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Mariners Mondays – Three Good Games

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This week Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS looks back on three games from the 2013 season that were a lot of fun to watch.

The featured games look back at a demolition of the Yankees, a pair of wins over the White Sox and some dramatic extra innings heroics versus the Oakland A’s.

Mariners Mondays Episode 4 airs Monday, January 27, beginning at 7:30pm, right after Mariners All-Access. It will air again on Monday, February 3.

Mariners Mondays episodes will air on ROOT SPORTS during the offseason and Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

Lloyd McClendon Radio Rewind

Lloyd McClendon in studio this morning with KJR 950 AM.

Lloyd McClendon in studio this morning with KJR 950 AM.

Manager Lloyd McClendon has been making the media rounds this week leading up to FanFest.

Last night he was the lead guess on the weekly Hot Stove League Show on 710 ESPN Seattle with hosts Shannon Drayer, Aaron Goldsmith and Bill Krueger. You can listen to a podcast of that interview via Mariners.com.

This morning he was an in-studio guest of Elise Woodward and Jerry Brewer at Sports Radio 950 KJR. You can listen to that 25-minute interview view the following link.

Lloyd McClendon joined Aaron Goldsmith and Shannon Drayer on the Hot Stove League Show.

Lloyd McClendon joined Aaron Goldsmith and Shannon Drayer on the Hot Stove League Show.

Mariners Mondays – Welcome to the Show, Taijuan Walker

2014 Mariners Mondays - Ep 3Tonight’s episode of Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS looks back on pitcher Taijuan Walker’s first three MLB games.

Walker, widely considered the Mariners most promising pitching prospect, made his Major League debut August 30 against the Houston Astros. Pitching in front of about 40 family members, Walker did them proud. He did not allow an earned run over five innings, and with the help of Dustin Ackley’s career best four hits and four RBI, the Mariners topped the Astros 7-1. With that win, Walker became the youngest Mariners starting pitcher (21 years, 17 days) to pick up a victory in his Major League Debut.

Walker’s next start September 4, against the Kansas City Royals was a test of his abilities. He did not allow a hit over the first three innings, but gave up four runs in the fourth inning. Walker returned to the mound in the fifth for a 1-2-3 inning. The bullpen held the Royals long enough for Kendrys Morales to hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth for the Mariners 6-4 win.

Start number three came September 9, again against the Houston Astros, this time at Safeco Field. Walker was in control this time giving up two runs and striking out eight over five innings. On a closely monitored pitch-count, Walker yielded to the bullpen, who held onto the lead until the ninth inning when Danny Farquhar gave up four runs, giving the Astros a 6-4 win.

Taijuan Walker went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in three starts with the Mariners last season.

Taijuan Walker went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 3 starts with the Mariners last season.

Walker was shut down for the season after his third start, leaving fans anxious to see what he can do in the 2014 season. Heading into Spring Training, Walker is tentatively slated to be a member of the Mariners starting rotation.

Mariners Mondays Episode 3 airs Monday, January 20, beginning at 7:30 pm, right after Mariners All-Access.

Mariners Mondays episodes will air on ROOT SPORTS during the offseason and Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

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Mariners Mondays – Welcome to the Show, James Paxton

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James Paxton went 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 4 starts with Seattle last season.

Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS looks back on pitcher James Paxton’s stellar introduction to the Major Leagues.

Paxton made his first Major League start on September 7, 2013 against the Tampa Bay Rays. He threw six strong innings, allowing just one earned run in the Mariners 6-2 win.

In his next start, on September 14, Paxton gave up just two hits and struck out five in six shutout innings against the St. Louis Cardinals, a game the Mariners went on to win 4-1.

10 days later, Paxton ran his record to 3-0 with seven dominant innings, including 10 strikeouts and no walks, in a 4-0 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Tonight’s edition of Mariners Mondays features highlights of these three games beginning at 7:30 pm, right after Mariners All-Access.

Mariners Mondays episodes will air on ROOT SPORTS during the offseason and Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

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Hot Stove League Radio Show Rewind

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If you were not able to turn into last night’s Hot Stove League Radio Show, have no worries, we’ve got you covered. You can listen to a podcast of the 2-hour show via Mariners.com (link).

This edition of the Hot Stove League featured hosts Aaron Goldsmith, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers interviewing relief pitchers Danny Farquhar and Charlie Furbush, bench coach Trent Jewett, Seattle Times columnist Larry Stone and broadcaster Dave Sims.

