Tickets for the Seattle Mariners 2015 Spring Training games at the Peoria Sports Complex go on sale Saturday at 8am PST.
Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on February 20. The first game of the 2015 Spring campaign is the annual charity game against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, March 4. Proceeds from the game benefit several Peoria area non-profits.
The Mariners Spring Training Schedule includes 32 total games and 16 “home” games at the Peoria Sports Complex. The Mariners will host both World Series participants in Peoria. The American League Champion Kansas City Royals visit on Thursday, March 26, followed two days later (March 28) by the World Champion San Francisco Giants.
The Mariners close out the 2015 training camp with a pair of games against the Colorado Rockies: Friday, April 3, at Peoria (7:05pm) and Saturday, April 4, at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. (12:10pm). The Mariners then travel to Seattle to prepare for the regular season Opening Day at Safeco Field on Monday, April 6, against the Los Angeles Angels.
One of the newest Mariners, Nelson Cruz, was busy playing Santa Claus this morning in his native hometown in the Dominican Republic. Nelson, along with Ervin Santana and Yordano Ventura, visited their former schools in the DR to help underscore the importance of education and to encourage the youth to stay in school.
Through their own personal financial contributions and additional funding from the Major League Baseball Players Trust, Cruz, Santana and Ventura met with students this morning and read books to the kids. They also delivered gift-wrapped holiday presents and new books to more than 1,200 students at schools in Monti Cristi, Samana and San Cristobal, Dominican Republic. Nelson is committed to helping improve the lives of children residing in his hometown, and to help ensure that they all experience the joy of unwrapping a present this holiday season.
Here are some photos from today’s event:
The Mariners have acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league relief pitcher Matt Brazis.
Ruggiano, 32, played 81 games with the Chicago Cubs last season, batting .281 (63×224) with 13 doubles, one triple, 6 home runs and 28 RBI. He missed extended time due to two trips to the disabled list, including season-ending left ankle surgery.
The Austin, Texas native has appeared in 398 Major League games over six seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays (2007-08, 2011), Miami Marlins (2012-13) and Cubs (2014). The right-handed hitter has clubbed 62 doubles, 3 triples and 43 home runs in his career. He has appeared in games at all three outfield positions: CF (166 G/148 GS), LF (118 G/71 GS), RF (76 G/56 GS).
Over the last three seasons he has combined for 54 doubles, 37 home runs and 114 RBI in 300 games. He hit a career-high 18 home runs in 2013 with the Marlins. In his career he has a .836 OPS vs. left-handed pitching (.266 batting average).
Ruggiano was originally selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 25th round of the 2004 June Draft out of Texas A&M University (also attended Blinn College). He made his MLB debut Sept. 19, 2007 with Tampa Bay.
The first edition of the 2015 Seattle Mariners Pocket Schedule is available for fans to pick up at any of the five locations of the Mariners Team Store. The first pocket schedule features Mariners ace starting pitcher Felix Hernandez. Be sure to stop by and pick up a schedule while completing your holiday shopping.
New Mariners outfielder/designated hitter Nelson Cruz took a few minutes to chat with Rick Rizzs after his introductory news conference. Click below to see Nelson Cruz talk about being a Seattle Mariner, playing with Robinson Cano, his playing style and more.
Former Mariners first baseman John Olerud raised the 12th Man Flag prior to yesterday’s Seahawks game vs. the San Francisco 49ers. John fired up the record crowd of 68,526 prior to going on to win 17-7.
Olerud played five of his 17-season Major League career with the Mariners from 2000-2004. The former Interlake High School (Bellevue) and Washington State University star appeared in 2,234 career MLB games, combined to bat .295 with 500 doubles, 255 home runs and 1230 RBI, was a three-time Gold Glove winner (2000, 2002, 2003) and a two-time All-Star (1993, 2001).
Here are a few videos from the 12th Man Flag-raising event:
Here are some fun photos of John raising the flag and his day spent at CenturyLink Field (photos courtesy of the Seahawks):
Olerud raising the 12th Man Flag is the latest of a string of Mariners to take part in the tradition…
Broadcasters Rick Rizzs and Mike Blowers will host the show with 710 ESPN Seattle reporter Shannon Drayer. GM Jack Zduriencik join the show live from the team store.
Interviews with Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz will also highlight the show.
The show will be streamed live on Mariners.com in addition to over the airwaves on 710 ESPN Seattle.
The Mariners selected left-handed pitcher David Rollins from the Houston Astros in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 draft this morning to conclude the 2014 Winter Meetings held in San Diego, California.
Rollins was the 12th player selected in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
With this selection, the Mariners 40-man roster is now full (see below). Seattle did not lose any players in the Major League or Minor League phases of the Rule 5 Draft.
Rollins, turns 25 December 21, spent last season with AA Corpus Christi in the Houston Astros organization. He was 3-4 with a 3.81 ERA (33 ER, 78.0 IP) with 77 strikeouts in 27 appearances including 12 starts.
A player selected in the Rule 5 Draft must be kept on the Major League 25-man roster of the drafting team for the entirety of next season, and the selected player must remain active (not on the disabled list) for a minimum of 90 days. If the player does not remain on the Major League roster, he is offered back to the team from which he was selected.
Once a player is selected, he is automatically assigned to his new organization’s 40-man roster. Current Mariners LHP Lucas Luetge was a product of the Rule 5 Draft in December 2011 (from Milwaukee).
In parts of four minor league seasons he is 23-16 with a 3.39 ERA (135 ER, 358.2 IP) with 343 strikeouts in 88 games including 64 starts. During his minor league career, he averaged 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings.
Rollins was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays after being selected in the 24th round of the 2011 June Amateur Draft out of San Jacinto College, North Campus (Houston, TX). The left-hander was previously selected twice by the Mariners in the June amateur draft; in the 23rd round of the 2009 draft and in the 46th round of the 2010 draft.
Ironically, Rollins was traded by Toronto to Houston as part of a 10-player trade that saw current Mariners left-hander J.A. Happ go from Houston to the Blue Jays.
As usual, GM Jack Zduriencik worked the phones to try and improve the club. As he told MLB.com’s Greg Johns, The News Tribune’s Bob Dutton and the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish, there are a lot of variables that come into play when trying to find the right fit.
Manager Lloyd McClendon had a busy day on the media circuit today, touching base with MLB Network Radio, ESPN and was also available to media during the Manager Luncheon.
Before the Manager Luncheon began, all 30 skippers got the chance to mingle and talk to their counterparts.
After lunch, the American League Managers got together for a group photo.
The night is still young…you never know what can happen with just one phone call.
Conversations continue as GM Jack Zduriencik looks for ways to improve the club. He’s examining at all of the team’s options and is of course receiving lots of interest in the Mariners players.
Like yesterday, be sure to check out the respective blogs/websites for the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish, The Tacoma News Tribune’s Bob Dutton and MLB.com’s Greg Johns to catch up on what Zduriencik told them during their media availability.
Baseball America High School Player of the Year
Mariners 2014 top draft pick Alex Jackson is in town (his hometown) here in San Diego to collect Baseball America‘s High School Player of the Year Award. While here, he took some time to talk to Greg Johns, Ryan Divish and Bob Dutton before the awards ceremony. Be sure to look for their features later tonight or tomorrow to read about what Jackson has been up to this offseason.
Mariners Affiliates Dinner
The Mariners affiliates dinner will start shortly and the club is excited to see everybody here in San Diego and are looking forward to meeting the folks from the Bakersfield Blaze, the Mariners new High-A affiliate in the California League. We’ll post pictures of the event later tonight.