother’s Day Cards – In advance of Mother’s Day next week we take a look at the cards drawn by the Mariners for their mom’s. After all, you know the best gift is the one that’s handmade.

Griffey hat backwards? – We won’t know what the artwork will look like on Ken Griffey Junior’s Hall of Fame plaque until his July induction, but the players ask the Magic 8 Ball for a hint on whether his hat will be backwards or not.

High Speed Review– A look back at the best moments from the week – particularly on defense.

The latest edition of Mariners All Access airs:

  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. and 7:30p.m.
  • Monday: 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 11:30a.m.
  • Thursday: 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 4:00 p.m.

From (Center) Field to Table – Safeco’s Urban Garden

Safeco Field Executive Chef Michael Johnson harvests mixed greens from the Safeco Field Urban Garden, which will be made into a Hit It Here Salad.

Safeco Field Executive Chef Michael Johnson harvests mixed greens from the Safeco Field Urban Garden, which will be made into a Hit It Here Salad.

Right behind the 401’ marker on the center field wall at Safeco Field is a new Urban Garden that will supply fresh herbs and vegetables that will be incorporated into the ballpark menu.

The project is a collaboration between the Seattle Mariners, Centerplate (the ballpark’s concessions provider), Cedar Grove Composting and BASF.

The garden is located at the base of the Batter’s Eye in a raised bed. The 450-square foot container was prepared, and will be maintained by Seattle Urban Farm Company, a local business that uses sustainable farming principles to create “unique, productive outdoors spaces.”

The first crop was planted in late March — lettuce, greens, onions, radishes.

Safeco Field Executive Chef Michael Johnson says he worked with Seattle Urban Farms to help determine what crops will be planted over the course of the growing season.

“Colin and I have talked about tomatoes, cucumbers, spicy chili peppers, kind of playing around with the stuff that’s cool and things that translate into what we do here,” says Johnson.

The early produce is being incorporated into the Hit It Here Salad, from the Hit It Here Café, which consists of mixed greens, English cucumber, heirloom cherry tomatoes, Rogue creamery Oregonzola cheese and bacon bits tossed in roasted red pepper vinaigrette.

Colin McCrate, of Seattle Urban Farm Company, uses sustainable practices to maintain the Safeco Field Urban Garden.

Colin McCrate, of Seattle Urban Farm Company, uses sustainable practices to maintain the Safeco Field Urban Garden.

Colin McCrate, co-founder of Seattle Urban Farm Company, says the Safeco Field garden is a good way to demonstrate what can be done in a relatively small space, 450-square feet.

“I think it’s important for people to know that they can grow a lot of food in a pretty small amount of space with a pretty limited amount of time. I encourage everybody to think about growing some food at home.

The garden was created with and is being maintained with sustainable practices such as water-saving drip irrigation and the use of organic products and nutrient-rich compost from Cedar Grove Composting.

“This garden brings the Mariners organics recycling program full circle,” said Karen Dawson, Director of Community Relations, Cedar Grove. “Using compost, manufactured by Cedar Grove in part from food scraps collected at Safeco Field, to grow vegetables at the ballpark for fan consumption.”

Safeco Field has been recycling compostables since 2007, resulting in the diversion of 9.4 million pounds of food and yard waste from the landfill. Cedar Grove transforms food scraps and grass clippings, mingled with organic matter collected from businesses, restaurants, and homeowners across the greater Seattle area, into compost.

In 2011, BASF became the Mariners founding sustainability partner, supporting Safeco Field’s waste diversion program by encouraging fans to compost and recycle. Organic waste bags made of BASF’s certified compostable polymer, ecovio®, make organic waste collection cleaner, safer, and easier.

“This unique partnership demonstrates an innovative solution for urban growth through a closed loop system,” said Charlene Wall-Warren, Director of Sustainability, BASF. “When fans visit the stadium, they can see first-hand how BASF technologies contribute to sustainability.”

Safeco Field Sustainability

Safeco Field is one of the most sustainably operated facilities in the world. Almost 87% of all waste generated at the ballpark was recycled or composted last year, diverting almost 3,000,000 pounds of recyclable material from the waste stream.

Every year since 2010, the Mariners have been honored by Major League Baseball as American League Recycling Champions.

Additionally, Safeco Field has the lowest “energy intensity” of any ballpark in Major League Baseball. Energy intensity is a measure of a facility’s energy efficiency. In 2015, the Mariners became the first MLB team to install LED lights to illuminate the playing field. The LED lights use 60%-70% less energy than old-technology metal halide lamps.

In His Own Words: John Stanton

_VH_9821It was announced on Wednesday that Howard Lincoln plans to step down as Seattle Mariners Chairman and CEO in August, and that John Stanton, a longtime member of the Seattle Mariners ownership group, will assume that role.

Stanton was introduced during a news conference at Safeco Field. Here are some of his thoughts on his love for the game of baseball and his hopes for the future of the Seattle Mariners.

Deep local roots…

“I was born on Queen Anne and am a product of Bellevue Public Schools. Except for college, I have lived in the area all my life.”

