The eighth annual Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game will take place tomorrow at 5 p.m. PT and can be viewed on MLB Network and MLB.com. The game formerly known as the Rising Stars Game, will be played at Surprise Stadium.
A pair of Mariners off the Peoria Javelinas roster were selected to play in the game, outfielder Stefen Romero and right-handed relief pitcher Carson Smith. Due to hitting his innings limit for the season, Smith will not participate in the game and will be shut down for the remainder of the winter.
Romero, 25, hit .277 (104×375) with 23 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs and 74 RBI in 93 games with the AAA Tacoma Rainiers last season. The former Oregon State Beaver was the Mariners 2012 Minor League Player of the Year.
Smith, 24, went 1-3 with 15 saves and a 1.80 ERA (10 ER, 50.0 IP) in 44 relief appearances with AA Jackson.
The annual exhibition game brings the best of an already talented league together on the field for one game — the AFL’s version of the Futures Game. And if history is any indication, a large number of the prospects on the field will see time in the big leagues in 2014. In 2011 Mariners infielder Nick Franklin was named the game MVP going 4-for-5 with a home run, 2 doubles and 4 RBI. Last fall catcher Mike Zunino, left-handed pitcher James Paxton and Franklin played in the Rising Stars Game.
Be sure to tune in to the MLB Network or MLB.com to watch the game!
First of all, congratulations to the Boston Red Sox on their World Series victory. The Sox and the Cardinals provided a great World Series for all to enjoy.
The Mariners made a few roster moves this morning, with five players automatically becoming free agents. Those players – Endy Chavez, Raul Ibañez, Kendrys Morales, Oliver Perez, Humberto Quintero – automatically became free agents due to Major League Baseball Rules. On the first day following the conclusion of the World Series , all players not under contract for the following season become free agents.
These transactions leave the current 40-man roster at 35 players (see below) with RHP Stephen Pryor still on the 60-day disabled list.
Baseball rules and transactions can be kind of confusing, so we will try to update you and clarify as best we can on this blog throughout the off-season.
So what happens next in the process? The five players listed above are officially considered free agents, and the Mariners have the next five days to exclusively negotiate with them if they so wish. On the 6th day following the World Series (Tuesday), the players may sign with any of the 30 MLB teams (including re-signing with the Mariners).
You’ll see from the rules via Major League Baseball, there is also the matter of a qualifying offer. The deadline for a club to make a qualifying offer to any of its free agents is 2 p.m. PT on the fifth day following the conclusion of the World Series (which in this case is Monday, Nov. 4). A player has until 2 p.m. PT on the seventh day after receiving the offer to accept (latest date would be Monday, Nov. 11). If he does so, it takes him off the free-agent market and keeps him with his 2013 team.
If you have any questions about these transactions, please leave us a comment and we’ll track down an answer for you.
This week on Mariners Mondays on ROOT Sports a look back at two of Felix Hernandez’s gems, including the remarkable Supreme Court Night, Felix’s first home start after the perfect game.
Felix was in King’s Court form at Yankee Stadium on August 4 for his third shutout of the season, a 1-0, two-hit win over the Yankees. It was Felix’s second shutout in five starts at the new Yankee Stadium and it pushed his career ERA there to 1.13, the lowest of any pitcher with at least two starts there.
And of course, we all know that two starts later, Felix threw a perfect game at Safeco Field against the Tampa Bay Rays. Felix’s next scheduled start at Safeco was to be just as memorable.
A sea of 39,000 yellow Supreme Court T-shirts greeted the King when he took the mound on August 21 against the Cleveland Indians. And although he wasn’t perfect, Felix was still dominant with only one run and five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. A four-run 7th inning helped the Mariners to a 5-1 win over the Indians, the Mariners 7th straight victory.
Mariners Mondays looks back at both these great pitching performances tonight on ROOT SPORTS.
Be sure to tune into the Mariners Cactus League Report tonight from 7-9 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle or Mariners.com. Or, if you are in Arizona for Spring Training, come out and watch the show live and meet some of the players from 6-8 p.m. at the Salty Senorita near the Mariners Spring Training Complex in Peoria.
A star-studded lineup is schedule for the 2-hour show hosted by Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith and Shannon Drayer, including: Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders, Kyle Seager, Charlie Furbush, Nick Franklin, Brad Miller, first base coach Mike Brumley and broadcaster Mike Blowers.
Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT Sports a look back at last year’s blockbuster trade that sent Ichiro to the New York Yankees.
With the Yankees in town for a three-game series, an emotional Ichiro met with media to talk about his storied career with the Mariners. A few hours later, he emerged from the visitor’s dugout to the roar of the crowd. And, in typical Ichiro fashion, singled to center. The Yankees, who had just been swept by the Oakland A’s, went on to win the game 4-1.
The next night had a different result (a Mariners 4-2 win) and a different dramatic story-line. Felix Hernandez was matched against former Mariners pitcher Freddy Garcia. Not as sharp as usual, Felix allowed a solo home run in the 1st inning and worked out of jams in 4th and 5th innings. Then he hit Ichiro, Derek Jeter and finally Alex Rodriguez, breaking A-Rod’s hand with an 88 mph changeup that got away from him.
Mariners Mondays reviews the events of the emotional trade and the outcome of the next day’s game tonight on ROOT SPORTS.
Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS a pair of starts by starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma in which he dominates the Angels in two late-seasons starts one month apart.
On Sunday, September 2, Iwakuma pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings and Carols Peguero and Jesus Montero hit solo homers off the Angels ace Jered Weaver to give the Mariners a 2-1 win.
