Mariners Update – June 28

The weather is heating up, the Cubs are in town and fireworks (yes, fireworks) are on tap tonight as the Mariners open a 3-game series vs. the Chicago Cubs at Safeco Field (7:10 p.m.). Here are some items of interest leading up to tonight’s first pitch vs. the Cubs…

  • Miller Time: The Mariners have promoted shortstop Brad Miller from AAA Tacoma and he’ll make his Major League debut tonight batting 9th. Miller hit .356 (37×104) with 26 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, 28 RBI, and reached base safely in all 26 games with the Rainiers since his promotion from AA Jackson on May 25. He leaves Tacoma with a 22-game hitting streak (.385/35×91), four-games short of the Tacoma franchise record. Earlier this week he was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game. In 68 games with AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma this season, Miller has combined to bat .319 (82×257) with 12 doubles, 12 home runs, 53 RBI and a .920 OPS (.521 SLG, .399 OBP). In the field for Tacoma he made 22 starts at shortstop, 3 at second base and one at designated hitter.
Brad Miller will make his MLB debut at shortstop tonight.

Brad Miller will make his MLB debut at shortstop tonight.

  • Cubbies in Seattle: The Cubs are making their third trip to Safeco Field, and first since 2010. The Mariners have visited historic Wrigley Field just once, back in 2007.
  • Fireworks: Don’t miss the first post-game fireworks shows in Safeco Field history following tonight’s game. The Mariners have partnered with Pyro Spectaculars, the same company who produces the New Year’s Eve at the Space Needle extravaganza, for these special shows set to music.
  • 4:15 Tomorrow: Due to the game being carried on FOX (not on ROOT Sports), tomorrow’s game is at 4:15 p.m., which is a bit of an odd start time for a home game. Should be a pretty cool afternoon with both team’s wearing throwback uniforms from the early 1900’s. The Mariners will be wearing uniforms from the 1909 Seattle Turks of the Northwestern League.
Uniforms of the Cubs and Turks for Saturday.

Uniforms of the Cubs and Turks for Saturday.

  • Welcome Back Jason: Good to have Cubs PR man Jason Carr back in Seattle. Carr was a member of the Mariners Baseball Information staff in the early 2000’s and was also a media relations representative for the Seattle-based Professional Bowler’s Association. One of the true good guys in the business.

 

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