Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 1
Day 1 / Sunday, February 12, 2012 / 44 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo / 60 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle
Weather: 54 degrees at first pitch, mid-60s as the day wore on. Clear skies as far as you can see.
Quote of the Day: Pitching Coach Carl Willis, to the 35 pitchers in camp, when dividing them into Pitching Fielding Practice (PFP) groups: “On Field 4. I’m not going to name you. It’s real simple: If you throw left-handed, you are on Field 4. If you don’t know if you throw left-handed, come see me.”
The Day: It is official, the Seattle Mariners opened camp today with the first workout for pitchers and catchers. As you all previously read on this blog, all players, coaches and staff took their physicals yesterday and now the fun begins.
Players routinely arrive at 7 am (unless you’re Miguel Olivo and arrive at o-dark-thirty) and begin preparing for their day, some getting in a workout before the official schedule begins while others prepare for the day.
The media is also here in full force with the local Seattle writers (English & Japanese) being joined by a large group of extra Japanese media, Sports Illustrated, Reuters and the Associated Press. In all, nearly 50 media covered the first day.
The local media members all made their initial rounds in the clubhouse and to say hello and talked to players to pick up a story or two while in there.
Once 8:45 am came around, the clubhouse was cleared of all media for a 9 am team meeting.
At 9:30 am, the moment that we have all been waiting for since the 2011 season ended…players on the field!
The players spent 15 minutes stretching under the usual clear Arizona skies on Field 3.
After stretch, the pitchers huddled around pitching coach Carl Willis who laid out the plan for the day. (As well as delivering the line of the day, as you saw above).
And, per his instructions, all the left-handers found their way to Field 4.
By 10 am, all of the pitchers were in their PFP groups (Pitchers Fielding Practice) while the catchers worked on their fundamentals in the bullpen area between Field 5 & 6.
After the pitchers and catchers got their work in on the field, the catchers took batting practice from 11:15-11:45 am. After BP (batting practice), the catchers completed their day by working on their conditioning with the Mariners Major League Performance Specialist’s Allen “Rocket” Wirtala and James Clifford.
– FA, TH, KM