Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 15

Day 15 / Sunday, February 26, 2012 / 31 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo (March 28 vs. Oakland) / 47 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 13 vs. Oakland)

The guys hit the fields with the temperature at 61 degrees, and a few clouds in the sky. By the middle of the Intrasquad Game it was nearly 80°.

The Day:
Felt like two-a-days, as the club went through a regular workout beginning at 9:30 am, then returned to the field for the second Intrasquad Game beginning at 12:45. The position players worked on situational hitting (hit-and-run, move them over, etc.), picking up signs from third base coach Jeff Datz and base running with first base coach Mike Brumley. The the catchers, infielders and outfielders worked on individual position skills, while the pitchers pretended to be infielders and took groundballs at shortstop and second base. The hitters split up for batting practice, and the pitchers worked on the side.

Intrasquad #2:
The second of four Intrasquad games was held today at 12:45 p.m. on Field #1 of the Mariners complex in Peoria. Felix Hernandez and Kevin Millwood were the starting pitchers. See Intrasquad highlights on our (almost) live blog post.

Cy Young and Cy Young Jr. -- Felix Hernandez and his son Abraham (turns 4 tomorrow).

Happy Birthday!:
Dustin Ackley turns 24 today. Ackley (non-birthday) trivia: He’s the first player in the 2012 Mariners Information Guide (page 31). The North Carolina native spent his first winter in Michigan this past off-season.

Quotes of the Day:
“It was a fastball. I tried to go in and I left it up. Franklin’s looking good!…He got me; he got me good. Now he’s going to talk. A lot.” Felix Hernandez on Franklin Gutierrez’ leadoff home run in the Intrasquad.

“Good morning, good afternoon and goodnight.” Brandon League when walking by a conversation when Jesus Montero questioned what three pitches he saw when he struck out in the Intrasquad game vs. League.

“How do you even start a conversation with the manager about standing on his head?” 710 ESPN Seattle’s Mariners reporter Shannon Drayer, misunderstanding a staffer talking about Eric Wedge needing to do a head scan (not headstand) for a video game company. (See Camp Guests below).

Family Day:
Lots of family moments today in Peoria. Manager Eric Wedge watched his son (Cash) and daughter (Ava) run the bases following the Intrasquad game. Pitching coach Carl Willis’ son Bryson served as the bat boy for the home team today. Felix Hernandez watched part of the Intrasquad game with his son Abraham.

Additional Tidbits:
Shortstop Brendan Ryan threw at 100 feet for 10 minutes with the Mariners training staff…Ryan has been slowed by a sore shoulder…Ryan was the DH again in the Intrasquad game…outfielders Trayvon Robinson and Franklin Gutierrez both started in the Intrasquad game after being held for precautionary reasons out in Friday’s game with sore hamstrings…Carlos Guillen again was held out of workouts for precautionary reasons and will be back on the field soon…George Sherrill is scheduled to throw live BP tomorrow.

Camp Guests:
Representatives of the Major League Baseball Players Association, led by Heather Gould, MLBPA’s Business Services Manager, were in camp in the morning. A team of photographers took 360-degree head shots of about a dozen players – including Blake Beavan, Kyle Seager, Tom Wilhelmsen and Steve Delabar – and manager Eric Wedge. The shots will be used to build 3-dimensional figures in video games. Heather also had a group of players – Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Dustin Ackley, Franklin Gutierrez, Jesus Montero and others – sign baseballs to be used by the Players Trust to raise funds for charities the MLBPA supports during the season. Announcer Rick Rizzs and producer-extraordinaire Kevin Cremin arrived in camp today.

Ichiro working on his timing during situational hitting.

Cactus League Report:
The Cactus League Report make its Salty Señorita debut tomorrow from 7-9 p.m. at the Peoria location. Rick Rizzs, Dave Sims and Shannon Drayer will host the 2-hour show, and fans in the Valley of the Sun are invited to attended the radio show and meet the hosts and guests. Scheduled guests include Tony Blengino, Robby Thompson, Forrest Snow, Danny Hultzen, Shawn Kelley, Kyle Seager and Larry Stone from the Seattle Times. You can listen to the show in Seattle on ESPN 710 Seattle from 7-9 PT, and here is a link to listen online via

Mariners Mondays:
Mariners Mondays will air on ROOT Sports tomorrow at 8 p.m. PT, featuring the Aug. 29 and Aug. 31 gams vs. the Los Angeles Angels. This will pretty much be the Mike Carp show, featuring his mammoth two-run home run into the Hit-it-Here-Café on the 29th, and his two-run double off Scott Downs in the 8th inning in the 2-1 victory.

Important Dates:
The third of four Intrasquad games will be held Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. on Field #1 of the Mariners complex in Peoria. Hisashi Iwakuma and Jason Vargas are scheduled to be the starting pitchers. The first Cactus League game is in five days on March 2 at Oakland (Phoenix Municipal Stadium). The Mariners will have their annual MLBPA meeting tomorrow morning, which leaves most of the day’s schedule TBA. Here is an updated listing of upcoming important dates:

Upcoming Important Dates:

Feb. 28 – Intrasquad #3 – 12:45 pm – Field #1

Feb. 29 – Intrasquad #4 – 1:05 pm – Field #1

March 1 – Off day

March 2 – Cactus League opener (at OAK)

March 3 – Cactus League Peoria opener (vs. OAK)

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I can’t believe it is time already. Where did the time go. But on the same hand I can’t waight. I have a good feling about this year.

Happy Birthday Dustin Ackley! Go M’s

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