Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves.
- Dan Robertson, OF, claimed off waivers from Los Angeles (AL)
- JC Ramirez, RHP, outrighted to AAA Tacoma
The Mariners 40-man roster remains at 37.
Robertson, 30, spent last season in the Angels organization, including two stints in the Majors where he hit .280 (21×75) with 10 runs, 2 doubles and 7 RBI in 37 games while playing in left field (27 G, 11 GS), center field (7 G, 4 GS) and right field (1 G). He began the season with AAA Salt Lake where he hit .265 (65×245) with 27 runs, 16 doubles, 1 home run and 20 RBI in 60 games. Also appeared in two games with the AZL Angels.
In parts of two Major League seasons with the Angels (2015) and Rangers (2014), he has combined to hit .274 (69×252) with 33 runs, 11 doubles, 1 triple and 28 RBI in 107 games. In eight minor league seasons in the Padres, Rangers and Angels organizations, he has hit .299 (892×2979) with 529 runs, 165 doubles, 34 triples, 27 home runs, 334 RBI and a .377 on-base percentage in 793 games. He was originally drafted by San Diego in the 33rd round of the 2008 June Amateur Draft out of Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR).
Ramirez, 27, split the season between Seattle & Arizona, going 1-2 with a 5.32 ERA (14 ER, 23.2 IP) with 16 strikeouts in 20 relief appearances. With Seattle was 0-1 with a 7.56 ERA (7 ER, 8.1 IP) with 5 strikeouts in 8 appearances after being selected from AAA Tacoma on Sept. 8. In the minors, appeared in 14 games with AAA Tacoma, going 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA (5 ER, 18.0 IP) and had 23 relief appearances with AAA Reno, going 0-1 with 1 save and a 2.88 ERA (8 ER, 25.0 IP) in 23 relief appearances with AAA Reno. He was acquired by Seattle in a minor league trade from Arizona on July 27.
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that Seattle has completed a six-player trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. Seattle has acquired right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns, left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser and minor league outfielder Boog Powell in exchange for first baseman Logan Morrison, infielder/outfielder Brad Miller and right-handed pitcher Danny Farquhar.
“As I said when I was hired, we need to get more flexible, more athletic and build pitching depth,” Dipoto said. “This trade allows us to do all three. Powell brings speed, defense on on-base percentage to the table and could be ready to help us as soon as 2016, while Karns and Riefenhauser give us young, but experienced, pitching options”.
Karns, who turns 28 on Nov. 25, went 7-5 with a 3.67 ERA (60 ER, 147.0 IP) in 27 games, 26 starts with Tampa Bay in 2015. He limited opponents to a .239 (132×553) average, while walking 56 and striking out 145. Karns led all American League rookies in innings pitched (147.0 IP), strikeouts (145) and game starts (26), while his 7 wins were tied for 5th-most. Among A.L. rookies with at least 100.0 innings pitched, he ranked 3rd in ERA and 2nd in opponent batting average (.239).
Karns was originally selected by Washington in the 12th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Texas Tech University. He made his Major League debut with the Nationals on May 28, 2013 vs. Baltimore, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits over 4.1 innings, but did not factor into the team’s 9-3 win. Karns was acquired by the Rays from the Nationals in exchange for C Jose Lobaton, LHP Felipe Rivero and OF Drew Vettleson on February 13, 2014. In parts of three Major League seasons, Karns is 8-7 with a 4.00 ERA (76 ER, 171.0) in 32 games, 31 starts with Washington (2013) and Tampa Bay (2014-15).
Riefenhauser, 25, made 17 appearances over four separate stints with the Rays in 2015, combining for a 1-0, 5.52 mark, all in relief. In his final 11 appearances (Sept. 1-end of season) he posted a 2.16 ERA (2 ER, 8.1 IP), closing the season with a career-high 7 consecutive scoreless appearances. Overall, he was with Tampa Bay April 17-May 28 (including a stint on the 15-day DL April 23-May 28 with left shoulder inflammation), June 12-17, July 1-4 and September 1 – end of season. He appeared in 29 games (all in relief) with AAA Durham, posting a 4-2, 2.86 mark with 1 save (11 ER, 34.2 IP).
