Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 7

Mariners Spring Training Update

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 / 41 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angeles) / 50 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels).

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Setting the Scene:
All 68 players were on the field today for the first full squad workout today. The team stretched on the same field, before splitting into positional groups for throwing programs. The infielders split into two groups on fields 5 and 6 to work on defense, while the outfielders were on field 7 running through drills.

The first hitters group to take batting practice on Field 6 today included Brad Miller, Kyle Seager, Justin Smoak and Robinson Cano. All four players put on an impressive first session with a huge crowd of fans and media watching. Willie Bloomquist, Logan Morrison, Nick Franklin and Mike Zunino rounded out the second group on field 6. Outfielders Corey Hart, Dustin Ackley and Michael Saunders hit in the first group on field 3.

Pitchers are still continuing to get their arms stretched out with bullpens sessions. Scott Baker, Blake Beavan, Joe Beimel, Erasmo Ramirez, Andrew Caraway, Anthony Fernandez, Nick Hill, Lucase Luetge, Matt Palmer, Tom Wilhelmsen, James Gillheeney, Logan Kensing, Dominic Leone and Chance Ruffin each threw in the pen today.

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Pitchers during today’s workout.

Staff Meeting:
The day started on field 1 with a full camp team meeting ran from 9:30 to 10, with everyone from CEO Howard Lincoln to the front office staff to the minor league coaches being introduced to the team. Members of the Mariners Community Relations staff were among the first to speak to the team, stressing the importance of every player being involved in the community. Members of the training, clubhouse, medical, marketing and baseball information staffs also spoke. Everyone but the players and coaching staff were then cleared out off the field  when Lloyd McClendon addressed the team.

Team Meeting

Jeff Kingston introducing staff to the team.

Hello Cano:
When I got into the office at 7:00 am this morning there was an ESPN satellite truck in the parking lot. I knew something major was going on. Ohh yeah…today marked the official first day on the field for Robinson Cano as a Seattle Mariner. MLB Network and ESPN were in camp as well a large contingent of local and national media to document his first day. During the workout you could always tell what field Robinson was on by the number of photographers and fans watching on. He was scheduled to talk to the media following today’s workout at about 1:15 pm, but because meetings were shorter than planned this morning he was ready to go 12:30 pm. Robinson also did a one-on-one interview after with MLB Network that aired this afteroon at 3 pm PT.

Cano in Cages

Cano taking batting practice.

Weather:
Another beautiful day in Peoria with hardly a cloud in the sky and temperatures in nearing 80 degrees. More sunshine and baseball in the forecast for the next few days.

Cactus League Media Day:
Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik and Manager Lloyd McClendon represented the Mariners at today’s Cactus League Media Availability at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. For the second consecutive year, Major League Baseball put the event together and brought all managers and general managers from the 15 Cactus League teams into one place for the local and national media. It was a great event, and kept Lloyd and Jack busy asking several questions about the 2014 Mariners.

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Lloyd McClendon and Jack Zduriencik spent the afternoon at the Cactus League Media at Chase Field.

Stat of the Day:
AS YOU KNOW…the Mariners currently have 68 players currently in Major League Spring Training Camp…BUT DID YOU KNOW?…the 68 players currently in camp are the most players we have had in camp over the last 11 years. Here is a list of the number of players we have had in camp since 2004.

Year

40-Man

Invited

Total

2004

40

19

59

2005

40

20

60

2006

40

22

62

2007

40

23

63

2008

39

16

55

2009

40

19

59

2010

40

23

63

2011

40

22

62

2012

40

26

66

2013

40

21

61

2014

40

28

68

 “Legendary Lloyd”:

2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the Little League baseball and this morning Manager Lloyd McClendon reminisced with a film crew about his experiences in the Little League World Series and how he came to receive his “Legendary Lloyd” nickname.

Lloyd, playing for Anderson Little League of Gary, Ind., in the 1971 Little League Baseball World Series, became known as “Legendary Lloyd” for his performance over three Series games, dominating as a pitcher and as a hitter, with 5 home runs, 10 RBI, and 5 intentional walks in 10 plate appearances.

In the quarterfinals, Gary beat the team from Kentucky. McClendon hit two home runs and was intentionally walked. In the semifinals, Gary beat the team from Madrid, Spain, with McClendon hitting two more home runs and drawing another intentional walk.  Then came the title game with Taiwan. Lloyd came to the plate with two men on base, and on the first pitch he was thrown, he unloaded a three-run home run. He was intentionally walked his next two plate appearances. Taiwan won the championship game in nine innings, the longest game in Little League World Series history. McClendon pitched the first 8.0 innings, striking out 12.

McClendon was All-State at Roosevelt High School in Gary. He earned a baseball scholarship to Valparaiso. Drafted in the 8th round in 1980 by the New York Mets, he was part of the package that went to Cincinnati in the Tom Seaver trade after the 1982 season. McClendon played in the big leagues with the Reds, Cubs and Pittsburgh, where he was a part of three consecutive National League East champions (1990-92).

In 2006 Lloyd was enshrined in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Hall of Excellence at Little League International, in South Williamsport, Pa. He joined former Major League players Dusty Baker, Cal Ripken Jr., Dale Murphy, Jim Palmer, Nolan Ryan, Mike Schmidt and Tom Seaver to be inducted into the Little League Hall of Fame.

Shannon Drayer has arrived:

710 ESPN Seattle’s Mariners beat reporter Shannon Drayer arrived to Peoria yesterday and was in the clubhouse bright and early this morning setting up interviews and introducing herself to all the new players. You would have thought she was moving to Arizona with her five suitcases she had shipped down here, most of which were filled with shoes. I think her motto is you can’t wear the same pair of shoes twice down here. I also heard her say that she brought a special bag of frozen cookie dough down in her suitcase. When her bag was over the weight limit for the airplane she had to decide between a hair dryer and cookie dough. The cookie dough made the trip, while she had to run to the store last night to pick up a new hair dryer.

You can listen for updates from Shannon on 710 ESPN Seattle (950 AM) or check out her blog at www.MyNorthwest.com.

Hot Stove League:

The Mariners Hot Stove League Radio Show airs tonight from 7-9 pm PT (8-10 pm MT) on 710 ESPN Seattle and streamed live online at Mariners.com.

The 2-hour show will be hosted by Rick Rizzs, Dave Valle and Matt Pitman.  Shannon Drayer will have a live report from Peoria.

Guests are scheduled to include:

  • AAA Manager    Rich Donnelly    8:15
  • Catcher             John Buck        8:30
  • Pitcher              James Paxton   8:45
  • Pitcher              Scott Baker       9:15
  • Si.com Writer    Greg Bishop     9:30       

 Quote of the Day:

“It feels good, said infielder Robinson Cano said about his first workout as a Mariner. “It was exciting. I got spend time with teammates and coaches. It’s a new team with all new faces.”

Cano

Cano fielding ground balls at second base.

Tweet of the Day:

On Tap Tomorrow (Feb. 19):
The second workout with all 68 players in Major League camp will be on the field tomorrow morning at 9:30 am.

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