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Mariners FanFest: When The Fans Take The Field


The 18th Annual Seattle Mariners FanFest is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, January 30 & 31 at Safeco Field. Among those slated to appear are new Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto, new field manager Scott Servais, Kyle Seager, Taijuan Walker, Chris Iannetta, Leonys Martin, Steve Cishek, James Paxton and Charlie Furbush.

Also scheduled to appear are four of the top prospects in the Mariners minor league system: Drew Jackson, Tyler O’Neill, Braden Bishop and Boog Powell.

FanFest tickets are available at and at Mariners Team Stores. Kids 14 and younger are free. Adults are $10. FanFest hours are from 11am-4pm for the general public with an exclusive Season Ticket Holders session from 9-11am on Saturday. Parking at the Safeco Field garage is $5 in advance and $10 drive up.

Mariners players in attendance at FanFest will sign autographs and participate in various activities including the Boeing Dugout Dialogue Q&A with fans. There will also be attractions such as Clubhouse tours, kids run around the bases and a special Ken Griffey Jr. National Baseball Hall of Fame exhibit.

Future Stars
In addition to current and former Mariners players, fans will have a chance to meet some of the Mariners top prospects including Tyler O’Neill, Drew Jackson, Braden Bishop and Boog Powell,

Tyler O’Neill was named the Mariners 2015 Minor League Co-Player of the Year (with Jesus Montero). O’Neill hit .260 with 68 runs, 21 doubles, two triples, 32 home runs and 87 RBI in 106 games with Bakersfield. He was one of seven minor league players to hit at least 30 home runs and finished tied for second with fellow Mariners farmhand Jabari Blash. O’Neill was also a member of Team Canada, which won the gold medal in the Pan Am Games on July 19 with a 7-6 victory in 10 innings over Team USA.

Shortstop Drew Jackson was named Northwest League Player of the Year after posting an outstanding first season with the Everett Aquasox. Jackson was selected in the fifth round of the June 2015 draft out of Stanford. At Everett, Jackson batted .358 with 64 runs scored, 12 doubles, 26 RBI and 47 stolen bases in 59 games. He led the league in average, stolen bases, on-base percentage and runs scored. He was rated by Baseball America as the #5 Prospect in the Northwest League after last season.

Braden Bishop was selected by the Mariners in the third round of last June’s draft. Braden, who played outfield for the University of Washington Huskies, was regarded as one of the top baseball prospects in the Pac-12 Conference. At Everett last season, he hit .320 with eight doubles, two home runs and 22 RBIs.

The 22-year old Boog Powell (no relation to the Orioles star) is a left-handed hitting center fielder. He batted .295 with a .385 on-base percentage, 16 doubles, nine triples and 18 stolen bases over 117 games across Triple-A Durham and Double-A Montgomery in 2015. He was ranked No. 13 among the Tampa Bay Rays Top 30 Prospects. When Powell was acquired last November in a six-player trade with the Rays, Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto said, “Powell brings speed, defense and on-base percentage to the table and could be ready to help us as soon as 2016.”

FanFest highlights include:

  • Dugout Dialogue with Mariner players, coaches and Front Office personnel (streamed live on com)
  • Player autographs
  • Ken Griffey Jr. National Baseball Hall of Fame exhibit and information on tour packages to Cooperstown
  • Run the bases, tour the Mariners Clubhouse, throw a pitch in the bullpen, take a photo at home plate
  • Nelson Cruz’s Silver Slugger Display
  • Play carnival games in the Kids Fun Zone
  • Free Kids Club Membership – includes drawstring backpack, official badge and lanyard and Junior Mariners branded Wiffle® Ball.

10-Game Flex Pack
Seattle Mariners 10-Game Flex Packs go on sale to the public on Wednesday, January 20 at 12pm. Fans can choose 10 games, including Opening Night and Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Weekend games and other special events. Plans start as low as $120 with savings up to 43% off single-game ticket prices. For more information about 10-Game Flex Packs, or Mariners season tickets, including full season and 20-Game Plans, log onto, or call 206-346-4001.

Thank You Fans…a FanFest to Remember!

New Mariner Nelson Cruz with some of his fans at FanFest.

New Mariner Nelson Cruz with some of his fans at FanFest.

Thank you to all the fans that came out to Safeco Field this weekend for FanFest. Warm temperatures, new FanFest attractions and tremendous fan enthusiasm highlighted a weekend where 25,290 people enjoyed a two-day celebration of Mariners baseball. Sunday’s attendance was also a single-day record with 13,384. We can’t thank our fans enough for the support and can’t wait to get spring training started in less than a month in Peoria, Arizona.

Go Mariners!

2015 FanFest Details


Here are some updated details on Mariners FanFest which runs this weekend at Safeco Field.

Scheduled to appear this year…

Major League:
Manager Lloyd McClendon, Nelson Cruz, Mike Zunino, Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Charlie Furbush, Austin Jackson, J.A. Happ, Tom Wilhelmsen & Fernando Rodney

Future Stars:
D.J. Peterson, Patrick Kivlehan, John Hicks & Alex Jackson

Mariners Legends:
Dan Wilson, Jay Buhner, Dave Valle, Julio Cruz & Dave Henderson

FanFest Highlights

  • Run the bases
  • Tour the Mariners clubhouse
  • Throw a pitch in the bullpen
  • Hit a home run over the fence
  • Q&A on the Mariners dugout, hosted by Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith, Dave Sims & Mike Blowers
  • Safeco Field Zip Line – for those thrill seekers, you’re invited to take a 200ft. ride through the outfield
  • Give us your best Fernando Rodney pose in a ‘Let the Arrow Fly’ photo op
  • Stop by King’s Court at Sec. 150 where you can place a vote for this year’s t-shirt design
  • Scale a 24’ rock climbing wall in The ‘Pen
  • Mariners Photo Zone – meet some of your favorite Mariners and pose for a Kodak moment
  • Try on game-used gear including Dustin Ackley’s batting gloves and Kyle Seager’s batting helmet

A list of other great attractions and highlights at this year’s event is available at

  • Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm
  • Tickets: Adults $10, all kids 14 & under are free

Mariners 2015 FanFest


The 17th Annual Mariners FanFest is January 24 & 25 at Safeco Field.

Tickets for the event go on sale Thursday at 10am. They will be available online and a Mariners Team Stores. Kids 14 and under are free, adults are $10 each. Parking at the Safeco Field garage is $5 in advance or $10 if you buy your parking pass when you arrive.

Nelson Cruz, who was signed as a free agent on December 4, will headline both days. Joining him will be another new roster member, pitcher J.A. Happ, who was acquired from the Blue Jays. Fan favorites Mike Zunino, James Paxton, Tom Wilhelmsen, manager Lloyd McClendon and GM Jack Zduriencik will also be there, along with a host of current and former Mariners.

Fans will also have the chance to meet four Future Mariners, some of the top prospects in the Mariners minor leagues: Alex Jackson, D.J. Peterson, Patrick Kivlehan and John Hicks. (Click here for information about the players.)

FanFest Opening Day Tickets Pre-Sale

Tickets for Mariners Opening Day on April 6, against the Los Angeles Angels, will be available during a special pre-sale leading up to and during FanFest:

  • Mariners season ticket holders — 12 pm, Thursday, January, 22 (online only)
  • Mariners Mail subscribers, Mariners social media followers, Ticketmaster subscribers — 12pm, Friday, January 23 (online only)
  • All fans – 10am, Saturday, January 24 until 11:59 p.m., Monday, January 26. (Safeco Field box office, Mariners Team Stores and com/tickets)

Opening Day tickets will be available again starting Saturday, March 7, when Mariners 2015 single-game tickets go on sale to the public.

Click here for a list of all the FanFest attractions.


Here are some photos of last year’s FanFest activities:

Thank You For a Great FanFest Weekend!

Batting practice with one of the best hitters in baseball!

Batting practice with one of the best hitters in baseball!

Two days of bright blue skies, excited and engaging players and awesome attractions…and the BEST fans in baseball…made for a record-breaking FanFest weekend at Safeco Field.

Over 21,000 fans came out to Safeco Field for the two-day event to take part in the exciting event, getting autographs and photos taken with several Mariners players, riding zip lines and running around the bases.

Thank you for a great weekend, and we can’t wait for Opening Day on March 31 at the Los Angeles Angels, and the home opener April 8 vs. the Angels!

Here are some photos from FanFest weekend! Go Mariners!

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2014 Fan Fest Tickets On Sale

The New Year is right around the corner, and with that, is the annual Mariners FanFest at Safeco Field. The 2014 version of FanFest will be held January 25-26 at Safeco Field. Tickets are now on sale, with adult tickets $10 and kids 14 and under are free of charge.


Mariners FanFest Rewind


The temperature was in the mid-40s and rain fell throughout the weekend, but thanks to the retractable roof, weather was a non-factor as Mariners 2013 FanFest was a terrific two-day celebration of baseball at Safeco Field.

Nearly 18,000 fans took part in the activities and enjoyed the exhibits last weekend at this midwinter family event in what many believe was the best-ever Mariners FanFest. There was a huge increase in families this year, accounting for an increase of 8,000 more fans in attendance than in 2012. Just as importantly, there was a very positive energy throughout the ballpark all weekend long.

We had one of our best player lineups ever with 11 current Mariners (Franklin Gutierrez, Michael Saunders, Michael Morse, Blake Beavan, Carter Capps, Casper Wells, Jesus Montero, Tom Wilhelmsen, Brendan Ryan, Kyle Seager, Hisashi Iwakuma) and four futures (Nick Franklin, Mike Zunino, James Paxton and Stefen Romero) participating in autograph sessions, photo opportunities, question and answer sessions, social media chats and on-field clinics with the fans.

General Manager Jack Zdruiencik and Field Manager Eric Wedge did a great job of answering questions and clearly detailing for fans our plan to build a championship team and what to look for on the field in 2013.

We were also fortunate to have three Mariners legends join us: Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner and Dan Wilson.  These three are great ambassadors of Mariners Baseball as they engaged fans around the ballpark on Sunday.

In addition to lining up for the autograph and question/answer sessions, fans took the field to run around the bases, catch pop flies and play catch in the outfield. A new and popular addition was a 200-foot “zip line” ride in right field, and thousands took the ride over the weekend.

The entire organization works together to plan and present FanFest at Safeco Field.  It starts with the Marketing Department, but it took the coordination with almost every other department to make it happen: Baseball Operations, Ballpark Operations, the Grounds Crew, Ticket Services, Procurement, Ticket Sales, Maintenance, Community Relations, Corporate Business, Communications, Information Technology, Retail and Administration.

FanFest continues is a great springboard to the start of Spring Training in February and on to the regular season in April. We would love to hear your feedback on the event, so if you have anything to offer, leave a comment on this blog entry.

You can also catch up on several FanFest videos and a photo gallery of all the events at


Mariners FanFest This Weekend


We’ve already updated you guys on the great events that will take place this weekend at Mariners FanFest, but wanted to give it one more write-up because we are really that excited.