In the second game, October 2, Kuma was the happy recipient of some offensive support as the Mariners beat the Angels 6-1. Iwakuma allowed six hits and struck out seven, including Albert Pujols three times and won his third consecutive start. The offensive outburst was keyed by Kyle Seager’s first inning solo home run, his 20th of the season.
Catch highlights of both games tonight on ROOT SPORTS Mariners Mondays (check your local listings).
The Cactus League Report officially debuts tonight from the Valley of the Sun. The live, 2-hour show will be hosted by Mariners announcers Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith from The Salty Senorita in Peoria. Fans attending Spring Training are invited to see the show in person. For those in Seattle, the show will run from 7-9 p.m. PT (one hour delay from the live show) on ESPN 710 Seattle and online on Mariners.com.
Here is a rundown of scheduled guests:
Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS – the Mariners have Yu Darvish’s number.
The Rangers’ star pitcher Yu Darvish was a 16-game winner in 2012, but the Mariners seem to have his number.
Darvish made his Major League debut against the Mariners on April 9, 2012. The Mariners welcomed him by scoring five runs in the first two innings. The Mariners wouldn’t win that game, but they would come out on top in two other Darvish outings.
The first was May 21 with a dream match-up of Darvish vs. Felix Hernandez.
Darvish lasted just four innings, surrendering four runs and six walks, the shortest outing of his season. Felix, meantime, shut down the potent Texas offense for eight innings when Mitch Moreland hit a leadoff solo homer for the Rangers only run.
Ichiro greeted his countryman with a single and triple and two RBI, leading the Mariners to a 4-1 win.
Felix allowed only three hits and struck out 12 in the Mariners 7-0 win. Darvish had control problems from the start. Darvish’s 33-pitch first inning went something like this: walk, hit batter, single, walk, E3, two-run single. The Mariners were up 4-0 after their first at-bat. Darvish lasted only 6 1/3 innings giving up eight hits, seven earned runs, four walks and four strikeouts.
In his first three starts against the Mariners last season, Darvish had a 9.00 ERA.
Mariners Mondays airs at 7:30 pm on ROOT SPORTS every Monday through March 25, one week before the season opener against the Oakland A’s on April 1.
The Mariners Cactus League Report (or the Hot Stove League Show) airs tonight from 7-9 p.m. on ESPN 710 Seattle and on the internet via Mariners.com.
This will be the final show hosted in Seattle, as the Cactus League Report will make its Arizona debut next Tuesday at the Salty Senorita in Peoria, Ariz. ESPN 710 Seattle’s Shannon Drayer and Matt Pitman will host tonight’s 2-hour show, with scheduled guests Carter Capps, Danny Hultzen and Eric Thames. Baseball writer Rob Neyer is also scheduled to join the show, and you can listen to the interview with Shannon and Felix Hernandez from the news conference announcing his seven-year contract.
You can listen to the show online at Mariners.com/hotstove.
Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS – a look at four times the Mariners came back to win with late inning heroics.
On April 11, the Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Pitchers Kevin Millwood and Colby Lewis were well matched until the Rangers hit back-to-back home runs off Steve Delebar in the 7th.
The Rangers tacked on another and it looked like they would cruise to the win. That was until the 8th inning when John Jaso tripled and then scored on a Dustin Ackley single, snapping a 23 inning scoreless streak.
In the 9th, Justin Smoak led off with a single, followed by Kyle Seager’s double. Jesus Montero advanced the runners with a sacrifice fly and Michael Saunders scored two with an RBI double. Jaso again came through with a solid single that scored Saunders for the third run of the inning, capping a rally off Rangers closer Joe Nathan for the 4-3 win.
Rookie left-hander Lucas Luetge had two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings for his first Major League victory.
Jaso’s late inning heroics were on display again on May 7, when the Tigers came to town.
Starter Blake Beavan struggled early in the game and left the mound after getting hit on the elbow by a line drive in the 3rd inning. Tigers starter Doug Fister, the former Mariner pitcher, who was making his second start of the season, allowed just four hits, walked none, had three strike outs and looked to be on the way to his first win of the season.
That is until manager Jim Leyland lifted Fister for reliever Octavio Dotel, who lacked control from the beginning. He walked Brendan Ryan and Ichiro, advanced the runners on a wild pitch, then surrendered a two run double to Jesus Montero to tie the game. Jaso sacrificed Munenori Kawasaki in the bottom of the 9th, who scored the game winning run in the three-run comeback.
Another exciting walk-off came on August 14 against the Tampa Bay Rays (just one day before Felix would throw his perfect game), ending the Rays seven-game win streak.
Starter Kevin Millwood looked like he was off to a rocky start but regained his footing and gave up just two runs in seven innings and struck out a season-high eight. He was matched by Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore, who allowed one run on six hits and struck out nine.
Kyle Seager started the rally with a single off reliever Fernando Rodney, followed by a bunt base hit by Chone Figgins. Justin Smoak tied the game with a deep fly to center. Eric Thames, who had struck out in his first three at-bats, stepped up to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, facing one of the best closers in baseball. Thames was down to his final strike when he lined a changeup into short right, scoring Figgins, earning the Mariners a 3-2 win and receiving a beat-down from his teammates as he headed for 1st.
The final “last at-bat win” goes back to April 27th when the Mariners visited the Blue Jays in Toronto. Canada native Michael Saunders had spent the winter working on his hitting with a private instructor and it showed. Saunders had two home runs, including a grand slam in the 10th as the Mariners rallied to beat the Jays 9-5.
Relive the fun of those late-innings heroics on ROOT SPORTS tonight at 7:30 pm.