Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 3

Mariners Spring Training Update

Friday, February 14, 2014 / 45 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angeles) / 53 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

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Setting the Scene:
Happy Valentine’s Day from sunny Peoria, Arizona. Today marked the second day with pitchers and catchers on the field at the Peoria Sports Complex. Pitchers continued to work on PFP (pitcher fielding practice), while catcher also worked on fundamentals in small groups. Starters Randy Wolf, Zach Miner, Brandon Maurer and James Paxton each threw their first bullpen of the spring in the first group. Relievers Jonathan Arias, Bobby LaFromboise, Hector Noesi, Charlie Furbush, Mark Rogers, Danny Farquhar, Logan Bawcom, Roenis Elias, Stephen Kohlscheen and Carson Smith were part of the second and third bullpen groups.

Mark Rogers started throwing to catcher Jesus Sucre in the bullpen, but after a couple of balls in the dirt that bounced off Sucre’s leg, John Buck had to step in and finish catching the bullpen. Don’t worry, Sucre is just fine. Just a little comic relief amongst the staff on the field.

In other news, right-handed pitchers Felix Hernandez and Taijuan Walker are each scheduled to throw their first bullpen on Monday.

Nearly all of the position players have arrived early and according to Manager Lloyd McClendon most are ready to start playing now. Everyone worked really hard this offseason and came into camp ready to compete.

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Randy Wolf and Mike Zunino chatting after the bullpen session.

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Fernando Rodney during PFP.

Weather:
Have I mentioned it is hot? Hope you are wearing your sunscreen. The temperatures are still continuing to climb with highs in the mid-80s and even warmer the next couple of days. Definitely now rain in the forecast!

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Perfect weather for working out in the mornings.

Welcome back from the Dominican Republic:

Kevin Mather, Jack Zduriencik, Jeff Kingston, Chris Gwynn and Roger Hanson arrived back at the complex in Peoria after a quick trip (less than 24 hours) to the Dominican Republic for the grand opening of the Mariners new facility in Boca Chica. Mariners photographer Ben VanHouten also made the trip to the Dominican Republic and was in camp today for a short time before heading back to Seattle. A Big thank you to Ben for the photos for the blog from today’s workout.

Also back today from the Dominican Republic was Greg Johns from Mariners.com and Jen Mueller and Kevin Vocht from ROOT Sports. If you haven’t read Greg’s story or blog post on Mariners.com today, I highly recommend it. A lot of the players are sitting down with Jen for interviews that will air on ROOT Sports throughout the spring.

National Media in Camp:

FoxSports.com columnist Jon Paul Morosi was in camp briefly catching up with a few of the Mariners players, including Felix Hernandez and Fernando Rodney. He also spent some time chatting with Manager Lloyd McClendon and asked him about former Tigers manager Jim Leyland. Lloyd and Jim continue to talk almost daily. When asked if Leyland would make a trip to Peoria to catch up with his former hitting coach, Lloyd responded no. But followed up by saying, “Jim will most likely make a trip to see us when we are in New York. Jim doesn’t like to travel very far from home no matter who it is to visit.”

Mariners Pause to Remember Jim Fergosi:

I entire MLB community was sadden by the news that Jim Fregosi, the 18-year Major League player, 15-year Major League manager and Special Assistant to the General Manager of the Atlanta Braves passed away early this morning.

“It has been a tough day around here this morning. It was a tremendous loss for the baseball community,” Manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He had a tremendous presence and will be missed.”

Lloyd said they had a great chat during the Winter Meetings in December and planned on catching up more during the season.

Baseball Information Offices:

The Mariners Baseball Information staff office is starting to finally come together. Today we had contractors putting up the finishing touches in the office and hanging all of our whiteboards. Only a few more boxes to unpack and we will be good to go!

Tweet of the Day:

On Tap Tomorrow (Feb. 15):
Pitchers and catchers will hit the field for day 3 at 9:30 am (Arizona time) on Saturday morning. This is the time of year where it does feel a little like Groundhogs Day, but there is nothing better than watching baseball in Peoria in February!

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