Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 2

Saturday, February 21, 2015 / 44 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)

The Mariners Take The Field:
Felix Hernandez led the pitchers and catchers out on the field for the first day of workouts. Pitchers stretched, played catch, did some PFP (Pitchers Fielding Practice) and for some of them, threw their first bullpens of the spring. Baseball is back!

Felix Hernandez leads the pitchers and catchers on the field.

Felix Hernandez leads the pitchers and catchers on the field.

ROOT SPORTS Has You Covered:
Just like in previous years, ROOT SPORTS is down in Peoria shooting video during Spring Training not just for their shows, but for regional TV stations and newspapers to share with their audiences. Be on the lookout for Mariners clips on Mariners.com, MLB Network, ESPN, Fox Sports 1, your local news stations as well as local newspapers including the Seattle Times and The News Tribune. Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) has also got your covered with great insights and photography over on Mariners.com and his blog.

Cameraman Kevin Vocht records the sights and sounds of Mariners spring training.

Cameraman Kevin Vocht records the sights and sounds of Mariners spring training.

Getting Instructions:
After stretching and warming up, pitchers got together with their groups to go over the day’s agenda. This particular group includes Carson Smith, Dominic Leone, Roenis Elias, Taijuan Walker, Jordan Pries and Forrest Snow getting instructions from pitching coach Rick Waits and Terry Clark.

Pitchers get their instructions before taking the field for PFP.

Pitchers get their instructions before taking the field for PFP.

D.J. Jimmy:
If you make it down to Peoria to watch the Mariners workouts, you’ll notice there is music blaring from the tower that is in the middle of the “cloverleaf” (the four lower fields that are used for workouts). Mariners video coordinator Jimmy Hartley has been in charge of the music since Manager Lloyd McClendon arrived, and this year he upgraded his sound system for all to enjoy. DJ Jimmy has emerged as one of the most entertaining DJs in Peoria. His distinct style of mixing and blending classic party music, spans every genre from AC/DC to Jay-Z, 80′s to pop. He has performed with everyone from The Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Rob Thomas, Busta Rhymes…okay, he hasn’t performed with any of those stars, but he still puts together a rather eclectic and entertaining mix of music.

Mariners video coordinator Jimmy Hartley lays down the tracks in Peoria.

Mariners video coordinator Jimmy Hartley lays down the tracks in Peoria.

First Bullpens of the Spring: 
Some of the Mariners pitchers tossed their first bullpens of the spring this morning. The groups included Taijuan Walker, Roenis Elias, Mike Kickham, David Rollins, Erasmo Ramirez, Mayckol Guaipe, Carson Smith, Dominic Leone, Jordan Pries, Forrest Snow and Mark Lowe. On Sunday, pitchers taking the mound will include Hisashi Iwakuma, J.A. Happ, Danny Hultzen, Stephen Landaruzi, Danny Farquhar, Lucas Luetge, Charlie Furbush, Rafael Perez, Tyler Olson, Justin Germano and Sam Gaviglio.

Roenis Elias (left) and Taijuan Walker (right) completed their first bullpens of the spring.

Roenis Elias (left) and Taijuan Walker (right) completed their first bullpens of the spring.

Iwakuma Meets Japanese Media:
Hisashi Iwakuma met with the Japanese media after today’s workout and talked about the off-season and arriving in Arizona for Spring Training.

Hisashi Iwakuma meets with the Japanese media.

Hisashi Iwakuma meets with the Japanese media.

Meet The Mariners:
If you’ve been to Peoria before, you know that there’s a good chance you’re going to meet some Mariners. If you’re thinking about coming down here, do it. As you’ll see below, plenty of players are more than willing to sign autographs and pose for pictures.

Tom Wilhemsen isn't shy about showing off those pearly whites.

Tom Wilhemsen isn’t shy about showing off those pearly whites.

Taijuan Walker always takes time to meet with fans.

Taijuan Walker always takes time to meet with fans.

After a successful rookie campaign, Roenis Elias has become popular with the fans.

After a successful rookie campaign, Roenis Elias has become popular with the fans.

Spring Videos:
As you read earlier in this blog, here are a few videos that Kevin Vocht of ROOT SPORTS shot earlier today.

 

“Scout” Does Some Scouting:
Players aren’t the only ones you can meet during workouts. Five-year-old “Scout” the Golden Retriever arrived for his fourth spring training and the friendly pup would love for you to come over and say hi.

"Scout" is in his fourth Spring Training enjoying the sun.

“Scout” is in his fourth Spring Training enjoying the sun.

 

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1 Comment

What time do the practice games start and how long do they last? I think there is one on the 25th. Any other day? (I have seen Scout at the practice before! I caught a ball to give to him)

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