Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 14

Another beautiful day of spring training.

Another beautiful day of spring training.

Thursday, March 5, 2015 / 32 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
Robinson Canó, Nelson Cruz, Kyle Seager and Logan Morrison, the No. 3-4-5-6 hitters in the lineup, combined to go 8-for-12 with a double, home run and three RBI to lead the Mariners to a 9-4 victory over the San Diego Padres Thursday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium. The Mariners improved to 2-0 in Cactus League play with the win. In addition to the big games from the middle of the order, Patrick Kivlehan blasted a 3-run home run in the 8th inning. Here is a box score from MLB.com.

March 12 Game Time Change:
The starting time of Mariners game vs. the Oakland Athletics on March 12 at HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa has changed to 12:05 p.m. The adjustment from the original 1:05 p.m. time slot was to accommodate a request from Major League Baseball, which is collaborating with HBO to film a special that day in Arizona. This production, which also will include live taping at four other Spring Training ballparks on March 12, will be dedicated to the fight against cancer and will include a chartable component and an awareness campaign. Further details will be announced at a later date.

Austin Jackson on XM Radio:
Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson was a guest of Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette on MLB Network Radio prior to today’s game. Here is a clip of the interview:

A Rarity in the PR Office:
The Mariners Baseball Information staff had five staff members in the Peoria office for the last two days and final time this spring. We usually have at least three people representing the staff in Peoria, but how schedules worked out we had a full crew on hand. Assistant Director Jeff Evans was the latest member of the staff to arrive (and yes we are thanking him for bringing the Seattle sun with him). Between the five of us we have accumulated 80+ spring trainings with Senior Vice President of Communications Randy Adamack leading the way. We won’t put a number on what spring training this is for Randy, but let’s just say he was in the PR department with the Cleveland Indians when they trained in Arizona (Tucson, not Goodyear).

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The Mariners Baseball Information Staff in Peoria.

 

Yard Maintenance:
Nelson Cruz hit a two-run home run in his second spring at-bat (singled in his first AB), and his towering home run struck an umbrella well over the left field fence. And apparently it did some damage…

Going to B.A.T.:
Former Mariners outfielder Randy Winn is the Vice President of Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T) and was on hand this morning with other members of his team sharing stories on how B.A.T. can impact someone’s life and encouraging players to participate and donate. B.A.T. was formed in 1986 by a group of former Major League Baseball players with the primary goal to confidentially help members of the Baseball Family who were in need of assistance with nowhere else to turn. The organization has changed slightly since 1986 but one thing has not changed: If a member of the Baseball Family is in need of medical, financial or psychological assistance B.A.T. will do all it can to help.

Tweets of the Day:

Mr. Social:
The man behind the Mariners many social media sites, Nathan Rauschenberg, has been in camp this week chronicling the start of Cactus League play. Nathan is the tireless worker behind the Mariners presence on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and many more. You can follow all the Mariners social media activity by visiting Mariners.com/connect.

Nathan Rauschenberg tweeting out all the news from today's game.

Nathan Rauschenberg tweeting out all the news from today’s game.

The Man Behind the Lens:
We had another hard working member of our team in camp this week, as team photographer Ben Van Houten has been snapping pictures for several publications (and this blog). Ben does a great job capturing the action of Mariners baseball, as well as several off-the-field portraits. Here is a picture of Ben mastering his craft.

Mariners team photographer Ben Van Houten.

Mariners team photographer Ben Van Houten.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners return to Cactus League play tomorrow with a road game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch in Glendale. After opening with consecutive home games vs. the Padres in Peoria, the Mariners will take to the road four of the next five days. Tomorrow’s game will be broadcast by 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network (check your listings).

Next TV Game:
The Mariners next TV game will be Monday, March 9 vs. the Indians on ROOT Sports. A total of 16 Cactus League games will be televised this spring. Tomorrow’s game vs. the Dodgers will air tape-delayed at 6 am Saturday morning on the MLB Network (check local listings).

Single Game Tickets on Sale March 7:
Single-game tickets for the 2015 Seattle Mariners season go on sale to the public at 10am on Saturday, March 7. Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Day, Monday, April 6 vs. the Los Angeles Angels, four postgame fireworks shows, six bobblehead giveaways, including Jamie Moyer Hall of Fame Day, and a host of other special events and giveaways. Tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They will also be available at mariners.com, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).

Because the Mariners use dynamic pricing, and ticket prices can change as games approach, lower prices are available to those who buy early. And as always, the best prices are available to season ticketholders, who save as much as 60% off the cost of single game tickets. For information about Mariners season ticket plans and benefits call 206-346-4001 or log onto mariners.com/seasontickets.

The Mariners will continue popular ticket offers that provide discounts throughout the season such as BECU Family Nights, Safeco Grand Slam Family Packages, College Nights, and Girls & Guys Nights Out, discounts for seniors and military members, and exclusive group prices.

Beyond the Lights with Lloyd McClendon:
ROOT Sports aired an hour-long special on Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon following today’s game and will re-air the show at 5:30 pm PT, and also Saturday at 9:30 am and 4:30 pm.

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1 Comment

Here is a pic I got at today’s game when Baker let his bat fly out to first base. (The bat is in front the black screen).

Having so much fun here- our first time at spring training! Hope to catch a few more games before we have to go home to Orcas Island in Washington.

Marilyn Andrews

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