The hardest working grounds crew in Major League Baseball is taking some time over the holidays to help make the winter a little warmer for those in need.
Bob Christofferson and his team are sponsoring their annual coat drive to collect new and gently used coats to benefit the YWCA homeless and domestic violence support services and the Boys & Girls Clubs.
This is the third year the grounds crew has sponsored the collection. They’re accepting new and lightly worn coats for infants, kids, teens and adult men and women.
The coat drive ends on December 13th. If you’d like to help, bring new or gently used coats to the Third Base Entry at Safeco Field (that’s the ballpark’s main entrance, on the 1st Ave. side, across the street from the Great Floors carpet store). The reception desk is open from 8:30am-5:30pm Monday through Friday.
The Washington State University Cougar Baseball team is currently in the Dominican Republic for a five-game International tour. The Cougars got a chance to meet Mariners All-Star closer Fernando Rodney yesterday before their game in Boca Chica. Rodney threw out the ceremonial first pitch and posed for photos with the Cougar Baseball team.
The Cougars will complete their five-game schedule in the DR with an exhibition game vs. a group of Mariners players at the new Dominican Academy.
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced tonight the following roster moves:
Added to 40-Man Roster:
- RHP Mayckol Guaipe selected to Major League roster (Michael gwhy-pay)
- C John Hicks selected to Major League roster
- INF Ketel Marte selected to Major League roster (kuh-TELL MAR-tay)
With these transactions, the Mariners 40-man roster is at 39 players.
Guaipe, 24, spent the 2014 season with AA Jackson making 40 relief appearances for the Generals. The right-hander posted a 1-3 record with 12 saves and a 2.89 ERA (18 ER, 56.0 IP). He averaged 9.00 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (56 strikeouts) and posted the lowest WHIP (0.964) amongst Mariners full-season minor leaguers. The native of Barcelona, Venezuela was originally signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted international free agent on Oct. 11, 2006.
Hicks, 25, split the season between AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma batting .290 (84×290) with 12 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs and 47 RBI in 81 games. The catcher has thrown out nearly 50% of attempted base-stealers during his four minor league seasons (137 CS, 151 SB), including 38.2% (26 CCS, 42 SB) in 2014. Following the regular season Hicks appeared in 13 games with the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League and hit .304 (14×46) with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 11 RBI. The native of Richmond, Va., was originally selected by the Mariners in the 4th round of the 2011 MLB June Draft out of the University of Virginia.
Marte, 21, hit .304 (159×523) with 79 runs scored, 32 doubles, 6 triples, 4 home runs and 55 RBI in 128 games with AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma. Amongst Mariners minor leaguers, the switch hitter ranked 3rd in batting average and hits, and 4th in stolen bases (29). He was named a Southern League All-Star batting .302 (134×443) in 109 games with Jackson before being promoted to Tacoma on Aug. 10. In 19 games as one of the youngest players in the Pacific Coast League, he batted .313 (25×80) with 5 doubles, 2 home runs and 9 RBI. The native of Nizao, Dominican Republic was originally signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted international free agent on Aug. 13, 2010.
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today that the club has claimed left-hander Edgar Olmos off of waivers from the Miami Marlins.
The Mariners 40-man roster now stands at 36.
Olmos, 24, went 3-3 with 3 saves and a 4.06 ERA in a career-high 51 relief appearances combined between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans. He limited opponents to a .248 (71×286) average, while walking 30 and striking out 60 on 77.2 innings. Olmos recently wrapped up his winter league assignment, going 1-1 with a 7.36 ERA (9 ER, 11.0 IP) in 9 games with the Salt Rivers Rafters in the Arizona Fall League.
Olmos made his Major League debut with the Marlins on June 3, 2013 at Philadelphia, allowing only 1 hit in 1.1 scoreless innings in relief. Over 5 appearances with Miami that season, he went 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA (4 ER, 5.0 IP). He was originally selected by the Marlins in the 3rd round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Birmingham High School in Los Angeles, California. He currently owns a 15-37 record with a 4.50 ERA (245 ER, 489.2 IP) in 179 games, 71 career starts over 7 seasons in the minor leagues.
The Seattle Mariners signed Cuban left-hander Misael Siverio who completed his physical in Seattle two weeks ago before the deal was finalized. The 25-year-old left-hander left Cuba in July of 2013 and played for the Aguilas de Mexicali in the Mexican Pacific League last winter where he went 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA (8 ER, 29.1 IP) with 36 strikeouts in six starts.
“This is a proud moment for me, to be able to join the Seattle Mariners who have several Cubans in the organization that are my compatriots,” said Siverio. “I feel very happy because of the way that I have been treated here in Seattle and now the only thing left to do is to do my part, work hard and reach the Major Leagues.”
Siverio played six seasons for Villa Clara in the Cuban National Series from 2007 to 2012 where he posted a 3.24 ERA.
He toured Safeco Field two weeks ago after completing his physical, getting to see the clubhouse, training room, video room and of course the field. He’s excited to join the Mariners and is looking forward to spring training in Peoria.
Siverio will take part in Mariners mini-camp in mid-to-late February.
Here’s a quick video (in Spanish) that the Aguilas de Mexicali put together when Siverio joined the team, answering questions about being in Mexicali, striving to reach the Majors and his repertoire.
Attached is this week’s Mariners Winter League Report.
Robinson Cano collected two hits and scored a run in the MLB All-Stars 8-7 win over a collection of players from the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers last night.
You can read about the game in MLB.com’s Joey Nowak’s recap: MLB Takes Nail-Biter in Japan Series Preview
The game was televised live on MLB Network and will be re-aired at 6 pm Seattle time tonight.
Here’s a few video’s of Robinson Cano’s performance last night:
Robinson Cano Goes Photo Crazy During His Trip To Japan
You should go along for the ride with Robinson Cano’s Instagram account. From there you’ll see what he’s seeing and experiencing. Be sure to follow him, but in the meantime, MLB.com’s Cut4 has put together some of his best pictures here: Robinson Cano Goes Photo Crazy During His Trip To Japan.
Here’s a schedule of the upcoming Japan All-Star Series which will all be carried on MLB Network:
• Wednesday: Game No. 1 at Kyocera Dome, Osaka (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Thursday: Travel day
• Friday: Game No. 2 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Saturday: Game No. 3 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Sunday: Game No. 4 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (1 p.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Monday: Travel day
• Tuesday, Nov. 18: Game No. 5 at Sapporo Dome, Sapporo (2 a.m. PT/5 a.m. ET)
• Wednesday, Nov. 19: Travel day
• Thursday, Nov. 20: Exhibition game vs. Samurai Japan, Okinawa Cellular Stadium, Okinawa (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
Major League Baseball’s All-Stars have arrived for the Japan All-Star Series 2014 and the players are already taking part in ceremonies before the games begin.
The Mariners are being represented by second baseman Robinson Cano, starter Hisashi Iwakuma and interpreter Antony Suzuki during the All-Star Series. The games will be hosted in Osaka (Kyocera Dome), Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) and Sapporo (Sapporo Dome). Two exhibition games will complement the five-game series, with one game in Osaka (Koshien Stadium) and the other in Okinawa (Okinawa Cellular Stadium).
MLB Network will exclusively televise every game of the Japan All-Star Series live in the United States, beginning with the exhibition game on Tuesday, November 11th at 4:00 a.m. (ET). MLB.TV subscribers also will be able to watch every game live and on-demand across any of its supported devices, including via the MLB.com At Bat app. The games will be called live by a rotating on-air team of MLB Network announcers that includes play-by-play by Paul Severino and analysis from Mark DeRosa and Darryl Hamilton. Each game will re-air later the same day at 9:00 p.m. (ET).
MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo checked in with the team and posted his feature: Major Leaguers rest up after landing in Osaka.
If you’re looking for a players perspective of this trip (in pictures), be sure to follow Robinson Cano on instagram (RobinsonCano).
Here are a few of his updates since arriving.
Here are some photos from the welcome party as well as the team photo at Koshien Stadium.