The next edition of the Hot Stove League Radio Show is next Tuesday (Jan. 14) from 7-9 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle and Mariners.com.

Mariners Mondays – Milestone Wins for King Felix

Relive two of King Felix's best performances from the 2013 season tonight on Mariners Monday on ROOT Sports.

Relive two of King Felix’s best performances from the 2013 season tonight on Mariners Monday on ROOT Sports.

Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS get started next week with a look back at two 2013 milestone wins for Mariners ace Felix Hernandez—an outstanding performance vs. Oakland on Opening Night, and his 100th career win against the Astros.

Last year’s season opener (at Oakland) on April 1, was another impressive performance for Felix, even by his high standards. He pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out eight, and retiring the first 10 batters in order. Franklin Gutierrez produced all the offense the Mariners needed with a two-run single in the 5th, giving the Mariners a 2-0 win over the A’s.

A couple of starts later, Felix was on the mound in Houston for what would be his 100th career win. Felix pitched six scoreless innings and the Mariners offense backed him up with three home runs for the 7-1 win over the Astros. On that night, April 22, 2013, Felix joined Jamie Moyer and Randy Johnson as the only pitchers to reach 100 wins with the Mariners.

The first Mariners Mondays episode airs tonight on ROOT SPORTS beginning at 7:30 pm, right after Mariners All Access, which goes behind the scenes with manager Lloyd McClendon.

Mariners Mondays episodes will air on ROOT SPORTS for 12 weeks during the offseason and Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

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Hot Stove League Show – Rewind

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The first Hot Stove League Show aired last Friday in a live broadcast from the Mariners Team Store at Bellevue Square. If you missed the 2-hour show, we’ve got you covered. You can go to the Podcast Page at 710Sports.com to listen to the show (broken down in one-hour segments).

General manager Jack Zduriencik joined the show in the first hour, talking about the roster additions of Robinson CanoCorey Hart and Logan Morrison (among many things).

In the second hour Paul White from USA Today talked about the national view of the Cano signing and this year’s free-agent market in general. There are also interviews with Corey Hart and Robinson Cano.

The next edition of the Hot Stove League Show will  Tuesday, January 7 on 710 ESPN Seattle, and continue every Tuesday until it morphs into the Cactus League Report on February 25. Stay tuned for information on guests.

Happy Holidays!

Robinson Cano Statistical Infographic

Here is a cool infographic on the amazing statistics new Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has put up in recent seasons.

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Winter Meetings Hot Stove League Show

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Tonight a special Winter Meetings edition of the Mariners “Hot Stove League” show will air on 710 ESPN Seattle from 7:00-9:00 pm. Broadcasters Rick Rizzs and Mike Blowers will host the two-hour show with 710 ESPN Seattle’s Shannon Drayer and Matt Pitman. The show will originate live from the Mariners Team Store at Bellevue Square, with  GM Jack Zduriencik and the Mariner Moose are also scheduled make appearances at Bellevue Square.

There is obviously a lot of Mariners and MLB news to talk about, from the Robinson Cano and Corey Hart signings, and the trade for Logan Morrison. Be sure to tune to listen to interviews with Morrison, Hart, Cano and much more.

The Hot Stove League will resume on Tuesday, January 7 on 710 ESPN, and continue every Tuesday until it morphs into the Cactus League Report on February 25.

Listen to tonight’s show live on 710 ESPN Seattle or online here: http://mlb.com/sea/fan_forum/hotstove.jsp

Mariners Hire Trent Jewett as Bench Coach

There was a little bit of baseball news today as new manager Lloyd McClendon began putting his coaching staff together by hiring Trent Jewett. Trent has spent the last three seasons on the Washington Nationals coaching staff. He was the Nationals third base coach in 2013 and prior to that spent one-and-a-half seasons as the first base coach.

Jewett and McClendon have history together, as the two were on the Pittsburgh Pirates coaching staff from 2001-2002 when Lloyd was the Pirates manager. In addition to serving as a Major League coach with the Pirates and Nationals, Trent managed 17 seasons in the minor leagues. He compiled a 1,178-1,165 record for a .503 winning percentage, spending 12 of his 17 seasons at the Triple-A level, and in 2007 was selected by Baseball America as the International League’s “Best Manager Prospect.”

A few baseball writers chimed in on the hiring of Jewett.

And Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns caught up with Trent shortly after the announcement.

Here is the official news release that went out to the media this afternoon:

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