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Billy Joel in concert, live at Safeco Field

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After seven years, Billy Joel returns to Seattle. Safeco Field and Live Nation Entertainment are proud to announce that legendary musician Billy Joel will perform at our home ballpark on Friday, May 20. Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, February 5 at 10am at LiveNation.com.

“We are delighted to welcome the incomparable Billy Joel to Safeco Field this season,” said Kevin Mather, President of the Seattle Mariners. “To host a concert event at Safeco Field takes a very special talent, and Billy Joel is one of those special talents. We look forward to an unforgettable evening from one of the world’s greatest performers,” he continued.

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American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1 at 10:00 AM through THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4 at 10:00 PM. Tickets will be available for purchase by the general public beginning 10 AM on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5 at LiveNation.com.

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Having sold 150 million records over the past quarter century, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in history. The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time, the third best-selling solo artist and is one of the highest grossing touring artists in the world. Joel is also one of the biggest live performing artists in the world, and his concerts continue to break records in both arenas and baseball stadiums.

Kudos for Peoria Sports Complex

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The Mariners Spring Training home, the Peoria Sports Complex, just got ranked among the Eight Best MLB Spring Training facilities by the website Yardbarker.com.

Here’s what the website had to say:

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Built in 1994, Peoria Sports Complex was the first MLB spring training facility built for two teams. Located in Peoria, Arizona, it is one of the larger spring training facilities with a capacity of 12,000.

One notable interesting tidbit about the complex: It was designed as a perfect circle with the field being in the middle, and everything revolving around the field. So no matter what activities you may want to partake in, they all take place surround the field so you always know where you are.

Fans often bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the grass seating in the outfield. It is also a great spot for children as they can join the “Kids Club” and receive 10 free game tickets, batting cage opportunities and direct access to select players.

Other Spring Training sites making the cut were the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox Camelback Ranch and San Francisco Giants Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona, as well as the Atlanta Braves Champion Stadium, Tampa Bay Rays Charlotte Sports Park, Minnesota Twins Hammond Stadium, New York Yankees Steinbrenner Field and the Philadelphia Phillies Bright House Field, all in Florida.

By the way, Mariners pitchers and catchers report to Peoria on February 19, position players will arrive on the 24, with the first full squad workout scheduled for February 25. Games start on March 2. Tickets are available at Mariners.com/Tickets.

If you’re itching to get down to Peoria for some sun and some baseball, a number of Spring Training Travel packages are available. Log onto Mariners.com/SpringTravel, or call 1-800-892-7687.

Mariners Mondays – A Sweep in Tampa

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Mariners Mondays airs every Monday night on ROOT SPORTS through March leading up to the season opener on Monday April 4 at Texas.

On this week’s Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS the Mariners sweep the Tampa Bay Rays thanks to timely hitting and outstanding pitching.

On Monday, April 25, the Mariners took a two-run lead in the top of the 1st on back-to-back singles by Robinson Canó and Nelson Cruz. Roenis Elias was outstanding and kept the Rays at bay until the bottom of the 6th when he surrendered a solo home run.

Canó drove in his second run of the game in the top of the 8th, and Mike Zunino sealed the offense in the 9th with a one-run home run making it 4-1 Mariners.

The next day, the Mariners scored two runs in the 1st, only to have the Rays answer with a pair off starter J.A. Happ. Tampa took the lead in the 3rd with a one-run single. The score stayed 3-2 until the 8th when Kyle Seager connected on a grand slam, his 10th home run of the season, making it 6-3 Seattle.

But the Rays were not going quietly, and they rallied for three runs in the 9th on a two-run bases-loaded double, and a throwing error by Robinson Canó snuffed what would have been an inning-ending double play.

In the 10th inning, it was Seager’s time to shine again. He sent a one-out pitch 417-feet over the center field wall to make the score 7-6. The Mariners bullpen hung on for a 1-2-3 bottom of the 10th and the win.

The next day, it was Felix on the mound looking for his 8th win of the season, and he was masterful. Felix spun a four-hitter, with the help of four double plays, for his second shutout of the season. He struck out eight and walked only one. Nelson Cruz also contributed when he crushed a 430-foot three-run home run in the top of the 9th to seal the victory and conclude the three-game sweep of the Rays.

The episode debuts Monday at 7 p.m. on ROOT SPORTS.

 

Mariners Mondays – August Gems From Kuma

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Mariners Mondays airs every Monday night on ROOT SPORTS through March leading up to the season opener on Monday April 4 at Texas.

On this week’s Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS two beauties from Hisashi Iwakuma.

August 2, Hisashi Iwakuma took the mound at Target Field, where he held the Twins scoreless until a solo home run in the bottom of the 9th. But the Twins’ pitching was also outstanding, and the Mariners had only managed one run themselves, a Nelson Cruz homer in the top of the 9th.

The Mariners didn’t score in the top of the 10th, and Fernando Rodney held the Twins scoreless in the bottom.

In the 11th inning, Logan Morrison gave the Mariners a one-run lead with an RBI double, and Austin Jackson tacked on two more with his two-run double, and Tom Wilhelmsen held the Twins for his second save.

Kuma picked up another win in his next start,  4-3 over the Rangers, on August 7. Both games were just a hint of what was to come next.

On August 12, Kuma used a wicked splitter and pinpoint control to throw the fourth individual no-hitter in Mariners history. He mastered the Baltimore Orioles, striking out seven and walking three. Kyle Seager served up some drama to open the 9th inning when he made a nifty over-the-shoulder catch for the first out in the inning. A ground-out and a liner to center field sealed Iwakuma’s gem and his place in MLB history as only the second Japanese born pitcher to throw a no-hitter. The Mariners scratched out three runs for the 3-0 win.

Mariners Agree to Terms with Furbush & Scribner

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush and right-handed pitcher Evan Scribner on a 2016 contract, avoiding arbitration. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

By agreeing to terms with Furbush and Scribner, the Mariners have no remaining arbitration-eligible players.

Furbush, 29, was on the disabled list from July 9 through the end of the season with left biceps tendinitis and a slight rotator cuff tear and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Sept. 8. He posted a 2.08 ERA (5 ER, 21.2 IP) in 33 relief appearances before going on the disabled list just prior to the All-Star break.

In five Major League seasons, he has posted a 3.97 ERA (115 ER, 260.2 IP) with 268 strikeouts in 247 games (12 starts). Since 2012 when he began pitching exclusively as a reliever, he has posted a 3.23 ERA (63 ER, 175.1 IP) with 201 strikeouts and has limited opposing hitters to a .196 (125×638) batting average.

Scribner, 30, was acquired from Oakland in exchange for RHP Trey Cochran-Gill on Dec. 8, 2015. He was 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA in a career-high 54 appearances for Oakland in 2015. He struck out 64 hitters in 60.0 innings pitched while walking just 4 (out of 238 batters faced). His 16-to-1 strikeout ration last season led all Major League relievers, as did his 0.60 walks per 9.0 innings pitched. Scribner missed the month of September with a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle.

Scribner has pitched in the Majors with Oakland (2012-2015) and San Diego (2011). In his big league career, he is 5-2 with a 4.21 ERA in 125 relief appearances. He’s struck out 134 batters while walking only 27 in 147.2 innings pitched

Mariners Agree To Terms With OF Leonys Martin

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Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has agreed to terms with outfielder Leonys Martin on a 2016 contract, avoiding arbitration. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

By agreeing to terms with Martin, the Mariners have two remaining arbitration-eligible players, left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush and right-handed pitcher Evan Scribner.

Martin, 27, hit .219 (63×288) with 26 runs, 12 doubles, 5 home runs, 25 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 95 games with Texas last season. His season was interrupted when he suffered a hamate fracture on his right hand on Aug. 13 while with AAA Round Rock. He underwent surgery on Aug. 26 to remove the hamate bone. Martin was activated from the minor league disabled list and recalled to Texas on Sept. 20, appearing in one game the remainder of the season.

Over the last three seasons (2013-15), Martin ranks 4th in the Majors among center fielders in defensive runs saved (44) behind the Mets Juan Lagares (56), Royals Lorenzo Cain (49) and Astros Carlos Gomez (46).

In his previous two full seasons (2013-14), combined to hit .268 (265×990) with 134 runs, 34 doubles, 13 triples, 15 home runs, 89 RBI and 67 stolen bases in 302 games with the Rangers. His 81 stolen bases over the last three seasons (2013-2015) rank 6th in the American League. During his career he has appeared at all three outfield positions, playing center field (393 G, 333 GS), right field (21 G, 11 GS) and left field (10 G, 6 GS).

Leonys defected from Cuba in the late summer of 2010 and established residency in Mexico before signing with the Texas organization. During his career in Cuba, he played five seasons with Villa Clara in the Serie Nacional Cuban League, where he hit .314 (417×1329) with 329 runs, 62 doubles, 1 triple and 38 home runs.

TONIGHT: Hot Stove Show on 710 ESPN Seattle

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We are now less than 40 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to the Mariners Spring Training Complex in Peoria, Arizona and we can’t wait! With that in mind, The Hot Stove show returns tonight from the 710 ESPN Radio studios from 7-9 pm.

Mariners broadcasters Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer & Bill Krueger will co-host the evenings show and will be joined by Mariners pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr., Mariners VP of Marketing Kevin Martinez and from the Caravan; Stefen Romero and Shawn O’Malley. ESPN.com’s Dave Shoenfield will also join the show.

As you’re all well aware, Ken Griffey Jr. was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame last week. Rick Rizzs was able to sit down with The Kid himself for an exclusive one-on-one interview that looks back at his fabulous career. The full interview will air tonight on the Hot Stove Show.

Be sure to tune in on the radio on 710 ESPN Seattle and online at MyNorthwest.com.

Mariners Acquire RHP Joe Wieland From Dodgers

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Joe Wieland from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for minor league infielder Erick Mejia. To make room on the Major League 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher A.J. Schugel has been designated for assignment.

Wieland, 25 (26 on Jan. 21), spent the majority of last season with AAA Oklahoma where he was 10-5 with a 4.59 ERA (58 ER, 113.2 IP) with 92 strikeouts in 22 games including 21 starts. He also made two starts in the Majors with Los Angeles (NL), going 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA (8 ER, 8.2 IP) with 4 strikeouts.

In three Major League seasons with San Diego (2013-14) and Los Angeles-NL (2015), he has combined to go 1-5 with a 5.85 ERA (31 ER, 47.2 IP) with 36 strikeouts in 11 games including 9 starts. In his minor league career in the Texas, San Diego and Los Angeles-NL organizations, he is 45-27 with a 3.52 ERA (231 ER, 590.1 IP) with 536 strikeouts in 117 games, including 107 starts.

The right-hander was originally selected by Texas in the 4th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Bishop Manogue High School (Reno, NV). He was traded by Texas to San Diego, along with LHP Robbie Erlin, in exchange for RHP Mike Adams. He was acquired by Los Angeles-NL from San Diego, along with LHP Zach Eflin and C Yasmani Grandal, in exchange for OF Matt Kemp and C Tim Federowicz.

Mejia, 21, spent the majority of the season with Short-A Everett, but also appeared in games with Single-A Clinton (5/10-20), Rookie AZL Mariners (6/12-7/1) and Triple-A Tacoma (7/2-13) in 2015, combining to bat .282 (49×174) with 34 runs scored, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 16 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 51 games. He also had one stint on the disabled list, May 21-June 11 with a left shoulder strain. Mejia was originally signed by Seattle as a non-drafted international free agent on June 30, 2012. Over four seasons in the minor leagues, he has hit .273 (125×458) with 86 runs scored, 28 extra-base hits and 42 RBI and 49 stolen bases in 133 games.

Schugel, 26, was claimed off waivers from Arizona on Dec. 16, 2015. He made his Major League debut with Arizona last year, posting a 5.00 ERA (5 ER, 9.0 IP) with 5 strikeouts in 5 relief appearances during two stints in Majors. In minors, he split the season between AA Mobile & AAA Reno, combining to go 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA (62 ER, 115.1 IP) with 79 strikeouts in 21 starts. In the minors he began the season with Reno, posting a 12.66 ERA (30 ER, 21.1 IP) in five games before moving to Mobile where he was 7-2 with a 2.21 ERA (19 ER, 77.1 IP). In six minor league seasons in the Angels and Diamondbacks organization, he is 32-34 with a 4.04 ERA (281 ER, 625.1 IP) with 497 strikeouts in 139 games including 109 starts. He was originally drafted by the Angels in the 25th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Central Arizona College (Coolidge, AZ).

Mariners To Retire Number 24 In Entire Organization

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Seattle Mariners President & Chief Operating Officer Kevin Mather tonight announced that, as part of Ken Griffey Jr. Weekend in Seattle, the Mariners will officially retire number 24 in a pregame ceremony on August 6. In addition, Griffey has confirmed that he will be in Seattle for Opening Night, April 8, and will toss the ceremonial first pitch that night.

The number retirement will be the highlight of Ken Griffey Jr. Weekend in Seattle, which will take place August 5-6-7, just two weeks after the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York. The weekend will provide Seattle fans an opportunity to share in the excitement of Griffey’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Beginning on Opening Day in April, no player in the entire Mariners organization, from the Dominican Academy to AAA Tacoma as well as the Major League roster, will ever wear number 24 again. This marks the first number of a Mariners player ever retired by the franchise, and will join Jackie Robinson’s number 42 as the only two numbers retired by the Mariners.

“Ken Griffey Jr. was the first player selected in the 1987 Draft, a first ballot Hall of Famer, the first player in Hall of Fame history to amass over 99% of the vote and the first player to wear a Mariners Cap on his Hall of Fame plaque,” Mather said. “It seems only fitting that he be the first Mariners player to have his number retired.”

Other Ken Griffey Jr. Weekend highlights include:

Friday, August 5, 7:10 pm vs. the Los Angeles Angels –
Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Bobblehead Night (first 20,000 fans will receive this special bobblehead)

Saturday, August 6, 6:10 pm vs. the Los Angeles –
Ken Griffey Jr. Number Retirement Ceremony (pregame) and
Replica Hall of Fame Plaque (first 20,000 fans will receive a replica plaque)

Sunday, August 7, 1:10 pm vs. the Los Angeles –
Ken Griffey Jr. Replica Jersey Day (first 20,000 fans will receive a replica jersey)

Mariners Sign RHP Ryan Cook to Major League Deal

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Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Ryan Cook to a one-year Major League contract.

“We’re looking forward to seeing Ryan in a Mariners uniform,” said Dipoto. “He remains just 28 years old and is just one season removed from being one of the more effective setup relievers in the American League. His presence enhances both our bullpen depth and overall upside.”

Cook, 28, posted a 2.77 ERA (61 ER, 198.1 IP) in 208 relief appearances during his first four Major League seasons (2011-14) before combining to post an 18.69 ERA (18 ER, 8.2 IP) in 9 relief appearances for Oakland and Boston last season. In Triple-A last season with Nashville and Pawtucket, he combined to go 4-1 with a 3.16 ERA (15 ER, 42.2 IP) with 36 strikeouts in 37 relief appearances.

His 2.60 ERA (55 ER, 190.2 IP) with 197 strikeouts in 196 appearances from 2011-14, was the 8th-best by an American League reliever (min. 190 G). During that three-year stretch, he limited opponents to a .198 batting average, which was 5th-best amongst American League relievers.

Cook was an American League All-Star in 2012 when he was 6-2 with a 2.09 ERA (17 ER, 73.1 IP) in 71 relief appearances. He was originally drafted by Arizona in the 27th round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA).

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