Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 29

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 / 19 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 27 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. the Angels:
We’ll post a game recap at the conclusion of tonight’s game against the Cubs.

Felix Hernandez and James Paxton get their bullpens in during today's workout.

Felix Hernandez and James Paxton get their bullpens in during today’s workout.

Robinson Cano Sports Illustrated Photo Shoot
As some of you may have seen, Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop went down to the Dominican Republic to have a chat with Robinson Cano in February. Bishop filed, “A day in the Dominican with Robinson Cano before his new life begins,” and will have an upcoming larger piece appear in the magazine. As part of that feature, SI photographer Robert Beck came out to Peoria to shoot art…one thing led to another, and eventually Robinson was dragging the field with the groundskeeper’s lawn mower. His bat speed is pretty good, but apparently he is a little slow behind the wheel as he got some good-natured ribbing from the crew for driving so slow.

Robinson Cano took part in a Sports Illustrated Photo Shoot.

Robinson Cano took part in a Sports Illustrated Photo Shoot.

Now Leading Your Tacoma Rainiers
The Mariners announced today that Roy Howell will manage the Mariners Triple-A affiliate the Tacoma Rainiers in 2014. Howell replaces Rich Donnelly, who was promoted last week to the Mariners Major League staff as third base coach.

Howell, who was entering the season as the hitting coach for Double-A Jackson, will take over at the helm of the Seattle’s affiliate in the Pacific Coast League, the Tacoma Rainiers. Howell spent the previous two seasons as the hitting coach for Single-A High Desert. In two seasons with High Desert, Howell led the Mavericks to a California League-best .289 (2876×9950) average, while the team ranked 3rd in the minor leagues with 827 runs scored in 2013. In 2012, the Mavericks set franchise-highs in nearly every offensive category, including average, hits, RBI and runs scored.

Roy Howell will lead the Tacoma Rainiers during the 2014 season.

Roy Howell will lead the Tacoma Rainiers during the 2014 season.

Pronunciations Are Tough…
When you have players in your organization from countries all over the world, sometimes we have to make educated guesses on what we think the pronunciation of their names are…sometimes we’re off, but most times we’re spot on. This year, the tough one belonged to Cuban left-hander Roenis Elias (roh-EN-ees ehl-LEE-us). Just to double-check, we asked Roenis to pronounce his name for us. Click the link below and let us know if you can roll your “R’s” just like Roenis does…

Mariners Podcasts:
There have been a lot of players join local and national radio programs this spring, including Kyle Seager this afternoon with Wyman, Mike and Moore on 710 ESPN Seattle. If you want to catch up on the interviews, we have you covered via the Podcast page on this blog. Click, listen and enjoy!

MLBPA Meeting
Members of the Major League Baseball Players Association staff were in camp today for their annual meeting. The group featured some pretty prominent former Majors Leaguers, including Dave Winfield, Mike Myers, Bobby Bonilla, Jose Cruz Jr., Steve Rogers, Jeffrey Hammonds, former Mariner Phil Bradley and executive director Tony Clark.

Former Mariner Phil Bradley was part of the annual MLBPA meeting this afternoon.

Former Mariner Phil Bradley was part of the annual MLBPA meeting this afternoon.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (11-4-1) are playing a night game tonight 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).

TV Time:
Lots to see on TV the next couple of days. Tonight’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

Instagram of the Day:

The sights of #MarinersST

A photo posted by Seattle Mariners (@mariners) on

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 Tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They’re also available at, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).

Tweet of the (Yester)Day:

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