Mariners Team Stores will hold several exciting events to get you in the Holiday spirit. Looking for that perfect gift for the baseball fan in your family? Be sure to stop by any of the five locations at Safeco Field, downtown Seattle, Alderwood Mall, Southcenter Mall and Bellevue Square.
HOLIDAY GIFT WITH PURCHASE
- Beginning today, receive a FREE Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Commemorative Photo Mint with a $75 merchandise purchase.
- Limited quantities, while supplies last.
DAN WILSON AUTOGRAPH SESSION
- Meet Mariners legend Dan Wilson on Friday 12/6 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Bellevue Team Store.
SEASON TICKET HOLDER SHOPPING WEEKEND
- Saturday 12/7 and Sunday 12/8 from 10:00-5:00 pm at the Safeco Field Team Store
- 25% off all merchandise (certain exclusions apply)
- Get a FREE personalized cap with any purchase
HOT STOVE LEAGUE LIVE REMOTE BROADCAST
- Friday 12/13 from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Bellevue Team Store
- Host Rick Rizzs along with special guest Mike Blowers will have interviews with guests from around the game.
- Prizes will be given out throughout the evening!
MEET SANTA MOOSE!
- Bellevue Team Store – Friday 12/13 from 7:00-8:00 pm
- Southcenter Team Store – Sunday 12/15 from 1:00-2:00 pm
- Alderwood Team Store – Sunday 12/15 from 4:00-5:00 pm
CHARLIE FURBUSH AUTOGRAPH SESSION
- Meet Mariners pitcher Charlie Furbush on Saturday 12/14 from 2:00-3:30 pm at the Alderwood Team Store.
CARTER CAPPS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
- Meet Mariners pitcher Carter Capps on Saturday 12/28 from 2:00-3:30 pm at the Southcenter Team Store.
By now, you are likely fully up to speed on the decision by Mariners team president Chuck Armstrong to retire effective Jan. 31, 2014. Chuck has been the president of the Mariners for 28 of the franchise’s 37 seasons, and is one of the main reasons baseball remains a summer pastime in the Pacific Northwest.
Here is an article by Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns detailing the decision.
USA Today writer Bob Nightengale chimed in with this tweet about Chuck’s reputation around Major League Baseball.
And here is the news release with several heartfelt comments from Chuck, Howard Lincoln and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig:
The Mariners announced the remainder of the coaching staff that will lead the team in 2014. Here are the names and a little background on each of the staff additions.
- Howard Johnson – Hitting Coach
- Mike Rojas – Bullpen Coach
- John Stearns – 3B Coach
- Andy Van Slyke – 1B Coach
- Rick Waits – Pitching Coach
- Chris Woodward – Coach – Infield
In addition to the above hires, McClendon already announced Trent Jewett as his bench coach. Jason Phillips (Bullpen Catcher) and Scott Budner (Left-handed Batting Practice Pitcher) return from last season to round out the staff.
Johnson, who turns 53 on Nov. 29, spent last season as the AAA Tacoma Rainiers hitting coach. He spent the month of September with the Major League club, assisting with hitting instruction. Prior to joining the Mariners organization, Johnson spent 11 seasons in a variety of capacities with the New York Mets. His stint in the Mets organization included spending three full seasons (2008-2010) as the big league hitting coach after being named to that position on July 12, 2007. (He started the 2007 season as the Mets first base coach). Over a 14-year Major League career, Johnson batted .249 with 247 doubles, 22 triples, 228 home runs, 760 RBI and 231 stolen bases in 1,531 games with the Tigers, Mets, Rockies and Cubs. He won World Series titles with the Tigers (1984) and Mets (1986) and was an NL All-Star in 1989 and 1991. In 1991 he won the NL home run (38) and RBI (117) titles.
Rojas, 50, spent the past two-and-a-half seasons as the Detroit Tigers bullpen coach after being named to that position on July 3, 2011. Prior to joining the Tigers Major League coaching staff, Rojas was the Tigers Director of Player Development from Aug. 6, 2010-July 2, 2011. He spent three years as the Tigers minor league field coordinator (2008-2010) prior to being promoted. Rojas began his professional coaching career in 1995 and served as a minor league coach and manager. He also worked as an assistant coach at St. Thomas University in Miami for five seasons (1987-91). Mike is the son of former Major League player, coach and manager Cookie Rojas.
Stearns, 62, entered the 2013 season as Seattle’s minor league catching coordinator, and finished the year as the manager at AAA Tacoma. It was his 39th season in professional baseball, and he has served as a scout, manager, coach, roving catching and hitting instructor, player and ESPN broadcaster. Stearns joined the Seattle organization in 2012 as minor league catching coordinator. In 2013, when Daren Brown joined the Mariners Stearns took over as Rainiers manager. Stearns was the New York Mets Major League third base coaching and catching instructor in 2000 and 2001. Stearns played 11 seasons in the Majors, combing to hit .260 with 152 doubles, 46 home runs and 312 RBI in 810 games with Philadelphia (1974) and the Mets (1975-84). He was a four-time National League All-Star (1977, 1979, 1980 and 1982).
Van Slyke, 52, has been away from baseball for the last four seasons after serving as the first base coach for the Detroit Tigers from 2006-2009. With the Tigers, Van Slyke was part of the same coaching staff as Mariners Manager Lloyd McClendon. Van Slyke was a three-time All-Star (1988, 1992, 1993) and won five Gold Gloves during his 13-season Major League career. He was a career .274 hitter with 164 home runs in 1,658 games with the St. Louis Cardinals (1983-86), Pittsburgh Pirates (1987-1994), Baltimore Orioles (1995) and Philadelphia Phillies (1995). He was also teammates with McClendon with the Pirates from 1990-94.
Waits, 61, joins the Major League staff after spending the last three seasons as the Mariners Minor League Pitching Coordinator. Waits has been instrumental in coordinating the development of the Mariners up-and-coming pitchers, including RHP Taijuan Walker, LHP James Paxton and RHP Erasmo Ramirez. Prior to joining the Mariners organization he spent 15 seasons (1996-2010) in the New York Mets Player Development department, including the 2003 season as the Mets Major League Bullpen Coach. Waits pitched in the Majors for 12 seasons with the Texas Rangers (1973), Cleveland Indians (1975-1983) and Milwaukee Brewers (1983-85). Overall he compiled a 79-92 record with 8 saves, 47 complete games and 10 shutouts at the Major League level.
Woodward, 37, spent last season as the Mariners roving minor league infield coordinator. It was his first coaching position after retiring from a 17-year professional baseball career. With the Mariners last season he played an key role in the grown of infielders Nick Franklin and Brad Miller as they elevated to the Major League level, and worked closely with top prospects Chris Taylor and D.J. Peterson. Woodward played nearly every position on the diamond during his 12 seasons at the Major League level with the Toronto Blue Jays (1999-2004, 2011), New York Mets (2005-06), Atlanta Braves (2007), Seattle Mariners (2009, 2010) and the Boston Red Sox (2009).
For most Mariners fans, you have vivid memories a young teenager running onto the field for the first time in 1989. And today The Kid is turning 44, my how time flies. So here is a big Happy Birthday wish to everyone’s favorite Mariner, Ken Griffey Jr. On social media, be sure to wish him a happy birthday, and if you have not done so, you must follow his Instagram account (trust us on this one)!
And here is another fun tidbit. Nov. 21 is also the birthday of Hall of Famer Stan Musial…and get this, both were born in Donora, Pennsylvania! What are the odds of that? Two Hall of Famers (Jr. is eligible for the HOF in 2016) born on the same day (Nov. 21) in the same small town outside of Cincinnati (49 years apart).
FUN FACT: Not only do Ken Griffey Jr. & Stan Musial share the same birthday, but they also share the same birthplace, Donora, Pennsylvania!—
FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) November 21, 2013
The Mariners Medical Staff, consisting of Athletic Trainers and Doctors, has been named the winner of The Martin-Monahan Award as the best medical staff in baseball. The award is presented annually by RotoWire in partnership with Bleacher Report’s Will Carroll. Head Athletic Trainer Rick Griffin, and his crew, Rob Nodine, Matt Toth and Masahiro Takahura, along with Dr. Ed Khalfayan and Dr. Mitch Storey are not only great guys to work with, but are also among the best in the business. The Mariners strength and performance coaches, led by James Clifford, should also be commended for their part in keeping the Mariners a healthy bunch throughout the years.
Here are some excerpts from the story. Follow the following link to the complete story. Rick and his crew will be recognized at the upcoming Winter Meetings in Orlando, FL.
Maintaining the overall good health of a 40-man roster over a 162-game season is a grueling and often ignored task in Major League Baseball. Each team’s medical staff is taxed throughout the year as they work to not only manage but prevent injuries from derailing a season. Despite their best efforts injuries inevitably occur but the ability to respond to these setbacks and quickly and safely return to players to the field is the benchmark of a truly successful medical team.
Established in 2003, the Martin-Monahan Award was created to honor the MLB medical staff – physicians, Athletic Trainers, physical therapists, and other associated health professionals – that contributed most to their organization. A series of measurements including days lost, injury cost, and multi-year averages, all factor into determining the winner providing tangible evidence of their efficiency and productivity for their often-overlooked and underappreciated contributions.
This season, we are proud to present the award to the medical staff of the Seattle Mariners. Led by Head Athletic Trainer Rick Griffin and Medical Director Dr. E. Edward Khalfayan, the team thrived in their ability to keep their top talent on the field, particularly the pitching staff.
Griffin has held the head Athletic Trainer position since 1983 and worked over 4,000 games for Seattle. He has toured Japan multiple times with the MLB All-Stars and been a spokesperson for MLB’s PLAY Program. His work last season went beyond the players as he was one of the first responders to tend to Seattle manager Eric Wedge following his mild stroke in late July. Griffin and his team have found success in recent years by executing a well-designed game plan and learning from their vast amounts of experience.
The Mariners made nine disabled-list moves all season, the lowest such total in all of baseball. Of these nine moves, only two involved pitchers as promising set up Stephen Pryor and veteran Josh Kinney spent extended periods of time on the DL. Pryor missed 168 games after tearing a muscle in his back and shoulder while Kinney missed 88 games with a rib injury before ultimately being designated for assignment. Starters Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Joe Saunders started a combined 96 games, a total matched or bettered by only five other three-man starting units throughout the MLB.
Due to the hard work of Griffin and the medical team, the Mariners had the second-fewest days lost to injury with 566. Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez was the position player sidelined most frequently as his reoccurring hamstring problems accounted for 125 total games or 40 percent of the total games Seattle position players would miss due to injury. However the loss of Gutierrez was minimized by the surprise production from veteran Raul Ibanez and Dustin Ackley as well as Griffin’s ability to keep the rest of offense on the field.
The effectiveness of the Mariners medical staff also made an impact financially as the team would have the lowest injury cost in the MLB. A low injury cost is a good indicator that the top contributors not only were available to play but rebounded quickly when an injury did occur. Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders were able to overcome problematic injuries and returned shortly after becoming eligible for reinstatement from the 15-day DL.
Have you ever wanted to know who led the Mariners in home runs in 1984 (Alvin Davis) or how many strikeouts Randy Johnson had in 1995 (294)? Well, now you can download the perfect document to answer all of your Mariners statistical questions.
In the below PDF, all 37 seasons of Seattle Mariners franchise history (1977-2013) is chronicled with team stats, leaders, game-by-game results and additional fun statistics. Feel free to download the PDF to your desktop and come up with your favorite odd statistic in Mariners history. We would love to here some of your answers.
The remarkable season of Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has resulted in the right-hander finishing in 3rd place for the American League Cy Young Award with 73.0 votes. Iwakuma placed behind winner Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer (203 votes) and Texas right-hander Yu Darvish (93.0 votes).
