This week on Mariners All-Access on ROOT SPORTS, Jen Mueller takes Mariners players back in time to their earliest memories of youth baseball and Little League. The program debuts on Sunday at noon, which is good timing as Sunday is Little League Day at Safeco Field.
Here are some of the stories in the program’s lineup.
Earliest baseball memory – From throwing rocks in the outfield (Carter Capps) to breaking things while playing baseball in the house (Felix Hernandez), the Mariners share their first memories of baseball. For many it’s those early memories that sparked an interest in the game and led them to pursue careers in baseball.
Little League memories – Once in Little League several of the guys have big moments to brag about like Charlie Furbush hitting a game winning walk-off homer in the championship game, Lucas Luetge celebrating with his teammates after a title win by singing “We Are the Champions” and Jason Bay’s trip to the Little League World Series.
Baseball Hero – Every Little Leaguer has a hero and it’s no surprise that Ken Griffey Jr. inspired many of the current Mariners to play baseball. Hear how he impacted the Mariners and how a few other heroes inspired the Mariners to take baseball seriously.
Little League Positions – It’s odd to think of the Mariners playing something other their current position, but in Little League they were all accomplished utility players. They’ll tell us the positions they played, their favorite positions and we’ll see several of them in action. Little League photos you don’t want to miss!
Baseball advice – When it comes to advice, Big Leaguers have heard it all. Discover the gems they’ve held on to and want to pass along to the current Little Leaguers out there.
Mariners All-Access airs today at noon on ROOT SPORTS, and again on Monday at 6:30am, Tuesday at 6pm, and Thursday at 6:30am and 10:30pm.
This week, Mariners All Access from ROOT Sports takes a road trip to Tacoma to focus on the Rainiers.
Jen Mueller takes a look at team chemistry and how important it is to winning.
Top prospect Nick Franklin has a reputation for being the clubhouse clown. Jen spends a little time getting to know him and gaining insight into his personality. Franklin also offers some observations about his infield mates, who all sport beards.
Catcher Mike Zunino, the Mariners 1st Round draft pick, made an impression during Spring Training, and he got off to a hot offensive start in April. In addition, he’s been making strides handling the pitching staff. Jen talk to him about how he’s making the adjustment from college ball to the pros, and interviews the pitchers about working with Zunino.
And Jen turns the tables by asking the Rainiers what they want to know about the Big Leagues. See how much they know about the Safeco Field and the Mariners.
Tune into ROOT Sports at noon on Sunday, before the Mariners take on the Oakland A’s, for the debut of this edition of Mariners All Access. It will be replayed at 11 am Friday.
The next episode of Mariners All-Access on ROOT Sports debuts tomorrow (April 21) at 11 am prior to the Mariners series finale vs. the Texas Rangers in Arlington (12:05 pm PT/2:05 pm CT).
The 30-minute show features several interesting stories, including:
- Dennis Martinez – Felix Hernandez Connection: Former Mariner Dennis Martinez and Felix Hernandez are the only two Latin born players to ever throw a perfect game. Brad Adam talks to Dennis about the game, what it means and the connection to Felix.
- Minor League Stories: The kids don’t know how good they’ve got it these days. That’s the premise of this entertaining story from Angie Mentink. She talks to Mariner coaches and broadcasters about their earliest minor league memories. From 16 hour bus rides to horse rides and slime in the showers she’s heard it all. Laugh along and count your blessings during this feature.
- Jamie Moyer 1-on-1: The 50-year old Moyer pitched in all or parts of four decades, but it’s Seattle that made the biggest mark on his career. Jen Mueller sits down with Jamie to hear why Seattle is still a special place, learn how he developed his pitching style and discover which monumental moments in baseball history he was a part of. This is just one of many times we’ll see Jamie on the show throughout the year.
- Community Service: The Mariners Care Silent Auction on April 28 will be featured, in addition to the local Pitch, Hit and Run competitions.
- What We’re Watching: Identify the biggest trends and hottest names going into the week that fans should be watching for.
If you can’t tune in Sunday morning, the show will re-air on Monday (4/23) at 4 pm, Wednesday (4/24) at 6pm, Thursday (4/25) 6:30 am and Friday (4/26) at 6pm.
This week’s Mariners All-Access on ROOT Sports will pay tribute to the perfect game thrown by Felix Hernandez.
Here is a rundown of what you will see on the show…
- See how it all came together in a best of the best highlight package of King Felix in his gem vs. the Rays.
- Hear from Felix just moments after the final out of the 23rd Perfect Game in Major League history.
- Discover when Felix, his coaches and teammates knew it would be a special game.
