The Mariners presented our annual financial report to the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (also known as the PFD) at the PFD’s quarterly board meeting on Monday. Based on increased attendance (over two-million fans in 2014) and other revenue gains, the Mariners made $11.6 million in 2014. (Here’s a link to a story Greg Johns posted on mariners.com.)
In 2013, the Mariners lost $3.6 million.
Per our lease for Safeco Field, the Mariners file an annual financial report with our landlords, the PFD. One of the lease provisions includes a commitment by the Mariners to share team profits with the PFD once the Mariners’ losses of over $200 million accumulated from July 1, 1995-October 31, 1999 are recovered.
Through 2014, the “cumulative net loss” had been reduced from over $200 million to $30.9 million. That’s a reduction of 85%. When that number hits zero, the Mariners will share 10% of the team’s annual team profits with the PFD.
Since this ownership group bought the franchise in 1992, there has never been a distribution of team profits to individual members of the ownership group.
Spring #7: Seattle Mariners (3-3) vs. Cleveland Indians (2-3-1) | 1:05 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-0, -.–)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: Live broadcast on ROOT SPORTS with Dave Sims and Mike Blowers calling the action
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Want to see what a monster home run looks like? Well, Mariners left fielder Rickie Weeks hit a home run over the 40-foot “Blue Monster” in center field at Peoria Stadium.
Robinson Cano is gearing up his RC22 Foundation presence in Seattle with a Latin-themed fundraiser on June 3, at the Paramount Theater.
Canoche, as the event is called, will feature a live orchestral performance, dinner, dancing, and an auction to benefit the foundation.
The mission of RC22 is to “positively impact the lives of underserved children and communities both locally and globally.”
Since it was created in 2010, Cano’s foundation has focused on youth development and community health care in his native Dominican Republic. The latest project is the RC22 Dream School, a high quality early childhood educational institution and community center in Cano’s hometown of San Pedro de Macoris.
Proceeds from Canoche will also benefit charitable organizations in the Seattle area that align with the foundation’s mission of serving youth and communities in need in the areas of education, health and wellness and fitness.
Cano sees this event as a chance to introduce Seattle, his “second home base” to RC22.
“I want to share the work of my Foundation, which develops and expands high quality opportunities for kids in need specifically in the areas of education, wellness and fitness.I also look forward to reaching more disadvantaged youth and communities not only in the Dominican Republic but also here in this beautiful city of Seattle,” said Cano.
Individual tickets for the event won’t be offered until later, but event sponsorship and table packages are available. If you are interested, contact Roc Nation Philanthropy at email@example.com or call 212-497-2066.
To learn more about the RC22 Foundation visit: http://robinsoncanoofficial.com. For additional information be sure to follow Robinson Cano on social media: @RobinsonCano.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 / 33 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Baseball Is Back!:
The Mariners played their Cactus League opener today against the San Diego Padres…more on that later in the blog.
Boomstick Checks In With Brock & Salk:
With Mike Salk and Brock Huard from 710 ESPN Seattle in town, Nelson Cruz made sure to stop by for a few minutes to chat on the radio about the upcoming season. Cruz told them that “there’s no better time to be a Mariner than right now.”
The Bear In The Pen:
Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma threw another bullpen today and is in line to pitch in a game on the 7th in one of the two split-squad games.
Busy Day For The King:
Felix Hernandez had a busy day today. He went about his usual schedule…but he had a production crew following him around everywhere he went. He worked on PFP with the rest of his teammates, then played long-toss in the outfield of Field 6, then warmed up in the bullpen before throwing live BP to some minor leaguers. The media corps, larger than usual, waiting patiently in the dugout.
Taijuan Walker Checks In With ROOT SPORTS:
After tossing two scoreless innings (more on that in a bit), Taijuan Walker jumped on the headset and chatted with Mike Blowers and Dave Sims during the game. Just a reminder, 16 spring training games will be televised, so be sure to tune in to watch the action and the interviews.
Mariners Open Cactus League Play With 4-3 Win Over Padres:
The Seattle Mariners opened Cactus League play with a walk-off 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres in 10 innings Wednesday afternoon at Peoria Stadium. Tyler Marlette scored the game-winning run on a single by Patrick Kivlehan and a fielding error by Padres right fielder Rymer Liriano.
Jesus Montero (2×2), Michael Dowd (2×2) and Kivlehan (2×3) each recorded multi-hit games as the Mariners out-hit the Padres 13-7. D.J. Peterson went 1-for-5 connecting on a solo home run in his first at-bat.
Eight Mariners pitchers combined to allow just a pair of earned runs in the 10-inning game. Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker tossed 2.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out a pair in his spring debut. Sam Gaviglio (2.0,0,0,0,0,2), David Rollins (1.0,0,0,0,0,0), Carson Smith (1.0,0,0,0,2,1) and Mark Lowe (1.0,1,0,0,1,0) added scoreless outings. Lowe (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless 10th inning.
The Padres were limited to two hits in the first six innings before Justin Upton led off the 7th inning with a home run off the center field fence. Tommy Medica went 2-for-2 with an RBI coming off the bench.
Here are a few highlights from today’s game:
D.J. Peterson Solo Home Run
Taijuan Walker on his First Spring Start
Mike Dowd Singles In Go-Ahead Run
Mike Dowd RBI Single
Kivlehan Throws Out Turner at Home in the 9th
Marlette’s Scores Game-Winning Run
Mariners March 4 Slideshow:
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 / 34 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Before We Get Started:
Don’t forget that the Cactus League schedule begins tomorrow and the Mariners game against the Padres will be televised on ROOT SPORTS starting at 12:00 pm Seattle time. It will be replayed at 3:30 pm and 9:00 pm. In all, 16 Mariners games will be televised this spring.
When wandering the halls of the Mariners Spring Training Complex, you never know when two old friends are going to spend some time catching up. Mr. Mariner Alvin Davis walked in to the PR offices and bumped in to play-by-play man extraordinaire Rick Rizzs. The two caught up for a bit before they each got back to work.
Nothing To See Here, Folks:
When you come down to Arizona, you see some things that you wouldn’t normally see when you’re in the lobby. Sometimes, Felix Hernandez might be walking through, you might bump in to a media member, and sometimes you’ll see Mariners prospects just hanging out. This morning, pitchers Richard Vargas and Eddie Campbell were just hanging out in the lobby, catching up on their reading before having a meeting with Farm Director Chris Gwynn.
He Made It! Aaron Goldsmith Has Arrived:
Mariners play-by-play man Aaron Goldsmith arrived in Mariners camp this morning and got situated after flying in last night. If you read the blog yesterday, you saw a picture of Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers and Dave Sims sitting on the couch…today, it’s pretty lonely on said couch…
If you’ve been down here, you know there’s a pretty good chance you’ll get to interact with some Mariners. Tom Wilhelmsen and Charlie Furbush made friends with a child climbing the fence, while Alvin Davis also brought a smile to a little ones face.
Danny Hultzen In Action:
Left-hander Danny Hultzen threw to live hitters this morning, facing prospects Austin Cousino, Ian Miller and Tyler Smith. Hultzen told the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish that “It felt good to get back out there again and get those juices going. I hadn’t had that in a while. I hadn’t been out there since last September. It’s just another step going forward.”
Brief Call-Ups for Prospects:
As you saw from the video above, sometimes minor league players are brought up to work on some things with the Major Leaguers. Cousino, Miller and Smith got to face Hultzen, while another group of players got to help the team work on defensive drills. They may be only running the bases and stepping up to the plate for BP, but it’s still fun to see the young guys get on the same field as the Major Leaguers.
NBC Sports’ Joe Posnanski arrived in camp today and chatted with The News Tribune’s Bob Dutton and Mariners pitching coach Rick Waits. He seemed focused on asking questions about Felix Hernandez so be on the lookout for his work in the next few days.
Tweet of The Day:
Sunday, March 1, 2015 / 36 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Ah, He’s A Funny Guy:
Japanese comedian Zakiyama Yamazaki, one of the most popular funny men in Japan, stopped by camp today to chat with a few players and staff. He met pitching coach Rick Waits in the morning during stretch, chatted it up with Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano & Nelson Cruz after workouts and then interviewed Hisashi Iwakuma to complete his day.
Felix Hernandez threw a bullpen session, Dominic Leone threw to live hitters, hitters took live and normal batting practice and pitchers worked on PFP. It was a short but productive day for the entire roster.
ESPN The Magazine Photo Shoot:
Felix Hernandez took part in an ESPN The Magazine photo shoot after workouts today. Here’s a brief behind-the-scenes look at the shoot itself.
Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes was in Mariners camp today to check in with some of the Mariners Latin stars. Be on the lookout for his work in the next few days to see his report on the Mariners.
Tweet of the Day:
Saturday, February 28, 2015 / 37 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Who Wants to Be In A Video Game?:
Each year, the Major League Baseball Players Association sends a group to do head scans of the players to put in to their video games. This year, eight guys including Nelson Cruz, Seth Smith, Justin Ruggiano and Roenis Elias stepped in to a room where 41 cameras simultaneously took pictures of them so they could build 3D images of them for the MLB video games.
Majestic Uniform Fittings:
Majestic was in the clubhouse today checking in with each player about uniform sizes and giving each player the opportunity to have their uniform tailored to their specifications. Felix Hernandez, as you’ll see below, checked in with Majestic about his uniform.
The Rain Threatened, But Baseball Was Played:
There was a chance of rain today in Peoria, but just before the team went out to stretch, performance specialist James Clifford made an announcement that the team was now taking the field. As you’ll see below, the team stretched, took grounders, hit in the cages, did agility drills, worked on sliding drills, works on tracking fly balls and got their conditioning in.
Mariners Videos of the Day:
Latinos In The House:
As you can probably tell, the team is in good spirits, and for the second year in a row, the rowdy corner is the Robinson Cano corner. If you checked out Nelson Cruz’s twitter account, you might have seen this picture of the Latin guys sharing some smiles.
Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting:
Seattle Times photographer Bettina Hansen had some great shots of the pitchers running in the outfield. Be sure to check her out @BettinaHansen to see her latest Mariners photos. Here’s a video that Bettina took of the pitchers finishing their running with a “hi-YAH!”
Tweet of the Day:
Friday, February 27, 2015 / 38 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Blood, Sweat and Tears:
You often hear that people put their blood, sweat and tears into something…well, today, players had to give their blood, literally. All players in Major League camp had to give blood this morning as part of their physicals. Players lined up (a long line) and went through the yearly ritual. Not the most enjoyable part of Spring Training, but it’s over now.
Entertainment and Sports Programming Network:
If you hadn’t noticed on social media or on TV, ESPN was in Mariners camp to talk to…well, lots of players and staff. Here are a few pictures from the day and a few links to watch the filmed spots.
- Felix Hernandez chats with Tim Kurkjian and Aaron Boone
- Mariners: Spring Training Players to Watch
- Mariners Questions In Spring Training
Also Stopping By Camp:
Former Major Leaguer and current ESPN Analyst Chris Singleton also dropped in to camp to chat with GM Jack Zduriencik and Manager Lloyd McClendon.
More Commercial Fun:
Last night, this happened.
Today, Robinson Cano stepped into the batters box to film his spot. Sr. Director of Marketing Gregg Green (@RealGregg) captured his commercial swing in slow motion.
Bats hit home runs, bats hit doubles, bats drive in runs…but bats also break. Mike Zunino found that out again today.
KING 5’s Chris Egan Continues To Get Interviews:
Chris Egan wraps up his interview with Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik, completing his first round of interviews from Mariners Spring Training.
Bat Companies In Camp:
The MAX Bat company and PHOENIX BATS were in town to show off their products to the players. If you haven’t noticed from reading this blog, players have lots of options to choose from when it comes to bat selections.
Tweet of the Day:
Thursday, February 26, 2015 / 39 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Smile, It’s Photo Day!:
Have you ever looked at the giant Major League video boards around the country and wondered when those photos were taken? You’re about to find out. The Mariners annual photo day took place today and photographers from MLB Photos, Getty Images, USA Today Photos, Associated Press, MLB International, MLB.com and Topps Baseball Cards were present to capture the smiles.
Speaking of Photos:
Sr. Director of Marketing Gregg Greene got pretty artistic with his photos this morning. During photo day he took advantage of a great sunrise to capture some great shots. Be sure to follow him on twitter at @RealGregg.
Felix Hernandez Throws His First Bullpen:
The King took the mound this morning for his first bullpen session of the spring and tossed 30 pitches. Felix said he felt good and would only need a few more sessions to be ready to move on to live hitters and eventually Opening Day. Following his bullpen, he chatted with the media about what was the beginning of his preparation for the season.
Catchers Getting Their Work In:
The catching crew got their work in, working on their blocking skills in between catching bullpen sessions. Mariners great Dan Wilson led the drill and kept firing away to make sure the backstops got their work in.
Mixing It Up:
Now that the full squad is here, the team was able to work on base running and pickoff throws and also had pitchers throw live BP. Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez was one of the first who stepped on the mound and started firing towards the plate.
Mariners Filming TV Commercials:
As you may have noticed on twitter, the Mariners are filming the Award Winning commercials this week in Peoria Arizona. As you can see in the photo below, Felix Hernandez is joined by a large cast of characters (teammates) in his 2015 spot.
Rawlings In Mariners Camp:
Rawlings arrived in camp today and showed off some of their products for the players. Whether they use Rawlings gloves or not, players were able to check out the large selection.
The Trinity Bat company was also in camp to let players browse their merchandise and Willie Bloomquist took advantage by looking through their stock.
Tweet of the Day: