This week on Mariners All-Access on ROOT SPORTS we learn a secret about Nelson Cruz’s early career aspirations, find out how to grip a four-seam fastball, and get an update on the No. 3 prospect in the Mariners farm system.
- Nelson Cruz – His talent and power is obvious, but there was a time he dreamed of playing basketball. Find out what changed his mind and what the scout who signed him said about an 18-year old Cruz.
- Sound Tracks – Speaking of Cruz, his home run streak highlights the best plays from the week.
- Technically Speaking – Reliever Dominic Leone shows us the grip on his 4-seam fastball, explains why it’s his favorite pitch and the key to throwing it effectively.
- Ketel Marte – He’s rated as the No. 3 prospect in the entire organization. Find out why Mariners fans should keep an eye on him in Tacoma this year and what fellow Dominicans Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano say about his talent.
- Vin Scully –The Legendary Dodgers broadcaster sits down with Dave Sims to share stories and insight on Jackie Robinson.
- Chore they get out of…. – The grueling baseball schedule means that players get out of doing some of their regular chores around the house. Find out the ones they look forward to avoiding during the season.
- CF Golf Tournament – The annual Mariners Care Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament is a good time for a great cause.
Mariners All Access Airs this week:
- Sunday at Noon, 4:40pm and 11:30pm
- Monday at 6p
- Friday at 6pm
This week is the final ROOT SPORTS Mariners All-Access of the 2014 regular season, and it’s a look back at a great year.
- The Feel of September – The last few weeks have been an exciting time for the players and the fans. Hear from the Mariners on the thrill of chase in September, lessons learned and how they’ve approached the last few weeks.
- Best plays from September – Highlights from the most meaningful games this season.
- Best sound of the year – The Mariners celebrated several highlights and mile stone moments this year. Hear from them on those significant moments.
- Highlights from the year – This highlight package focuses on the best plays from the second half of the season. All the drama packed in to this five minute feature.
- Mariners Award Candidates – Several of the Mariners ranked among the league leaders in offense, defense and pitching. We run down the list of players in consideration for post-season awards including Manager Lloyd McClendon.
Mariners All Access airs:
- Sunday noon and 11pm
- Monday 6:30am and 7pm
- Wednesday 11pm
- Friday 6am
Here’s a rundown of Jen Mueller’s lineup for the program:
- Brandon Maurer in Bullpen – Take a look at his impressive numbers coming out of the pen, why he’s been so successful as a reliever and how it feels to transition from the starting rotation to the bullpen mid-season. Plus learn why the Mariners staff knew he belonged in an eight-man pen.
- Blowers/Woodward – The Mariners defense is among the best in baseball and Chris Woodward deserves a lot of credit for that. Mike Blowers sits down with the infield coach and discovers the change he made in the players workout routine and how he’s helped improve the defense across the board.
- Outfield Science – The Mariners outfielders make it look easy, but there’s a nuance most people don’t consider when it comes to outfield play – an outfielder always reacts to what he sees before he hears the bat make contact with the ball. We lean on the expertise of the UW physics professor to understand how the speed of sound and light impact an outfielder.
- Felix Watch – Felix rebounded from his toughest outing of the year and reminded everyone around baseball why he’s among the best. Plus former teammate Doug Fister weighs in on what impresses him most about watching Felix pitch.
- Community Relations – A look at the Mariners recent trip to the Seattle Veteran’s Administration Hospital and next Saturday’s Mariners Care Garage Sale, where you can land some unique memorabilia.
- Soundtrack – The best highlights, plays and reaction from the week of Mariners baseball.
Mariners All Access Airs on ROOT SPORTS:
- Sunday 11am, 3:30pm, midnight
- Monday 6am, 6pm
- Tuesday 6pm
- Thursday 2:30pm
- Friday 6pm
This week on Mariners All-Access on ROOT SPORTS, talk of the postseason, bunting, hitting and whether Edgar Martinez belongs in the Hall of Fame.
Here’s a rundown of Jen Mueller’s lineup for the program:
- September Schedule – It looked a little odd at first, but the upcoming schedule could definitely play to the advantage of the Mariners.
- Seager/Blowers – We finish the conversation between Kyle Seager and Mike Blowers and learn how Kyle tries to bait hitters into bunting and allowing him to make one of his favorite plays over to first base.
- Felix Update – We update the numbers for the AL Cy Young front-runner.
- DH in the Hall of Fame? – With the importance of the DH to offense in general and the Mariners during the playoff push, we wade into the discussion about the merits of inducting a true DH in the Hall of Fame (TRT 4:00)
- Blowers on DH’s – Mike Blowers makes a case for Designated Hitters in general as a vital part of the game and deserving of the Hall of Fame.
- Edgar in the HOF – Edgar Martinez produced several clutch hits during the Mariners playoff runs and was considered one of the best right handed hitters of his time. Players past and present give their support of seeing Edgar in the Hall.
- Blowers on Edgar – It’s no surprise Mike thinks Edgar is deserving of a HOF spot, but hear his reasoning why.
- Favorite Things Baskets – The annual “Favorite Things” baskets raised money for Mariners Care and is always a highly anticipated event at Safeco Field.
- Soundtracks – The best highlights and postgame sound from the week.
Mariners All Access airs:
- Sunday – noon
- Monday – 6:30am, noon
- Wednesday – 11:30am, 1am
- Thursday – 3pm
- Friday – 6:30am, 4pm
- Saturday – 4pm
This week on Mariners All Access on ROOT SPORTS, Jen Mueller introduces us to the Mariners first draft pick, we hear from Mike Blowers on playing in the Windy City, and spend some time on the golf course for a good cause.
All Access debuts on ROOT SPORTS on Sunday at noon, just prior to the Mariners vs. Cleveland Indians game (pregame starts at 12:30pm, first pitch is at 1:10pm). Here’s the lineup:
- Alex Jackson – The #6 pick overall signed his contract and became part of the Mariners organization this week. Jackson suited up and took BP at Safeco Field. We’ll hear from Alex and his family.
- Blowers on Chicago – With the team heading to the Windy City this week, Mike Blowers relives a memorable game in which the wind cost his teammate a no-hitter.
- United Way All-Star Celebrity Softball Game Recap – The 2nd Annual All-Star Softball Classic raised money for homeless youth in Seattle, but also provided a number of smiles and highlights as Angie Mentink shows us.
- James Jones Speed – Speed kills. We’ve seen that a number of times with James Jones on the bases. We’ll take a closer look at his swing and why he traded in power for consistency and how he better utilizes his speed on the bases.
- Jones vs. Altuve – Jones gains an additional advantage being a left handed bat, but if you’ve ever wondered how Houston’s Jose Altuve puts up the numbers he does, you’ll want to see his swing compared to Jones.
- Mariners Care Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament – The Mariners spent the off-day this week on the golf course, all for a good cause.
- Bark in the Bark – The first ever Bark in the Park is coming up at Safeco Field on July 8. We’ll hear from the players who would love to bring their pooches with them to work.
This week on Mariners All Access on ROOT SPORTS, Robinson Cano, James Jones, and Joe Maddon on Lou Piniella.
All Access debuts on ROOT SPORTS on Sunday at noon, just prior to the Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers game (pregame starts at 12:30pm, first pitch is at 1:10pm). Here’s what’s on tap:
- Cano Breakdown: Words can’t describe and stats don’t do him justice… Robinson Cano is just that good. We dive into his discipline at the plate and the whip in his wrists. Broadcaster Mike Blowers and Mariners analyst Dave Valle also weigh in.
- James Jones shout out: James Jones came on like a house afire and hasn’t cooled off since rejoining the Big League team. Hitting coach Howard Johnson talks about what he sees in the rookie with the hot bat and speed on the base paths.
- Work of Art: Catcher John Buck explains the reason for his unique helmet, the custom artwork and why it won’t be going home with him at the end of the season.
- United Way All-Star Softball Challenge: Hear from Dan Wilson on why this cause hits close to home, and we put a face on homeless youth in Seattle by meeting Trai, a formerly homeless youth now working to improve the foster care system in King County.
- Education Day: The Mariners visited five Seattle area elementary schools to challenge kids to join the Mariner Moose D.R.E.A.M. Team. We’ll show you the highlights.
- Maddon on Lou: With the Mariners heading to Tampa, we check in with Ray’s Manager Joe Maddon to hear why he believes Lou Piniella was the last of the legendary managers.
- Soundtracks: Between Felix Hernandez, Chris Young, Mike Zunino and Robinson Cano it’s been a big week for the Mariners. See the highlights and hear straight from the players on those key plays.
Mariners All Access debuts Sunday at noon on ROOT SPORTS. It re-airs:
Monday — 6:30am, 3pm
Tuesday — 3pm
Wednesday — 12:30pm, 10:30pm
Thursday — 6:30am
Friday — 3pm
A new edition of Mariners All Access on ROOT SPORTS is coming your way starting on Sunday. Here’s what’s on tap.
Roenis Elias – The left-handed pitcher escaped from Cuba in 2010. Hear his story of crossing the Atlantic Ocean. His wait in Mexico. His admiration for Felix Hernandez and his thankfulness at being in the U.S. and with the Mariners. This story will give tremendous perspective on how he can stay so calm on the mound and why he’s always smiling.
Dominic Leone – The rookie sits down with Angie Mentink and shares his journey to the Big Leagues, the story behind how he learned to throw a cutter from YouTube videos and the inspiration his autistic brother provides.
First Pitch Advice – Guys like Elias and Leone make it look easy, but that’s not the case for amateurs. We’re going to see a lot of celebrities throwing out first pitches at Safeco Field during the next few weeks so the Mariners offer advice to make it easier.
Lou Piniella Memories – We continue to remind fans of the upcoming ceremony for Lou Piniella by talking to players who remember Lou both as a player and manager. This week former Mariner Rickey Henderson shares his thoughts on Sweet Lou as does Chili Davis who watched Lou as a player with the Yankees.
All-Star Softball Classic – We sit down with Mariners Hall of Famer Dan Wilson for a look ahead to the upcoming celebrity softball game that raises money for homeless youth in Seattle. We also meet a formerly homeless youth who is now working to help troubled teens find homes.
This week’s Mariners All Access debuts at noon on Sunday and re-airs on Monday at 6:30am and 6pm, Tuesday at 6pm, Thursday at 6:30am and 6pm and Friday at 3pm.
This week on Mariners All Access on ROOT SPORTS, it’s a Little League-themed show, just in time for Sunday’s Little League Day at Safeco Field.
- Little League Memories – Mariners players share their earliest Little League memories and the best moments from their blossoming careers.
- Little League Heroes – Most Little Leaguers dream of being a Big Leaguer and pick their heroes from Major League rosters. It should come as no surprise that many of the Mariners wanted to be just like Ken Griffey Jr.
- Legendary Lloyd – Manager Lloyd McClendon earned the nickname “Legendary Lloyd” at the 1971 Little League World Series. Hear how his Little League career shaped his future as a Big League player and manager.
- Positions Played in Little League – You know how Little League works, you’re probably going to get a lot of playing time at a lot of different positions. It was no different for the current crop of Mariners who reflect on their strengths in the field.
- Advice to Little Leaguers – The Mariners offer up the best pieces of advice they received during their career and the ones they want to pass on to the current youngsters.
Mariners All Access debuts on ROOT SPORTS on Sunday (May 11) at noon. It re-airs on Monday at 6:30am, Tuesday at 6pm, Wednesday at 11:30am and Friday at 4pm.
This week on Mariners All Access from ROOT SPORTS:
- Cano Returns to NY: Hear Robinson Cano’s thoughts on returning to the Big Apple and what he learned while with the Yankees the first nine years of his career.
- Miller/Springer Connection: The Mariners upcoming trip takes them to Houston where Brad Miller will get a chance to catch up with a former TEAM USA teammate George Springer, who became part of the Miller family last winter.
- Pryor Update: Pitcher Stephen Pryor is working his way back from injury and reflects on the lost 2013 season and his rehab progress.
- Anti-Bullying PSA: Felix Hernandez and Macklemore surprised a group of students at Safeco field and used their star power to support an important anti-bullying message. Get a behind the scenes peek at how the surprise played out.
- Soundtracks: The best sound from the week-that-was including Kyle Seager’s walk-off home run and comments after Wednesday’s game.
- Lou Piniella Memories: Lou Piniella goes into the Mariners Hall of Fame in August and with the Mariners series in New York it’s fitting to look back on memories of Sweet Lou in his playing days. Hear from Howard Johnson and Rick Waits, a couple of Mariners coaches who knew him when.
Mariners All Access Debuts Sunday at noon. It is broadcast again:
Sunday at 6:30pm
Monday at 6:30am and 1pm
Tuesday at 3pm
Wednesday at 2:30pm
Thursday at 3pm
Friday at 6:30am and 4pm
This week on Mariners All-Access on ROOT SPORTS with Jen Mueller:
- Felix 1-on-1 – The King reflects on his Perfect Game with Brad Adam a year after the historic feat.
- Oliver Perez Delivery – Perez lets us in on how he decides which delivery to use to the plate and why he developed that part of his game.
- Pitchers Strength and Conditioning – James Clifford explains how he helps keep the staff in top shape and able to handle the grind of a long season.
- Capps Second Time Around – Carter Capps explains how he used his time in Tacoma and what he changed in his game to have more success this time around in the big leagues.
- Yoervis Medina – the hard-throwing righty shares what he’s working on to solidify his role in the bullpen.
- Danny Farquhar 1-on-1 – Learn more about the Mariners current closer, from his nickname to how his height helps him on the mound. Plus why his personality makes him perfectly suited to be the closer and how he came to be fluent in Spanish.
- Military Family Reunited – It’s one of the most touching things to happen at Safeco this year. Re-live the reunion of a Sgt. Kitchens and his family before a game against the Brewers.
This week’s Mariners All Access debuts Sunday at 11 am and re-airs Monday at 6:30 am and 6 pm, and Friday 6 pm.