This is the fourth time in the last five seasons the Mariners have had a pitcher finish in the top 5 for the AL Cy Young Award. Felix Hernandez was 4th in 2012 (41.0 votes), won the award in 2010 (167.0 votes) and ranked 2nd in 2009 (80.0 votes).
Iwakuma had a breakout season going 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA in 33 starts. He ranked 3rd in the AL in ERA and 2nd with a club-record 1.006 WHIP.
Here are some bullet points on his Kuma’s amazing season.
- Finished his second Major League season going 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA (65 ER, 219.2 IP) in 33 starts (23 quality starts).
- Ranked 3rd in the American League with a 2.66 ERA…5th-lowest ERA in Mariners history, trailing Felix Hernandez (2.27 in ’10, 2.49 in ’09) and Randy Johnson (2.28 in ’97, 2.48 in ’95).
- Named Mariners Pitcher of the Year by the Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
- Among AL leaders ranked 3rd in innings pitched (219.2), 3rd in opponent batting average (.220), T4th in quality starts (23), T4th in games started (33), 5th in opponent OPS (.630) and 12th in strikeouts (185).
Iwakuma is currently in Japan, but we caught up with Kuma in a Q&A. As you can tell, he is very excited and honored by the voted third for the Cy Young Award by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
What are your feelings about being voted/selected as a finalist for the AL Cy Young Award?
It is such an honor to be one of the finalist for the best award as a pitcher. I had never thought I would become a finalist here in the U.S. so this is very special to me and is a big surprise.
You quietly became one of the best starting pitchers in the AL last season. Are you proud of how you went about your progression in rising to the top levels of MLB?
Yes, I am very proud and happy with what I have established here in 2 years. I have learned a lot and it has been quite an experience. I started my career here in the big league as a reliever and worked my way up. There is more to learn down the road and more to prove as well, so I look forward to the future.
You had a strong finish to your first season with the Mariners in 2012, and then continued that in 2013. What are some of your goals for the 2014 season?
I have not set my goals for 2014 in stone yet, but I can say this for now. Last season was my first full season as a starter. To be successful, you need to maintain your performance for a long period of time. That said, I will need to come up with similar or better results that last season and that is what I look forward to doing.
When will you start focusing on the 2014 season and getting your arm in shape? Are you still throwing now?
I have gradually started to prepare/condition myself physically for 2014. I have not thrown a ball yet since finishing the season but will start soon. I look forward to preparing my arm early like I did last spring and be ready to go strong by the start of Spring Training to stay healthy for another season.
What are some of the events you are doing in Japan for MLB?
I have a baseball clinic coming up on the 23rd of November in Ishinomaki, Sendai, where we had the natural disaster. During this time of the year, I like to take my time to give back to the city I played for that supported me for many years and give spirit to the people and kids that dream about baseball. I will also be making an appearance in Tokyo at the MLB Cafe in December to talk about the years and experience in the U.S.
New manager Lloyd McClendon has been a busy man these past few days (check out a #MeetMac Day recap here), but he was able to spend about 30 minutes answering questions from Mariners fans on Twitter this morning.
Here is a roundup of the conversation:
Today we are spending the day introducing new Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon to the City of Seattle. Lloyd met with the Mariners front office this morning and will holds his introductory news conference at Safeco Field at 1 p.m. this afternoon. The news conference will air live on ROOT Sports and Mariners.com.
To get your morning started and primed on all things Lloyd McClendon, here are a few insightful articles from the Seattle media:
- Seattle Times – New Mariners manager McClendon draws raves from Leyland (Larry Stone)
- Seattle Times - Even as a Little-Leaguer, Lloyd McClendon was a leader (Geoff Baker)
- Tacoma News Tribune - McClendon’ s fire and grit reminiscent of Sweet Lou (John McGrath)
- Mariners.com - Mariners name McClendon next skipper (Greg Johns)
- 710Sports.com - What others are saying about McClendon (Shannon Drayer)
We’ll be posting photos from throughout the day on this blog, so be sure to check back. And of course, feel free to use the hashtag #MeetMac on any social media platforms.