Thursday, March 5, 2015 / 32 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)
Robinson Canó, Nelson Cruz, Kyle Seager and Logan Morrison, the No. 3-4-5-6 hitters in the lineup, combined to go 8-for-12 with a double, home run and three RBI to lead the Mariners to a 9-4 victory over the San Diego Padres Thursday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium. The Mariners improved to 2-0 in Cactus League play with the win. In addition to the big games from the middle of the order, Patrick Kivlehan blasted a 3-run home run in the 8th inning. Here is a box score from MLB.com.
March 12 Game Time Change:
The starting time of Mariners game vs. the Oakland Athletics on March 12 at HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa has changed to 12:05 p.m. The adjustment from the original 1:05 p.m. time slot was to accommodate a request from Major League Baseball, which is collaborating with HBO to film a special that day in Arizona. This production, which also will include live taping at four other Spring Training ballparks on March 12, will be dedicated to the fight against cancer and will include a chartable component and an awareness campaign. Further details will be announced at a later date.
Austin Jackson on XM Radio:
Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson was a guest of Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette on MLB Network Radio prior to today’s game. Here is a clip of the interview:
A Rarity in the PR Office:
The Mariners Baseball Information staff had five staff members in the Peoria office for the last two days and final time this spring. We usually have at least three people representing the staff in Peoria, but how schedules worked out we had a full crew on hand. Assistant Director Jeff Evans was the latest member of the staff to arrive (and yes we are thanking him for bringing the Seattle sun with him). Between the five of us we have accumulated 80+ spring trainings with Senior Vice President of Communications Randy Adamack leading the way. We won’t put a number on what spring training this is for Randy, but let’s just say he was in the PR department with the Cleveland Indians when they trained in Arizona (Tucson, not Goodyear).
Nelson Cruz hit a two-run home run in his second spring at-bat (singled in his first AB), and his towering home run struck an umbrella well over the left field fence. And apparently it did some damage…
Going to B.A.T.:
Former Mariners outfielder Randy Winn is the Vice President of Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T) and was on hand this morning with other members of his team sharing stories on how B.A.T. can impact someone’s life and encouraging players to participate and donate. B.A.T. was formed in 1986 by a group of former Major League Baseball players with the primary goal to confidentially help members of the Baseball Family who were in need of assistance with nowhere else to turn. The organization has changed slightly since 1986 but one thing has not changed: If a member of the Baseball Family is in need of medical, financial or psychological assistance B.A.T. will do all it can to help.
Tweets of the Day:
The man behind the Mariners many social media sites, Nathan Rauschenberg, has been in camp this week chronicling the start of Cactus League play. Nathan is the tireless worker behind the Mariners presence on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and many more. You can follow all the Mariners social media activity by visiting Mariners.com/connect.
The Man Behind the Lens:
We had another hard working member of our team in camp this week, as team photographer Ben Van Houten has been snapping pictures for several publications (and this blog). Ben does a great job capturing the action of Mariners baseball, as well as several off-the-field portraits. Here is a picture of Ben mastering his craft.
What’s on Tap:
The Mariners return to Cactus League play tomorrow with a road game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch in Glendale. After opening with consecutive home games vs. the Padres in Peoria, the Mariners will take to the road four of the next five days. Tomorrow’s game will be broadcast by 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network (check your listings).
Next TV Game:
The Mariners next TV game will be Monday, March 9 vs. the Indians on ROOT Sports. A total of 16 Cactus League games will be televised this spring. Tomorrow’s game vs. the Dodgers will air tape-delayed at 6 am Saturday morning on the MLB Network (check local listings).
Single Game Tickets on Sale March 7:
Single-game tickets for the 2015 Seattle Mariners season go on sale to the public at 10am on Saturday, March 7. Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Day, Monday, April 6 vs. the Los Angeles Angels, four postgame fireworks shows, six bobblehead giveaways, including Jamie Moyer Hall of Fame Day, and a host of other special events and giveaways. Tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They will also be available at mariners.com, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).
Because the Mariners use dynamic pricing, and ticket prices can change as games approach, lower prices are available to those who buy early. And as always, the best prices are available to season ticketholders, who save as much as 60% off the cost of single game tickets. For information about Mariners season ticket plans and benefits call 206-346-4001 or log onto mariners.com/seasontickets.
The Mariners will continue popular ticket offers that provide discounts throughout the season such as BECU Family Nights, Safeco Grand Slam Family Packages, College Nights, and Girls & Guys Nights Out, discounts for seniors and military members, and exclusive group prices.