Here is an update on who is scheduled to appear and some of the key highlights of the event. For a complete rundown of the weekend, visit

Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm
Tickets: Adults $10, all kids 14 & under are free

Major League:
Manager Eric Wedge, Franklin Gutierrez, Jesús Montero, Michael Saunders, Kyle Seager, Tom Wilhelmsen, Michael Morse, Brendan Ryan, Carter Capps, Hisashi Iwakuma, Casper Wells & Blake Beavan

Future Stars:
Mike Zunino, James Paxton, Nick Franklin & Stefen Romero

Mariners Legends:
Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, Dan Wilson, Dave Valle, Julio Cruz & Dave Henderson

FanFest Highlights

  • Run the bases
  • Tour the Mariners clubhouse
  • Throw a pitch in the bullpen
  • Catch a pop fly in left field
  • Play catch in the outfield
  • Try on game-used gear including Dustin Ackley’s batting gloves and Kyle Seager’s batting helmet
  • Hit against a simulated Felix Hernandez fastball in the visitor clubhouse’s batting cage
  • Sample menu items from Edgar’s new open-air restaurant at the Taste of Safeco Field
  • (New) Mariners Photo Zone – meet some of your favorite Mariners and pose for a Kodak moment
  • (New) Picture Perfect – Strike your best Felixing pose as you step inside the iconic photo from Felix’s perfect game
  • (New) View authentic memorabilia from last year’s perfect game and 6-man no-hitter
  • (New) Safeco Field Zip Line – for those thrill seekers, you’re invited to take a 200ft. ride through the outfield
  • (New) Stop by King’s Court at Sec. 150 where you can place a vote for this year’s t-shirt design

Mariners FanFest Happening This Weekend


The calendar has been circled for a while, but the week of Mariners FanFest is finally upon us. This weekend (Saturday and Sunday) at Safeco Field, fans can meet their favorite Mariners, take a zip line ride, pose for a “Felixing” photo and run around the bases. The 16th annual FanFest will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

The list of players scheduled to attend the event is one of the best in recent history, and includes outfielders Franklin Gutierrez, Michael Saunders, Michael Morse, Casper Wells, third baseman Kyle Seager, catcher Jesus Montero, shortstop Brendan Ryan, starting pitchers Blake Beavan and Hisashi Iwakuma, closer Tom Wilhelmsen and relief pitcher Carter Capps. In addition, four of the Mariners top prospects — catcher Mike Zunino, left-handed pitcher James Paxton and infielders Nick Franklin and Stefen Romero – will also take part.

Manager Eric Wedge, General Manager Jack Zduriencik and Mariners Hall of Famers Jay Buhner and Dan Wilson will also be part of the eventful weekend.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and children 14 & under are free. Be sure to check for a list of daily events and information.

We are looking forward to seeing all our fans this weekend at Safeco!

FanFest Book Club – Larry LaRue and Jim Street


Two veteran sports scribes, both with books about their experiences in and around the press box, will be featured at the upcoming Mariners FanFest held Jan. 26-27 at Safeco Field.

Larry LaRue, who was the Mariners beat writer at the News Tribune in Tacoma for over 30 years, will read from and talk about his book Major League Encounters.

Jim Street, who covered pro sports for over 40 years, more than half as a Mariners beat writer, will do the same with his newly published book Life from the Press Box.

The FanFest Book Club will be in the Ellis Pavilion at Safeco Field starting at 12:30pm both days. The audience is open to all FanFest attendees.

LaRue’s book takes readers inside the clubhouse and behind the scenes to reveal what drives the men who play the game of baseball at the highest level. Baseball Roundtable noted in its review that readers benefit not only from LaRue’s sportswriter’s access, “but from his knowledge of the game, powers of observation, interview skills and way with words.”

In Life from the Press Box, Street reflects on 40+ years as a sportswriter covering MLB and NFL teams, professional golf and Division One college sports. He spent more than 20 years covering the Mariners for the Seattle P-I and His book goes behind the scores to put a face on the writers, managers, coaches and players who dedicate their lives to sports. called the book “fascinating,” and “completely different from most of the sports memoirs to be found on shelves” today.

Tickets to Mariners FanFest are on sale now. Adults are $10. Kids 14 and younger are free. Doors open each day at 11am. Volunteers from Northwest Harvest will be at the doors collecting non-perishable food and cash donations.