The Hot Stove League is in full swing with the Winter Meetings being held next week in Nashville. Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns wrote a feature about what to expect from the Mariners contingent in Nashville.
And we have more good news to pass along about our minor leaguers. The Arizona Fall League recently concluded with the Peoria Javelinas capturing the league championship. Eight Javelinas represented the Mariners organization: Vinnie Catricala, Nick Franklin, Stefen Romero, Mike Zunino, Logan Bawcom, Bobby LaFromboise, James Paxton and Carson Smith.
And here are some interesting notes that have popped up lately on the interent:
- Mike Zunino and Nick Franklin were named to the Arizona Fall League Top Prospect Team. The Mariner were one of seven organizations to boast two representatives on the AFL Prospect list.
- Mike Zunino (#3), Nick Franklin (#10) and James Paxton (#25) were touted by MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo as top Arizona Fall League prospects.
- Stefen Romero was selected to the Topps Double-A® All-Star team.
- Danny Hultzen did a Q&A with David Laurila on FanGraphs.com.
A full Winter League Report will be posted later today with detailed information on Mariners around the Winter Leagues.
The Peoria Javelinas were crowned the Arizona Fall League champions after defeating the Salt River Rafters 4-3 Saturday. C Mike Zunino led the Javlinas with 2 RBI, going 3-for-5. He had RBI singles in both the first and second innings to give Peoria 3-0 lead. 2B Nick Franklin (0×5) and RHP Carson Smith (1.0,1,0,1,2) also appeared in the game.
Here is the latest installment of the Mariners Winter League Report.
Here is the latest installment of the Mariners Winter League Report.
Here is the latest edition of the Mariners Winter League Report. The Arizona Fall League will announce the rosters for the annual Rising Stars game tomorrow.
Here is the latest edition of the Mariners Winter League Report.
Today the Mariners hired Dave Hansen as the Major League hitting coach. Dave is a veteran of 15 Major League seasons, including his last two with the Mariners in 2004-05. Considered one of the best pinch-hitter in Major League history, Dave brings a wealth of hitting knowledge to the big league coaching staff.
Here are some articles that ran today on Hansen joining the Mariners coaching staff:
- Mariners.com – Mariners hire Hansen as new hitting coach (Greg Johns)
- Dave Hansen on the Kevin Calabro Show (ESPN 710 Seattle)
- MyNorthwest.com – Mariners Bring Back Familiar Name as Hitting Coach (Shannon Drayer)
- Seattle Times – New M’s Hitting Coach Dave Hansen Eager for Challenge (Larry Stone)
- Tacoma News Tribune – Mariners Hire Dave Hansen as Hitting Coach (Ryan Divish)
- SportsPressNW – Huge Job Ahead for Mariners New Coach (John Hickey)
“I think Dave will be a good addition to our big league staff,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “He’s had success as both a coach and a player, and has a clear vision of how to help prepare our hitters to be successful.”
Hansen was the Major League hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers from July 20, 2011 through the 2012 season. He joined the Dodgers as their Major League hitting instructor in 2011. Prior to joining the Dodgers, Hansen spent four seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league system. He was the minor league hitting coordinator for three seasons (2008-2010) after beginning his professional coaching career in 2007 as the hitting coach at AA Mobile.
Hansen played 15 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Dodgers (1990-96, 1999-2002), Cubs (1997), Padres (2003, 2004) and Mariners (2004, 2005). He played in a pair of postseasons with the Dodgers in 1995 and 1996. Known as one of baseball’s best pinch-hitters, he set a Major League record with 7 pinch-hit homers in 2000 (later tied). He also holds the Dodgers record for most pinch hits in a season (18 in 1993) and a career (110). He led the Dodgers in pinch hits in six different seasons (1993, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2001). In his Major League career overall, he hit .260 (466×1230) with 79 doubles, 6 triples, 35 home runs and 222 RBI in 1,230 games. Dave also played for Hanshin (Japan) in 1998.
Day 30 / Monday, March 12, 2012 / 16 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo (March 28 vs. Oakland) / 32 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 13 vs. Oakland)
First pitch at game time was 74° at Peoria Stadium.
