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Live Blog – 2015 Mariners Media Day


Manager Lloyd McClendon will be a guest at today’s media day at Safeco Field.

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

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.

Shawn O'Malley

Shawn O’Malley

Here is the updated roster with the 15 non-roster invites:

Here is a look at the media in the room:

The Seattle media ready for the big event!

The Seattle media ready for the big event!

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

Lloyd McClendon

Lloyd McClendon

Next up is one of the newest Mariners, left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ (first name is pronounced Jay)…


LHP J.A. Happ

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.

Go Mariners!

Mariners In New York City

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 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.

Brandon Maurer, Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge and Tom Wilhelmsen at the MLB Fan Cave.

Brandon Maurer, Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge and Tom Wilhelmsen at the MLB Fan Cave.

Michael Morse and Raul Ibanez were guests at headquarters today.

Michael Morse and Raul Ibanez were guests at headquarters today.

Taijuan Walker – Prospect Spotlight turns the “Prospect Spotlight” on Mariners minor league right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker in their Eye on Baseballblog. Walker started hot, went through a bit of a rough stretch while trying to get comfortable with his curveball, and is now getting back.

RHP Taijuan Walker, pictured here at the MLB Futures Game, is 7-6 with a 4.12 ERA at AA Jackson. (Getty Images)


Mariners All-Access (July 22)

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).

– JE

Mariners All-Access from Japan

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.

Alex Liddi and Eric Wedge give instruction to a group of Japanese youth in area devastated by the 2011 tsunami.

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 for subscribers

TV Coverage (ROOT Sports):

  • LIVE GAME BROADCAST: air time 3:00 am, first pitch at 3:04 am
  • GAME REPLAY: 7:30 pm
  • Game also available on 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

ROOT Sports goes behind the scenes during the Mariners first two exhibition games in the Tokyo Dome.

– JE

Mariners on the Airwaves – January 26

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:

And here are a few links from interviews conducted on media row at the Seattle Sports Star of the Year event Wednesday: