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:
The Mariners are set to open Spring Training, the 39th in club history, tomorrow when Pitchers and Catchers officially report to the spring training facility in Peoria, Arizona. A lot of players are already in Arizona working out, but tomorrow the pitchers and catchers will run through their annual physicals and set up their lockers. Be sure to check the blog regularly for spring training updates.
On Saturday morning around 9:30 am (Arizona time), the players will officially say goodbye to the offseason and start preparing for the 2015 season. Here are some upcoming important dates to prepare you for spring training. And don’t forget that 16 Cactus League games will be televised by ROOT Sports and almost every game will air on 710 ESPN Seattle. A full spring training schedule follows below:
Important Spring Training Dates:
Pitchers/Catchers: Physicals (2/20), First Practice (2/21)
Position Players: Physicals (2/24), First Full Squad Workout (2/25)
ESPN Sportscenter Mariners Camp: 2/27
Cactus League Opener: 3/4 vs. San Diego (1:10 pm MT/12:10 pm PT)
MLB Network 30 in 30: 3/13
Here is a look at the complete spring training schedule:
The truck is loaded and ready to head south for the 39th edition of Mariners Spring Training. The moving truck was loaded up by members of the Mariners clubhouse, equipment and even video staff this morning and is scheduled to hit the road by noon today. The plan is for the truck to make two stops (near Medford, OR and Bakersfield, CA) before completing the 1,506-mile journey Thursday afternoon at the Peoria Sports Complex.
The truck is loaded with everything from baseball equipment to jerseys to training equipment and office supplies. After a few days of unpacking and moving back into the facility in Peoria, the action starts late next week. Pitchers and Catchers report and have their physicals on Friday, Feb. 20 and the first workout is on Saturday. Position players report on Tuesday, Feb. 24 and the first full-squad workout is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Here are some photos from this morning of the truck being packed, with a special appearance by The Mariner Moose.
Be sure to visit the blog each day during spring training for exclusive updates from Peoria.
We are very excited to announce the extensive plans for broadcast (TV and radio) coverage of the Mariners 2015 Cactus League schedule.
ROOT SPORTS and 710 ESPN Seattle will provide complete coverage of the Mariners 2015 Spring Training camp in Peoria, Arizona, including Cactus League games as well as other special programming. ROOT SPORTS will carry 16 Cactus League games, the most in club history, while radio partner 710 ESPN will air 30 of the team’s spring games.
ROOT will televise 16 games, all from the Sports Complex in Peoria, beginning with the annual charity game against the San Diego Padres at 12:05pm PST on Wednesday, March 4. In addition to the game telecasts, ROOT SPORTS will premier new episodes of Mariners All-Access on Mondays at 6:30pm.
On the radio, 30 of the Mariners Spring Training games will be carried on 710 ESPN, the Mariners flagship radio station. Of the 30 game broadcasts, 20 will be carried live and 10 weekday games will be aired on a delayed basis at 7pm PDT. All 30 games will be available live at no charge on mariners.com. 710 ESPN will also air the “Cactus League Report” on Wednesday evenings through Spring Training.
Mariners pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on February 20 (physicals) and hold their first workout February 21. Position players report on February 24, with the first full-squad workout on February 25.
Spring Ticket Information:
Single-game tickets: Tickets for all Mariners games at the Peoria Sports Complex are now on sale. Tickets may be purchased via phone at 800-677-1227, online at mariners.com or in person at the Peoria Sports Complex box office located at 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382.
Spring season tickets: Season tickets for all 16 Mariners home games start at just $80. To become a Season Ticket holder, contact the Box Office at (623) 773-8715.
Spring Training Tours packages: Official Mariners Spring Training fan travel packages are currently on sale. Packages include choice of hotel accommodations, rental car, game tickets, merchandise and an opportunity to meet Mariners personnel. There is also an escorted Senior Package March 11-16. For more information, go to mariners.com/springtravel or call 1-800-892-7687.
Here is a detailed look at the spring schedule with TV and radio listings. Please not selected road games will also be televised via the MLB Network and by opponents. We will get information out about those broadcasts as they become available.
Spring Training is just over a month away with Mariners Pitchers & Catchers scheduled to report to Peoria, Arizona on February 20. The Cactus League opener will follow in the annual charity game March 4 vs. the San Diego Padres at Peoria Stadium.
Major League Baseball recently announced the complete spring training schedule for both the Cactus League (Arizona) and Grapefruit League (Florida). If you are planning to go to any spring training games, the following schedule may be handy to have.
Last week’s news about Kyle Seager’s contract extension and the signing of Nelson Cruz have you eager for the season to start, take heart, Spring Training is coming right up.
Tickets for Mariners Spring Training games at the Peoria Sports Complex go on sale to the general public on Saturday, December 20. If you are a Mariners season ticket holders or Mariners.com registered user, there are special pre-sales just for you.
The registered user pre-sale is 11am PST on December 13 until 4pm PST on December 15. (Season ticket holders are being contacted directly with information about their pre-sale opportunity.)
If you’d like to register at Mariners.com, the deadline to sign up is Thursday, December 11.
The other pre-sale opportunity is with the Peoria Sports Complex Ticket Office Priority Order form. Download the form at Peoriaaz.gov/SpringTraining. There is a three game minimum or 20 ticket minimum for group orders. Deadline for Priority Orders is December 16.
Once Spring Training tickets go on sale to the public on December 20, they’ll be available by phone (800-677-1227 and 888-SEA-HITS) and online (Mariners.com). The Ticket Office at the Peoria Sports Complex opens on January 10.
Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on February 20. The first game of the 2015 Spring campaign is the annual charity game against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, March 4. Proceeds from the game benefit several Peoria area non-profits.
The Mariners Spring Training Schedule includes 32 total games and 16 “home” games at the Peoria Sports Complex. The Mariners will host both World Series participants in Peoria. The American League Champion Kansas City Royals visit on Thursday, March 26, followed two days later (March 28) by the World Champion San Francisco Giants.
The Mariners close out the 2015 training camp with a pair of games against the Colorado Rockies: Friday, April 3, at Peoria (7:05pm) and Saturday, April 4, at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. (12:10pm). The Mariners then travel to Seattle to prepare for the regular season Opening Day at Safeco Field on Monday, April 6, against the Los Angeles Angels.
Mariners Pitchers and Catchers officially report to Arizona for Spring Training in 109 days on February 20, and today we are able to share with you the official Spring Training Schedule!
The Mariners will host the Padres in the annual charity game on Wednesday, March 4 at 1:05 pm MT/12:05 pm PT at Peoria Stadium.
The opening game of the spring season, which benefits several local Peoria, AZ, charities, is the first of 32 total games and 16 “home” games for the Mariners. The Mariners and Padres have shared the Peoria Sports Complex for spring training since 1994, and they will face each other four times next spring.
The Mariners will host both World Series participants in Peoria; first the American League Champion Kansas City Royals will visit on Thursday, March 26, followed two days later (March 28) by the World Champion San Francisco Giants.
Three night games are included in the home schedule: Thursday, March 19 vs. the Cleveland Indians, Wednesday, March 25 vs. the Chicago Cubs, and Friday, April 3 vs. the Colorado Rockies. Night game times begin at 7:05 pm.
To close out the 2015 training camp, the Mariners will play a pair of games against the Rockies: Friday, April 3, at Peoria (7:05pm) and Saturday, April 4, at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. (12:10pm).
The Mariners then travel to Seattle to prepare for the regular season Opening Day at Safeco Field on Monday, April 6, against the Los Angeles Angels (1:10 pm).
Tickets for all Mariners spring training games in Peoria will go on sale January 10, 2015.