The 35th Annual Pre Spring Training Media Day and Luncheon is today, and we’ll bring you some of the action via this blog from 10:30-noon Pacific Time. You can also watch the event live on Mariners.com.
The annual event serves as a primer as the team is a little less than a month away from opening Spring Training in Peoria, Arizona. Pitchers and Catchers will report to the Peoria Sports Complex on Feb. 20 and the first full-squad workout is slated for Feb. 25.
Here is a list of the scheduled guests for Media Day:
Medical Update (10:35 am)
Rick Griffin – Senior Director of Athletic Training
General Manager (10:40 am)
Jack Zduriencik – Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations
Manager (10:55 pm)
Lloyd McClendon – Manager
Mariners Pitcher (11:10 am)
J.A. Happ – LHP
Player Development (11:25 am)
Chris Gwynn – Director of Player Development
Baseball Operations (11:35 am)
Jeff Kingston – Assistant General Manager
Broadcasting Update (11:45 am)
Randy Adamack – Senior Vice President of Communications
Ballpark Operations (11:50 am)
Joe Myhra – Vice President of Ballpark Operations
Rebecca Hale – Director of Public Information
The Media are here (10:20 am):
The media have started to arrive and with that , the first wave of tweets about the list of non-roster invites that will participate in Major League Spring Training:
Of note, the Mariners signed utility infielder/outfielder Shawn O’Malley to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training. O’Malley is a Washington native, growing up in Richland, and appeared in 11 games with the Angels last season.
Here is the updated roster with the 15 non-roster invites:
Here is a look at the media in the room:
Medical Update from Rick Griffin – 10:35 am
Mariners Head Athletic Trainer gives a quick update on the Mariners from a medical standpoint. He says that Willie Bloomquist is doing great recovering from knee surgery and has been working out at the complex in Peoria. He also added that Jesus Montero has re-dedicated himself and is in great shape. Says he is down to his target weight of 235, in great condition and working hard.
If you want to tune in live, here is a link to the live stream:
Next up is Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik (we like to call this the State of the Mariners Address)…
And KJR’s Jason Puckett is here, doing his part to lighten the mood making fun of his good buddy Ryan Divish:
Next on the stage will be manager Lloyd McClendon…
Next up is one of the newest Mariners, left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ (first name is pronounced Jay)…
Next up on the big stage will be Mariners Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn…
Chris says that a big surprise could be LHP Tyler Olson, who is a local kid from Spokane and Gonzaga University. Olson will be a a non-roster invite to spring training, so you’ll get a chance to see him during spring training games.
A lot of questions on Patrick Kivlehan. He doesn’t know what his true position is, but he’ll be given a chance to play. A real gamer and a competitor. He’ll play a lot of outfield during spring training.
Next up on the stage will be Assistant GM Jeff Kingston…
Jeff started off talking about the non-roster invites, which are detailed in a news release below, and the overall roster construction:
And now some of the housecleaning items, Mariners Senior Director of Communications Randy Adamack…
Some big news, as nearly every game will be on radio on 710 ESPN Seattle, and 16 games will be televised on ROOT Sports. Here is the spring training schedule with radio and TV listings:
Thanks to everyone that joined in the fun of today’s media day. Looking forward to bringing you more updates leading up to spring training and throughout the season.
It was a busy day for several Mariners players prior to tonight’s game vs. the Yankees. Four players (Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge, Brandon Maurer) took over the MLB Fan Cave, and Michael Morse and Raul Ibanez were guests at the MLB.com headquarters to participate in the Edward Jones Chatting Cage.
We’ll post some video and more photos of the two visits later, but here a few quick pics of the guys from this morning.
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).
With Opening Day vs. the A’s less than 12 hours away in Japan (3:04 am PT), the excitement for the 2012 season is building. And ROOT Sports has you covered when it comes to coverage of the Mariners.
A special edition of Mariners All-Access airs tonight at 7 pm PT (and replays at 10:30 pm) with coverage of the Mariners trip to Japan. A special portion of the show features Manager Eric Wedge, infielder Alex Liddi and pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma visiting with Japanese youth baseball players in an area devastated by the March 2011 tsunami. There will also be interviews with Mariners players on their thoughts of being in Japan and opening the 2012 season against the A’s in the Tokyo Dome.
And for you night owls staying up for the season opener, set your alarm a little earlier for the debut of the Mariners All-Access Japan Show at 2:30 am (replays at 10:30 pm Wednesday night).
And just to keep you up to speed, here is how you can listen to (710 ESPN Seattle) and watch (ROOT Sports) the 2012 season opener against the Oakland A’s:
Radio Coverage (710 ESPN Seattle):
- LIVE PREGAME SHOW: 2:00 am
- LIVE GAME BROADCAST: first pitch at 3:04 am
- GAME REPLAY: immediately after the live broadcast, the game will be replayed in its entirety
- POSTGAME: after the replay, the Brock and Salk Show will serve as a de facto postgame show
- Radio broadcast also available on Mariners.com for subscribers
TV Coverage (ROOT Sports):
- ALL-ACCESS: MARINERS IN JAPAN: 2:30 am
- LIVE GAME BROADCAST: air time 3:00 am, first pitch at 3:04 am
- GAME REPLAY: 7:30 pm
- ALL-ACCESS: MARINERS IN JAPAN: 10:30 pm
- Game also available on Mariners.com/MLB.tv for subscribers
- MLB Network will air the game on tape-delay at 6 am PT, and will re-air later in the day at 7 pm PT. MLB Network will televise the ROOT Sports feed of both games, which will be available on MLB Network in the Athletics home television territory. The games will be blacked out on MLB Network in the Mariners home television territory
Thursday was a busy media day for the Mariners, with the annual Pre-Spring Training Media Day at Safeco Field. The event features a number of guests, including several members of the Baseball Operations Department, Manager Eric Wedge, General Manager Jack Zduriencik, outfielders Michael Saunders and Mike Carp and catcher Jesus Montero. Here is a listing of Podcasts from various radio interviews from Thursday:
- Manager Eric Wedge and GM Jack Zduriencik with Brock & Salk on 710 ESPN Seattle
- Pitching Coach Carl Willis with Dave “Softy” Mahler on Sports Radio KJR
- Catcher Jesus Montero with Ian Furness and Jason Puckett on Sports Radio KJR
- Manager Eric Wedge with Ian Furness and Jason Puckett on Sports Radio KJR
- Outfielder Michael Saunders with Gas and Elise on Sports Radio KJR
- INF/OF Mike Carp was a guest on New Day Northwest
And here are a few links from interviews conducted on media row at the Seattle Sports Star of the Year event Wednesday:
- Eric Wedge joins Jim Moore and Mike Salk of 710 ESPN Seattle
- Jack Zduriencik and Jay Buhner join Jim Moore and Mike Salk of 710 ESPN Seattle
- Jesus Montero and Eric Wedge with Gas and Elise on Sports Radio KJR
- Jack Zduriencik and Seattle Storm President Karen Bryant with Gas and Elise on Sports Radio KJR