Mariners respond to Centerplate CEO’s animal cruelty incident

There are lots of animal lovers who work here at the Seattle Mariners and we were as outraged as everyone else at the video that shows the CEO of Centerplate abusing a dog.

Centerplate is an international corporation that provides concessions services here at Safeco Field and hundreds of other venues in the U.S.

When the video came to light, we communicated directly to Centerplate our concerns over Des Hague’s behavior (he’s their CEO), and that we expected them to take all appropriate disciplinary action.

Yesterday, the Centerplate Board of Directors announced their penalties for Hague (you can read the full statement from the Board here). In short, as a condition of his continued employment, Hague was ordered to make a personal donation of $100,000 to create a foundation, in honor of the dog that was mistreated, to support the protection and safety of animals in the city of Vancouver, B.C., where the incident occurred. Hague was also placed on indefinite probation and ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service in support of an organization that protects animal welfare. He also faces the possibility of charges in Vancouver.

In solidarity with all of you who were as outraged by the video as we are, this morning, the Mariners announced that we will donate a portion of the proceeds from sales at Safeco Field concession stands during games in September to the Humane Society for Seattle/King County.

Our hope is that something good can come from this terrible situation.

Mariners Game Central – Aug. 27 vs. Rangers

Lineup

Game #132: Seattle Mariners (72-59) vs. Texas Rangers (51-80) | 12:40 pm | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-5, 4.06) vs. RHP Colby Lewis (8-11, 5.54)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTShome games feature SAP in Spanish on ROOT SPORTS & ESPN Deportes
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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Mariners Game Central – Aug. 26 vs. Rangers

Lineup

Game #131: Seattle Mariners (71-59) vs. Texas Rangers (51-79) | 7:10 pm | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: LHP James Paxton (3-1, 2.20) vs. RHP Nick Martinez (3-9, 5.13)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTShome games feature SAP in Spanish on ROOT SPORTS & ESPN Deportes
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Rangers | Mariners-Rangers History

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Mariners Game Central – Aug. 25 vs. Rangers

Lineup

Game #130: Seattle Mariners (71-58) vs. Texas Rangers (50-79) | 7:10 pm | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: LHP Roenis Elias (9-10, 4.09) vs. RHP Miles Mikolas (1-5, 7.48)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTShome games feature SAP in Spanish on ROOT SPORTS & ESPN Deportes
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Rangers | Mariners-Rangers History

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Homestand Preview

Homestand Preview

The Mariners return Safeco Field tonight opening a 6-game homestand vs. the Texas Rangers (Monday-Wednesday) and the Washington Nationals (Friday-Sunday). Here are some highlights of the homestand:

Mon., Aug. 25 TEX

  • Ceremonial First Pitch – Shawn Hollis, 2014 Mariners Team Store Dreamstakes Grand Prize Winner
  • BECU Family Night – Select View Level seats for $10 ($12 on game day)

Tues., Aug. 26 TEX

  • Salute to Native American Night – First 10,000 fans 21 and older get a Mariners cap with a Native American motif on the bill. Courtesy of EQC. Native American dancers will perform pregame.
  • Season Ticket Holder early gate opening—4:10pm Right Field Gate

Wed., Aug. 27 TEX 12:40PM start

  • Safeco Grand Slam Family Pack – Ticket, hot dog and Pepsi for one low price, $15 View Level, $30 Main Level, $35 Terrace Club
  • King’s Court
  • Ceremonial First Pitch – Ernie Kent, WSU Men’s Basketball head coach

Fri., Aug. 29 WAS

  • Fireworks Night – postgame fireworks show set to the music of Northwest artists.
  • Mariners Wives Favorite Things Basket silent auction – Section 128, Main Concourse, to benefit Mariners Care.

Sat., Aug. 30 WAS

  • Sustainable Saturday– Sponsored by BASF. Promoting the Mariners sustainability efforts at Safeco Field that have made the Mariners the top recyclers in the American League for two consecutive years.
  • Felix Hernandez Bobblehead Night, first 20,000 fans, courtesy of
  • Season ticket holder early gate opening – 3:10pm, Right Field Gate
  • Mariners Care silent auction, Sec. 128, Main Concourse
  • Silver Bullet Saturday in The ‘Pen

Felix Bobblehead

Sun., Aug. 31 WAS

  • Salute to Kids Day, where kids take over the ballpark to do a variety of dream jobs including PA announcer, groundskeeper, reporter and more.
  • Robinson Cano insulated lunch bag, courtesy of Boeing, all kids 14 and younger.
  • Postgame Kids Run Around the Bases, sponsored by KeyBank.
All kids 14 and under at Sunday's game take home a Robinson Cano lunch cooler bag courtesy of Boeing.

All kids 14 and under at Sunday’s game take home a Robinson Cano lunch cooler bag courtesy of Boeing.

PACCAR & the Mariners team up to support Children’s Literacy

A Mariners-themed Kenworth T880 semi-truck was at Safeco Field Tuesday to promote a book drive to benefit the Page Ahead Children’s Literacy program

A Mariners-themed Kenworth T880 semi-truck was at Safeco Field Tuesday to promote a book drive to benefit the Page Ahead Children’s Literacy program

PACCAR, the maker of Kenworth semi-trucks, is getting revved up for a book drive at Safeco Field on Tuesday, before the Mariners take on the Texas Rangers.

A T880 52-inch sleeper truck, with a Mariners-themed paint job, will be parked on the plaza next to the Safeco Field garage in support of the Page Ahead Children’s Literacy program in Seattle.

PACCAR and Kenworth employees will be outside the gates of the ballpark collecting donations of children’s books and cash to support Page Ahead, a literacy organization whose mission is to provide new books and develop reading activities that empower at-risk youth.

PACCAR has partnered with Page Ahead since 2007. PACCAR is also a Mariners corporate partner, and makes a donation to Page Ahead for every Mariners run batted in. This season, the donation will total some $600,000.

The truck, which features the Mariners compass rose logo on the cab, is equipped with a 500-horsepower PACCAR MX-13 engine which provides both power and fuel efficiency.

PACCAR, which is headquartered in Bellevue, is a world-leader in design, manufacture and customer support of premium light, medium and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates.

Mariners Game Central – August 24 at Boston

Game #129: Seattle Mariners (70-58) at Boston Red Sox (56-73) | 10:35 am ET/1:35 pm PT | Fenway Park
Starting Pitchers: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6, 2.57) vs. RHP Allen Webster (3-1, 4.73)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTShome games feature SAP in Spanish on ROOT SPORTS & ESPN Deportes
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Red Sox | Mariners-Red Sox History

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Today's Line-up

Today’s Line-up

Mariners Game Central – August 23 at Red Sox

08.23.14 Lineup

Game #128: Seattle Mariners (69-58) at Boston Red Sox (56-72) | 10:35 am ET/1:35 pm PT | Fenway Park
Starting Pitchers: RHP Chris Young (12-6, 3.07) vs. RHP Brandon Workman (1-7, 4.26)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Red Sox | Mariners-Red Sox History

Mid-Season Report | Standings | Roster | 2014 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2014 Schedule
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook

The Mariners Remarkable Comeback

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After last night’s amazing 5-3 comeback win over the Red Sox, the Mariners dominated the daily feature of Elias Says via ESPN.com. The daily feature is a compilation of intriguing statistics provided by the Elias Sports Bureau.

Elias Says

How amazing was the comeback win, scoring all 5 runs off All-Star closer Koji Uehara starting with 2 outs and no runners on base? Well, check out this tweet from ESPN Stats & Info and Elias:

Here is a video highlight of the comeback win vs. the Red Sox:

Big League field maintenance tips from “The Sod Father”

Mariners Head Groundskeeper Bob Christofferson shares his field maintenance knowledge with youth baseball/softball representatives.

Mariners Head Groundskeeper Bob Christofferson shares his field maintenance knowledge with youth baseball/softball representatives.

Representatives from youth baseball and softball organizations from around the greater Seattle area got some “inside baseball” tips on how to keep their fields in Major League condition from one of the best grounds crews in MLB.

Mariners head groundskeeper Bob Christofferson and his crew led participants in a field maintenance clinic put on by Baseball Tomorrow Fund, an organization that provides grants to support youth baseball and softball programs.

Some 60 youth baseball/softball organization representatives started their afternoon at Safeco Field with a slide show, narrated by Christofferson, that gave insight into what it takes to keep a ballpark Major League-ready, followed by break-out groups to focus on such things as fertilizing, equipment and the pitcher’s mound.

Major League Baseball inspects to every field every-other-year, but Christofferson says he and his crew start every spring with a high-tech survey of Safeco Field. They laser-level home plate, measure the mound to make sure it’s regulation height and check to make sure the pitcher’s slab is 60-feet-six-inches from home, and that all the bases are the requisite 90-feet apart.

The mound, which is made of packed “Gator Gumbo” clay from the Mississippi River, is the purview of assistant groundskeeper Tim Wilson. Each spring, Wilson sets a new slab in the mound, burying it six-inches deep, and “packs the clay like asphalt” on the front slope of the mound. All season, Wilson works with the pitchers to make sure the mound is to his liking for every start.

Assistant Groundskeeper Tim Wilson, who is the mound pro, offers tips on how to build and maintain a pitcher’s mound.

Assistant Groundskeeper Tim Wilson, who is the mound pro, offers tips on how to build and maintain a pitcher’s mound.

To keep the field looking and playing its best, the crew will aerate twice a season (putting down some 15 tons of sand after each treatment), fertilize regularly, water and mow. In the middle of the season, when the team is home, the infield grass will be watered four times a day, and mowed twice on game days.

When the team is on the road, they “give the grass a break.” Crews will do what they call a “neutral mow” once a day without regard for the pattern in the grass. A few days before the start of a homestand, they’ll cut those precise patterns in the grass.

As for how the pattern appears, it’s all in the direction of the mower’s blades. Mowing in one direction will push the blades of grass down so they look lighter, and turning in the other direction makes it look darker.

Safeco Field’s infield grass was replaced a few years ago, but Christofferson notes that 80-percent of the sod is original from 1999, making it the oldest field in MLB. That’s testament to the expertise of Christofferson and his crew. A couple of years ago, they got a big assist with the arrival of some grow-lights from The Netherlands. From mid-February until April the lights are deployed daily, getting the grass in mid-season form by Opening Day. “We’re playing on June 1 grass on April 1,” says Christofferson.

One look at the lush, impossibly green grass of Safeco Field is evidence that Christofferson has earned his nickname, “The Sod Father.”

Assistant Groundskeeper Leo Liebert explains the different equipment needed to keep a field in top condition.

Assistant Groundskeeper Leo Liebert explains the different equipment needed to keep a field in top condition.

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