Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 9

Photo Feb 21, 11 56 54 AM

Three of the Mariners top prospects – Danny Hultzen, James Paxton, Taijuan Walker – warming up in the bullpen.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 / 1 Day ‘til Cactus League Opener (Friday, Feb. 22 vs. San Diego) / 39 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 46 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)

Back on the Field:
The full squad ran through a detailed and pretty lengthy workout today, the last one before embarking on the Cactus League schedule. The team hit the field at the normal time of 9:30 am for stretch, which followed a team meeting going over signs. The team ran through one of my favorite things of spring training, infield-outfield. There is nothing better than a crisp infield-outfield with the guys throwing the ball around the horn. The team fundamental drill today was pop-ups, which is a sight to see. Third base coach Jeff Datz uses a pitching machine to eject baseballs high into the Arizona sky, and then players track them down.

Several pitchers also took the mound for Live BP, including LHP Joe Saunders, RHP Carter Capps, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma and RHP Tom Wilhelmsen (to name just a few).

Jeff Datz feeding balls to a pitching machine during pop up drills.

Jeff Datz feeding balls to a pitching machine during pop up drills.

Happy Birthday Guti:
Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez celebrated his 30th birthday today.

Fun With Numbers:

Lights, Camera, Action:
The annual Mariners Commercials filmed for the third (and final) day, returning to the Mariners complex to shoot on Field #1. Michael Morse, Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders, Kyle Seager and Eric Wedge were the stars of today’s commercials. You can look for the final product when they are unveiled in mid-March.

Michael Saunders, Michael Morse and Kyle Seager getting ready to star in another Mariners commercial.

Michael Saunders, Michael Morse and Kyle Seager getting ready to star in another Mariners commercial.

The rains and gray clouds moved east, so it was back to baseball today. The temperature remained a bit brisk for some (although almost perfect for Seattleites) with lots of coat-wearing fans watching practice. The temperatures remained in the 50’s almost all day long, and are expected to return to the 60’s tomorrow.

Camp Guests:
Representatives from New Balance (shoes, apparel) and Louisville Slugger (bats) were in the clubhouse this morning meeting with players.

Big Media Crew:
In addition to the normal beat writers of Greg Johns ( and Geoff Baker & Larry Stone (Seattle Times), there was again a big Seattle media contingent running around the clubhouse getting interviews. Sports Radio 950 has three hosts in town, including Jason Puckett, Dave “Softy” Mahler and Jerry Brewer. Brewer of course is also a columnist for the Seattle Times. Be on the lookout for all of their great interviews with the players. ESPN 710 Seattle also had GM Jack Zduriencik on their morning show, and LHP Joe Saunders will join the Go 2 Guy show tonight (5 pm Seattle time) And lastly, the King 5 duo or reporter Chris Egan and photographer Alan Reed continued their great work, getting just about every interview known to man.

The Big Quatro:
We are not sure if this is actually a term yet, but writer Jerry
Crasnick may have coined the phrase with his below tweet when talking about the Mariners young pitchers Taijuan Walker, Danny Hultzen, James Paxton and Brandon Maurer. Jerry also penned a blog entry about his trip to Peoria.

On Tap Tomorrow (Friday, February 21):
The Cactus League opener vs. the Padres is tomorrow at 1:05 pm MT/12:05 pm PT. It is only the 10th day of camp, but it feels like it is finally time to get the guys into real competition. The team will still hold a workout in the morning from 9:30-11:15, break for lunch, then make the short trek to Peoria Stadium. Be sure the give the game a listen on ESPN 710 Seattle and across the Mariners Radio Network (check your local listings). Tomorrow will also be the debut of radio announcer Aaron Goldsmith, who will join veteran Rick Rizzs in the radio booth.

Cactus League Starters:
The starting pitchers for the first three Cactus League games vs. the Padres are as follows:

  • Friday – RHP Hector Noesi vs. RHP Sean O’Sullivan
  • Saturday – RHP Blake Beavan vs. RHP Tyson Ross
  • Sunday – RHP Erasmo Ramirez vs. RHP Freddy Garcia

All three games start at 1:05 pm Arizona/12:05 pm Seattle and will be broadcast  on the Mariners Radio Network (710 ESPN Seattle).

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This is my first year away from WA. College in Massachusetts.
I’ll miss watching the games but at least 710 is online.
Go Mariners!

Can’t wait for the “MARINERS” season to start. Lets have a good one boys!

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