Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 7

Manager Eric Wedge answers questions from MLB.com as the sun rises in Peoria.

Manager Eric Wedge answers questions from MLB.com as the sun rises in Peoria.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 / 3 Days ‘til Cactus League Opener (Friday, Feb. 22 vs. San Diego) / 41 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 50 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)

Photo Day:
All 61 players, plus coaches and staff, participated in the annual photo day. Photographers from Major League Baseball, the Associated Press, Getty Images, Kyoto News, Topps Baseball Cards and MLB.com were on hand to capture all the players in the white home uniforms. It is always a chaotic day coordinating that many players to get their photo taken, but the players were great. The last player through the line, shortstop Brendan Ryan, put on a show after the last station hitting a baseball after picking it up in a hacky-sack fashion.

Mike Zunino poses during photo day (Getty Images)

Mike Zunino poses during photo day (Getty Images)

Lights, Camera, Action:
The annual Mariners Commercials hit the ground running today, and boy was it a first day. Players that got a chance to bring out their inner-Hollywood were Felix Hernandez, Brendan Ryan, Jesus Montero and Tom Wilhelmsen. Oh, and there was a Bison on set as well. Just thought we would throw that part in as well. The commercials will debut in mid-March, we’ll be sure to pass on all the information when it is finalized.

Brendan Ryan and his new friend Harvey filming one of the new Mariners commercials.

Brendan Ryan and his new friend Harvey filming one of the new Mariners commercials.

On the Field:
Today was almost a carbon-copy of yesterday’s workouts, with pitchers throwing live batting practice to the hitters. Pitchers that took the mound included: Erasmo Ramirez, Stephen Pryor, Carter Capps, Taijuan Walker, Charlie Furbush, Josh Kinney, Brandon Maurer, James Paxton, Tom Wilhelmsen, Lucas Luetge, Danny Hultzen and Bobby LaFromboise. Today’s team fundamental drill was working on pickoffs and rundowns.

Kyle Seager chases down a runner during the team fundamental drill. (Associated Press/Charlie Riedel)

Kyle Seager chases down a runner during the team fundamental drill. (Associated Press/Charlie Riedel)

Joe Torre in Camp:
Longtime New York Yankees manager and current Team USA World Baseball Classic manager Joe Torre visited Mariners camp this morning. As Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball, Torre has been checking in with managers and teams throughout spring training.

Joe Torre signing autographs while visiting Mariners camp this morning.

Joe Torre signing autographs while visiting Mariners camp this morning.

Media Guides Arrive:
The 2013 Seattle Mariners Information Guide arrived in Peoria today, making the PR staff very happy. The goal is always to have the guides arrive before the first Cactus League game, so we were actually a little early. The media guide will be posted online in the coming days and we’ll share on the blog.

The 2013 media guides have arrived!

The 2013 media guides have arrived!

Rain, did you say, rain?:
Yes, it is Arizona, but the wet stuff still exists down here. One weather report is calling for an 82% chance of rain, so tomorrow’s workout schedule (which looks a lot like today’s) is sure to be altered. We hope MLB Network brings some umbrellas, because they are scheduled to be in camp tomorrow.

Weather:
Some high clouds lined the skies, surely a precursor to the potential storm moving in from the West. The team hit the field with the temps in the high 50’s and ended in the low 70’s. Another very pleasant day in the Valley of the Sun. We hope this storm blows through as fast as it seems to be coming into town.

Happy Birthday Dave:
Thinking of Dave on what would have been his 78th birthday.

Quotes of the Day:
“Very easy, very fluid, very effortless delivering – the ball gets on you. He’s got really good stuff.”
Kyle Seager talking about facing top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker today in Live BP.

I Hope Rick Has Insurance!:
It was only his second day in camp, but radio broadcaster Rick Rizzs was welcomed with a baseball through his windshield. We are not sure which player hit the tape-measure home run, but it surely found a home on the windshield of Rick’s rental car.

Baseball America Top Prospects:
Five Mariners were listed amongst Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects:

  • Catcher Mike Zunino (#17)
  • Right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker (#18)
  • Left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen (#27)
  • Infielder Nick Franklin (#79)
  • Left-handed pitcher James Paxton (87)

The Mariners were one of 9 organizations to feature at least 5 players in the top 100 list, joining the Cardinals, Marlins and Twins (each with 6) and the Astros, Diamondbacks, Pirates, Rays and Red Sox (each with 5).

Cactus League Report Tonight:
The Mariners Cactus League Report (or the Hot Stove League Show) airs tonight from 7-9 p.m. on ESPN 710 Seattle and on the internet via Mariners.com. This will be the final show hosted in Seattle, as the Cactus League Report will make its Arizona debut next Tuesday at the Salty Senorita in Peoria, Ariz. ESPN 710 Seattle’s Shannon Drayer and Matt Pitman will host tonight’s 2-hour show, with scheduled guests Carter Capps, Danny Hultzen and Eric Thames. Baseball writer Rob Neyer is also scheduled to join the show, and you can listen to the interview with Shannon and Felix Hernandez from the news conference announcing his seven-year contract.

On Tap Tomorrow (Wednesday, February 20):
Depending on weather, tomorrow will be very similar to today. Live Batting Practice will again be the big-ticket item on the schedule, running from 10:45am-noon. Felix Hernandez is also scheduled to throw his first bullpen of the spring. Prior to batting practice expect to see the team working on infield-outfield cutoff drills. Prior to the start of practice, representatives from Majestic will be in the clubhouse to measure the players for their uniforms.

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