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From (Center) Field to Table – Safeco’s Urban Garden

Safeco Field Executive Chef Michael Johnson harvests mixed greens from the Safeco Field Urban Garden, which will be made into a Hit It Here Salad.

Safeco Field Executive Chef Michael Johnson harvests mixed greens from the Safeco Field Urban Garden, which will be made into a Hit It Here Salad.

Right behind the 401’ marker on the center field wall at Safeco Field is a new Urban Garden that will supply fresh herbs and vegetables that will be incorporated into the ballpark menu.

The project is a collaboration between the Seattle Mariners, Centerplate (the ballpark’s concessions provider), Cedar Grove Composting and BASF.

The garden is located at the base of the Batter’s Eye in a raised bed. The 450-square foot container was prepared, and will be maintained by Seattle Urban Farm Company, a local business that uses sustainable farming principles to create “unique, productive outdoors spaces.”

The first crop was planted in late March — lettuce, greens, onions, radishes.

Safeco Field Executive Chef Michael Johnson says he worked with Seattle Urban Farms to help determine what crops will be planted over the course of the growing season.

“Colin and I have talked about tomatoes, cucumbers, spicy chili peppers, kind of playing around with the stuff that’s cool and things that translate into what we do here,” says Johnson.

The early produce is being incorporated into the Hit It Here Salad, from the Hit It Here Café, which consists of mixed greens, English cucumber, heirloom cherry tomatoes, Rogue creamery Oregonzola cheese and bacon bits tossed in roasted red pepper vinaigrette.

Colin McCrate, of Seattle Urban Farm Company, uses sustainable practices to maintain the Safeco Field Urban Garden.

Colin McCrate, of Seattle Urban Farm Company, uses sustainable practices to maintain the Safeco Field Urban Garden.

Colin McCrate, co-founder of Seattle Urban Farm Company, says the Safeco Field garden is a good way to demonstrate what can be done in a relatively small space, 450-square feet.

“I think it’s important for people to know that they can grow a lot of food in a pretty small amount of space with a pretty limited amount of time. I encourage everybody to think about growing some food at home.

The garden was created with and is being maintained with sustainable practices such as water-saving drip irrigation and the use of organic products and nutrient-rich compost from Cedar Grove Composting.

“This garden brings the Mariners organics recycling program full circle,” said Karen Dawson, Director of Community Relations, Cedar Grove. “Using compost, manufactured by Cedar Grove in part from food scraps collected at Safeco Field, to grow vegetables at the ballpark for fan consumption.”

Safeco Field has been recycling compostables since 2007, resulting in the diversion of 9.4 million pounds of food and yard waste from the landfill. Cedar Grove transforms food scraps and grass clippings, mingled with organic matter collected from businesses, restaurants, and homeowners across the greater Seattle area, into compost.

In 2011, BASF became the Mariners founding sustainability partner, supporting Safeco Field’s waste diversion program by encouraging fans to compost and recycle. Organic waste bags made of BASF’s certified compostable polymer, ecovio®, make organic waste collection cleaner, safer, and easier.

“This unique partnership demonstrates an innovative solution for urban growth through a closed loop system,” said Charlene Wall-Warren, Director of Sustainability, BASF. “When fans visit the stadium, they can see first-hand how BASF technologies contribute to sustainability.”

Safeco Field Sustainability

Safeco Field is one of the most sustainably operated facilities in the world. Almost 87% of all waste generated at the ballpark was recycled or composted last year, diverting almost 3,000,000 pounds of recyclable material from the waste stream.

Every year since 2010, the Mariners have been honored by Major League Baseball as American League Recycling Champions.

Additionally, Safeco Field has the lowest “energy intensity” of any ballpark in Major League Baseball. Energy intensity is a measure of a facility’s energy efficiency. In 2015, the Mariners became the first MLB team to install LED lights to illuminate the playing field. The LED lights use 60%-70% less energy than old-technology metal halide lamps.

In His Own Words: John Stanton

_VH_9821It was announced on Wednesday that Howard Lincoln plans to step down as Seattle Mariners Chairman and CEO in August, and that John Stanton, a longtime member of the Seattle Mariners ownership group, will assume that role.

Stanton was introduced during a news conference at Safeco Field. Here are some of his thoughts on his love for the game of baseball and his hopes for the future of the Seattle Mariners.

Deep local roots…

“I was born on Queen Anne and am a product of Bellevue Public Schools. Except for college, I have lived in the area all my life.”

For the love of the game…

“I’m a sports fan, but most of all, I love baseball… I care deeply and passionately about baseball in Seattle. As a teenager I cried when the Pilots left town. I was thrilled 16 years ago to have the opportunity to become one of the owners of the Seattle Mariners.”

Nintendo of America’s sale of a majority stake in the team is a transition as opposed to a transaction…

“When Hiroshi Yamauchi made his gift to Seattle to keep baseball in this community, he did so with the hope and belief that eventually, the team would be returned entirely to local ownership. Today marks the opportunity for us to do that and to see Mr. Yamauchi’s dream realized.”

John Stanton

What kind of a CEO will he be…

“I’ve been a CEO in a lot of different environments. I know baseball, and I know the Mariners, are different. I think the most important thing is to let good leaders lead.”

The future of the franchise…

“My goal, and the number one goal of our entire ownership group and the entire organization is to win a World Series. Since getting involved in 2000, I have gotten to know many great people in the Mariners organization. To a person, they all share that goal. Mariners fans have been so positive, so patient with the team. It is time they were rewarded with playoff and World Series baseball here at Safeco Field.”

We owe it to the fans…

“Nearly 200,000 people have come through the turnstiles since Opening Day. We have loyal fans urging us on to victory. You can feel it in the stands. We owe you our thanks and we owe you a good product on the field and to be a great citizen in this community. I, and we, will try to earn and live up to that trust.”

 

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Mariners Gameday Information – April 27 vs. Houston

Game InformationGame #21 (4/27): Mariners (11-9) vs. Astros (6-15) | 7:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (0-2, 3.81) vs. RHP Collin McHugh (1-3, 7.56)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Astros | Mariners-Astros History

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HOU-SEA 04.27.16 Lineup

Taijuan Walker’s Dominant Start, By the Numbers

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 25: Taijuan Walker #44 of the Seattle Mariners delivers a pitch during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Safeco Field on April 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Taijuan Walker unleashed a venomous arsenal in a dominating effort against the Houston Astros at Safeco Field last night. The young fireballer tied a career high by fanning 11 hitters while only allowing 1 run in 7 innings of work. Walker punctuated what has been a sensational first month of the season.  He is now the proud owner of the second best April ERA in team history for a pitcher with at least 4 starts.

Floyd Bannister 1.21 (1980)
Taijuan Walker 1.44 (2016)
Randy Johnson 1.53 (1992)
Erik Hanson 1.53 (1993)

His frigid 1.44 ERA is also 4th best in the American League.

Walker’s exceptional results have formed through a blend of exquisite pitcher skills. First of all, Walker has been stingy with free passes. His 1.08 walks per 9 innings is 2nd best in the American League behind White Sox ace Chris Sale.  He has only walked three batters in four starts. For comparison, there have already been 204 occurrences this season of pitchers in MLB walking 3 or more in a single game.

Secondly, he is striking out hitters at a delicious rate. His 9.00 strikeouts per 9 innings is currently 14th in the AL. His current innings and K rate pace would comfortably propel him over the coveted 200 strikeout mark for the season.

Additionally, Walker features the 9th best ground ball rate in the AL. So far this season he has equaled famous ground-baller and defending Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel at his most impressive skill.

Taijuan Walker is the only pitcher in the American League who is in the top-15 in strikeouts per 9, walks per 9 and ground ball rate.  The rare skill-set has produced unique results such as last night.

Walker became just the 4th pitcher in M’s history (23 age or younger) to toss a game of 7 or more innings while striking out 10 or more and only allowing a run or fewer.

Felix Hernandez (4 times)
Freddy Garcia (3)
Taijuan Walker (2)
Mark Langston (2)

Excellent company.

He also has already produced his 3rd game of 10 or more strikeouts while walking 1 or fewer.

Randy Johnson (25)
Felix Hernandez (21)
Erik Hanson (7)
Mark Langston (5)
Mike Moore (5)
Hisashi Iwakuma (3)
Freddy Garcia (3)
Taijuan Walker (3)

After Walker’s performance last night Mariners manager Scott Servais exclaimed. “Awesome, awesome outing. He’s finding his stride. He’s coming into his own, the type of pitcher he can be.”

The differences between Walker’s first four starts last year and this year are striking.

2015 4 GS 19.2 IP 25 hits 15 ER 11 BB 19 SO 6.86 ERA
2016 4 GS 25.0 IP 21 hits 4 ER 3 BB 25 SO 1.44 ERA

The tough start for Walker a year ago helped mask the overall gains he made. He posted an ERA of 3.62 while fanning 118 and walking 17 in his last 20 starts spanning the final four months of the season.  It appears that he has continued to make strides.

“We’re watching somebody take the next step.” Servais said.

Now M’s fans can dream about where those steps can lead for Walker.

Mariners Gameday Information – April 26 vs. Houston

Game InformationGame #20 (4/26): Mariners (10-9) vs. Astros (6-14) | 7:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Nathan Karns (1-1, 5.28) vs. LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-2, 3.71)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Astros | Mariners-Astros History

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HOU-SEA Lineup 4.26.16

Seager’s Journey to 100 Career Home Runs

With one out and the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 4th inning Monday night at Safeco Field, Kyle Seager worked the count to 3-1 against Astros starter Doug Fister. Sitting on a 3-1 fastball, Seager deposited a solo home run into the right-center field bleachers. The round-tripper not only gave the Mariners a lead they would not relinquish, it marked 100 career home runs for Seager.

The Mariners 3rd round draft pick in 2009, Seager becomes the 12th player to hit 100 home runs with the Mariners, joining Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, Alex Rodriguez, Alvin Davis, Raul Ibañez, Bret Boone, Jim Presley, Ken Phelps, Richie Sexson and Adrian Beltre.

Seager also becomes the 7th player to hit his first 100 career home runs with the Mariners – a list that includes Davis, Phelps, Presley, Griffey Jr., Martinez and Rodriguez.

Here’s how the home run unfolded on ROOT Sports.

Here’s how the home run sounded on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network.

And here’s how the milestone home run looked through the lens of team photographer Ben Van Houten.

FIRST CAREER HOME RUN

Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager follows his home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Wade Davis during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager follows his home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Wade Davis during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)


Kyle connected for his first career home run on August 19, 2011 off Wade Davis in Tampa Bay.

CLUTCH HOME RUNS
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One of Seager’s most memorable home run performances came on April 23, 2014 vs. Houston. Kyle drilled a two-run home run in the bottom of the 7th inning to bring the Mariners within one run of the Astros, 3-2. With two on and one out in the bottom of the 9th, Seager proved clutch once again, clubbing a three-run walk-off home run to right field. Seager accounted for all 5 RBI in the Mariners 5-3 victory over the Astros at Safeco Field.

GRAND SLAM HOME RUNS

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 26: Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates his grand slam with teammate Willie Bloomquist #8 of the Seattle Mariners in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 26, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Kyle Seager;Willie Bloomquist

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – MAY 26: Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates his grand slam with teammate Willie Bloomquist #8 of the Seattle Mariners in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 26, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Kyle Seager;Willie Bloomquist

Kyle has found success with the bases loaded, prompting grandma to get out the rye bread and the mustard on three occasions. Since 2013, Seager’s 3 grand slams ranked tied-for-5th in Major League Baseball. Only Chris Davis, Edwin Encarnacion, Mike Trout and teammate Nelson Cruz have hit more grand slams than Kyle Seager in that time frame.

Seager went yard twice, including a grand salami, while driving in a career-high 6 RBI in a 7-6 win on May 26, 2015 at Tampa Bay. It was one of six career multi-homer games for Seager.

SEAGER HOME RUN NOTES

  • Seager is one of seven players to record at least four 20-homer seasons with the Mariners, joining a list that includes Griffey (9), Martinez (8), Buhner (8), Ibañez (5), Rodriguez (5) and Boone (4).
  • Seager’s 100 home runs since his rookie season in 2011 rank 6th among Major League third baseman behind Adrian Beltre (138), Evan Longoria (126), Pedro Alvarez (115), Todd Frazier (113) and Josh Donaldson (110).
  • Since making his debut with the Mariners in 2011, Seager has increased his home run total every season. Kyle belted 3 home runs in 53 games in his rookie season, followed by 20 in 2012, 22 in 2013, 25 in 2014 and 26 last year.
  • Seager reached 100 career home runs in 706 games and 2,673 at-bats. By games, Seager ranks 10th in Mariners history by number of games to 100 home runs. Seager also ranks 10th in club history by at-bats to 100 home runs (StatsPass).
  • Seager has hit 36 game-tying or go-ahead home runs in his career, including last night’s 4th inning blast.
  • With last night’s home run, Seager has now gone yard in back-to-back games 12 times. Seager homered in 3 straight games August 28 – 30, 2015.
  • Seager became the first player in MLB history to hit a game-tying grand slam in extra innings by going yard in the bottom of the 14th against the White Sox on June 5, 2013.
  • Other than his 37 home runs at Safeco Field, Seager’s most home runs in a single ballpark is 8 round-trippers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.
  • 35 of Seager’s 100 home runs have come when Kyle is batting 5th in the order. Last night’s solo homer was his 8th career when batting 6th.
  • Seager has turned around the first pitch of an at-bat for a home run on 15 occasions, but he has hit 27 home runs with 1 ball, 0 strikes – the most of any count. Seager has now gone yard on 3-1 count 7 times.
  • Seager has homered 15 times against the Texas Rangers, the most versus any club. Last night marked his 8th career home run against the Astros.
  • On his 100 career home runs, Seager has collected 169 RBI.

 

Mariners Gameday Information – April 25 vs. Astros

Game Information

Game #19 (4/25): Mariners (9-9) vs. Astros (6-13) | 7:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (1-0, 1.50) vs. RHP Doug Fister (1-2, 5.94)
Radio:
710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on
ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information:
Mariners | Astros | Mariners-Astros History

April 25 lineup

 

Mariners Gameday Information – April 24 at Angels

Game Information

Game #18 (4/24): Mariners (8-9) vs. Angels (8-10) | 12:35 pm PT | Angel Stadium Starting Pitchers: LHP Wade Miley (0-2, 8.04) vs. RHP Matt Shoemaker (1-2, 4.70) Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv) TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available Game Information: Mariners | Angels | Mariners-Angels History

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Mariners Gameday Information – April 23 at Angels

Game Information

                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Game #17 (4/23): Mariners (8-8) vs. Angels (7-20) | 6:05 pm PT | Angel Stadium Starting Pitchers: RHP Felix Hernandez (1-1, 1.00) vs. LHP Hector Santiago (1-0, 2.61) Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv) TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available Game Information: Mariners | Angels | Mariners-Angels History

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Mariners Announce Game Time Change for April 30

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The Seattle Mariners announced today that their game on Saturday, April 30 versus the Kansas City Royals will now start at 7:10 pm. The game was originally scheduled to begin at 6:10 pm.

“We have a crowd of approximately 40,000 expected on Saturday night, and with the viaduct being closed and the Sounders expecting a large crowd for their 1 pm game on Saturday, we felt it was in the best interest of our fans to have as much separation as possible between the two events,” said Joe Myhra, Vice President of Ballpark Operations.

“The streets and sidewalks will be crowded. Soccer fans will need to disperse, parking spaces need to be opened up and a number of streets and lanes will have to reverse from outgoing to incoming before our fans can reach the stadium district,” said Mariners President and COO Kevin Mather. “We thought it best to give our fans another hour to arrive and let the area open up a little, rather than forcing our fans into a gridlock situation. This time change will assist the police and traffic control officers.”

The Mariners expect a substantial number of fans will arrive early to see the defending World Champion Kansas City Royals, and lines will possibly extend out into the sidewalks. In addition, Saturday night is Nelson Cruz “Boomstick” Bobblehead Night, presented by ROOT Sports for the first 20,000 fans.

Saturday is the fifth day of a six-game homestand featuring the Houston Astros (Monday – Wednesday April 25 – 27) and Royals (Friday – Sunday, April 29-May 1). Tickets remain for all six games on the homestand. Please see www.mariners.com/tickets for ticket information.

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