Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 1
Friday, February 20, 2015 / 45 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Setting the Scene:
The wait is over. Players are trickling in, all pitchers and catchers have reported and have taken (or will soon complete) their physicals, and several position players have arrived early to work out on their own. Physicals began early this morning and will be finished early evening.
Tomorrow, the fun starts, as pitchers and catchers will take the field for the first Mariners workout of the spring.
Getting the Office Ready:
From the moment staff arrived at the Mariners complex, it’s been about getting ready for the players and the media to arrive. A new Mariners backdrop was installed in the small interview room, the work room was prepared for the media, Kelly Munro organized the big board (with all the players in camp), and someone may or may not have made a run to Chik-Fil-A. Things are taking shape and the crew is ready for the first pitchers and catchers workout tomorrow morning.
Players Trickling In:
Of the 60 (ish) players that will be in camp with the Mariners, more than 50 have arrived. It’s pretty obvious that the guys are anxious to get started. While there are no official workouts for position players until next week, players worked on defensive drills and took batting practice on the field. New Mariners outfielder Justin Ruggiano was one of those who took advantage of a nice day by taking some hacks.
There’s always an ASU reunion as long as Willie Bloomquist and Alvin Davis are around. The two stopped by to chat (and pose for a photo) for a bit before getting to work. Bloomquist will be throwing out the first pitch at the ASU vs. TCU baseball game tonight.
Baseball America Top 100:
A pair of Mariners prospects were listed in Baseball America’s annual top 100 when it was released last night. Outfielder Alex Jackson (#20) and infielder D.J. Peterson (#85) were listed as two of the top prospects in baseball.
Mariners Marketing Crew Arrives:
A good chunk of the Mariners Marketing crew has arrived in Arizona and have begun setting up green screen areas to interview players and films all of the MarinersVision promo shots. Michael Ferguson, Ben Mertens, Olav Nossum and Chase Decker will be here for the next week getting all 60-plus players taken care of.
ROOT SPORTS Arrives:
ROOT cameraman Kevin Vocht drove all the way from Seattle with all of the sets and camera equipment needed to film some of the TV features that will air during the season. Vocht arrived yesterday and began getting the set ready for when Jen Mueller arrives on Monday.
Games Have Begun at Peoria Stadium:
Games are already taking place over the Peoria Stadium. There is a college series taking place this weekend as Nebraska takes on BYU in a four-game set that began yesterday, included a double-header today and will conclude on Saturday. On Sunday, the Oklahoma State Cowboys will take on the University of Washington Huskies.
Joe Garagiola Jr., Major League Baseball’s senior vice president of standards and on-field operations, along with former umpires Steve Palermo and Randy Marsh met with Manager Lloyd McClendon and the coaching staff to go over the new Pace of Play rules as well as answer any questions that they may have had.
Tweet of the Day:
New Team Store In Peoria:
If you’re down here in Peoria, be sure to check out the new Team Store at Peoria Stadium.