If you’re coming westbound across I-90 this weekend to see the Mariners play the Texas Rangers, you might want to give yourself some extra time to get to the ballpark because of a construction project on I-90.
Beginning at 11pm Friday, April 17, the Washington State Department of Transportation will close westbound lanes of I-90 east of Mercer Island and detour traffic onto the express lanes.
If you can, detour around the area by taking I-405, SR 520 or even I-5, you might save yourself some time.
The closure will be in effect until 5am Monday, April 20.
A similar closure is planned for May 15-18, when the Mariners play the Boston Red Sox.
Here is a look at the map of the construction project:
The Mariners return home Friday to open a 3-team, 9-game homestand against the Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins.
Here is a listing of the exciting promotions and events for the upcoming homestand:
Friday, April 17 vs. Texas:
- Beard Hat Night, presented by Jack Link’s, first 20,000 fans. Jack Link’s mascot Sasquatch will throw out the sponsor first pitch pregame.
- College Night Ticket Special. College students with valid ID can get tickets for $12 in advance and $15 the day of the game. Happy Hour in The ‘Pen 2-1/2 hours before game time until first pitch. Students with college ID can get all beers on tap for $6 (must show valid driver’s license), huge pizza slices for $2.75 and soda for just $2.25.
Saturday, April 18 vs. Texas (6:10 pm):
- Felix Hernandez The King Bobblehead Night, presented by ROOT SPORTS, first 20,000 fans.
Sunday, April 19 vs. Texas (1:10 pm):
Monday, April 20 vs. Houston (7:10 pm):
Tuesday, April 21 vs. Houston (7:10 pm):
- Salute to Volunteers Night
Wednesday, April 22 vs. Houston (7:10 pm):
- Grand Slam Family Night, presented by Safeco Insurance. Ticket, hot dog and Pepsi at a special value package price.
Friday, April 24 vs. Minnesota (7:10 pm):
- Guys Night Out, sponsored by EQC – Game ticket, first beer, and a Mariners cap with built-in bottle opener, for $35.
Saturday, April 25 vs. Minnesota (6:10 pm):
Sunday, April 26 vs. Minnesota (1:10 pm):
Game #6: Seattle Mariners (2-3) at Oakland Athletics (3-3) | 1:07 pm | O.co Coliseum
Starting Pitchers: RHP Felix Hernandez vs. RHP Jesse Hahn
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
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
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Athletics | Mariners-A’s History
Major League Baseball and its 30 Clubs are celebrating the greatest players in the game’s history through the “Franchise Four” program…the promotion will stir debate among fans, while driving awareness and interest in the 2015 All-Star Game where those elected will be revealed.
Fans are invited to vote online (mlb.com/franchisefour) from April 8-May 8 selecting the “Mt.
Rushmore” for each team. The Mariners eight players to choose from are Jay Buhner, Alvin Davis, Ken Griffey Jr., Felix Hernandez, Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez, Jamie Moyer and Ichiro Suzuki.
It was an exciting and informative day for the Seattle Mariners. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred flew in this afternoon and made time to talk to as many people as he could including the front office, players, coaching staff, owners as well as spending time in the TV and radio booths with Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith, Mike Blowers and Dave Sims.
Manfred arrived just after 2 pm and had a short meeting with Manager Lloyd McClendon before checking in with the entire front office. After he talked a bit about his first 74 days in office, he had a brief Q&A in which he discussed the challenges faced when making changes and used the pace of play initiative this season as an example.
Following his time with the front office in the main interview room, he went over to the Mariners clubhouse where he talked about what he was looking to accomplish in the immediate future. The Mariners players had plenty of questions for the commissioner which made it a great back-and-forth session that left everybody optimistic about the future.
In case you missed it, Manfred also sat down during the Mariners Pre-Game Show and discussed his day in Seattle.
You can listen to the full interview by clicking the link below:
Forty years ago today, April 8, 1975, Frank Robinson made his debut as the first African-American manager in Major League Baseball history.
Robinson had been traded to the Indians in September of 1974, and in 1975 he took over as a Player/Manager.
Robinson managed his first game on April 8, at home versus the visiting New York Yankees. Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn was on hand, Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson, threw out the first pitch and over 56,000 fans and a hoard of national media were present to witness the historic game.
Also on hand was Mariners Sr. Vice President of Communications Randy Adamack.
For Randy, April 8, 1975, marked his first game as the Public Relations Director for the Indians.
Randy was responsible for working with the media that flocked to cover the Indians and the historic story of Robinson managing beginning during spring training (in Tucson, Arizona) and continuing through Opening Day and the 1975 season.
Robinson batted himself second in the first game, and he homered on an 0-2 count in the first inning, drilling a Doc Medich pitch over the left-field wall. Accounts of the day describe “the crowd going nuts.”
“I was screaming along with everyone else in the dugout when he hit the ball,” said Boog Powell, who was on his way to a Comeback Player of the Year season for the Indians, after the game.
The Indians won 5-3, their first victory on a year that would see them improve to a 79-80 mark. (The next season the Indians were 81-78, their first above-.500 finish since 1968.).
The winning pitcher that day was Gaylord Perry, who tossed a complete game, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits vs. New York.
Perry, of course, would win the 300th game of his career on May 6, 1982, for the Mariners in the Kingdome, also against the Yankees, and also a complete game in which he allowed 3 runs on 9 hits.
The Director of Public Relations for Gaylord in 1982 was the same as in Cleveland on April 8, 1975.
Randy Adamack started with Seattle as PR Director in 1978 and has remained with the club since. First as PR Director (1978-82), then Director of Marketing (1983-86), then Sr. Director of Communications (1987-Aug. 1990), VP of Communications (Sept. 1990-2012) and his current position of Sr. VP of Communications since January of 2013.
MLB implemented instant replay review for the first time in 2014. All things considered, it was considered a success and went smoothly. A total of 2,430 games were played by the 30 teams last year, and managers challenged a total of 1,377 calls, about 1+ every other game. The number of calls overturned was 609, about 48%.
Mariners Manager Lloyd McClendon asked for replay reviews 35 times, and 20 (57%) of those calls were overturned after review.
After reviewing the results in 2014, MLB has made the following modifications to replay review for the 2015 baseball season:
- Managers may now invoke instant replay from the dugout and will no longer be required to approach the calling umpire to challenge a call. Managers may hold play from the top step of the dugout by signaling to players and the home plate umpire that he is considering a challenge. A decision can be communicated verbally or with a hand signal. To challenge an inning-ending call, managers will be required to leave the dugout immediately in order to hold the defensive team on the field.
- Whether a runner left the base early or properly touched a base on a tag-up play was not reviewable in 2014, but will be in 2015
- During Postseason games, regular season tiebreaker games and the All-Star Game, managers will now have two challenges per game vs. one in 2014.
- A manager will retain his challenge after every call that is overturned. Last year, a manager retained his challenge only after the first overturned call.
- A manager must use a challenge in order to review whether a play at home plate included a violation of the rule governing home plate collisions. However, in the event that a manager is out of challenges after the start of the seventh inning, the Crew Chief may still choose to review whether there was a violation of the rule.
Here is a good look at the Instant Replay modifications for 2015:
Jake Catterall, a Make-A-Wish recipient who is living with intractable epilepsy, a life-threatening medical condition, will fulfill a dream on Monday as he rounds the bases before the Mariners open the season against the Los Angeles Angels at 1:10 p.m. at Safeco Field.
“I’ve been a baseball fan since I was like three,” said Jake, who arrived at the stadium for a test run of the base paths on Friday afternoon.
Jake, a 12-year-old who lives in Tacoma, was referred to Make-A-Wish by his twin brother Brydon.
“He’s been through a lot. He’s had brain surgery and he has seizures a lot,” Brydon said of his twin brother. “I just thought that he deserved to have something awesome.”
A baseball fan to his core, Jake’s trot around the bases will signify the role that baseball plays in his life on and off the diamond. Despite a neurological condition causes Jake to have limited use of his right arm, he’s a pitcher and first baseman for his Little League team – and a good one, at that.
“How cool is this?” exclaimed Jake as he effortlessly tossed the baseball back and forth with his brother on the middle of the Safeco Field infield.
Jake, whose favorite player is Edgar Martinez, and his brother will help open the season as they yell “Play Ball!” before Felix Hernandez and the rest of the Seattle Mariners take the field to open the 2015 season.
For his wish, Jake, Brydon and his parents (Christopher and Stacy) will travel to Spa Atlantis in the Bahamas this summer.
“I’m excited to be here,” Jake said.
Opening Day is just about 48 hours away, as the Mariners and Angels open the 2015 season at 1:10 pm Monday at Safeco Field. Major League Baseball has been rolling out team-by-team graphics on their social media channels (twitter, Instagram) and today the Mariners graphic went live. This is a pretty sweet image of Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Felix Hernandez. And we hope the message holds true for October Baseball! See you Opening Day!
Friday, April 3, 2015 / 3 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)
Starting pitcher J.A. Happ allowed 2 hits in 4.0 scoreless innings and shortstop Brad Miller hit a two-run triple to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-4 win over the Colorado Rockies Friday evening in spring training play at Peoria Stadium.
The Mariners improved to 12-17-2 in preseason play with one exhibition game remaining tomorrow vs. the Rockies at Salt River Fields. The Mariners open the 2015 regular season Monday (April 6) vs. the Los Angeles Angels at 1:10 pm at Safeco Field (RHP Felix Hernandez vs. RHP Jered Weaver).
Starting pitcher J.A. Happ (2-3) turned in his best spring start in his final tune-up, scattering 2 hits in 4.0 scoreless innings. Happ struck out 4 batters and walked a pair while throwing 69 pitches (44 strikes). Relievers Danny Farquhar (1.1 IP, H, K) and Grady Wood (2.0 IP, 2 H, R, 2 K) and Paul Fry (1.0 IP, 2 K) held the Rockies to one run over the final 4.1 innings to secure the win. Fry recorded the save with a 1-2-3 9th inning with a pair of strikeouts.
The Mariners jumped out to the early lead with three runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Miller tripled in a pair of runs and scored on a sac fly by Austin Jackson. First baseman Logan Morrison added to the lead with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 3rd inning.
The Rockies pulled to within one run at 4-3 with a three-run 5th inning. Four consecutive singles by DJ LeMahieu, Charlie Blackmon, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez led to the big inning.
Gabby Guerrero, the Mariners No. 3 prospect by MLB.com, added an insurance run in the 7th inning with a towering home run off the batter’s eye in center field.
Mariners prospect Gabby Guerrero, nephew of Vladimir, hit a booming home run off the center field backdrop at Peoria Stadium. As a 20-year-old at High-A High Desert last season, he hit .307 (165×538) with 97 runs, 28 doubles, 2 triples, 18 home runs and 96 RBI in 131 games. We still don’t know where he is starting the season, but it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see him move up to Double-A Jackson.
Taking The Time:
It’s been a fun and eventful spring for autograph seekers. After players come out of the game, they pass through autograph alley where fans can line up and meet their favorite Mariners. Today, Brad Miller, Dustin Ackley and J.A. Happ came out of the game at the same time and all three stopped in the alley and signed until every single fan had a chance to have their souvenir signed. The Mariners really appreciate the fan support and make sure to stop by to say thanks.
Seattle Times Special Section Photography:
Ever wonder what goes into photographing the Mariners special section for the Seattle Times? Check out the link above to read about Bettina Hansen‘s first-hand account of her great photos.
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