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Happy 100th Birthday Lefty Carnett


The Mariners send birthday greetings to Eddie “Lefty” Carnett, who turns 100 today. Lefty is a former Major Leaguer who also played three years for the Seattle Rainiers.

Carnett is reportedly the oldest living former Major League player, and also the oldest Pacific Coast League player.

Back on May 26, 2012, a then 95-year old Carnett threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Safeco Field before the Turn Back the Clock game in which the Mariners wore Rainiers jerseys and the Los Angeles Angels wore the PCL Angels uniforms from 1955.

During his playing days, Carnett was what one might call versatile. He was an outfielder, first baseman and pitcher. He was also a player/manager for six seasons in the minor leagues. He had a 19-year professional baseball career from 1935-1955. He played for 20 teams, including three cups of coffee in the Big Leagues with the Boston Braves (1941), Chicago White Sox (1944) and Cleveland Indians (1945).

Carnett played with the Rainiers in 1942-1943 and 1946. He was also a member of the 1938 pennant-winning Pacific Coast League Los Angeles Angels, where he pitched against Fred Hutchinson, the ace of the first-year Rainiers staff.

During his years in the minors, Carnett was a career .314 hitter. He also went 129-102 as a pitcher with a 4.03ERA.

Carnett now lives with his wife MaryLee in Ringling, OK.

Mariners Announce 2017 Major League Coaching Staff

Seattle Mariners Manager Scott Servais today announced that all six Major League coaches (third base coach Manny Acta, bench coach Tim Bogar, first base coach Casey Candaele, bullpen coach Mike Hampton, hitting coach Edgar Martinez and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre) will return to the staff in 2017 in their current positions. In addition, Scott Brosius will join the staff as assistant coach and Chris Prieto will return in a slightly different role, now serving as special projects coach.

“Our coaches played a huge role in creating the culture, both on and off the field, that we enjoyed last season,” said Mariners Manager Scott Servais. “I am pleased that all will return in 2017 as we continue to work toward our shared goal of winning a World Series in Seattle.”

acta Manny Acta returns as Third Base Coach. In addition to coaching third base, Manny is responsible for defensive positioning. Last year Baseball Info Solutions had the Mariners as the (tie) top-team in the American League in runs saved via defensive shifting. Acta was recently named this year’s recipient of the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award by the MLB Players Alumni Association. The 2017 season will be his second with Seattle, and his 13th as a Big League coach or manager.

bogarTim Bogar returns as Bench Coach. He assists manager Scott Servais with all facets of pre-game and in-game decision making. In 2016, the Mariners improved by 10 total wins (from 76 to 86) over the 2015 season, one of just five teams in the Majors to post a 10+ game improvement. The 2017 season will be his second with Seattle, and his eighth as a Big League coach or manager.

caseyCasey Candaele returns as First Base Coach. In addition to coaching first base Casey is also responsible for base running and outfield defense. The 2017 season will be his second with Seattle, and his second as a Big League coach.

hamptonMike Hampton returns as Bullpen Coach. The Mariners bullpen improved from 25th in the Majors (at 4.15) to 9th (at 3.55) in bullpen ERA in 2016. The 2017 season will be his second with Seattle, and his second as a Big League coach.

041216_060-bvhEdgar Martinez returns as Hitting Coach. The Mariners ranked sixth in the Majors in runs scored (4.74 per game) in 2016, Edgar’s first full season as hitting coach, and the group finished with 223 home runs, third-most in MLB. Edgar originally joined the staff on June 20, 2015, making the 2017 season his third with Seattle, and his third as a Big League coach.

stottMel Stottlemyre returns as Pitching Coach. The Mariners used a club-record 32 different pitchers in 2016, including 13 different starters (most since 1999, also 13), and 21 different pitchers recorded a win. Despite the turnover the Mariners still finished with a team ERA of 4.00, third-best in the American League (TOR, 3.78; CLE, 3.84). The 2017 season will be his second with Seattle, his fourth as a Big League pitching coach and his sixth as a Major League coach, overall.

Scott Brosius has been added to the Major League staff as Assistant Coach. Brosius spent the 2016 season, his first as a professional coach, as the hitting coach for AAA Tacoma. Spent previous eight seasons (2008-2015) as head coach at Linfield College (McMinnville, OR) where he had a 270-96 record and won a national title. Brosius appeared in parts of 11 Major League seasons with Oakland (1991-97) and New York-AL (1998-2001). The 2017 season will be his first as a Big League coach.

Chris Prieto returns to the Big League staff in 2017 as the Special Projects Coach after spending the previous three seasons as the Mariners Quality Assurance Coach. The 2017 season will be his fourth with Seattle and his fourth as a Big League coach overall.

Fleming Baez (bullpen catcher) and Nasusel Cabrera (batting practice pitcher) will also return in 2017.

Mariners 2016 Season In Review: The Pitchers

Felix Hernandez: 2016 in Review
Hisashi Iwakuma: 2016 in Review
Edwin Diaz: 2016 in Review
Mariners 2016 Season in Review
Mariners 2016 Season In Review: The Hitters

The Mariners made history on the pitcher’s mound in 2016. A club-record 32 pitchers saw action this season, including 13 different starters, the most since 1999. Seattle set another club record as 21 different pitchers recorded a win, the most in franchise history.

From an individual standpoint, Felix Hernandez continued to establish his place atop the Mariners record books. Felix became the Mariners all-time leader in strikeouts on April 23 with his 2,163rd career strikeout, passing Randy Johnson. On May 9, Felix earned his 146th career win, passing Jamie Moyer’s previous club record.

Hisashi Iwakuma continued to be a rock in the rotation. He was the only member of the Opening Day roster to make every scheduled start this season. Iwakuma led the club in wins, games started, innings pitched and strikeouts while establishing a personal career-best with 16 wins.

Edwin Diaz burst onto the scene as a dynamic arm at the back end of the bullpen. Diaz struck out opposing batters at a prodigious rate, ranking 3rd in club history for strikeouts by a rookie reliever despite tossing just 51.2 innings.

The following is a recap of the best moments of 2016 from the Mariners pitching staff, as well as a comprehensive look at the historic seasons from Hernandez, Iwakuma and Diaz.

The Mariners Pitchers: 2016 in Review

The Hurlers…Seattle’s pitching staff posted a 4.00 ERA (647 ER, 1457.0 IP) with 1,318 strikeouts during the 162-game season…the starters were 62-53 with a 4.25 ERA (441 ER, 934.2 IP) with 768 strikeouts, while the relievers were 24-23 with a 3.55 ERA (206 ER, 522.1 IP) with 550 strikeouts.

Bullpen Bullies…the Mariners bullpen struck out a club record 550 batters, passing the 2013 club which struck out 535…the 550 strikeouts rank 3rd among American League bullpens behind Houston (617) and New York-AL (578) and 6th in the Majors…Edwin Diaz led Mariners relievers with 88 strikeouts and Steve Cishek was second with 76…it is the 6th time in club history that the bullpen has features two relievers with 75+ strikeouts (also: 2014, 2013, 2001, 2000, 1995), last by Danny Farquhar (82) & Fernando Rodney (76) in 2014.

Calling For Reinforcements…from the start of the season through the end of May, the Mariners used only 5 starters (Hisashi Iwakuma, Felix Hernandez, Nathan Karns, Wade Miley and Taijuan Walker)…Seattle was the last American League team to use a 6th starter…from June through the end of the season, Seattle used 13 different starters (including the original 5 in the rotation).

For Starters…Seattle used 13 different starters in 2016 (Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Wade Miley, Taijuan Walker, Nathan Karns, James Paxton, Wade LeBlanc, Adrian Sampson, Vidal Nuño, Mike Montgomery, Ariel Miranda, Cody Martin & Joe Wieland)…marks the 8th season in club history to have 13 or more pitchers make a start (last: 1999, 13)…Seattle was one of 9 teams to use 13+ starters this season (also: Atlanta – 16, Los Angeles – AL – 15, Cincinnati – 15, Los Angeles – NL – 15, Oakland – 14, Pittsburgh – 14, San Diego – 14 & Miami – 13).

Spreading Wins…Seattle had 21 different pitchers record a win this season, T5th-most in the Majors behind Atlanta (28), Los Angeles-AL (24), Los Angeles-NL (23) and New York-AL (22) and tied with Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego and San Francisco…Hisashi Iwakuma led the team with 16 wins…nine different starters recorded a win as a starter, and 14 pitchers recorded a win as a reliever…Ariel Miranda & Mike Montgomery were the only hurlers to record a win out of the bullpen and as a starter…Seattle set a club record with 21 different pitchers recording a win (20 in 2015).

Finish It…On Sept. 13 at Los Angeles-AL, Taijuan Walker recorded his first career complete-game shutout…blanked the Angels on 3 hits while striking out 11 and not walking a batter in 9.0 innings pitched…retired the first 17 batters of the game before Kaleb Cowart reached on an error with 2 outs in the 6th…allowed his first hit to Kole Calhoun leading off the 7th inning…it was his 3rd career complete game (last: 7/31/15 at MIN)…he equaled his career-high with 11 strikeouts…became the 5th Mariners pitcher to toss a shutout while allowing 3 or fewer hits and striking out 10 or more; joining Randy Johnson (8x), Felix Hernandez (3x), Matt Young (1x) & Aaron Harang (6/11/13 vs. HOU)…tossed one of 3 shutouts in MLB this season with 3-or-fewer hits allowed, 10-or-more strikeouts and zero walks (also: Clayton Kershaw – LAD, 5/1 vs. SD & Vince Velasquez – PHI, 4/14 vs. SD)…became the first pitcher to toss a complete-game shutout vs. the Angels while recording 10-or-more strikeouts with 0 walks since 1992 and just the 5th pitcher to do so in Major League history, joining Kevin Tapani – 6/24/92 vs. CAL w/ MIN, Nolan Ryan, 9/30/89 at CAL w/TEX, Rich Gale, 6/26/78 at CAL w/KC and Jim Kaat, 4/22/62 at LAA w/MIN. (more…)

Mariners 2016 Season In Review: The Hitters

Robinson Canó: 2016 in Review
Nelson Cruz: 2016 in Review
Kyle Seager: 2016 in Review
Mariners 2016 Season in Review

2016 was a banner year for the Mariners offense. As a club, Seattle ranked 3rd in the Major Leagues in home runs and 6th in the Majors in runs per game. The Mariners got contributions from up-and-down the lineup, as six different players hit at least 15 home runs. Robinson Canó, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager anchored the heart of the order, becoming the third trio of Mariners teammates in club history to hit 30 home runs apiece and the first since 1997. That is just a sampling of this season’s offensive fireworks.

The following is a look at the highlights from the Mariners hitters in 2016, including an in-depth review of the career seasons from Canó, Cruz and Seager. Tomorrow, we take a look back at this season’s noteworthy achievements from the Mariners pitching staff.

The Mariners Hitters: 2016 in Review

Runs, Runs & More Runs…the Mariners scored 4.74 runs per game, 3rd-best in the American League and 6th-best in the Majors…this was the highest-scoring season by a Mariners club since the 2007 club scored 4.90 runs per game…the 4.74 runs per game is the 12th-best in club history.

Homer Happy…Seattle ranked 2nd in the American League and 3rd in the Majors with 223 home runs…the home run total is the 5th-most in club history behind the clubs from 1997 (264), 1996 (245), 1999 (244) and 1998 (234) and the most in the Safeco Field era…18 different Mariners hit a home run this season, including Nelson Cruz, Robinson Canó, Kyle Seager and Adam Lind who all hit 20+.

Home Sweet Homer…the Mariners set a club record with 116 home runs at Safeco Field this season, eclipsing the 2000 club that had 92…the 116 home runs at home are the 5th-most in club history behind the clubs from 1997 (131), 1999 (122), 1996 (121) and 1998 (117)…the 116 homers at home were T2nd-most in the Majors this season behind Baltimore (131) and tied with Colorado…Nelson Cruz and Robinson Canó led the club with 17 home runs at Safeco Field this season, following by Adam Lind (15).

All Right vs. Lefties…Seattle led the Majors Leagues in home runs vs. left-handed pitchers with 79…Seattle had four players ranked in the Top-6 in the Majors in home runs against lefties: Nelson Cruz (1st, 19 HR), Franklin Gutierrez (T3rd, 12), Robinson Canó (T6th, 11) and Kyle Seager (T6th, 11)…as a team against left-handers, hit .255 (489×1915) with 78 doubles, 7 triples, 79 home runs, 246 RBI and a .427 slugging mark.

Dynamic DuoNelson Cruz (43 HR) and Robinson Canó (39 HR) ranked 2nd and 7th in the American League in home runs, respectively…Cruz and Canó became the 5th Mariners duo in club history to finish in the top 10 in the AL in home runs and the first to do since 2000 when Alex Rodriguez (41 HR) and Edgar Martinez (37 HR) ranked T4th and T10th in the AL, respectively…the other seasons in which a Mariners duo accomplished this feat are 1999: Ken Griffey Jr. & Rodriguez, 1998: Griffey & Rodriguez, 1997: Griffey & Jay Buhner and 1996: Griffey & Buhner.

Walk it Off…the Mariners had eight walk-off wins in 2016: Dae-Ho Lee (2-run HR April 13 vs. TEX), Chris Iannetta (solo HR May 11 vs. TB), Leonys Martin (2-run HR May 24 vs. OAK), Adam Lind (3-run HR June 24 vs. STL), Lind (3-run HR July 28 vs. CWS), Martin (solo HR July 20 vs. CWS), Mike Zunino (sac fly Aug. 9 vs. DET), Robinson Canó (sac fl y Sept. 21 vs. TOR)…the Mariners tied their franchise record for most players with a game-ending homer in a single season…four players had walk-off homers for Seattle in 1986 (Jim Presley-4/8 vs. LAA & 7/17 vs. BOS, Dave Henderson-4/23 vs. MIN, Alvin Davis-8/15 & 16 vs. MIN & Ken Phelps-9/3 vs. DET) and 2004 (Raul Ibanez-4/20 vs. OAK, Bret Boone-7/19 vs. BOS, Bucky Jacobsen-7/21 vs. OAK & Randy Winn-8/28 vs. KC). (more…)

Acta Honored for Community Service


Mariners 3rd base coach Manny Acta has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association announced yesterday. Acta will be honored at the 17th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner on November 15 in New York City.

The Brooks Robinson Community Service Award is presented annually by the Alumni Association to the current or former Major Leaguer who exemplifies the unselfish and humble attitude of Brooks Robinson through youth-oriented community service.

acta_2In 2007, Acta founded the impACTA Kids Foundation, which focuses on providing opportunities for children in the United States and the Dominican Republic by emphasizing the importance of education, health and athletics. The Alumni Association has teamed up with the impACTA Kids Foundation to host free youth baseball clinics in the Dominican Republic since 2011.

The 2016 season marked Acta’s 12th year as a Major League coach or manager and his first year as a coach with the Mariners.

In addition to honoring Acta at the Legends for Youth Dinner, the Alumni Associtation will also present Phil Niekro with the Lifetime Achievement Award and announce this year’s national Heart and Hustle Award recipient. Nelson Cruz is the Mariners nominee for the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award.

Previous winners of the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award include former Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer.

Mariners 2016 Season In Review

The following is an in-depth look at the Mariners 2016 season, complete with updated player bios, season review notes, in-depth statistics and a minor league review.

By the Numbers: Seager at the Hot Corner

Kyle Seager was among the best defensive 3rd basemen in the American League this season.

No American Leaguer saved more runs, started more double plays, made more plays or showed more range at the hot corner this season than the Mariners 3rd baseman.

In 2014, he was the Rawlings Gold Glove® award recipient for American League 3rd basemen. But it was this season that Seager recorded career-highs in defensive runs saved, assists and putouts. While he committed 22 errors this season, Seager also made more plays than any season in his career.

Defensive Runs Saved (American League 3rd Basemen)

T1.   Kyle Seager, 15 DRS
T1.   Adrian Beltre, 15 DRS
3.    Manny Machado, 13 DRS

Seager and Texas’ Adrian Beltre tied for the American League lead among 3rd basemen with 15 defensive run saved this season. Defensive runs saved is a metric calculated by The Fielding Bible to “capture a player’s total defensive value”. It estimates how many runs a defender saved his team in comparison to his peers at his position. According to The Fielding Bible, players that recorded 15 or more defensive runs saved in a season are Gold Glove caliber.

Since his first full season in 2012, Seager has steadily improved his defensive runs saved, posting -7 DRS in 2012, -8 DRS the following season, +10 DRS in his Gold Glove season of 2014, +1 DRS last season and a career-best +15 DRS this year. Over the last three years, Seager is one of four American Leaguers to post two seasons of at least +10 DRS at 3rd base.

Range Factor per 9.0 Innings (AL 3rd Basemen)

1.    Kyle Seager, 3.11 RF/9.0 IP
2.    Adrian Beltre, 2.99 RF/9.0 IP
3.    Manny Machado, 2.90 RF/9.0 IP

Among Junior Circuit 3rd basemen, Seager also showed more range than his peers. According to STATS LLC, Seager posted a range factor per 9.0 innings of 3.11, which translates to an average of just more than 3 plays per 9.0 innings. Range Factor takes into account putouts plus assists over 9.0 defensive innings played, or the “average number of plays a fielder makes over a nine-inning game”. Seager was the only 3rd baseman in the American League to average more than 3 plays per 9.0 innings this season.

Doubles Plays Started (AL 3rd Basemen)

1.    Kyle Seager, 43 DPS
2.    Adrian Beltre, 41 DPS
3.    Todd Frazier, 30 DPS

Seager started 43 double plays, the most in the American League ahead of Beltre (41) and Frazier (30). Seager’s strong and accurate throwing arm is a big key in starting around-the-horn double plays from 3rd base. Of the eight American League 3rd basemen who played at least 1,000 innings at the hot corner this season, Seager made the fewest throwing errors (4).

Good Fielding Plays (AL 3rd Basemen)

1.    Josh Donaldson, 51 GFP
2.    Manny Machado, 42 GFP
3.    Kyle Seager, 41 GFP

When Seager received the Gold Glove in 2014, he made 44 “Good Fielding Plays” and 28 “Defensive Misplays”, according to Baseball Info Solutions, which tabulates the Fielding Bible awards. Along with his 8 errors in 2014, Seager had a net of +8 good fielding plays over misplays and errors. This season, Seager tallied 41 good fielding plays – 3rd-most among American League 3rd basemen – 14 defensive misplays and 22 errors for a net of +5. Although his errors went up this season, he continues to minimize his defensive misplays. After posting 28 defensive misplays in 2014, he tallied 17 last year and 14 this season.

Good Fielding Plays are defined by The Fielding Bible as occurring when a “fielder does something to prevent an advancement or record an out that we wouldn’t typically expect from a fielder at the position”. A player is charged with a Defensive Misplays when a fielder allows a batter to reach base or a runner to advance when an out could have been made.


Games Started (AL 3rd Basemen)

1.    Kyle Seager, 156 GS
2.    Evan Longoria, 152 GS
3.    Todd Frazier, 149 GS

Innings Played (AL 3rd Basemen)

1.    Kyle Seager, 1,399.2 IP
2.    Todd Frazier, 1320.1 IP
3.    Evan Longoria, 1316.0 IP

Seager led all players (American League and National League) in innings played at the hot corner this season. In fact, he has been the most durable 3rd basemen in the Major Leagues over the past 5 seasons. Since 2012, Seager leads all 3rd basemen in starts (767) and innings played (6,856.1). Seager is one of 2 players to make at least 700 starts at 3rd base since 2012 (also: Chase Headley) and one of 3 players to play at least 6,000 innings at the hot corner during that time (also: Headley and Beltre).


Thanks to Scott Spratt of Baseball Info Solutions and Neil Weinberg of Fangraphs for research assistance.


2016 MLB Postseason Begins Tonight

2016-postseason_newMajor League Baseball begins the 2016 Postseason tonight with the American League Wild Card Game, as the Toronto Blue Jays host the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre. The National Wild Card Game is on deck tomorrow, as the New York Mets will host the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field.

Tonight’s game between the Blue Jays and Orioles begins at 5:00 pm (PT) and can be seen nationally on TBS. It is also being broadcast in the Seattle market on 710 ESPN Seattle.

The match-up between the Giants and Mets on Wednesday will be televised nationally on ESPN, beginning at 5:00 pm (PT). It can also be heard locally on 710 ESPN Seattle.

The American League Division Series will begin on Thursday, October 6 and will be televised on TBS. The National League Division series begins on Friday, October 7 and can be seen nationally on FS1 or MLB Network. Select Division Series games will also be broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle.

Mariners Game Information – September 28 at Astros


Today's lineup

Today’s lineup

Game #158 (9/28): Mariners (83-74) vs. Astros (83-75) 11:10 am PST | Minute Maid Park
Starting Pitchers: LHP James Paxton (5-7, 3.72) vs. RHP Doug Fister (12-12, 4,42)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also ( subscribers)
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
Game Information: Mariners | Astros | Mariners-Astros History

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Mariners Game Information – September 25 at Twins


Sunday lineup

Sunday lineup

Game #155 (9/25): Mariners (81-73) vs. Twins (56-99) 11:10 am PST | Target Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (6-11, 4.32) vs. LHP Hector Santiago (12-9, 4.82)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also ( subscribers)
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
Game Information: Mariners | Twins | Mariners-Twins History

Roster | 2016 Media Guide | Game Notes | Standings | Schedule | | Promotions
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @MarinersPR | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook