Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 28
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 / 20 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 28 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)
Game Recap vs. the Angels:
The Mariners scored seven late-inning runs and benefited from an overturned call by use of the new instant replay rule in a 10-6 win over the Angels Tuesday afternoon in Cactus League play. The Mariners improved to 11-4-1, becoming the first team in spring training play to record 11 wins. [Box Score]. The Mariners scored three runs in the 8th inning, benefiting from the first instant replay challenge of the spring by manager Lloyd McClendon. Here is an updated look at the Mariners spring training stats. And here is a video highlight of Nick Franklin’s RBI single in 6th inning:
Cactus League Report:
The Cactus League Report will air tonight from 7-9 pm from the Salty Senorita in Peoria. Scheduled guests include Justin Smoak, Dustin Ackley, Lucas Luetge, Danny Farquhar, Stefen Romero, Trent Jewett, Tacoma News Tribune beat writer Bob Dutton and an interview with Hall of Fame writer Peter Gammons.
Old Tempe Home:
The Mariners made their first of two stops in Tempe Diablo Stadium today, taking on the Los Angeles Angels. Tempe Diablo was the spring training home for Seattle baseball for almost (a combined) 20 years. The Mariners trained in Tempe from the franchise’s inception in 1977 through the spring of 1992. (The club moved spring training to Peoria, where we remain, beginning in 1993). In addition to the Mariners history here, the Seattle Pilots training in Tempe in 1969 and 1970. It was from here the trucks rolled heading to Seattle, only to be turned to Milwaukee for the 1970 season, and the birth of the Brewers.
What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (11-4-1) return to Cactus League tomorrow with a night game vs. the Chicago Cubs at Peoria Stadium (7:05 pm). The game will be televised by ROOT SPORTS with Dave Sims and Mike Blowers calling the action. Left-hander Randy Wolf (0-0, 7.20) is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. Cubs right-hander James McDonald (0-0, 18.00).
Lots to see on TV the next couple of days. Tomorrow’s game vs. the Chicago Cubs will be the first ROOT SPORTS NW telecast of the 2014 season, with Dave Sims and Mike Blowers on the call. A reminder, first pitch will be at 7:05 pm. In addition to the game, the always anticipated debut of this season’s Mariners TV commercials is also tomorrow. They’ll be featured during the game, or fans can check them out beginning tomorrow morning on Mariners.com.
Lets See That Again:
Today’s game was the first of five Instant Replay Review testing games. Both today’s and tomorrow’s games are televised, giving Lloyd McClendon and his staff a chance to work out the mechanics of Instant Replay Reviews. Mariners Major League Video Coordinator Jimmy Hartley spent today’s game in the Angels TV truck, sitting next to the MLB umpire who was reviewing calls. It will be part of Hartley’s job this season to relay information from the replays to the dugout in review situations. McClendon had his first challenge in the 8th inning and the play was reversed in favor of the Mariners. Here is a video clip of the overturned play via instant replay:
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Always Something to See in Spring Training:
Felix Hernandez, Hector Noesi and Yoervis Medina burst out of the clubhouse this morning, commandeered a golf cart, and headed for the minor league fields. Today was the first full squad workout for the Mariners minor league camp, but just one of the nearly 150 players on the lower fields was responsible for the burst of energy from three big league pitchers. Moises Hernandez, Felix’s brother, was scheduled to throw live batting practice today and Felix and friends wanted to be there to watch.
There have been a lot of players join local and national radio programs this spring, including Logan Morrison this morning with Mitch in the Morning on KJR 950 and Stefen Romero on 710 ESPN Seattle with Bob & Groz today. If you want to catch up on the interviews, we have you covered via the Podcast page on this blog. Click, listen and enjoy!
Always a Tough Day:
The opening of minor league camp corresponded with the second cut of the spring. Seattle sent 11 players to minor league camp, optioning Bobby LaFromboise (LHP), Logan Bawcom (RHP), Jesus Sucre (C), Ji-Man Choi (1B) and Carlos Triunfel (INF) to AAA Tacoma and re-assigning Logan Kensing (RHP), Matt Palmer (RHP), Nick Hill (LHP), Mike Dowd (C), Ty Kelly (INF) and Nate Tenbrink (INF) to minor league camp. Today’s moves left the Mariners with 44 players in Major League camp, 32 roster players and 12 non-roster invitees.
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).
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