Live Blog – 2015 Mariners Media Day
The 35th Annual Pre Spring Training Media Day and Luncheon is today, and we’ll bring you some of the action via this blog from 10:30-noon Pacific Time. You can also watch the event live on Mariners.com.
The annual event serves as a primer as the team is a little less than a month away from opening Spring Training in Peoria, Arizona. Pitchers and Catchers will report to the Peoria Sports Complex on Feb. 20 and the first full-squad workout is slated for Feb. 25.
Here is a list of the scheduled guests for Media Day:
Medical Update (10:35 am)
Rick Griffin – Senior Director of Athletic Training
General Manager (10:40 am)
Jack Zduriencik – Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations
Manager (10:55 pm)
Lloyd McClendon – Manager
Mariners Pitcher (11:10 am)
J.A. Happ – LHP
Player Development (11:25 am)
Chris Gwynn – Director of Player Development
Baseball Operations (11:35 am)
Jeff Kingston – Assistant General Manager
Broadcasting Update (11:45 am)
Randy Adamack – Senior Vice President of Communications
Ballpark Operations (11:50 am)
Joe Myhra – Vice President of Ballpark Operations
Rebecca Hale – Director of Public Information
The Media are here (10:20 am):
The media have started to arrive and with that , the first wave of tweets about the list of non-roster invites that will participate in Major League Spring Training:
Of note, the Mariners signed utility infielder/outfielder Shawn O’Malley to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training. O’Malley is a Washington native, growing up in Richland, and appeared in 11 games with the Angels last season.
Here is the updated roster with the 15 non-roster invites:
Here is a look at the media in the room:
Medical Update from Rick Griffin – 10:35 am
Mariners Head Athletic Trainer gives a quick update on the Mariners from a medical standpoint. He says that Willie Bloomquist is doing great recovering from knee surgery and has been working out at the complex in Peoria. He also added that Jesus Montero has re-dedicated himself and is in great shape. Says he is down to his target weight of 235, in great condition and working hard.
If you want to tune in live, here is a link to the live stream:
Next up is Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik (we like to call this the State of the Mariners Address)…
And KJR’s Jason Puckett is here, doing his part to lighten the mood making fun of his good buddy Ryan Divish:
Next on the stage will be manager Lloyd McClendon…
Next up is one of the newest Mariners, left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ (first name is pronounced Jay)…
Next up on the big stage will be Mariners Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn…
Chris says that a big surprise could be LHP Tyler Olson, who is a local kid from Spokane and Gonzaga University. Olson will be a a non-roster invite to spring training, so you’ll get a chance to see him during spring training games.
A lot of questions on Patrick Kivlehan. He doesn’t know what his true position is, but he’ll be given a chance to play. A real gamer and a competitor. He’ll play a lot of outfield during spring training.
Next up on the stage will be Assistant GM Jeff Kingston…
Jeff started off talking about the non-roster invites, which are detailed in a news release below, and the overall roster construction:
And now some of the housecleaning items, Mariners Senior Director of Communications Randy Adamack…
Some big news, as nearly every game will be on radio on 710 ESPN Seattle, and 16 games will be televised on ROOT Sports. Here is the spring training schedule with radio and TV listings:
Thanks to everyone that joined in the fun of today’s media day. Looking forward to bringing you more updates leading up to spring training and throughout the season.