Beyond the Lights with Lloyd McClendon:
ROOT Sports aired an hour-long special on Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon following today’s game and will re-air the show at 5:30 pm PT, and also Saturday at 9:30 am and 4:30 pm.
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Here is the starting lineup for today’s Cactus League game vs. the Padres at 1:05 pm AZ/12:05 pm PT at Peoria Stadium. The game will be televised in the Seattle market on ROOT Sports and broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle.
Spring #2: Seattle Mariners (1-0) vs. San Diego Padres (0-1) | 12:05 pm PT/1:05 pm MT | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: LHP Roenis Elias vs. RHP Andrew Cashner
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 / 34 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Before We Get Started:
Don’t forget that the Cactus League schedule begins tomorrow and the Mariners game against the Padres will be televised on ROOT SPORTS starting at 12:00 pm Seattle time. It will be replayed at 3:30 pm and 9:00 pm. In all, 16 Mariners games will be televised this spring.
When wandering the halls of the Mariners Spring Training Complex, you never know when two old friends are going to spend some time catching up. Mr. Mariner Alvin Davis walked in to the PR offices and bumped in to play-by-play man extraordinaire Rick Rizzs. The two caught up for a bit before they each got back to work.
Nothing To See Here, Folks:
When you come down to Arizona, you see some things that you wouldn’t normally see when you’re in the lobby. Sometimes, Felix Hernandez might be walking through, you might bump in to a media member, and sometimes you’ll see Mariners prospects just hanging out. This morning, pitchers Richard Vargas and Eddie Campbell were just hanging out in the lobby, catching up on their reading before having a meeting with Farm Director Chris Gwynn.
He Made It! Aaron Goldsmith Has Arrived:
Mariners play-by-play man Aaron Goldsmith arrived in Mariners camp this morning and got situated after flying in last night. If you read the blog yesterday, you saw a picture of Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers and Dave Sims sitting on the couch…today, it’s pretty lonely on said couch…
If you’ve been down here, you know there’s a pretty good chance you’ll get to interact with some Mariners. Tom Wilhelmsen and Charlie Furbush made friends with a child climbing the fence, while Alvin Davis also brought a smile to a little ones face.
Danny Hultzen In Action:
Left-hander Danny Hultzen threw to live hitters this morning, facing prospects Austin Cousino, Ian Miller and Tyler Smith. Hultzen told the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish that “It felt good to get back out there again and get those juices going. I hadn’t had that in a while. I hadn’t been out there since last September. It’s just another step going forward.”
Brief Call-Ups for Prospects:
As you saw from the video above, sometimes minor league players are brought up to work on some things with the Major Leaguers. Cousino, Miller and Smith got to face Hultzen, while another group of players got to help the team work on defensive drills. They may be only running the bases and stepping up to the plate for BP, but it’s still fun to see the young guys get on the same field as the Major Leaguers.
NBC Sports’ Joe Posnanski arrived in camp today and chatted with The News Tribune’s Bob Dutton and Mariners pitching coach Rick Waits. He seemed focused on asking questions about Felix Hernandez so be on the lookout for his work in the next few days.
Tweet of The Day:
Tuesday, March 2, 2015 / 35 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Look Ma, We’re (Soon To Be) On TV:
As you already know, the Mariners begin Cactus League action with the annual Charity Game against the Padres. Be sure to tune in to ROOT SPORTS to catch the action from Peoria Stadium. The Mariners will televise 16 games this spring including Wednesday and Thursday at 12:05 pm Seattle time. Here’s a full broadcast schedule for the spring.
Speaking of TV & Radio:
Rick Rizzs, Dave Sims, Mike Blowers, Radio Engineer Kevin Cremin and Television Director Mark Engelbrekt arrived in camp and are ready to get started. As you’ll see below, Aaron Goldsmith had not made it to camp yet because he was in the process of dealing with an interesting situation.
On The Radio:
Shortstop Chris Taylor jumped on the phone with KJR’s Mitch In The Morning Show and discussed his position battle with Brad Miller. He also talks about the positive outlook of the 2015 season and the addition of Nelson Cruz to the lineup. Check out the full interview here.
The Rain Arrives, Baseball Activities Continue:
The weather altered plans for the Mariners this morning. With the precipitation continuing to (pun definitely intended) rain down on the fields, the players moved their activities to the cages, the covered bullpens and the gym. Hisashi Iwakuma played long-toss in the rain and then moved over to toss his live batting practice (hitters not swinging). According to the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish, Kuma accidentally hit prospect Gabby Guerrero between the shoulder blades with an errant pitch. Others joining him in throwing live BP included J.A. Happ and Danny Farquhar. Others throwing bullpens were Fernando Rodney, Yoervis Medina, Tom Wilhelmsen, Sam Gaviglio, Rafael Perez and Mayckol Guaipe.
The Instrasquad Game That Never Was:
The Mariners were supposed to play an intrasquad game today but the rains washed that away. If you’re interested, here are the lineups for the game that never was.
Dove Tail Bats:
The stream of bat companies in camp has continued and today it was Dove Tail Bats who arrived. Players got a chance to check out their products and see if they’d like to use their bats during the season.
Tweet of the Day:
This week on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS – A Royal sweep.
Mariners offense and a solid performance from the bullpen handed the Kansas City Royals a 7-5 loss on June 20, the first of what would be three consecutive Mariners wins at Kaufman Stadium.
Charlie Furbush inherited a bases loaded, one-out jam in the 8th inning, but handled Mike Moustakas with a pop-up to right and struck out Alcides Escobar to preserve the tie.
Brad Miller’s 9th inning hit off Greg Holland, one of the best closers in the game, snapped the 5-5 tie. Logan Morrison followed with another run. Fernando Rodney struck out Alex Gordon on three pitches to end the game and earn his 19th save.
The next day, more 9th inning heroics delivered a 2-1 win. Starter Chris Young baffled Royals hitters with his 85-mile-an-hour fastball, and Dustin Ackley drove in the winning run with two outs in the 9th. Rodney got the save with a game-ending double play from Eric Hosmer.
The final game of the three-game series was also decided by one run. Rookie starter Roenis Elias pitched into the 7th inning, scattering five singles and struck out five while giving up just one run. Catcher Mike Zunino broke a 1-all tie in the top of the 9th with his 9th home run of the season. Fernando Rodney, pitching for a 4th straight day, earned his 21st save and the sweep of the A.L. Central-leading Royals.
Mariners Mondays episodes air at 7pm on ROOT SPORTS through March leading up to the April 6th Opening Day game against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field.
All players have officially reported to camp and the first full-squad workout will be held Wednesday morning in Peoria, Arizona. Here is the official extended spring training roster, including a look at the 40-man roster, non-roster invitees, a picture roster and name pronunciations. Enjoy!
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 / 41 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Move Along…Nothing to See Here, Folks:
Danny Farquhar looks good on the field striking opposing batters out…but he also wants you to know that he’s stylish in the dugout.
Until the position players take the field, more PFP down on the lower fields. Felix Hernandez, Roenis Elias, Mayckol Guaipe and others worked on fielding comebackers over on Field #4. They all looked pretty smooth with The King leading the way. The act of fielding grounders seems so simple, but it is still enjoyable to be out on the field watching the pros do it.
Kuma Throws A Bullpen:
Hisashi Iwakuma was among the pitchers who had a bullpen session this morning. He’s scheduled for another bullpen on Friday before facing hitters on Monday.
Robinson Cano Arrives:
Robinson Cano arrived in camp around noon today and took his physical, along with the rest of the position players. Following his physical, he met with the local media. You can read what he said on Mariners.com, SeattleTimes.com and TheNewsTribune.com and you can watch tonight on KING 5.
Just before Roenis Elias did an interview in English with Chris Egan‘s KING 5, he chatted with Misael Siverio for a few minutes. As you might remember from back in November, Siverio signed with the club after leaving Cuba a few years ago. Siverio is currently taking part in minor league mini-camp before their Spring Training begins.
DINGER Bats In Camp:
Over the course of the spring, various vendors (including bats and gloves) show up at the Mariners complex. Today, it was DINGER Bats, which is based in Ridgway, Illinois. They set up just outside the clubhouse and were available to whoever wanted to check out their products. Minor leaguer Jabari Blash was one of the players who checked out the inventory.
Fernando Meets The Media:
Fernando Rodney also tossed his first bullpen of the spring and then spent a few minutes talking with the media about why he’s in good spirits.
Tweet of the Day:
The Hot Stove returns to the airwaves tonight from 7-9 pm on 710 ESPN Seattle and Mariners.com. The show will be hosted by Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith and Dave Valle from the 710 ESPN studios for two hours of baseball talk.
Guests that are scheduled to join the show include infielder Chris Taylor, assistant hitting coach Andy Van Slyke, 710 ESPN beat reporter Shannon Drayer and New York Times national baseball writer Tyler Kepner. There will also be an interview with MLB Vice President Chris Marinak to discuss the new Pace of Play and Replay changes for the 2015 season.
