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Chris Young Sweeps Comeback Player of the Year Awards

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Mariners pitcher Chris Young was named MLB’s American League Comeback Player of the Year. The award is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and presented annually to one player in each League who has reemerged on the field during the season.

The 30 club beat reporters from MLB.com, the official web site of Major League Baseball, selected the winners from an original list of 30 candidates (one per MLB Club).

Young, 35, returned to the Majors for the first time since 2012 to go 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA (67 ER, 165.0 IP) in 30 games/29 starts with the Mariners. The 6-10 right-hander did not pitch in the Majors in 2013 after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder. From 2009-2012, Young made just 42 Major League starts battling various shoulder injuries.

The right-hander was also named the Sporting News American League Comeback Player of the Year on Oct. 20 and the Players Choice American League Comeback Player of the Year on Nov. 3.

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Inside the Numbers – Seager’s Defensive Index Rating

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Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager was announced as the Rawlings® Gold Glove winner amongst American League third baseman on Tuesday. While we don’t have final vote counts, we did find out some interesting statistical information today when the SABR Defensive Index final ratings were released for the 2014 season.

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Kyle had the 3rd-best SDI in the American League at 17.9, trailing only Oakland’s Josh Donaldson (21.2) and Kansas City’s Alex Gordon (19.9). It is interesting that Seager trailed Donaldson, also a third baseman, which means Kyle likely overwhelmingly won the vote amongst American League coaches and managers. Seager also all Major League third basemen with a .981 fielding percentage.

For the second consecutive season, the SDI was used to help select the winners of the Rawlings® Gold Glove Award. The SABR Defensive Index accounts for 30 total “votes” — or approximately 25 percent of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process — which are added to the votes from the managers and coaches in each respective league.

Here is a description of the SDI:

The SABR Defensive Index draws on and aggregates two types of existing defensive metrics: those derived from batted ball location-based data and those collected from play-by-play accounts. The three metrics representing batted ball data include Defensive Runs Saved from Baseball Info Solutions, Ultimate Zone Rating developed by noted sabermetrician Mitchel Lichtman, and Runs Effectively Defended based on STATS Zone Rating and built by SABR Defensive Committee member Chris Dial. The two metrics included in the SDI originating from play-by-play data are Defensive Regression Analysis, created by committee member Michael Humphreys, and Total Zone Rating.

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Vote for Kyle Seager for the 2014 Heart and Hustle Award

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The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s Heart & Hustle Award is presented annually to a player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game. Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is a finalist for the 2014 award.

Fans can put in their vote via MLBPAA.com.

Voting ends at 8:59 p.m. PT on Saturday, Nov. 8, so be sure to get your vote in by this weekend. Fan voting comprises 5 percent of the total voting for the final award winner. All Alumni and active Major League players also vote for the winner.

The Heart & Hustle Award will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the 15th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner at Capitale in New York City.

Mariners Winter League Update

The 2014 season might be over for the Mariners, but there are a number of players from the organization that are continuing to play in various Winter Leagues all around the world.

The Mariners organization has had 22 players appear in a Winter League game already this season and more expected to play in the upcoming weeks.

The Arizona Fall League provides all Major League organizations the opportunity to continue the development of their top prospects. Each club contributes players to make up the league, which consists of six teams, each stocked by five Big League clubs. The Mariners prospects play for the Surprise Saguaros, along with players from the Red Sox, Reds, Padres and Rangers organizations. The roster includes right-handed pitchers Matt Anderson, Matt Brazis and Stephen Landazuri , left-handed pitcher Scott DeCecco, catcher John Hicks and infielders Patrick Kivlehan and D.J. Peterson. The AFL will run through the Championship game on November 15.

D.J. Peterson

D.J. Peterson

Peterson represented the Mariners on the AFL West roster in the Arizona Fall League 9th annual Fall Stars Game presented by Bowman Baseball Cards on Saturday, November 1 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. He went 0-for-2 as a pinch hitter/third baseman in the game as the AFL East defeated the AFL West 6-2.

Catcher John Hicks

Catcher John Hicks

C John Hicks has recorded 7 of his 12 hits over his last 3 starts, including consecutive 3-hit games on Oct. 30 at Salt River (3×4, R, 3B, HR, RBI) and Nov. 3 at Glendale (3×5, 3 R, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, SB). Overall he is batting .316 (12×38) with 8 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 11 RBI, 2 walks and 2 stolen base in 10 games with the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League. Hicks has also been solid behind the plate, throwing out 7 of 15 attempted base stealers (.467), which is the 2nd-highest caught stealing percentage in the Arizona Fall League among catchers with at least 15 attempts (Pedro Severino, Mesa – 8 CS, 15 ATT). He also leads all catchers in the league with 14 assists and has not committed an error in 87 total chances.

Winter ball is also played in Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Mexico. At the end of the season, the champions of each league play each other in the Caribbean Series.

INF Carlos Rivero

INF Carlos Rivero

INF Carlos Rivero, who was claimed off waivers by the Mariners from the Boston Red Sox on Monday, is currently playing for the Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League. After hitting .214 (3×14) over his first 4 games with Lara, Rivero is batting .340 (18×53) with 9 runs scored, 2 doubles, 5 home runs, 10 RBI and 6 walks in last 15 games. During this stretch he raised his VWL average from .214 to .313. Overall he is batting .313 (21×67) with 11 runs scored, 2 doubles, 6 home runs, 11 RBI and 7 walks over 17 games. Rivero currently leads the Venezuelan Winter League in home runs (6), slugging percentage (.612) and home runs per at-bat ratio (1/11.17), while also ranking T3rd in total bases (41).

RHP Emilio Pagan opened up his winter league assignment with a win on Nov. 1 as Carolina defeated Mayaguez 8-1. Pagan struck out 1 in 2.0 perfect innings to earn the win in his Peurto Rican Winter League debut. He led all Mariners farmhands with 16 saves with Clinton in 2014, gong 2-3 with a 2.89 ERA (18 ER, 56.0 IP) in 42 relief appearances with the LumberKings.

INF Gabriel Noriega has hit safely in 9 of his last 11 games with 6 multi-hit contests since Oct. 23. During this stretch he is batting .419 (18×43) with 7 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 walks and 1 stolen bases and has raised his season average from .268 to .333. Overall he is batting .329 (27×82) with 13 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 6 RBI, 4 walks and 1 stolen base in 22 games with the Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League. Noriega’s .329 average is currently T8th in the VWL.

If it is cold and drizzling in Seattle it is most likely hot and sunny in Australia. LHP Will Mathis and RHP Troy Scott are representing the Mariners as members of the Adelaide Bite.

Kyle Seager Wins Gold Glove at Third Base

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Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Rawlings® American League Gold Glove, announced tonight by the Rawlings Sporting Goods Company and Major League Baseball.

Seager was one of three finalists for the American League Gold Glove at third base with Josh Donaldson (Oakland) and Adrian Beltre (TEX). Fellow Mariners Robinson Cano (2B) and Felix Hernandez (P) were also finalists at their position but did not win.

Seager, who turned 27 yesterday, had the highest fielding percentage amongst qualifying Major League third basemen in 2014 at .981 (8 E, 422 TC), the 10th-best mark by an AL third baseman dating back to 1948.

“It is an honor to just be up for the award with all the great third basemen, let alone win the Gold Glove,” said Seager. “I really owe a lot to my coaches, especially Chris Woodward. He helped me tremendously.”

He made 157 starts at the hot corner, trailing only Miami’s Casey McGehee (158) and ranked 2nd in the Majors in assists (327), double plays (36) and innings played (1402.0). The Fielding Bible also showed that Seager led all Major League third basemen in good throws to first with a 96.6-percent “good throw” rate and he led the AL at his position with a plus-24 rating in runs saved via Baseball-Reference.com.

Seager becomes the first Mariners player to earn a Gold Glove since Ichiro and Franklin Gutierrez in 2010. The Mariners had at least one Gold Glove winner in 24 consecutive seasons from 1987-2010. Seager is the second third baseman in club history to win a Gold Glove, joining Adrian Beltre (2x, 2007-2008).

