The entire region is covered in blue on the final Friday before Super Bowl Sunday, and Safeco Field is no different. Our front office is dressed from top to bottom in Hawks gear in support of our neighbors next door.
Go Hawks! Bring home the Lombardi Trophy!
It is Blue Friday in Seattle as fans are getting ready for the Super Bowl match-up between the Broncos and Seahawks Sunday in New York. Safeco Field is no exception, as many employees are sporting their jerseys and Seahawks colors.
We’ll post a “team photo” a little later, but we wanted to share a few things that show our support for our neighbors across the street.
Today at Safeco Field, longtime Seattle Mariners player, and one of the most-liked player in Major League Baseball, Raul Ibañez, was presented with the 2014 Hutch Award.
The award is given each year to an MLB player who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of baseball great Fred Hutchinson, both on and off the field. Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew gave the keynote address and a silent auction helped raise money for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Here is your chance to help select the King’s Court T-Shirt for the upcoming 2014 season. Don’t forget to check back soon and get your tickets for the first King’s Court of 2014.
Online votes will be combined with in-person votes from Mariners FanFest. Voting ends February 12th, the date Felix (along with other pitchers and catchers) report to Spring Training in Peoria.
We’re just a few weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training (February 12) and the Hot Stove League continues to heat up. Mike Zunino will join tonight’s show along with Kevin Mather, the new Mariners President and COO beginning February 1st. Third base coach John Stearns and former Mariners pitcher Mark Langston are also scheduled to join Rick Rizzs, Dave Valle and Shannon Drayer.
It should be a great show so be sure to tune in from 7-9 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle or stream the show for free online here.
Well, it is that time of year, when spring training is right around the corner and prospect rankings have hit the internet.
- Taijuan Walker – No. 2 right-handed pitcher
- D.J. Peterson – No. 8 third baseman
- Tyler Marlette – No. 10 catcher
MLB.com recently came out with their annual Top 100 Prospect Rankings with Walker (No. 6) and Peterson (No. 88) making the list. Here is an article by Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns on Walker and Peterson.
And lastly, BaseballProspects.com published their annual Top 101 prospect list. Taijuan Walker was the highest rated pitching prospect checking in at No. 8 on the list. Third baseman D.J. Peterson (#65) and LHP James Paxton (#68) also made the list.
Thank you to all fans who tweeted and retweeted #FelixHernandez in MLB Network’s Round 1 Face of MLB Challenge between Mariners ace Felix Hernandez and Pirates MVP outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Mariners fans staged a great comeback to win the social media competition and advance Felix to the next round.
There were a lot of great tweets from fans supporting Felix and why we consider him the Face of MLB, both on and off the field.
Stay tuned for the next round of #FaceofMLB!
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is up against Pirates MVP outfielder Andrew McCutchen in the first round of MLB Network’s Face of MLB challenge. Be sure to include #FelixHernandez and #FaceofMLB in all of your tweets today. Every tweet and RT counts if it has those hashtags.
Yesterday the Mariners announced that Kevin Mather would succeed the retiring Chuck Armstrong on February 1 as President and Chief Operating Officer of the organization, and that Bob Aylward would take over Chuck’s role as Chairman of the Board of ROOT Sports Northwest. Bob will remain in his position as Executive Vice President of Business Operations. Here is the full news release on the announcement.
Jack Zduriencik, the club’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of Baseball Operations, remains responsible for baseball operations and makes the baseball decisions, as he has been since joining the Mariners in November 2009. Jack has reported to Armstrong and now will report directly to Kevin, who in turn reports directly to Mariners Chief Executive Officer Howard Lincoln.
Just to provide some perspective, this management structure is the same one used by a super majority of the 29 other Major League Baseball franchises.
In this structure, the president’s job is to oversee all aspects of the organization, and report directly to the chief operating officer/ownership. In basic terms, most teams are organized with a “baseball side” and a “business side.” In the case of the Mariners, great effort is made to make sure that both “sides” form a closely knit unit. But clearly the focus of baseball operations is to draft, trade and sign the players who will be on the field at the Major League and Minor League levels, manage and coach them, develop them, and train them to become successful in Seattle. Jack is in charge of this huge department, which includes over 100 full-time employees and during spring training over 200 players (including the minor leagues).
The “business side” of baseball teams includes handles sales, marketing, ballpark operations, ticketing, corporate business, communications, broadcasting, accounting, retail, information technology, community relations, etc. Aylward remains responsible for most of these functions.
The two “sides” work hand-in-hand and support each other. Success on the field drives success off the field. Success of the field provides the resources for sustained success on the field, which means winning baseball and championships.