Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 26
Sunday, March 9, 2014 / 22 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 30 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)
Game Recap vs. the Rangers:
The Mariners scored six runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to rally from behind to defeat the Texas Rangers 9-8 Sunday afternoon at Peoria Stadium [Box Score]. The win was the Mariners third consecutive victory and improved the team to 10-3 in Cactus League play. The Mariners erupted for 6 runs on 6 hits in the 8th inning to take the lead after trailing 8-3 heading into bottom of the inning. Catcher Mike Dowd hit a two-run ground-rule double to start the scoring in the inning, followed by a two-run triple by outfielder Cole Gillespie. Shortstop Chris Taylor hit a run-scoring double and center fielder Xavier Avery recorded a RBI single in the inning to cap off the comeback victory. Here is an updated look at the Mariners spring training stats. And here are some action shots courtesy of the Associated Press.
Here are some video highlights from the win over the Rangers:
The crew from the MLB Network were in camp today, with former Major League pitcher Dan Plesac and Peter Gammons talking with a lot of players. The Network caught up with Kyle Seager, Corey Hart, Mike Zunino, Taijuan Walker, Dustin Ackley, Nick Franklin and Lloyd McClendon. The show will air as part of the Network’s 30 Clubs in 30 Days promotion, debuting tonight at 4 pm PT on MLB Network (check local listings).
Tar Heel Blue:
When Peter Gammons comes to Mariners camp, you pretty much know what lockers you’ll find him at first. Gammons is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, and always enjoys visiting with fellow Tar Heels Dustin Ackley and Kyle Seager. Gammons said he appreciated the Mariners clubhouse putting the lockers of Ackley and Seager next to each other in the “ACC section”.
Today’s attendance was 10,291, including a walk-up of 4,056. And yesterday, the Mariners played in front of two sold out crowds in Scottsdale (12,123) and Glendale (13,427). So over the last two days, 35,841 fans have seen the Mariners play in Cactus League action.
As Mariners infield coach Chris Woodward hit the field, he stopped to say to an old teammate, MLB Network’s Dan Plesac. Chris and Dan were teammates in Toronto in 1999 and 2001-02. Chris said Dan was one of the funniest teammate he had during his 12-season Major League career, and he was also one of the first guys to introduce himself when Chris arrived in a Major League clubhouse for the first time in 1999. Plesac also interviews Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, and although they were never teammates, their careers crossed several times. And of course we have to mention that Lloyd was 1-for-2 off Plesac in his career, hitting a home run on July 28, 1994.
Two Hall of Famers and One Heck of Meal:
Broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith had one of those memorable days on Saturday in Scottsdale. Prior to broadcasting the game vs. the Giants, Aaron got to meet and chat with Hall of Famer Jon Miller. After the game, Aaron joined Rick Rizzs and producer/engineer Kevin Cremin (along with wife heather) for a meal at the legendary Scottsdale establishment Don & Charlie’s. We are told that Aaron did some major damage on a 10oz prime rib and a half-rack of charbroiled ribs. And those two items were not even the best part of his day. Following dinner. Aaron got to meet Hall of Famer Willie Mays. Willie was at D&C signing autographs, but stopped to chat with Aaron and Rick. What a day!
Mariners All-Access airs on ROOT SPORTS tonight at 7 pm and 11:30 pm (check your local listings). Tune in to watch highlights from today’s game vs. the Rangers and exclusive interviews.
Show and Go:
After yesterday’s day-night, split-squad doubleheader, Lloyd McClendon gave the team an easy morning schedule, basically telling them to show up and be ready to play. The team was on the field by 11 am. Since the coaching staff was at both games yesterday in Scottsdale and Glendale, they were also given a morning to come in a little later than their normal 5-6 am arrival.
The French National Baseball Team was in camp today, and played an exhibition game vs. a group of Mariners minor leaguers. Former Major League All-Star Eric Gagné is one of the coaches of the French team.
Remember When…Rick Waits:
Hall of Fame writer Peter Gammons was in camp today with the MLB Network, and spent some of the morning catching up with Mariners pitching coach Rick Waits. Peter was trying to remember specific games he remembered watching Rick during his 12-season Major League career. The game they both came up with was a one-hitter on Opening Day in 1979 that Rick threw against the Red Sox. The only hit he allowed was a 6th inning single to Jerry Remy.
Mariners TV broadcaster Dave Sims arrived with his wife Abby arrived in camp today. Dave will be in Peoria for most of the rest of spring training, except for a few college basketball duties. The Mariners first TV game is Wednesday night vs. the Cubs (7:05 pm) on ROOT SPORTS.
There have been a lot of players join local and national radio programs this spring. If you want to catch up on the interviews, we have you covered via the Podcast page on this blog. Click, listen and enjoy!
Single Game Tickets on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season are currently on sale. Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Night (Tuesday, April 8 vs. Los Angeles Angels), Beard Hat Night, Turn Back The Clock Night, Bat Night, Lou Piniella’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame, three postgame fireworks shows, and a host of other special events and giveaways (available at this link mariners.com/promotions). Tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They’re also available at mariners.com, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).
What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (10-3) return to Cactus League tomorrow with a day-night, split-squad doubleheader vs. the Royals (1:05 pm in Peoria) and Diamondbacks (7:10 pm in Scottsdale/Talking Stick). In the afternoon game, right-handed pitcher Brandon Maurer (0-0, 4.50) is scheduled to make his first spring start (2nd appearance) vs. Royals right-hander James Shields. In the nightcap vs. the D-backs, left-hander James Paxton (0-0, 0.00) is scheduled to make his third spring start.
Tweets of the Day:
Kyle Seager couldn't sign going into Dodger park Sat. night. "Doesn't matter," kid said. "Your brother is better than you are."—
Peter Gammons (@pgammo) March 09, 2014
Instagrams of the Day: