Wednesday, March 18, 2015 / 19 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)
Erasmo Ramirez (4.0 IP), Jordan Pries (3.0 IP), Tyler Olson (1.0 IP) and Carson Smith (1.0 IP) combined on a 3-hit shutout to lead the Mariners to a 4-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics Wednesday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium.
Starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez allowed one hit, a leadoff double in the first inning, in his 4.0 innings of work. The right-hander walked one and struck out a pair in his third spring start (1-0, 2.00 ERA). Jordan Pries added 3.0 scoreless innings allowing just a pair of hits (BB, 2 K) and Tyler Olson continued his dominating spring with a 1-2-3 8th inning. Olson has faced the minimum 21 batters over 7.0 innings (5 appearances) in Cactus League play. Smith fired a scoreless 9th to preserve the shutout.
The Mariners struck first with a single tally in the bottom of the 4th inning. Kyle Seager drilled a two-out double to right field and scored on a single to left by Justin Ruggiano.
With the pitching staff keeping the A’s in check, Seattle added three insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to extend the lead to 4-0. James Jones, Stefen Romero and Patrick Kivlehan each recorded run-scoring singles in the frame.
Nine different Mariners recorded a hit in the win. Kyle Seager and Logan Morrison each tabbed their second doubles of the spring.
The Video Highlights From Today’s Game
If You Missed Today’s Game…
If you were not able to catch today’s game on MLB Network or ROOT SPORTS this afternoon, you can try to convince your boss to let you watch the games during work hours in the future, or you can catch the replay later tonight on ROOT SPORTS at 7 pm or tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 pm.
Don’t Walk Away During The Commercial Break
As you’re well aware, the Mariners television commercials were released this morning. If you haven’t checked them out already, be sure to check out the blog post from this morning. Or you can check out the coverage from MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, The News Tribune’s Bob Dutton and The Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish.
J.A. Happ Throws Simulated Game This Morning
Starter J.A. Happ threw against mostly Mariners minor leaguers this morning while building his pitch count up to 76. He pitched in five innings but his final pitching line was 4.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 5 K, HR while in a semi controlled environment while throwing 76 pitches, including 46 for strikes. The outing puts him in line to start on Tuesday, March 24th against the Padres in Peoria.
A Seinfeld Reunion
If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you must check out the blog for a blast from the past: “You Traded Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps?!?!”
Speaking of Ken Phelps…
Ken Phelps and Jay Buhner both joined Mike Blowers and Aaron Goldsmith in the booth for part of today’s game. All we can say is that there was a lot of Major League power in the radio booth this afternoon. Let’s recap…Buhner hit 310 Major League home runs, Phelps hit 123, Blowers hit 78 and Goldsmith…well, he never even hit a home run during his Little League career.
And While We’re Talking About Jay Buhner…
Former Major Leaguer Tippy Martinez, who played 14 seasons with the Orioles Yankees and Twins, stopped by Mariners camp to chat with Mariners Hall of Famer Jay Buhner. You never know who might stop by in camp.
The Birthday Boy
Mariners closer Fernando Rodney turned a very young 38 years-of-age today. The arrows will be flying in celebration tonight!
Busy Media Day In The Clubhouse
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was in camp this morning checking in with various players in the clubhouse so be on the lookout for his thoughts on the Mariners in the next few days. Also in camp were Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette from MLB Network Radio. You can listen to all of their interviews from Mariners camp by clicking the links below.
Robinson Cano discusses the new and improved Mariners lineup
Felix Hernandez discusses the new-look Mariners and his expectations for the season
Lloyd McClendon discusses the high expectations surrounding this years Mariners
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik discusses the team’s improved lineup
Quote of the Day
“There was no acting necessary for that bit. It was just the love of life. I’m really grateful for the Mariners. They’ve given me the opportunity to be a big league pitcher and now a rock star. Two dreams that every kid wants to live.” – Tom Wilhelmsen on his performance during the “Hawt Corner” Mariners commercial.
One of the most famous sports moments in the long history of the award-winning sitcom Seinfeld involves a trade between the Mariners and Yankees – Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps.
Phelps is a resident of Arizona and has been helping out with the radio broadcasts during spring training. Buhner is in town for a few days helping as a guest instructor on the minor league side. And today the two got together to take a picture and chat about one of the legendary sports moments in Hollywood history. Here is The Bone and Digger talking about the famous episode:
In the episode titled The Caddy that debuted on Jan. 26, 1996, Frank Costanza had a legendary interaction with the actor-portrayed George Steinbrenner:
Frank: What the hell did you trade Jay Buhner for?!? He had 30 home runs, and over 100 RBIs last year. He’s got a rocket for an arm. You don’t know what the hell you’re doin’!
Steinbrenner: Well, Buhner was a good prospect, no question about it. But my baseball people loved Ken Phelps’ bat. They kept saying “Ken Phelps, Ken Phelps.”
Here is the video clip of the episode:
Phelps and Buhner joined the ROOT SPORTS broadcast during today’s Athletics-Mariners game in Peoria, where they discussed the baseball trade of Seinfeld lore.
With Felix Hernandez scheduled to be the starting pitcher for Mariners Opening Day on April 6th, fans can register for a drawing for the chance to buy tickets in the King’s Court.
There are a limited number of seats available in the special seating section down the left field line. In order to be entered into the drawing, fans have to register at mariners.com/felix.
On Friday, March 27, names of those who registered will be drawn at random. Those selected will receive an email on Monday, March 30, with details on how to buy Opening Day King’s Court tickets. The price for each ticket is $55, including a King’s Court T-shirt and K Cloth.
The Mariners and Dodgers will play in Major League Baseball’s annual Civil Rights Game on Wednesday, April 15, on Jackie Robinson Day. This is the first time that Baseball’s annual tribute to civil rights leaders and figures will be held on the same day as the celebration of Jackie Robinson’s contributions to baseball.
The game, which starts at 7:10pm at Dodger Stadium, will be carried live on ESPN 2, as well as ROOT SPORTS in the Pacific Northwest.
This is the first time the Mariners have played in a Civil Rights Game. The Dodgers played in one in 2012.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson signing his first professional contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945, which was the first step toward his eventually breaking of the color barrier on April 15, 1947.
During games played on April 15, all players will wear Robinson’s number 42. The number was retired by Major League Baseball in 1997. Ken Griffey Jr. started the tradition when he asked Commissioner Selig if he could wear Robinson’s number. Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow, granted permission. Since then, all players have worn the number on April 15 in Robinson’s honor.
Be sure to tune in tonight to the MLB Network at 7 pm PT to get an inside look at the 2015 Mariners and preview their upcoming season with 30 Clubs in 30 Days during MLB Tonight. Former Major Leaguer Sean Casey was in camp this morning conducting interviews with Robinson Cano, Felix Hernandez, Rickie Weeks, Kyle Seager, James Paxton, Mike Zunino and Taijuan Walker to name just a few. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik also did a live interview with the High Heat (video below).
In a role filled with hopes and dreams, Will Ferrell played one inning in the field each for the Mariners (2B) and Athletics (SS). Ferrell participated in pre-game workouts with the A’s and took the field in the top of the first inning at shortstop. He was traded to the Mariners after the first inning and appeared at second base (replacing Willie Bloomquist).
Here are some fun photos from his time in a Mariners uniform:
The stint is part of a day that will see Will at five different spring training ballparks in Arizona as production begins on a new HBO special from Funny Or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball. Dedicating the special to the fight against cancer, Ferrell is also honoring the historic feat of Bert Campaneris five decades ago by playing every position on the field, and maybe some off the field, for ten different teams in the same day.
In addition to the Mariners-A’s game, Ferrell is scheduled to appear in the games featuring the Chicago Cubs-Los Angeles Angels at 1:10 p.m.; Cincinnati Reds-Arizona Diamondbacks at 2:10 p.m., San Francisco Giants-Chicago White Sox at 4:05 p.m.; and Los Angeles Dodgers-San Diego Padres at 6:15 p.m.
The Mariners presented our annual financial report to the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (also known as the PFD) at the PFD’s quarterly board meeting on Monday. Based on increased attendance (over two-million fans in 2014) and other revenue gains, the Mariners made $11.6 million in 2014. (Here’s a link to a story Greg Johns posted on mariners.com.)
In 2013, the Mariners lost $3.6 million.
Per our lease for Safeco Field, the Mariners file an annual financial report with our landlords, the PFD. One of the lease provisions includes a commitment by the Mariners to share team profits with the PFD once the Mariners’ losses of over $200 million accumulated from July 1, 1995-October 31, 1999 are recovered.
Through 2014, the “cumulative net loss” had been reduced from over $200 million to $30.9 million. That’s a reduction of 85%. When that number hits zero, the Mariners will share 10% of the team’s annual team profits with the PFD.
Since this ownership group bought the franchise in 1992, there has never been a distribution of team profits to individual members of the ownership group.
Spring #7: Seattle Mariners (3-3) vs. Cleveland Indians (2-3-1) | 1:05 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-0, -.–)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: Live broadcast on ROOT SPORTS with Dave Sims and Mike Blowers calling the action
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Want to see what a monster home run looks like? Well, Mariners left fielder Rickie Weeks hit a home run over the 40-foot “Blue Monster” in center field at Peoria Stadium.