Tweet of the Day:
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Mariners vs. Rangers:
Miguel Olivo hit a go-ahead 3-run home run in the sixth inning and Jesus Montero extended the lead with a 2-run double in the seventh as the Mariners came from behind to beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 in Cactus League play Monday afternoon in front of 8,917 fans at Peoria Stadium. Right-hander Blake Beavan went 5.0 strong innings, his longest out of the spring, allowing just two earned runs on three hits while striking out two. Vinnie Catricala hit his second home run of the spring, nearly reaching the tents behind the grass berm beyond the 340-foot mark down the left field line.
Miguel Olivo at SS:
Catcher Miguel Olivo was bouncing around the diamond this morning, leaving his usual spot behind the dish and venturing out to the bases. He began at first base taking throws from third baseman Alex Liddi and Vinnie Catricala and then moved over to second base to work on double-play feeds from second baseman Munenori Kawasaki. After completing the workout, Olivo told 710 ESPN Seattle’s Shannon Drayer that it was the most fun he has had all spring.
Mariners Commercials Unveiled Tomorrow:
The Mariners will unveil their award-winning commercial spots tomorrow, releasing five commercials including A Seattle Welcome (Jesus Montero, Brandon League, Jason Vargas), Impressions (Brendan Ryan, Mike Carp, George Sherrill, Kyle Seager, Chone Figgins, Ichiro), Mickey Loves You (Dustin Ackley, Robby Thompson, Jeff Datz), Nobody’s Perfect (Felix Hernandez, Eric Wedge) and Timber (Justin Smoak, Casper Wells, Franklin Gutierrez and Miguel Olivo).
Mariners Minor League Photo Day:
Mariners minor leaguers went through the same photo drill (on a much smaller scale) that the Major Leaguers went through on February 21st. In total, 180 minor leaguers lined up for their turn in front of the camera.
Mariners All Access airs tonight at 7:00 p.m. PT on ROOT Sports (replays at 10:00 pm). The 30-minute show is dedicated to game highlights from today’s game vs. the Rangers. Here are some highlights to look forward to in tonight’s show:
- Highlights of the Mariners in action today vs. Texas
- We look at the mutually beneficial competition Kyle Seager and Chone Figgins and how each player is helping the other.
- Bill Krueger and Dave Valle let us know if the Rangers will have a World Series hangover after coming within 1-out of the title
- Plus the M’s talk about their first time in a Major League clubhouse.
Cactus League Report:
The next Cactus League Report is tonight broadcasted live from Salty Señorita from 7-9 pm…the show will be hosted by Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers and Shannon Drayer…scheduled guests include GM Jack Zduriencik, Justin Smoak, Alex Liddi, Trayvon Robinson, Jesus Montero, Michael Saunders, Tom Wilhelmsen and ESPN.com’s Jim Caple.
What Time Is It?:
To avoid any further start time confusions, Arizona and Seattle are now in the same time zone…Arizona does not observe daylight saving time.
On Tap Tomorrow (3/13):
Opponent: at Milwaukee Brewers
Location: Maryvale Stadium
Time: 1:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Hector Noesi (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (0-0, 2.25)
Radio: The game vs. the Brewers will be broadcast on 710 ESPN and the Mariners Radio Network. You can also follow via MLB’s Gameday.
Upcoming Probable Pitchers:
3/13 at MIL (1:05 p.m.) – RHP Hector Noesi (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (0-0, 2.25)
3/14 vs. KC (7:05 p.m.) – RHP Kevin Millwood (0-1, 7.20) vs. RHP Felipe Paulino or RHP Aaron Crow
3/15 vs. SF (7:05 p.m.) – RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Barry Zito
Today is a busy day in Mariners camp, and there are a lot of ways for you to follow all the action.
MLB Network 30-in-30:
The MLB Network does camp reports from all 30 Spring Training Camps. The series begins today from beautiful Peoria, Arizona, and focuses on the Mariners. Harold Reynolds spent two days in camp (Saturday and Sunday), interviewing Chone Figgins, Justin Smoak, Michael Saunders, Jesus Montero, Felix Hernandez and Brandon League. Shawn Kelley gave them a tour of the complex, and Dustin Ackley took grounders with Harold. The show airs on the MLB Network at 5 pm Eastern (2 pm in Seattle), and will be replayed, so check your local listings.
MLB.com Video Highlights:
Each spring we send video highlights and interviews back to TV stations and national media outlets. This year we are utilizing and FTP feed (no satellites) and hopefully you’ve noticed more highlights during the evening news! The great people at MLB.com have been producing daily highlights utilizing this video. Here are links to a few recent videos. Be sure to bookmark the video page on Mariners.com.
Cactus League Report:
The Cactus League Report will air from the Salty Señorita tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the Peoria location. Rick Rizzs, Dave Sims and Shannon Drayer will host the 2-hour show, and fans in the Valley of the Sun are invited to attended the radio show and meet the hosts and guests. Scheduled guests include Manager Eric Wedge, pitching coach Carl Willis, shortstop Brendan Ryan, catcher Adam Moore, third baseman Vinnie Catricala, infielder Nick Franklin, Mariners Hall of Famer Jay Buhner and Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns. Fans can listen to the show in Seattle on ESPN 710 Seattle from 7-9 PT, and here is a link to listen online via Mariners.com.
Tonight on Mariners Mondays at 7:30 pm on ROOT SPORTS, right after Mariners All Access from Peoria, AZ. Tonight, three thrilling comeback wins are featured.
First up, April 11, as the Mariner erase a 7-0 deficit against the Toronto Blue Jays and win the game 8-7 on a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth by Luis Rodriguez. The rally was just shy of the Club record, which was an 8-run comeback against the Angels in 1996.
Justin Smoak is the hero from the second game, May 31, 2011 against the Baltimore Orioles. His three-run homer in the 8th sent the Mariners home with a 3-2 win, the Mariners 11th win in 13 games.
Luis Rodriguez once again strikes gold in highlights of the third game. September 14 against the New York Yankees, the score is tied 1-1 into extra innings. Rodriguez sends Mariners fans home happy when he led off the 12th inning with a solo homer for the Mariners 2-1 win.
Cactus League Report:
The Cactus League Report makes its Salty Señorita debut tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the Peoria location. Rick Rizzs, Dave Sims and Shannon Drayer will host the 2-hour show, and fans in the Valley of the Sun are invited to attended the radio show and meet the hosts and guests. Scheduled guests include Tony Blengino, Robby Thompson, Forrest Snow, Danny Hultzen, Shawn Kelley, Kyle Seager and Larry Stone from the Seattle Times. Fans can listen to the show in Seattle on ESPN 710 Seattle from 7-9 PT, and here is a link to listen online via Mariners.com.
Tonight on Mariners Mondays at 8pm on ROOT SPORTS, the Mariners turn on the offense.
The program includes highlights of two games from last August, both featuring some timely hitting by Mike Carp.
First up, August 29, Mariners vs. Angels. The Mariners and Angels are tied in the 8th inning at 3-3. Dustin Ackley, who already had a couple of hits and RBI, lead off the inning with a double. Carp sent the first pitch he saw into the Hit It Here Cafe in right field for a two-run homer. Final score, Mariners over Angels 5-3.
Ichiro also had two doubles and extended his hitting streak to a season high 12-games.
Rookie Tom Wilhelmsen got the win with one inning of relief.
Highlights of the second game, August 31 (again against the Angels), again featured some late inning heroics by Carp.
The Angels held a 1-0 lead behind the outstanding pitching of Dan Haren. Felix Hernandez is also pitching well, but the offense is stalled. In the 8th inning (again), the Mariners rally with two outs when Franklin Gutierrez and Ackley hit back-to-back singles to end Haren’s night. Carp stepped up to the plate against reliever Scott Downs and drilled a two-run double to the base of the wall in left-center field.
Felix held the 2-1 lead, got the win and a complete game, his fifth of the season, and 18th of his career.
Next week on Mariners Mondays, Big Comebacks.