The popular Cactus League Report from Peoria, Arizona debuts next Wednesday (March 4) and will air on 710 ESPN Seattle from 6-7 pm PT. The Cactus League Report will run on Wednesday’s this spring from the Salty Senorita in Peoria (except the 3/25 which will be part of a pregame show).
Saturday, February 21, 2015 / 44 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
The Mariners Take The Field:
Felix Hernandez led the pitchers and catchers out on the field for the first day of workouts. Pitchers stretched, played catch, did some PFP (Pitchers Fielding Practice) and for some of them, threw their first bullpens of the spring. Baseball is back!
ROOT SPORTS Has You Covered:
Just like in previous years, ROOT SPORTS is down in Peoria shooting video during Spring Training not just for their shows, but for regional TV stations and newspapers to share with their audiences. Be on the lookout for Mariners clips on Mariners.com, MLB Network, ESPN, Fox Sports 1, your local news stations as well as local newspapers including the Seattle Times and The News Tribune. Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) has also got your covered with great insights and photography over on Mariners.com and his blog.
After stretching and warming up, pitchers got together with their groups to go over the day’s agenda. This particular group includes Carson Smith, Dominic Leone, Roenis Elias, Taijuan Walker, Jordan Pries and Forrest Snow getting instructions from pitching coach Rick Waits and Terry Clark.
If you make it down to Peoria to watch the Mariners workouts, you’ll notice there is music blaring from the tower that is in the middle of the “cloverleaf” (the four lower fields that are used for workouts). Mariners video coordinator Jimmy Hartley has been in charge of the music since Manager Lloyd McClendon arrived, and this year he upgraded his sound system for all to enjoy. DJ Jimmy has emerged as one of the most entertaining DJs in Peoria. His distinct style of mixing and blending classic party music, spans every genre from AC/DC to Jay-Z, 80′s to pop. He has performed with everyone from The Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Rob Thomas, Busta Rhymes…okay, he hasn’t performed with any of those stars, but he still puts together a rather eclectic and entertaining mix of music.
First Bullpens of the Spring:
Some of the Mariners pitchers tossed their first bullpens of the spring this morning. The groups included Taijuan Walker, Roenis Elias, Mike Kickham, David Rollins, Erasmo Ramirez, Mayckol Guaipe, Carson Smith, Dominic Leone, Jordan Pries, Forrest Snow and Mark Lowe. On Sunday, pitchers taking the mound will include Hisashi Iwakuma, J.A. Happ, Danny Hultzen, Stephen Landaruzi, Danny Farquhar, Lucas Luetge, Charlie Furbush, Rafael Perez, Tyler Olson, Justin Germano and Sam Gaviglio.
Iwakuma Meets Japanese Media:
Hisashi Iwakuma met with the Japanese media after today’s workout and talked about the off-season and arriving in Arizona for Spring Training.
Meet The Mariners:
If you’ve been to Peoria before, you know that there’s a good chance you’re going to meet some Mariners. If you’re thinking about coming down here, do it. As you’ll see below, plenty of players are more than willing to sign autographs and pose for pictures.
As you read earlier in this blog, here are a few videos that Kevin Vocht of ROOT SPORTS shot earlier today.
“Scout” Does Some Scouting:
Players aren’t the only ones you can meet during workouts. Five-year-old “Scout” the Golden Retriever arrived for his fourth spring training and the friendly pup would love for you to come over and say hi.
Tweet of the Day:
Mariners pitchers and catchers took the field this weekend in Peoria and the first game of Spring Training game is less than two weeks from today (March 4). Fans will see some big changes at the ballpark, the second phase of a three-part renovation plan at the Peoria Sports Complex.
The first thing fans will notice is a grander entrance at the main entry at Gate B. There are also additional ticket windows to accommodate bigger crowds.
Once inside the gates, you’ll find a huge team store inside a new 4,900 square foot building on the third base concourse. The team store is on the first floor, and the second level includes an open terrace for group functions, new concession stands, a bar and restrooms.
The ballpark’s seating has been improved. Capacity has been increased some 1,000 to 12,339. Seats along the baselines have been angled toward the field, and new fixed seats with cupholders have been added throughout the ballpark.
In the outfield, the pedestrian walkway around the outfield has been widened and drink rails have been added in several areas. There is also a new 2,400 square foot group event pavilion in left field that has room for up to 300 people on two levels. There is a bar for private groups and general admission fans.
The third phase of renovations will start later this year when a Kids Zone and splash pad are installed.
Here are some of the photos of the new renovations: