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Mariners Game Information – September 24 at Twins

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Game #154 (9/24): Mariners (81-72) vs. Twins (55-99) 4:10 pm PST | Target Field
Starting Pitchers: LHP Ariel Miranda (5-1, 3.88) vs. RHP Tyler Duffey (8-11, 6.39)
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
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Statement from Jerry Dipoto

Statement from Jerry Dipoto, Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations on Tweets from catcher Steve Clevenger.

The Seattle Mariners are very disappointed at the tweets posted on Steve Clevenger’s account. While he is certainly free to express himself, his tweets do not in any way represent the opinions of the Seattle Mariners. We strongly disagree with the language and tone of his comments.

We are currently examining all internal options that are available to us as we determine appropriate next steps.

We will have no further comment at this time.

Mariners Announce Two Player Development Contracts

030216_044-bvh-edit2The Mariners announced two player development contracts today, a two-year agreement with the Arkansas Travelers of the AA Texas League and a four-year agreement with the Modesto Nuts of the high-A California League.

AA Arkansas Travelers

The 2016 season marked the Travelers 51st consecutive season in the Texas League, the longest continuously running club in the league. The Travelers play their home games at Dickey-Stephens Park in Little Rock, Ark.

“The Mariners look forward to working closely with our new partner, the Arkansas Travelers,” Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. “It is a franchise with great fans, a great staff and a great ballpark, as well as a long and storied history in professional baseball, dating back to 1901. Both organizations are committed to the community, good baseball and an entertaining ballpark experience.”

High-A Modesto Nuts

In addition to the player development agreement with the Nuts, the Mariners franchise has purchased a majority interest in the Modesto club to help assure a long-term partnership between the two organizations. Mariners president and COO Kevin Mather, along with Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay, made the announcement in a joint news conference with the Nuts this morning in Modesto, Calif.

“The Mariners are committed to a strong minor league system,” McKay said in a statement. “That commitment, coupled with our desire to remain in the California League and the great opportunity to be affiliated with the Nuts and the city and fans of Modesto, has led us to this partnership. We are looking forward to many, many years of success here in Modesto.”

The 2017 season begins on Thursday, April 6th when the Nuts travel to Lake Elsinore to begin the franchise’s first season as a Mariners affiliate. The home opener at John Thurman Field in Modesto, Calif. is scheduled for Thursday, April 13th against the Lancaster JetHawks.

2016 Minor League Recap

The Mariners seven minor league affiliates wrapped up the 2016 season combining for a 451-314 (.590) record, the best overall winning percentage of any organization this season. All seven teams finished the season .500 or better, and all seven Mariners minor league affiliates qualified for the post-season, with AA Jackson claiming the Southern League title and rookie Arizona earning the AZL championship. The Mariners Cal League affiliate finished 76-64 and claimed the second half Northern Division title before being eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.

Mariners Gameday Information – Sept. 19 vs. Toronto

Game Information


Game #150 (9/19): Mariners (79-70) vs. Blue Jays (81-68) 7:10 pm PST | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (6-10, 4.28) vs. RHP Marco Estrada (8-9, 3.78)
Radio: 770 KTTH & 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
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Mariners Magazine | Mike Zunino’s Fresh Start


The following article is from the September issue of Mariners Magazine. Pick up yours today at any Mariners Team Store, or subscribe to receive all six issues (April-September), plus a free 2016 Mariners Yearbook, delivered to your home or office. Each issue is filled with great action photography, up to date news, player stats and feature interviews.

Last month, catcher Mike Zunino stepped up to the plate to lead off the eighth inning of a game against Boston and pitcher David Price. Up to that point, Price had been overwhelming and Zunino had fanned twice, once swinging and once looking. But in his third at-bat Zunino drove Price’s first pitch over the left field wall, the opening salvo in a five-run inning that fueled a comeback win.

Zunino starting a big comeback is appropriate since he is in the middle of one of his own.

“I don’t think I have that at-bat last year,” he said the next day in the Mariners clubhouse. “If I didn’t get a hit in my first at-bat last year I was like ‘Oh, boy. Here we go again.’ But a rough at-bat isn’t going to affect me this year the way it did last year.”

Indeed, last year ended on a sour note for Zunino. After a 7-for-54 slump in August left him with a .174 batting average on the season, and a .193 career average, he was sent down to Tacoma. The move was thought, both by Seattle and Zunino, to be temporary – a brief 10 days in the minors and then right back to Seattle.

But when Tacoma’s season ended the Mariners told Zunino they wanted him to work on rebuilding his swing, his approach and his confidence. So, instead of coming back to Seattle to rejoin the team, he spent September at the club’s facility in Peoria, Arizona. Zunino was disappointed but not surprised.

“There was frustration, but I knew. The season is going on and I’m not blind to it. I knew I had to get to work, shut out all the stuff from the past three years and focus on moving forward. I didn’t want to take September off, but it gave me time to mentally prepare for the work I had to do coming into this season.”

Getting Back to Basics

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 09: Mike Zunino #3 of the Seattle Mariners is doused by teammates after getting the game-winning hit in the fifteenth inning to beat the Detroit Tigers at Safeco Field on August 9, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The jump to the Majors came quick for Zunino – the Mariners first-round pick in the 2012 June Draft made his Big League debut the following June. And while his defensive skills were Major League ready, his bat stayed behind. As his struggles continued he got lots of advice from well-intentioned teammates and coaches. The cumulative effect of all that advice was information overload.

“Everybody wanted to have some sort of input,” Zunino said. “Everyone just wants to help. But when you take it all into consideration you get flooded with stuff and try to start pleasing and hitting for other people. You lose track of what you want to do.”

Hitting coach Edgar Martinez put it in simpler terms. “Everyone wanted to help, but sometimes too much information,” he paused and laughed, “is too much information.” Martinez was part of the effort to help Zunino simplify things and regain his confidence. He says he didn’t doubt that Zunino’s work would pay off.

“When you have the ability everything tends to end up working out.”

It all started with Zunino treating his trip to Arizona as an opportunity rather than a setback.

“I really wanted to focus on the foundation,” said the 25-year-old Florida native. “Wipe everything clean and give it a fresh start. Get to a spot where I felt comfortable in my stance and go from there.”

Zunino also spent a week during this past offseason working with Kyle Seager and former Mariners coach Mike Brumley, furthering his understanding of approach and mechanics. And he met with new manager Scott Servais to begin the other half of the equation, the more important one according to the skipper.

“The mechanical stuff … all secondary,” said Servais. “You have to get the player right mentally first. That’s more important than any of the physical changes. He needed to gain some success along the way and gain confidence back, and he was able to do that working in the offseason.”

Servais told Zunino that he and GM Jerry Dipoto thought it best that he get everyday playing time at Tacoma during the 2016 season. Again Zunino was disappointed but not surprised.

“They had great communication with me and I wasn’t dumb,” he said. “[The club] made some moves and brought some guys in and I knew I had stuff to prove with a new front office and a new manager. Servais told me to be myself and have fun. That allowed me to not chase results or worry about what I was doing in Spring, and to focus on the process of having good at-bats, finding where I wanted to be.”

Having a Good Plan

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 06: Closing pitcher Edwin Diaz #39 of the Seattle Mariners is congratulated by catcher Mike Zunino #3 after defeating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 8-6 at Safeco Field on August 6, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Part of the plan was to convince him to trust his ability and his swing and to approach workouts like he had in college and the minors.

“Less was always more for me,” said Zunino. “I’ve gotten back to that. I’m not driving myself crazy trying to make changes in the cage. When I wasn’t getting results I’d spend so much time thinking about, ‘What am I not doing? What do I need to change?’ You focus on something new every day and you’re hitting in the cage for an hour. You’ve still got BP, and a game you have to catch and you’re mentally driving yourself crazy.”

Zunino got off to a blazing start in Tacoma, hitting .447 with six home runs in his first nine games. He eventually leveled off and posted solid numbers across the board in 79 games. The consistency of his numbers and an injury to backup catcher Steve Clevenger led the Mariners to alter their original plan of keeping Zunino in Triple A this year. Zunino’s reaction to that news reflected his newly regained confidence. He was excited, but more than that he was ready.

“There was a sense of ease when I got called up. I had confidence in myself that I can have a quality at-bat more times than not. It’s a night-and-day difference in terms of confidence in the box.”

Martinez agreed. “He looks much better. He has a lot of skills and he knows it. He’s trusting his swing more. You can see it in almost every at-bat. He’s seeing more pitches, laying off the tough pitches and getting in good hitting counts.”

One reason the team has been working with Zunino offensively is that his defense is so good. He stayed steady behind the dish even during his toughest offensive struggles and used his defense to his mental advantage.

“He looks much better….He’s trusting his swing more. You can see it in almost every at-bat.”

– Hitting coach Edgar Martinez

“Having those responsibilities gave me something positive to think about,” he pointed out. “It’s easy to separate because you have to go help your pitcher get through the game. You put the gear on and you get out there and you just have to get rid of the last at-bat. You have to have a very short memory.”

So what happens when the next offensive slump arrives? Zunino said he’ll continue to think in a big picture way rather than worrying about how to “fix” something that’s not broken.

“I trust my swing, my approach, my mechanics and my eyes,” he said. “So it becomes a series of small adjustments instead of huge adjustments. There’s only so much you can do in the batting cage at four o’clock. You stand very little chance if you’re trying to find something and then put it into a game three hours later.”

Mike Gastineau is a freelance writer based in Seattle. He spent over 20 years hosting a local radio show, and is the author of two books.

Mariners Celebrate Win Streak with $8 Ticket Special

8straight_1To welcome the hottest team in Major League Baseball back to Safeco Field, the Seattle Mariners are offering fans specially priced tickets to the weekend series against the Houston Astros.

With the Mariners eighth consecutive win last night against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, tickets for all available View Reserved seats are just $8. This offer applies to all three games against the Astros (September 16-18) and the price is available through Sunday.


With last night’s win, the Mariners are now 9-1 in the last 10 games, and have an eight game win streak. The team is in second place in the American League West and is a game-and-a-half back in the Wild Card race.

The $8 View Reserved tickets can be purchased online at, at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores (4th & Stewart in downtown Seattle, Bellevue Square, Southcenter and Alderwood Mall). Tickets are also available by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (732-4487).

Mariners Tentative 2017 Regular Season Schedule

Season Opener at Houston on Monday, April 3

Home Opener vs. Houston on Monday, April 10

AL West matches up with NL East in Interleague Play

The Astros provide the opposition for the Seattle Mariners season opening game at Minute Maid Park in Houston, as well as for the Mariners Home Opener a week later at Safeco Field, according to the 2017 tentative regular season schedule released today by the Mariners.

The Mariners 40th Anniversary Season (1977-2017) opens on the road at Houston on Monday, April 3. After a four-game set vs. the Astros (April 3-6), the Mariners head to Los Angeles for a three-game weekend series (April 7-9) against the Angels, before heading home to Seattle for the Home Opener on Monday, April 10, against Houston.

Major League Baseball announced the complete 2017 tentative schedule for all 30 teams earlier today.

The nine-game opening homestand features a three-game series against the Astros (April 10-12), three against the Texas Rangers (April 14-16), and three interleague games against the Miami Marlins (April 17-19).

The Mariners will be home to celebrate two of the summer’s major holidays – Tuesday, July 4 vs. the Kansas City Royals, and Labor Day (September 4) vs. Houston.

This season, the American League West matches up with the National League East for interleague play. In addition to the home series against the Marlins in April, the Mariners host the Philadelphia Phillies at Safeco Field (June 27-28) and the New York Mets the weekend of July 28-30. The Mariners travel to Philadelphia (May 9-10), to Washington D.C. for three games against the Nationals (May 23-25), and to Atlanta for three-games against the Braves at the new SunTrust Park (August 21-23).

The Mariners will also play back-to-back two-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field (May 29-30) and at Safeco Field (May 31-June 1).

The longest homestand of the season is 11 games, May 31-June 11 (vs. the Colorado Rockies, Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays).  In late July, a ten-game stand over two weekends includes the New York Yankees (July 20-23), Boston Red Sox (July 24-26) and New York Mets (July 28-30).

The longest road trip of the year in MLB is the Mariners four-city, 12-game journey to Tampa Bay (August 18-20), Atlanta (August 21-23), New York Yankees (August 25-27) and Baltimore (August 28-30).

The month of September is heavy on matchups against all four AL West rivals with the Mariners facing the Athletics, Astros, Angels and Rangers in 25 of the last 28 games. The only non-AL West team down the stretch is the Cleveland Indians, who visit Safeco Field September 22-24 for the final home series of the year.

The Mariners season concludes on the road, the first time that has happened since 2012, with three games in Oakland against the A’s (September 25-27) and the final weekend in Los Angeles against the Angels (September 29-October 1).

The Mariners tentative 2017 schedule is available now on The complete 2017 MLB tentative schedule of all 30 teams is now available on

Start times will be released later. The schedule will be finalized in January 2017.

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Mariners Gameday Information – Sept. 11 at Oakland

Game Information


Game #143 (9/11): Mariners (74-68) at Athletics (60-81) 1:05 pm PST | Oakland Coliseum
Starting Pitchers: LHP James Paxton (4-6, 4.03) vs. RHP Raul Alcantara (0-1, 15.00)
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
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Mariners Gameday Information – Sept. 10 at Oakland

Game Information


Game #142 (9/10): Mariners (73-68) at Athletics (60-80) 1:05 pm PST | Oakland Coliseum
Starting Pitchers: RHP Felix Hernandez (10-5, 3.75) vs. RHP Kendall Graveman (10-9, 3.81)
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 | Athletics | Mariners-Athletics History

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AquaSox to Host Postseason at Safeco Field on Friday

The Seattle Mariners and Everett AquaSox announced today that Game 2 of the Northwest League Northern Division Title Series is now scheduled to be played at Safeco Field on Friday, September 9. Gates will open at 6 pm with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 pm.

Tickets for Friday night’s game can be purchased at the main Safeco Field box office beginning at 10 am PT on Friday, Sept. 9. All seats are $12. Seating will be limited to the box seats on the 100 Level between the dugouts.

Game #1 of the best-of-three postseason series is scheduled for Thursday in Spokane. If necessary, Game #3 will be played at Everett Memorial on Saturday.

Everett finished the regular season with the Northwest League’s best record in the second half (27-11) and the second-best overall record (45-31).

The AquaSox have been affiliated with the Seattle Mariners for 22 seasons, becoming the Mariners affiliate in the Northwest League on September 12, 1994. On Wednesday, the Mariners announced a four-year Player Development Contract extension with Everett through the 2020 season. The AquaSox play their home games at Everett Memorial Stadium, located in Everett, Wash., less than 30 miles north of Seattle.