- Learn what could have happened without a couple nice plays from the defense, and how nervous the players were in the field.
- Hear what the accomplishment means not only to Felix, but his teammates, and the entire Mariners family.
- Plus uncover why it was a foregone conclusion Felix would one day reach this point.
The show debuts at noon on Sunday (Aug. 19) prior to the Mariners series finale vs. the Twins (1:10 pm). This edition of Mariners All-Access will also air Monday (8/20 – 6 pm), Wednesday (8/22 – 6:30 pm) and Friday (8/24 – 4 pm).
A new episode of Mariners All-Access debuts this morning at 9:30 am PT.
This week’s show is dedicated to Dan Wilson and Randy Johnson, who will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame next Saturday. Here’s a rundown of what will be featured on today’s show:
- Brad Adam goes in-depth on the career of Dan Wilson, talking with the former catcher about his baseball life in Seattle and what this city means to him.
- Jen Mueller talks to Randy Johnson about his Hall of Fame career beginning in Seattle. You’ll hear from former coaches and teammates about what they thought of the Big Unit when he first arrived from Montreal.
- Angie Mentink looks at the turning point in Randy Johnson’s career and how this one time wild thrower turned into a Cy Young Pitcher.
- Inside the Numbers on the careers of Wilson and Johnson (for you statheads).
In addition to debuting at 9:30 am this morning, the Hall of Fame edition of Mariners All-Access will re-air Monday (7/23, 6 pm), Tuesday (7/24, 6 pm), Thursday (7/26, 6pm) and Saturday (7/28, 12 pm).
The newest edition of Mariners All-Access debuts today prior to the Mariners series finale vs. the Rangers. Here is what to look for in the 30-minute show:
- Broken Bats — Picking up the Pieces: Mariners Clubhouse Manager Ted Walsh talks about the process he uses for making sure the players get the bats they need starting in spring training. Learn why Walsh places more orders for Justin Smoak than other player, and the unique travel trouble that Justin has when it comes time to pack those bats. Plus, the safety measure now in place in all of MLB to try and limit the catastrophic breaks in games.
- Ichiro and Mike Cameron: The former teammates share a special bond. Mariners All-Access talks to both about what it was like to play alongside each other in the outfield. You’ll also get a better understanding for the side of Ichiro that fans don’t often see – a goofiness.
- Radar guns and allure of hitting 100mph: What young pitcher hasn’t snuck a peak at a radar gun just to see how hard he can throw? Now that everyone can see it in the stadium there’s an added allure of being able to throw harder and harder. You will hear from pitchers who posses that potential, hitters who face it and coaches on how they want players to view the radar gun.
- Former Mariner All-Star Harold Reynolds weighs in on where a few current Mariners rank among talent in the league. You will hear his thoughts on Brendan Ryan’s Defense, Felix Hernandez’s arm and Ichiro’s contribution to the game.
- Mariners Care: Two ways fans can connect with the Mariners in the community and help raise money for Mariners Care will be featured.
This edition of Mariners All-Access debuts today (Sunday July 15) at noon. It will re-air Monday (7/16 at 4 pm), Wednesday (7/18 at 4 pm) and Saturday (7/21 at 3 pm).
This newest Mariners All-Access on ROOT Sports will be a special “Best of” Edition of Mariners All Access. The show, which debuts Sunday (July 8) at noon prior to the Mariners-A’s game, will highlight you some of the best moments and features from the first half of the season.
- A look back on the historic night at Safeco Field on June 8 where 6 Mariner pitchers combined for a no-hitter against the L.A. Dodgers.
- Jesus Montero – Catchers take plenty of punishment throughout the season, the right equipment is important to sustain their health. Jesus switched his catcher’s mask in order to help better protect him from foul balls.
- A visit down on the farm to the Mariners Double-A affiliate the Jackson Generals. The Generals have been one of the best teams in the Southern League in the first half of the season. They are all business when it comes to baseball, but they also know how to have fun as well.
- Mariners Commercial Shoot – Behind the scenes when the Mariners shot their 2012 commercials.
- Brendan Ryan “Tip of the Day” – He’s is one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball. Brendan delivers his “Tip of the Day” on his glove work around the bag.
- Munenori Kawasaki – His energy and antics have been entertaining to watch. His personality may not be like his fellow countryman Ichiro, however they both have similarities. This packages looks into Munenori’s high-energy antics.
The “Best of” Show debuts July 8th at noon, and the “Tricks of the Trade” Edition is re-airing before that at 11:30 am. Other air dates include July 9 (7 pm) and July 13 (6 pm).