For the love of the game…

“I’m a sports fan, but most of all, I love baseball… I care deeply and passionately about baseball in Seattle. As a teenager I cried when the Pilots left town. I was thrilled 16 years ago to have the opportunity to become one of the owners of the Seattle Mariners.”

Nintendo of America’s sale of a majority stake in the team is a transition as opposed to a transaction…

“When Hiroshi Yamauchi made his gift to Seattle to keep baseball in this community, he did so with the hope and belief that eventually, the team would be returned entirely to local ownership. Today marks the opportunity for us to do that and to see Mr. Yamauchi’s dream realized.”

John Stanton

What kind of a CEO will he be…

“I’ve been a CEO in a lot of different environments. I know baseball, and I know the Mariners, are different. I think the most important thing is to let good leaders lead.”

The future of the franchise…

“My goal, and the number one goal of our entire ownership group and the entire organization is to win a World Series. Since getting involved in 2000, I have gotten to know many great people in the Mariners organization. To a person, they all share that goal. Mariners fans have been so positive, so patient with the team. It is time they were rewarded with playoff and World Series baseball here at Safeco Field.”

We owe it to the fans…

“Nearly 200,000 people have come through the turnstiles since Opening Day. We have loyal fans urging us on to victory. You can feel it in the stands. We owe you our thanks and we owe you a good product on the field and to be a great citizen in this community. I, and we, will try to earn and live up to that trust.”

 

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Mariners Gameday Information – April 27 vs. Houston

Game InformationGame #21 (4/27): Mariners (11-9) vs. Astros (6-15) | 7:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (0-2, 3.81) vs. RHP Collin McHugh (1-3, 7.56)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Astros | Mariners-Astros History

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HOU-SEA 04.27.16 Lineup

Taijuan Walker’s Dominant Start, By the Numbers

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 25: Taijuan Walker #44 of the Seattle Mariners delivers a pitch during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Safeco Field on April 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Taijuan Walker unleashed a venomous arsenal in a dominating effort against the Houston Astros at Safeco Field last night. The young fireballer tied a career high by fanning 11 hitters while only allowing 1 run in 7 innings of work. Walker punctuated what has been a sensational first month of the season.  He is now the proud owner of the second best April ERA in team history for a pitcher with at least 4 starts.

Floyd Bannister 1.21 (1980)
Taijuan Walker 1.44 (2016)
Randy Johnson 1.53 (1992)
Erik Hanson 1.53 (1993)

His frigid 1.44 ERA is also 4th best in the American League.

Walker’s exceptional results have formed through a blend of exquisite pitcher skills. First of all, Walker has been stingy with free passes. His 1.08 walks per 9 innings is 2nd best in the American League behind White Sox ace Chris Sale.  He has only walked three batters in four starts. For comparison, there have already been 204 occurrences this season of pitchers in MLB walking 3 or more in a single game.

Secondly, he is striking out hitters at a delicious rate. His 9.00 strikeouts per 9 innings is currently 14th in the AL. His current innings and K rate pace would comfortably propel him over the coveted 200 strikeout mark for the season.

Additionally, Walker features the 9th best ground ball rate in the AL. So far this season he has equaled famous ground-baller and defending Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel at his most impressive skill.

Taijuan Walker is the only pitcher in the American League who is in the top-15 in strikeouts per 9, walks per 9 and ground ball rate.  The rare skill-set has produced unique results such as last night.

Walker became just the 4th pitcher in M’s history (23 age or younger) to toss a game of 7 or more innings while striking out 10 or more and only allowing a run or fewer.

Felix Hernandez (4 times)
Freddy Garcia (3)
Taijuan Walker (2)
Mark Langston (2)

Excellent company.

He also has already produced his 3rd game of 10 or more strikeouts while walking 1 or fewer.

Randy Johnson (25)
Felix Hernandez (21)
Erik Hanson (7)
Mark Langston (5)
Mike Moore (5)
Hisashi Iwakuma (3)
Freddy Garcia (3)
Taijuan Walker (3)

After Walker’s performance last night Mariners manager Scott Servais exclaimed. “Awesome, awesome outing. He’s finding his stride. He’s coming into his own, the type of pitcher he can be.”

The differences between Walker’s first four starts last year and this year are striking.

2015 4 GS 19.2 IP 25 hits 15 ER 11 BB 19 SO 6.86 ERA
2016 4 GS 25.0 IP 21 hits 4 ER 3 BB 25 SO 1.44 ERA

The tough start for Walker a year ago helped mask the overall gains he made. He posted an ERA of 3.62 while fanning 118 and walking 17 in his last 20 starts spanning the final four months of the season.  It appears that he has continued to make strides.

“We’re watching somebody take the next step.” Servais said.

Now M’s fans can dream about where those steps can lead for Walker.

Mariners Gameday Information – April 26 vs. Houston

Game InformationGame #20 (4/26): Mariners (10-9) vs. Astros (6-14) | 7:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Nathan Karns (1-1, 5.28) vs. LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-2, 3.71)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Astros | Mariners-Astros History

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HOU-SEA Lineup 4.26.16

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