Seager is now part of the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award fan vote on www.Rawlings.com, which will last one day ending at 5 p.m. PT tomorrow.

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The Rawlings® Gold Glove Award is presented annually to 18 players, one for each position, in both the American and National Leagues. The selection process is based approximately via 75% votes by manager and coaches (up to 7 per team, can’t vote for players on own team) and 25% based on the SABR Defensive Index (statistical based). Here’s a look at the complete AL and NL winners:

American League

Pos. Name Team # Gold Gloves
P Dallas Keuchel Houston 1
C Salvador Perez Kansas City 2
1B Eric Hosmer Kansas City 2
2B Dustin Pedroia Boston 4
3B Kyle Seager Seattle 1
SS J.J. Hardy Baltimore 3
LF Alex Gordon Kansas City 4
CF Adam Jones Baltimore 4
RF Nick Markakis Baltimore 2

National League

Pos. Name Team # Gold Gloves
P Zack Greinke Los Angeles 1
C Yadier Molina St. Louis 7
1B Adrian Gonzalez Los Angeles 4
2B DJ LeMahieu Colorado 1
3B Nolan Arenado Colorado 2
SS Andrelton Simmons Atlanta 2
LF Christian Yelich Miami 1
CF Juan Lagares New York 1
RF Jason Heyward Atlanta 2

Mariners All-Time Gold Glove winners:

1987 - Mark Langston, LHP
1988 - Mark Langston, LHP
Harold Reynolds, 2B
1989 - Harold Reynolds, 2B
1990 - Ken Griffey Jr., OF
Harold Reynolds, 2B
1991 - Ken Griffey Jr., OF
1992 - Ken Griffey Jr., OF
1993 - Ken Griffey Jr., OF
Omar Vizquel, SS
1994 - Ken Griffey Jr., OF
1995 - Ken Griffey Jr., OF
1996 - Jay Buhner, OF
Ken Griffey Jr., OF
1997 - Ken Griffey Jr., OF
1998 - Ken Griffey Jr., OF
1999 - Ken Griffey Jr., OF
2000 - John Olerud, 1B
2001 - Mike Cameron, OF
Ichiro Suzuki, OF
2002 - Bret Boone, 2B
John Olerud, 1B
Ichiro Suzuki, OF
2003 - Bret Boone, 2B
Mike Cameron, OF
John Olerud, 1B
Ichiro Suzuki, OF
2004 - Bret Boone, 2B
Ichiro Suzuki, OF
2005 - Ichiro Suzuki, OF
2006 - Ichiro Suzuki, OF
2007 - Ichiro Suzuki, OF
Adrian Beltre, 3B
2008 - Ichiro Suzuki, OF
Adrian Beltre, 3B
2009 - Ichiro Suzuki, OF
2010 - Ichiro Suzuki, OF
Franklin Gutierrez, OF
2014 – Kyle Seager, 3B

Felix Hernandez – A.L. Cy Young Award Finalist

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Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez has been named a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award along with Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale and Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber. The announcement was made by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) on MLB Network.

The A.L. Cy Young Award winner will be announced live on MLB Network on Wednesday, November 12 (3-4 pm PT).

“To be a finalist for the Cy Young Award is great, that’s what we work for every year, to be one of the best,” said Hernandez. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work that I put in during the offseason and it is great to be mentioned as one of the best pitchers in the American League.”

Hernandez, 28, has already been named the American League’s Outstanding Pitcher by the Sporting News and the American League Outstanding Pitcher by his peers to earn his first Players Choice Award. He was also named a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove, was Seattle’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award and is Fred Hutch Award nominee (community service award).

He led the AL with a 2.14 ERA and a 0.915 WHIP while yielding a league-low 6.5 hits per nine innings over 34 starts for the Mariners. Felix went 15-6 with 248 strikeouts in his 10th season in the Majors.

Hernandez posted the 4th-lowest ERA for an AL pitcher in a season of 230.0 or more innings since the advent of the Designated Hitter in 1973, behind the Yankees Ron Guidry (1.74 in 1978), Toronto’s Roger Clemens (2.05 in 1997) and Baltimore’s Jim Palmer (2.09 in 1975). He led the American League in WHIP at 0.915, the lowest by an AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 2000 (0.737).

He ranked amongst the American League leaders in ERA (1st, 2.14), Opponent Batting Average (1st, .200), Innings (2nd, 236.0), Starts (T1st, 34), Strikeouts (4th, 248), Wins (T8th, 15), Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (5th, 5.39) and Strikeouts per 9.0 IP (5th, 9.46).

Hernandez won the 2010 American League Cy Young Award when he went 13-12 and led the league in ERA (2.27), starts (34) and innings pitched (249.2). Randy Johnson (1995) is the only other Mariners pitcher to win the A.L. Cy Young Award.

Felix and Young Win Players Choice Awards

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Seattle Mariners pitchers Felix Hernandez (American League Most Outstanding Pitcher) and Chris Young (American League Comeback Player of the Year) were recognized by their fellow players in the annual Major League Baseball Players Choice Awards.

Hernandez, 28, was named the American League Outstanding Pitcher by his peers to earn his first Players Choice Award. He led the AL with a 2.14 ERA and a 0.915 WHIP while yielding a league-low 6.5 hits per nine innings over 34 starts for the Mariners. Felix went 15-6 with 248 strikeouts in his 10th season in the Majors.

Young, 35, returned to the Majors for the first time since 2012 to go 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA (67 ER, 165.0 IP) in 30 games/29 starts with the Mariners. The 6-10 right-hander did not pitch in the Majors in 2013 after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder. From 2009-2012, Young made just 42 Major League starts battling various shoulder injuries.

This is the first Players Choice Award for a Mariners player since Ichiro was selected as the AL Outstanding Player in 2004.

The Players Choice Awards, presented by PlayStation, benefit the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the charitable foundation created and run by the players themselves. Players Choice Awards have been presented each year since 1992.

2014 Players Choice Award Winners:

American League:
Outstanding Player: Mike Trout (LA Angels)
Outstanding Pitcher: Felix Hernandez (Seattle)
Outstanding Rookie: Jose Abreu (Chicago White Sox)
Comeback Player: Chris Young (Seattle)

National League:
Outstanding Player: Giancarlo Stanton (Miami)
Outstanding Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw (LA Dodgers)
Outstanding Rookie: Jacob deGrom (NY Mets)
Comeback Player: Casey McGehee (Miami)

Player of Year: Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles)
Man of the Year: Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles)

Mariners Claim Carlos Rivero from Red Sox

The Mariners claimed infielder/outfielder Carlos Rivero off waivers from the Boston Red Sox today.

He made his Major League debut last season, going 4-for-7 with a run scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 3 RBI in four games with Boston after spending nine seasons in the minors with the Indians, Phillies, Nationals and Red Sox organizations.

During his minor league career, he has played games at shortstop (537), third base (381), left field (28), first base (26), designated hitter (20) and right field (1). Last season he appeared in games at third base (50), left field (23) and DH (20).

The 26-year-old is currently playing with Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League where he is hitting .313 (20×64) with 11 runs, 2 doubles, 6 home runs and 11 RBI in 17 games.

Here are a few highlight videos from his first taste of Major League Baseball.

Carlos Rivero’s First Major League Hit:

Carlos Rivero’s First Major League Home Run:

D.J. Peterson in Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars Game

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It isn’t every day that we get to see baseball’s top prospects on display on one field from the comfort of our homes, but today, fans will get just that.

The annual Arizona Fall League Stars Game will be played Saturday (Nov. 1) at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona at 5 pm PT. Mariners infielder D.J. Peterson will be the Mariners representative in the game. The game will be nationally televised by MLB Network and online via MLB.com with Paul Severino (play-by-play), Joe Magrane (game analyst) and John Manuel (game analyst) calling the action. The MLB Radio Network also will carry the game on Sirius/XM satellite radio.

Another Mariners connection in the game will be Kyle Seager’s younger brother, Dodgers prospect Corey Seager, who is on the AFL West roster along with Peterson.

Here’s a list of Mariners who have participated in the Arizona Fall League Stars Game:

2014 – INF D.J. Peterson

2013 – OF Stefen Romero

2012 – LHP James Paxton, C Mike Zunino, INF Nick Franklin

2011 – LHP Danny Hultzen, INF Nick Franklin

2010 – OF Dustin Ackley, RHP Josh Fields

2009 – OF Dustin Ackley, RHP Phillippe Aumont, Josh Fields, INF Carlos Triunfel

2008 – OF Greg Halman, INF Carlos Triunfel

2007 – C Jeff Clement, RHP Joe Woerman

2006 – INF Michael Garciaparra, RHP Stephen Kahn

Iwakuma to Play in MLB-Japan All-Star Series

Hisashi Iwakuma has been added to the roster for the MLB Japan All-Star Series.

Hisashi Iwakuma has been added to the roster for the MLB Japan All-Star Series.

Mariners right-handed starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has been selected to play in the MLB-Japan All-Star Series in November. Iwakuma and select MLB stars will play a five-game series against “Samurai Japan” (Japan’s National Team) in the 2014 All-Star Series. In addition, two exhibition games will be played prior to and after the All-Star Series of games.

Iwakuma, 33, will join teammate Robinson Cano in the renewal of the event for the first time since 2006, which will mark the 11th All-Star Series and the 36th time overall that a team of Major Leaguers has toured Japan for exhibition games, dating back to 1908. Iwakuma is scheduled to make one start for the MLB squad during the series, with a limit of 80 pitches has been set for each starting pitcher (Rules for Series).

“I am very happy and honored to be part of this All-Star team,” said Iwakuma. “I look forward to pitching in my hometown during the series.”

Iwakuma went 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA (70 ER, 170.0 IP) in 28 starts with the Mariners in 2014. He ranked 2nd in the Majors with a 1.06 walk rate (21 BB) and 3rd with a 7.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and also had the 4th-best WHIP in the American League at 1.050. The Tokyo native became the fifth Japanese-born pitcher with 15 wins in a season, joining Hideo Nomo (3x), Daisuke Matsuzaka (2x), Yu Darvish, Hiroki Kuroda.

In three seasons with the Mariners Iwakuma has combined to go 38-20 with a 3.07 ERA, including 37-19, 2.97 in 77 career starts. Prior to joining the Mariners Iwakuma played 11 seasons in Japan with Kintetsu/Rakuten in the Pacific League, combining to go 107-69 with a 3.25 ERA in 226 G/225 GS. He was named the Pacific League MVP and Eiji Sawamura Award winner (Cy Young equivalent) in 2008 after going 21-4 with a 1.87 ERA. He has represented Japan in the World Baseball Classic (2009) and Olympics (2004).

The team will holds workouts at Dodger Stadium on November 6-7 (12-2:30 pm). The MLB Network will exclusively televise every game of the Japan All-Star Series live in the U.S., beginning with the exhibition game on Tuesday, November 11 at 1 am PT (check local listings for replays).

All-Star Series games will be hosted in Osaka (Kyocera Dome), Tokyo (Tokyo Dome), Sapporo (Sapporo Dome) and Okinawa (Okinawa Cellular Stadium). The complete schedule is as follows:

2014 Suzuki All-Star Series Schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 11: Exhibition vs. Hanshin Tigers/Yomiuri Giants at Koshien
Wednesday, Nov. 12: Game #1 at Kyocera Dome, Osaka
Thursday, Nov. 13: Travel Day
Friday, Nov. 14: Game #2 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
Saturday, Nov. 15: Game #3 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
Sunday, Nov. 16: Game #4 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
Monday, Nov. 17: Travel Day
Tuesday, Nov. 18: Game #5 at Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
Wednesday, Nov. 19: Travel Day
Thursday, Nov. 20: Exhibition vs Team Japan, Okinawa

Japan Series

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