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Mariners Gameday Information – March 5 vs. LAA

ST Game Info

Spring #4: Los Angeles Angeles (1-2) vs. Seattle Mariners (2-1) | 1:10 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: LHP Nate Smith (0-0, —) vs. LHP Wade Miley (0-0, —)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will broadcast today’s game live…also available via mariners.com
TV: No TV for today’s game…next ROOT Sports broadcast will be March 9 vs. Kansas City
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data

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Mariners Gameday Information – March 4 at MIL

ST Game Info

Spring #3: Seattle Mariners (2-0) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (2-0) | 1:05 pm | Maryvale Baseball Park
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (0-0, —) vs. RHP Wily Peralta (0-0, —)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will broadcast today’s game live…also available via mariners.com
TV: No TV for today’s game
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 13

GAME 1 IS IN THE BOOKS…IT’S A WIN:

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Seattle slugged three home runs en route to a 7-0 shutout over the San Diego Padres in the Cactus League opener at Peoria Stadium this afternoon.

Seattle used a balanced attack as seven players each scored a run and 11 different batters collected a hit. Catcher Chris Iannetta’s two-run home run in the second inning, scoring Seth Smith, was the first of a trio of home runs by Seattle. Designated-Hitter Franklin Gutierrez led off the fourth inning with a solo home run and Iannetta knocked in his third RBI of the day with a sacrifice fly later in the frame.

Seattle added two runs in the fifth inning as center fielder Leonys Martin led off the inning with a single, and scored from first base on an RBI triple by Daniel Robertson. Robertson then scored on an RBI double by Chris Taylor.

Seattle capped its scoring with a solo home run by Stefen Romero in the sixth inning. Seattle collected six extra-base hits, including two doubles, one triple and three home runs.

Left-hander James Paxton, making his first start of the spring, tossed 2.0 shutout innings and faced just one batter over the minimum. The six relievers that followed, including Donn Roach (2.0), Joel Peralta (1.0), Ryan Cook (1.0), Jonathan Aro (1.0), Vidal Nuño (1.0) and Tony Zych (1.0) combined to toss a shutout, allowing just four hits.

GAME NUMBER 2 PREVIEW:

The Mariners (1-0) and Padres (0-1) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Thursday, March 3) at 12:10 PT/1:10 MT at Peoria Stadium. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle are on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. Right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns is scheduled to start for the Mariners against Padres right-hander Philip Humber.

LID LIFTER:

For the 7th consecutive spring, the statistics from today’s Charity Game vs. the Padres counted towards the official Cactus League standings. From 1996-2009, the stats from the Charity Game (usually the spring opener) did not count towards Cactus League standings.

With today’s win the Mariners improved to 20-22-1 all-time in “official” Cactus League openers. Seattle has opened spring play three times with split-squad action (‘02, ‘01, ‘03). The Mariners have won 5 of last 8 spring openers.

VS. THE PADRES:

The Mariners and Padres met today for the first of three Cactus League games (also: tomorrow & March 30). The Mariners were the home team today, road tomorrow and the home team in late March. Seattle was 2-2 vs. its complex partner last spring, and lead the all-time Cactus League series 83-79-7. The Mariners are 17-6-3 in spring play vs. the Padres since 2009. Tthe “Natural Rivals” will meet for four games during Interleague play in 2016, May 30-31 at Safeco Field & June 1-2 at PETCO Park.

FOR CHARITY:

Proceeds from today’s 23rd Annual Charity Game were donated to the Peoria Diamond Club. This annual charity game has allowed the Peoria Diamond Club to distribute in excess of $1,500,000 in grants over the past 23 years. The children’s groups they serve and have funded include special needs, under privileged, educational, leadership, athletic programs and more. Today, they are distributing grants to: Hart Pantry, SW Center HIV/AIDS, Neighborhood Ministries, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peoria, Vineyard Community Charities, and Friends of Peoria Library. They also honored the PUSD Superintendent, Dr. Denton Santarelli, who is retiring. The Diamond Club is donated $1000 in his name to the Peoria Education Foundation.

WELCOME TO SEATTLE EFREN NAVARRO:

This morning Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced that the club signed infielder Efren Navarro to a minor league contract. Navarro, who is wearing #68, joined the team’s big league camp at Spring Training as an invited player.

Navarro, 29, was designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles on Feb. 25. He refused an outright assignment to the minors on Feb. 28, choosing to become a free agent, prior to signing with Seattle today. The Los Angeles Angels traded Navarro to Baltimore on Jan. 26 this year.

Navarro split last season between the Angels and AAA Salt Lake. In 54 Major League games with LAA, hit he .253 (21-for-83) with 4 doubles and 5 RBI while appearing defensively at first base (29 games, 8 starts), left field (15 G, 11 GS) and right field (3 G). He hit .329 (93-for-283) with 24 doubles, 1 triple and 2 home runs in 72 games in AAA.

Navarro has appeared in the Majors in four of the last five seasons (2011, 2013-2015), playing a total of 130 games, all with the Angels. He is a career .246 hitter and has played 67 career games at first base, and 44 career games in the outfield (38 in left field, and 9 in right field).

The Mariners now have 60 players in big league camp, 40 roster players, and 19 non-roster invitees and 1 player (Jesus Sucre) on the 60-day disabled list.

HEREDIA ON THE FIELD:

Outfielder Guillermo Heredia signed his contract yesterday was in uniform on the field with the Mariners during morning workouts.

SINGLE GAME TICKETS ON SALE ON SATURDAY:

Single-game tickets for the 2016 Seattle Mariners season go

on sale to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5. Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Night, Friday, April 8 vs. the Oakland Athletics, Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, four postgame fireworks shows, six bobblehead giveaways and Star Wars Weekend. A full roster of special events and giveaways is available at Mariners.com/Promotions.

Single-game 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/Tickets and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).

Presale Opportunities

Select groups will have the opportunity to buy single-game tickets before they go on sale to the general public on March 5:
•Season ticket holders—Wednesday, February 24 at noon through Friday, February 26 at 5:00 p.m.
•Mariners Mail Registered Users—Tuesday, March 1 at noon through Thursday, March 3 at midnight (deadline to sign up is February 27 at Mariners.com/Register);
•Social Media Followers and Ticketmaster Registered Users – Wednesday, March 2 at noon.

Buy Early and Save

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, and locations, are available to season ticketholders, who save as much as 40% off the cost of single-game tickets.

For information about Mariners season ticket plans (including Full Season and 20-Game Plans) and benefits call 206-346-4001 or log onto Mariners.com/16.

10-Game Flex Packs

Fans can select the games they want to see with a 10-Game Flex Pack. Fans can choose from a menu of options for the season’s biggest match-ups including Opening Night, Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Weekend and Star Wars Weekend. Packs start as low as $120 for View Level locations, with discounts of up to 43% over single-game ticket prices. More information is at Mariners.com/Flex.

Ticket Specials

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.

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 10

Sunday, February 28, 2016 / 36 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)

Team Cruz vs. Team Cano

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Instead of playing intrasquad games, the team split up into two teams and focused on situational hitting. The losing team will owe the winning team something, but that something has not been decided yet. As you’ll see in the video below, things got a little competitive.

Cruz’s team included Leonys Martin, Luis Sardinas, Boog Powell, Mike Baxter, Dario Pizzano, Seth Smith, Chris Taylor, Marcus Littlewood, Dae-Ho Lee, Steve Lerud, Franklin Gutierrez, Gaby Sanchez, Chris Iannetta and Benji Gonzalez.

Cano’s team included Nori Aoki, Ketel Marte, Adam Lind, Kyle Seager, Mike Zunino, Shawn O’Malley, Ed Lucas, Steve Clevenger, Jesus Montero, Stefen Romero, Steven Baron, Tyler Smith and Dan Robertson.

Team Cano leads Team Cruz 85-73 today but there will be a rematch tomorrow to declare a winner.

Catcher Drills

The catching crew spent time on the half field working on throws to bases. The receivers made throws to all the bases and finished with snap back throws to first base. Opponents on the basepaths better be careful when taking their leads against the Mariners.

James Paxton to Start Cactus League Opener

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Manager Scott Servais announced today that left-hander James Paxton will start the Cactus League opener on Wednesday against the Padres. Click the link above to listen to James’ thoughts on starting on Wednesday. Here are the expected Cactus League starters through the weekend: Weds: Paxton vs. SD, Thurs: Karns vs. SD, Friday: Walker at MIL, Saturday: Miley vs. LAA.

Prospects In the Cage

We all get caught up watching the big names like Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager take batting practice, but let’s not forget the future. Infield prospect Tyler Smith and outfield prospect Dario Pizzano took their hacks and sprayed line drives all over the field.

Hurry Up And Wait

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While there’s a lot to do and cover during Spring Training, a good portion of the day is spent waiting. The staff and media obviously works around the on-field schedule, so we have some time to stand around and watch the practices. Above you’ll see Shannon Drayer, Doug Pacey, Bob Dutton, Ryan Divish, Matt Calkins and Jesse Sanchez waiting in the dugout.

I Know You Can Hear Me, But Can You See Me?

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Yes, Rick, we can see you. Mariners broadcaster extraordinaire Rick Rizzs arrived in camp today (the rest of the crew will follow) in preparation for the first game broadcast on Wednesday against the Padres. It’s always good to have Rick in town and it’s just one more sign that baseball is around the corner.

Aoki Meets Wilson

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With Norichika Aoki and Hisashi Iwakuma in town, there plenty of interest in Mariners camp from Japanese media outlets. Today, Aoki took part in a media availability to announce that he would be wearing a Wilson glove during the upcoming season. A group of around 10 reporters gathered to hear him discuss the change.

Seth Signs

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Seth Smith, like everybody else in camp, takes time to sign for fans after workouts. Today he took his time to sign as he made his way from Field 3 to Field 1.

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 8

Friday, February 26, 2016 / 38 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)

Another Beautiful Day

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Live Pitching, Meet Live Hitting

Position player arrived yesterday, and today, guys stepped in to the batters box to face live pitching. Since it is just the second day of full-squad workouts, some hitters just stepped in to the box and tracked pitches against the live pitchers which included Wade Miley, Taijuan Walker and Steve Cishek. Above, you’ll see Kyle Seager tracking pitches against Cishek.

Practice Swings

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Before guys stepped in against live pitching, all the hitters in camp took their swings in the cages against pitching machines. One group featured Robinson Cano, Franklin Gutierrez, Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz.

Fantastic Four

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Robinson Cano, Franklin Gutierrez, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager make their way from the batting cages to the field during today’s workout. This quartet combined for 281 RBI in 528 games in 2015.

Different Styles

Two players that are complete opposites in the way they play their games are Korean first baseman Dae-Ho Lee and outfielder Boog Powell. Lee is a power-hitter while Powell is a slasher that focuses on getting on base. In the videos above, you’ll see Lee driving the ball, while Powell slashes. The slashing is a bit Ichiro-esque.

Former Mariners In Camp

Over six weeks during Spring Training, a “who’s who” of former Mariners will be in camp to work with the club. Make your plans to join us in Peoria. You just might get to meet current and former Mariners stars. Below is a list of former Mariners currently in camp:

  • Hitting Coach Edgar Martinez
  • Bullpen Coach Mike Hampton
  • Special Assistant Coordinator Alvin Davis
  • Defensive Coordinator Dan Wilson

The King and The Prince

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After finishing his workout today, Felix Hernandez tossed BP to his son, Jeremy, on Field 1 this afternoon. Jeremy had much more success against his dad than the rest of the American League does.

Boog Explains Boog

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Boog Powell was a popular request today. KCPQ 13, KING 5 and KOMO TV each gathered to chat with Powell and among the topics was his name. He explained that contrary to popular belief, he was not named after former Orioles slugger Boog Powell.

Special Visit From A Familiar Face

Taka Morimoto

Taka Morimoto, who spent years as a Mariners athletic trainer, returned to camp to visit some old friends. Taka is currently with the PGA Tour and swung by Arizona before heading to Texas and Miami in the coming week.

Ask, And You Shall Receive

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In previous years, newspaper, TV and radio reporters stuck to their craft. But with the new wave of social media emerging over the past few years, they’ve become multi-media reporters. Every reporter, including the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish and 710 ESPN Seattle’s Shannon Drayer (pictured), now spends part of their day taking photos and videos for their followers on social media. Everybody tries to get the best angle on a picture, and sometimes that requires crouching down and not always looking graceful. Be sure to follow their social media accounts (@RyanDivish & @ShannonDrayer) for the latest from Mariners camp.

Need A Bat?

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MAX Bat company was in camp today. As I’m sure you’ve read, plenty of equipment companies come to camp to show off their products to players. We’ll continue having more swing by as Spring Training continues.

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 4

Monday, February 22, 2016 / 42 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)

Bullpens, Bullpens and More Bullpens

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Work in the bullpens continued today as the next group of pitchers took the mound and tossed their first official bullpens of the spring. Among them were left-handers James Paxton and Charlie Furbush. Today’s group included Felix Hernandez, but he’s not jumping on a mound until next week.

The King Presides

Even though Felix Hernandez didn’t take the mound, he was still in the area watching his teammates and chatting with GM Jerry Dipoto. Felix typically starts a few days later than everybody else so he’ll take the mound at some point this week.

The Return of Charlie

As you may know, left-hander Charlie Furbush missed most of the second-half of last season, but today he jumped on the mound.

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After working out, Charlie met with the media and said he felt good. You can read more of his comments in Bob Dutton‘s post TNT.

Framing Pitches

If you’ve read the blog the last few days, you’ll notice that the catchers are working on framing pitches a little more this spring. Above is an up close look at how the catchers are framing some of the pitches. If you’d like to read more about the emphasis on framing, MLB.com’s Greg Johns has you covered: Framing Pitches Has Catchers Thinking Inside Box.

Cactus League Media Day

Major League Baseball held its fourth annual Cactus League Spring Training Media Day in Arizona today. The media availabilities were held at a Phoenix-area hotel.

Baseball operations officials and field managers of all 15 Arizona-based Clubs in Spring Training were invited to participate in two separate hour-long periods of media availability. Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. was also scheduled to be available. The sessions served as a preview of the 2016 season as Spring Training gets underway.

Rawlings In Camp

The Rawlings bat and glove company was in camp today to show their products to any interested players. As you see in the above pictures, there was a lot of product available and a lot options to choose from.

It Isn’t Always Easy

We try to bring you as much content as we can via twitter, blog, facebook and other social media outlets…but it isn’t always easy. As you’ll see in the example above, not everything goes according to plan when you’re trying to get an interesting video. Thanks, Vidal!

Media Guides Have Arrived

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The 2016 Mariners Media Guide has arrived in Peoria and is now available at the team store at the Peoria Sports Complex. If Jerry Dipoto’s dizzying array of roster moves this offseason has you wondering who is on the team, check out the media guide. A digital version is also available online here: 2016 Mariners Information Guide.

Sunflower Seeds

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Ever wonder what a Spring Training’s worth of sunflower seeds looks like? Wonder no more!

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 3

Sunday, February 21, 2016 / 43 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)

Leonys Martin Excited About Seattle

Mariners new center fielder Leonys Martin arrived in camp this morning and took a few minutes to chat with the media that was in Peoria. He talked about various subjects including his trade from Texas to Seattle, his health, playing winter ball and his relationship with Nelson Cruz. As you’ll see in the above video, he’s very excited about playing in Seattle.

Position Players Are On Field Too

Position players don’t report until the 24th, but several of them have already arrived and are taking part in voluntary workouts. Above you’ll see some familiar swings in Stefen Romero and Kyle Seager, as well as some new ones in Leonys Martin and Dae Ho Lee.  First base coach Casey Candaele also spent some time working with the outfielders.

Lena Blackburne Original Baseball Rubbing Mud

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Baseball’s Magic Mud is used on every ball during Spring Training. If you happen to catch a foul ball or home run during workouts, odds are they were rubbed by bullpen catcher Fleming Baez and BP pitcher Nasusel Cabrera. They use the special rubbing mud on each baseball before it gets taken out to the field. As you’ll see in the pictures above, there’s a big difference in appearance from the brand new ones, to the workout ready baseballs.

Ken Griffey Jr. Waves The NASCAR Flag

Ken Griffey Jr., who last month was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, was on hand for Sunday’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway where he was serving as the honorary starter for the 58th running of the The Great American Race. Below are several tweets that captured part of his experience.

Happy Birthday Guti!

A Big Thank You to ROOT Sports’ Kevin Vocht

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If you see Mariners Spring Training workout video on this blog, on TV or on twitter, we can thank ROOT Sports cameraman Kevin Vocht, who works tirelessly to capture footage throughout camp for us all. Vocht has worked covering the Mariners for over a decade and we’re all thankful for his efforts.

Scout Is In Camp For Fifth Year In A Row

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Normally, seeing a scout during Spring Training is nothing to write home about, but if you’ve followed the blog for a few years, you’ll recognize this one…Scout, the dog from Redmond, WA, is now 5 1/2 years old and attending his fifth Spring Training. His owner, Dave, also from Redmond, says that they spend the winters in Arizona before making their way back to the Northwest. It’s always nice to see Scout (and Dave) in Peoria.

Mariners Minor League Mini Camp

Director of Player Development Andy McKay, in his first season with the Mariners, will lead the mini-camp and it will also be one of the first opportunities for him to evaluate players in the system. The Mariners have conducted a winter program for their minor league players for years, but this is the seventh year for a structured mini-camp that features the organizations top prospects that are not already in Major League camp. The players went through physicals yesterday, with the first workout today at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Spring Training Day 3 Photo Gallery

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 2

Saturday, February 20, 2016 / 44 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)

Manager Scott Servais Media Session

Manager Scott Servais, in his first full media session of the spring, told the assembled writers, broadcasters and radio crew in attendance that is would be a pretty safe assumption that Felix Hernandez would be the Opening Day starter in Texas on April 4. Felix is 6-0 with a 1.49 Earned Run Average in his 8 career Opening Day starts. The 2016 lid-lifter will mark his 8th consecutive (2009-2016) Opening Day start, the longest streak in the Majors. And, in more bad news for the Rangers, Felix was 5-0 with a 1.83 ERA in his 5 starts vs. Texas last season.

Felix Hernandez – On The Record

Felix Hernandez met with the beat media following today’s workout and touched on topics both pertinent (new manager Scott Servais, Spring Training Day #1, Opening Day) and jovial (his new hairdo).

PFP – Pitchers Fielding Practice

A staple of Spring Training is PFP (pitchers fielding practice), which covers everything from covering first base, working on pickoffs, fielding bunts…among the drills done by the pithers today was a version of PFP (Pitchers Fielding Practice) that had pairs of hurlers alternating in the bullpens on the side of the practice field mimicking their throwing motions. As they came to a stop, a coach would hit a ragball (a soft version of a regulation baseball) as hard as they could back at the pitcher, helping them get used to balls up the middle at full speed.

Bullpens – Taijuan Walker, Wade Miley & Joel Peralta

 

Several pitchers tossed their first official bullpens of the spring and the first group included right-hander Taijuan Walker, left-hander Wade Miley and right-hander Joel Peralta. Closer Steve Cishek was part of the next group and as the Seattle Times’ tweeted, you can see a slow motion video of his delivery.

The Machine…

Catchers not only caught bullpens today, they also worked on framing pitches…one of the skills you don’t see in a box score. Dan Wilson and bullpen catcher Fleming Baez fed baseballs into the machine while each receiver took a turn framing.

Green Screen for MarinersVision

The Mariners marketing crew continued their work today and began having players come in to shoot some of the in-game features and interviews that will be shown througout the season. Chris Iannetta was one of the first players to go through the setup that included a sit-down portion and even a part that had him walking on a treadmill.

Autograph Alley

If you like to collect autographs, Spring Training is the best time to add to your collection. If you line up at autograph alley, odds are you have success as players stop by after practice to spend time with the fans.

Quote of the Day

“It’s not how you start…” – Joel Peralta, after “winning” the last conditioning race of the day. He gave himself a Seinfeldian 20-yard headstart in the 60 yard run. Peralta, a youthful 39, was running with a foursome of 20-something pitchers, including Danny Hultzen and Justin De Fratus.

Mariners Spring Photos

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 1

Friday, February 19, 2016 / 45 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)

The Arrival:
If you’ve ever wondered what the first day of Spring Training is like, you already know…it’s just like the first day of school. Just like every spring, there are plenty of new faces and names to learn…especially this spring. Besides all the new faces, there are obviously familiar ones…sometimes with a new look. Speaking of new looks, Felix Hernandez did not disappoint, sporting what can only be described as an homage to Jerry Bernandez from a previous era of Mariners Commercials.

What do you think of his new look?

The Physicals:

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Every player coming to camp has to take a physical before stepping on the field. The process takes just over an hour and includes checking out everything from top to bottom, including the dreaded stress tests which consists of a treadmill moving at a set speed but with an incline that steadily increases and raises heart rates. The physicals will continue for a few more hours and they will again take place when the position players arrive on the 24th.

In The Bullpen:
Several pitchers, including James Paxton and Danny Hultzen threw bullpens today with media and fans looking on.  As you’ll see from the pictures and videos below, Paxton looks noticeably trimmer.


On The Field:

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There were several position players who took the field today to work on their own, among those, was Korean first baseman Dae Ho Lee who took grounders at first base with the help of coach Manny Acta.

Turn The Radio On:

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Speaking of Paxton, the left-hander joined Jason Puckett and Curtis Crabtree on KJR 950 on Friday afternoon to discuss reporting to Peoria for Spring Training, getting into great shape for the 2016 season, expectations for the year, and much more. LISTEN HERE.

Taijuan Walker checked in with KJR’s Dave Softy Mahler so be sure to check back for when the audio is posted.

For those looking to hear from new Mariners prospect Boog Powell, tune in to 710 ESPN Seattle at 5 pm Seattle time.

Jerry Dipoto Checks In With Media:

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Jerry Dipoto spent a few minutes with the media group in Peoria today and answered a variety of questions. He was most animated when he was asked if he was looking forward to tomorrow (the first day of players on the field). “I’ve been anticipating tomorrow since the day I started.”

Full Audio:

Special Guest – Wes Stock:

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Former Mariners pitching coach Wes Stock was in camp today. Wes was the franchises original pitching coach, serving from the team’s inception in 1977 through the 1981 season. Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln showed Wes around the Peoria facility, including the practice fields and the stadium. Fair to say that Peoria is a far cry from what Stock had to work with in Tempe when he started. Wes, a native of Longview, WA, attended Washington State and pitched in the Majors from 1959 to 1967, with the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Athletics. Stock’s coaching career included the A’s in both KC (1967) and Oakland (1973-76; 1984-86); Milwaukee (1970-72) and Seattle. He was one of the Mariners telecasts in 1982 and 1983.

New Spring Training Jerseys:

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If you follow the blog, you already know that the club is sporting Northwest Green jerseys this spring. In the past, the club has used the Navy blue jerseys during spring training, so there will be a different look on the field this year.
Mariners Marketing Crew Arrives:

My Oh My! Productions arrived in Peoria this morning and they’re already hard at work. Ben Mertens, Olav Nossum, Chase Decker, Michael Ferguson and social media extraordinaire Nathan Rauschenberg will focus on bringing you some of the action that is going on during workouts as well as grabbing players for the videos that you will see on MarinersVision during the season.

Golf Carts:

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Not much to write about here…we just thought this was interesting since it’s not every day you see golf carts being delivered the way cars are normally delivered. The carts will be used by staff to quickly move from one field to the next while checking out players.

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The Road to Seattle – New Decor in Peoria

Mariners players and staff have been packing their bags and making their way to the Peoria Sports Complex to begin preparing for the 2016 season. When they arrive, they’ll be greeted by some slick new graphics lining the halls.

The Mariners building was remodeled during a big offseason project prior to the 2014 season. The new state-of-the-art facility offered more room for all aspects of baseball life, from training to rehab to clubhouse locker space.

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One thing it was missing was a little bit of decor. When new manager Scott Servais heard about the plans to dress up the building a bit, he had an idea: let’s celebrate Mariners scouting and player development.

As players navigate from the clubhouse to Peoria Stadium, they’ll now pass several graphics featuring players that were drafted, signed, developed and ultimately made their big league debuts in a Mariners uniform. Photos of former stars like Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez appear alongside current stars like Kyle Seager and Felix Hernandez.

In fact, let’s take a quick stroll from the player parking lot to the clubhouse.

The centerpiece of the new decor is “The Road to Seattle”, a 25-foot wide graphic featuring the names of every player to come through the Mariners system and reach the big leagues with the club.

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While the new graphics look great, they also deliver a message to the hundreds of minor leaguers that will walk the hallways for years to come: with hard work, their name (maybe even a photo, too) could someday be on this wall.

In fact, you may notice how empty the lower half of the wall looks. Designed to hold 376 names, there are currently 174 players listed, leaving room for 202. We look forward to adding to the wall for many years to come.

Here’s a full list of the names on the wall today:

 

1979

Rodney Craig

Jim Lewis

 

1980

Dave Edler

 

1981

Dave Henderson

Vance McHenry

Dan Firova

Paul Serna

Jim Maler

Bob Stoddard

Bud Black

 

1982

Edwin Nunez

Ed Vande Berg

Mike Moore

Ron Musselman

John Moses

Orlando Mercado

 

1983

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1984

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1985

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1986

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1987

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1988

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1989

Ken Griffey Jr.

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Clint Zavaras

 

1990

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1991

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Patrick Lennon

 

1992

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1993

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1994

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1995

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1996

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1997

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1998

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1999

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2000

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2001

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2002

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2003

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2004

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2005

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2006

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2007

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2008

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2009

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2010

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2011

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2012

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2013

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2014

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2015

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