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The Past Meets the Present in New Alternate Uniform

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The Mariners today unveiled a new alternate uniform that will be worn during Sunday home games at Safeco Field.

The new jersey and pants are a classic cream color. The lettering and logo are the same as the current uniforms but in the original Mariners colors. The “Mariners” lettering is royal blue with gold trim outlined in royal. The button placket and sleeves are trimmed in royal, and there is a Mariners nautical “compass rose” patch in royal and gold on the left sleeve.

In a nod to vintage baseball uniforms, there are no players’ names on the backs of the jerseys; just large block numbers in royal with gold trim. The look is completed with a royal blue cap with gold Mariners “S” and compass rose baseball logo and royal blue socks with gold stripes and.

Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Charlie Furbush and Nelson Cruz in the new uniform.

Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Charlie Furbush and Nelson Cruz in the new uniform.

“The royal blue and gold colors of our franchise’s inaugural uniforms are blended with the lettering and logo of our current identity in a unique design that pays homage to our club’s history,” said Kevin Martinez, Vice President of Marketing for the Seattle Mariners. “This new alternate uniform is perfect for sunny Sunday afternoons at Safeco Field.”

The uniforms were unveiled today at Safeco Field with Nelson Cruz, James Paxton, Charlie Furbush and Taijuan Walker as models [photos will be posted this afternoon].

In addition to the new alternate Sunday uniforms, the Mariners also announced minor changes to the lettering of the home and road jerseys. The words “Mariners” (for home whites) and “Seattle” (for road grays) in navy letters will be trimmed in silver outlined in Northwest green.

“We’ve simply reversed the order of the silver and green. The change is subtle,” said Martinez, “but the modified color arrangement presents a much stronger and crisper on-field look.”

The Mariners two other alternate jerseys, Navy and Northwest Green, are unchanged.

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Media Day Recap

We had a great turnout today for our annual Pre-Spring Training Media Luncheon, with several front office members and left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ talking with the media.

We posted a lot of social media activity in an earlier post [Media Day Live Blog] and below are several stories that came out of the event.

New Mariners Players Line Dave Niehaus Way

With each baseball season comes new players and new faces…literally.

Mariners fans should be more familiar with the players photos that line Dave Niehaus Way (First Avenue South) between Edgar Martinez Way and Royal Brougham Way. Each January (and sometimes throughout the season) new players are added to the collage of photos to depict current members of the team.

In preparation for this weekend’s FanFest, three new players were added today: Austin Jackson, Nelson Cruz and J.A. Happ. Be sure to check them out this weekend out at Safeco Field.

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Fernando Rodney – Scenes from South Korea

We had a small post last week on Fernando Rodney visiting Korea on a goodwill trip. The Mariners closer has been busy in Korea, visiting the Little League World Champions, the US Embassy and most recently the Sacred Heart School for the Deaf and Seji Middle School. Here are some photos and a link to a video of his trip.

Fernando will fly from Korea to Seattle to take part in this weekend’s FanFest activities at Safeco Field.

New Alternate Uniform to be Unveiled Friday

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On Friday, the Mariners will unveil a new alternate uniform to be worn on Sunday games at Safeco Field during the 2015 season. The unveiling will take part  be part of an invitation-only event for Mariners season ticket holders and guests. We’ll post some pictures hopefully by noon on Friday to share the exciting new look.

Fernando Rodney Takes Save Celebration to Korea

Mariners closer Fernando Rodney is off to Korea on a goodwill trip where he will visit  U.S. soldiers on a military base and participate in a youth baseball camp while there. His schedule also includes lunch at the Dominican Republic Embassy, a visit to a school for the blind and a meet-and-greet with the 2014 Little League champions from South Korea (whom he has a fun connection with).

MLB.com writer Jesse Sanchez caught up with Fernando from the Miami Airport before taking off on his trip. Upon returning from Korea, Rodney will head straight to Seattle to participate in FanFest Jan. 24-25.

Yesterday was also a big day for Fernando as his bobblehead night on May 9 vs. the A’s was announced.

 

Mariners Acquire LHP Mike Kickham from Chicago Cubs

Newest Mariner Mike Kickham pitched for the Giants last season.

Newest Mariner Mike Kickham pitched for the Giants last season.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the club has acquired left-handed pitcher Mike Kickham (kick-uhm) from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league RHP Lars Huijer (pronounced higher).

To make room on the 40-man roster for Kickham, LHP Anthony Fernandez has been designated for assignment. The Mariners 40-man roster remains full at 40 players.

Kickham, 26, has spent his entire career in the San Francisco Giants organization prior to being claimed off waivers by the Cubs on Dec. 23, 2014. He was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Jan. 9 when they signed OF Chris Denorfia.

Pitching primarily with AAA Fresno last season, Kickham went 8-8 with a 4.43 ERA (73 ER, 148.1 IP) in 27 starts. Amongst Pacific Coast League leaders the left-hander ranked tied for 4th in strikeouts (131), 4th in games started (27) and 7th in innings pitched (148.1). In limited big league action with the Giants over the last two seasons is 0-3 with a 10.98 ERA.

Kickham was originally selected by the Giants in the 6th round of the 2010 June draft out of Missouri State University.

Huijer, 21, went 6-9 with a 5.08 ERA in 28 games (24 starts) with A Clinton and A High Desert last season. The Dutch native has combined to go 17-17 with a 4.48 ERA in five minor league seasons. He was signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent on June 1, 2011.

Fernandez, 24, went 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA (11 ER, 25.2 IP) in 5 starts with AAA Tacoma last season before going on the disabled list with a left elbow injury. He had season-ending “Tommy John” surgery on his left elbow May 22 performed by Dr. James Andrews.

Robinson Cano Begins Winter Ball

As you may know, Robinson Cano began a short stint playing winter ball for the Estrellas Orientales in the Dominican Republic last night.

The basics? He went 1-for-4 with RBI grounder and a two-run double.

Cano playing winter ball is a big deal down there since he hasn’t played there since 2009. Fans were very appreciative that they got to see one of their own superstars play in front of them.

Here’s the recap of Robinson Cano helping the Estrellas extend their winning streak to four games (Spanish): Canó, auspicioso debut en triunfo Estrellas

Here are a few pictures and video from last night.

Happy Birthday Jack & Lloyd

A special Happy Birthday wish to our GM Jack Zduriencik and manager Lloyd McClendon. Looking forward to a great upcoming season in 2015!

RIP Herb Simpson, last surviving Seattle Steelheads player

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We learned today of the passing of an important part of Seattle sports history. Herb Simpson, the last-known surviving member of the Negro Leagues Seattle Steelheads, died surrounded by family in a New Orleans hospital on Tuesday. He was 94.

Herb became a member of the Mariners family with his participation in the African American Heritage Day celebrations at Safeco Field in 2013 and 2014. He was a dear man who gladly shared stories of his time in the 1940 and 50s playing a game he loved.

Herb “Briefcase” Simpson, played first base and outfield for the Steelheads, one of six teams in the short-lived West Coast Baseball Association. The league only survived a few months in the summer of 1946, but the Steelheads lived on another year as a traveling all-stars team. Simpson went on to play for the Albuquerque Dukes and Spokane Indians from 1952-1954.

Jerry Brewer, of the Seattle Times, profiled Simpson in 2013, and noted Negro Leagues historian Ryan Wirthy wrote about Herb’s 2014 trip to Seattle.

Herb Simpson with Mariners Hall of Famers Ken Griffey Jr. and Alvin Davis.

Herb Simpson with Mariners Hall of Famers Ken Griffey Jr. and Alvin Davis.

Simpson’s niece, Lisa Broussard, said via email that the Simpson family wanted to thank the city of Seattle for embracing her uncle as “one of your own.”

Those of us at the Mariners who got to know Herb are feeling his loss, but glad to have had a chance to get to know the humble, unassuming man who was an important part of Seattle sports history.

Rest in peace, Herb Simpson.

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