Riefenhauser was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the 20th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He made his Major League debut with the Rays on April 19, 2014 vs. the Yankees, retiring all four batters faced. Overall in two seasons with Tampa, he was 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA (14 ER, 20.0 IP) in 24 relief appearances. Riefenhauser went 30-23 with a 2.77 ERA (138 ER, 448.0 IP) in 191 games, 42 starts over 6 seasons in the minor leagues.
Powell, 22, hit .295 (131×444) with 66 runs scored, 16 doubles, 9 triples, 3 home runs, 40 RBI, 61 walks, 18 stolen bases and a .385 on-base percentage combined between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham in 2015. Powell began the season with Montgomery and was named to the 2015 Southern League All-Star team. Overall with the Biscuits, he hit .328 (78×238) with 44 runs scored, 6 doubles, 6 triples, 1 home run, 22 RBI, 29 walks, 11 stolen bases and a .408 on-base percentage in 61 games. At the time of his promotion to Durham on June 26, Powell ranked among the Southern League leaders in average (3rd, .328), hits (3rd, 78), runs scored, (T3rd, 44) and on-base percentage (4th, .408). Over 56 games with Durham, Powell hit .257 (53×206) with 22 run scored, 10 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs and 18 RBI.
Powell was originally selected by Oakland in the 20th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Orange Coast College. He was traded from the Athletics along with C John Jaso, INF Daniel Roberson and cash considerations to Tampa Bay in in exchange for SS Yunel Escobar and INF/OF Ben Zobrist on January 10, 2015. Over four seasons in the minor leagues, he batted .308 (333×1082) with 170 runs scored, 34 doubles, 17 triples, 6 home runs, 95 RBI, 163 walks and 53 stolen bases in 294 games. In his career has a .401 on-base percentage, including a .451 on-base percentage in 2014 that was 2nd-best in the minor leagues.
Farquhar, 28, was 1-8, 5.12 ERA (29 ER, 51.0 IP) with 1 save in 43 games over five separate stints with Seattle in 2015. In his three-year (2013-2105) career with Seattle, Farquhar was 4-12, 3.85 ERA (76 ER, 177.2 IP) with 18 saves in 155 games. He has also appeared in the Majors with Toronto (2011), and has a career MLB mark of 4-12, 3.96 ERA (79 ER, 179.2 IP) with 18 saves in 158 games.
Miller, 26, hit .258 (113×438) with 44 runs, 22 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs and 46 RBI in 144 games in 2015. He appeared in games at shortstop, center field, left field, right field, second base and third base. Originally a second round pick by the Mariners in the 2011 draft, Miller appeared in 343 games with Seattle over the past three (2013-2015) seasons, batting a combined .248 (275×1111) with 48 doubles, 14 triples, 29 home runs and 118 RBI.
Morrison, 28, hit .225 (103×457) with 47 runs, 15 doubles, 3 triples, 17 home runs and 54 RBI in 146 games this season, appearing in 140 games (115 starts) at first base, 3 games (1 start) in right field & 1 start in left field. In two seasons with Seattle, he hit .241 (191×793) with 88 runs, 35 doubles, 3 triples, 28 home runs and 92 RBI in 245 games. In six Major League seasons with Miami (2010-13) & Seattle (2014-15), he has hit .246 (513×2088) with 247 runs, 108 doubles, 19 triples, 70 home runs and 254 RBI in 608 games.
Now that the season has come to an end, we can take a look back at how the Mariners fared in the replay review department. The Mariners were one of the most successful challengers in baseball this season, having 27 of their 38 challenges ruled in their favor behind just the Chicago Cubs (28).
With a 71% success rate this season on challenges, the Mariners ranked 2nd in the Majors in that category behind just the New York Yankees (73%).
FOX Sports‘ Just A Bit Outside covered the replay reviews topic a few weeks ago from a different perspective: Which Manager Had Most Success With Review System in 2015?
Here’s a look at how every team in the Majors fared with the replay system in 2015:
As a brief refresher, here are the rules for challenging a ruling on the field.
- Most Common Plays
- Force plays (excluding neighborhood plays)
- Tag-ups on fly balls
- Tag plays
- Fair/foul in outfield only (at or behind umpire)
- Catch/No Catch in outfield only (behind infielder)
- Batter hit by pitch
- Ground rule doubles
- Fan interference
- Stadium boundaries (e.g., skywalk, fielder into stands, etc.)
- Base Running
- Timing plays
- Touching a base (requires appeal before challenge)
- Passing runners
- Home plate collisons
Umpire Discretion (Manager may request but cannot challenge)
- Home runs
- Record keeping (e.g. ball-strike count, outs, score, illegal substitutions, rules check)
There are a couple of great websites that go into detail on the plays that have done under review this season, including BaseballSavant.com and Baseball-Reference.com. Be sure to bookmark both of those and check them out. You can also follow the official MLB Instant Replay twitter site via @MLBReplays.
Mariners Winter League Highlights (Oct. 26-Nov. 2):
- 1B/3B D.J. Peterson (.257/9×35, 4 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB) and LHP David Rollins (0-0-1, 3.38/3 ER, 5.1 IP, 1 BB, 5 SO) will represent the Mariners and the Peoria Javelina’s in the Arizona Fall League’s 10th annual Fall Stars Game Presented by Bowman Baseball Cards. Peterson also participated in the 2014 Fall Stars Game. The game will be played at 6:08 p.m. AZ (5:08 p.m. PT) this Saturday, November 7 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
- LHP Ryan Horstman has allowed only 3 hits, 3 walks and 2 strikeouts over 4.2 scoreless innings in 5 relief appearances for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League. Despite appearing in only 21 games since making his MiL debut in 2013, Horstman has not allowed a run over his last 25.0 innings, dating back to June 23, 2014.
- OF James Jones has hit safely in each of his last 6 games with the Tigres de Aragua. During the 6-game hitting streak he is batting .391 (9×23) with 4 runs scored, 1 double, 1 triple, 4 RBI, 1 walk and 2 stolen bases. Jones drove in a season-high 4 runs in Aragua’s 12-5 win over Magallenes on Oct. 30, going 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored, 1 triple and 4 RBI. Overall in 17 games in the Venezuelan Winter League, Jones is batting .317 (20×63) with 9 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 triple, 8 RBI and 4 stolen bases.
- LHP Vidal Nuño is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA (4 ER, 17.0 IP) in his first 3 starts with Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League. He has limited opponents to a .258 (17×66) average, while walking 3 and striking out 13. He recorded the win, despite allowing 4 runs over 5.0 innings in his last start on Oct. 30 at Magallenes (5.0,11,4,4,0,4). Nuño did not allow an earned run (1 R) over his first 12.0 innings in 2 starts, Oct. 17 vs. Zulia (6.0,4,0,0,1,4) and Oct. 25 at Lara (6.0,2,1,0,2,5).
- RHP Osmer Morales has appeared in 7 games with Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League, going 1-1 with a 1.35 (2 ER, 13.1 IP). He has limited opponents to a .152 (7×46) average, while walking 4 and striking out 14. Morales has tossed 9.1 scoreless innings over his last 3 relief appearances, allowing only 2 hits, 2 walks and striking out 8.
- 1B/DH Ji-Man Choi has reached base safely in 11 of 12 games, including each of is last 11 games with Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican Winter League. After going 0-for-4 in his first game of the season, Choi is batting .277 (10×36) with 8 runs scored, 1 double, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 7 RBI and 11 walks. He has walked 8 times in his last 4 games, including 4 walks on Nov. 1 vs. Gigantes (0x1, 2 R, 4 BB).
- 1B/OF Kyle Petty is batting .333 (11×33) with 7 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 6 RBI, 1 walk and 2 stolen bases in 8 games with Adelaide in the Australia Baseball League.
You can get updated Winter League stats on Milb.com.
Here is the latest edition of the Mariners Winter League Update:
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the addition of a Special Assistant and new titles and responsibilities in the Mariners baseball operations department.
Jeff Kingston has been promoted to Vice President & Assistant General Manager, Baseball Operations. He will assist Dipoto in all aspects of the Mariners baseball operations and takes on additional responsibilities overseeing the Player Development department. Kingston was hired by Seattle on Sept. 17, 2009 as the Assistant General Manager, a position he has held the past six years. Prior to joining Seattle, Jeff served variously as Assistant to the Director of Player Development and Director of Baseball Operations with the San Diego Padres from 2001 until being hired by the Mariners.
Tom Allison has been promoted to Vice President, Player Personnel. In his expanded role, Tom will oversee all aspects of the Mariners scouting operation. Seattle’s Amateur, Professional and International Scouting will all report to Tom. Allison, who joined the team September 26, 2012, has over 20 years of professional scouting experience. He was previously the Mariners Director of Professional Scouting. Prior to joining Seattle, Tom worked in various scouting capacities with the New York Mets (1995-99), Milwaukee Brewers (2000-06) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2007-2010) and the Boston Red Sox (2011-2012).
Lee MacPhail IV has been promoted to Director of Professional Scouting, filling the spot previously held by Tom Allison. Lee joined Seattle as a Major League scout in November 2012. He previously worked with the Baltimore Orioles (2007-12), Minnesota Twins (2006-07), Washington Nationals (2002-06), Twins (1998-2002), Cleveland Indians (1996-98), Texas Rangers (1995-96) and Baltimore Orioles (1991-95)
MacPhail (Director of Professional Scouting), Tom McNamara (who will continue in his role as Director of Amateur Scouting) and Tim Kissner (who will continue in his role as Director of International Scouting) will all report directly to Tom Allison.
In addition, Joe Bohringer has been named Special Assistant to the General Manager after spending the previous four seasons as the Chicago Cubs Director of Professional Scouting. He served as a pro scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks (2006-11) where he evaluated professional players at all levels and assisted with crosschecking amateur players for the Arizona drafts in 2009 & 2010. He previously spent five seasons as an area scouting supervisor for the Seattle Mariners from 2002-06, first in California and then in the upper Midwest. Before beginning his scouting career, he spent three seasons as senior manager of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1998-2001). He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993 with a business degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and soon began his baseball career with internships with the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates while a student at MIT.
After a highly productive first season with the Mariners, Nelson Cruz continues to receive some recognition for his efforts. Today it was announced that he was named to the Sporting News A.L. All-Star team as the designated hitter. It is his first career selection to the SN All-Star team. The 2015 team was chosen by a panel of 22 American League executives before the postseason began.
Here’s a recap of his 2015 accomplishments:
- Totals – Hit .302 (178×590) with 90 runs, 22 doubles, 1 triple, 44 home runs, 93 RBI, a .369 on-base percentage & .566 slugging percentage in 152 games.
- AL Leader – Amongst AL leaders in several offensive categories: 2nd in AL in HR (44), 3rd in SLG (.566), 4th in OPS (.936), T11th in multi-hit games (49), T8th in batting average (.302), T12th in RBI (93), T10th in extra-base hits (67).
- Clutch – T5th in A.L. with 27 go-ahead RBI and T7th with 14 game-winning RBI…hit .291 (43×148) with runners in scoring position.
- Team Leader – Led the team in runs (90), home runs (44), RBI (93), walks (59), average (.302), on-base percentage (.369) & slugging percentage (.566).
- Career Bests – Set career highs in runs (90), hits (178), home runs (44) and walks (59).
- 40 HR – 69th player in MLB history to log multiple 40-HR seasons in a career.
- Mariners with 40+ HR – 4th player in Mariners history to record a 40-HR season, first since Alex Rodriguez (41) in 2000: Ken Griffey Jr. (6), Jay Buhner (3), Alex Rodriguez (3)…2nd player to record a 40-HR season during the Safeco Field era (opened July 1999).
- Back-to-Back – First player since Miguel Cabrera (2012-2013) to record consecutive 40-homer seasons…53rd player with consecutive 40-HR seasons.
- Safeco Slugger – Hit 17 home runs at Safeco Field this season, T4th-most in ballpark history…club record is 21 by Richie Sexson in 2005.
- All-Star – Voted as the starting designated hitter for the American League…4th All-Star game selection (2009, 2013-2015) and second start (also: 2014).
- All-Star Game – Went 0-for-2, hitting cleanup as the designated hitter during the All-Star game.
- Small Setback – Missed 6 games Sept. 4-9 with a strained right quad…hit just .247 (20×81) after his return.
- The Streak – Reached base safely in a career-high 37 consecutive games July 18-Aug. 27 (previous personal best was 25 G in 2010 with Texas)…active on-base streak was the 3rd-longest in American League in 2015 and 6th-longest in Majors…during streak hit .355 (54×152) with 32 runs, 9 doubles, 18 home runs and a 1.200 OPS (.430 OBP/.770 SLG)…streak was extended via hit 34 times, walk 2 times, hit-by-pitch 1 time…streak is 12th-longest in franchise history, and longest since 43-game streak by Ichiro in 2009 (record is 47 by Alvin Davis in 1984).
- Extra Base Streak – Recorded an extra-base hit in 9 consecutive games July 31-Aug. 9, the 2nd-longest streak in club history…trails only a club-record 10-game streak by Ken Griffey Jr. July 19-29, 1993 (including his 8-game HR streak).
- Right Side Pop – Hit 44 home runs, tying the Mariners record for most home runs by a right-handed hitter (Jay Buhner, 44 in 1996).
- Crushed Lefties – Ranked 3rd in A.L. & 4th in Majors hitting .357 (60×168) with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 14 home runs, 27 RBI & a .683 slugging percentage against left-handed pitchers…his .673 slugging percentage and 14 home runs led American League (tied in HR with Todd Frazier).
- Road Warrior – Hit a Major League leading 27 home runs on the road in 2015, which were T3rd-most in club history behind Ken Griffey Jr. (29 in 1997), Alex Rodriguez (28 in 2000) & tied with Jay Buhner (27 in 1997).
- OF vs. DH – As outfielder hit .337 (105×312) with 55 runs, 11 doubles, 31 home runs, 59 RBI and a 1.072 OPS in 80 games; as the designated hitter, hit .263 (73×278) with 35 runs, 11 doubles, 1 triple, 13 home runs, 34 RBI and a .783 OPS in 72 games.
- Home Runs Before Break – 8th Mariner with 20 or more home runs prior to the All-Star break (18th time).
- Walk Off – Recorded 8th career walk-off RBI with 1B off Junichi Tazawa in the 9th 5/15 vs. BOS (last: 4/19/15 against TEX Neftali Feliz, 1B).
- Player of the Month – Named AL Player of the Month for April…first career POM Award and the first Mariners position player to earn a monthly award since Ichiro in August 2004…in 22 G in April batted .322 (28×87) w/10 HR, 3 2B, 3B, 22 RBI.
- Player of the Week – Named American League Player of the Week for April 13-19…hit .500 (12×24), 7 R, 6 HR, 10 RBI, 1.806 OPS.
- #200 – Hit 200th career home run April 13 at Los Angeles (NL), a first-inning 2-run homer.
- 20 HR – Hit at least 20 home runs in 7 consecutive seasons…one of three players with active streak of 7 consecutive 20-HR seasons.
- 5 Straight…Twice – Homered in 5 consecutive games July 31-Aug. 4, his second home run streak of 5 games in 2015…is 5th player in MLB history to homer in at least 5 consecutive games twice in the same season: Harmon Killebrew (1970 Twins), Frank Thomas (1994 White Sox), Barry Bonds (2001 Giants), Chase Utley (2008 Phillies)…also homered in 5 consecutive games April 11-15 (6 HR during streak)…tied for 2nd-longest home run streak in club history: Griffey Jr., 8; Cruz, Buhner (2x), Zisk, A. Rodriguez all 5 games.
- April Showers – 10 HR in April were 3rd-most in club history (Ken Griffey Jr. – 13 in ‘97, 11 in ‘98)…10 HR were most in any April in his career (had 7 in ‘11 and ‘10) and 2nd-most in a single month (13 in May 2014).
Scott Servais was introduced to the Seattle media on Monday as the new field manager for the Seattle Mariners (watch the entire news conference here). During a wide ranging news conference, he covered many topics including his path to the dugout, how to prepare a player for the Big Leagues, the importance of analytics, and why he considers himself a football coach in a baseball uniform.
Here are some of the highlights.
What kind of team will the Mariners be under Scott Servais’ leadership?
We will be prepared. I guarantee you we will be prepared. We will be disciplined in how we play. We will play with energy. And I believe it’s okay to show emotion once in a while. And we will compete. And competing is not trying hard. Everybody tries hard in the Big Leagues. I never met a Big Leaguer who didn’t try hard. But we are going to compete every night. I think the big thing is the Mariners fans deserve that.
What’s the difference between trying hard and competing?
Everybody tries hard. I never met a player who didn’t. Competing is making adjustments throughout the game to figure out how to beat the guy out on the mound. Or if you’re out on the mound, figuring out how to beat the guy in the batter’s box. That’s competing. It’s mental and physical. It’s not just physical and trying hard. That’s how I would look at it.
Working with young players as well as veterans.
Players today, seem to respond a little bit better from a pat on the back than maybe screaming at them. The veteran player deserves a certain amount of respect that he has been around the game. It doesn’t mean that he’s not held accountable. All the good teams I was ever on, or were part of, teams in Texas that went to the World Series, the players policed themselves. When your veteran crew buys into the vision, all players want to play for something bigger than themselves. They do. They all want to play in the playoffs. They all want to play in the World Series. That’s why they play. And to get your veteran players on board, and let them hold others accountable as well, is really important.
Managers he’s learned from…
You look at what they’re doing and how they handle situations and people. I played in Chicago for the Cubs and Jim Riggleman was the manager there. Jim gave me a lot of confidence. I was a younger player, trying to establish myself through being out there in an everyday role and he trusted my decision making. I played for Dusty Baker in San Francisco on a very talented team. Dusty was hands down probably the best players’ manager I played for. Clint Hurdle is a guy that I’ve been exposed to. We hired Clint in Texas, when I was there, as a hitting instructor. Clint has unbelievable presence. Clint has the ability to connect an entire organization. I learned a lot from him. The manager I wished I would have played for was Bobby Cox. I thought Bobby Cox did an unbelievable job in Atlanta. Bobby Cox came from the Front Office and went in the dugout. But Bobby Cox had energy, he welcomed young players. Even though he had the stud pitching, he always had the young players coming in – Chipper Jones, Javy Lopez, Raphael Furcal, Andruw Jones, they were always coming and he realized that was his lifeblood, that’s what makes it turn.
What do the Mariners need to do to win more games? What is team missing?
We need to do a better job of getting on base. That’s the one thing that we have to get better at. We have to create more opportunities to score runs. It’s really hard to hit home runs every night and win games. Nelly (Nelson Cruz) had an unbelievable year last year, we know what Robbie can do, what Seager’s about. The core is there. When putting the roster together, you’ve got to have balance. You’ve got to have depth. There are going to be injuries. There are going to be guys who don’t perform the way you think they’re going to perform. When I say depth, I’m talking about your AAA club. You gotta get guys you can go get, pop them in there and they gotta help produce. I’ll let Jerry and the staff upstairs worry about putting the group together. I’m sure they’ll ask me a few questions along the way, but I’m looking at what do we need to do as a club. Getting on base is probably the number one thing we need to tighten up.
Pitching and defense wins championships.
Pitching and defense is what’s playing right now, the teams that are playing in the World Series. Pitching and defense should always be our strength here. Pitching and knowing the ballpark and using it to your strength. The defensive part, putting athletic players on the field that can cover up this outfield, make the plays on the infield. The hitting, you’re not going to bang the ball out of the ballpark every night. I get it. Fortunately, on our staff is the greatest hitter that ever wore a Mariners uniform (Edgar Martinez), he gets it. For me, it’s about creating opportunities, getting on base, keeping pressure on the opposition. But pitching and defense has to be a priority here. We should be here, hopefully, at the top of the League standings every year in those categories.
Information is power.
It’s very important. It’s the way the game is going. If you try to fight it, you’re going to end up losing. You know, why not? It’s information. You have to use it. You have to put it in play. I’m not the guy that comes up with the formulas and spits out the numbers. Like I said earlier, I’m smart enough to know what I don’t know. But what I do know is that when somebody’s showing me that when we have a deficiency in a certain area, my job is how do we fix it? How do we attack the deficiency? How do we get better? I’ve used this term often, I’m a ‘why’ coach. Why is that happening? What are we going to do to fix it here? We couldn’t get the bunt down in the seventh inning. Is it because we didn’t have the right form to bunt, or is it because we didn’t really want to bunt? You have to be willing to run with it. But there’s also some feel to it, and some experience level of being a baseball guy. It goes hand in hand.
A football coach in a baseball uniform.
What I mean by that is I think football coaches are the most prepared and detailed of any of the coaches because they practice so much, they have to be. And in football, the game is won at the line of scrimmage. Over at CenturyLink, they control the line of scrimmage, they win the game… Where is the line of scrimmage in baseball? For me, the line of scrimmage in baseball is the strike zone. You have to control the strike zone, whether you’re on the mound or in the batter’s box. Controlling the strike zone, swinging at good pitches, getting deep in counts, walking maybe a little bit more. And on the flip side, controlling the strike zone, keeping the pitch count down, getting deep in the games, having a chance to win games as a starting pitcher, that’s where it happens, in the strike zone. So looking at the numbers, is there any particular number? Walks to strikeout. Pitching side, hitting side, that’s where the game is won.
VOTE NOW! VOTE OFTEN!: Fan voting for the 2015 MiLBYs is under way. Choose the best teams, players, plays, promotions and more from across Minor League Baseball (http://www.milb.com/news/awards/y2015/index.jsp). Vote as often as you’d like. Voting will continue until Oct. 27. Winners for the 13 categories will be announced from Oct. 28-Nov. 5. LHP Paul Fry, who was named Mariners Relief Pitcher of the Year, is nominated for Top Relief Pitcher. Fry went 4-5 with 9 saves and a 2.03 ERA in 50 games, 1 starts combined between High-A Bakersfield and AA Jackson. He limited opponents to a .230 average (68×296), while walking 24 and striking out 113. Amongst all minor league pitchers his strikeout rate (12.71 K/9.0 IP) was 3rd-lowest (min. 75.0 IP). A photo of Everett outfielder Braden Bishop making a diving catch was nominated Photo of the Year.
You can get updated Winter League stats on Milb.com.
Here is the latest edition of the Mariners Winter League Update:
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto & Manager Scott Servais announced today the following Major League coaching staff assignments:
- Tim Bogar – Bench Coach
- Edgar Martinez – Hitting Coach
- Mel Stottlemyre Jr. – Pitching Coach
- Chris Woodward – First Base Coach
Bogar, 48 (will turn 49 on Oct. 28), spent the 2015 season as the Los Angeles Angels Special Assistant to the General Manager. Prior to joining the Angels, he spent the 2014 season on the Texas Rangers coaching staff as bench coach and interim manager (replaced Ron Washington on Sept. 5, 2014). During his time as Rangers manager, he guided the club to a 14-8 mark. From 2009-12, he spent four seasons on the Major League staff for the Boston Red Sox, serving as bench coach (2012), third base coach (2010-11) and first base coach (2009). He spent the 2008 season as the quality assurance coach for the A.L. champion Tampa Bay Rays. Bogar owns a 362-266 (.576) career record as a minor league manager in the Indians (2006-07), Astros (2004-05) and Angels (2013) organizations. In his five seasons at the helm, his teams reached their league’s championship round four times, while he was named manager of the year three times. Bogar played shortstop primarily during a nine-year Major League career with the New York-NL (1993-96), Houston (1997-2000) and Los Angeles-NL (2001). He was originally selected by the Mets in the eighth round of the 1987 June draft out of Eastern Illinois University.
Martinez, 52, returns to the Mariners coaching staff after being named hitting coach on June 21, 2015. After taking over as hitting coach, the Mariners ranked 3rd in the American League in slugging percentage (.437) and 4th in home runs (130), extra-base hits (305) and OPS (.758) over the final 94 games of the season, batting .260 (846×3255) with 426 runs scored, 165 doubles, 10 triples, 130 home runs and 408 RBI. He has spent the past several seasons working as a guest hitting instructor at Spring Training, and had an extended schedule during the first half of the 2015 season working in Seattle’s minor league system. Martinez had an 18-year Major League career, all with the Mariners. In 2,055 career games, he hit .312 (2247×7213) with 1,219 runs scored, 514 doubles, 15 triples, 309 home runs and 1,261 RBI. Martinez won two AL Batting Titles (1992 & 1995), three AL On-Base Percentage Titles (1995, 1998 and 1999), five Silver Sluggers® (1992, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003 and five DH of the Year Awards (1995, 1997, 1998, 2000 & 2001). Upon his retirement, Major League Baseball re-named the DH of the Year Award the Edgar Martinez Award. Martinez was enshrined in the Mariners Hall of Fame in 2007. He was the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award in 2004.
Stottlemyre Jr., 51, has spent the past 13 years in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, most recently as its bullpen coach (2014-15) following stints as its minor league pitching coordinator (2011-13), Major League pitching coach (2009-10), minor league pitching coordinator (2007-09), and minor league pitching coach with affiliates in Missoula (2005-06), El Paso (2004), Lancaster (2003) and Yakima (2002). The Yakima native began his coaching career as the pitching coach with the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 2001. He pitched in six minor league seasons in the Houston (1985-1987) and Kansas City (1987-1990) organizations, combining to go 25-24 with a 3.50 ERA (162 ER, 416.2 IP) with 24 saves in 122 appearances including 57 starts. He pitched briefly in the Majors with Kansas City, going 0-1 with a 4.88 ERA (17 ER, 31.1 IP) in 13 games including 2 starts in 1990. He was originally selected by Houston in the first round of the 1985 January Draft and was previously drafted by Seattle in the 28th round of the 1982 June Draft but did not sign.
Woodward, 39, spent the last two seasons as a coach on the Mariners staff, including last season as first base coach. He began his coaching career with the Mariners in 20013 as the Minor League Infield Coordinator after retiring from a 17-year professional baseball career. With the Mariners last season he played a key role in the growth of infielders Ketel Marte and Chris Taylor as they elevated to the Major League level, and worked closely with Gold Glove third baseman Kyle Seager and shortstop Brad Miller. 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).
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that Scott Servais (pronounced ‘service’) has been named as the Seattle Mariners new manager.
“Through the course of the 20-plus years I’ve known Scott, I’ve come to see him as one of the most complete, well balanced and inclusive baseball people in the industry,” Dipoto said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to call him a teammate as a player, while also having worked closely with him as an organizational leader in both Colorado and Los Angeles. He is a communicator with strong baseball acumen and leadership skills. I truly believe his strong character and career experiences as a player, coach and executive have prepared him for this opportunity.”
Servais, 48, spent the past four seasons as the Los Angeles Angels Assistant General Manager, Scouting and Player Development. In that role, he worked closely with Dipoto on all aspects of baseball operations, with a focus on player development.
“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to manage the Seattle Mariners,” Servais said. “It has long been my goal to manage a big league team and while I took a slightly different path than many, I am confident in my ability to lead. We have a terrific core of players and I’m looking forward to bringing in a coaching staff that will help me establish a winning culture here as we work toward putting a championship-caliber team on the field for the fans of the Northwest.”
Servais is the 17th full-time skipper in Mariners history.
Prior to joining the Angels, Scott spent the previous six seasons (2006-2011) as the Texas Rangers Senior Director of Player Development. With the Rangers he was responsible for the on-field development of all players in the Rangers minor league system. He was also responsible for instructing Texas’ Major League catchers.
Scott spent one season (2005) as a professional scout for the Rockies, after spending the prior two years as a roving catching instructor for the Chicago Cubs (2003-04).
Scott had an 11-year Major League playing career (1991-2001) with the Houston Astros (1991-95, 2001), Chicago Cubs (1995-98), San Francisco Giants (1999-2000) and Colorado Rockies (2000). He batted .245 with 30 doubles, 63 home runs and 319 RBI in 820 career MLB games. He ranked among the top-three NL catchers in fielding percentage in three separate seasons.
Servais played college baseball at Creighton University (his head coach was former Cubs GM Jim Hendry) and was inducted into the Creighton Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. He was a member of Team USA, winning a Silver Medal in the Pan Am Games in 1987 and a Gold Medal in the 1988 Olympics (Seoul, South Korea). He earned USA Baseball’s Alumni Award in 1994.
Servais was drafted by the New York Mets in the second round (scout: Terry Ryan) out of high school but did not sign. He was selected in the third round of the 1988 June Draft following his junior year of college. Scott is a native of Coon Valley, WI and graduated from Westby High School (WI) in 1985.
Scott and his wife Jill have three children: Tyler (11/18/92) recently graduated from Princeton University and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers; Jacqueline (9/12/94) who is enrolled at UNC Charlotte where she played volleyball and is currently interning with the Carolina Panthers; and Victoria (9/2/97) who attends Ole Miss University.